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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)

THE ULTIMATE DEGENERATE (1969) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by goregirl

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I was not intending on reviewing a Michael Findlay film before my co-host David’s feature but I really only want to review my favourites from Something Weird Video’s catalog. I only watched a handful of Something Weird Video films in the past week and other than a couple of Joe Sarno’s (and I’ve already reviewed two Sarno flicks) the only one I felt really enthusiastic about was Michael Findlay’s opus The Ultimate Degenerate. At this point I have seen five of Findlay’s directorial efforts and have dug the absolute hell out of all of them but thus far The Ultimate Degenerate has been the Ultimate Findlay!

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I am guessing that Michael Findlay is an admirer of Hugo Haas as he included at least two nods to the director in The Ultimate Degenerate. In the first picture above is a shot of New York and if you look at the marquee to the left you will see That Woman is playing. The second picture above features Carla (Suzzan Landau) who is standing in front of a poster for Hold Back Tomorrow (it is actually written in French La potence est pour demain). I instantly recognized the names Cleo Moore and John Agar on the poster and when I looked it up I was thrilled to learn it was Hold Back Tomorrow; a film I had by chance watched just a few weeks before starting this Something Weird Video feature. I have seen two films directed by Hugo Haas that I enjoyed very much; Bait and Hold Back Tomorrow. I have read a couple of pieces on Haas both of which referred to him as a hack. I don’t like the word hack and I don’t like when it is used to describe director’s work that I enjoyed. Although I have seen just the two Haas films neither reflected the work of a hack. Haas made films on a low-budget that is true but both of the aforementioned films featuring the lovely Cleo Moore are pretty great and definitely risqué stuff for their time. Both of these Haas films have a seediness that suits the material well. I could see how Michael Findlay might have found inspiration in Haas’s work. Of the five Findlay directing efforts I’ve seen they have been considerably more salacious than others from their period. I will be checking out more Findlay and Haas stuff in the near future.

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“People are a lot like cars except when they’ve had it they don’t put them in the junkyard, they put them in the crazy house.”

The film opens with narration by the film’s central character Maria played by Uta Erickson as we are shown footage of cars in a junkyard. Maria informs us that “Six months ago things were different.” Maria was living in New York with her girlfriend Tammy (Donna Stone). Thinking she was alone, Maria does a little striptease for her neighbor Mr. Elsworth. Maria as it turns out was not alone and is scorned by Tammy; “You’ll give old Elsworth a heart attack.”

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Maria’s girlfriend Tammy is pretty uptight, Maria on the other hand is a voyeur and a borderline nymphomaniac. Maria realizes it is time to part ways with Tammy.

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Maria answers an ad in a New York sex paper. The job is in Vermont and pays $500/week for three weeks working for a man named Spencer (Michael Findlay). She is to meet his assistant Bruno (Earl Hindman) at Coney Island the next day.

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Little did Maria know that Spencer was watching over Coney Island from a ferris wheel.

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Bruno picks Maria up as planned and they drive to Spencer’s home in Vermont. Once they arrive, Maria is shuffled downstairs to a theatre where there are three women dancing and spraying whipped cream on each other.

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Maria is brought upstairs to meet the eccentric Spencer. Maria undresses for Spencer with a little assistance from Bruno. She is than shot up with one of Bruno’s aphrodisiacs.

“Don’t worry, this is a harmless aphrodisiac of my own concoction. Don’t be afraid. In a few moments after the fluids coursed through your veins you will experience the most delicious sensations.”

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Perpetual rehearsals but never any actual shows. The perverts Spencer claims to cater to don’t exist. Spencer is a deluded madman. His nurse died a couple of years previous and he has been on the verge of insanity since.

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Maria is taken to a room upstairs where she meets Sally (Cindy Freemont).

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“What is it?”
“After you finish showering don’t dry yourself; just stand in the doorway.”

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Maria awakes to find Carla (Suzzan Landau) exercising topless at the end of her bed.

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Carla escorts Maria to the theatre where they watch Sally perform with/for her “butch”.

“That’s Sally’s butch, Spencer likes to watch them in bed together.”

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Whipped cream obsessed. Whipped cream is an ongoing theme in The Ultimate Degenerate. And really, who doesn’t like whipped cream? This is one of Carla’s photo shoots for Spencer.

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Another one of Carla’s photo shoots; Dora (Janet Banzet) is posing for Lesbian photos with Maria. Carla’s cartoonish Betty Boop like voice barks at the two women to mash it up and make it look like they mean it.

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Spencer can not seem to achieve the level of excitement he desires and shoots up more junk. The spectacular psychedelic firepot dancing scene had me tripping along with Spencer who eventually falls into a brief drug coma.

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“Jeez, that’s all I ever see around here is broads chewing on each other.”

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Bruno tells Maria that Spencer’s fantasies have gotten weirder. Bruno tells Maria that he walked into the dressing room in the basement to find Spencer with his hair brushed down flat on his head wearing someone else’s glasses while Laura grinded her feet into his chest and he pretended to be in pain.

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Bruno relays another story to Maria when Spencer had a huge plate of boiled corn brought to him.

“I think he just read The Sound and the Fury and got excited by the scene where the guy rapes the girl in the barn with a corn cob.”

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“He himself has no sense of humor. But he is a very comic figure.”

Spencer wanted Conchita (Rita Vance) to look like she was in great pain for a photo shoot. Spencer got frustrated when Conchita’s performance did not live up to expectations. I have to agree with Spencer she really did a brutally bad job of looking like she was in pain! Spencer fixes the problem by pulling out some pliers and going at her nipples to get a real reaction.

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“Roll up your sleeve, I’m going to give you another stimulant.”

Spencer believes he is giving Maria another one of his “harmless aphrodisiacs” but he does not know Bruno has substituted Spencer’s concoction with something that will have Maria tripping balls in a bad way.

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The film’s final act after Maria has been doped up is the pièce de résistance of The Ultimate Degenerate!

The Ultimate Degenerate is funny, crazy, titillating, violent and sleazy; in other words it is everything I look for in a film. Michael Findlay’s unusual quirky accent and delivery is completely unique; I really can’t think of another actor who has his cadence. Growing up a huge horror fan and seeing a ton of films where women are tortured to death and raped mercilessly the “degenerate” acts committed by Spencer don’t really seem all that depraved. I mean who doesn’t like whipping cream or watching women dance naked by a firepot? Granted most people don’t have a theatre in their basement where women perpetually practice for a show that will never be put on. I think that speaks more to Spencer’s mental state than his degeneration but The Ultimate Mental Case doesn’t have the same ring. The Ultimate Degenerate features just one other male character other than Spencer and that is Bruno. I rather liked Bruno even though he is a total bastard. This was Earl Hindman’s second appearance in a Findlay film; the first was The Kiss of her Flesh. Hindman is best known for his role in Home Improvement as Wilson; Tim Taylor’s neighbor who is always obscured by a fence. There is loads of nudity in The Ultimate Degenerate; it would be impossible to review the film without including some. So many adorable and sexy ladies on display here! There were a lot of women I recognized from other Something Weird films and Findlay himself tended to work with a lot of the same women from film to film. Uta Erickson, Janet Banzet, Suzzan Landau, Rita Vance, Kim Lewid, Donna Stone and Cindy Freemont all appear in The Ultimate Degenerate and have made appearances in at least one other Findlay flick. Like so many of these low-budget underground films The Ultimate Degenerate is dubbed. Obviously Findlay dubbed himself but I think it may be his wife Roberta Findlay who dubs most of the women. On IMDB she is noted as providing “voices”. The Carla character’s voice was too much; I think it would give me a headache having to listen to that voice for any longer than the few minutes it was featured. The visuals in The Ultimate Degenerate are really primo! I hope I did a good job of capturing the awesomeness of the tripping out scenes because they are truly a hypnotic treat. I have watched forty-seven Something Weird titles at this point and The Ultimate Degenerate and its final chapter ranks high among my favourite viewing experiences. It is a perfect introduction to Findlay’s work and to the parade of fine and sexy broads of the world of underground cinema. The Ultimate Degenerate gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Michael Findlay

Starring: Uta Erickson, Michael Findlay, Earl Hindman, Janet Banzet, Suzzan Landau, Yolanda Cortez, Rita Vance, Kim Lewid, Donna Stone, Clint McCook, Cindy Freemont, Roberta Findlay.

Fun with GIFs: The Ultimate Degenerate (1969)

Posted in Fun with GIFs, movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by goregirl

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Ouch! I could not get a gif to work to save my life for Michael Findlay’s The Curse of Her Flesh (1968). I spent hours making around ten gifs that were all bunk. Now that I have a brand spanking new computer I am definitely going to look into video editing software so I can use video clips instead of screen caps for my gifs. I ended up making six gifs for Michael Findlay’s The Ultimate Degenerate (1969) and I thought these ones were passable; if nothing else they feature two of my favourite funky femmes!

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Uta Erickson as Maria in The Ultimate Degenerate.

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Cindy Freemont as Sally in The Ultimate Degenerate.

PASSION IN HOT HOLLOWS (1969) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2014 by goregirl

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IMDB has always been a flaky source for reviews but I do trust it for cast information. My co-host David recently told me that IMDB’s cast listing for a particular film he was looking up was a mess but I had never really run into that myself. Strangely, immediately following that conversation I did run into an IMDB error for today’s subject review; Passion in Hot Hollows. Linda Boyce is listed as playing a character named June Dealy. Boyce’s character, who is referred to by name several times is Linda Lu; Linda Lu Fenton actually. Don’t get me wrong, IMDB is an invaluable resource for cast information generally speaking but it is not 100% accurate. In fairness, these sixties exploitation flicks are full of actors and actresses that use pseudonyms. Keep in mind that many of these films included nudity, sex, erotica and violence that was considered to be particularly unsavoury in the time they were made. So many of these actors and especially actresses disappeared from the industry altogether after the decade was over. Time and time again I have run into actresses I have enjoyed in multiple films that have no listings after the 1960s; June Roberts, Sharon Kent, Gigi Darlene, Dawn Bennett, Darlene Bennett, just to name a few off the top of my head. In some cases the actresses lingered for a few years in the early seventies like two of very favourites; Uta Erickson and Linda Boyce, who both appear in Passion in Hot Hollows. I almost feel like I know Uta Erickson she has turned up in so many films I’ve watched; Linda Boyce would not be far behind Ms. Erickson. Both women have appeared in several films together and clearly have a comfort with one another that makes for great chemistry. A lot of what they have appeared in together has been erotica, or at least sexplotiation/roughies and the two have done several lesbian love scenes. Both of these lovely ladies are as sexy as they are charismatic and both give delicious performances in Joe Sarno’s tale of a small town with big passion.

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“Hey there! Either of you fellas know which way the Overlook House is?” -Norma Sue
“Five miles.” -Luke
“More like four.” -Billy Joe
“Five or six.” -Luke
“Four miles.” -Billy Joe

Billy Joe and Luke’s inane argument does not even answer the question Norma Sue was asking.

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“Here comes that Anna; Anna whatever her name is.” -Billy Joe
“Oh yeah, that bohunk from across the creek huh?” -Luke
“She was married to Anton. You know, he worked with us at the mill.” -Billy Joe
“Yeah. Crazy bohunk.” -Luke

Turns out Anna’s hubby Anton was “locked up in the booby hatch (mental hospital) over in Cloverdale” about three months previous.

“After three months she must be ripe for the plucking.” -Billy Joe

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“Thank you. I don’t know your name.” -Anna
“Billy Joe; Billy Joe Fenton. I only know your name is Anna.” -Billy Joe
“Anna Cordach.” -Anna

Anna invited Billy Joe in for some tea.

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“What are you doing here?” -Jean
“We’d like a room.” -Norma Sue
“I assume you’re married.” -Jean
“Of course we are. Do you think I’d come to my big sister with a man and ask for a room if I wasn’t?” -Norma Sue
“Seven dollars a night for a double. Sign here; and don’t forget to make it Mr. and Mrs.” -Jean

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“Where’s Billy Joe?” -Linda Lu
“Oh, I don’t know. He went out for a spin on his bike.” -Luke
“Oh damn! Why he knew I was visiting Daisy Jones and her new baby. Now how am I supposed to get to the Overlook House? Sometimes Billy Joe just forgets that I’m the only one that’s working in this family.” -Linda Lu
“He’ll come along in twenty minutes.” -Luke
“You could take me over on your bike.” -Linda Lu
“Uh-uh. I best wait for Billy Joe.” -Luke

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Meanwhile Billy Joe is having tea with Anna.

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“I’d like to try something different. Like maybe watching you do it to another girl.” -Norma Sue
“Just watching me and her?” -Parker
“Might just be kicks.” -Norma Sue
“Sounds indecent.” -Parker
“Honey, that’s what I am; indecent. And that’s what I’ve always been.” -Norma Sue
“Indecent. That’s the way I like you.” – Parker
“Ever since I was a kid. That’s what I was. But her, she was always the good one. Yeah, always the good one.” -Norma Sue

Turns out that Jean was the good girl but was a chronic masturbator. Jean had a rag doll that she would take with her when she’d hideaway and touch herself. Norma Sue stole that rag doll but it didn’t stop Jean from playing with herself. Jean ended up getting married to a fifty year old man when she was just fifteen.

“Know what? I bet she still ain’t had nothing but playing with herself.” -Norma Sue

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Jean is indeed in her room playing with herself; Jean is a chronic masturbator.

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Norma Sue shows some bitterness and resentment towards her big sister:

“He kicked off and left her this joint. A goldmine.” -Norma Sue
“Aw hell, you didn’t do so bad. Dick Horn divorced you and gave you a bundle of money to get lost with, not to mention this car.” -Parker
“This is nothing compared to this. Nothing at all. Give me another cigarette.” -Norma Sue
“Parker?” -Norma Sue
“Yeah?” -Parker
“I’d love it. I’d truly love to watch you and Jean. I’d love it more than anything I could think of.” -Norma Sue

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“I want another ride on your bike.” -Linda Lu
“You can have a ride on a bike any time you want; Billy Joe has a perfectly good one.” -Luke
“Yeah, but riding yours is different. You know, with my arms around you. Something about your bike; the way it bounces and all that. Gets my blood heated up. Makes me want you to take me out to the barn.” -Linda Lu

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Norma Sue fools around with Parker in the barn where she knows Jean will be turning up any minute. Jean does turn up and watches the couple from the shadows until Norma Sue shouts out to ask Jean if she is playing with herself. Jean runs from the barn and into her bedroom where she continues to play with herself. The relentless Norma Sue chases after Jean and taunts and humiliates her from the other side of the locked door.

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In Norma Sue’s pursuit of beating boredom and getting kicks she has Parker hit on Linda Lu who is watching over the bar that night. Linda Lu has sex with Parker as Norma Sue watches from the shadows and eventually joins in.

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On the advice of Billy Joe, Anna turns to prostitution to earn some money. Her first customers are Norma Sue and Parker. Anna charges ten dollars per partner and Norma Sue and Parker pay for three telling Anna that the third will be along later. Anna is going to get quite the surprise.

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“Norma Sue don’t go. Don’t leave me. Please. Don’t leave me.”

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“It was nice. But I was getting bored with the whole thing. The whole damn thing.” -Norma Sue
“Where do we go now?” -Parker
“We’ll just head west; anywhere.” -Norma Sue

Did Norma Sue come to her hometown of Hot Hollows specifically to corrupt the local population; or more specifically to corrupt her sister? I think that answer is a resounding yes. Norma Sue is proudly indecent; she wears it like a crown. She doesn’t try to be any other way, and she does not want to be any other way. In her own words Norma Sue is easily bored. Even a “stud bull” like her subservient boyfriend Parker rarely keeps her satisfied. But good old obedient Parker is willing to be her whipping boy and do her bidding. Norma Sue is abundantly confident and comfortable in her own skin although She does slip into a resentful, child-like pout when it comes to her sister Jean. She looks at Jean as almost a nemesis; her polar opposite who was favored by her parents when they were growing up. Norma Sue turns the entire tiny town of Hot Hollows upside-down without batting an eyelash. She leaves the town guilt free with little more than a shrug of her shoulders. Cherie Winters (credited as Lola Valentine) who played Norma Sue has appeared in several Joe Sarno films (Skin Deep in Love, Scarf of Mist Thigh of Satin, The Sex Cycle, All the Sins of Sodom and The Wall of Flesh). Winters plays Norma Sue with brashness and tenacity and really sells it. I thought this character was fabulous; one of my favourite Sarno characters yet. Oh how Norma Sue so enthusiastically taunts, teases and shames her sister Jean. Poor Jean. Jean isn’t much of a talker and tends to keep to herself. Married to a fifty year old man at the terribly young age of fifteen, she has never left Hot Hollows and her naivety reflects it. Jean runs the bar and inn known as The Overlook House left to her by her late husband. It is the spot for all the locals and the only place one can stay in Hot Hollows. Lovely Uta Erickson gives an electric performance as the sexually repressed; chronic masturbator Jean. Jean employs Linda Lu Fenton; a reliable and spirited gal whose husband Billy Joe has been out of work. The spunky Linda Lu likes to sneak up on people and always speaks her mind. I’ve never seen Linda Boyce play such a fun quirky character! She is an absolute ray of sunshine; blindingly bright and too hot to handle! Anna, the sweet foreigner has been left to fend for herself after her hubby was committed to a mental hospital. Anna is befriended by Linda Lu’s husband Billy Joe and the two become engaged in an affair. Irene DeBari is another Sarno regular and she is perfect as the amiable Anna. The men in the film are not without their charms but are not exactly the sharpest lot. Parker is the wishy-washiest of the bunch. The mellow fellow questions the things Norma Sue asks of him but does them anyway. The frustratingly agreeable Parker is basically no more than a lap dog; or a “bull stud” as Norma Sue refers to him. Alex Mann (credited as Luther Braun) is another Sarno regular (not to mention an appearance in two Doris Wishman films) and he plays the lovable dope parker to a “T”. It is no wonder that Billy Joe and Luke are chums; they are two peas in a pod. The goofy duo have managed to get themselves in to all sorts of trouble over the years in the sparsely populated town. Both ride motorcycles and work at the mill which has recently laid off most (or all) of its employees. This leaves the two with far too much time on their hands. Aaron Green who plays Luke and Charlie Dodson who plays Billy Joe have some pretty amusing dialog and both are well-suited in their good ol’ boy roles. Passion in Hot Hollows is a spectacular visual delight. The cinematography in the film is amazing and the use of shadows and light throughout is stunning. It has a sexy Tennessee Williams vibe about it, but sleazier; it is also funny as hell at times. The characters and their activities are engaging and titillating; their turmoil, spirit and passion was magic. At this rate, I may never watch another horror film again! Just joshing! But Damn, that Joe Sarno is one talented sonofabitch! Passion in Hot Hollows gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score!

For more images from Passion in Hot Hollows click here.

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Joe Sarno

Starring: Cherie Winters, Linda Boyce, Irene DeBari, Charlie Dobson, Uta Erickson, Aaron Green, Alex Mann