Written by: George Pacheco on November 24th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1976
Director: Zebedy Colt
Cast: Spalding Gray, Gayle Leonard, Susan McBain, Nancy Dare, Jon Black
DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 61 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse PIctures
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
The golden age adult cinema of Zebedy Colt has become recognized in recent years as some of the roughest and most bizarre from an age already known for certain excesses, with this latest disc from Impulse Pictures serving only lend further credence to that notion.
Farmer’s Daughters is short semi-feature with a very basic rape/revenge premise, taking place on an unnamed, backwoods farm in the middle of nowhere. Colt directs and stars as the patriarch of three young, nubile daughters, who find their own sexual shenanigans cut short when they’re taken hostage by a group of three escaped convicts. These criminals rape and humiliate the family, force them to engage in perverse acts of incest at gunpoint, and generally cause chaos before having the tables turned on them during the film’s final act.
The premise sounds a bit extreme, and it’s true that Farmer’s Daughters is a dirty and nasty example of adult cinema with very little joy to be found within the abundance of its sex scenes. It should be mentioned that the performers in Colt’s (thankfully?) balk at selling the incest angle with the disgust it truly deserves, giving Farmer’s Daughters more the vibe of a straight sex film performed by actors never forgetting they’re “just in a movie.” The beautiful Marlene Willoughby in particular seems quite focused on presenting as ‘theatrical” as performance as possible, presumably getting lost in her character, ignoring the vile plot-points to cash that paycheck.
Speaking of paychecks, veteran Hollywood character actor and writer Spalding Gray appears here in one of his early adult cinema roles, proving once again the myriad connections between modern Hollywood and its dark golden age underbelly. Gray, for what it’s worth doesn’t shy from all Colt needs from him in his reprehensible role as one of the convicts, although who knows what the actor might have thought of this obscure film from his past getting a DVD release so many years later!
Sadly, we’ll never know the answer to that question, as Gray passed away back in 2004, but Impulse has indeed released Farmer’s Daughters to disc here, presented in a damaged and gritty-looking full frame transfer. That being said, it’s doubtful that Farmer’s Daughters will likely look any better, and besides, a film this ugly probably doesn’t deserve a pristine re-conditioning anyway, to be honest. The sound is serviceable, although the ADR is distracting, but indicative of the fast ‘n cheap method of shooting these films during this time.
There are no extras to be had, other than a sneak peek at the next installment of Impulse’s 42nd Street Peep Show series, but, to be honest, the film itself is bizarre enough on its own without any commentary or interviews. Colt’s decision to end the film in a surreal blend of echoing gunshots, schizophrenic editing and a basic recap of the entire story in flashback gives the whole feature a vibe of someone’s demented fetish nightmare actualized as a staged sex film.