Oh dear...I couldn't even laugh at this. I really think the lead, Bert, really had given himself way too much to do. I would like to know that when they were all "doing" this film, did they actually think it was anything other than really, really, bad.?. Make-up, beards, accents, and those bloody bongos. I think I know why the print was "lost" for over 50 years.
You've heard of films so bad they're good? This ain't that. A train wreck of a film that is stunning in its ineptitude and yet - there's something about it that mesmerizes. There's elements of trance films throughout and the sweat is all too real. Love to see this remade by someone with a bit of talent.
1 star? 2 stars? So-bad-that-it's-good cliché? What? Are you serious? I mean, what are you looking for in a movie? Fancy photography? Fancy performances? Fancy music? Come on! Look at it... Just look at it... Look... This movie exudes love for cinema at every frame... This is touching... Touching I say...
If you're curious about this, then by all means watch it. There's a blend of Deliverance, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Murder by Contract - so it's a fun romp, and there's also a striking feminist message. But it has dated, and while the music is great, I'll take my psychological horror with a little less Corcovado, thanks.
The house set is fantastic, and the scenes of the man struggling through the swamp are neat. It's not the weirdest film ever made, and I doubt it could be considered very shocking even for its decade. The opening scene is probably the most disturbing part of the film: when Bert suddenly starts ranting about mosquitoes, and everyone just sort of stares at him with a helpless and puzzled expression.
A strange little film. had some nice bw / noir images which came with a very dark screaming. One star is for that. The second star was for the „mother“ who spoke and behaved so strange /naive / too artistic /creepy /too much that she had something fascinating. The story didn‘t tell me anything. I was happy for the synopsis here, so I could understand what was all about. If you don‘t watch it,you havent lost anything
In theory this shouldn't work at all, yet this film has an irresistible and unexplainable charm. The acting is bad, so are dialogues, not to mention the ridiculous plot. This mixture creates a unique sense of mystery, a feverish dream, and that ending - abrupt but weirdly mysterious! The film has some brief moments of greatness, especially when comes to the cinematography. I'm glad this film was found and recovered.
A supposed exploitation holy grail that was believed to be lost was restored in 2017 yet hardly seems worth the effort. Grade 'Z' production values and performances and a nonsensical plot wear out the pictures welcome pretty quick. Hard to pick the worse performance here but I would narrow it down to Mrs. Pratt or the innkeeper's beard. Great score though...love the bongos.
Swamp Sleaze Cinema! (an actual sub-genre). No masterpiece here, but there's so much creativity and originality on the part of almost everyone involved in this film that was pretty much non-existent in 1965 Hollywood. A dirty grimy look/feel that a big budget film wouldn't have been able to achieve. I am glad that this film was re-discovered, restored, and presented on Mubi along with the other films in this series.
A lost B film, The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds is gritty, grimy. Shot in Key Largo area of the Everglades fifty years ago and presumed lost, this Tobacco Road film noir is barely better than Plan 9 from Outer Space. Bert Williams, the director/ producer, had a supporting role career in Hollywood. Even with bongos, the title tune, written by the director/producer's wife, Peggy, is catchy in a reserved Beatnik way.