Shock, Schlock & Leftover Film Stock

Bite Size: Hollywood Horror House/Savage Intruder (1970)

Hollywood Horror House doesn’t bother to conceal its overt emulation of hagsploitation progenitor Sunset Boulevard. There’s an opening montage of the glamorous life of a 1930’s movie queen, Katherine Packard (actual 1930s Oscar nominee Miriam Hopkins) This is immediately followed by a cut to the age damage and disrepair of the famous “Hollywood” sign, the…

Bite Size: The Love Statue: LSD Experience (1965)

Tyler (Peter Ratray) is just another starving artist in Greenwich Village. His paintings don’t pay the rent, so he must turn to other tools—like keeping financially solvent cabaret dancer Lisa (Broadway dancer Beti Seay) satisfied during their on demand sex sessions. Ty chafes at the sugar baby lifestyle, particularly when constantly reminded of his failings…

Bite Size: Lady Cocoa (1975)

By the mid 70s, Lola Falana was at the height of her fame in the United States, having already established herself as a star abroad. She was a Tony nominated stage actress, the ground breaking face of Faberge’s Tigress perfume, had cut multiple successful singles, and was one of the biggest draws in Las Vegas.…

Bite Size: Lurkers (1988)

While likely best remembered for her collaborations with her husband Michael, Roberta Findlay keep on grinding out films long after his 1977 death. After a stint in hardcore, she spent the last phase of her long career turning out New York local horror and exploitation efforts, with Lurkers being one of her final releases before…

Bite Size: Shanty Tramp (1967)

Shanty Tramp opens with overexposed black and white photography, the pencil skirted posterior of its protagonist framed squarely across the opening credits. Even without the brass brand bleating “When The Saints Go Marching In” it’s obvious this is somewhere in the American South. Sweat beads on the brows of passerby as the camera pulls out…

Bite Size: Stunts (1977)

Add stuntpeople to the list of professions that 70s filmmakers trotted out in search of a viable alternative to fading Western film cowboy archetypes. Unlike some of the other lone wolf friendly, rough and ready occupations that also briefly filled that cinematic space, stunt crews also had the added bonus of an easy segue to…

Bite Size: Test Tube Babies (1948)

This roadshow ultra cheapie was brought to audiences by producer George Weiss (Glen Or Glenda, the Olga series) and directed by classical exploitation knockabout W. Merle Connell (The Flesh Merchant), in a blatant attempt to make the headlines around otherwise staid medical breakthroughs into a tantalizingly racy ticket. George (William Thomason) and Cathy (Dorothy Duke)…

Bite Size: Teenage Seductress (1975)

Preston King (Chris Warfield himself, pulling triple duty as writer/director and co-star) is a famous writer. His novels have sold well enough to garner him a sizable spread and the ability to hire household staff, but he otherwise can live a pretty ordinary existence in Taos, New Mexico. He’s just well known enough to live…

Bite Size: Lady, Stay Dead (1981)

Despite writer/director Terry Bourke’s often being credited with the first Australian horror film (1973’s Night Of Fear) and his early adopter status for the government funding that would kickstart the Ozploitation wave, Lady, Stay Dead didn’t have a huge theatrical release at home or abroad. It did have a pair of mid 80s video releases,…

Bite Size: Evil Come, Evil Go (1972)

The transitional period between softcore and hardcore was a fertile breeding ground for offbeat and idiosyncratic sex film efforts, even if it occasionally makes for tricky tracking of who is responsible for which pieces of weirdness in a sea of uncredited prints and pseudonyms. One such shape shifter was director/performer Walt Davis, who turned in…

Bite Size: Cover Girl Killer (1959)

A great title can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing when watching films from the more forgotten corners of cinema history. It might be a massive spoiler (Three On A Meathook), an alluring misdirection (The Night God Screamed) or a purely aesthetic choice for maximum promo potential ( I Drink…

Bite Size: Horror Safari (1982)

Horror Safari, AKA Invaders Of The Lost Gold AKA Greed is one of those low budget productions that makes up for a lack of resources by luring an international cast of familiar faces with the promise of a beautiful shooting location/free vacation. Directed by bottom rung knock about Alan Birkinshaw (Killer’s Moon), and produced by…

Bite Size: She Mob (1968)

She Mob is about as regional a production as one is likely to find. The movie never saw a first run release outside of Texas, the directors uncredited for decades. Single serving performers were culled from the ranks of Jack Ruby‘s various nightclub ventures. The film was assumed to be lost by the few people…

Bite Size: The Meat Rack (1970)

The Meatrack is one of those films that exists as a snapshot of another time, where a print survives but there is precious little other information to accompany it. Filling in the gaps becomes more a matter of historical context rather than any specific production details. The tagline and the 1970 release year suggest an…

Bite Size: She Shoulda Said No! (1949)

Lila Leeds wasn’t exactly a star, but she was definitely a starlet. Originally from Kansas, Lila’s mother took her teen daughter on vacation in Los Angeles, and the headstrong young woman decided to stay and take the gamble on a movie career. She parlayed a position as hatcheck girl at legendary nightspot Ciro’s into an…

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.


Follow My Blog

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

2 Comments

  1. Encountered you on the Drive-In Asylum double feature! Subscribed. xox Jeff Jordan

    Like

Leave a Reply to G.G. Graham-Midnight Movie Monster Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s