Friday, July 25, 2014

Code Red Six Pack V.1 - ALL THE YOUNG WIVES

"Let me tell you something, stud... you use my wife, I use your money." 

ALL THE YOUNG WIVES is another fine entry into the CODE RED SIX PACK volume 1, and once again I'm pushed to check out something I would NEVER have found as we are thrown head first into the world of "Big Jim" and his collection of horses, stable hands, young wife hook ups and even a little bit of funky lovin' along the way.  It's sexploitation with only a little bit of sex and a whole lot of drama...

Before I even get at the film, I have to say that I just love this still. You have your beat up print, you have hair by BLOOD, SWEAT & SCISSORS and you have one of the titular YOUNG WIVES longingly looking out the window, topless while holding her morning coffee.  Sexploitation as I like it!

Ahem...back to the show.

Big Jim is the man that controls the jobs, the town and all the sexual shenanigans he can handle. But can he control his favorite stable boy? Can he contain the desires of his beautiful "virgin wife" that he keeps up in his big house?  WILL HIS HORSE BE ABLE TO DEFEAT THE STABLE HANDS HORSE in a race for 5 grand versus running the sexy stableman out of town?  
We shall see..

There isn't much more to add to the plot here, but ALL THE YOUNG WIVES is really entertaining as a bottom of the bill bit of 1973 class warfare and it definitely does deliver on the action scenes it promises. Big Jim does battle with his fists, his wayward schlong and his money as he oppresses everyone that works with him.  But they strike back, and it's a micro rebellion.  His trophy wife finds her way into not just the arms of a younger, more earnest man, but also gets VERY early 70s as she finds herself at the disco with everyone that Big Jim despises and, seemingly, fears in a weird way.  But Big Jim is up for some therapy himself.  In perhaps the films oddest, grooviest and most interesting scenes, BJ can't resist the wiles of an ebony skinned temptress.  The writing of the scene and especially the performances of Gerald Richardson and April Johnson make it a classic as Fancy tells Big Jim she doesn't have to take HIS uppityness.  "I'm me, and you're let's not screw up the balance of power!"  

 It's hard to describe why I enjoyed this so much, but everything here works to add up to a good time for the sexploitation film fanatic. Solid dialog. Good performances. Unexpected groovy dancing and pretty women to boot.  And yes, there was definitely a subtext of racial tension, this Georgia set film in 1973 was sure to push a few buttons at the Drive-Ins of the South!
VIVA LA CODE RED SIX PACK...another cool film I would never have found!

And how interesting that the director is credited as doing English language sound on the Wang Yu film BLOOD OF THE DRAGON? That is on so many packs and PD releases that I've probably seen it 3 times!

As a bonus item I just can't resist sharing the poster for the re-release as THE NAKED RIDER. Now that title and ad campaign would REALLY piss off some folks, this is definitely more socialsploitation than sexploitation, but what a poster!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Code Red Six Pack V.1 - SWINGIN' PUSSYCATS

It's time for more heavily edited German Sex Comedies via CODE RED SIX PACK!  Hey, I like these things, but this late 60s entry might be pushing things a little.  It's missing a whole lot of the this shot taken from a German VHS from 1991.

But that doesn't mean it's not worth watching for genre fans. I think much of the language oriented comedy is demolished, but it's a got some broad appeal (ahem) jokes that I got a kick out of.  The story is simple.  A family of libertine's have a family sex gathering every year (???) and the youngest daughter (played by Ingrid Steeger in a very early role, she is billed very low) comes back from school as a VIRGIN!  This will not do!  So, it's a full blast of shenigans... no...oh oh, implied due to cuts sex fest!  We do get lots of shots of banging headboards though.  So, fans of that will be satisfied!

Dirty old men even make an appearance!
Anyways, it all goes as you would expect it to and if nothing else the violin teacher that gets released, but not before multiple releases as he searches everyones room to find his missing bow. The long one, with a curve...  Yep, it's TeeHee central!'s fine, another welcome addition to the Six Pack experience to be honest, I like the super short running times at least, nice bottom of the bill fodder and as usual, if you find 60s ladies of Europe alluring (as I do) then you'll get a kick out of not just seeing Steeger, but also Andrea Rau of DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS fame flitting about.  

The US version starts off pretty ballsy as well, as we get a countdown clock to sexual hijinx with a full 20 seconds of blank screen to start things.  This must have been VERY interesting to the original audiences.  eh.  Well, you gotta fill up all that cut nudity run time with something, but BLANK isn't the usual method I see!  

 Code Red's presentation of this edit looks nice, there is a strange sort of blurring that goes on (look at the shot in the trees above), but that is also present on the old VHS, so it must have been intentional.  Dreamlike?  Humph. It matters not, this one can be your first check off to get to the sexier delights of some of the other Six Pack flicks. What we have here is a set of clips from an early German Sex Comedy that will interest fans, but probably not many else.  ONWARDS!!!

 And here, presented without sound for technical glitch reasons, are the original credits.  LONG and actually pretty amusing!

Friday, July 18, 2014


I love these CODE RED DVD releases of SIX PACK drive in movie prints!  I reviewed second volume already, so lets dip in to Volume 1!  What is cool about these is I'm trying everything, no matter the genre.  THE TALE OF THE DEAN'S WIFE doesn't have an appealing title really, but what lurked beneath that was an absolutely bonkers 1 hour and a few minutes of vintage 1970 Sexploitation full of buxom bodies, weird moral politics and... yes, THE DEAN'S WIFE certainly spreading some tail.  Urrrrr... tale. 

We open on a scene that just bounces and jiggles along as our hipcat crew I think we are supposed to identify as the rad student set hang out in the woods and randomly sex each other up, down and sideways.  It's rather bouncey. Like this.

And the tighty whitey enthusiasts should note the above as well.  Anyhow, the students are hanging out and spreading the good cheer with much verve, but what they really want is to make their demands known to the uptight Dean of whatever school these shift layaboutitalls attend.  But how? HOW??  Well, it probably helps that what is going on in the Dean's house is just as friction laced as their human anatomy studies in the wild are going.  Here is our crew...

Note the nerdly scholars by the way.... they have some hysterical dialog about doing it for the first time that will keep you chuckling at every appearance.  I don't know who plays the uptight girl, but she delivers some real zingers to Joe Horndog! 

Ooof. Been there. Not fun.  To be fair, that dudes hair is so much like Astro Boy that I can't imagine him NOT getting laid with ease. 
Back to it!
The hitch here is that the studios girl (note the glasses) is the Dean's Wife's sister and she knows how chaste Dean's Wife can be. But is she?  OH NO...she is wacking, spanking, vibrating and licking EVERYTHING in sight!!
I mean, this is her maid...

 And this is THE DEAN'S WIFE...taken aback by the Maid because she got back.

Cue the Throbbing (something....ummm...oh yeah) GRISTLE.  DISCIPLINE!

"I told you to keep your pants on when my husband is home!"  But when Dean's Wife is home...oh....let's make it better.

So, yeah, Dean's life at home is a little unique. He's so square, the hip kids call him a CUBE!!!  After a dinner party where he meets some of his wife's friends and gets a lesson in the fact that not only are narcotics illegal, but so is a "certain kind of sex, but that doesn't stop people" then old Wifey is off to the races.  And here I meet my new icon. He says the word Erotica thusly. 


He brings the pain!  He plays piano while his wife teaches the Dean's Wife more about sapphic shenanigans!  Dean's Wife already knows, but...she'll take more! And more! And more!!!

What I really like is the use of the little boy statue for perspective here... just fantastic direction. 
I don't want ruin it all...because THIS IS JUST THE FIRST HALF!!!  The students invade, but they have a plan. It involves a Sugarcube.  And involves this.

And this!!!  It's getting GROOvavavavavavaaaaaaaaaaaaoooooooomy!
And that ain't even the half of it.

I really enjoy sexploitation films, especially from this era.  It runs just over an hour, so I don't know if this is a censored version of a full on porn film, but it plays perfectly without any hard shots at all.  The script is really wacked out, and our "youth" against "the man" story is pretty damn fucked up to be honest.  Because by the time it is over (you'll guess that ending by the way), it just shows the rotten core of these kids and hardly shines as an endorsement of a free love culture. But you won't get caught up in that, you'll just be gobstopped by the insanity in this bite size slab of pulchritudinous playtime in the weird world of bottom of the bill soft core sex.  Buried in this set lies a gem for those in tune with that hipped out vibe of goofballs, eeeeerawwwtickaaaahhhhh and shut down your brain entertainment.
I actually clapped during this movie.  In my living room. Clapping.  Four stars...a hidden film I'll never, ever, forget!

On to the next SIX PACKER!!

By the way... BEN DOVER is in this. Really!! Look!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CODE RED Six Pack V.2 - The Murder Clinic

After German Sex Comedies galore, A biker flick AND a semi-naughty Schoolgirl film I was glad to save this obscure bit of Italian Horror for last!  I've seen it before and it's nice to have Code Red include it on Six Pack V.2 so that a legit version exists for all the American / English language friendly hunters of horror can have a copy in their collection.  The best way I can describe it is to ask you to imagine a mellow version of Slaughter Hotel colliding with a little bit of The Awful Dr. Orlof spun round through the early Gothic looking Italian horror lens.  It's not the most exciting bit of old school Giallo you'll ever find, but it's very entertaining and features a lot of great elements.  Like say, these.  Razorblade wielding cloaked killer? Check!  Sexy night clothing lit for maximum suspense. Check!  Maniacs ranting? Check!!!

William Berger stars as the maybe crazy, maybe tortured Dr. Vance, who has set out to run the best clinic (or Rest Home as he calls it) in the area.  However, what we have instead is a clinic where the check in rate is high, but the check outs? Not so much!  There is some stalk and slash as a pretty patient is brought low by the mysterious cloaked figure, but after the obviously up to no good Gisèle de Brantom (Françoise Prévost) crosses paths with Doc as he is up to what appears to be some damning no-goodnik behavior, it's a game of WHO WILL SURVIVE and why? Or maybe, IT'S NOT SO SMART TO TRY AND ONE UP THE GUY AT THE MURDER CLINIC!

 There is a lot to like about THE MURDER CLINIC and I would have grabbed this set just to get another copy into my collection.  Directed by Elio Scardamaglia, who was a producer on several Mario Bava films of which were certainly inspiration for the look, sound and atmosphere of The Murder Clinic, it's not overly stylish, but the cinematography, even presented in less than perfect circumstances, is impressive.  The shot above of the doctor at work as the wicked blonde watches on is pure Italian sixties magic.  Also, a score by Francesco De Masi sets the stage for a scenario by Ernesto Gastaldi and Luciano Martino. 

We know that Berger is fantastic, but the real star of the show is Françoise Prévost if you ask me. Sexy and definitely dangerous, she will do whatever it takes to get ahead. Ask the guy that was trying to fix the carriage!  And I have to say, the make up on (nonspoilermysterywomaningrossface) is fantastic with an eye rolling effect that will stick with me.
 Seriously, this film has a pedigree and while I would be overselling it as a masterpiece of any kind, it's as solid as the edge of the killers blade, and even tosses in...a monstrously malformed woman!  You know you need it!  Even if it's just for posterity, a hard to find link in the chain of Italian Gothic Horror, you'll be well served at The Murder Clinic! 

And so ends a full night (or 5) of CODE RED SIX PACK volume 2... A batch of battered films that will intrigue those that love cine-sludge and delight the seekers of cheap thrills! 


"SUPINE TIME.... I thought this was supposed to be sexy!"

Everyone loves a good sexy comedy, right? Well...this one skimps on the sexy. Skimps on the comedy. Goes for some odd plot lines. References "Oversexed" John Keats as the jumping off point as the saga of a some graduating High School girls interested in the supine positions of poetic lovers get underway.  The school bell is broken and it tasked to the girls to get it fixed as some kind of "section gift" to the school as they leave. It must be IMPORTANT, because they are going to have to go to great lengths to get it fixed.
All the girls are virgins by the can YOU guess the way they want to use their underutilized skills to pay that bill?

 After some field hockey and note passing, the girls decide to PROSTITUTE THEMSELVES for the money. Now, there is a premise!  But you see, this film was originally called THE BLAZER GIRLS (which is so much less exploitation cinema fodder), and we meet all the girls, get their stories and watch as they TRY to get paid to get laid.  They aren't even trying to be bad, just utterly naive.  It's a comedy, so a lot of it focuses around things like trying to understand what a French kiss is! 

Each girl has a tale of selling tail, but none of them are particularly funny...or...anything really. Maybe I'm just a fan of my comedy being naughtier, or wackier...or anything. It's just bland-o-rama for most of the running time, enhanced occasionally by just how awful the guys they meet are. The trashy bell repairman who wants to take "the labor" out in trade!  Or the ridiculous poetry teacher that reads poetry as he attempts to get it on, and then reacts in horror that he has to pay or get played! 

It all goes as you might expect, but as part of the Six Pack it adds up to another drive in genre accounted for and they can't all be winners.  If you want something as weird as this, more character driven, there are definitely better options. I will hand it to the actresses, they are all good in their roles, obviously relishing the dialog and trying their hardest. 

 "We're all going to do it!"

The print is battered, the story is snoozy, and the sex comedy skin quotient is under represented...but for 79 minutes, you can put it on the bottom of your all night drive-in living room bill.  And here is my favorite bit. 

I'm pretty sure I've made that exact face.

Anyways..on to the next!