Cult Films, Exploitation Films, & Sundry Midnight Movies


"I beg you, learn to see 'bad' films; they are sometimes sublime".
-- Ado Kyrou, Le Surrealisme au cinéma, 276.










Youth Culture Run Amok!!
The Beatnik and Hippie Scourge
Bikers and Other Hellbent Badasses
Caged Heat: Women in Prison Films / Women Gone Wild
Drug and Alcohol Horrors
S*E*X!
Queer Cult Favorites / Camp Favorites
Cheezy Horrors and Sci Fi
Jungle Girls and othe Wild Women
Mondo Films and Shockumentaries
Miscellaneous Low Budget Thrills and Cult Faves

Bibliography of books and articles about cult and exploitation films

Blaxploitation Films
1950s Science Fiction Films
1950s Horror Films
Westerns (for the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone)

Youth Culture Run Amok!!

Children, Teens, and Families in the Movies and TV Bibliography

Beat Girl(UK, 1962)
Directed by Edmond T. Gréville. See Beatniks and Hippies

Child Bride(1940)
Director, Harry J. Revier. Produced by Kroger Babb. Cast: Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Warner Richmond, Diana Durrell, Dorothy Carrol, George Humphreys, Frank Martin, Rex Baxter, Don Barrett. A school teacher crusades against pre-teenage girls forced into marriages with older men in the Appalachian mountains. The school teacher, desperate to get a law passed to outlaw this procedure, enlists the help of her boyfriend, who is an assistant district attorney. 76 min. DVD X531
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Briggs, Joe Bob. "Kroger Babb's Roadshow." Reason, Nov2003, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p30, 9p UC users only
Quarles, Mike. "Kroger Babb: Who was America's foremost hygiene commentator?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

The Cry Baby Killer (1958)
Directed by Jus Addiss. Cast: Harry Lauter, Jack Nicholson, Carolyn Mitchell, Brett Halsey, Lynn Cartwright, Ralph Reed. Jack Nicholson in his first film debut plays Jimmy Wallace, a loner rebel type teenager who is defeated in a brawl with thugs resulting in his girl leaving him. Jack's character Jimmy, like so many of his later anti-hero type characters, develops the big chip on the shoulder and the feeling for macho acts. Then Corman's direction pulls out all the stops when Jimmy is caught in a brawl and grabs for a gun, panics and shoots, leading him to take cover in a storeroom with a mom and her baby as hostages setting up a long standoff with the cops! 61 min. DVD 9382
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Delinquent Daughters(1944)
Director, Albert Herman. Cast: June Carlson, Fifi D'Orsay, Teala Loring, Mary Bovard, Margia Dean, Johnny Duncan, Joe Devlin, Jimmy Zahner, Jon Dawson, Frank McGlynn, Sr. Gangs of rebellious teenagers have been using Nick Gordon's Merry-Go-Round Cafe as a staging ground for late night mischief. In the wake of a suicide, an armed robbery and a hit-and-run accident, the crooked restaurant owner decides that it's the perfect time to pull a payroll heist using one of the kids as a gunman. 72 min. DVD X531; DVD X971
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Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

The Delinquents (1957)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Tom Laughlin, Peter Miller, Richard Bakalyan, Rosemary Howard. Juvenile delinquency drama in which a respectable neighborhood kid gets caught with a gang while trying to sustain a relationship with his girlfriend whose parents consider her too young to date him. Special features: Theatrical trailers ; JD educational film "Searchlights on delinquency #1." 69 min. DVD 9381
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Cohen, Ronald D. "The Delinquents: Censorship and Youth Culture in Recent U. S. History." History of Education Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3 (Autumn, 1997), pp. 251-270 UC users only

Disc Jockey (1951)
Directed by Will Jason. Cast: Ginny Simms, Tom Drake, Jane Night, Michael O'Shea, Russ Morgan. Songstress Ginny Simms stars as Vickie Peters, an unknown selected for stardom by radio deejay Mike Richards. It is Richards' contention that he can create a singing star exclusively through exposure on disc-spinning radio programs, without resorting to that upstart medium called television. Along the way, Mike falls in love with Vickie, though she has eyes only for her manager Johnny. 67 min. vhs 999:3811
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Escort Girl(1941)
Director, Eddie Kaye. Cast: Betty Compson, Margaret Marquis, Bob Kellard, Wheeler Oakman, Guy Kingsford, Isabel Lamal, Arthur Houseman. Betty Compson and Wheeler Oakman run an escort bureau. Betty's daughter has been educated elsewhere and does not know about her mother's business. She is about to marry a socialite, Bob Kellard, who is investigating the escort bureau racket. 62 min. DVD X531
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Espresso Bongo (UK, 1959)
Director: Val Guest. Cast: Laurence Harvey, Cliff Richard, Sylvia Syms, Yolande Donlan. A sly, sleazy and unscrupulous music agent, Johnny Jackson, trolls the neon-streaked sidewalks of London's SoHo district in search of fresh meat to exploit. He finds it in a teen-packed coffee bar where a pompadoured rebel is dazzling his peers with his pouty, Presleyish voice and a talent for pounding the skins. Johnny renames the kid "Bongo" Herbert and with the help of his stripper girlfriend guides the potential teen idol to fame. 118 min. DVD X2436
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Gas-s-s-s!: Or, It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970)
Director, Roger Corman. SEE Beatniks/Hippies

Girl Gang (1954)
Directed by Robert C. Derteno. Cast: Joanne Arnold, Timothy Farrell, Harry Keaton, Lou Monson, Mary Lou O'Connor, Mildred Kalke, Norman Stanley, Thelma Montgomery, Bernard Carroll. When not engaged in marijuana make-out parties, these joypopping Jezebels commit robberies to feed their heroin habit, until a botched holdup leaves rich kid Wanda with a slug in her side. Special features: Theatrical trailers ; "The terrible truth" (10 min., 1951) Synopsis: Communicates the message that marijuana usage ultimately results in heroin addiction. 63 min. DVD 9379; also DVD X971
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Morris, Gary. "Molls with Claws: Three Classic Girl Gang Movies." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

High School Confidential (1958)
Directed by Jack Arnold. Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, Diane Jergens, John Drew Barrymore, Mamie Van Doren, Jackie Coogan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lyle Talbot. The scene unfolds in Santo Bello High School where a tough-talking, smart aleck is leader of the hot rod set and much admired by his well-meaning but naive girlfriend. But when the local crime syndicate muscles its way onto the scene, these two hot young lovers find themselves on a star-crossed path that only a caring school teacher can change. Film is noted for its "incredible" 50's slang. 85 min. DVD X889; vhs 999:221
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Jail Bait(1954)
Director, Edward D. Wood, Jr. Cast: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Clancy Malone, John Robert Martin, Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Timothy Farrell, Theodora Thurman, Bud Osborne, Mona McKinnon, Don Nagel. Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops. This is Steve Reeves' first speaking part. 71 min. DVD X971
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The Leather Boys (UK, 1963)
Directed by Sidney J. Furie. Cast: Rita Tushingham, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson, Colin Campbell. Dot and Reg, a pair of British high school sweethearts marry and quickly learn about the follies and hardships of adulthood. When the couple splits, Reg finds solace in the company of his irresponsible pal Pete, but comes to discover that even this carefree friendship is not without its complications. 105 min. DVD X4965; vhs 999:2582
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"The Leather Boys." America; 12/11/1965, Vol. 113 Issue 24, p761-761, 1/6p UC users only
Griffith, Robin. "Sad and Angry: Queers in 1960s British Cinema." British queer cinema / edited by Robin Griffiths. London ; New York : Routledge, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 B75 2006)

Live Fast, Die Young (1958)
Directed by Paul Henreid. Cast: Mary Murphy, Norma Eberhardt, Sheridan Comerate, Mike Connors, Peggy Maley, Jay Jostyn. Two sisters live in a dysfunctional family in a California town. The elder, "nice" Kim, was sexually abused and hates men. Rebellious teen Jill is fed-up generally and runs away, finding her niche as a B-girl and sex-kitten working her way to Vegas. Kim leaves her job and goes in search of Jill, meeting her own misadventures en route; but by this time Jill's wanted for robbery. Will she live fast and die young? Bonus selections: theatrical trailers ; I led 3 lives "Vandalism." 82 min. DVD 9380
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Mad Youth(1940)
Director, Melville Shyer. Cast: Mary Ainslee, Betty Compson, Willy Castello, Betty Atkinson, Tommy Wonder. A divorced mother and her teenaged daughter lead equally wild lifestyles. The mother hires gigolos to escort her around town and the daughter hosts drinking and stripping parties while mother is away. Complications come up for mother and daughter when they both find themselves seeing the same man and the daughter ends up falling into a prostitution ring while trying to visit her friend. 76 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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The Rebel Set(rereleased as Beatsville)(1959)
Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr.
See Beatniks/Hippies

Teen-age Strangler(1965)
Directed by Ben Parker. Cast: Diane Conti, Joey Naudic, John Batis, Linda Gale. The Fastbacks, high school hotrodders, try to figure out the identiy of the a psycho who leaves a stocking wrapped around his victims' necks. 61 min. DVD X3369
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Van Nuys Blvd. (1979)
Directed by William Sachs. Cast: Bill Adler, Cynthia Wood. Bobby, a small-town kid hears about the wild nights of cruising the boulevard in Van Nuys, California. He hops in his van and drives down to check it out. Along the way he gets involved with drag racers, topless dancers and bikers. 93 min. DVD 9483
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The Violent Years(1956)
Director, William M. Morgan. Cast: Jean Moorhead, Barbara Weeks, Arthur Millan, Theresa Hancock, Joanne Cangi, Gloria Farr. Good-girl-gone bad Paula, rebelling against her rich parents, leads three high school hellcats in robbing a gas station, throwing a pajama party with older men, and molesting a couple at lovers lane. But when the gang is hired to wreck a classroom for the Commies, "cop killer" is added to Paula's resume. 57 min. DVD X971
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The Wild and the Wicked (1956)
Director, Merle Connell. Cast: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Mariko Perri, Norman Wright, Lisa Rack. A young girl heads to Hollywood to visit her older sister with the hopes she can break into the movies. After her arrival her sister tries to explain the difficulties in making a career in show business, but the younger sister insists on trying. Eventually the young girl becomes involved in a prostitution ring run by mobsters, which is what her older sister has be doing but attempted to keep her sister from finding out. 90 min. DVD X531
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Wild in the Streets. (1968)
See Beatniks and Hippies

The Wild Ride(1960)
Director, Harvey Berman. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Georgianna Carter, Robert Bean, Carol Bigby, John Bologni, Gary Espinosa, Judith Trezise, Wesley Tackitt. Johnny, a wild teenager with plenty of dangerous attitude, plays a deadly game of "chicken" with a police officer. The policeman is killed, but the cops are unable to make any charges stick to the rebellious punk. Tough-as-nails gang leader, Johnny, is unfazed by the incident, and manages to keep a protective eye on his friend Dave. Meanwhile, beach parties, drag races and booze all mix for a formula that spells big trouble for Johnny and his band of troublemakers. When Johnny gets ideas about Dave's girlfriend, it results in a furious race down a winding highway on a collision course with tragedy. 60 min. DVD X4878
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The Beatnik and Hippie Scourge

Beat Generation(1953)
Directed by Charles F. Haas. Cast: Steve Cochran, Mamie van Doren, Fay Spain, Vampira, Louis Armstrong, Maggie Hayes, Jackie Coogan, Cathy Lee Crosby, Ray Anthony, Dick Contino, Charles Chaplin, Jr. Detective drama about a rich young serial rapist who believes he is above the law and a young detective determined to catch him. The drama is set in a bohemian coffee house where beatniks gather to recite poetry and perform. 95 min. DVD X5230
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Beat Girl(UK, 1962)
Directed by Edmond T. Gréville. Cast: Gillian Hills, David Farrar, Christopher Lee, Adam Faith, Oliver Reed, Noelle Adam. This is the British version of Rebel Without a Cause, set in the beatnik world where jaded restless kids rule the night in smokey coffee bars, at suicidal chickie runs and at wild impromptu parties. 78 min. X2677; vhs 999:1745
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The Beatniks (1958)
Director, Paul Frees. Cast: Tony Travis, Karen Kadler, Peter Breck, Joyce Terry, Bob Wells, Charles Delaney. This film originally titled, "Sideburns and sympathy" is commonly acknowledged as the first beatnik movie. The plot concerns a gang who make trouble and take women wherever they go. The leader of the pack, cool Eddie Grant, is discovered by a talent agent and signed to a recording contract. He tries to dump his "beatnik past" and clean up his act but his gang buddies have different plans, including murder. 78 min. DVD X2687
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The Bloody Brood (1959)
Directed by Julian Roffman. Cast: Barbara Lord, Jack Betts, Peter Falk. Two beatniks get their kicks by dealing drugs and violence. "Your stunned mind won't believe it! Never before has vice and violence struck with such frightening force." Produced and directed by Julian Roffman. 80 min. DVD 4294
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A Bucket of Blood(1959)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Julian Burton. Walter Paisley, a strange little busboy at a beatnik coffeehouse, seeks love and acceptance from the poets and artists he serves by becoming a "sculptor". When his more than life-like creations are declared masterpieces, fame and fortune follow until the horrible truth behind his work is revealed. DVD 317
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Newman, Kim. "Kiss Me Qucikie." Sight & Sound; Jul2009, Vol. 19 Issue 7, p12-13, 2p UC users only
Paszylk, Bartlomiej. "Bucket of Blood." In: The pleasure and pain of cult horror films : an historical survey Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Inc., c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 P33 2009)

Roger Corman bibliography

Chappaqua.(1966)
Directed and written by Conrad Rooks. Cast: Jean Louis Barrault, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Swami Satchidananda, Ornette Coleman. Semi-autobiographical psycho-drama of a young, well-to-do alcoholic and junkie who enters the psychedelic world of the "Swiss sleeping cure", and experiences a life-affirming epiphany which leads him from his nightmare. 82 min. DVD X5667; vhs 999:2818
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Gas-s-s-s!: Or, It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970)
Director, Roger Corman. Cast: Robert Corff, Elaine Giftos, Bud Cort, Talia Shire, Ben Vereen, Cindy Williams. After a mysterious gas kills everyone on earth over the age of 25, a wisecracking hippy and his scientist girlfriend wander the lawless landscape of Texas and New Mexico in search of a pueblo commune where peaceful survivors are gathering. A Roger Corman cult classic. 78 min. DVD 5321
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Head (1968)
Director, Bob Rafelson. Written and produced by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson Cast: Peter Tork, David Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Logan Ramsey, Abraham Sofaer, Vito Scotti, Charles Macaulay, T.C. Jones, Charles irving, William Bagdad, Percy Helton, Sonny Liston, Ray Nitschke, Carol Doda, Frank Zappa, June Fairchild, Terry Garr, L.J. Jefferson, Victor Mature. The Monkees rock group is tossed about in this psychadelic satire that gives a drug induced look into show business in the sixties. 85 min. DVD X5298
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I Love You Alice B. Toklas(1968)
Directed by Hy Averback. Cast: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joyce Van Patten. One day you're a career 9-to-5er with a pending marriage, and then next you know, you chuck it all for beads, bell-bottoms and free love. This is the life of Harold Fine, a dedicated lawyer about to become a more dedicated dropout. 1968. 94 min. DVD 5898
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The Love-ins
Directed by Arthur Dreifuss. It's the 1960s and every "love child" is in search of a guru to follow and lead them to enlightenment. Set in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District, tells the story of a group of hippies who follow a much older man, who turns himself into their "guru," leading them astray and having his way with the young women in his "flock.".Bonus features: Theatrical trailers ; documentary "Los Angeles' 1st love-in Easter Sunday, 1967." 1967. 91 min. DVD 2549

Performance (1970)
Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg. In this underground film presenting a study of the 1960's, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to hide after carrying out a hit. He finds the perfect cover in the form of a guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, an ex-rocker looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. 104 min. DVD 1838
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Psych-out (1968)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Adam Roarke, Max Julien, Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds. Jenny, a 17-year old deaf runaway in search of her brother, stumbles upon and becomes involved with a group of hippies. They invite Jenny to their large home where she is given her first introduction to communal living. Special features (Side A): "Love and Haight" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. (Side B): Audio commentary, Roger Corman ; "Tune in, trip out" featurette ; psychedelic film effects ; psychedelic light box, American Cinematographer article ; original theatrical trailer. 79 min. DVD 1838
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Gallagher, Mark. "Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 21, Issue 3 July 2004 , pages 161 - 171 UC users only

The Rebel Set(rereleased as Beatsville)(1959)
Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr.; featuring Gregg Palmer, Kathleen Crowley, John Lupton, Edward Platt, Don Sullivan, Robert Shayne, Gene Roth. Tucker, the owner of a beat coffee house, comes up with a plan to rob an armored car and recruits three scruffy, beat types. John is an out-of-work actor, Ray is a writer who cannot get published and George is the wastrel son of a has-been movie star. If they have failed so far, what makes Tucker think they can succeed in a daring million dollar robbery?. 69 min. DVD X2475; vhs 999:3382
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Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)
Directed by Arthur Dreifuss. Cast: Aldo Ray, Mimsy Farmer, Michael Evans, Laurie Mock, Tim Rooney, Gene Kirkwood. LA's civic leaders band together to do something about the invasion of longhairs on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Includes fantastic scenes of 60s Hollywood clubs and teen scenes, with hippies, pot smoking, sugar cube LSD and terrific garage punk by the Standells, the Chocolate Watch Band, the Mugwumps and others. 87 min. DVD 2553
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Something's Happening: The Hippie Revolt
"This is 1967, up front and in your face, a crystal clear look at a genuine movement--the "hippies" and their love-ins, the communes, the protests, nude body painting, free clinics, the Diggers, General Hershey, Vito the Sculptor, and more. So tune in, turn it up, and flashback as this film captures the day-to-day, nitty-gritty reality of the "hippie" experience." 96 min.DVD 1520; Video/c 6415

The Trip. (1967)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg and Salli Sachse. Paul, a TV-commercial producer in the midst of a divorce, is persuaded by a friend to enter into the world of his inner consciousness by way of an LSD trip. Special features (Side A): "Love and Haight" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. (Side B): Audio commentary, Roger Corman ; "Tune in, trip out" featurette ; psychedelic film effects ; psychedelic light box, American Cinematographer article ; original theatrical trailer. 79 min. DVD 1838
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Gallagher, Mark. "Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Volume 21, Issue 3 July 2004 , pages 161 - 171 UC users only

200 Motels(1971)
Directed by Frank Zappa. Cast: The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Jimmy Carl Black, Martin Lickert. A psychedelic precursor to music videos, in which The Mothers of Invention, a touring musical group, wreak havoc in Centerville, a stereotypical American town.The first color movie made on videotape and then transferred to film, it includes many visual effects. 99 min. DVD X3138
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You Are What You Eat
With a grovin' 60's sound track this blast from the past is the quintessential 1960s counter-culture experience, capturing swinging lifestyles and trends, including be-ins, body painting, surfing, pot smokers, hippies, freak-outs, stoners and loners with the one and only Tiny Tim. Bonus feature: Theatrical trailers ; excerpt from "Rock stars '69 studio sessions." Photography, Barry Feinstein ; music score, John Simon ; music, Peter Yarrow, David Crosby, The Electric Flag, Frank Zappa, Barry McGuire, Paul Butterfield and others. Originally released in 1968. 75 min. DVD 2548

Wild in the Streets. (1968)
Directed by Barry Shear. Cast: Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor. Max Frost, a malcontented teen and famous rock star, is so popular that he helps elect a U.S. Senator. Next Max gets the voting age lowered to 14 and goes on to become President. His first act is to have everyone over 30 carted off to internment camps as the kids take over the country. 97 min. DVD 5321
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Doherty, Thomas. "The Exploitation Film as History: Wild in the Streets."' Literature Film Quarterly 12.3 (1984): 186-94. UC users only

Bikers and Other Hellbent Badasses

Gateward, Frances. "She Devils on Wheels: Women, Motorcycles, and Movies." In: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls : gender in film at the end of the twentieth century / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S47 L33 2001)
Osgerby, Bill. "Sleazy Riders; Exploitation, "Otherness," and Transgression in the 1960s Biker Movie." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Fall 2003. Vol. 31, Iss. 3; pg. 98 UC users only
Perlman, Allison. "The Brief Ride of the Biker Movie." International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, March 2007 Phillips, Lily. "Blue Jeans, Black Leather Jackets, and a Sneer: The Iconography of the 1950s Biker and its Translation Abroad." International Journal of Motorcycle Studies March 2005
Rubin, Martin. ""Make Love Make War": Cultural Confusion and the Biker Film Cycle." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 355-381 UC users only
Syder, Andrew. "Ripped from Today's Headlines: The Outlaw Biker Movie Cycle." Scope, December 2002

Babysitter (1969)
Director, Tom Laughlin. Cast: Patricia Wymer, George E. Carey, Anne Bellamy. Candy, the aptly named seductress babysitter who takes a job working for the powerful district attorney. A judge is about to sentence the murderous members of a motorcycle gang when Candy steps in and blackmails the D.A. 90 min. DVD X5537
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Death Riders (1976)
Directed by James Wilson. Cast: Tura Satana (Varla), Haji (Rosie), Lori Williams (Billie), Susan Bernard (Linda), Stuart Lancaster (The Old Man). Spend a summer on the road in the mid-70's with "The Death Riders," a group of motorcycle and car daredevils who travel from state fair to state fair and race track to race track. This documentary looks on as they jump motorcycles, jump and crash cars, drive through burning tunnels, blow themselves up with dynamite and do assorted other stunts. Includes preparations for their performances and commentaries by the stunt riders. 88 min. DVD X3142
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Easy Rider(1969)
Director, Dennis Hopper. Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson. "Two long-haired bikers from Los Angeles take off on a cross-country trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. On the way they meet several unusual characters. A rancher and his family, a hitchhiker and the hippie commune where he lives, hookers, red-necks, but most noticeably George Hansen played by Jack Nicholson. Mr. Nicholson gained national attention for his role as the "law'er with the ACLU". Dennis Hopper won "Best New Director" at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival." [Internet Movie Database] DVD 4647; vhs 999:229
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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1966)
Directed by Russ Meyer. Cast: Tura Satana (Varla), Haji (Rosie), Lori Williams (Billie), Susan Bernard (Linda), Stuart Lancaster (The Old Man). In this cult classic three curvaceous go-go dancers in a sportscar go on a desert crime-spree, led by nasty Varla dressed entirely in black. Varla's lesbian moll Rosie and bimbo Billie are along for the ride. When they meet a naive young couple Varla dispatches the man with one karate chop. They take the girl hostage and drive to a house owned by a crippled old lecher, where they scheme to discover the money he has hidden on the property, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own. 83 min. DVD X4973; 999:3593
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Hatch, Kristen. "Sweeter the kitten the sharper the claws: Russ Meyer's bad girls." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)
Hentzi, Gary. "Little cinema of horrors." Film Quarterly; Spring93, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p22, 6p
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McDonough, Jimmy. Big bosoms and square jaws : the biography of Russ Meyer, king of the sex film New York : Crown, c2005. (PFA : PN1998.3.M49 M34 2005)
Morris, Gary. "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Quarles, Mike. "Russ Meyer: T and A and $." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)
Stringer, Julian. "Exposing Intimacy in Russ Meyer's Motorpsycho and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" In: The road movie book / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark. London ; New York : Routledge, 1997 (full-text [UCB users only]; print: Main Stack PN1995.9.R63.R63 1997)

Hell on Wheels (1967)
Directed by Will Zens. Cast: Marty Robbins, John Ashley, Gigi Perreau, Connie Smith. Two brothers, one basking in the limelight of a successful racing career, the other a brilliant auto mechanic. But the bond between the two begins to dissolve when Marty, the driver, flirts with the other's girlfriend. Sibling rivalry turns into red hot hate resulting in a race to the death. 97 min. DVD X3142
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The Hellcats (1967)
Directed by Robert F. Slatzer. Cast: Ross Hagen, Dee Duffy, Sharyn Kinzie, Robert F. Slatzer. An action-packed film about female motorcyle gangs...the first of its kind. A cop goes undercover to avenge the death of his undercover cop brother. The only link to his murder is a drug-dealing biker gang (called the Hellcats) who are employed by the mob to move drugs from Mexico to the U.S. The cop and his dead brother's fiance team up and infiltrate the gang to determine who killed the cop. 90 min. DVD X3142
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Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)
Directed by Richard Rush. Cast: Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, Sabrina Scharf, Jana Taylor, Richard Anders. When he loses his job, a gas station attendant falls in with a rough band of Hells Angels who terrorize Northern California in a hellraising frenzy of parties and gang fights. Cast includes actual members of the notorious Northern California Hells Angels. DVD 2494
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Hell's Bells (1969)
Director, Maury Dexter. Cast: Jeremy Slate, Adam Roarke, Jocelyn Lane. This freewheeling adventure follows a motorcycle racer hot on the trail of the low-down low-riders who stole his bike. But when he finds himself saddled with a sullen and sexy chopper chick, his lust for vengeance ignites something far more dangerous. 96 min. DVD 4070
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Pink Angels (1971)
Directed by Larry G. Brown. Cast: John Alderman, Tom Basham, Dan Haggerty, Robert Biheller Six rugged motorcyclists gather on the side of the highway to plan an excursion to Los Angeles. Although they appear to be the burliest bunch of bikers this side of the Hell's Angels, they are actually cross-dressing madmen with an affinity for lipstick, high heels and braziers. A comic satire of biker films with a grotesque ending. 81 min. DVD X3142; DVD X5537
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She-devils on Wheels (1968)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner, Rodney Bedell. An all-girl motorcycle gang The Man-eaters spend their time terrorising a local community. The gang initiate cute Honeypot and start a turf war with Joe-Boy and his hot rodders. Special features: Audio commentary by the director, theatrical trailer, archival short "Biker beach party" and the Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art. 82 min. DVD X4754
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Herschell Gordon Lewis bibliography

The Sidehackers (1969)
Directed by Gus Trikonis. Cast: Ross Hagen, Diane McBain, Michael Pataki, Hoke Howell Tells the suspenseful story of the sport of sidehacking and the gutsy, dangerous rides the racers of the three-wheel motorcycles take to impress their women and themselves! The plot revolves around motorcycle racer Rommel and his quest for vengeance against JC, a madman who murdered the sidehacker's fiancee. Based on the story by Larry Billman. 81 min. DVD X3142
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Vanishing Point (1971)
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian. Cast: Barry Newman, Dean Jagger, Cleavon Little, Victoria Medlin, Paul Koslo. Kowalski is a man who's tried to live by the rules, but experience has left him believing that the pretentions of the world offer no salvation and no freedom. Trying to transcend the limits of life, he takes a Dodge Challenger and bets that he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in fifteen hours. With the police soon in pursuit, he attempts to beat the odds, along the way recalling episodes from his past and encountering a supporting cast of characters who assist him, including Super Soul, a blind DJ who describes Kowalski's progress on the air and soon turns him into a cult hero. Side 1: U.S. version (98 min.) -- Side 2: U.K. version (105 min.) Special features: Full-length audio commentary by the director; original theatrical trailer, tv spots. 110 min. DVD X1645; vhs 999:2410
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Weekend with the Babysitter (1971)
Director, Tom Laughlin. Cast: George E. Carey, Susan Romen. Mona Carlton leaves to take her son on a weekend trip when Candy Wilson, the babysitter arrives. Candy gets a hold of her movie director husband, Jim Carlton and teaches him the ways of the hippies, bikers, free love and narcotics. Jim soon learns this new lifestyle pales in comparison to the love he has for his wife. 86 min. DVD X5537
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The Wild Angels (1966)
Director, Roger Corman. Cast: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, the Hell's Angels. Peter Fonda joins up with Hell's Angels of Venice, California as Heavenly Blues, leader of a biker pack hell-bent against conformity. Tragedy strikes when a brawl is stopped short by the Law, and Loser is shot down and captured. 86 min. DVD 4070
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The Wild Rebels (1969)
Directed by William Grefe. Cast: Steve Alaimo, Willie Pastrano, Bobbie Byers, John Vella. A biker film about a former stock-car racer who joins the police department and infiltrates the Satan's Angels motorcycle gang to stop a bank robbery by the malevolent bikers bent on terrorizing South Florida. 90 min. DVD X3142
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The Wild Riders (1971)
Directed by Richard Kanter. Cast: Alex Rocco, Sherry Bain, Arell Blanton, Elizabeth Knowles. Sex and violence abound in this exploitation thriller that chronicles the fate of two soul-less, brutal bikers who burst into a mansion occupied by two young women. They rape the women, settle in the house, sell the valuables and kill a curious neighbour. Based on the short story by Sal Comstock. 91 min. DVD X3142
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Caged Heat: Women in Prison Films / Women Gone Wild

Complete listing of prison films in MRC
Prison films bibliography

99 Women (Island of Despair)(Der heiße Tod) (Liechtenstein | Spain | Italy | West Germany | UK, 1969)
Directed by Jesus Franco. Cast: Maria Schell, Mercedes McCambridge, Luciana Paluzzi, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohn, Eliza Montes, Rosalba Neri, Valentina Godoy. The newest batch of detainees arrives at a remote women's prison. The fortress-like prison is ruled with an iron hand by Thelma Diaz, a woman who has no qualms against death or torture. But when a new state official takes notice of the body count coming out of the prison, Diaz must prove her ability and hide the truth. As the powers that be turn up the pressure it sets up a daring escape by several of the ladies. 90 min. DVD X4248
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Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Gigi Darlene, George La Rocque, Sam Stewart, Gertrude Cross (as Sandee Norman), Alan Feinstein. Meg accidentally kills the janitor with a bowl after being attacked and raped by him in the stairwell of her apartment. Although it was in self-defense, Meg fears no one would believe her. So, she travels to New York City and encounters a string of situations where she gets used and abused. Then she finally takes a job caring for an invalid woman whose son happens to be the detective assigned to investigate the janitor's death. 90 min. DVD X971
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Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Black Mama, White Mama (1973)
Directed by Eddie Romero. Cast: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zschornack, Laurie Burton. Two extradited female prisoners in a Philippine jungle prison, prostitute Lee Daniels and guerrilla fighter Karen Brent, will do anything to escape. Their chance comes during a transport on which they are shackled together. After killing a guard they are on the run for their lives, igniting a bloody shoot out between gangsters and a group of revolutionaries. 86 min. DVD 486
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Ciasullo, Ann. "Containing "Deviant" Desire: Lesbianism, Heterosexuality, and the Women-in-Prison Narrative." The Journal of Popular Culture 41 (2) 2008,, 195-223 UC users only
Holmlund, Chris. "Wham! Bam! Pam! Pam Grier as Hot Action Babe and Cool Action Mama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video Volume 22, Number 2/April-June 2005UC users only
Mayne, Judith.(2000) "Caged and Framed: The Women-in-Prison Film." In: Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture. pp. 115 - 145. Minneapolis & London : University of Minnesota Press.(Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M359 2000)
Schubart, Rikke. "'Have I bruised your masculinity?' Pam Grier, Male Masochism and Female Pleasure." IQCD.org

Blonde Ice (1948)
Directed by Jack Bernhard. Cast: Leslie Brooks, Robert Paige, Michael Whalen, Walter Sande, John Holland, James Griffith, David Leonard. The bizarre tale of a beautiful society columnist whose desire for money and position turn her into a serial killer...a story most Hollywood studios of the 1940's wouldn't touch. 74 min. DVD X971
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Caged Heat (1974)
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Cast: Juanita Brown, Roberta Collins, Erica Gavin, Ella Reid, Barbara Steele, Rainbeaux Smith, Warren Miller. Petty criminal Wilson is thrown into the penal hell of Connorville. Here she must fight against ruthless inmates and even more cruel, corrupt and depraved officials to survive. Eventually she forms an uneasy friendship with two hardened inmates who are seeking escape, money and revenge. 79 min. DVD 1326
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Ciasullo, Ann. "Containing "Deviant" Desire: Lesbianism, Heterosexuality, and the Women-in-Prison Narrative." The Journal of Popular Culture 41 (2) 2008,, 195-223 UC users only
"Sexploitation: Caged Heat." In: At a theater or drive-in near you : the history, culture, and politics of the American exploitation film New York : Garland Pub., 1995. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 C63 1995; MOFF: PN1995.9.S284 C63 1995)
Mayne, Judith. "Caged and framed: the women-in-prison film." In: Framed: lesbians, feminists, and media culture / Judith Mayne. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.M359 2000)
Walters, Suzanna Danuta. "Caged heat: the (R)evolution of women-in-prison films." In: Reel knockouts : violent women in the movies / edited by Martha McCaughey and Neal King. 1st ed. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.R454 2001)

Chained for Life(1951)
Director, Harry L. Fraser. Cast: The Hilton Sisters, Mario Laval, Allen Jenkins, Patricia Wright, Alan Keys, Norvel Mitchtell. Daisy and Violet Hilton, real life siamese twins, star in a vaudeville-singing act. When a gigolo deserts one twin on their wedding night, the other twin kills him. The Hamilton twins go on trial and the judge asks the viewer to hand down the verdict. 81 min. DVD X971
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Escape from Hell (Femmine infernali)(Spain / Italy; 1980)
Director, Edward G. Muller (Edoardo Mulargia). Cast: Anthony Steffen, Ajita Wilson, Cristina Lay, Cinta Lodetti. A women's prison camp is located deep in the Amazon rain forest. Violent guards and warden make life unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is dealt with swiftly and savagely. The camp doctor is horrified at what he sees and drinks heavily to push the horror away. Finally the inmates have had had enough, and they enlist the help of the doctor to escape their male oppressors. 93 min. DVD X2486
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Gambling with Souls(1936)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Frazer, Gaston Glass, Florence Dudley, Eddie Laughton. A young housewife longs for the finer things in life, things she thinks her husband cannot or will not provide her. Looking for some excitement and a way to get the things she wants, the housewife turns to frequenting shady bars and gambling. When the crooked gambling operator cheats the woman into a large debt, he forces her into prostitution to pay off her losses. 70 min. DVD X971
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Girls in Chains (1943)
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Arline Judge, Roger Clark, Robin Raymond, Barbara Pepper, Dorothy Burgess, Clancy Cooper. When Ruth Martin is discharged from her teaching position because her sister is married to a notorious criminal (who is basically running the city), she accepts a job at a girls correctional facility. Ruth runs up against the supervisor (who is controlled by her brother-in-law) who is only interested in skimming money off the budget and his gang of matrons who only want to keep the girls in line doing laundry. 72 min. DVD X676
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Belton, John. Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer London : Tantivy Press ; New York : A.S. Barnes, 1974. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 H337 1974)
Bogdanovich, Peter. "Edgar G. Ulmer." In: Who the Devil Made It. New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997. (Main Stack PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997; Moffitt PN1995.9.P7.B58 1997)
Edgar G. Ulmer the man off-screen [Videorecording] Media Resources Center DVD 6455
Gallagher, Tag. "All lost in wonder: Edgar G.Ulmer." Screening the Past, 1 March 2001 UC users only
Isenberg, Noah. "Perennial Detour: The Cinema of Edgar G. Ulmer and the Experience of Exile." Cinema Journal. Winter 2004. Vol. 43, Iss. 2; pg. 3, 23 pgsUC users only

The Hot Box (Philippines / USA, 1972)
Directed by Joe Viola. Cast: Carmen Argenziano, Andrea Cagan, Margaret Markov, Rickey Richardson, Laurie Rose. Four American nurses are kidnapped by bounty hunters who are working for a band of revolutionaries in the mythic Republic of San Rosario. The women are impressed into service helping the guerrillas organize an infirmary for wounded partistans. One of the women joins the revolutionaries. 85 min. DVD X2486
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Naked Kiss(1964)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey. Kelly, a prostitute, shows up in the town of Grantville, where she engages in a tryst with sheriff Griff, who then tells her to get out of town. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, and becomes involved in working with handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust her, and continues trying to run her out of town. Kelly falls in love with Grant, scion of the town's founding family and Griff's best friend. Just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly may be on the level, a murder and perversion scandal threaten to destroy Kelly's new life [from Internet Movie Database]. DVD 1079; vhs 999:495
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Sam Fuller bibliography

Party Girl (1930)
Directed by Victor Halperin. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jeannette Loff, Judith Barrie, John St. Polis, Sammy Blum. A daring dramatization of the secret, inner workings of an escort service. Miss Lindsey runs a party girl racket, sending poor girls to make quick money servicing the impulses of rich men. 61 min. DVD X971
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Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History 1994 6(3): 293-313 21p UC users only
Shary, Timothy. "Angry Young Women: The Emergence of the "Tough Girl" Image in American Teen Films." Post Script - Essays in Film and the Humanities 19:2 (Winter 1999-Spring 2000) p. 49-61 UC users only

Reform School Girls (1986)
Directed by Tom DeSimone. Cast: Wendy O. Williams, Pat Ast, Linda Carol, Sybil Danning. Two innocent teenagers are thrown into a juvenile facility. Sadistic guards and violent in-mates create a world of degradation from which they must protect themselves. 94 min. DVD X1884
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Satan Was a Lady (2001)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Honey Lauren, Glyn Styler, Edge Hans Lohl, Laudet Torres. A melodrama that descends with a hell-bent spiral about a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a way out no matter what... Special features: Wishman unadulterated (behind the scenes) ; Glyn Styler solos ; filmography. 85 min. DVD 8224
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Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Sin You Sinners (1963)
Directed by Joseph W. Sarno. Cast:June Colbourne, Dian Lloyd, Derek Murcott, Beverly Nazarow, Charles Clements. A stripper/fortune teller uses a magical Haitian amulet to keep young, and in so doing forces others to kill for her. 73 min. DVD X971
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Slaves in Bondage(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Lona Andre, Donald Wood, Wheeler Oakman, Florence Dudley. A crooked businessman and his female partner use her beauty salon as a recruitment center for girls to work as prostitutes at his roadhouse. The younger sister of one of the beauticians falls under the unwanted gaze of the lecherous businessman. Meanwhile, the girl's newspaper reporter boyfriend investigating the prostitution ring is set up for a fall with the police, by the crooked businessman who hopes to make the girl his own. 70 min. DVD X971
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Swamp Woman(1955)
Director, Roger Corman. Cast: Marie Windsor, Carole Mathews, Beverly Garland, Touch Connors, Susan Cummings, Lou Place, Jonathan Haze, Edward Nelson, Jil Jarmyn. A plucky police woman infiltrates a group of hardened female criminals who are planning to break jail and retrieve their loot of diamonds from its swampy hiding place. 85 min. DVD X971
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Teenage Gang Debs (1966)
Directed by Sande N. Johnsen. Cast: Don Sullivan, Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, J.L.D. Morrison. Brooklyn bad girl Terry becomes the top mama of "The Rebels" by manipulating the guys and eliminating the dolls. 72 min. DVD X3369
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10 Violent Women (1979)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Melodie Bell, Sherri Vernon, Dixie Lauren, Georgia Morgan, Jane Farnsworth. Eight women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery they are busted by narcs when they try to buy cocaine. They get sent to a prison where a butch head guard uses the prisoners for her own deviant pleasures. Two of the women manage to escape and then get mixed up with a shah who had a scarab ring stolen in their jewelry heist. 97 min. DVD X3382
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

Why Men Leave Home (aka Secrets of Beauty) (1951)
Directed by Erle C. Kenton. Writers: Kroger Babb, Mildred Horn, Erna Lazarus. Cast: Richard Denning, Julie Bishop, Virginia Herrick, Ginger Prince, Myrna Dell, Ern Westmore. Housewife Ruth Waldron suspects that her husband, Dr. John Waldron, is having an affair with his attractive nurse. The two argue and their daughter, Ginger, turns to makeup artist Ern Westmore for help in saving her parents' marriage. Westmore transforms plain-Jane housewife Ruth into a bombshell and the couple's relationship is saved. 85 min. DVD X5746
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Women in Cell Block 7 (Diario segreto da un carcere femminile) (Italy / USA, 1973)
Directed by Rino Di Silvestro. Cast: Anita Strindberg, Eva Czemerys, Jenny Tamburi, Cristina Gaioni, Massimo Serato. The daughter of a kindapped Mafia boss goes undercover in a women's prison to obtain information from a prisoner whose dead boyfriend was transporting a missing load of heroin. The film is shot in an actual state-run women's penitentiary. 100 min. DVD X2486
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Drug and Alcohol Horrors

Social and Religious Propaganda Films

Schaefer, Eric. "'The Monster That Caters to Thrill-Hungry Youth': The Drug Film." In:
"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!" : a history of exploitation films, 1919-1959 (MAIN and PFA: PN1995.9.S284 S33 1999)

Assassin of Youth (1937)
Directed by Elmer Clifton. Cast: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers, not realizing that she is being framed by greedy relatives out to prevent her from getting an inheritance, and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends and save the clean and wholesome youth of the town from the horrors of marijuana addiction. 73 min. DVD 8612; also DVD X971
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The Cocaine Fiends (aka The Pace That Kills)(1936)
Directed by William A. O'Connor. Cast: Lois January, Noel Madison, Sheila Manners, Dean Benton, Lois Lindsay. A drug dealer on the run from the law meets an innocent young girl and her brother, and turns them into "cocaine fiends." A lurid depiction of the horrors of cocaine use. 68 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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The Awakening of the Beast: Ritual of the Maniacs (O Despertar da Besta: Ritual dos Sadicos) (Brazil, 1968)
Directed by José Mojica Marins. Cast: José Mojica Marins, Sérgio Hingst, Ozualdo Candeias, Andréa Bryan. A psychiatrist conducts experiments on volunteer drug addicts with LSD, to prove that illegal drug use leads to sexual perversion and other immoral behaviors. A surreal exploitation flick, which seems to start out as a documentary but quickly turns farcical. Banned for more than 20 years by the Brazilian government. 92 min. DVD X3113; 999:1417
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Huber, Christoph. "The Man, The Myth, Mojica." Cinema Scope, Winter2009, Issue 37, p38-41, 4p UC users only
Jennings, Jay. "The Strange World of Coffin Joe." Cinefantastique, Oct96, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p46-49, 4p UC users only
Maddin, Guy. "The Beardo: José Mojica Marins." Exile cinema : filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood / Michael Atkinson, editor. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.D44 E97 2008)
The Strange World of José Mojica Marins DVD X3110
Tierney, Dolores. "José Mojica Marins and the cultural politics of marginality in third world film criticism." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia, Volume 13, Issue 1, 2004, Pages 63 - 78 UC users only

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Chappaqua.(1966)
Directed and written by Conrad Rooks. Cast: Jean Louis Barrault, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Swami Satchidananda, Ornette Coleman. Semi-autobiographical psycho-drama of a young, well-to-do alcoholic and junkie who enters the psychedelic world of the "Swiss sleeping cure", and experiences a life-affirming epiphany which leads him from his nightmare. 82 min. DVD X5667; vhs 999:2818
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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)
Directed by Albert Zugsmith. Cast: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, King Vidor, Florence Vidor. Set in San Francisco's Chinatown during the Tong wars of the 1800s, women are sold as slaves by an evil drug lord named Ling Tang. DeQuincey is hired to find a woman who has escaped the slave trade and bring her back. As he hides out in Chinatown he discovers the wonders of the opium trade and the drug's hallucinogenic effects. "Filled with absurd dialogue, Asian stereotypes and A-typical Zugsmith exploitation touches, the film is a classic of the early 60's sleaze genre." 85 min. DVD 5141
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Kutner, C. Jerry. "Albert Zugsmith's Opium Dreams." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only

Marihuana(1936)
Director, Dwain Esper. Cast: Harley Wood, Paul Ellis, Juanita Fletcher. This film is in many ways the great encapsulator of the bulk of mid-1930s drug madness. In this film, a young girl with great prospects smokes marijuana when she goes to a beach party with her boyfriend and ultimately ends up pregnant, abandoned and pushing narcotics as a result! Opium destruction, San Francisco: Another mass contact high induced by government agents who burn stash & hookah paraphernalia alike before an unfinished City Hall. 57 min. DVD 8612; also DVD X531
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Marihuana Menace(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Fay McKenzie, Michael Owen, Dorothy Short. A group of small-town high school students has taken up the bad habit of smoking marijuana, leading them down a path of hedonistic activities. Their crazed lifestyle has ensnared one vulnerable girl into living a life of destructive behavior. An undercover reporter, disguised as a soda jerk, attempts to befriend the girl and free her from the clutches of the gang. 80 min. DVD X531
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The Marihuana Story (Spain / Argentina, 1951)
Director, Leon Klimowsky. Cast: Pedro Lopez Lagier, Fanny Navarro ; Eduardo Cuitano, Golde Flami, Nathan Pinzon, Alberto de Mendoza. Pablo Urioste is a respected surgeon, but he is forced to experience a nightmarish world after his wife, a marijuana addict, dies at a nightclub. He tells his story to the police, and tells stories of how he is hooked, beaten, blackmailed, and includes some bad-trip flashbacks. Ms. Quiroga tries to help him, but there is little hope for Dr. Urioste after undergoing THE MARIHUANA STORY. 98 min. DVD 8614
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Maryjane (1968)
Director, Maury Dexter. Cast: Fabian, Diane McBain, Patty McCormack, Kevin Coughlin. A marijuana exploitation movie about a delinquent teenage pot smoking club called "Mary Jane." The film begins with a car full of pot smoking teens driving recklessly down the road until they hit and kill a bystander then go off a cliff and die themselves! The civic leaders are up in arms about what to do with this evil weed problem! Fabian plays an art teacher who tries to help the kids while he falls for a hot blonde teacher who we find out later is a junkie-slut and the town dope dealer! 95 min. DVD X5232
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Narcotic (1933)
Directed by Dwain Esper and Vival Sodar't. Narcotic is loosely based upon the life of William Davies, an opium-addicted snake oil salesman who was also producer Hildagarde Esper's uncle. This film follows his downward spiral as an idealistic medical student whose fall from grace leads him to opium dens, a carnival freakshow and swanky drug parties. The film illustrates themes that explicitly violated the Motion Picture Production Code. (On DVD with "Maniac.") 57 min. DVD 1258
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Narcotics: Pit of Despair (1967)
Director, Mel Marshall. Considered by many to be the greatest of all anti-drug films, tells the story of a good boy gone bad. John, a clean-cut high school senior, is targeted by Pete, a low-life drug dealer, as his next victim. Inviting John to a party, Pete tells him to "blast off for Kicksville" by smoking a joint. John proceeds to do just that and is immediately turned into a marijuana addict, who shortly starts shooting up heroin. 27 min. DVD 8611

The Narcotics Story (aka The Dreaded Persuasion)(1958)
Directed by Robert W. Larsen. That damnable corrupting establishment, the malt shop, is the venue through which the crumbling of the morals of America's youth occurs, no matter how nice the kids, no matter if the drug proferred is marijuana or any other, this film tells the whole story ... from the first "connection" to the "hooked" adult. A semi-documentary with classic period footage of police drug searches and surveillance/detective methods 75 min. DVD 8614
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Reefer Madness (Formerly titled: "Tell your Children" and "The Burning Question")(1936)
Cast: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White, Carleton Young, Warren McCollum, Pat Royale, Josef Forte. When originally produced, this was a sincere exploration of the evils of marijuana. Over time, it has become classic camp. High school kids get hooked on marijuana, which leads to wild behavior, accidents and ultimately death and murder. DVD bonus features: Audio commentary by Mike Nelson of TV's "Mystery Science Theater 3000"; color design commentary by Legend Films; short film: "Grandpa's marijuana handbook" by Evan Keliher; Reefer Madness trailer. 67 min. DVD 7378; also on DVD 8613; DVD X531; DVD X971; vhs Video/C 4805
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Annas, George J. "Reefer Madness ? The Federal Response to California's Medical-Marijuana Law." Legal Issues in Medicine, Volume 337:435-439 August 7, 1997, Number 6
Grady, Dennis R. "From Reefer Madness to Freddy's Dead: The Portrayal of Marijuana Use in Motion Pictures." In: Beyond the stars III / edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. Bowling Green, Ohio : Bowling Green University Popular Press (Main Stack PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990; Moffitt PN1995.9.C36.B49 1990)
Johnson, Gary. "The Golden Age of Exploitation." Images
Klein, Philippa. "The Bad Influence Representation of Marijuana in Hollywood Films."
Pahl, Jon "Sacrificing Youth: From Reefer Madness to Hostel." In: Empire of sacrifice : the religious origins of American violence / New York : New York University Press, c2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks BR517 .P34 2010)
Peary, Danny. Cult movies : the classics, the sleepers, the weird, and the wonderful New York : Delacorte Press, 1981 (MAIN: PN1997.8 .P37)

The Road to Ruin(1933)
Directors, Dorothy Davenport and Melville Shyer. Cast: Helen Foster, Neil O'Day, Glen Boles, Paul Page. An innocent young girl gets involved with a crowd that smokes marijuana, drinks and has sex. She winds up an alcoholic, pregnant drug addict and is forced to get an abortion. 62 min. DVD X531
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She Shoulda Said "No!"(1949)
Director, Sherman Scott. Cast: Alan Baxter, Lyle Talbot, Lila Leeds, Doug Blackley. Narrator: Knox Manning. A "good" girl works day and night as a dancer in Los Angeles to finance her brother's college education. Then a dope peddler enters the picture and casts a cloud of smoke and money around her. When her brother comes home from college and finds out what his sister has been up to to finance his education, he commits suicide. Beset by guilt, she slips farther down into the pit of marijuana addiction and despair. 70 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)
Directed by Irvin Kershner. Cast: Yale Wexler, Jonathan Haze, Steven Marlo, Abby Dalton. Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide to go into the heroin selling business. However, the drug dealer's gang also wants the heroin, finds out the boys have it, and sets out to hunt them down and get back their dope. Features an " incredible cold turkey withdrawal scene and a hip jazz soundtrack." 89 min. DVD X5234
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Ten Nights in a Barroom (1931)
Directed by William O'Connor. Cast: William Farnum, Thomas Santschi, Patty Lou Lynd, Robert Fraser, Phyllis Barrington. A melodrama about the degrading effects of alcohol. Set in a small western town around 1910, this is the story of a well-respected man who avoids the local saloon until by chance he succumbs to drink and his life falls apart. Released during the Prohibition era as a statement for temperance. 72 min. DVD X531
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Weed of Death(193?)
Cast: Yakima Canutt, Arthur Mackley An otherwise inexplicable feature which tells the incredible story of silent-era cowboys killing each other while stoned on reefers. Any other explanations can hardly do justice to just how weird this film is. 16 min. DVD 8614

The Trip. (1967)
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Valley of the Dolls. (1967)
Directed by Mark Robson. Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Susan Hayward. Three girls come to New York City and later, Hollywood, to chase their dreams of stardom only to discover there are prices for fame and fortune-- addictions to pills, booze, drowned careers, crumbling fortunes, dizzying highs and incredible lows. The three girls go for broke, eaten alive by show business, sex, and drugs, in this trashy, campy exposé of the dark side of stardom. Based on the novel of the same title by Jacqueline Susann. Disc one: Special features: Commentary by actress Barbara Parkins and E!s Ted Casablanca [optional audio feature]; Trivia overdose: a pill-popping guide to "Valley of the Dolls" [interactive feature] -- Gotta get off this merry-go-round: Sex, dolls and showtunes [featurette] (2006) (48 min.); Still galleries [slide shows]. Disc two: Special features: The divine Ms. Susann [featurette] (2006) (14 min.) -- The dish on dolls [featurette] (2006) (6 min.) -- Hollywood backstories: "Valley of the Dolls" / narrated by Rino Romano ; produced and directed by Michele Farinola ; produced by Prometheus Entertainment [featurette] (2001) (23 min.) -- A world premiere voyage / hosted by Bill Burrud and Army Archerd ; produced by Milas Hinshaw ; a Hollywood Premieres, Inc. production [featurette] (1967) (48 min.) -- Jacqueline Susann and the "Valley of the Dolls" / directed by Alan Foshko ; an Alan Foshko-Lew Schwartz Del Sol Production [featurette] (1967) (51 min.); Screen tests (17 min.); TV Spots and original theatrical trailers (5 min.); "You've Got talent" karaoke (8 min.); Musical numbers [audio feature]. 123 min. DVD X2476; 999:2819
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. (1970)
Directed by Russ Meyer. Cast: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams. Story of an uninhibited all-girl rock group who travel to Hollywood to claim an inheritance and meet a kinky music promoter who turns them on to a whole new scene. Based on a story by Roger Ebert and Russ Meyer. Special features: Audio commentaries by Roger Ebert; Audio commentary by cast members Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Harrison Page, John La Zar and Erica Gavin; "Above, beneath and beyond the valley: the making of a musical-horror-sex comedy"; "Look on up at the bottom: the music of dolls"; "The best of Beyond" featurette; "Sex, drugs, music & murder: signs of the time, baby!" featurette; "Casey & Roxanne: the love scene" featurette; Screen tests of the stars; 6 photo galleries with more than 300 photos. 109 min. DVD X2477
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Fischer, Craig. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and the Exploitation Genre." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 30, pp. 18-33, Fall 1992 UC users only
Frasier, David K. Russ Meyer--the life and films : a biography and a comprehensive, illustrated, and annotated filmogy / David K. Frasier. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1990. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.M49 F7 1990)
Hatch, Kristen. "Sweeter the kitten the sharper the claws: Russ Meyer's bad girls." In: Bad : infamy, darkness, evil, and slime on screen / edited by Murray Pomerance. Albany : State University of New York Press, 2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.E93.B33 2004)
McDonough, Jimmy. Big bosoms and square jaws : the biography of Russ Meyer, king of the sex film / Jimmy McDonough. New York : Crown, c2005.
Quarles, Mike. "Russ Meyer: T and A and $." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)
"Russ Meyer, Roger Ebert and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls." In: Movie talk from the front lines : filmmakers discuss their works with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association / edited by Jerry Roberts and Steven Gaydos, with a foreword by Robert Rosen. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c1995. (Moffitt PN1993.5.U6 M668 1995)

Weed of Death (aka. Death Weed) (193?)
Cast: Yakima Canutt, Arthur Mackley. An otherwise inexplicable feature which tells the incredible story of silent-era cowboys killing each other while stoned on reefers. Any other explanations can hardly do justice to just how weird this film is. 16 min. DVD 8614; vhs Video/C 7818

The Weird World of LSD.
A sensationalistic dramatization designed to dissuade young adults from using the drug LSD by detailing the horrors of the drug and the inevitable tragic consequences. Videocassette release of a motion picture originally produced in 1967. 78 min. Video/C 6077

S*E*X!

The Alley Cats(1966)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Anne Arthur, Sabrina Koch, Karen Field, Chaz Hickman, Harold Baerow, Uta Levka. Set in Berlin this erotic film presents the story of a young swinging girl frustrated by her fiancee, who becomes responsive to a beautiful lesbian socialite. 83 min. DVD X5583; vhs 999:3121
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Morris, Gary. "The Alley Cats." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Lehman, Peter. "'Don't Blame this on a Girl: Female Rape-revenge Films." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Ra London ; New York : Routledge, c1993. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993)
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Bizarre(1969)
Directed by Antony Balch. Cast: Richard Shulman, Janet Spearman, Dorothy Grumbar, Anthony Rowlands, Valentine Dyall. "A brainy sex flick with a sense of humor, the film begins with a narrator/mummy who guides us through a number of vignettes promising to show what some of us go through in the pursuit of sexual pleasure. There's a fabulous ten minute opening, where the half naked go go dancers have vegetables thrown at them. One of the tales features a female photographer who tortures a male model. Another has a female burglar (Cathy Howard) caught by the house owner. The craziest involves a nerd hiring a blond call girl (Sue Bond) in pursuit of a menage-a-trois with his pet lizard; and there's a endearing misadventure with secret agent Lindy Leigh (Maria Frost) who does topless safecracking." [IMBD] Contains the world famous short films featuring William S. Burroughs "The cut ups" and "Towers open fire." Special features: Digitally re-mastered uncut version never before seen in the U.S. ; audio commentary with executive producer Richard Gordon and film historian and author, Tom Weaver ; video interview with Bizarre writer, Elliott Stein ; chapter selections ; theatrical trailer ; liner notes. 92 min. DVD X3573
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Chained Girls(1965)
Director, Joseph P. Mawra. Who and what is a lesbian? Where can they be found? Are they happy with their lives? These are a few of the probing questions asked in this "documentary" "expose" of NYC dykes and femmes. Special features: Lesbian-loving trailers ; Sappho shorts: #1: Lash of the Lesbian, #2: Lesbian apartment party, #3: Lesbian neighbors, #4: She-man surprise, #5: Lesbian bikers, #6: Lesbian coffin sex, #7: Let's make Mary moan, #8: Outdoor lesbian love. 61 min. DVD 2536
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Sky, Melissa. "Chained Girls: A Twilight Tale of the Third Sex." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only

Cool It, Baby (1967)
Directed by Joe Marzano. Cast: Beverly Baum, Joe Marzano, "Elenora." A couple is hired by the local District Attorney to run a 'House of Pleasure', involving sadistic torture, orgies and sex rituals. 76 min. DVD X3446
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Damaged Lives(1933)
Director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams, George Irving, Almeda Fowler, Jason Robards. A rich young man catches syphilis as the result of a wanton night on the town with a rich floozy and passes it onto his wife. 53 min. DVD X971
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Justice, Christopher. "Edgar G. Ulmer: The Godfather of Sexploitation?" In: Edgar G. Ulmer : Detour on Poverty Row / edited by Gary D. Rhodes. Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008. (PFA PN1998.3.U44.E34 2008)
Schaefer, Eric. "'No False Modesty, No Old-Fashioned Taboos': The Sex Hygiene Film." In: "Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!" : a history of exploitation films, 1919-1959 (MAIN and PFA: PN1995.9.S284 S33 1999)

Daughters of Lesbos (1968)
Directed by Peter Woodcock. The man-haters club meets weekly for great food, fine wine and wild sexual escapades. When one of the members of the club is assaulted by a peeping Tom, the others, led by Dominique, take the law into their own hands. Special features: Lesbian-loving trailers; Sappho shorts: #1: Lash of the Lesbian, #2: Lesbian apartment party, #3: Lesbian neighbors, #4: She-man surprise, #5: Lesbian bikers, #6: Lesbian coffin sex, #7: Let's make Mary moan, #8: Outdoor lesbian love. 62 min. DVD 2536
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The Dirty Girls(1964)
Director, Radley H. Metzger. Cast: Reine Rohan, Denise Roland, Marlene Sherter, Peter Parten. A visually elegant look at the friendship between a pair of European prostitutes showing the many exploits of Garance in Paris and Monique, the fantastic "woman of ten thousand pleasures," in Munich. 82 min. DVD 6357
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Flesh Merchant(1956)
Director, W. Merle Connell. Cast: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Mariko Perri, Norman Wright, Lisa Rack. A young girl heads to Hollywood to visit her older sister, with the hopes she can break into the movies. After her arrival, her sister tries to explain the difficulties in making a career in show business, but the younger sister insists on trying. Eventually the young girl becomes involved in a prostitution ring run by mobsters, which is what her older sister has be doing but attempted to keep her sister from finding out. Supplement on DVD X1927: Skin in the Fifties loop collection: "Over 20 burlesque and coin-op nudie loops featuring Virginia Bell, Chen, Stacy Farrell and many more." 90 min. DVD X971; also on DVD X1927
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Glen or Glenda? (1953)
Directed by Ed Wood. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Edward D. Wood, Jr., Dolores Fuller, Lyle Talbot, Timothy Farrell, Tommy Haynes. In his heart-felt cinematic debut, Edward D. Wood, Jr. himself stars under the pseudonym Daniel Davis as a young man with a dilemma: should he tell his lovely young fiancee (played by real-life girlfriend Dolores Fuller) about his burning desire to cross-dress? She has begun to notice articles of clothing missing from her closet; the suspense builds...what should he do? 68 min. DVD 7456
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Birchard, Robert S. "Edward D. Wood, Jr. - Some notes on a subject for further research." Film History, 1995, Vol. 7 Issue 4, p450-455, 6p UC users only
Emin-Tunc, Tanfer and Prescott, Nichole. "Glen or Glenda: Psychiatry, Sexuality, and the Silver Screen." Bright Lights, August 2003 | Issue 41

The Irving Klaw Classics
Featuring Bettie Page. In the 1950s Irving Klaw was known as the King of Pin Ups, famous for his photos of beautiful girls in lingerie and high heels. From 1951-1956 he produced over a hundred short fetish, wrestling and dance films featuring Bettie Page and other glamour girls of the time. Volume 1 is dedicated to Klaw's most popular model, Bettie Page, who with her distinctive hair-cut and girlish looks, became a popular monument of femininity. 60 min. DVD 7524

Let Me Die a Woman (1978)
Written and directed by Doris Wishman. A documentary-style film about transsexuals. Features the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients, with an illustrated lecture on the various aspects of transsexuality plus actual footage of a sex-change operation, which is what gives the film its notoriety. 78 min. DVD X5532
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Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

The Lickerish Quartet (Italy / USA / West Germany, 1970)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Silvana Venturelli, Frank Wolff, Erika Remberg, Paolo Turco. When three people, a man, his elegant wife, and her hungry-for-experience son, met the star of an erotic film, each fulfills their fantasy in the seduction of the mysterious young woman. 90 min. DVD 6366
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Mini-skirt Love (1967)
Directed by Lou Campa. Cast: Janet Banzet, Donny Lee, Bella Donna. After his mother kills his father and is taken to jail, teen-ager Billy is cared for by his aunt, leading to an incestuous affair. 76 min. DVD X3446
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Party Girl (1930)
Directed by Victor Halperin. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jeannette Loff, Judith Barrie, John St. Polis, Sammy Blum. A daring dramatization of the secret, inner workings of an escort service. Miss Lindsey runs a party girl racket, sending poor girls to make quick money servicing the impulses of rich men. 61 min. DVD X971
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The Princess & the Call Girl (USA / France, 1984)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Carol Levy, Victor Bevine, Shannah Hall, Chris Beach, Noel Cohen. A beautiful socialite Audrey Swallow owes a big one to Lucy Darling, her lookalike pal. So when Lucy begs her, Audrey agrees to impersonate Lucy, a high-priced call girl. And when Audrey is delayed getting back, Lucy has to impersonate Audrey and entertain her guests at the engagement party and Lucy can be very entertaining! 90 min. DVD 6367
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

"Score"(1972)
Director, Radley Metzger. Cast: Claire Wilbur, Calvin Culver, Lynn Lowry, Gerald Grant, Carl Parker. In the village of leisure, in the land of play, deep within the erogenous zone, live Jack and Elvira, a swinging married couple who have their sights set on seducing a pair of naive newlyweds. 89 min. DVD 6356
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Sex Madness(1938)
Director, Dwain Esper. Cast: Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley, Al Rigali, Mark Daniels, Linda Lee Hill. The evils of loose living and "unbridled lust" in promoting syphilis are detailed in this campy, overacted story of a small-town beauty queen with hopes of making it big in the city who contracts a venereal disease. The danger of consulting quacks for quick cures and the importance of getting competent medical help are melodramatically underscored. 62 min. DVD X531; also DVD X971
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Skin in the Fifties: Uncensored, Authentic Sexploitation From the 1950s
Contents: Disc 1. Flesh merchant (Restored version) ; Flesh Merchant (Extended scenes) -- Disc 2. Skin in the fifties loop collection. Casts: Flesh merchant: Joy Reynolds, Geri Moffatt, Mariko Perri, Norman Wright, Lisa Rack. Flesh merchant: A young girl heads to Hollywood to visit her older sister, with the hopes she can break into the movies. After her arrival, her sister tries to explain the difficulties in making a career in show business, but the younger sister insists on trying. Eventually the young girl becomes involved in a prostitution ring run by mobsters, which is what her older sister has be doing but attempted to keep her sister from finding out. Skin in the Fifties loop collection: "Over 20 burlesque and coin-op nudie loops featuring Virginia Bell, Chen, Stacy Farrell and many more." DVD X1927; also on DVD X971

Slaves in Bondage(1937)
Director, Elmer Clifton. Cast: Lona Andre, Donald Wood, Wheeler Oakman, Florence Dudley. A crooked businessman and his female partner use her beauty salon as a recruitment center for girls to work as prostitutes at his roadhouse. The younger sister of one of the beauticians falls under the unwanted gaze of the lecherous businessman. Meanwhile, the girl's newspaper reporter boyfriend investigating the prostitution ring is set up for a fall with the police, by the crooked businessman who hopes to make the girl his own. 70 min. DVD X971
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Taboo: The Beginning of Erotic Cinema
The great myth of erotic cinema is that its creation came about in the 1970s. As soon as movie cameras were invented, people began using them to make pornographic films -- the earliest of which can be traced back to the 1920s. Here is the definitive history of pornographic films -- from silent-era sex on the bumper of a Model T Ford to soft-core to hard-core and anything goes... Includes bonus shorts from the 1930s and 40s: Roman holiday. Caught in the barbed wire. Nude diversion. Uncle Si and the sirens. Dressage au fouet. 90 min. DVD 4296

Therèse and Isabelle(1972)
Director, Radley Metzger.Cast: Essy Persson, Anna Gael. Told in a flashback form, this is the story of Therese who is sent to an all-girl school when her mother marries a man who dislikes children. Here she meets Isabelle and the two become fast friends. After they experience unfulfilling and often brutal sexual encounters with men, the two turn to each other and become lesbian lovers. 118 min. DVD X4828; vhs 999:3122
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Morris, Gary. "Radley Metzger on DVD." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Morris, Gary. "Thoughts on Radley Metzger." Bright Lights November 2002 | Issue 38 UC users only
Testa, Bart. "Soft-Shaft Opportunism: Radley Metzger's Erotic Kitsch." Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television 19:2 (Spring-Summer 1999) p. 40-57 p. 40-57 UC users only

Venus in Furs (1967)
Directed by Joe Marzano. Cast: Elinore, Shep Wild, Stephanie Smythe. A meek and mild shoe salesman spends a weekend having kinky, fetishistic fun at the home of a mysterious woman. 66 min. DVD X3446
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Vintage Burlesque Strippers Films
Presents 25 film shorts gleaned from 80 years of vintage erotica of yesteryear featuring nude strippers, burlesque dancers, and stag party crashers. Contents: Stripper: Famous dancer -- Afromood burlesque -- Co-ed secrets stag film -- Blonde stag film -- Brunette -- Cherry Knight -- Malibu Mermaid [with Adele Doleman] -- Indian love burlesque -- Sheree tiger dance -- Peeping Toms paradise -- Two girl hitchhikers -- Two bells from Virginia -- Chinese joy dance -- Nora -- Betty Howard -- Sandra Storm -- Red-headed riot -- Roxie -- Variety girls -- Dance of desire -- Dance of the doves -- Georgia Southern -- Yvonne Marthay -- Hot number -- Fighten femmes of France. 86 min. DVD 9761

Queer Cult Favorites / Camp Favorites

Complete listing of MRC LGBT films
Films of George & Mike Kuchar
Films of Andy Warhol

[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. I
Directed by Kenneth Anger. Contents: Fireworks (1947, 15 min.) -- Puce moment (1949, 6 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) (1950, 16 min.) / Puck Film Productions -- Eaux d'artifice (1953, 13 min.) -- Inauguration of the pleasure dome (1954, 38 min.). Music: Fireworks / Respighi ; Puce moment / Jonathan Halper ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins) / the Flamingos ...[et al] ; Eaux d'artifice / Vivaldi ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome / Janacek. Fireworks: Kenneth Anger, Bill Selzer, Gordon Grey ; Puce moment: Yvonne Marquis ; Rabbit's moon (La lune des lapins): Andre Souberyan, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Eaux d'artifice: Carmillo Salvatorelli ; Inauguration of the pleasure dome: Samson De Brier, Cameron, Kathryn Kadell, Renata Loome, Anais Nin, Kenneth Anger, Peter Loome, Paul Mathison, Curtis Harrington, Joan Whitney. In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbit's moon, a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustrades, grottoes and fountains. In Inauguration of the pleasure dome, members of a cult masquerade as gods and goddesses. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; Rabbit's moon outtakes; 48 page full color book featuring: an introduction by Martin Scorsese; Kenneth Anger's hand drawn sketches for the unrealized Puce Women project; excerpts from Anais Nin's diaries about making of Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome; rare behind the scenes stills and more.

In Fireworks a dissatisfied dreamer awakes, goes out in the night seeking a light and is drawn through the needle's eye to return less empty than before. Puce Moment reflects Anger's concerns with the myths and decline of Hollywood. Rabbitt's Moon is a fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combining elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Eaux d'Artifice portrays hide and seek in a night-time labyrinth of levels, cascades, balustraces, grottoes and fountains. Kustom Kar Kommandos is a voyeuristic look at a tight-jeaned man polishing his car. Anger's short films represent a vision of "repressed homosexual desires, twarted in real life and painfully exorcized onscreen. Anger, a highschool student who had grown up on Hollywood's sanitized images, filled Fireworks with his hidden fantasies, complete with the bald sexuality inherent in the images of cowboys, test pilots and, in this case, sailors, images that dominated the dreams of millions." (Russo. The Celluloid Closet, p. 597-98) DVD 6870; vhs 999:1179

Cagle, Robert L. "Auto-Eroticism: Narcissism, Fetishism, and Consumer Culture." (Kustom Kar Kommandos) Cinema Journal, vol. 33 no. 4. 1994 Summer. pp: 23-33.
Cagle, Chris. "Rough Trade: Sexual Taxonomy in Postwar America." In: Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire / edited by Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore. pp: 234-52. New York: New York University Press, c1996. (Main Stack HQ74.R46 1996)
Meir, Chris. "Fireworks." Senses of Cinema

[Anger, Kenneth] Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2
Scorpio rising (1964, 28 min.) -- Kustom kar kommandos (1965, 3 min.) -- Invocation of my demon brother (1969, 12 min.) -- Rabbit's moon (1979 version, 7 min.) -- Lucifer rising (1981, 29 min.) Scorpio rising: Bruce Byron, Johnny Sapienza, Frank Carifi, John Palone, Ernie Allo, Barry Rubin, Steve Crandell ; Kustom kar kommandos: Sandy Trent ; Invocation of my demon brother: Lenore Kandel and William, Kenneth Anger, Van Leuven, Harvey Bialy and Timotha, Anton Szandor LaVey, Bobby BeauSoleil ; Rabbit's moon: Andre Soubeyran, Claude Revenant, Nadine Valence ; Lucifer rising: Miriam Gabril, Donald Cammell, Haydn Couts, Kenneth Anger, Sir Francis Rose, Marianne Faithfull, Leslie Huggins. Scorpio rising: Brando, bikes and black leather. A high view of the myth of the American motorcyclist and the machine as totem from toy to terror. Kustom kar kommandos: A young man strokes his customized car with a powder puff. "Pygmalion and his machine mistress." Invocation of my demon brother: The Shadowing forth of Lord Lucifer, as the Powers gather at a midnight mass. Rabbit's moon: A fable of the unattainable (the Moon) combines elements of Commedia dell'Arte with Japanese myth. Lucifer rising: A film about the "love" generation, in which ceremonies are performed to make Lucifer rise. Lucifer is depicted as the bringer of light, God's beautiful but rebellious favorite, rather than the personification of evil. (In Special features) The man we want to hang: Kenneth Anger's film on the art of Aleister Crowley. Special features: Screen specific audio commentaries for all films by Kenneth Anger; 48 page full color book with written appreciations by renowned filmmakers Martin Scoresese, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin and others; extensive notes for each film, rare photos, and more. "The Man We Want To Hang" (2002, 12 min.), restored stereo soundtrack for Lucifer rising, alternate audio to Invocation of my demon brother, restoration demonstrations and more. DVD 8527

Cagle, Robert L. "Auto-Eroticism: Narcissism, Fetishism, and Consumer Culture." (Kustom Kar Kommandos) Cinema Journal, vol. 33 no. 4. 1994 Summer. pp: 23-33.
Cagle, Chris. "Rough Trade: Sexual Taxonomy in Postwar America." In: Representing Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire / edited by Donald E. Hall and Maria Pramaggiore. pp: 234-52. New York: New York University Press, c1996. (Main Stack HQ74.R46 1996)
Meir, Chris. "Fireworks." Senses of Cinema

Bike Boy (1967)
Directed by Andy Warhol. Cast: Ed Hood; Brigid Polk (Berlin) ; Joe Spencer ; Ingrid Superstar ; Viva ; Anne Wehrer. "Sexploitation" feature film by American painter, printmaker and filmmaker Andy Warhol. Joe, a member of a motorcycle gang, encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who crack jokes at his expense in an attempt to deflate his machismo. In response he becomes more obscene and boasting, but ultimately, he cannot compete with the putdowns of the Warhol regulars. 96 min. DVD 4716
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Color me Lurid: The Weird World of George Kuchar.
Twenty years before Blue velvet George Kuchar was obsessed with pop culture and kitsch. Part of the New York 'underground,' George and brother Mike were unusual in wanting to make lavish melodramas. Handpainted titles, lurid colour and sound, tabloid-type tales, startling hair-dos and vivid costumes blend and sometimes clash inimitably in these four startling, funny and bittersweet films.

Contents: Hold me while I'm naked (1966, col., 15 min. With Donna Kerness, Hope Morris, Steve Packard, Andrea Lunin, George Kuchar) -- The mongreloid (1978, col., 9 min. With George Kuchar, Curt McDowell) -- Forever and always (1978, col., 21 min. With Olive M. Ayhens, Beau Brinkwater, Jan Ericson, Dona Frost) -- A reason to live (1976, b&w, 27 min. Marion Smith collaborated with Kuchar on direction. With Curt McDowell, Maxine Duff-Davis, Marion Eaton, Robbie Tucker). 70 min. PAL format. Video/C 999:3693

Female Trouble (1974)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. The story of Dawn Davenport - a headline-seeking criminal who grows from suburban brat into one of the most gruesome murderers of all time. Along the way this 325 pound transvestite checks out other jobs and ways of life. She becomes a mugger, prostitute and unwed mother before turning to murder. "Female Trouble" is a campy, bizarre, sadistic romp through society's outer fringe. 98 min. DVD 2222
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John Waters: This Filthy World Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, writer-director of offensive cult classic films, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Directed by Jeff Garlin/ 2006. 86 min. DVD X859
Waters, John. Hairspray ; Female trouble ; and, Multiple maniacs : three more screenplays / by John Waters. New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3573.A8174 H35 2005)

Flaming Creatures. (1963)
Directed by Jack Smith. Sensual underground classic film which pushed the limits of its day while surviving attempts to censor its content, including a series of police raids, arrests, and court battles. "It may seem tame by today's standards, but it stretched the limits of its day. Campy and lavishly designed in its experimentalism, [Smith's] best know film, includes characters which cavort in a setting reminiscent of the court of Ali Baba, with a mood suggestive of the paintings of Heironymous Bosch. The film is a quasi-documentary of Androgynes and Transvestites in which flaccid penises and bouncing breasts are so ambiguously equated as to disarm any distinction between male and female. In Flaming Creatures, Smith manages to combine the ornate imagination of his youth with the realities of his adult fantasy." (from distributor's catalog) Video/C 3258
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Flesh.(1968)
Producer, Andy Warhol; writer/director, Paul Morrissey; starring Joe Dallesandro, Geraldine Smith, Patti D'Arbinville. Joe, a bisexual prostitute, takes to the streets and meets an artist with elaborate and hilarious theories of body worship, a couple of transvestites, a dumb ex-girlfriend, and a friend whose armpits have been burned by a flame thrower. 90 min. DVD 8867; also DVD 6384
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Hold Me While I'm Naked (2000)
Director, George Kuchar. Cast: Donna Kerness, Hope Morris, Steve Packard, Andrea Lunin. Sad but funny look at sexual frustration and loneliness. A blending of Hollywood glamour and drama with all too real life. It goes beyond the erotic into the world of the hyper-neurotic. 15 min. vhs 999:627
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Allison, Deborah. "Hold Me While I'm Naked: Notes on a Camp Classic." Senses of Cinema
Finch, Mark. "George Kuchar: Half the Story." In: Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video.
Editors, Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, John Greyson. New York: Routledge, 1993. (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 Q4 1993; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55) Q4 1993
Kuchar, George. Reflections from a cinematic cesspool. George Kuchar and Mike Kuchar; introduction by John Waters. Berkeley, Calif.: Zanja Press, 1997. (Main Stack PN1998.3.K833.A3 1997)

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Pink Flamingos (1972)
Directed by John Waters. Cast: Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. This underground epic, which breaks every rule of good filmmaking and good taste, set a benchmark for thebizarre that has never been equaled. Babs Johnson, a trailer park bon vivant proudly claims the title of the filthiest person alive. The envy of every neighborhood degenerate, it isn't long before another couple set their sites on Divine's legacy, and in the proud American tradition, competition forces each contender to outdo the other. "Like a septic tank explosion," this film is a "paragon of bad taste ... shocking, nauseating, hilarious." 108 min. DVD 2222
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Hallam, Lindsay. "Monster Queen The Transgressive Body of Divine in Pink Flamingos." Bright Lights Film Journal, February 2010 | Issue 67
John Waters: This Filthy World Philosopher of filth and reigning king of bad taste, writer-director of offensive cult classic films, John Waters presents an outstanding live one-man show that celebrates his origins of trash with his signature brand of irreverent humor. Directed by Jeff Garlin/ 2006. 86 min. DVD X859
Waters, John Trash trio : three screenplays / by John Waters. New York : Vintage Books, c1988. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PS3573.A8174 T71 1988)

Trash (1970)
Producer, Andy Warhol; director, writer, photographer, Paul Morrissey. Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Geri Miller, Bruce Pecheur, Michael Sklar.The story of Joe and his lover-protector, Holly, who try to make a go of things in their lower East Side basement, from which Holly goes forth from time to time to cruise the Fillmore East and to scavenge garbage cans, while Joe's journeys are in search of real junk. 110 min. DVD 5911; vhs 999:978
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The World of George Kuchar
A compilation of 26 short and experimental films by American film director George Kuchar. Also includes an interview with Kuchar who is known for his "low-fi" aesthetic, playful use of no-talent actors, plotless plots, and themeless themes. Disc 1. Video album 5: the Thursday people (1987, 59 min.) ; We, the normal (1987, 11 min.) ; Cult of the cubicles (1987, 46 min.) -- Disc 2. Creeping Crimson (1987, 13 min.) ; Rainy season (1987, 28 min.) ; Weather diary 3 (1988, 24 min.) ; 500 millibars to ectasy (1989, 16 min.) ; Passage to wetness (1990, 15 min.) ; Scarlet droppings (1991, 10 min.) -- Disc. 3. Weather diary 6 (1990, 28 min.) ; Point 'n' shoot (1989, 5 min.) ; Rocky interlude (1990, 7 min.) ; Snap 'n' snatch (1990, 6 min.) ; Award (1992, 20 min.) ; Route 666 (1994, 8 min.) ; Uncle evil (1996, 7 min.) ; Season of sorrow (1996, 12 min.) ; The inmate (1997, 16 min.) -- Disc 4. Metropolitan monologues (2000, 44 min.) ; Cyclone Alley ceramics (2000, 12 min.) ; The kingdom by the sea (2002, 19 min.) ; Burnout (2003, 20 min.) ; Supercell (2004, 9 min.) ; Song of the whoopee wind (2005, 12 min.) -- Disc 5. George Kuchar: an interview (2005, 46 min.) ; Evangelust (1988, 35 min.) ; Kaponga Island (2004, 27 min.). Dist.: Video Data Bank. DVD 8101

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Cheezy Horrors and Sci Fi

Complete listing of horror films in MRC (includes works of cult favorites including Roger Corman, George Romero, Wes Craven, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, José Mojica Marins, and others)
It Came from the 1950s! (Science Fiction of the 1950s and 60s)
It Came from the 1950s! (Horror films of the 1950s and 60s)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984)
Directed by W.D. Richter. Cast: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd. Buckaroo Banzai's latest experiments have opened the door to the 8th dimension--and have unwittingly begun an interstellar battle for the world. Special features: Alternate opening; Buckaroo Banzai declassified documentary; deleted scene archives; character profiles; teaser trailer. 102 min. DVD X3791
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Barbarella (France / Italy, 1968)
Directed by Roger Vadim. Cast: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea, Marcel Marceau, Claude Dauphin, David Hemmings. An erotic science fiction fantasy in which a female adventurer travels through space vanquishing evil in the forms of robots and monsters and rewarding the men who assist her. 98 min. DVD 8662; vhs 999:998
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Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
Directed by Marv Newland. Bambi is contentedly nibbling the grass, seemingly unaware of his impending encounter with Godzilla. What will happen when the two finally meet? 3 min. DVD 9355; vhs 999:1437

Black Sheep (New Zealand, 2006)
Directed by Jonathan King. Cast: Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis, Glenis Levestam. An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers on a New Zealand farm. After a 15-year absence, Henry returns to his farm to discover that his brother Angus has been performing genetic experiments on the sheep. Unfortunately for both the brothers and the rest of the humble farmers who make their living off of the land, these experiments have produced a strain of sheep that crave human flesh and will stop at nothing to satisfy their diabolical hunger. 86 min. DVD X837
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Blood Feast (1963)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Thomas Wood, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall. Set in Miami, police are baffled by a series of grisly murders that involve ritualistic dismemberment. A deranged Egyptian caterer name Fuad Ramses goes around hacking up beautiful young gals and brings their body parts back to his temple as an offering to the goddess Ishtar. Special features: Audio commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman; original theatrical trailer; rare outtakes; actors Thomas Wood and Harvey Korman demonstrate how to slice meat in the grisly educational short subject," Carving magic" (20 min.); gallery of exploitation art. 87 min. DVD 4602
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Mikita Brottman. "'There never was a party like this!' Blood feast and the primal act of cannibalism." Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 1469-3666, Volume 9, Issue 1, 1996, Pages 25 – 45 UC users only
Grossman, Andrew "Blood Feast Revisited or, H. G. Lewis, Keeper of the Key to All Erotic Mystery." Bright Lights, May 2004 | Issue 44

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Blood Orgy of the She-devils
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Lila Zaborin, Victor Izay, Tom Pace, Leslie McRae, William Bagdad. No one can escape the terrifying clutches of Mara, Queen of the Black Witches, who gruesomely sacrifices captive men within the confines of her diabolical castle. With the aid of powerful black magic, reincarnation, and a bevy of maiden disciples, Mara wreaks havoc against those who have tortured and persecuted witches throughout the centuries. The only chance to stop this supernatural siren lies with Dr. Helsford, a parapsychology professor who uses his knowledge of the dark arts to aid two potential victims in a fiery battle to the death against the forces of evil! 73 min. DVD X3387
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

Bucket of Blood (1959)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Julian Burton. Walter Paisley, a strange little busboy at a beatnik coffeehouse, seeks love and acceptance from the poets and artists he serves by becoming a "sculptor". When his more than life-like creations are declared masterpieces, fame and fortune follow until the horrible truth behind his work is revealed. 66 min. DVD 317
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Cannibal Holocaust(1980)
Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that is so intense, graphic and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of cannibalism that the director and producer were arrested upon its original release. Tells the story of a professor who searches for four documentary filmmakers who disappeared into "the green inferno," a.k.a. Amazon River country. Eventually he meets the tribe responsible for the crew's demise and returns to the U.S. with several rolls of "found footage." Disc 1. Cannibal holocaust -- Disc 2. In the jungle, the making of Cannibal holocaust (documentary, 60 min.) ; interviews with Deodato, Kerman and co-str Gabriel Yorke ; still gallery and poster art ; original theatrical trailers ; Necrophagia, Cannibal holocaust music video ; biographies. 96 min. DVD 5250
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Brottman, Mikita. Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H6.B67 1997)
DeVos, Andy "The more you rape their senses, the happier they are: a history of Cannibal holocaust." In: Cinema inferno : celluloid explosions from the cultural margins / edited by Robert G. Weiner, John Cline ; foreword by Mikita Brottman. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 C493 2010)
Jackson, Neil. "Cannibal Holocaust, Realist Horror and Reflexivity." Post Script: Essays in Film & the Humanities. 21(3):32-45. 2002 Summer UC users only
Jauregui, Carolina Gabriela. ""Eat it alive and swallow it whole!": Resavoring Cannibal Holocaust as a Mockumentary." Invisible Culture, Issue 7
Kerekes, David. Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)
Petley, Julian. "Cannibal Holocaust and the Pornography of Death." In: The spectacle of the real : from Hollywood to 'reality' TV and beyond / edited by Geoff King. Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Intellect, 2005. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1992.8.R43) S64 2005

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Directed by Herk Harvey. Cast: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Herk Harvey. A church organist inexplicably survives a car wreck, and finds herself haunted by visions of ghouls who seem to be following her. Contents: Disc 1. Original theatrical version (78 min.) -- Disc 2. Extended director's cut (83 min.). DVD 1744
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Cheezy Horror.
Tale of terror, Blackula, Friday the 13th, Velvet vampire, Rabid. An anthology of theatrical trailers from the worst of the worst horror films ... "some of the best, worst and cheeziest horror films ever made" ... together they present an overview of the genre. Trailers (Vol. 1): Frankenstein and the monster fom hell, Curse of the undead, Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Inn of the damned, Humanoids from the deep, Abby, Horrors of the black museum, Seizure, The sinful dead, Eaten alive, Fearless vampire hunters, House on Haunted Hill, Dr Phibes, The children, Count Dracula and his vampire brides, The old dark house, The chosen, Tales from the crypt, Terror in the wax museum, house of fright. Trailers (Vol. 2): Return of Dracula, Curse of the demon, Indestructible man, Black zoo, The tingler, Axe, Something is out there, Raw meat, The exorcist, Circus of horrors, Horror of Dracula, Legend of Hell House, Texas chainsaw massacre, Sugar Hill, My bloody valentine, Tale of terror, Blackula, Friday the 13th, Velvet vampire, Rabid. 120 min. DVD 8090

Color Me Blood Red (1965)
Directed by Herschell G. Lewis. Cast: Don Joseph, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner, Patricia Lee, Jerome Eden, Scott H. Hall. Features a mad artist who murders to obtain materials for his gruesome paintings--just the right shade of red pigment. 79 min. DVD 7528
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The Corpse Grinders (1971)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Sean Kenney, Monika Kelley, Sanford Mitchell, J. Byron Foster. When the Lotus Cat Food Company finds itself in financial trouble, the owners decide to find a new, cheap source of meat -- the local graveyard. Only one problem -- soon cats develop a taste for human flesh, and tabbies are tearing out throats all over town. 73 min. DVD X3384
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

The Corpse Grinders II (2000)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Sean Morelli, Andy Freeman, Chuck Alford. Battle weary and beaten by their enemy [evil dog-like aliens], the cat people from a starving planet come to earth asking for Earth's assistance in procuring food. Guess which cat food the aliens really like a lot? Human corpses. 103 min. DVD X3385
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

Eating Raoul (1982)
Directed by Paul Bartel. Cast: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran, Ed Begley, Jr., Buck Henry. Paul and Mary live in an apartment complex in L.A. that is being mistaken for a swingers establishment. One day Paul finds Mary fighting off a swinger and hits him with a frying pan. Their dreams of running a small restaurant seem to be in jeopardy until they decide how to dispose of the body. 83 min. DVD 2574
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Corliss, R. "Eating Raoul." Time v. 120 (October 4 1982) p. 82
Bartel, P. "Paul Bartel's guilty pleasures." {Eating Raoul}. Film Comment v. 18 (September/October 1982) p. 60-2
"Eating Raoul." Film Comment v. 17 (July/August 1981) p. 6+
Kroll, J. "Eating Raoul." Newsweek v. 100 (October 11 1982) p. 103

Eraserhead (1977)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: John Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anna Roberts, Laurel Near. A nightmarish collage of images which blends the grotesque and the absurd, the deeply disturbing and the darkly humorous. Henry is the nerdish central character who lives in a squalid apartment with a strange girl and their monstrous baby. The extraordinary special effects create an eerie, dream-like world with a logic all its own. 85 min. DVD 5568; vhs 999:2999
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Fascination (France, 1979)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Franca Mai, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Cyril Val. Fascination follows a swaggering thief who hides out in a lavish chateau, holding the occupants at gunpoint. When night falls, he realizes that these two maids are not only deadlier than he imagined, but are gatekeepers to a ring of women with a thirst for blood. 81 min. DVD X6905
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Flesh Gordon (1974)
Directors, Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm. Cast: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Hunt, Candy Samples, Mycle Brandy, John Hoyt as Professor Gordon. In this popular outrageous spoof of sci-fi films, Earth is thrown onto carnal chaos by a mysterious sex ray emanating from outer space. Flesh Gordon, Dale Ardor and their new found friend Dr. Flexi Jerkoff, must travel to the planet Porno to save Earth from certain devastation by the mad Emperor Wang. 90 min. vhs 999:3839
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Freaks (1932)
Directed by Tod Browning. The side-show freaks have created their own unified community within the carnival. When the beautiful trapeze artist marries one of the freaks for his money, and then plots to kill him, the enraged freaks defend their friend and take gruesome revenge on their betrayers, transforming the aerialist into the most hideous side-show attraction of all. 66 min. DVD 2830; vhs 999:80
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The Gore Gore Girls (1972)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Frank Kress, Amy Farre, Hedda Lubin, special guest star Henny Youngman. A lunatic is slaughtering the sexy strippers who work for the strip club impresario Marzdone Mobilie. Not content with mere murder, the psycho enthusiastically mangles and mutilates the women, thus turning Marzdone's go-go girls into The gore gore girls. 81 min. DVD X4239
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The Gruesome Twosome (1967)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells, Chris Martell, Rodney Bedell. Crazy old Mrs. Pringle runs "The little wig shop" where she speicializes in wigs made entirely from human hair. Offering to rent rooms to local college girls, Mrs. Pringle scurries the gals into a back room where her psycho son, Rodney provides the "wigs" for his mama by gorily scalping the women. But when a co-ed friend of amateur sleuth Kathy disappears, Kathy investigates until she comes face to face with Rodney and his new electric carving knife. Special features: audio commentary by director, Herschell Gordon Lewis; original theatrical trailer; archival short subject "Wigs-o-rama"; Herschell Gordon Lewis gallery of exploitation art. 72 min. DVD X4098
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How to Make a Monster (1958)
Directed by Herbert L. Strock. Cast: Robert H. Harris, Paul Brinegar, Gary Conway, Gary Clarke, John Ashley. A studio makeup artist goes berserk and turns his creations into zombie-like killers. 73 min. DVD 8110
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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Director, Wes Craven. Cast: Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Russ Grieve, John Steadman, Michael Berryman, Virginia Vincent, James Whitworth. The Carter family's going on vacation, crossing the desert headed for California. But when they take an ill-advised short cut, crash, and are stranded deep inside an "isolated" air force testing range, they are attacked by a mysterious, terrifying group of modern cannibalistic savages. 89 min. DVD 2095
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Hush-- Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, William Campbell, Victor Buono, Mary Astor, Bruce Dern. Summary Charlotte was a Southern belle preparing to elope with her married lover-- until he was murdered. Now, 37 years later, she lives alone in her mansion, slowly going mad as she is haunted by the memory of the unsolved crime and tormented by the local townspeople who believe she killed him. But when her cousin comes to visit, the skeletons begin to tumble out of the closet-- and that's when the terror really begins. Special features: "Hush...hush, sweet Joan: the making of Charlotte" featurette; "Bruce Dern remembers" featurette; "Wizard work": vintage promotional short narrated by Joseph Cotten; isolated score track; theatrical teasers; original theatrical trailer; TV spots; interactive pressbook gallery; poster gallery; lobby card gallery; still gallery. 133 min. DVD X2419
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I Drink your Blood (1971)
Directed by David Durston. Cast: Bhaskar, Jadine Wong, Ronda Fultz. In this gore-drenched drive-in classic a band of satanist hippies rolls into a town and begins terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given LSD. His grandson gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path. The feature can be seen in both the original X-rated version or the unrated director's cut. When the director's version is selected, the disc plays the X-rated version and then "jumps" to the deleted scenes at specific time cues. The original version runs 83 min. Special features: optional commentary by David Durston and Bhaskar; deleted scenes (6 min.); I drink your blood show (interviews by Durston with cast members (29 min.)); theatrical trailer (3 min.); still gallery (8 min.); radio spot (1 min.); filmographies of Durston, Bhaskar (including a video clip of the evil king cobra dance (7 min.) and Lynn Lowry; coming attractions of 9 films (25 min.); a clip from the beginning of I Eat Your Skin (6 min.); end credits include a video of Durston singing a song paying tribute to the exploitation film industry (3 min.). 89 min. DVD X6057
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I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman)(1978)
Directed by Meir Zarchi. Cast: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann. A novelist spending the summer alone at an isolated lakeside house in upstate New York is raped, beaten and left for dead by four local residents. Emotionally destroyed, she no longer writes her novel; instead she finds herself choreographing a violent revenge scheme against the entire group. 104 min. DVD 6942
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Clover, Carol. "Getting even." Sight & Sound; May92, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p16-18, 3p
Clover, Carol J. "High and Low: The Transformation of the Rape-Revenge Movie." In: Women and film : a Sight and sound reader / edited by Pam Cook and Philip Dodd. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W6.W63 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.W6.W63 1993)
Lehman, Peter. "'Don't Blame this on a Girl: Female Rape-revenge Films." In: Screening the male : exploring masculinities in Hollywood cinema / edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Ra London ; New York : Routledge, c1993. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 S36 1993)

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies (1963)
Directed by Ray Dennis Steckler. Cast: Brett O'Hara, Cash Flagg, Gene Pollock, Carolyn Brandt, Toni Camel, Erina Enyo, Ray Dennis Steckler, Atlas King. Cult horror film about a carnival fortuneteller who hypnotizes people and disfigures them with acid to make freaks for her sideshow. 80 min. DVD 7526
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Ancuta, Katarzyna. "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies or How to Be the Living Dead in Technicolor." In: (Trans)-Formations I : identity and property : essays in cultural practice / edited by Wojciech Kalaga and Tandeusz Rachwa?. Katowice : Wydawn. Uniwersytetu Slaskiego, 2002. (Main Stack PN51.T695 2002)

The Iron Rose (La rose de fer) (France, 1973)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent, Michel Delessalle. A pair of lovers have a tryst in a vacant tomb, but then find themselves unable to escape from the graves and crypts of the massive cemetery. One of cult director Jean Rollin's most unconventional films, The Iron Rose vividly depicts the young couple's steady descent into madness. 81 min. DVD X6906
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Lips of Blood (Lèvres de sang) (France, 1975)
Directed by Jean Rollin. Cast: Jean-Loup Phillipe, Annie Brilland, Natalie Perrey. A young man is plagued by visions of a castle and a ghostly woman in white, visions which eventually lead him to a cemetery of female vampires whom he releases onto the city of Paris. This explicit oedipal fantasy is crammed full of dark dungeons, lesbian sex, coffins, and surreal vampires. 90 min. DVD X6871
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Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Directed by Roger Corman. Cast: Jackie Joseph, Jonathan Haze, Mel Welles, Jack Nicholson. In a flower shop's basement a timid employee discovers a ferocious, talking, rapidly-growing plant, which forces him to lure victims to satisfy its taste for human flesh. 70 min. DVD 4063
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Mommy (1994)
Written and directed by Max Allan Collins. Cast: Patty McCormack, Jason Miller, Brinke Stevens, Michael Cornelison, Majel Barrett, Mickey Spillane, Sarah Jane Miller, Rachel Lemieux. The story of a psychopathic mother who'll stop at nothing to get what's best for her daughter and herself. 89 min. DVD 5044
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Mommy 2: (1996)
Written and directed by Max Allan Collins. Cast: Patty McCormack, Paul Petersen, Gary Sandy, Brinke Stevens, Mickey Spillane, Arlen Dean Snyder, Michael Cornelison, Rachel Lemieux, Sarah Jane Miller, Todd Eastland, Paula Sands, Del Close, Laurence Coven, Pamela Cecil. The film opens with "Mommy" on death row in an Iowa prison. An outraged public and a frenzied media do not stop Mommy from doing anything she can to regain the love of her daughter. 88 min. DVD 5044
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Mommie Dearest (1981)
Directed by Frank Perry. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Steve Forrest, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Howard Da Silva, Rutanya Alda. Based on the book by her adopted daughter this is the story of the tormented life of movie star, Joan Crawford, who struggling to survive in a cutthroat world, succumbed to alcoholism and child abuse. Based on the book by Christina Crawford. Special DVD features: Commentary by filmmaker John Waters; featurettes; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 129 min. DVD X1061;
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Babener, Liahna. "Haywire in Hollywood; girlhood memories by movieland daughters." Journal of Popular Film and Television 16.n4 (Wntr 1989): 138(10).
Brauerhoch, Annette. "Mixed Emotions: Mommie Dearest-Between Melodrama and Horror." Cinema Journal, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 53-64, Fall 1995. UC users only
Haralovich, Mary Beth. "Too much guilt is never enough for working mothers: Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce, and Mommie Dearest." Velvet Light Trap (Spring 1992): 43(10).

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Directed by George A. Romero. Cast: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Keith Wayne, Judith Ridley. A simple, peaceful countryside is being terrorized by killer zombies with only one thing on their minds--the devouring of human flesh. A small stronghold of survivors must hold the zombies at bay outside an old, abandoned house for any future hope of humanity. 90 min. DVD 3161; vhs 999:825
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Nude on the Moon (1960)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown ; host, Joe Bob Briggs. In this hilarious sci-fi nudie-cutie, two rocket scientists fly to the moon, where they discover a population of nudist "moon dolls" with pipe cleaner antennae growing out of their bouffant hairdos. 70 min. DVD X3921
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Bowen, Michael J. "Doris Wishman Meets the Avant-Garde." In: Underground U.S.A. : filmmaking beyond the Hollywood canon / edited by Xavier Mendik & Steven Jay Schneider. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 U34 2002)
Bowen, Michael J. "Embodiment and Realization: The Many Film-Bodies of Doris Wishman." Wide Angle 19.3 (1997) 64-90 UC users only
Jarmick, Christopher J. "Remembering the grand dame of American sexploitation films." Senses of Cinema UC users only
Leavold, Andrew. "Bad Girls Go to Dildo Heaven: An All-Nude Tribute to Doris Wishman." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 23, pp. (no pagination), Nov 2002 UC users only
Luckett, Moya. "Sexploitation as Feminine Territory: The Films of Doris Wishman." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Modleski, Tania. "Women's Cinema as Counterphobic Cinema: Doris Wishman as the Last Auteur." In: Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007)
Quarles, Mike. "Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You End Up in a Book Like This?" In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1958)
Directed by Ed Wood, Jr. Cast: Tor Johnson, Vampira, Tom Keene, Gregory Walcott, Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot, Dudley Manlove, Mona McKinnon. Universally hailed as the worst movie ever made, this cult classic is also one of the funniest. Aliens invade the Earth in flying saucers that look suspiciously like paper plates, to rob graves in the San Fernando Valley conscripting the corpses into an army of mindless murdering zombies. 78 min. DVD 8245
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Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2008)
Directed by Lloyd Kaufman. Cast: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin L. Watkins. Musical parody of zombie films, featuring chicken zombies. When the American Chicken Bunker, a military themed fast food restaurant, builds its latest chain restaurant on the site of an ancient Native American burial ground, the displaced spirits take revenge on unsuspecting diners and transform them into chicken zombies! Now, it's up to a dimwitted counterboy, his collegiate lesbian ex-girlfriend and a burqa-wearing fry cook to put an end to the foul feathered menace once and for all. Disc 1 extras: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature-length commentary) -- Food stuffs: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature length audio commentary) -- Food stuffs: Lloyd Kaufman and Gabe Friedman cluck off (feature length audio commentary) Original theatrical trailer ; "lovely scenes from Bergman's Virgin spring" ; Calamari safari music video: not by new found glory ; Count Smokula music video ; DVD credits -- Deep fried extras: The Toxic Avenger ; Terror firmer ; Citizen Toxie ; Class of Nuke 'Em High ; Tromeo and Juliet ; Radiation march. Disc 2 extras: "Poultry in motion: the truth is stranger than chicken" (behind the scenes cluck-u-mentary) ; "Poultrygeist: night of the chicken dead" (documentary, ca. 80 min.) -- Tromahawk nuggets: NYC premiere ; Cellu-Lloyd closet ; Make your own damn omelette ; Blow me...away : shooting the ACB explosion sequence ; Make your own damn movie sound design ; Recording the songs ; Designing the monsters ; The Poultrygeist rooftop re-shoots ; Filming the meat grinder ; Joe Fleishaker gets a head mold ; Deleted scenes ; Ron Jeremy's "happy ending" ; Charlotte Kaufman death scene - Time bomb! -- Deleted scenes -- Humus S-U-I-C-I-D-E song. Disc 3 extras: "American chicken bunker: chickens of mass consumption" ; Kara-Yolk-E! : Poultrygeist theme song ; Revenge is a dish best served fried ; Fast food love ; Generous general ; Longing to live waiting to die ; S-U-I-C-I-D-E -- Egg Stras: Trailers: Poultrygeist ; Toxic Avenger ; Special needs ; Bloodspit ; Coons ; Crazy animal. 103 min. DVD X520
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Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. A mixture of fantastical rock opera and horror movie spoof, this film begins when a couple of ordinary, clean-cut kids have car trouble one dark rainy night and knock on the door of a looming gothic mansion. Once inside, the couple is stunned to learn that they have stumbled into an ongoing convention of kinky characters, hosted by the dominating, dynamic Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a mad scientist from the planet Transsexual. 100 min. DVD 5692
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Sex Galaxy (2008)
Director, Mike Smith. In this dubbed and spliced parody of B movie science fiction films, one hundred years into the future, global warming has turned earth into a dust bowl. In order to combat the problem of overpopulation, all sexual congress has been outlawed. From Earth Station Central, three female-starved male astronauts are shot into space to fix a sewage problem on an outlying space station. After quickly fixing the plumbing, they decide to break the rules and fly on to a mysterious planet, rumored to be inhabited by a tribe of beautiful amazon women whose very existence is solely to satisfy men's desires. However, on reaching their destination, the scientist discover unexpected complications: not only are the women controlled by an aggressive robot-pimp named Wron, but the planet is also overrun with giant prehistoric monsters, including the deadly man-eating vaginasaur. 78 min. DVD X3898
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She Freak (1967)
Directed by Byron Mabe. Cast: Claire Brennen, Lee Raymond, Lynn Courtney, Bill McKinney. In this creepy carny-noir, horror lurks behind the cheerful facade of a traveling carnival. Fed up with slinging hash at a roadside diner, slinky Jade Cochran takes a job with a passing show and soon sinks her ambitious hooks into Steven St. John, owner of the sideshow exhibit. Special features include: Audio commentay by producer David F. Friedman, Original theatrical trailer, Gallery of exploitation art, Rare archival sound footage of an actual 1930s carnival show, Rare newsreel footage of Siamese Twins, including the Hilton sisters and the Gibb sisters. 83 min. DVD X4330
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Shiver of the Vampires (aka Strange Things Happen at Night) (Le frisson des vampires) (France, 1971)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles, Michel Delahaye, Marie-Pierre, Kuelan Herca, Nicole Nancel, Dominique. A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple. 96 min. DVD X6904
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Something Weird (1967)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker, Mudite Arams, Ted Heil, Lawrence Wood, Larry Wellington. An ugly witch both restores Cronin Mitchell's face after an accident and gives him ESP powers in return for becoming her lover. The rest of the world, however, sees her as a sexy beauty, including Alex Jordan, the local playboy. Both he and Mitchell are working on finding the identity of a local serial murderer. Special features: Commentary soundtrack by David F. Friedman, audio introduction by Herschell Gordon Lewis, Herschell Gordon Lewis gallery of art, and three featurettes: Monsterama nightmare from the weird world of LSD, Psyched out sing-along with the 4D witch, and LSD psychedelic freak out. 80 min. DVD X4237
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Son of Ingagi (1940)
Directed by Richard C. Kahn; written by Spencer Williams. Cast: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Spencer Williams, Daisy Buford. A huge, horrifying ape creature is hidden in the laboratory of a sinster old house. The monster is the creation of Dr. Helen Jackson, a scientist who dabbles in the world of black magic and mysticism. Jackson experiments with a strange potion that transforms the beast-man into a maniacal, uncontrolled killer. Two newlyweds, who are guests in the doctor's home, are soon trapped by the hideous creature. An independently produced horror film featuring an all-black cast. 61 min. DVD X787
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Spider Baby (1968)
Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Lon Chaney, Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig, Mary Mitchel, Karl Schanzer and Mantan Moreland. The Merrye children suffer from a rare genetic malady in which they mentally regress to a condition of pre-human savagery and cannibalism. They live in their family mansion and terrorize and kill anyone or anything that passes through the gates. Special features: Feature-length commentary with writer-director Jack Hill and actor Sid Haig ; "The hatching of spider baby" ; "Spider Stravinsky: the cinema sounds of Ronald Stein" ; "The Merrye house revisited" ; still gallery ; alternate opening title sequence ; extended scene. 84 min. DVD X4333
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Swamp Thing (1981)
Directed by Wes Craven. Cast: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau. Deep in the Florida Everglades, a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland and a sexy government agent, Alice Cable, have developed a secret formula to end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane, is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes Swamp Thing, a half-human half-plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue Cable and defeat Arcane. 91 min. DVD X3862
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Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
Directed by Jim Wynorski. Cast: Louis Jourdan, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas, Dick Durock. Evil genius, Dr. Arcane, is back working on his genetic experiments to discover the secret of long life. With the help of two unscrupulous scientists he has made monsters in his failed attempts. The Swamp Thing returns to battle agains these evil scientists as they loose their monsters on an unsuspecting world. 91 min. DVD X3881
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A Taste of Blood (1967)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Bill Rogers, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Dolores Carlos, Gail Janis, Gerschell Gordon Lewis, Sidney J. Reich, Ted Schell, Otto Schlessinger, Lawrence Tobin, ELeanor Valli, Thomas Wood. John Stone, an American businessman receives a parcel marked Of Gravest Urgency which contains two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy with instructions to toast his mother's ancestor from whom he has inherited property in England. Despite his wife Helene's fears, John drinks the brandy and over a period of time becomes a vampire. Special features: Audio commentary by Herschell Gordon Lewis ; original theatrical trailer ; archival nudie short subject "Nightmare at Elm Manor"; Herschell Gordon Lewis gallery of exploitation art. 118 min. DVD X4240
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper. In this riveting study of homicidal madness and terror, five teenagers in rural Texas encounter a family of maniacal cannibalistic killers. 83 min. DVD 6543; vhs 999:1173
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The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Directed by Michael Herz and Samuel Weil. Transformed from wimp to warrior by a dip in a chemical pool, Melvin (Tox to his friends) battles corruption and crime in a small American town. Join Toxie as he crushes heads, rips off arms and takes women to toxic climax. 110 min. DVD 1297
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Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Connie Mason, Thomas Wood, Jeffrey Allen, Shelby Livingston, Ben Moore. Six "Yankee" tourists are the horrified "guests of honor" for the centenniel celebration of the Civil War in a small southern town in this terrifying drive-in cult classic. 83 min. DVD 1380
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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Marjorie Bennett, Anna Lee. An aging ex-vaudeville child star initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled sister, a former movie-queen of the 1930's. 132 min. DVD 4072
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The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Cast: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay, Phil Laurenson, Jim Rau. Montag the Magnificent, a small-time magician, performs a shocking stage show that becomes all too real a few hours later, as his female volunteers, show up somewhere else, dead of the same injuries they sustained in the magic show. Special features: Audio commentary by Gordon, original theatrical trailer, art gallery, preceeded by previews from other Something Weird Video releases. 95 min. DVD X4241
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Jungle Girls and Other Wild Women

Blonde Savage(1947)
Directed by S.K. Seeley. Cast: Leif Erickson, Gale Sherwood, Veda Ann Borg, Douglass Dumbrille, Frank Jenks, Matt Willis, Ernest Whitman, Cay Forester, John Dehner, Arthur Foster, Alex Fraser, Eve Whitney, James Logan. Millionaire developer Mark Harper hires pilots Steve Blake and Hoppy to find the tribe of jungle savages responsible for slaughtering workers on his excavations. They crash-land and are captured by hostile natives ruled by Meelah, a beautiful wild blonde. Meelah had been raised from infancy as a goddess by the tribe after her parents were murdered by Harper. Blake and Meelah fall desperately in love and set out to prove Harper's guilt. 60 min. DVD X5991
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Bowanga, bowanga (aka: Ulama White Sirens of Africa, Unashamed Women, and Wild Women)(1951)
Directed by Norman Dawn. Cast: Lewis Wilson, Dana Broccoli, Frances Dubay, Morton C. Thompson. A small safari in Africa is captured by a tribe of white jungle women. The head-Amazon takes a liking to one of the white explorers, as does other tribal-members, and the ladies are soon fighting among themselves for possession. 61 min. DVD X3370
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Cobra Woman(1944)
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier. Upon discovering his fiancée Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.71 min. DVD X3927
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Jungle Girl (1941)
Directed by William Witney & John English. Cast: Frances Gifford, Tom Neal, Trevor Bardette, Frank Lackteen, Gerald Mohr, David Sharpe (stuntwork) Fifteen chapters of a motion picture serial adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel jungle girl packed with thrilling cliffhangers as opposing sides fought from chapter to chapter for a fortune in diamonds hidden in the African jungle. Contents: Death by woodoo -- Queen of the beasts -- River of fire -- Treachery -- Jungle vengeance -- Tribal fury -- The poison dart -- Man trap -- Treasure tomb -- Jungle killer -- Dangerous secret -- Trapped -- Ambush -- Diamond trail -- Flight to freedom. 267 min. DVD 6936
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Virgin Sacrifice (aka. Fury of the Jungle)(1959)
Director, Fernando Wagner. Filmed in Guatemala and featuring actual members of the savage Vicuni Indian tribe. The story centers around a big-game hunter who tries to save a captive from becoming a virgin sacrifice to a god. 64 min. DVD X3370
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Wild Women of Wongo(1958)
Director, James L. Wolcott. On the tropical island of Wongo, a tribe of beautiful women discover that the other side of the island is inhabited by a tribe of handsome men. They also discover that a tribe of evil ape men live on the island, too, and the ape men are planning a raid on the tribe in order to capture mates. 72 min. DVD X3370
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Mondo Films and Shockumentaries

Brottman, Mikita. "Mondo Horror: Carnivalizing the Taboo." Horror Film; 2004, p167-188, 22p UC users only
Goodall, Mark. "Shockumentary evidence: the perverse politics of mondo films." In: Remapping world cinema : identity, culture and politics in film / edited by Stephanie Dennison and Song Hwee Lim. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2006. (Main Stack PN1994.R36 2006)
Goodall, Mark. Sweet & savage : the world through the shockumentary film lens London : Headpress, 2006.(MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 G66 2006)
Shipka, D.G. Perverse Titillation: A History Of European Exploitation Films 1960-1980 Doctoral Dissertation, University of Florida, 2007
Staples, Amy J.; Charles Kilgore "An Interview with Dr. Mondo." American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 97, No. 1. (Mar., 1995), pp. 110-125. UC users only

Africa Addio (1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. "This film says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony," graphically depicting the violent battles for control in Africa as the European colonial governments left the continent in the 1960s. Includes footage of genocide in Zanzibar, Watusi and Mau Mau massacres, mercenary assaults in the Congo, industrial complicity in South African apartheid, civil unrest, famine, and the slaughter of endangered animals. Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this film from American theaters shortly after its premiere. An edited version with 45 minutes removed was re-released as "Africa, blood and guts." This is the original restored 128 min. English language version. DVD 5106

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Africa Addio [Director's Cut](1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. "This film says farewell to the old Africa and gives the world a picture of its agony," graphically depicting the violent battles for control in Africa as the European colonial governments left the continent in the 1960s. Includes footage of genocide in Zanzibar, Watusi and Mau Mau massacres, mercenary assaults in the Congo, industrial complicity in South African apartheid, civil unrest, famine, and the slaughter of endangered animals. Despite thunderous acclaim, worldwide controversy drove this film from American theaters shortly after its premiere. An edited version with 45 minutes removed was re-released as "Africa, blood and guts." Extended length, director's cut version. 139 min. DVD 5107

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Africa Speaks!
Narrator, Lowell Thomas. Documentary account of Paul Hoefler's photography expedition through central Africa in 1928-1929. Containing many varied and interesting shots of African tribes and wildlife, the film footage from it was later interpolated into many jungle-themed adventure movies. Originally released as a motion picture in 1930. 60 min. Video/C MM536

Africana (1957; 1984)
Long before the Italian Mondo Canes established the shockumentary genre, this American film set the groundwork. Although supposedly a "serious" documentary the filmakers went out of their way to film the weird and the wicked -- safari hunts, manhood initiation ceremonies, hot coal walkers, frenzied religious ceremonies where the participants pierce their bodies and so on. The film so perfectly foreshadowed the 1960's Mondo craze that the distributor later retitled and re-released it as "Mondo Africana." Originally released in 1957; edited and expanded version released in 1984. Produced and written by Cedric Worth. 80 min. Video/C MM1034

Atrocities of the Orient(1948)
A Philippine produced "shockumentary" recreating the widespread rapes and murders of Filipino women by Japanese soldiers during the WWII Japanese occupation, just before the American invasion. Also chronicles efforts by Filipino citizens to combat the invaders. 80 min. Video/C MM538

Brutes and Savages.(1977)
Produced and directed by Arthur Davis. Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law of the jungle." Shocking, brutal and repulsive, this film mixes bizarre authentic footage with incredible (and often hilarious) "re-enactments" of his findings. Animal sacrifices, bizarre tribal ceremonies, mating rituals....and more. When first released in 1977, the film was cut to avoid problems with censors. This is the restored full length version. 107 min. DVD 5113

Cannibal Holocaust(1980)
Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Banned and heavily censored the world over, here is a film that is so intense, graphic and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of cannibalism that the director and producer were arrested upon its original release. Tells the story of a professor who searches for four documentary filmmakers who disappeared into "the green inferno," a.k.a. Amazon River country. Eventually he meets the tribe responsible for the crew's demise and returns to the U.S. with several rolls of "found footage." Disc 1. Cannibal holocaust -- Disc 2. In the jungle, the making of Cannibal holocaust (documentary, 60 min.) ; interviews with Deodato, Kerman and co-str Gabriel Yorke ; still gallery and poster art ; original theatrical trailers ; Necrophagia, Cannibal holocaust music video ; biographies. 96 min. DVD 5250
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Brottman, Mikita. Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H6.B67 1997)
Jackson, Neil. "Cannibal Holocaust, Realist Horror and Reflexivity." Post Script: Essays in Film & the Humanities. 21(3):32-45. 2002 SummerUC users only
Jauregui, Carolina Gabriela. ""Eat it alive and swallow it whole!": Resavoring Cannibal Holocaust as a Mockumentary." Invisible Culture, Issue 7
Kerekes, David. Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)

Cannibal Island(1956)
The uncredited footage in Cannibal Island which appears to be of 1930's vintage takes the viewer to the savage South Sea islands where girls are girls, and men eat men. Shown are lovely topless Samoan girls and Melanesian pygmy cannibals. The stolid, stilted narrator, while condescending and racist, illuminates both the "primitive" ways of the documentary's subjects and the social naivete of the film-makers. 55 min. Video/C 4902
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The Godfathers of Mondo
Discusses the films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, from their lives as journalists and careers as filmmakers, through success and scandal, from the "tragic misunderstanding" that made them international criminals to the reasons behind their bitter break-up. Forty years later, Jacopetti and Prosperi, still passionate and proud, expose the bizarre truths behind the Mondo productions, explore the frenzy surrounding the Mondo rumors and the incredible legacy of the Mondo phenomenon. Includes interviews with the two filmmakers and others who worked with them, behind-the-scenes footage, home movies, and scenes from their films. Interviews with: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi, Riz Ortolani, Benito Frattari, Giampaolo Lomi, David Kerekes, David Flint, Jeffrey Sconce. 90 min. DVD 5108

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Goodbye Uncle Tom(1971)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti. A feature film in which two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South where they make a very graphic documentary about the atrocities of slavery and the slave trade. The film became one of the most reviled films of its time, both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. This is the complete 123 min. English language version, "fully restored, totally uncut, uncensored." 123 min. DVD 5109
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Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Goodbye Uncle Tom [Director's cut: Addio Zio Tom](1971)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti. A feature film in which two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South where they make a very graphic documentary about the atrocities of slavery and the slave trade. The film became one of the most reviled films of its time, both condemned as depraved exploitation and acclaimed as an unprecedented cry of Black anguish and rage. This is the completely restored, extended length director's cut version. In Italian with optional English subtitles. 136 min. DVD 5110
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Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Mondo Cane(1961)
Directed by Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, et al. A documentary of thirty sequences of eccentric human behavior, including cannibalism, pig killing, dog meat restaurants in Taiwan, human laceration in Italy, social customs of New Guinea, the "death houses" of Singapore, Ginkha soldiers dressed as women, Rossano Brazzi's violent fans, social attitudes towards overweight women in various cultures, pet cemetaries, etc. 107 min. DVD 5103; vhs Video/C 4903
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Betz, Mark. "Exquisite Corpses: Art Cinema, Film Studies, and the Omnibus Film." In: Beyond the subtitle : remapping European art cinema / Mark Betz. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2009. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.E8 B48 2009)
Goldfarb, Peter. "Mondo Cane." Film Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1. (Autumn, 1963), pp. 46-47. UC users only
Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only
Brottman, Mikita. "Carnivalising the taboo. The mondo film and the opened body." CineAction nr 38 (Sept 1995); p 25-37
Compares the increasingly explicit portrayal of bodily mutilation in contemporary horror films with that of actual deaths in 'mondo' films, noting the attention paid to such material by academic critics. Refers esp. to Bahtin's theory of the carnivalesque.
Castiel, Élie. "Le mondo. Rites insolites et nuits chaudes du monde." Séquences nr 197 (July-Aug 1998); p 27-30 A history of the mondo genre, with notes on the film which started the craze: "Mondo cane".
Kerekes, David. Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)

Mondo Cane 2(1964)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi. A continuation of the original documentary film Mondo cane, showing the strange and bizarre in human behavior. Presents an odyssey of beauty and barbarism from the burning monks of Saigon to the slave markets of the Sudan, from religious hysteria to ecological horrors, from sex and art, to life and death. 95 min. DVD 5104

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Naked Africa(1957)
Directed by Ray Phoenix. An ethnographic documentary which surveys the manners and mores of "contemporary" Africans in 1957. Reynolds, a noted journalist, observes that parts of the continent have been westernized. However, these scenes are of rural Africa where white men have rarely visited. They focus on native girls performing the "python dance", a rite that celebrates their arrival at womanhood, lions stalking and killing zebras and antelopes, and 18-year old tribal youths undergoing a ritual of manhood. 70 min. Video/C 4904

Party Monster: The Shockumentary(1997)
Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. Biopic shockumentary about Michael Alig, New York City promoter of the underground club scene and former "King of the Club-Kids", whose excesses ended in the murder of a drug-dealing friend. "An absolutely engrossing walk on the whacked side!" Special features (ca. 60 min.): Documentary "Nelson Sullivan's World of Wonder" ; short subject "Clara the carefree chicken" ; Club USA TV commercial ; audio commentary by James St. James, author of Party Monster, the book. 56 min. DVD 5114

Shocking Asia (1974)
Bizarre and unbelievable chronicle of alien rituals and ceremonies practiced in the mysterious East. Venture into the erotic temples of Kajuharo and Japan's sex clubs. See a graphic sex change operation in Singapore, midget and female wrestling, a mass piercing in India and other gruesome vignettes of the shocking world behind bamboo. Written and directed by Rolf Olsen. 94 min. DVD 5136

Sinister Menace(1930)
Director, Dwain Esper. An early "shockumentary," shot in Egypt, which shows the interiors of drug dens and documents the habits of opium addicts. 10 min. Video/C 7818

Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)

Sky Above Mud Below (Le Ciel et la boue)(1961)
In Septermber, 1959, six Europeans left the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea to trek north to the far side of the island. They traveled for seven months through dangerous, uncharted jungles, meeting villagers in the interior who kept them at bay, and on both coasts villagers who invited them to observe their rituals and live with them. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age people, headhunters and cannibalism. DVD 1667 Produced by Arthur Cohn and Rene LaFuite; directed by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau. 88 min. DVD 1667
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Snuff(1976)
Directed by Michael and Roberta Findlay. Cast: Margarita Amuchastegui, Ana Carro, Clao Villaneuva. A young man with similiarities to Charles Manson leads a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film. The crucial scene where there is a simulated murder of a cast member was done as a marketing ploy for the film to claim it was genuine. To give it credibility, the producers hired fake protesters to picket theatres showing the film. "The film that could only be made in South America--- where life is cheap!" -- container. 80 min. DVD 6669

Brottman, Mikita. Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 B67 1997)
Hawkins, Joan. Cutting edge : art-horror and the horrific avant-garde Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (MAIN: PN1995.9.E96 H38 2000)
Kerekes, David. "Killing for culture: An illustrated history of death film from mondo to snuff." New, rev. and updated ed. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.D37.K47 1995)
Stine, Scott Aaron. "The Snuff Film: The Making of an Urban Legend."
Wikipedia entry on Michael and Roberta Findlay

Witchdoctor in Tails (1966)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi. In true "Mondo cinema" form, this documentary presents a non-stop run through Africa in search of firewalkers, snake charmers, native rituals and anything strange and unusual. Finally, the film ties everything together with a special focus on witchdoctors and their sundry rites and mutilations. A film by Antonio LaRocca Galante. 96 min. Video/C MM1033

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

The Women of the World (La donna nel mondo)(1963)
Directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi. International culture of the bizarre. Here is the female of the species as mothers, murderers, warriors and whores, high-powered executives ... and bodacious bombshells. From love in the streets of Paris to death on the African plain, the Mondo masters turn their unflinching eye on women of the world. 107 min. DVD 5105

Goodall, Mark. "Look Out, It's Real!." Vertigo ; Summer2008, Vol. 3 Issue 9, p44-47, 2p UC users only

Miscellaneous Low Budget Thrills and Cult Faves

Confessions of a Vice Baron(1943)
Directors: Roy Luby and William A. O'Connor Cast: Willy Castello, Lloyd Ingraham, Betty Compson. Hours before his execution for numerous crimes, Lucky Lombardo dictates his memoirs. He attempts to warn others about the corrupting path of easy money that put him in line for the gas chamber. 59 min. DVD X971
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Death Machines(1976)
Director: Paul Kyriazi. Cast: Ronald L. Marchini, Michael Chong, Joshua Johnson. Three expert martial artists are injected with a mind-controlling drug that turns them into zombie-like unstoppable killers and are sent out to do the bidding of a mob boss. When the mob boss sends the trio to a martial arts academy, they end up wiping out the entire school, save for one man, who swears to avenge the deaths. 93 min. DVD X3142
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The Doll Squad (1973)
Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, Tura Satana. When a crazed arch villain (Michael Ansara) plots to overthrow all the world's governments by distributing bubonic plague-infected rats throughout the population, only The Doll Squad - an elite band of female commandos - can hope to stop him on his island fortress. 91 min. DVD X3386
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

Ed Wood (1994)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Bill Murray. A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled. 127 min. DVD 3933
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The Ed Wood Story
Hear the story of "Hollywood's best incompetent director" from the people who know him best and who starred in the film about him. Johnny Depp, Johnny Legend and Martin Landau talk about Mr. Wood and his legendary style -- or lack thereof. Dolores Fuller, Wood's wife and a star of several of his classics, talks about the man and his methods. Maila Nurmi, Vapira herself, talks about the creation of her persona. Bela Lugosi, Jr. clues you into some of the mysteries about his father. Includes original trailers from Wood classics. 40 min 2003. DVD 8245

The Forbidden Zone
Directed by Richard Elfman. Cast: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Ugh-Fudge Bwana, Phil Gordon, Hyman Diamond, Toshiro Boloney, Danny Elfman, Viva, Joe Spinell, The Kipper Kids. In the realm of the Sixth Dimension is a kingdom ruled by the midget King Fausto. It is inhabited by dancing frogs, maidens in bikinis, robot-like boxers, and other degraded beings--all subject to royal sexual abuse. Special features: Introduction by Danny Elfman; pop-up trivia; Japan promo; extended scene; deleted scenes in color; theatrical trailer in color. 1982. 74 min DVD X954
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Girl in the Gold Boots(1969 )
Director, Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Jody Daniels, Leslie McRae, Tom Pace, Bara Byrnes, Mark Herron. The glitz and glamor of being a big time Hollywood go-go dancer looked good from a distance, but up-close it was another story... Michele, a young woman who works at a dead-end job, is convinced by an obviously untrustworthy man named Buz to go with him to Los Angeles, where he claims to have connections that can land her a job as a Go-Go dancer. The two head to L.A., along with a hitchhiker named Critter. Once in Los Angeles, Michele gets a job and learns how connected her employers are to the drug trade. 91 min. DVD X3383
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Quarles, Mike. "Ted V. Mikels, or, How to build a corpse-grinding machine for $38." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993)

Grindhouse (2007)

Deathproof
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Bell, Michael Parks. A deranged stuntman stalks and kills victims from the safety of his killer car, but when he picks on the wrong group of babes, all bets are off. These girls prove harder to get, and because of a combination of bad luck and Stuntman Mike's carelessness, the girls decide to turn the tables on their tormentor for revenge of their own. 127 min. DVD 8643
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Planet Terror
Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, Jeff Fahey, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton. After an experimental bio-nerve gas is accidentally released at a remote U.S. military base in Texas, those exposed to the gas turn into flesh-eating, mutating zombies out to kill. An assortment of various people who include stripper Cherry, her shady mechanic ex-boyfriend Wray, a strong-willed doctor, the local sheriff, and an assortment of various people must join forces to survive the night as the so-called "sickos" threaten to take over the whole town and the world. 105 min. DVD 8642
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Harold and Maude (1971)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer. A black comedy about a rich, disturbed, young man, fascinated with death and funerals, who has an affair and a series of adventures with an eccentric and independent 80-year-old woman. 91 min. DVD 9060; vhs 999:2409
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Beach, Christopher. The films of Hal Ashby / Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 B43 2009)
Dawson, Nick. Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel / Nick Dawson. Lexington, Ky. : The University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 D39 2009)
Walsh, Andrea. "Life Isn't Yet Over": Older Heroines in American Popular Cinema of the 1930s and 1970s/80s." Qualitative Sociology, Spring89, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p72, 24p UC users only

The Holy Mountain (Mexico, 1973)
Directed by Alexandro Jodorowsky. Cast: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Ramona Saunders, Juan Ferrara, Adriana Page, Burt Kleiner, Valerie Jodorowsky. A Christ-like vagrant and thief wanders through a perverse and unfriendly land until he encounters an enlightened one, who gathers the thief and six of the world's most powerful individuals for a spiritual pilgrimage. Non-US format DVD. 114 min. DVD 2955
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Jail Bait (1954)
Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. Cast: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Clancy Malone, John Robert Martin, Steve Reeves, Herbert Rawlinson, Timothy Farrell, Theodora Thurman, Bud Osborne, Mona McKinnon, Don Nagel. Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops. This is Steve Reeves' first speaking part. 71 min. DVD X971
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Maniac (1934)
Directed by Dwain Esper. Cast: LBill Woods, Horace Carpenter, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller, Theo Ramsey. Maniac offers a walking tour through the mind of a bona fide lunatic, distorted by fragmented scenes and ugly realities that mimic insanity's own warped perspective. This is actually a Depression-era rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat," injected with catfights, nudity, necrophilia, and the ingestion of one fresh eyeball. 57 min. DVD 1258
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Feaster, Felicia. "The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 340-354 UC users only
Schaefer, Eric. "Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History, Vol. 6, No. 3, Exploitation Film (Autumn, 1994), pp. 293-313 UC users only
Sconce, Jeffrey. "Esper, the Renunciator: Teaching 'Bad' Movies to Good Students." In: Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste / edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003)
Quarles, Mike. "Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away With It." In: Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993. (Main Stack PN1998.2.Q37 1993)

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream
Between 1970 and 1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch movies: The allegorical freak-out "El topo," the graphic horror of "Night of the living dead," the outrageous filth fest "Pink flamingos," outlaw reggae's "The harder they come," the phenomenal "Rocky horror picture show," and the darkly disturbing "Eraserhead." In this acclaimed documentary, discover the surprising stories behind these movies that defied mainstream America to change the world of cinema forever. Features startling clips, rare archival footage and revealing interviews with the films' directors, distributors, exhibitors and supporters. Produced, written and directed by Stuart Samuels. 2007. 86 min. DVD 8825

Mommy (1994)
Written and directed by Max Allan Collins. Cast: Patty McCormack, Jason Miller, Brinke Stevens, Michael Cornelison, Majel Barrett, Mickey Spillane, Sarah Jane Miller, Rachel Lemieux. The story of a psychopathic mother who'll stop at nothing to get what's best for her daughter and herself. 89 min. DVD 5044
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Mommy 2 (1996)
Written and directed by Max Allan Collins. Cast: Patty McCormack, Paul Petersen, Gary Sandy, Brinke Stevens, Mickey Spillane, Arlen Dean Snyder, Michael Cornelison, Rachel Lemieux, Sarah Jane Miller, Todd Eastland, Paula Sands, Del Close, Laurence Coven, Pamela Cecil. The film opens with "Mommy" on death row in an Iowa prison. An outraged public and a frenzied media do not stop Mommy from doing anything she can to regain the love of her daughter. 88 min. DVD 5044
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Mommie Dearest (1981)
Directed by Frank Perry. Cast: Faye Dunaway, Steve Forrest, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel, Howard Da Silva, Rutanya Alda. Based on the book by her adopted daughter this is the story of the tormented life of movie star, Joan Crawford, who struggling to survive in a cutthroat world, succumbed to alcoholism and child abuse. Based on the book by Christina Crawford. Special DVD features: Commentary by filmmaker John Waters; featurettes; photo gallery; original theatrical trailer. 129 min. DVD X1061; vhs 999:3361

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Repo Man(1984)
Director, Alex Cox. Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss. Two ace "Repo Men" are out to beat ruthless government agents, UFO cultists, hired thugs, a lobotomized nuclear scientist and the infamous Rodriguez Brothers to an incredibly valuable '64 Chevy containing a secret that can change the course of civilization overnight. Special features: theatrical trailer; video trailer; optional audio commentary with writer/director Alex Cox, executive producer Michael Nesmith, casting director Victoria Thomas and actors Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss and Del Azmora; biographical information on Alex Cox, Peter McCarthy, Michael Nesmith, Jonathan Wacks, Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton. 92 min. DVD 1129
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Mendik, Xavier. "Repo man : reclaiming the spirit of punk with Alex Cox.: In: New punk cinema / edited by Nicholas Rombes. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2005. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.E96 N49 2005)

Salò, o, le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salo, the 120 days of Sodom) (Italy / France, 1975)
Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Paolo Bonacelli, Uberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto, Elsa De Giorgi, Hel`ene Surgère, Giorgio Cataldi, Sonia Saviange. At Mussolini's holdout in northern Italy, four Fascists kidnap a group of young men and women. The victims move through three increasingly violent and perverse phases at the hands of their tormentors, culminating in ritualistic death. Considered by many the most disturbing film ever made. 112 min. DVD 2372
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Showgirls(1995)
Director, Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Elizabeth Berkeley, Gina Gershon, Robert Davi, Kyle MacLachlan, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera. A young stripper, with the help of a more experienced dancer, starts to make it big, only to realize that there is only room for one of them to be the star of the stage. Blows the lid off the seemingly glamorous world of Las Vegas showdancing. Special features: "The greatest movie ever made": audio commentary by David Schmader with video commentary on the strip club dance scene by the girls of Scores, lap dance tutorial featuring the world-famous girls of Scores, a Showgirls diary: storyboard-to-screen featurette, trivia track-includes revealing information about the film. 131 min. DVD X2349
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Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Directed by David R. Ellis. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson, Keith "Blackman" Dallas, Lin Shaye, Bruce James, Sunny Mabrey. Nelville Flynn is escorting a witness on a plane that is bound for Los Angeles. The problem is that an assassin is bent on killing the witness. The assassin releases a crate containing about 450 deadly snakes onto the same plane. Nelville finds out and he becomes bent on doing his job and getting the snakes back where they belong - on land. If the snakes won't cooperate with Nelville, he will just have to send the snakes on to snake heaven. Special features: Audio commentary Cast:director David Ellis, Samuel L. Jackson, and others; 10 deleted scenes; Easter eggs; "Snakes on a video" Cobra Starship featurette (includes music video); "Pure venom: making of 'Snakes on a plane'" featurette; "Snakes on a blog" featurette; "Meet the reptiles" featurette; "VFX" featurette; gag reel; music video; TV spot; theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 6833
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Perkins, Claire. "Bad Cinema Texts." Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Dec2009, Issue 18, p11-15, 5p UC users only
Stevens, Kirsten. "Snakes on a Plane and the prefabricated cult film." Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Dec2009, Issue 18, p119-131, 13p UC users only

El Topo(Mexico, 1971)
Director, Alejandro Jodorowsky. Cast: Alexandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Mara Lorenzio, David Silva, Paula Romo, Jacqueline Luis, Robert John, Hector Martinez, Juan Jose Gurrola, Victor Fosado, Agustin Isunza. First part of the film follows El Topo, a gunfighter and his seven year old son on their journey across the desert as they come upon a massacre and hunt down the killers. The second part shows the death of El Topo, and the rise of his son to fill his place. "See the naked young Franciscans whipped with cactus. See the bandit leader disemboweled. See the priest ride into the sunset with a midget and her newborn baby. What it all means isn't exactly clear, but you won't forget it." DVD (PAL) 119 min. DVD X6107; DVD 2955 (PAL format)
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The Terror of Tiny Town(1938)
Director, Sam Newfield. Cast: Billy Curtis, Yvonne Moray, Little Billy, Billy Platt, Fern McDill, Sam Newfield. A cast of midgets conduct the traditional rudiments of westerns, riding Shetland ponies and hauling the villain beneath the swinging doors of the saloon. 62 min. DVD X531
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Test Tube Babies(1948)
Director, W. Merle Connell. Cast: Dorothy Dube, William Thomason, Timothy Farrell, John Michael, Peggy Roach, Stacey Alexander. A young couple faces the prospect of a childless marriage until they decide to try artificial insemination which at the time was considered a scandalous choice. Released on a theatre-by-theatre basis by clever entrepreneurs who stressed the film's "educational" aspects. The film was preceded by a real, live "authority" on the subject to field questions from the audience, and by dispensing tie-in pamphlets (at a dollar each). 83 min. DVD X531
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