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The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: CAROLYN BRANDT

Posted in Film, movies, The Goddesses of Underground Cinema with tags , , , , on June 24, 2017 by goregirl

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I must admit until a month ago I was not familiar with the name Carolyn Brandt; despite having seen The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies and The Thrill Killers both of which feature the actress. The aforementioned are just two of several films Carolyn Brandt was in directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Brandt was married to Steckler for ten years (1963 – 1973). Brandt continued to make films with the director after their divorce; post divorce she primarily narrated Steckler’s adult films. I subscribe to Fandor which either recently added a bunch of Steckler flicks, or I just finally noticed them. So I went on a binge and watched all of the Steckler films Fandor had; Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, Body Fever, Lemon Grove Kids, Blood Shack, Las Vegas Serial Killer and then re-watched the two films initially mentioned. Being a bit of a completist I found versions of Wild Guitar and The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher to watch. At some point I may actually seek out some of Steckler’s adult flicks. Steckler’s flicks amuse me. Wacky, memorable characters played by a cast of regulars including Steckler himself, Ron Haydock and of course the delightful Carolyn Brandt. The cute and charismatic actress is comfortable in front of the camera and appears to have great chemistry with her co-stars, especially Steckler not surprisingly. I enjoyed her roles in all of the Steckler films especially in Rat Pfink a Boo Boo and Body Fever. My personal favorite Steckler Body Fever (1969) features Ms. Brandt as Carrie Erskine; a thief who double crosses thieves. Steckler as Charles Smith is an incompetent private investigator who is hired by one of the thieves to track Erskine down. P.I. Smith has an office, a secretary and a boat that he lives on but apparently can’t afford a car so he hitchhikes from one location to another. After much ado he eventually does find Erskine and the two fall in love. Ridiculous and hilarious fun! With 28 acting credits to her name I thought the charming Ms. Brandt deserved a place in my Goddesses of Underground Cinema. It is a pretty exclusive club at this point. I hope to add more lovely ladies soon!

Carolyn Brandt as Carrie Erskine in Body Fever (1969)

Carolyn Brandt as Cee Bee Beaumont in Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)

Carolyn Brandt as Carol and Ron Burr as Ron in The Thrill Killers (1964)

Carolyn Brandt as Marge Neilson in The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)

Carolyn Brandt’s Filmography

Face of Evil (2003)
Weekend Cowgirls (1983)
Indian Lady (1981)
Red Heat (1981)
The Hollywood Strangler Meets the Skid Row Slasher (1979)
Cover Girls (TV Movie) (1977)
Sex Rink (1976)
Teenage Dessert (1976)
Teenage Hustler (1976)
Teenage Massage Parlor (1976)
French Heat (1975)
French Fantasies (1975)
Perverted Passion (1974)
The Sexorcist (1974)
Rufus Potter’s Hooker Scam (1973)
Blood Shack (1971)
The Mad Love Life of a Hot Vampire (1971)
Pinocchio (1971)
Triple Play (1971)
Body Fever (1969)
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters (1965)
Goof on the Loose (1964)
The Thrill Killers (1964)
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)
Secret File: Hollywood (1962)
Wild Guitar (1962)
Eegah (1962)

The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: UTA ERICKSON

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, The Goddesses of Underground Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2014 by goregirl

Uta Erickson is the second entry into my Goddesses of Underground Cinema feature; I hope to add many more audacious, alluring, ambrosial, adorable and accomplished actress to this feature before year’s end. Ms. Erickson has much in common with my first recipient Darlene Bennett. Like so many of the women who acted in underground cinema through the sixties little is known about either actresses personal life and shortly after the decade was over they both disappeared from filmmaking. Bennett and Erickson worked with many of the same directors, although I don’t think their paths ever intersected role-speaking. Uta Erickson has thirty-nine acting credits to her name; or more accurately her many names. Ms. Erickson may hold a world record for the amount of pseudonyms she used in her eight years of acting in underground cinema. Her aliases included Arti Jane, Artie Giovanni, Sharon Spitz, Tia Trevino, Artimidia Grillet, Jennie Reeves, Carla Costa, Artemida Diannini, Marion Shelton, Carla Erikson, Jo-Ann Perry, Gia Nina, Rose Dunn, Willa Mist, Dyana Alicia and Britt Hansen. Erickson worked with many of my favourite directors of the period including Doris Wishman, Michael Findlay, Joe Sarno and John and Lem Amero. Erickson’s natural beauty and ease in front of the camera made her a real stand-out among her peers. Uta brings a perfect balance of sexy, sweet and shy with intelligence, intensity and strength. Many of Uta’s roles have been dubbed over and others like the excellent Love Toy she speaks very little. Much can be relayed without speaking a word as is the case with so many of Uta’s memorable performances. For a solid representation of Uta Erickson’s work I would recommend checking out Lem and John Amero’s beautiful 1970 film Bacchanale, Michael Findlay’s drug-induced 1969 odyssey of insanity The Ultimate Degenerate, Doris Wishman’s deliciously sleazy 1973 film Love Toy, Joe Sarno’s mesmerizing melodrama Passion in Hot Hollows and the quirky, satan-worshipping, cat-fighting shenanigans of Olga’s Dance Hall Girls whose director is unknown. Below are several pictures of the lovely and talented Uta Erickson as well as her complete film resume.

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Uta (credited as Artimida Grillet) is Maria in Michael Findlay’s The Ultimate Degenerate.

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Uta (credited as Britt Hansen) is Jean in Joe Sarno’s Passion in Hot Hollows.

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Uta (uncredited) is noted as “blonde Sitting on couch” in Olga’s Dance Hall Girls. Despite receiving more screen time than practically any of the other film’s cast, Uta’s character never gets a name and the actress is not credited.

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Uta (credited as Dyana Alicia) is Maria in Michael Findlay’s The Kiss of her Flesh. Pictured also is Earl Hindman (credited as Leo Heinz) who plays Don. Picture courtesy of My Kind of Images.

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Uta in her final film appearance (credited as Willa Mist) is Mary in Doris Wishman’s Love Toy.

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Uta in another uncredited role in Andy Milligan’s Seeds of Sin.

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Uta (credited as Carla Costa) is Monika in Peter Woodcock’s Daughters of Lesbos.

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Uta in another uncredited role as a hooker in Barry Mahon’s The Sex Killer.

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Uta (credited as Rose Dunn) is Lola in Kenny and Ray Wells’ Wendy’s Palace.

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Uta plays Ruth in Lem and John Amero’s Bacchanale. This was the first film I seen Uta in and her appearance and performance left a lasting impression on me. Picture courtesy of My Kind of Images.

***Uta Erickson was often cast alongside the seriously sassy Linda Boyce; the two had some sizzling chemistry together. Below are images from a selection of Ms. Erickson and Ms. Boyce’s onscreen appearances.***

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Uta (credited as Carla Costa) is Phyllis and Linda (credited as Claudia Cheer) is Babette in Peter Woodcock’s Return of the Secret Society (aka Babette)

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Uta (credited as Rose Dunn) is Lola and Linda (credited as Mary Poey) plays Wendy in Kenny and Ray Wells Wendy’s Palace.

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Uta (credited as Artemidia Grillet) is Maggie and Linda (credited as Linda Mactavish) is Jackie in Michael Findlay’s A Thousand Pleasures. Picture courtesy of My Kind of Images.

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Uta is uncredited playing the stage partner to Linda Boyce’s (credited as Lena Brice) character Stella in Michael Findlay’s The Curse of her Flesh. Picture courtesy of My Kind of Images.

Love Toy (1973)
Love Me… Please! (1972)
Dynamite (1972)
Lovers by Appointment (1970)
Torture Me, Kiss Me (1970)
Wendy’s Palace (1970)
Women Women Women Moira (1970)
Only in My Dreams (1970)
Interplay (1970)
Bacchanale (1970)
The Amazing Transplant (1970)
The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful (1970)
Yellow Bird (1970)
Mnasidika (1969)
She’s Doing It Again (1969)
Passion in Hot Hollows (1969)
Monique, My Love (1969)
Marcy (1969)
She Came on the Bus (1969)
Sex Circus (1969)
Donna and Lisa (1969)
Anything Once (1969)
Olga’s Dance Hall Girls (1969)
The Ultimate Degenerate (1969)
Return of the Secret Society (1968)
The Kiss of Her Flesh (1968)
The Curse of Her Flesh (1968)
See How They Come (1968)
Daughters of Lesbos (1968)
Seeds of Sin (1968)
Private Relations (1968)
Beware the Black Widow (1968)
The New Life Style (Just to Be Love) (1968)
A Thousand Pleasures (1968)
The Sex Killer (1967)
Unholy Matrimony (1966)
Sin in the City (1966)
Electronic Lover (1966)
The Love Cult (1966)