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HELP WANTED FEMALE (1968) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2014 by goregirl

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I had Watched Aroused for my favourite horror films of the sixties feature which made my top ten for 1966. Unfortunately I never got around to watching the other two films in Something Weird’s triple feature; Rent-a-Girl and today’s subject review Help Wanted Female. Rent-a-Girl was definitely the weak link in the set but it is not without a few sterling moments. Actually, I really shouldn’t use the word “moments” as every scene seems to go on for an eternity. The director William Rose really needed to spend some time in the editing room. I really adore Darlene Bennett who has turned up in several films I have watched during Stepping Into Something Weird. Bennett has two significant scenes in Rent-a-Girl. In one scene she is forced to endure a sort of water torture and in another she plays a game of strip billiards. By no means should my comments about Rent-a-Girl prevent you from buying this Something Weird Video triple feature it was an excellent investment and well worth owning just for Aroused, Help Wanted Female and the bonus material. Help Wanted Female is a delightful blend of funny, strange and twisted with exceptionally watchable performances. The bonus material (taken from The Something Weird Video site):

• 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!

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This is Jo-Jo. Jo-Jo runs a karate school aptly named Jo-Jo’s Kung Fu. That ain’t the only thing Jo-Jo’s got going on! This unfortunate man accidentally bumped into Jo-Jo knocking the books from her arms and then accepted a ride with her. She tells the man she has to drop the books off at a friends along the way. Once they get to the friend’s house she initiates sex and later robs and kung-fu chops him!

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This is Luana; fellow hustler, friend and roommate to Jo-Jo. Luana is a call girl who is about to go on a big date with Mr. Sebastian Gregory who will pay her $200 for three hours of her “services.” $200 was a lot of dough back in 1968!

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Mr. Gregory drops some acid and tells Luana about himself and his girlfriend Barbara. Mr. Gregory and Barbara have become bored of one another. The only thing that seems to get a rise out of Barbara is pain. She burns Sebastian and then asks him to cut her thigh with a knife. The obvious next step is to pick up a teenager hitchhiker and kill her for amusement.

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Luana is having a little difficulty believing the mellow-mannered, playful Mr. Gregory’s story and figures it is just the LSD doing its thing.

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This is teenage hitchhiker Tina. She is wooed by Barbara with compliments about her beauty and potential to be a successful model. Tina accompanies the couple to their home where they take a variety of photographs in various states of undress. There is no film in the camera but Tina knows no better. Tina doesn’t suspect a thing until Barbara is plunging a knife into her stomach.

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Barbara and Sebastian let the poor girl stumble through the house bleeding from her gut while bizarrely cheerful music plays. Tina eventually finds the bathroom and falls to her knees at the tub. The couple follow Tina into the bathroom and Barbara hands Sebastian a knife to finish off the job.

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The poisonous relationship between Barbara and Sebastian could not possibly end well. Sometimes all you can do is have a nice cup of tea and try to mellow out and go with the flow. When kinkiness turns to murder! It is a cautionary tale for men everywhere!

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Luana is very entertained by Mr. Gregory’s story but her three hours is almost up.

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Mr. Gregory goes on to tell Luana about his day at the beach with Barbara. Damn I love this scene!

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Luana gets a shock!

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Luana attempts to call Jo-Jo who is mid-class and can’t hear Luana whispering on the other end.

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Jo-Jo is not above doing a little striptease herself. She is not only a master of martial arts she is a fine sexy broad. She develops a little crush on Mr. Gregory after he coldcocks her. A crazy and very entertaining finale with a double twist is the cherry on top!

“My feminine hygiene is letter-perfect.”

I have to admit that Help Wanted Female was more comedic than I was expecting but in the case of this film it works beautifully. I chuckled and laughed regularly throughout. It made the intense scenes seem all the more biting. There are only two scenes of violence in the film and it is questionable as to whether they even happened. Poor Tina wandering through the house holding her blood-oozing gut while a cheerful ditty played was one of my favourite scenes. The bag over the head scene takes the cake, but it would be a terrible spoiler for me to tell you about it and it is too yummy to spoil! I could say the same thing about the day at the beach scene; another favourite. All three of these scenes are very well-executed. The film ranges the genres never really landing on anything in particular. IMDB lists it as drama which I think is the default category for films that they don’t really know how to list. I would call Help Wanted Female a comedic, sexploitation mystery-thriller. It has a significant amount of nudity, a touch of violence, some great laughs and top-notch performances. All four of the actresses in the film have very skinny resumes and sadly it does not list which actress plays which character. Joy Kahl and Dianne Michaels have two credits each including Help Wanted Female while Inga Olsen has just this one film. Lucki Winn has them beat with her mighty three which includes The Wild World of Batwoman. I thought the three female leads in the film were all a lot of fun; natural and charismatic. I especially enjoyed Jo-Jo! I could have watched an entire film about Jo-Jo and her exploits! Tony Vorno aka Sebastian Gregory who plays, you guessed it, Sebastian Gregory is a riot! Vorno has considerably more on his resume than the ladies starring in such fine underground fare as The Hang Up. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about Help Wanted Female. It never felt weighed down; if anything it seemed to be over too soon. The icing on the cake was the double twist at the end; you could even say triple twist. I have to agree with (and borrow) Something Weird Video’s words on Help Wanted Female. Help Wanted Female is a kookie cult film just waiting to be discovered — with or without acid.” This is the second film I have watched directed by John Hayes (the first was The Hang Up) and I found both mucho entertaining! I absolutely can not wait to dive in to the rest of Hayes’s films! Hayes appears to have a wealth of titles available. I am starting with The Garden of the Dead which should be arriving on my doorstep in a matter of days. Help Wanted Female comes highly recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: John Hayes

Starring: Tony Vorno, Joy Kahl, Michael Lincoln, Dianne Michaels, Inga Olsen, Lucki Winn

Fun with GIFs: Sinthia: The Devil’s Doll (1970)

Posted in Fun with GIFs, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2014 by goregirl

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The Something Weird Video double feature Satanis: The Devil’s Mass and Sinthia: The Devil’s Doll were the objects of my attention for the past two nights. Much to my chagrin there really wasn’t any good GIF getting from the Anton LaVey documentary Satanis; Ray Dennis Steckler’s Sinthia on the other hand was jam-packed with GIF potential. Most of Sinthia is the titular character relaying her nightmares to her psychiatrist. It definitely gets redundant and some scenes drag but Sinthia definitely had some sterling moments. Here are two of my favourite moments of Steckler’s Sinthia: The Devil’s Doll

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Sinthia is daddy’s little girl; at least until she is compelled by a force beyond her comprehension to stab her parents to death while they are having sex. Happens to the best of us Sinthia.

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Sinthia relays the details of her nightmares to her psychiatrist.

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The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon 1915 – 1950

Posted in movies with tags , , , on January 9, 2014 by goregirl

Classic Movie History Project

sisw-resizedI will be slipping out of Something Weird mode ever so briefly to contribute a feature for Movies Silently’s Classic Movie History Project Blogathon 1915 – 1950. I will be focusing on the year 1927 in movie history. I need an extra day to get this project completed so unfortunately there will be no Something Weirdness for you until Monday night. If you just can’t get enough of me I post new stuff every single day over at ye olde Tumblr so check, check, check it out. Look for my 1927 feature this upcoming Sunday night.

Have a GORETACULAR weekend!

Cheers, GG

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In Memorium of MIKE VRANEY Founder of Something Weird Video

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , on January 4, 2014 by goregirl

Mike Vraney

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Something Weird Video’s founder Mike Vraney. Mike Vraney succumbed to a battle with cancer on January 2nd, 2014. Please visit Something Weird Video’s website to read the touching words left by his colleagues, friends and family; Lisa Petrucci, Tim Lewis, Kendall Bechtel, Mark Vraney and Danielle Vraney. Mike Vraney left behind a library of unique cinema that may have otherwise been buried forever; a goldmine of underground films that capture a gone by era of moviemaking for us to embrace, love and treasure as he himself did. Thank you Mike Vraney for Doris Wishman, Michael Findlay, Joe Sarno, David Friedman, Barry Mahon, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joseph Mawra and so many others. Your legacy will live on in the dusty bookshelves of Something Weird Video’s many fans like myself who will covet and cherish these films forever.

For more about Mike Vraney visit My Kind of Story/Images.

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The Weirdness Continues! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

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

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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)