Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 17th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1965
Director: Lee Frost
Writer: David F. Friedman
Cast: Byron Mabe, Jerome Eden, Mai Jansson, Carol Dark, Linda Cochran, Kathy Sharpe, Sandra Sinclair, Mimi Marlowe, Ted Cooper, Marti Litis
DVD released: February 20th, 2001
Approximate running time: 69 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Something Weird Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.98
Synopsis: Two buddies are looking for bigger and better kicks when they tire of endless sex, booze, and drugs. Perhaps a captive sex slave would be thrilling?
The Golden Age of Softcore Black and White Roughies article revealed indirectly that many of these titles had not been reviewed here at 10kBullets. This series of ‘retro’ reviews is intended to rectify this situation. The title under consideration is still in print thanks to the efforts of the late Mike Vraney and Something Weird Video.
These days a Best Picture Academy Award winning film (Pulp Fiction) can feature a sex slave in a basement (and a homosexual one to boot). That level of sleaze and depravity had to start somewhere, and this is pretty much where.
The film centers around Carl Walker, Jr. whose father deeply resents his deadbeat son and has demanded that he come to work for him or abruptly wean himself off the golden teat. His buddy Jameison hangs on mainly to have a ride despite the fact that his devoted girlfriend despises Carl. We see early signs of just how sociopathic Carl is as he burns his date with a cigarette and then spouts off his misogynistic manifesto, “The female has but one function in life – to give men pleasure. If they don’t give it, you take it. There’s only one thing in this whole crummy square-infested life that counts – KICKS.” Enter a young, naive and unknown innocent named Jane who just happens into harms way by crossing paths with Carl and Jameison.
This is a gritty, sleazy, grotty good time. The onscreen nudity and violence are rather limited, but the established mood, scuzzy locations, noirish photography, and hair raising screams all make this one of the top classics of it’s kind. Acting ranges from good to nearly great, with Byron Mabe and Jerome Eden (Two Thousand Maniacs!) providing a solid anchor for the film with their performances as the randy rascals. The tight direction from Lee Frost keeps the film moving at a brisk pace; the action only counterpointed by some character establishment footage and even that is interesting. Frost made a few pictures as good or better than this and many more that were not nearly. Unfortunately most of his well known pictures fit into the latter category and his greatest accomplishments are mostly little known and underappreciated.
Once again producer David F. Friedman kept the original elements and the feature no doubt looks better than it did during it’s original exhibition. As coupled with Scum Of The Earth, this Image / Something Weird Special Edition Double Feature (plus extras) is a must-own DVD title.