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97 Ratings


Directed by Curt McDowell
United States, 1975
Comedy, Horror, Avant-Garde


Take a clichéd Horror-story beginning, a remote Gothic mansion, an insane hostess, a group of strangers (four men, three women and a gorilla) and you pretty much begin to see that this is not meant to be a serious film, but rather a parody of several other (older and better) ones.

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Thundercrack! Directed by Curt McDowell

Critics reviews

Exceptional in its polymorphous perversity and side-splitting dialogue. One-liners range from the deliberately corny, lubricious food metaphor (“Just a little longer and we’ll have mustard and ketchup andmayonnaise,” one fellow says to the woman who’s avidly deep-throating him) to the floridly theatrical pronouncement. The latter is the specialty of the incomparable Marion Eaton, who became a cult star largely thanks to her work with McDowell.
August 10, 2016
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Scripted by McDowell’s sometime mentor and lover George Kuchar, Thundercrack! fuses the delirious melodrama of a Douglas Sirk or Tennessee Williams with a creaky old-dark-house setting (only the hairstyles betray its decade; the black-and-white cinematography and blatantly cardboard exteriors could have come from a 1930s cheapie).
February 05, 2016
Directed by San Francisco avant-garde filmmaker and sex-film auteur Curt McDowell, with arch dialogue by lead actor George Kuchar, Thundercrack! mashes together Old Hollywood-style melodrama, broad comedy, and horror elements with gritty sex scenes—gay, straight, and solo—to create a two-and-a-half-hour, black-and-white fever dream of sexual trauma, acted out by a group of travelers who seek shelter one dark and stormy night.
January 04, 2016

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