Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 10th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1965
Director: Michael Findlay
Cast: Yoko Ono, Val Avery, Glen Nielson, Gene Wesson
DVD released: January 8th, 2002
Approximate running time: 72 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: OOP
Synopsis: A Japanese mail-order-bride arrives in New York City, but is robbed, abducted, and raped. Meanwhile three hooligans terrorize young women with house invasion, car jacking, rape and murder.
This wonder of modern editing techniques [not really] takes the unfinished film Judas City starring Val Avery (Papillion) and then unknown Yoko Ono and intercuts footage from an apparently unfinished project of Michael Findlay (A Thousand Pleasures). Judas City is a sleazy noirish crime drama with some decent cinematography and it’s very interesting seeing Val Avery as such a brutal thug and, of course, Yoko Ono as a submissive victim.
Nevertheless, it is the sensational thrill seeker footage from Findlay that really grabs the victim and the viewer by the throat and makes this release a seminal roughie. The first victim we encounter is none other than Roberta Findlay bound and gagged and tied spread-eagle to a pool table! A video editor reveals this footage to run 34 minutes and consists of four distinct scenarios that are mostly presented intact with only a few invasions from the other movie. The Judas City portion runs 38 minutes.
The source elements are good with indoor scenes better lit and delivering sharper definition that outdoor footage. Sound is live for Judas City and looped for the Findlay sections. Voice-over narration attempts to tie the two unrelated projects together. Extras include the lackluster Scare Their Pants Off second feature, also considered a roughie but hardly an essential view.
Note: This release is currently Out Of Print.
Forgiving Satan’s Bed’s mish-mash format reveals two short films that are both worthwhile on their own merits which include historical early footage of Yoko Ono and a forerunner of things to come from the Findlays. Stay tuned for more rough times and roughie reviews to come!