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MY TALE IS HOT (1964) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by goregirl

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Peter Perry Jr. (aka Peter Perry, A.J. Gaylord, Seymour Tokus, Seymour Tuchus, Arthur P. Stootsberry) directed thirteen films of which I have seen three thus far; The Joys of Jezebel, Kiss Me Quick and today’s subject review My Tale is Hot. At this point I have watched fourteen Nudie Cuties from various directors for this feature; I decided I should do a review for at least one of them. I have mentioned in previous posts, the Nudie Cutie’s main objective is to show a lot of naked or partially naked broads. They are always light on story and usually loaded with cheesy humor. Many of the early Nudie Cutie flicks were set in nudist camps/resorts/colonies. Apparently in the early part of the sixties you could show nudity if you set your film in a nudist resort; there were exceptions to that rule. Doris Wishman claimed in an interview that she was not allowed to show nudity in her film Nude on the Moon (1961), which was about a nudist colony on the moon. Despite being set in a nudist colony it had a science fiction theme and therefore could not contain nudity?! Censorship loosened up considerably as the decade wore on. There was no doubt in my mind which Nudie Cutie I would be reviewing. My Tale is Hot has been my favourite by far thanks to the fact that it actually made me laugh regularly and the sets and costumes were absolutely out of this world! Also I am a total sucker for a man in a devil costume!

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My Tale is Hot aka Always on Monday (1964).

Filmed in LIVING SKIN-A-SCOPE!

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Lucifer is reading his favourite magazine The Ladies Book Companion while his wife Saturna prepares dinner. He reads the following text…

“Ben-Hur Ova the wealthy Arab leader in the United States on a business mission has been chosen by the editors of Ladies Book Companion as their man of the year. Ben, a model husband has been happily married for over twenty years. A successful tycoon in his forties, Ben always finds time for his home life as witnessed by the fact he has sixty-three grandchildren. But most important, Ben has won this award because in the unanimous decision of the selection board he is undoubtedly the world’s most faithful husband. No earthly temptation could possibly sway Ben-Hur Ova from his loving home. His beautiful…”

He stops here because the next page has been torn out. Saturna used it for kindling to get the fire under Hitler re-started.

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Business has not been good for Lucifer and he needs a new sinner badly. He can not resist the challenge of tempting Ben-Hur Ova to come over to the dark side. Saturna’s taunts only spur him on.

“You haven’t had a faithful husband down here since Henry the Eighth.” -Saturna

“You know Henry the Eighth got a bad rap. Any man smart enough to cut off his wife’s head should be sainted.” -Lucifer

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Lucifer pops up in Ben-Hur Ova’s backyard as Ben’s wife Miasis-Ova is doing some gardening. Just before Lucifer makes his appearance it gets extremely hot and Ben-Hur Ova’s wife strips down to her panties. Alarmed by the appearance of Lucifer in her backyard she runs to tell Ben.

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Ben-Hur Ova and Lucifer meet. Lucifer hands him his hot to the touch business card made of asbestos:

Lucifer U. Devil
Collector of souls
Garbage disposal specialist
Furnace engineer
Evil Spirit
Magician
Short Order Cook
Undertaker
Caretaker
Takerunder

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Lucifer begins his parade of temptation by materializing a swimming pool complete with a bathing beauty. “This is the pear-shaped model.” Another pair of women follow and Ben-Hur Ova refuses to make a deal with the devil. “How about putting my backyard back into a flower garden!”

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Lucifer refuses to give up tempting Ben and introduces him to “Sinner-Vision” starring no other than the new French maid Ben-Hur Ova just hired.

“Where you going?” -Lucifer
“For a walk; and don’t follow me, I want to be alone.” -Ben-Hur Ova

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Of course Lucifer has no intention of giving up on Ben-Hur Ova and the parade of women continues.

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Lucifer and Ben-Hur Ova stop for a devil dog with some girly relish. Girly relish allows you to see through walls and get a glimpse of naked dames like this gal.

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The girly relish upsets Ben-Hur Ova’s stomach and Lucifer gives him some Sexlax. The Sexlax causes Ben to blow a hole clear through the wall and get a gander at this bird. Just look at those feathers!

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Ben-Hur Ova is parched from the Sexlax and Lucifer takes him to get a drink. Of course Lucifer continues his fruitless attempts to woo Ben with his sinfully lovely ladies.

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Candy Barr’s Burlesque act interrupts Ben-Hur Ova’s favourite show; The Wonderful World of Disney. The Wonderful World of Disney is Ben-Hur Ova’s favourite show which he always watches on Monday; hence My Tale is Hot’s alternative title Always on Monday. To check out the rest of the images in this set click here.

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There is a very good reason that Ben-Hur Ova was not tempted by Lucifer’s parade of Nudie Cuties.

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Lucifer fails at his attempt to win Ben over to the dark side. He decides to pack a bag and invite himself to stay with Ben-Hur Ova. Saturna catches wind of this and goes to Ben’s to collect Lucifer much to his chagrin.

There are loads more Nudie Cuties to be found in My Tale is Hot! This is just a small sampling of the chicks, dames, babes and broads that offer up an eyeful! As you can see from the images I included the Something Weird Video print of My Tale is Hot is considerably less than perfect. There were multiple green lines that appeared regularly through the film and at no point is the picture sharp but it was watchable enough; it is never so blurry as to have you questioning what an image is. The colors are surprisingly vibrant considering the picture quality and the visuals are too spectacular not to admire. Every single set in the film is hand-painted. I am a huge fan of homemade set pieces and My Tale is Hot is packed full of them! The humor is definitely cheesy and there are more silly one-liners than you can shake a stick at. What can I say? A lot of it did make me chuckle. If it was not for the copious amount of nudity this film would by very PG. But of course there is copious nudity! There is an excessive amount of nudity that would have the prude in your house running from the room screaming. My Tale is Hot came as a double feature with a second Perry flick The Joys of Jezebel. I did not enjoy Joys nearly as much but it is definitely a visually pleasing film with its highlights. The package overall with the fabulous Something Weird special features which included a ton of Devil-inspired trailers (The Devil’s Garden, The Naked Witch, Olga’s Dance Hall Girls, The Soul Lover, Touch of Satan, and Up in Smoke), Strip Short boudoir Belle featuring Candy Barr, A wacky animated short called Satan in Church, A full length feature called Go Down Death (1944) and a gallery of David F. Friedman Exploitation Art. Overall a package I am very pleased I added to my collection! I actually have a few more Peter Perry Jr. films in my queue as my DVD rental outlet Zip had a number of them available. Some were added intentionally like The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill which I rented because it featured Stacey Walker who gave one of my favourite performances during this Something Weird Video feature in A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine. I also added Perry’s Mondo Mod; a rare Something Weird Video documentary. The third feature in my queue Revenge of the Virgins was quite by accident as it comes as a double feature with Ramrodder. Peter Perry Jr.’s My Tale is Hot is one of the most entertaining of the Nudie Cutie films and comes highly recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Peter Perry Jr.

Starring: Candy Barr, Max Gardens, Ima Ghoul, Jack Little, Bea Reddy, Carol Baughman, Monica Liljistrand, Gaby Martone, Barbara Nordin, Adele Rein, Karen Wyatt

THE FILMS OF KENNETH ANGER: A Review in Four Parts

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2013 by goregirl

Scorpio Rising and Lucifer Rising have nothing in common thematically other than both have the word “Rising” in their title. I paired these two up because they were my personal favourites of the collection.

SCORPIO RISING (1964)

Scorpio Rising was made while Kenneth Anger was staying in Brooklyn with his friend Marie Menken. Anger became acquainted with a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who met every Saturday at Coney Island’s Cyclone rollercoaster. The group allowed Anger to film their lives. Anger shoots footage in the men’s garages, workshops and bedrooms as well as a Halloween party and a bike race. The result is Scorpio Rising a documentary of sorts like only Anger could do. Anger comments that none of the men in the film were gay. The men did not want their significant others filmed which Anger said made the film appear “queerer” than it was.  Anger remarks on the film’s title in the commentary; Scorpio is the sign of the Zodiac that rules the sex organs and machinery. The two are connected so it seemed logical to title his film Scorpio Rising.

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The motorcyclist Anger calls Scorpio carried a scorpion amulet for luck.

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Working on their handmade motorcycles was their passion. Anger calls it American Mechanical Folkart.

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A wind up motorcycle toy moves along the floor as Peggy March sings Wind Up Doll.

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This motorcyclist admires his lavender and white bike he calls The Grim Reaper. The motorcycle is his mistress.

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Vanity; sometimes men decorate themselves.

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This is Scorpio. Scorpio is a huge Marlon Brando and James Dean fan. The TV coincidently was playing The Wild One while Anger was filming which he worked into the footage.

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Anger cuts in footage from a religious film called The Last Journey to Jerusalem. The film was delivered to him by accident and Anger kept it. The Lutheran Church tried to sue Anger over his use of their footage but lost due to fair use laws.

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This shot is an homage to Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial art magazine.

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Anger bought four kegs for the Halloween party.

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A flag and checker set from Anger’s Nazi memorabilia collection. His flags were stolen during the shoot.

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Anger includes footage from a bike race. One of the motorcyclists died during this race; he had a tattoo that said Blessed Blessed Oblivion on his arm.

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Death smoking a youth cigarette on the cover of a 1938 copy of Look Magazine.

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LUCIFER RISING (1972)

Kenneth Anger had a larger budget for Lucifer Rising than any of his previous films. The volcano photography at the beginning of the film was taken when Kenneth Anger joined a BBC team to capture footage of an erupting volcano near Iceland. Anger is fascinated with volcanoes and feels they tie in with the primal nature of creation theme of Lucifer. Lucifer Rising is all about Aleister Crowley and Thelema. Aleister Crowley wrote a poem called Hymn to Lucifer. Lucifer is the God of beauty and light and the literal translation of his name is I bring the light. Anger, a follower of Crowley’s Thelema is very proud of his library of Aleister Crowley books and features his collection in the film. I posted two tracks last week from Bobby Beausoleil’s score for Lucifer Rising. Bobby Beausoleil composed and recorded the soundtrack for Lucifer Rising while serving a life sentence in prison for his association with Charles Manson that resulted in the murder of Gary Hinman. Lucifer Rising is Anger’s highly visual, mesmerizing ode to Crowley, Thelema and the vastness and power of nature.

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The flaming titles were created by visual/special effects artist Wally Veevers.

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Actress Myriam Gibril as Isis the Magician. Anger comments on Ms. Gibril’s enthusiasm to bare her breasts and designed a costume that would show them off.

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Director Donald Cammell (Performance, White of the Eye, Demon Seed) as Osiris Lord of Death.

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Marianne Faithfull as Lilith. Shades of grey adorn Lilith representing night and fog. The female demon of discontent is a powerful but unhappy creature.

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Six priests (six is a sacred number according to Crowley) climbing ancient stone steps in the Black Forest at night are juxtaposed with Lilith climbing the same steps in the daylight. The sacred solar temple in the film was rediscovered by the Nazis who used it to initiate the Hitler Youth.

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The sacred solar temple altar.

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Anger recreated Crowley’s temple pictured above is the magic circle.

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Lucifer wears a jacket with his name on it. Lesley Huggins who dons the jacket was an authentic demon according to Anger.

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Lucifer Mark VI Cake.

Screenshot from 2013-06-13 21:06:12This scarf was used by Anger to wrap Marianne Faithfull’s wrists after a suicide attempt.

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Anger uses footage from Dave Butler’s 1930 film Just Imagine. Anger thought Lesley Huggins looked like the film’s “Idol on Mars”.

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More visual effects from Wally Veevers who created the UFOs in Lucifer Rising.

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The Colossi of Nimrud in Upper Egypt. Anger burned the script of Lucifer Rising in the background. This static image lingers for some time while his script burns away.

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Artwork done by Page Wood.