The Doll Squad

June 18, 2013 at 2:01 am (7 Heads, Doll Squad) (, , , )

The Doll Squad – 1973 – United States

The Doll Squad was produced and directed by Ted V. Mikels, the wacky auteur of The Astro-Zombies (1968), Blood Orgy of the She Devils (1972), and The Corpse Grinders (1972). Having seen any of these, you will know what to expect from Doll Squad: a fun funky flick so infernally cheap that it is hard to watch.

Sabrina Kincaid is a secret agent who wears groovy flamboyant outfits, cruises in a yellow Porsche, and has large breasts. Recruiting a taskforce of sexy lady spies, she leads a mission to stop her deranged ex-lover from holding the world hostage with bubonic plague. With such an embarrassing premise, the plot’s numerous surprises seem superfluous. For instance, when one of the girls is suddenly and violently killed, it is probably intended to be shocking and sad. Instead the abrupt shift in tone is just confusing.

Ultimately, I suspect Doll Squad is a parody of spy movies, although it is never obvious. There are no jokes but the characters and situations are ridiculous. In amusingly deadpan ways, the ladies employ flamethrower cigarette lighters, pepper spray jewelry, and roofies that make people explode. But the contrasting intense scenes where people are violently assassinated are harder to categorize.

Like most of Mikels’ films, Doll Squad is cheap derivative schlock. Prepare for embarrassing acting, illogical plotting, threadbare production value, and a host of technical shortcomings. However, compared to Mikels’ earlier work, it is stellar. Charismatic characters, fast pacing, and scenic locations (including the director’s castle-like manor) make the shortcomings easier to swallow. In other words, if you like Ted V. Mikels or have no idea who he is, be sure to check it out.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. The Alpha Video DVD release is transferred from a remarkably beautiful film print.

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