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Favourite Five Series: Something Weird Video Triple Features

Posted in Favourite Five Series, movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by goregirl

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sisw-resizedThis is it, my final Stepping Into Something Weird and The Films of Michael Findlay post! This has genuinely been the most fun I have ever had doing a feature for Goregirl’s Dungeon! Seventy-five Something Weird titles watched and nineteen Something Weird DVDs added to my personal collection; a collection I intend to grow. I look forward to continuing my journey through the rest of Something Weird Video’s catalog in the months and years to come. I hope I was able to turn you on to some of these gorgeous grindhouse gems and early exploitation extravaganzas!

Thank you to my good friend and Co-host David Arrate over at My Kind of Story and My Kind of Story Images for his contributions and assistance during Stepping into Something Weird and The Films of Michael Findlay.

Let us just get right down to business here shall we? Here is My Favourite Five Something Weird Video Triple Features! All five of the triple features on this list should be in every single exploitation fans collection!

The Touch of her Flesh/The Curse of her Flesh/The Kiss of her Flesh

Michael Findlay’s Flesh trilogy received my highest combined rating of all the triple features on this list. The Curse of Her Flesh received a perfect rating and made my favourite five something weird films (part two), The Kiss of Her Flesh was not far behind with a 4.5/5 and The Touch of Her Flesh a 3.5/5 for a combined 13. The trilogy follows weapons expert Richard Jennings who flips a switch after catching his voluptuous wife in bed with another man and goes on a three film killing spree where numerous broads (and a few men too) are killed in a number of creative ways that include various weapons, poison and a booby-trapped dildo! The Touch of Her Flesh seems so conservative in comparison to The Curse of Her Flesh and The Kiss of Her Flesh but all three are an absolute shitload of fun! I can say the same thing about this entire trilogy that I said about The Curse of Her Flesh; outrageous, nasty, hilarious, naughty, sleazy, entertaining brilliance! Having seen six Findlay efforts offered through Something Weird Video I can say with confidence that Findlay is one of the most outrageous and entertaining directors in their library! I said it before and I am going to said again right freaking now; every film on this list is a must have for exploitation fans but none of them more so than Michael Findlay’s Flesh trilogy!


For more images from The Touch of Her Flesh click here.


For more images from The Curse of Her Flesh click here.


For more images from The Kiss of Her Flesh click here.

Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

Get ready to be Shocked and Appalled with an All Out Assault on Humanity! Here’s the infamous “Flesh Trilogy,” three of the most outrageously insane Sexploitation Sickies of the 60s from husband and wife filmmakers Michael and Roberta Findlay which mix sex and violence into a malignant cocktail still potent today.

The madness starts with The Touch of Her Flesh where Richard Jennings discovers his wife Claudia in bed with another man, goes berserk, and is promptly hit by a car. In a classic case of overreaction, the now-crippled Jennings not only vows revenge on his wife but on all women everywhere, slaughtering strippers, hookers and go-go girls in a series of psycho killings which climax with a lovely little buzzsaw beheading.

Next Jennings extends The Curse of Her Flesh to the man he caught with Claudia as well as “everyone connected with him,” leading to murders by machete, a poisoned cat’s paw, and even a lethal G-string!

Finally in The Kiss of Her Flesh, Jennings fights the ultimate Battle of the Sexes with a tire iron, blowtorch, and, believe it or not, a lobster claw. Yipes! Hilariously depraved, deranged, disturbing, and definitely not part of our PC-world, here are three gruesome gems sure to make your jaw hit the floor!

Special Features
• Original Findlay Trailers for The Curse of Her Flesh, Satan’s Bed, The Touch of Her Flesh and The Ultimate Degenerate
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities


This triple feature was a no-brainer for the list. It contains two films that I gave a perfect rating to and made my favourite five Something Weird Video lists part one and part two! Submission is a little tale about an infantile woman named Vickie and her violent criminal boyfriend Barry who keeps her submissive with toys, candy and sex while bumping off and robbing rich broads. The unique and spellbinding Submission also received the full review treatment. Vibrations is about the complicated relationship between two sisters with an incestuous past; a sexy, well-acted masterpiece! The weak link in this trilogy being Fluctuations. Fluctuations had me hypnotized for the first 15 minutes, than it started to get tedious, and tedium turned to irritation and irritation turned to anger and then I wanted to take the disk out and stomp on it 40 or 50 times and then set it on fire. And then I remembered that Submission and Vibrations were on the same disc so I didn’t. It has a sound loop of two people having sex and the woman sounds like she has asthma and every 8 or 9 minutes or so a male voice says “I’m cumming”. It is the sort of thing you would put on to torture someone. In fact, the only reason I would ever put Fluctuations on ever again is if I was torturing a man in my apartment. And I’ll tell ya one thing, I’d be taping headphones to the bastards ears so I didn’t have to listen to it. On the plus side some of the imagery is interesting briefly and Findlay favourite Kim Lewid is in it. Submission and Vibrations are so freaking brilliant I could not possibly leave this trio off the list; despite the inclusion of Fluctuations. You can look at Fluctuations as a historical curio, or endurance test; whatever. You are buying this set for Vibrations and Submission. Do it now! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!


For more images from Submission click here.


For more images from Vibrations click here.


For more images from Fluctuations click here.

Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

It’s a triple bill of sexploitation skin and sin mixing Joe Sarno sophistication with sleaze and schlock, exactly as they played Times Square back in 1970!

Good VIBRATIONS go in ultra-kink when sex-happy Julia moves in with her uptight young sister and becomes irresistibly drawn to a next-door storage room where mistress Georgia holds nightly orgies with an oddball sex cult. Armed with a giant joy buzzer, Georgia likes to turn herself on, turn her fiends on and, ultimately, turn Julia and her sister on: “I specialize in pleasure. Pleasure so intense, it’s akin to torment, exquisite torment…” An offbeat, psychologically twisted skinflick from the always excellent Joe Sarno!

Plus: The kink-a-thon continues with FLUCTUATIONS, a Bizarre don’t-even try-to-make-sense-of-it bombardment of sexual imagery that plays like stream of-consciousness from a degenerate: threesomes, foursomes, lesbians, bondage, hair-whipping(!) and, believe it or not, even kung-fu. Avant garde masterpiece or pure gutter trash? Perhaps both…

AND: A psycho sex-fiend keeps his infantile girlfriend Vicky (Jennifer Welles) in SUBMISSION with candy bars, toys and, yes, hot wax. But when they plan on killing a wealthy lesbian, Vicky discovers she likes a woman’s touch and plans a nasty surprise for her boneheaded boyfriend.

Special Features
• Digitally Remastered!
• Bonus Deleted Scenes: 7 minutes of never-before-seen footage deleted form the final cut of SUBMISSION
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities!
• Total running time: Over 3 1/2 hours of Grindhouse guignol!

Olga’s House of Shame/White Slaves of Chinatown/Olga’s Dance Hall Girls

Olga’s House of Shame is one of those films I always instantly associate with Something Weird Video. For years I have meant to watch it and for some unexplainable reason just never did. It was the first set during this feature that I added to my personal collection and it was worth every last penny too! I enjoyed the hell out of all three of these films. I actually re-watched the entire trio a week back. On my initial watch I was all about Olga’s Dance Hall Girls. It does after all have a Satan worship subplot and two of my favourite goddesses of exploitation; Uta Erickson and Linda Boyce! What it is missing; and this is important, is Audrey Campbell who plays Olga in all three of Joseph P. Mawra’s films. Dance Hall Girl’s director is unknown and for some strange reason this unknown director decided not to use Ms. Campbell. I didn’t mind Lucy Eldredge as Olga but she is certainly no Audrey Campbell! I still enjoyed the film but on a re-watch I felt even more warmly towards White Slaves of Chinatown and Olga’s House of Shame. Audrey Campbell is a solid actress as she proves in both Sin in the Suburbs and One Naked Night (not an SWV film) and she brings something special to this series that should not have been replaced by anybody. The three films are done in a sort of documentary style with narration and in some cases a wee bit of improvised dialog. The series is exploitative to be sure, but didn’t entirely live up to its bad-ass reputation; the idea and themes are nastier than the actual execution. That said the imagery is incredibly memorable. Some of my most popular tumblr posts have been for these films. I must give a thousand thanks to my tumblrgasmic friend over at the aptly named Olga’s House of Shame who generously reblogged many of my Olga sets. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME! The bad-ass Olga tortures, blackmails, hooks on drugs and prostitutes countless young damsels over the course of the films. So many of my favourite exploitation godesses turn up like the aforementioned Erickson and Boyce and my girl Gigi Darlene is here getting her blonde ass in trouble again! Audrey Campbell’s co-star Judy Young who plays her daughter Kathy in Sin in the Suburbs has a feature role in Olga’s House of Shame! Young’s character Elaine is tortured mercilessly before Olga molds her into her Doppelganger! How could you Olga?! She’s your own daughter! Another absolutely positively must own trio that also features my very favourite supplements of any of the triple features listed here!


For more images from Olga’s House of Shame click here.


For more images from White Slaves of Chinatown click here.


For more images from Olga’s Dance Hall Girls click here.

Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

Meet Olga: a woman who “possessed a mind so warped she made sadism a full-time business,” and the maniacal character in five of the most notorious, hilariously twisted sexploitation films from the sic, sick sixties.

In the first of the series, Olga uses pot parties and comic-book violence to turn Gigi Darlene and other female captives into her WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN before putting them to work as drug-addicted hookers. But Olga has her tender side too and, in the mood for romance selects an occasional slave for a little lesbian loving: “The disease called Olga cannot be fought!”

Then, after relocating to New Jersey, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME is open for business! With the help of Nick, her malignant brother and a sweet-faced Elaine, a victim-turned-protégé, Olga runs a crime syndicate while gleefully engaging in such extracurricular activities as bondage, torture, and the always popular “horse discipline.” The most outrageous of the series, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME also features a surprise announcement for an unmade Olga with a truly mind-boggling title…

Finally, things take a bizarre turn with the most obscure Olga of them all, OLGA’S DANCE HALL GIRLS, in which a new brat-faced Olga recruits suburban housewives as “hostesses” for a dance hall which is really just a front for – are you ready? – a satanic cult!

Digitally Remastered!
Olga Trailers for the entire Olga series: WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN, Olga’s Girls, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME, Madame Olga’s Massage Parlor, and OLGA’S DANCE HALL GIRLS!
The Olga sequence from Mondo Oscenita featuring rare footage from the “lost” Olga film, Madame Olga’s Massage Parlor!
Special Booklet Interview with Olga star Audrey Campbell!
A pre-Olga Audrey poses for Byron Mabe in the Nudie-Cutie Shortie, Audrey Campbell, Art Lover!
Gallery of Sexploitation Ad Art with Exploitation Audio!
Total Running Time: Over 3 1/2 Hours of Pain & Pleasure!
OUCH! For maximum effect, view while shackled.
Warning: This program contains nudity, violence, and bullwhips.

Aroused/Help Wanted Female/Rent-a-Girl

This one is a real mixed bag of nuts! Extra salty nuts! Aroused made my top ten favourite horror films of 1966;a feature I did November 2012. I felt much warmer towards Aroused on this re-watch and upped its score a full point to a 4.5/5! This is a must see for fans of William Lustig’s Maniac as I pointed out in my short blurb I wrote for the film. Look at the shot I posted below that David included in a tumblr post he did! Almost identical to a shot Lustig included in Maniac. It also features mannequins and a killer who offs prostitutes! Aroused is one of Something Weird’s best horror films and one of their best films period; it is sleazy-creepy perfection! The wacky Help Wanted Female is a charming companion piece to Aroused. Help Wanted Female is funny and quirky with a touch of violence and a few surprises as well as a very appealing group of characters and performances. Friends Jo-Jo and Luana are a couple of hustling babes; Jo-jo a Kung Fu master and Luana a prostitute. Luana doubles her price for regular customer Sebastian Gregory but ends up getting more than she bargained for. I did a full review of Help Wanted Female so you should read it and it has lots of pretty pictures to go along with it. Unfortunately I found Rent-a-Girl to be a bit of a weak link in the set. It certainly isn’t Fluctuations but it has a pretty muddy pace and some unnecessary and exceptionally long and dull scenes. There was a scene of two people painting a woman that was especially dull. I wonder if whoever came up with the expression “It was like watching paint dry” came up with that after watching Rent-a-Girl. It isn’t completely without some charm however. Rent-a-Girl had a great opening scene that got me really excited for the film and it has a game of strip billiards featuring Darlene Bennett, June Roberts and Judy Adler (I “think” that is Judy Adler in that scene). I’d actually probably squeeze this film in for a pass for having just enough memorable moments. The trio is certainly worth owning for Aroused, Help Wanted Female and the bonus features.


For more images from Aroused click here.


For more images from Help Wanted Female click here.


For more images from Rent-a-Girl click here.

Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

Pretty New Yorker Karen Anderson becomes involved with a shady modeling agency. She is easily persuaded to do cheesecake poses and soon asked to reveal all. Little does she know, in her infinite innocence, that her employers actually procure young nymphets as sexual playthings for their wealthy clientele. The girls are whipped, beaten, painted, sprayed and burned. Poor Karen eventually gains first hand knowledge of the gang’s sick practices and flees (with a newly-branded buttock) to the cops.

“There’s a maniac loose out there! He’s gonna kill again! He’s probably ripping some girl apart right now!”

Fact of Life: you can’t go wrong with any film that features the two major cornerstones of big-screen entertainment — hookers and a psycho killer. Which means, of course, that you can’t go wrong with Aroused, a grim and gritty little piece of primo Sixties exploitation — nestled somewhere between a skinflick and a horror film — that still holds up remarkably well today.

A “sex killer” prowls the streets of Manhattan preying on prostitutes. “This guy’s a nut! He’ll grab any woman he thinks is a whore!” And why exactly does he pick on hookers? Because — “Nya, nya,nya, nya.nya…” — his mama was a ho! Now, as another deeply disturbed resident of The Big Apple, the killer — whose identity is slowly revealed during the course of the film — sits on a fire escape silently watching working girl Pat Wilson turn a trick. Finally, when she’s finished, he climbs in the window, attacks Miss Wilson while in the shower, wraps the shower curtain around her head, and strangles her. Then he…well…yeah. He does. He climbs on top of her….

Young Detective Johnny (STEVE HOLLISTER, who also plays the doomed young man in the color inserts added to Love Hunger) is so upset by the crime — “What a way for a human being to die!” — that he tries to catch the killer by joining forces with Ginny Smith (JANINE LENON, whose first name is billed as “Djanine”), the seen-it-all, done-it-all, knife-wielding hooker-without-a-heart-of-gold-slash-lesbian-lover of Pat: “We’re just pieces of meat hanging on a hook waiting for a butcher!” But when one of Ginny’s galpals agrees to act as psycho bait — oops! — it all goes wrong and she gets hacked up before Johnny can get to her.

Ginny, meanwhile, is suspicious of one of the lugs who work at Gus’ Bar, the Official Hooker Hangout, sneaks into his loft, and finds it decorated with mannequin parts! In an ending that bears a striking resemblance to the climax of Bill Lustig’s Maniac, Ginny returns to the creep’s apartment with some of her prostitute pals, surrounds the screaming loon on his bed and, with her trusty knife, turns him into “a boy soprano….”

Set in a New York that’s eternally at night and choking in sleaze. Aroused is a surprisingly fun piece of filth: the murders are nasty, there’s plenty of skin and, believe it or not, we actually care about the characters — especially when Johnny’s dutiful wife finds herself unwittingly sipping coffee with the killer: “You’re a whore like all the others….” Sure, they’re all cardboard cliches spouting crime-magazine dialogue but, hey, that’s what B-movies are all about. You’ll also recognize most of the music as library cues used endlessly by Doris Wishman. lt’s a shame director ANTON HOLDEN didn’t make more like this. Though Something Weird has sold Aroused from day one, it’s now finally been digitally remastered from a crisp 35mm print.

“And the moral is…no moral.”

Don’t be fooled by the innocuous title. Happily hiding behind it is a delightfully demented, luridly loony, off-kilter sexploitation gem that mixes LSD and murder with two sexy mankillers.

Jo-Jo runs a karate school — “Jo-Jo’s Kung Fu” — and robs middle-aged men in her spare time. Her galpal, Luana, is a high-priced hooker who goes on a 5200 date with SEBASTIAN GREGORY who stars as… well… Sebastian Gregory. She strips and dances as Gregory gobbles down a sugar cube: “LSD? Say, you won’t start going ape on me, will you, Daddy?” Ape, no; babble, yes. “I might start talking too much. I might tell you things I don’t want you to hear….’ And talk he does, telling Luana what happened to his ex-girlfriend Barbara as the film takes a definite turn for the weird….

“Barbara had a wild erotic imagination,” says Gregory by way of explaining why cat-eyed Barbara deliberately burns him with an ember from the fireplace: “My pain aroused her!” She then takes out a knife and asks him to slice her thigh. “To inflict pain with pleasure only led to the inevitable: to kill for pleasure!” Next thing you know, the two pick up a high-school hitchhiker and have her pose for nude photos before Barbara stabs her in the gut and Gregory slits her throat. On a roll, Gregory then strangles Barbara with a plastic bag over her head and cuts up her body. All of which he calmly relates to Luana who doesn’t believe a word he says. Until she sees blood in the bathroom, an aluminum-wrapped “head” in the fridge, and a trunk full of bones. Oops.

Freaking, Luana bonks him on the noggin and runs home to Jo-Jo, but Gregory follows, leading to a karate-chopping battle of the sexes (“I could rip your arm off if I choose but instead I’ll just rip the back muscles a little!”) and a wacky twist ending….

The sexploitation market of the Sixties was aimed primarily at middle-aged men, and Help Wanted Female is both a cautionary tale warning that audience of the perils of predatory females, and a victory by one of their own over such women — sort of a instruction manual and dream-fantasy all in one. As the ultimate surrogate for that audience, Sebastian Gregory is perfect as the man who’s both the mark and the menace. With his gruff looks and the tough-guy attitude of a barroom brawler, Gregory starred in such skinflicks as Hollywood After Dark (’68). Like Mother like Daughter (’68), and The Hangup (70). Like contemporaries John Alderman and William Kerwin, Gregory is very much a “real” actor giving very much a “real” performance, though one that requires him to be more silly than scary. At one point, he’s underneath the sheets with Luana — meaning they both have the bedsheets pulled over their heads — as he frantically jabbers on about World War II in a voice that sounds like a parody of Richard Burton!

With an offbeat sense of humor, a couple of luscious bodies, and a smattering of the macabre. Help Wanted Female is a kookie cult film just waiting to be discovered — with or without acid. From an original 35mm theatrical print.

Special Features
• Digitally Remastered!
• Original Theatrical Trailer for Aroused!
• Bonus Kink-O-Rama Short: Lesson of the Strap!
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities!
• Total Running Time: Over 3 and 1/2 Hours of Sex and Psychological Sickness!

Warning: This Program Contains Nudity, Sexual Situations and a Unique Way of Bathing Darlene Bennett!

Blood Feast/Two Thousand Maniacs/Color Me Blood Red

Well…duh? You can’t have a Something Weird Video collection without Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Trilogy! Yeesh! Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red; three Gordon horror classics! The infamous Blood Feast which has made appearances all over the place in the Dungeon including my top ten horror films for 1963 and my favourite five Herschell Gordon Lewis films not to mention getting the full review treatment. Blood Feast is a long time favourite of mine! A caterer is murdering women all over Miami and swiping body parts to prepare for a feast to honor his goddess Ishtar. Blood Feast is good old-fashioned hilarious gory fun! Two Thousand Maniacs is a personal favorite of Lewis himself and another film from the director that made a top ten list, this time for my favourite horror films of 1964! A Southern town, population 2000 lures tourists to their yearly centennial celebrations where they become unwilling participants. Each death is a creative and unique masterpiece and its got Blood Feast’s William Kerwin and Connie Mason! Hee Haw! Rounding out the trio is Color Me Blood Red. Unhinged artist Adam Sorg discovers human blood makes great paint after his girlfriend cuts herself. When his blood-red painting is a hit he starts slicing and dicing to get more supplies. Lewis’s leads are usually a lot of fun and Gordon Oas-Heim’s Sorg is no exception. He is crazier than a rabid weasel! Color Me Blood Red is an enjoyably gory and darkly humorous Gordon offering. This ain’t called The Blood Trilogy for nothing! When the Godfather of Gore puts the word blood in the title you know he is going to deliver! Go buy this now.

Blood Feast

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Two Thousand Maniacs

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Color Me Blood Red

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Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:


Three Time the Gore for One Low Price! In High Definition!
See the world’s first three gore films from legendary exploitation film pioneers Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman – Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Color Me Blood Red! Experience every splat, every slice and every drop of fake blood and guts in full 1080p glory!

Most people think America lost its innocence when JFK was assassinated. Actually, it happened four months earlier when BLOOD FEAST opened at a Peoria, Illinois, drive-in. With its bright colors, bubbly babes, and minimal production values, Blood Feast resembled the average nudie flick. However, the pretty young beauties in Blood Feast didn’t get naked. They got dismembered. Yes, folks, the infamous, notorious, ultra over-the-top Blood Feast is the world’s first “gore” film. Less a horror movie than extreme exploitation, it may even be argued that Blood Feast is the first horror roadshow since 1934’s Maniac.

Shot in five days in Miami for under $25,000, Blood Feast’s simple-minded script and wildly overwrought Amateur Night theatrics also helped transform it into the world’s first gore comedy. Blood Feast is, in fact, simultaneously disgusting and hilarious. It’s as if the local loony bin had made a home movie and got a little carried away with the killings.

The TWO THOUSAND MANIACS of a small town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as “guests” for a variety of macabre, blood-crazed fun and games.

The festivities include a screaming man placed in a rolling barrel lined with nails, a hit-the-bull’s-eye carnival game with a pretty gal and a boulder, and a blonde sexpot whose arm is hacked off and barbecued! But before they can slaughter the only smart Yank (Thomas Wood), he and the lovely Terry Adams (Connie Mason, “Playboy’s Favorite Playmate”) try to escape…

A marvelously perverse cult classick, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! is also the second of the infamous “blood trilogy” (which includes Blood Feast and Color Me Blood Red) from producer David F. Friedman (Trader Hornee) and director Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Wizard of Gore). Yeeeee-Ha! Oh, the South’s gonna rise again!

When his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special – human blood!

He stabs her in the head and smears her face on a canvas and – voila – a macabre masterpiece is created. His bloody new painting causes a sensation on the local art scene, a crazed Adam continues creating sanguine specialties by extracting art supplies from victims outside his beach house. It all goes bad, however, when he zeros in on April (Candi Conder) whose scarlet pugment he plans to remove with an axe…

A witty mix of dark humor and gory horror, COLOR ME BLOOD RED is also the third installment of the Blood Trilogy (following BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!) from director H.G. Lewis (THE GORE GORE GIRLS) and producer David F. Friedman (SHE FREAKS). Starring Don Joseph and Candi Conder.

Special Features:
Original Theatrical Trailers!
Audio Commentaries by HG Lewis and D.F. Friedman!
Rare Outtakes!
Campy Classic Carving Magic, with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman!
Rare Gore Short Film from 1964, Follow That Skirt!
Lewis and Friedman Exploitation Art Galleries!



Favourite Five Series: Something Weird Video Films Part Two

Posted in Favourite Five Series, movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by goregirl

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No long introductory blurb this time around, so if you missed yesterday’s post click here for a summary of the project and my ultimate Favourite Five Something Weird Video films! At the bottom of this list I also included all the Something Weird Video films that I rated a 4/5 or better. Without further ado; My Favourite Five Something Weird Video Films PART TWO


Directed By: Herb Stanley
Starring: Eileen Lord, Ed Garrabrandt, Frank Geraci, Dick Lord, Arlenne Lorrance, Jake LaMotta, Rita Bennett

Confessions of a Psycho Cat is about Virginia Marcus; a wealthy eccentric with serious daddy issues. Virginia offers three men $100,000 if they can stay alive in Manhattan for 24 hours; Buddy “the addict”, Charles Freeman “the actor” and Rocco “the wrestler”. The challenge? Virginia intends to hunt each one of them down. The film details the hunt peppered with a bunch of unnecessary sex scenes. Unfortunately some brainiac thought Confessions of a Psycho Cat would be more marketable as a sexploitation flick and added several sex scenes to the film. I didn’t dislike these scenes but they are little more than occasionally amusing filler. Despite this, the enticing story and characters that make up the central plot and the outstanding performances more than make up for the filler bits. The black and white photography and the sets and props are quite excellent. Especially outstanding is Virginia’s intimidating trophy game room! Confessions of a Psycho Cat’s greatest asset and the best reason I can give as to why you should check out this film is Eileen Lord who plays Virginia. Lord gives a truly magnificent and memorable turn in Confessions of a Psycho Cat. Her look, her expressions, her shouting and yelling, her hysterical laughing, her hand gestures, her body movements, her costumes; all puuuuuurfection. It is one of those epic crazy performances that linger in the mind. Lord never holds back the emotions going from reasonable to insane regularly through the film. According to IMDB this is Eileen Lord’s only acting credit. Bloody shame that! Confessions of a Psycho Cat is well worth watching just for Eileen Lord and her Virginia character. Virginia’s three victims were also well cast and included boxer Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta. Confessions of a Psycho Cat is a wild ride worth taking. The central plot is certainly the highlight and the reason you must see this film but the clumsily added sex scenes were not completely without their charm. To read my full review of Confessions of a Psycho Cat click here.



Directed By: Michael Findlay
Starring: Michael Findlay, Eve Bork, Ron Skideri, Linda Boyce, Sally Farb, John Amero, Jane Bond, Vivian Del Rio, Uta Erickson, Cindy Freemont, Suzanne Marre, Steve Roule

The Curse of Her Flesh is the second entry in Michael Findlay’s Flesh trilogy. The trilogy begins with The Touch of Her Flesh and finishes with The Kiss of Her Flesh. I enjoyed all three films but The Curse of Her Flesh in my opinion is the crème de la crème of the trio. Michael Findlay directs and stars as the film’s central character; weapons expert Richard Jennings. In the first film he discovers his wife cheating and the film ends with Richard Jennings on the receiving end of his own crossbow. Richard Jennings is a pretty resilient fella. The Curse of Her Flesh opens with one of the most salacious, kinky and salty striptease/burlesque acts I have had the pleasure of seeing! The fabulous Cindy Freemont sporting her super spectacular bouffant hairdo will knock your sox clear off! We are updated by a radio broadcast as to what Mr. Jennings has been up to since last we seen him. “The Police are still baffled by the series of brutal murders started one year ago today. The strange chain of events began when Richard Jennings famous weapons expert discovered his young voluptuous wife in the arms of another man. As he watched the two of them together his mind snapped and turning from them in horror he ran. On the street he was struck down by a car and temporarily crippled losing one of his eyes. He vowed vengeance on all other women whom he considered like his wife. The series of murders began. The first girl to die was a go-go dancer. The police were completely baffled; Jennings didn’t even know this girl. The next was a stripper; she was killed on stage with a poison dart from a blowgun. The third was a beautiful model, a good friend of his wife. The fourth a prostitute who knew where his wife was hiding and after getting the information from her he killed her. And finally he killed his own wife; the woman who had driven his berserk. He since has disappeared entirely but the police hunt goes on. They are looking for him all over New York.” And so continues Jenning’s killing spree! Jennings is now going by the pseudonym Joe Davidson and has purchased a burlesque theatre with the intention of killing his wife’s lover Steve who has been hired as an actor. Jennings/Davidson concocts a convoluted plan to completely fuck with Steve’s life and eventually eliminate him. I’m not going to tell you the whole damn story but bloody hell does it have one hell of a finale! One of the most memorable finales in recent memory! The Curse of Her Flesh boasts not only one of the craziest finales but one of the craziest plots I have ever stumbled upon! You will not believe the insane plan that Jennings comes up with to mess with Steve. The icing on the cake is the hymen plastic surgery?! All I can say is, see it for yourself! Several folks die in the nuttiest ways possible! A booby-trapped dildo and a poisoned kitty paw to note a couple! There really is nothing like a Michael Findlay film! The Curse of Her Flesh is a seriously outrageous, nasty, hilarious, naughty, sleazy, entertaining film. The Flesh trilogy is a must have for any fan of sixties exploitation and The Curse of Her Flesh is the extra whipped cream with a cherry on top!

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Directed By: Joe Sarno
Starring: Maria Lease, Marianne Prevost, Peggy Steffans, Sue Akers, Dan Machuen, Morris Kaplan

Vibrations is about sisters Julia and Barbara and their strained relationship. The intrusive Julia shows up out of the blue and invites herself to stay at her little sister Barbara’s tiny apartment. The two share an incestuous past that makes Barbara excessively uncomfortable but which Julia seems to embrace. The sisters are polar opposites in every way. Julia is aggressive, self-involved and has a unquechable sexual appetite. Maria is quiet, hard-working, decidedly uptight and sexually oppressed. While the two unhappily co-habitate various complications come up. One complication is in the form of Dick Parrish; a handsome man living on the second floor who Barbara is typing a manuscript for. The second complication is in the form of a quirky broad named Georgia who keeps a storeroom next to Barbara’s apartment. Georgia shows up after dark to masturbate or have group sex in the storage room. I have become a big fan of Joe Sarno whose work I discovered during this Something Weird Video journey. Not everything the man directed is a winner, but I have enjoyed the vast majority of his library. I have delved outside of Sarno’s Something Weird titles also and remarkably have awarded nine of the fourteen films I’ve seen with a 4/5 or better and four of those earned a perfect score; Sin in the Suburbs (featured on my ultimate top five), Passion in Hot Hollows and Laura’s Toys (not on SWV). Mr. Sarno’s vibrators and unhappy women are an ongoing theme in a good many of his films. Vibrators and unhappy women are an especially strong theme in Vibrations; as its title suggests. The incestual aspect made me cringe a couple of times but generally speaking this is an effectively sexy bit of erotica. I have no idea why this film is listed as “adult” on IMDB. Did you know that you can not look up “adult” titles by name on internet movie database? Seriously, go try looking for Vibrations (1968) right now. The whole concept is ridiculous; but you can access it by doing a general internet search; IMDB is the first link that pops up! Vibrations is NOT an “adult” film. I certainly have no issue with XXX, but Vibrations is erotica and there is a huge difference. There is no visual entry or cumshots, just a lot of nudity, touching and simulated sex. Vibrations has a solid story and character development to accompany its erotica. The characters are fascinating and extremely watchable. Georgia, played by an unknown actress who also appears in Confessions of a Psycho Cat is unforgettable. Such an odd woman with the most peculiar delivery imaginable. She almost seems irritated the way she barks out some of her lines. She sports what made me think of drapes around her waist and comes equipped with a two-headed vibrating massager for your pleasure. And it is for your pleasure! In Georgia’s own words when she first meets the curious Julia “I specialize in pleasure. Pleasure so intense it is akin to torment. Exquisite torment.” Both sisters Julia played by Marianne Prevost and Barbara played by Maria Lease are attractive talented women who know how to emote and have a comfortable screen presence. Director Joe Sarno’s wife Peggy Steffans has a small part in the film as the building caretaker. “I just wonder what they could be doing staying in that storeroom all night long. You can bet they’re not playing mahjong.” Steffans is sort of the film’s comic relief; she’s freaking adorable! Vibrations is an attractively filmed, enthralling, ferociously sexy bit of erotica and a personal favourite in Sarno’s oeuvre. Batteries not included.



Directed By: Joseph P. Mawra
Starring: Eleanor Vaill, Bill Rogers, Lawrence Tobin, Ed Anderson, Lee Ann, Dan Craig, Warren Day, Kenneth Douglas, Ben Duran, Lewis Galen, Gary Goch, Jean Hanna, Rick Jarvis, Helon Lacount, Chris Mitchell

The titular Shanty Tramp is Emily; a flirtatious, trampy hustler living in a shanty with her alcoholic father in a small backwoods town. Emily seems to have a sixth sense detecting new men in town who she sniffs out and puts under her spell. When first we meet Emily she is strutting her stuff in a tight dress and heels into a travelling revival tent. She quickly catches the eye of the sleazy evangelist who she agrees to meet with later. The townsfolk including her own father are well aware of Emily and her shtick. Emily’s bad mojo does not prevent Daniel, a young African American man from being attracted to her. Daniel catches Emily’s eye in the revival tent to his mother stern disapproval. Meanwhile Emily kills some time by hooking up with a biker rolling through town at the local dive bar. This meeting will prove to be serpentine for three of the town’s residents. Eleanor Vaill (as Lee Holland) is picture perfect as Emily. Despite some dire consequences for others due to her actions she continues her tramping ways to the bitter end. I should loathe this character, but there was a part of me that thought Emily was a bit sad. She lives in a depressing racist town in a little dump of a house with her pathetic rummy father and no mother to be seen. She is still a loathsome bitch, but a mildly empathetic one. Emily oozes sexuality and wears is like a thorny crown. She unabashedly takes a fin for a romp in the local bar’s storeroom. Eleanor Vaill has a strong screen presence and is unforgettable in the role. I was surprised Vaill only had two other films on her resume; both are Herschell Gordon Lewis’s films, A Taste of Blood and The Girl The Body and The Pill. All the performances in Mawra’s low-budget effort are quite good especially the sleazy evangelist. The Something Weird Video website credits the director as Jose “Joseph” Prieto. IMDB lists Joseph P. Mawra as director but does denote “as Joseph G. Prieto”. I watched five other Mawra flicks during this feature and this is the first time I seen the director use a pseudonym. I wonder why he would choose to use a pseudonym for this particular film? Mawra is best known for his Olga trilogy (Olga’s House of Shame, White Slaves of Chinatown, Olga’s Girls); Olga’s House of Shame was serious exploitative sleaze for 1964. I also watched Mawra’s Peek Snatchers, All Men are Apes and his lesbian documentary Chained Girls and Shanty Tramp has bar none been my favourite. Shanty Tramp has a great soundtrack and I really dug the use of When the Saints Go Marching In which I will now forever associated with this film! Below is a YouTube post I did for Betty Dickson’s song Shanty Tramp with images from the film. It is unfortunate that the Something Weird Video print isn’t in better condition but it did not spoil my enjoyment of Shanty Tramp; a sort of grindhouse version of an Elia Kazan film with a meaty story, great performances and a hearty helping of exploitative goodness.


Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay, Phil Laurenson, Jim Rau, Don Alexander, John Elliot, Karin Alexana, Jack Gilbreth, Corinne Kirkin, Monica Blackwell, Sally Brody, Karen Burke, Eric Kelner Raynard

The Wizard of Gore is about magician Montag the Magnificent. Montag is a magician with a particularly graphic and gory stage show. He appears to kill a member of the audience during a performance but at the end of the act the “volunteer” takes her bow and leaves seemingly unscathed. Daytime television talk show host Sherry Carson and her reporter boyfriend Jack attend one of the shows and Sherry is anxious to do a piece on the magician. The couple eventually begin to question how Montag is involved when his volunteers later turn up dead. The Wizard of Gore has a pretty nutty premise and the delivery is pretty nutty too. I had not seen The Wizard of Gore in years before doing this feature. In fact, I had done a top ten list for each year of the seventies February 2011 and didn’t bother to re-watch it thinking I remembered it well enough. That was pretty dumb as it turns out because The Wizard of Gore definitely would have made my top ten for 1970! I loved this film! It is full of over-the-top outrageous performances and gore! Each death is nasty and unique; a real grisly delight it is! I laughed and was delightfully disgusted in equal measure! I laughed and laughed hard throughout The Wizard of Gore which has replaced Blood Feast as my number one Herschell Gordon Lewis film. In fairness to Blood Feast, I have seen the film so many times over the years I can quote well over half the film. I really enjoyed Judy Cler as Sherry Carson and Wayne Ratay as Jack but no one entertained me more than Montag the Magnificent played by Lewis regular Ray Sager. Montag is not only a magnificent magician he is also a master hypnotist! As Montag, Sager is flippant, arrogant, rude, and spectacularly self-important. The eccentric lead performance from Ray Sager alone makes The Wizard of Gore worth seeing. Montag is indeed The Wizard of Gore and brings heaps of gooey and grotesque theatrics to his dastardly stage show! And like so many of my favourite films it has an unbelievable and completely unforgettable finale! The Wizard of Gore is a Goretacular Spectacular and one of Lewis’ best. The Wizard of Gore was included on my Favourite Five Herschell Gordon Lewis films; to find out what the other four films were click here.

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SWV Honorable mentions that I also gave a perfect 5/5 rating: PASSION IN HOT HOLLOWS, BLOOD FEAST, and ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER MAN.

SWV Honorable mentions that I gave a 4 or 4.5/5 rating: A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine, Olga’s House of Shame, Help Wanted Female, The Kiss of Her Flesh, Love Toy, Heat of Madness, The Immoral Three, Scum of the Earth, A Thousand Pleasures, White Slaves of Chinatown, The Defilers, Bad Girls Go to Hell, Take Me Naked, Scream of the Butterfly, My Tale is Hot, The Swap and How They Make it, The Gore Gore Girls, The Curious Dr. Humpp, Career Bed, Aroused, The Fat Black Pussycat, The Exquisite Cadaver, Fleshpot on 42nd Street, A Taste of Flesh and Mantis in Lace.

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Strip Blues The Johnny Staccato Band

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by goregirl

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Music and images from Joseph P. Mawra’s White Slaves of Chinatown (1964). Music by The Johnny Staccato Band: Strip Blues. White Slaves of Chinatown is Mr. Mawra’s second chapter in the Olga series; the follow up to Olga’s House of Shame (1964). Evidently, Strip Blues is also used prominently in Michael Findlay’s The Curse of her Flesh (1968). In Curse the piece of music is played during stripper/burlesque performer Cindy Freemont’s act. I was very tempted to use images from Ms. Freemont’s fabulously frisky performance but since I already made a slideshow with images from The Curse of her Flesh I decided to show Mr. Mawra’s White Slaves of Chinatown a little love.

Special thanks to David for providing the music!

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Radio Spots/Trailers for Another Day, Another Man & Shanty Tramp

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by goregirl

Radio spots/trailers for two of my personal favourite Something Weird Video films; Doris Wishman’s Another Day, Another Man and Joseph P. Mawra’s Shanty Tramp. Both feature “immoral women” with “no scruples” ” who thought they earned their money the easy way”.

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“They have no scruples. They are corrupt and immoral as their passions run riot.”

Radio Spot/trailer for Doris Wishman’s Another Day, Another Man (1966) featuring music by Syd Dale (The Hellraisers)

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“This unusual and abnormal motion picture makes those Swedish movies look like a Sunday school show.”

Radio Ad/Trailer for Joseph P. Mawra’s Shanty Tramp (1967) with images from the film…

The Weirdness Continues! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by goregirl


sisw-resizedHear Ye! Hear Ye! Stepping into Something Weird will continue through the month of January! I have far too much to cover still! Coming Soon to the Dungeon! Andy Milligan! Ray Dennis Steckler! Joseph W. Sarno! Joseph P. Mawra! My favourite five Doris Wishman films! My Favourite five Something Weird Double Features! And MUCH MUCH more! Also upcoming! My co-host David’s fabulous feature on the man who put the “rough” in “rougie” the multiply talented Michael Findlay; director, actor, writer, cinematographer, producer and editor. David is awaiting on a bit of information that may prove to be essential to the project! Stay tuned!

I hope you will step into 2014 with me and discover more of the hidden gems in the treasure trove that is Something Weird Video’s library!

Just a note, I will be back to posting five days a week (Sunday night to Thursday night); Goregirl needs some rest!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and THANK YOU for supporting what I do here with your kind, funny and clever comments, your reblogs and likes on Tumblr, your retweets and favourites on Twitter and your likes on YouTube! I am passionate about what I do and I appreciate immensely each and every one of those nods you give. All the best to you and your families in 2014 and always!

With Gory Gratitude,
Goregirl (aka Terri)