FUN WITH GIFs: Vampyros Lesbos

Posted in Film, Fun with GIFs, jess franco, movies with tags , , , , on July 11, 2017 by goregirl




Soledad Miranda in Jess Franco’s 1971 film VAMPYROS LESBOS! Read my review HERE.

Coming soon… a new Goddesses of Underground Cinema. An actress who was featured in nine Jess Franco films.

Coming soon… My Favorite Five Jess Franco Films Part One

FUN WITH GIFs: Night has a Thousand Desires

Posted in Film, Fun with GIFs, jess franco, movies with tags , , , , on July 9, 2017 by goregirl


One of my favorite scenes in Jess Franco’s 1984 film Night has a Thousand Desires; read my review HERE.

The Jess Franco Project

Posted in Film, Fun with GIFs, jess franco, movies with tags , , on July 8, 2017 by goregirl


70 Films viewed…The Jess Franco Project! Coming soon!

The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: Dyanne Thorne

Posted in movies on July 7, 2017 by goregirl


American actress and fellow libra Dyanne Thorne was primarily active through the 1960s and 1970s. One of Thorne’s earliest roles and my personal favorite was as Yvette Talman in Joe Sarno’s 1964 film Sin in the Suburbs. Thorne appeared in a handful of sexploitation flicks like Lash of Lust and Love Me Like I do and had feature roles in Blood Sabbath and Point of Terror before starring in the role she would become best known for. Dyanne Thorne starred as Ilsa in the 1975 films Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS which would spawn two official sequels; Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976) and Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977). Cashing in on the popularity of the Ilsa character Jess Franco cast Thorne as Greta, the Mad Butcher aka Ilsa, the Wicked Warden. Thorne has a few credits in the 1980s but had retired from the acting scene by the end of the decade. Thorne has a PhD in Comparative Religion and along with husband actor Howard Maurer became ordained ministers and are currently living in Las Vegas where they run their own wedding service. Thorne made a brief return to film in 2013 with House of Forbidden Secrets and House of the Witchdoctor. I had a chance to meet the charsmatic Thorne in 2016 at Horrorama in Toronto. More petite than I would have imagined and full of energy; she looked amazing for a woman in her 70s! She was happy to chat about her roles and I loved that she got into character for photos! Hubby Howard Maurer was also in attendance signing autographs and posing with and without his wife. Such a personable couple who seemed to still be very fond of each after 43 years of marriage! If I ever get married again I definitely want to be married by these two.

“There have been so many broken hopes and false promises in my career. But I just keep on keeping on. It’s my versatility that has kept me alive — not necessarily my talent, but my willingness to try anything. I know I’ve brought pleasure to a certain group of people. If I had been in more conventional Hollywood films, perhaps I would have been lost in the shuffle.”

There is definitely a group of folks who love you Dyanne Thorne; you are without a doubt one of The Goddesses of Underground Cinema!




Dyanne Thorne plays Yvette Talman in Joe Sarno’s aptly named Sin in the Suburbs. Thorne is superb as the naughty Yvette; the entire cast is great! Read my review of the film HERE.




In Point of Terror Dyanne Thorne plays Andrea Hilliard, the wife of a wheelchair bound record producer. She falls for a lounge singer who she lures into a relationship in exchange for a record contract. Thorne is the highlight in this one as the bitchy and conniving Andrea. I have no clue why this film is called Point of Terror, obviously a marketing thing, as there is zero terror outside of having to hear another one of the lounge singer character’s songs.

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Dyanne Thorne as Greta in Greta, The Mad Butcher aka Ilsa The Wicked Warden aka Wanda, the Wicked Warden oversees a women’s psychiatric hospital with a heavy hand. A woman poses as a patient to learn what has happened to her sister and discovers the warden’s ugly secrets. Nudity, sex, torture, everything you would expect from an Ilsa film or a Franco film for that matter. Thorne stars with Franco staples Lina Romay and Tania Busselier; hubby Howard Maurer plays Thorne’s lover. An entertaining outing though not as brutish as I would have liked it to be.

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Dyanne Thorne stars as Alotta: Queen of the Witches in Blood Sabbath. Sort of a mash up of The Little Mermaid and Snow White but with nudity. A Vietnam vet is resting in the forest when he is chased away by a gaggle of nude broads. In the process he trips on a rock and is knocked unconscious. He is awoken by a water nymph and the two fall in love much to the chagrin of Alotta, queen of the witches. A bit of a red hot mess this one, but it is alright for some shits and giggles. Thorne once again is the highlight; I loved her mocking contempt for all those who tried to challenge her authority!

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I watched Wam Bam Thank You Spaceman during my 2013 SWV project and it was a bit of a task getting through it. I attempted to watch the hardcore adult version for this segment but Eek! Could not do it, 25 minutes was enough of that hairy debacle! Dyanne Thorne Plays a nameless hooker in Wam Bam Thank You Spaceman that is “probed” by one of the aliens whose goal it is to impregnate earth women.



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No feature on Dyanne Thorne would be complete without highlighting her role as the nefarious Ilsa! The original script for Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS was written by André Link and John Dunning of Canadian film company Cinepix, David F. Friedman produced and Don Edmonds directed. Ilsa is a sadistic commander in a Nazi prison camp intent on proving woman can tolerate more pain than men. Horny and barbarous her cruelty knows no bounds. Torture, violence and more sex and nudity than you can shake a whip at. Ilsa finds herself new employment working for an oil sheik in Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks. Kidnapping desirable women from all over the world for the purpose of sex slaves. Americans arrive to make a deal with the sheik; Ilsa inevitably falls for the commander which needless to say complicates her position. This one also features Russ Meyer regulars Uschi Digard and Haji. Holy exploding diaphragms Batman! Less salty than the original Ilsa film but still lots of nudity and violence, it is my personal favorite of the trio. Ilsa’s next adventure takes her to Siberia where she supervises a gulag towards the end of Stalin’s reign. The Siberia section of  Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia is lively and Ilsa-esque; torture, sex with guards, feeding prisoners to her tiger etc. It loses some lustre when the action movies to a bordello in Montreal. Not without some entertaining bits and bites I just found it to be an anti-climatic end to the trio of films.

Images for all three Ilsa Films are courtesy of  the fabulous Wrong Side of the Art the best spot on the net to find exploitation posters and lobby cards!


Dyanne Thorne Filmography/TV Credits

House of the Witchdoctor (2013)
House of Forbidden Secrets (2013)
Real Men (1987)
Aria (1987)
La nieve del sur (1985)
Hellhole (1985)
Space (TV Mini-Series) (1985)
Pleasure Palace (TV Movie) (1980)
Up Yours (1979)
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series) (1979)
B.J. and the Bear (TV Series) (1979)
Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia (1977)
Wanda, the Wicked Warden (1977)
The Gulag Massacre (Short) (1976)
Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976)
Lollipop Palace (1976)
Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976)
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Beyond Fulfillment (1975)
The Swinging Barmaids (1975)
Alias Big Cherry (1975)
Wam Bam Thank You Spaceman (1975)
Blood Sabbath (1972)
Point of Terror (1971)
Pinocchio (1971)
Snatched Women (1971)
Love Me Like I Do (1970)
Star Trek (TV Series) (1968)
The President’s Analyst (1967)
The Felony Squad (TV Series) (1966)
Encounter (Short) (1965)
Sin in the Suburbs (1964)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
Lash of Lust (1962)
Who Was That Lady? (1960)

The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: Claudia Jennings

Posted in Film, movies, The Goddesses of Underground Cinema, USA with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2017 by goregirl

cj6playboyAmerican actress Claudia Jennings started out in theatre in Chicago. A meaty paycheck to appear in Playboy afforded Jennings the opportunity to move to Hollywood where she got her first job as Sunny in Gunther Collins’ 1971 film Jud. With 28 acting credits in television and film the spunky Jennings had an active career from 1971 to 1979. Jennings scored smaller roles in The Love Machine starring John Phillip Law and Dyan Cannon, The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie and Candy Clark and 40 Carats starring Liv Ullmann and Eddie Albert. Her natural and vivacious nature led to feature roles in drive in flicks like Group Marriage, Truck Stop Women, Gator Bait, Sisters of Death, The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, Moonshine County Express, Deathsport, Fast Company and my personal favorite Unholy Rollers. She was a serious candidate to replace Kate Jackson on the popular TV Series Charlie’s Angels. Unfortunately the network people were freaked out over Jennings Playboy appearances so she lost the gig to Shelley Hack. Sadly, Jennings died in a car accident at the age of 29. A graceful ease, a contagious laugh, a natural beauty and just downright likable, even when she was playing less than likable characters. Although Jennings was in major studio films, they were generally lesser known and lower budget studio films, so I am squeezing her in for a pass here: Claudia Jennings is a favorite who deserves a spot on my list of The Goddesses of Underground Cinema.

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Claudia Jennings as Karen Walker in Unholy Rollers (1972) 

In Unholy Rollers Jennings plays Karen Walker a tough, bad-ass roller derby superstar with serious attitude. The film documents her climb to fame and her eventual downfall. Rollerskating was my life from about 12 to 15 years of age and I always have a soft spot for films with the theme. Unholy Rollers is definitely one of the better, maybe the best of the rollerskating/roller derby themed flicks. Lots of derby action, great clothing and hair and a great memorable performance from Jennings.

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Claudia Jennings in The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)

In The Great Texas Dynamite Chase Jennings plays Candy Morgan; a prison escapee who robs a bank with dynamite to help her family keep their land. She befriends Ellie-Jo and together the two cross the country robbing banks with dynamite. Robbing banks with dynamite really seems pretty impractical, but in the movies anything goes. The ladies are spunky and a lot of fun and you root for them 100%. A really fun bit of fluff with a dash of sex and sass.


Claudia Jennings as Judy in Sisters of Death (1976)

In Sisters of Death Claudia plays Judy, a sorority sister involved in a pledge that goes horribly wrong. Seven years later the girls involved in the wonky pledge are reunited and picked off one by one. A pretty lackluster and tame slasher with a few memorable moments and a funny twist ending. Sisters of Death really needed more punch but Jennings definitely stands out here as Judy.

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Claudia Jennings as Desiree Thibodeau in Gator Bait (1974)

As Desiree in Gator Bait Jennings has very little dialog. She is pursued by some local rednecks, the sheriff and his son for a crime she did not actually commit. Her sister is killed by the group and she takes oh, so sweet revenge. The latter half of the film is Jennings quietly and carefully terrorizing these assholes. It does lag a bit in places but every second Jennings is on screen is a lot of fun.

Claudia Jennings as Sammy in Fast Company (1979)

In Fast Company Jennings plays Sammy; the girlfriend of aging race car driver Lonnie “lucky man” Johnson played by William Smith. Smith is a veteran driver with a plum sponsorship from Fast Co but is managed by a corrupt sleazebag played by John Saxon. Classic good guy knocked down but turns it all around premise with personable characters you will root for. Fun fare.


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Claudia Jennings Filmography/TV Credits

240-Robert (TV Series) (1979)
Fast Company (1979)
Lucan (TV Series) (1978)
Deathsport (1978)
Moonshine County Express (1977)
The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)
Sisters of Death (1976)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series) (1976)
Caribe (TV Series) (1975)
Movin’ On (TV Series) (1975)
The Manhunter (TV Series) (1974)
Cannon (TV Series) (1974)
‘Gator Bait (1974)
The Single Girls (1974)
The F.B.I. (TV Series) (1974)
Truck Stop Women (1974)
Willy & Scratch (1974)
The Brady Bunch (TV Series) (1973)
40 Carats (1973)
Barnaby Jones (TV Series) (1973)
Group Marriage (1973)
The Unholy Rollers (1972)
The Stepmother (1972)
Trampa mortal (1972)
Ironside (TV Series) (1971)
The Love Machine (1971)
Jud (1971)