One of the greatest 1960s Exploitation Films! This low-budget, nearly forgotten gem is something your mother wouldn't want you to watch. The screenshot of a crazed, topless, hillbilly hooker wielding a butcher knife is an accurate representation of what to expect. With something to offend almost anyone, this makes Russ Meyer's films seem high-brow in comparison. 2018 restoration by Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna. 4+++*
'18 restoration This 60's exploitation film survives like some long lost drive-in classic that's rawness and depravity stand the test of time. With no redeemable character in sight this tale of a small town tramp, an insincere man of god, and a victimized black man has something to offend everyone. With a rich jazzy score and sleaze to spare one could do worse than finding this one.
I'm really starting to dislike exploitation films beyond their lack of technique or budget; all the stuff they build up, its provocative themes, its scathing outlook, its sense of style, its counter-cultural stars (Emily and Daniel), all of it is destroyed by the end. Because it's cool to challenge the status quo, but, you know, not too much, just enough to titillate the passions. Mommy's gotta come back to daddy.
Bad acting, weird editing, oversimplified characters, nonsensical plot, ridiculous dialogues, an ending that matches the whole - all checked. Cheap thrills? That's probably an overstatement. Is it so bad it's good? Well... maybe, but at the same time, I think it might have not entirely been a coincidence that the original negative is lost and the extant prints got severely damaged...