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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Clint & SuperHaji-Harry & Angel

Posted in Goregirl's Dungeon on YouTube, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by goregirl

Music, images and dialog from Russ Meyer’s SUPERVIXENS (1975). Music from the compilation Russ Meyers Vixens Volume 2 Soundtrack featuring music from UP!, Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens and Supervixens. Music by William Loose.

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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: White Lightning

Posted in Goregirl's Dungeon on YouTube, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , on February 25, 2014 by goregirl

Music and images from Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Moonshine Mountain (1964) from the compilation The Eye Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis. I rather enjoyed Mr. Lewis’s country bumpkin comedy musical.

“Filmed in the beautiful Carolinas.”

White Lightning…

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THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA (1976) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2014 by goregirl

I was completely unfamiliar with the title The Witch Who Came from the Sea until I picked it up at Black Dog Video last week. I did not read the back of the DVD to see what it was about only the comment written on a piece of paper taped to the front of the case; “This film is freakin’ awesome. It’s weird. It’s fun. It won most popular film at Cinemuerte 2004!” I lived in Vancouver in my twenties and moved back to Ontario for ten years. While I was away a short-lived film festival was concocted by former Black Dog employee Kier-La Janisse who was a huge horror fan. Black Dog Cambie was practically my second home back then. In a large part that was due to Kier-La’s presence. To this day I have met very few women who are passionate about horror films the way I am; very few women or men for that matter. Of course online I have connected with loads of folks but I am talking my everyday reality here. I used to enjoy just chatting with Kier-La, and she was always good for a solid recommendation. Unfortunately, I missed out on the awesomeness that was the Cinemuerte Film Festival which ran from 1999 to 2005 and featured such films as Massacre at Central High, School of the Holy Beast, Let me Die a Woman and Poor Pretty Eddie. I moved back to Vancouver in 2007 and while Cinemuerte was defunct I am happy to say that Black Dog Video is one of the few rental outlets still left standing. I rented The Witch Who Came from the Sea based on the aforementioned comment and what a fucking treat! What an unusual, hypnotic, fascinating journey this trippy psychological horror-drama was! I can’t thank the good people over at Black Dog Video enough for this brilliant recommendation! It’s just like old times.

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Molly is spending some quality time with her nephews Tripoli and Tad at the beach. Molly is staring intently at two men working out. She is admiring their physiques. As Molly continues to admire the men the music becomes more frantic. Images are shot at the viewer like bullets as Molly eventually pictures both men dead. There was an animated image of blood drops pouring from one of the men’s heads that was so fantastic! The bloody image is flashed so damn quick however I was unable to catch it. I tried! For half an hour I tried! It just about drove me nuts!

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Aunt Molly stays to watch the football game with the kids. Sam “the electric man” Walters and Austin Slade are the boys heroes. Molly speaks lovingly about her father to Tripoli and Tad. He was a Captain and according to Molly was lost at sea. Her sister Cathy, the kids mother has some different thoughts on dear old dad who she says was a real sonofabitch, an abusive alcoholic and an evil bastard. We learn early that Molly is in complete denial; powerful denial!

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Molly has “episodes” but they are actually not really “episodes” at all. In Molly’s warped mind she believes she is imagining these events but in reality the are recollections of events that actually happened. Voice distortion is used when Molly is wigging out or recollecting an event which gives these scenes a particularly warped vibe. Molly picks up the two football players Sam “the electric man” Walters and Austin Slade. The trio go to a hotel together where they get naked and smoke pot. Molly ties them up and kills them. As a Captain’s daughter Molly knows how to tie a good secure knot.

“Do you shave with a straight razor? Or is this all going to be agonizingly slow?”

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Molly works as a waitress at the Boathouse. The bar is owned by Long John who Molly is also sleeping with. Molly spends the night with Long John and is woken the next day by a newscast reporting the deaths of the two football players Sam Walters and Austin Slade. Molly is very upset and worried about her nephews. Molly is also becoming obsessed with a handsome man in a shaving commercial.

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Molly has regular flashbacks to childhood. These flashback gets progressively creepier as the film roles along. In this flashback her and dad are building a boat and dad gets uncomfortably intimate.

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Billy Batt is a movie star and regular customer at the Boathouse and has invited Molly and Long John to a party at his home. This scene explains the origins of the film’s title.

“Who is she?” -Molly
“She is a witch who came out of the sea.” -Billy
“She’s not a witch, she’s beautiful.” -Molly
“Venus.” -Billy
“Why did she come out of the sea?” -Molly
“Venus was born in the sea.” -Billy
“Why?” -Molly
“Her father was a god, they cut off his balls, his sperm got into the ocean and the sea was knocked up and Venus was the kid.” -Billy

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Molly ends up in Billy Batts bedroom and bites his lip. Billy slaps her and Molly ends up getting pushed out the door by him into a room full of people. To those in the room it appears that Billy Batt was the aggressor; little do they know of Molly’s psychosis.

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Back at the bar Molly complains she has a bad headache. Fellow waitress Doris offers her some pills.

“…and they’re two colors I’ve never seen in pills before; shocking pink and electric blue, and they’re a knock out.”

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Molly meets the man in the shaving commercial, Alexander McPeak along with his girlfriend Clarissa.

“Do you love him?” -Molly
“McPeek? Gee, why?” -Clarissa
“Because I do. I want him.” -Molly

A very odd thing to just come out and say, but everyone seems to think Molly’s childlike wonder is charming. Well, Clarissa did not think it was terribly charming.

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Molly gets a tattoo of a mermaid on her stomach; one just like dad used to have. She chitty chats with tattoo artist Jack Dracula and shares with him the name she gave herself as a child; Molly Contiki Polynesia Easter.

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Molly will not get undressed in front of Long John on account of her new tattoo. Molly and Long John have a conversation about when Molly first had sex. Molly does not know the answer to that question. “How could you not know Molly?” Long John asks. This triggers a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious trip out to an event where it appears that Molly has killed and chopped up several men on a boat! It is a very lovely and cool looking psychedelic colored-tinted segment!

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Molly goes to see Alexander McPeak.

“Who are you? Did you shave this morning? I never see your face in color, I only see it in black and white.”

As she is speaking these words, warped circus music is playing in her head as a creepy looking clown is making silly gestures.

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Long John wakes up to see Molly lying beside him covered in blood.

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No one knows better than her sister Cathy what ails Molly.

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Tripoli and Tad come by Long Johns for a visit with Aunt Molly. Molly’s facade of sanity if finally slipping.

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The final and most disturbing childhood flashback.

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All drugged up and Molly is floating on a calm sea.

I knew in the first five minutes that I was going to love The Witch Who Came from the Sea. The wacky opening scene with Aunt Molly and the kids at the beach was totally one of a kind! We are completely aware of Molly’s severe psychosis and there is no mystery for the viewer of who killed the football players. It is however a mystery to the film’s characters. Although we are aware of Molly’s mental state there is much we still need answered. The film leaves no loose ends and offers a few surprises also. Despite being completely loco, Molly is a likable and empathetic character. Molly appears to genuinely be unable to control her actions and her back story is so distressing it is easy to understand why her mind has become such a prison. A huge part of this treasure’s charm was the strange and compelling lead performance from Millie Perkins who plays Molly. Perky Perkins quirky performance, her child-like wonder and natural beauty had me enthralled. Molly is the film’s focus but there are some fun and eccentric supporting roles that are worth noting; especially Long John and the foul-mouthed waitress Doris. They add some humor to the proceedings. The Witch Who Came from the Sea has several surreal and hypnotic moments. Although I included pictures for several of these scenes they really can’t do them justice. It is the voice distortion, the camera tricks, the tinting, the sound effects and the music that accompanies these images that intensifies the trip. The Witch Who Came from the Sea is horror of the psychological persuasion and the violence is not graphic. It certainly offers up an array of disturbing moments but they are of the variety that get under the skin and messes with the psyche. The Witch Who Came from the Sea is definitely my favourite film of the year thus far, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so sad about returning a rental. Why isn’t this mine?! I am supposed to be easing off the DVD purchases to save up for a trip to New York later in the year but I MUST have this film in my collection. The Witch Who Came from the Sea gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score.

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Matt Cimber

Starring: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown, Peggy Feury, Jean Pierre Camps, Mark Livingston, Rick Jason, Stafford Morgan, Richard Kennedy, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Roberta Collins, Stan Ross, Lynne Guthrie, Barry Cooper, Gene Rutherford

SUBMISSION (1969) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by goregirl

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I had seen a trailer for Submission and was interested in the film just based on that. It was pushed up the queue after seeing the film’s lead actress Jennifer Welles in Career Bed. As an added bonus it was part of a Something Weird triple feature DVD that also featured Joe Sarno’s Vibrations. I have loved the hell out of Sarno’s stuff and Vibrations was one of my co-host David’s favourite Sarno flicks. Check out his thoughts on Vibrations (1968) here. I have been very pleased with most of my SWV purchases but this one is the crown jewel. There is very little dialog throughout Submission; not a single word is spoken until eight minutes in. It is a slow but steadily paced drama, that is disturbing, sad, strange and enthralling. Jennifer Welles plays the lead role of Vickie in the film. Vickie is infantine, innocent and a touch simple. She is surrounded by dolls, musical carousels and candy. Although child-like Vickie is also a woman with sexual desires. Vickie is kept in “Submission” by her boyfriend Barry. Fucking Barry; his arrogance, his patronizing, his entitlement, his voice, his violence, his smirk, everything about Barry made me want to spit. He controls every aspect of Vickie’s life; thinking for her, speaking for her and making her crawl and beg for candy bars like a dog. Submission focuses on one particular event in the duos life but is peppered with flashbacks that fill us in on the character’s pasts. Submission is one of the most beautiful, disarming, hypnotic and completely unique films that I could not say enough good things about; but I will try.

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Vickie’s child-like wonder of everything around her makes her endearing and yet empathetic. She goes to a candy store and enthusiastically chooses candy bars. When she pays for the chocolate she pulls a large hair ribbon and some garbage out of her pocket before she pulls out her money which she keeps folded in a handkerchief. She can not resist going into a pet store upon seeing a monkey in the window. And then again I can not resist going into a pet store myself!

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Barry is an oppressive, cruel hustler not to mention a voyeur, rapist and murderer.

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Vickie has become involved with Barry who keeps her submissive with toys, candy and sex. Barry with Vickie in tow is planning on taking a job with a wealthy fashion designer Ms. Staples who he intends on murdering and robbing.

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“Vickie is a little tired from the trip. Would you mind if she went up to bed now?”

Barry speaks for Vickie often and tries to avoid her interaction with their “mark” as much as possible. Instead of going straight to bed however Vickie decides to take a bubble bath and Ms. Staples and Barry walk in on her. A scornful look from Barry let’s Vickie no he is displeased.

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Vickey masturbates with a lit candle. This is at least the fifth film I have seen during my Something Weird Video feature where women have masturbated with candles. Although this was the first time the candle was lit.

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Who the hell is this? Seriously?! Who in the hell is this. It is a nice looking scene and sexy too, but who are these people? That is DEFINITELY not Barry unless Barry had reconstructive face surgery. It is never explained, so I guess they are just people who Barry watched having sex? I have no idea.

Also…Can anyone confirm for me who that actress is? She looks so familiar!

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Vickie brings Ms. Staples breakfast in bed. She tells Vickie that she could be a model and plays with her hair.

“I like it very much, but I don’t think Barry would.”

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“She’s gone.”
“Barry, I like her, I don’t think we should.”
“Cut it out huh?”

Vickie rips the head from her clown toy and throws it at Barry and than yanks hard on his shirt. “I’m going to get you for that” Barry warns and Vickie in response flees the room.

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They find a projector and some film and watch Ms. Staples engaging in a lesbian orgy.

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Vickie comforts Ms. Staples after Barry assaults her. The two engage in a wee bit of frolicking.

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Vickie does the buttons up on her blouse as she contemplates Barry’s cruelty.

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The finale is magnificent and I loved the final couple of shots which initially focuses on Vickie and then Ms. Staples.

Submission is a story that focuses on two seriously dysfunctional characters. One lovable and empathetic infantine and one arrogant, predatory and criminal. Their dysfuction is what they have in common. Ms. Staples is just another one of Barry’s marks, or so it seems. Ms. Staples has issues of her own but she sure does sum Barry up in a hurry; and then again it doesn’t take Freud to pick up on this guy’s asshole vibe. Flashbacks are scattered throughout Submission of Barry raping other women as well as the details surrounding their previous “mark”. A big part of what made Submission so appealing was the cast but especially the talented Jennifer Welles. Jennifer Welles is perfect as the child-like Vickie full of wonder and sexuality. Welles is a beautiful woman and a fascination to watch; she captures your attention and delivers a wallop without speaking a word. Gary Judis who plays Barry and June Adams who plays Ms. Staples are also very well cast; I was surprised that this was the only film on both Judis and Adam’s resumes. This one is all about Ms. Welles though. Submission is quite unusual and the mood and atmosphere is intense, sexual and perverse. You never know what might happen in the next scene. Submission’s peculiar, daunting music adds a curiously effective vibe to the picture. I’ve never seen anything quite like Submission or more accurately, I have never experienced anything quite like Submission. The film’s lack of dialog makes it a very visceral experience. The imaginative visuals are a real trip. When I use the world hypnotic I am speaking literally; the combination of the images, the pace and the music put me under a spell. I have watched Submission three times in the last week and I look forward to visiting it again in the future. With the exception of the seemingly random strangers having sex Submission is perfection. Submission gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score.

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Allen Savage

Starring: Jennifer Welles, June Adams, Sue Beaudry, Sheila Britt, João Fernandes, Gloria, Suzzan Landau, Sharon Miller, Natalie Shilvers, Kristen Steen

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by goregirl

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I have posted two pieces from the soundtrack for Plan 9 From Outer Space directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. The title sequence is the solitary “music only track”; I like it but it is rather short so I threw in Criswell Predicts.

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Criswell Predicts from Plan 9 From Outer Space

“Greetings my friend. We are all interested in the future for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.”

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