Written by: Carroll Jenkins on January 11th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1969 (Judy), USA, 1968 (The Night Hustlers)
Directors: David W. Hanson (Judy), Bobby O’Donald (The Night Hustlers)
Writers: George Meadows, George Mead (Judy), Bobby O’Donald (The Night Hustlers)
Cast: Dave Haller, Sandy O’Hara, Judith Lowe (Judy), Andrea Barr, Margo Billings, Marcel De Lage (The Night Hustlers)
DVD Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 75 minutes (Judy), 57 minutes (The Night Hustlers)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (Judy), 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (The Night Hustlers)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: NTSC Region 0
Retail Price: $12.98
Judy: A gloved assailant sexually assaults a young lady with artistic aspirations in the woods prompting her father’s hiring of a Mike Hammer type private eye to apprehend the perpetrator.
This is exactly the kind of no-budget sexploitation roughie that the late Mike Vraney used to turn up for his Something Weird label. It was filmed silent with the dialog post-synched and the sex scenes scored with generic library lounge music. The pre-credits bi-racial lesbian scene is completely unrelated filler (and rather off-putting) but it does set the tone for the sexual shenanigans to come.
Our detective is searching for the gloved assailant with virtually nothing to go on, but now the victims are raped and then strangled. Escalated to serial killer status our psycho graduates to strangulation first and necrophilia second. If any of this was remotely believable it might be quite disturbing. One of the highlights is the hard-boiled patter from the detective character replete with curse words in every other sentence. But the main reason for the existence of this film is the various sexual pairings including several lesbian encounters.
The Night Hustlers: A French novelist enlists the aid of a team of vice squad detectives to provide ideas for a new book. Their work is frequently interrupted by various women who call begging for a date.
Except for the long song by the wannabe crooner, this short feature flies right by, blowing many minds as it does. There is some serious weirdness to be had here, and it’s a blast. The double carrier framework is quite ingenious; in between the sordid ‘real life’ vice stories we get topless women writhing around begging for service from their Frenchy.
A prime example is the situation involving a basement sex show. It starts with a striptease from a blonde with the worst hard-as-rock boob job this side of Pat Barrington. Once she’s finished two half-naked studs try to be the first to climb a greased pole and become her co-participant in the finale. This competition turns into a street brawl with the small audience whipped into a frenzy intercut with the stripper writhing around on the couch with a fur coat. Then our vice cops bust the joint. This is sleaze nirvana – more than the mind can boggle.
Vinegar Syndrome must be applauded for locating and preserving these obscurities in fine style. Both features are sourced from impressive elements; Judy from 16mm in fullscreen and Night Hustlers from 35mm in anamorphic widescreen. Because Night Hustlers was blown up to 35mm using late sixties technology, it is somewhat soft and grainy. Judy, being post-synched does not sound as good as Night Hustlers’ live mike sound.
Don’t expect any acting capabilities of any note here, but if you like early Michael Findlay or virtually any H.G. Lewis productions you should find lots to love. Both features are reminiscent of various aspects of Mantis In Lace / Lila, and I mean that in a good way.