Archive for Sexploitation

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Johnny Hawksworth – Jane Bond Theme

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2013 by goregirl

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Music and images from Doris Wishman’s A Taste of Flesh (1967). Music by Johnny Hawksworth – Jane Bond Theme.

A SMELL OF HONEY A SWALLOW OF BRINE (1966) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2013 by goregirl

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A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine opens with central character Sharon Winters doing some heavy making out with boyfriend Roy Bradley. After getting naked Sharon begins to shout at him to stop. Roy needless to say wants to keep forging forward but Sharon is insisting he put on the brakes. A cop happens to be passing by and wants to know what all the ruckus is about. This scene ends with the above title sequence. This is how we are introduced to Sharon Winters.

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The incident results in a court trial and Roy Bradley is sentenced to two years in a state reformatory for rape and assault. Roy was definitely pushy but we witnessed this incident and we know that Roy did not rape Sharon. This is the beginning in a series of similar events orchestrated by Sharon. Sharon is a disturbed young woman with malicious intent who craves attention.

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“So I was raped! It happened six weeks ago! What do you expect me to do? Observe a year of mourning?”

Sharon’s roommate Paula questions her evening date so soon after her “incident”. Sharon has agreed to go on a date with co-worker Dick Owens. When Dick shows up she initially asks him to wait for her on the couch. A short time later she invites him to wait for her upstairs. Sharon arranges a mirror strategically to reflect her naked body as she is getting dressed. Awkward, dull Dick tells Sharon about his promotion at work but is seriously distracted by a naked Sharon reflected in the mirror. Sharon soon takes things to the next level resulting in her standard cry of rape. Dick is so shaken up by the incident he never shows up for work again.

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Sharon initiates a sexual encounter with her roommate Paula. Sharon apologizes to Paula for her previous bitchy comments. Paula offers to give Sharon a massage and complaining it is too warm takes all her clothes off. When things begin to get heavy Sharon pulls her rape stunt. This results in the film’s most infamous line as featured in the Something Weird promo reel “I may be a bitch but I’ll never be a butch.”

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Lowell Carter is a brand new hire at Sharon’s office. Sharon wastes no time hooking up with Lowell. Sharon and Lowell’s relationship almost seems healthy initially but that does not last long. Sharon begins the tease game but unlike the other men in the story Lowell is plagued with Sharon nightmares. Lowell has a sadomasochistic dream that he has Sharon tied up. He rips off Sharon’s clothing and whips her relentlessly. But even in his dream Sharon takes charge. The tables are turned and soon it is he who is tied up and being tortured by Sharon. At work Lowell fantasizes about him and Sharon running through a field laughing happily and Sharon stripping for him in a bar. He is obsessed with Sharon. Finally the time comes when Sharon agrees to give herself to him completely. Sharon’s modus operandi of course kicks in at the last-minute and a cry of rape is uttered that drives Lowell completely and utterly mad. Lowell has a monster-sized meltdown!

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Lowell’s meltdown makes the paper and Sharon’s boss suggests she take the rest of the afternoon off. Sharon goes to sit in the park and for a few minutes I thought there might have been some regret. Alas, she attracts the attention of Tony as he is walking by. Sharon has a coffee with Tony and the two meet later to go dancing. The evening’s dancing concludes with Sharon and Tony getting hot and heavy but this time things end a little differently for Sharon.

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A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine or as I like to call it The Girl Who Cried Rape was surprisingly naughty. Personally I think the film qualifies as a roughie as much as a sexploitation flick. For starters there is a lengthy and very well done sadomasochistic dream/fantasy segment. People die, go to jail and get beaten at various points in the film. Sharon Winters is one of the nastiest and most malicious females I have run into in sixties cinema. I have watched hundreds of horror movies from the decade so I think that is saying a lot. Granted, sixties horror is not exactly jam-packed with female antagonists. Sharon gets great pleasure from the undoing of others. It literally makes her laugh. She has no regrets about the results of her teasing. Teasing is really the wrong word though. Once you are making out naked you are rather past teasing. In all cases, Sharon is very much the aggressor. A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine is definitely exploitative and is one of the grittier films I seen from 1966. The Something Weird titles I’ve watched definitely get naughtier as the years through the decade progressed. I actually enjoyed every aspect of this film but particularly Stacey Walker who plays Sharon Winters. She is fantastic! She is so perfect as the catty, manipulative, nasty, sexy Queen Bitch Sharon Winters. I loved her expressions and her reactions and her laugh. I loved her abundant overflowing confidence. She has become one of my b-movie heroines! Sharon is a heinous person and Stacey Walker makes her so fucking watchable! I specifically added the Something Weird title The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill because of her presence in that film as Miss Kissey Hill! A standing ovation also goes to Sam Melville who plays Lowell Carter. His segment with Stacey, the film’s lengthiest, is definitely the Pièce de résistance of A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine. Melville is well matched with Walker and they have great chemistry. It is lots of fun watching poor Lowell’s massive meltdown! I included a small photo gallery below of Lowell’s meltdown for your viewing pleasure. I really dug the music used through the film too. My only minor complaint is the ending was too rushed. I was very satisfied by the finale but I would have liked to have seen more graphic detail of how it went down. While no fault of the filmmaker, I sure do wish the picture quality of the Something Weird print had been better. There were a lot of scratches on the film and the darker scenes were quite pixellated. A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine has definitely been one of my favourite viewings from the Something Weird catalog and it comes highly recommended.

Director Byron Mabe (credited here as B. Ron Elliott) was a busy man through the sixties and seventies. He directed ten and acted in 38 films; many of them are Something Weird titles including one I watched last week called The Defilers.

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Dungeon Rating: 4.5/5

Directed By: Byron Mabe (aka B. Ron Elliott)

Starring: Stacey Walker, Sam Melville, Bob Todd, Sharon Carr, Michael Wright, Michael O’Kelly, Larry Jones, Linda Gearhart

Lowell Carter (Sam Melville) goes storming out of Sharon Winters (Stacey Walker) bedroom into the city streets. Everywhere he looks he is reminded of Sharon and sex! I have NO CLUE why the pretty black woman’s face reminded him of Sharon and sex but they flash it a few times!

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For even more images from A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine click here.

CAREER BED (1969) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2013 by goregirl

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Joel M. Reed is best known for his 1976 film Bloodsucking Freaks; a film that seems to have as many fans as it does detractors. While Bloodsucking Freaks is presented with a tongue planted firmly in cheek it does involve the graphic torture of several women. One of the women has her brains sucked out through a straw! Fantastic nasty fun! And that ain’t nearly the worst of it. I guess Bloodsucking Freaks’ sleaze, gore and tongue planted in cheek sensibility isn’t for everyone. Reed did not start out making over-the-top gore flicks though. Reed’s first two films were sexplotiation titles; Sex By Advertisement (1968) and today’s subject review Career Bed (1969). They are available as a double feature through Something Weird Video. I have already seen several Something Weird titles that explore the sleaziness of the modelling, music and film industry. It was a popular topic for low-budget and independent filmmakers in the 1960s. Career Bed in my opinion is the ultimate trip into showbiz sleaze where the worst offender is the young starlet’s own whore of a mother!

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Mrs. Potter, a recently widowed middle-aged woman is fed up with life in small town U.S.A. and moves herself and daughter Susan to New York. Mom is determined to get Susan into show business; Susan on the other hand is not remotely interested in going into show business. Susan stills holds a candle for her small town boyfriend Bob who is currently in transit to New York to pay her a visit much to her mother’s displeasure.

“I hate New York and I hate show Business.” -Susan Potter

“I’ve got enough ambition for the both of us.” -Mrs. Potter

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When Bob shows up Susan is conveniently out of the house. Mom starts hitting on Bob the second he walks in the door. Mom tells Bob that Susan has begun seeing someone else which he believes despite knowing full well that Susan’s mom adamantly disapproves of their relationship. It was ridiculous how quickly he gave in and fucked Susan’s mom. Of course Susan walks in on the two of them and a flustered Bob ends up spouting out some crap about her not putting out which really added insult to injury. That is the last we see of Bob.

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Mom takes her daughter to see Ms. Reynolds, an agent who likes to be “mother and confidante to the girls” she represents. She requests to see Susan naked and is apparently pleased with her assets. Dinner with Ms. Reynolds is arranged which apparently includes a sleepover. I don’t think Susan was prepared as she seems to have forgotten her pajamas.

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Susan has a meeting with Mr. Landive; the only character in this story that isn’t a sleazebag. He suggests to Susan that she move out of her mother’s home. Reality check Susan! Your mother is a manipulative crazy bitch! He offers to find Susan an apartment she can share with another girl. He arranges to pick Susan up later that night. When Susan arrives home she confidently packs her bags and gets set to leave but mom pulls a huge heavy that I won’t divulge. Susan ends up going to an appointment with one of the creepy industry people her mom set up. When Mr. Landive shows up to collect Susan he is met by mom who attempts to seduce him but he throws his drink at her naked breasts and leaves. “If you live in a sewer you should bathe once in a while.” Mr. Landive disappears from Susan’s life.

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Next up in the line of scum is David Smith who is promising Susan a television contract. Mom barks at Susan to give Mr. Smith a kiss…with her mouth open. Smith than puts his hand between Susan’s legs and mom compliments Susan on being a good girl. It also turns mom on. Ewwwww.

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Photographer Jerry Raymore aka King Raymore is as awkward as he is creepy. What a sad sad sad man this one was. Before Susan and her mother arrive at his studio he was conversing with an inflatable rabbit. I am not sure how Susan and mom stumbled upon this loser as he seems to be utterly unsuccessful. He has to beg for money to avoid getting kicked out of his studio. Mom refuses to allow Raymore to take pictures of Susan naked. Raymore promises to get Susan connected with producer Ross Miller. Mrs. Potter agrees to let Susan pose naked if Raymore can produce a letter from Miller’s office. He does in fact have a connection with Ross Miller. Ross Miller hates Raymore with a seething passion but just the same entertains the idea that Susan Potter may be of interest to him. The pictures are taken and the deal is made.

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Ross Miller is completely smitten with Susan and takes her on as a client. Of course that is not all he takes.

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Susan is well on her way to becoming the star her whore of a mother intended her to be. All you need to do is sleep your way to the top and talent be damned. Career Bed indeed!

Career Bed is definitely cynical, it is also cheeky, funny and sleazy. Everyone poor Susan meets is a complete piece of shit with the exception of Mr. Landive. No one however is a bigger piece of shit than dear old mom. This mother takes the cake! Susan would have been better off getting beaten by mom than the head trip she is taken on. Mom literally turns her daughter into a prostitute. I will give mom this; she doesn’t ask Susan to do anything she wouldn’t do herself. The first conversation they have in the film mom says “You’ll be a star even if I have to pull every dirty trick in the book.” And she follows through on that promise! She herself screws several of the men to get Susan’s foot in the door. She is not the most appealing woman and has zero class but the dirt she is dealing with actually find her willingness to sell her daughter to the highest bidder appealing. Susan Potter played by Doe-eyed Jennifer Welles is beautiful, feisty and rebellious but is equal parts subservient, mousey and naive. She if forced to grow up quickly and by the end of it begins to mimic her heinous mother. Mrs. Potter is played by Honey Hunter who did a great job playing a grade A, first-rate bitch. During sex she would stare vacantly looking incessantly bored and smoke a cigarette. This was Ms. Hunter’s only film credit. I got a real kick out of this cynical and cheeky film about the seediness of show business. Career Bed is a well-written and very entertaining bit of sexploitation with a particularly rewarding finale and two memorable leads. Highly recommended!

“Love?! Stop inventing words.” -Mrs. Potter

For more images from Career Bed click here.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Joel M. Reed

Starring: Jennifer Welles, John Cardoza, Honey Hunter, Stioge Glyspayne, John David, Lance Lombardo, Regina Goyla, Arlene Moskowitz, Enis Gsobs, Charles Carlton Buffum

Stepping into Something Weird & The Films of Michael Findlay DECEMBER 2013

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2013 by goregirl

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output_6Ta0W0 You may have noticed this GIF or the below poster in my sidebar. If you follow me on twitter or tumblr than you might have already heard; the month of December will be dedicated to the Something Weird Video catalog and the films of Michael Findlay. Oh what sleazy, sexy, salty, salacious, surreal, and sinful fun we are going to have! Joining me to celebrate Something Weird Video’s luscious library is my friend David over at My Kind of Story whose primary focus will be the aforementioned Mr. Findlay. Look for tumblr posts every single day at My Kind of Story Images and Goregirl’s Dungeon as well as trailers, pics and fun facts each day on Twitter. Here in the Dungeon there will be reviews, Favourite Five lists, Fun with Gifs and a few special surprises. David and I will also be digging up some music and other goodies for YouTube. Please join us in the festivities all month-long because let’s face it, we could all use a little “Something Weird” in our lives couldn’t we?

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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Syd Dale – The Hellraisers

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by goregirl

I can’t seem to kick my Doris Wishman addiction! The sexy madness continues with this brilliant piece of music from Ms. Wishman’s Another Day, Another Man (1966); one of my personal favourite’s from the director! I hope you all love Something Weird as much as I do because in December it is going to get extra weird around here! ALL DECEMBER LONG I will be reviewing Something Weird flicks!! Want a taste? Check out my Doris Wishman galleries on TUMBLR! There will be lots and lots and lots more awesome images from the delightful Something Weird library to come!

Music and images from Doris Wishman’s 1966 film ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MAN. Music from Syd Dale – The Hellraisers.