Scream Baby Scream

July 31, 2017 at 12:24 am (6 Heads, Scream Baby Scream) (, , , , , )

Scream Baby Scream – 1969 – United States

Four art students flirt, fight, take acid, and paint paintings. In class one day, they meet a famous painter named Charles Butler, renowned for his grotesque images of deformed people. One of the students (a young lady) becomes infatuated with Charles. Charles kidnaps her, and with the help of an insane plastic surgeon, transforms her into a monstrosity resembling his paintings. Her friends try to rescue her, but it is too late. Charles has gone to another town to begin his next masterpiece of flesh.

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Snuff

June 16, 2015 at 12:59 am (2 Heads, Snuff) (, , , , , , , )

Snuff – 1976 – United States/Argentina

A man named Satan leads a cult of deranged hippie women to take drugs, have sex, and commit murder. The premise roughly approximates the real life murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson’s “family” in 1969. However, Snuff (originally released in 1971 as Slaughter) gained notoriety when it was re-released in 1976 and marketed as a genuine snuff film. Without the knowledge of the original filmmakers, an additional scene was grafted onto the end of the film. The scene allegedly depicts the cast and crew of Slaughter dismembering a woman on set. The effects are obviously fake, but the tasteless marketing gimmick captured people’s perverse imaginations and helped popularize the urban legend of the snuff film.

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Head

December 31, 2014 at 3:12 am (8 Heads, Head) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Head – 1968 – United States

After the cancellation of The Monkees television series, The Monkees and Jack Nicholson smoked weed, dropped acid, and devised Head. Head is a plotless collection of surreal vignettes. At various points, The Monkees make out with mermaids, star in a Western film, fight in Vietnam, find a Coke machine in a desert and destroy it with a tank, transform into dandruff, and get sucked into a vacuum cleaner. The imagery is funny, weird, and eerie. Scenes of people turning into manikins are uncanny. Also, the famous footage of Nguyễn Văn Lém’s execution is shown to disturbing effect. Musical interludes by The Monkees’ are spread throughout the film.

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Curse of the Headless Horseman

August 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm (5 Heads, Curse of the Headless Horseman) (, , , , , )

Curse of the Headless Horseman – 1974 – United States

IMDB records Curse of the Headless Horseman as released in 1974. According to the Temple of Schlock and Michael Weldon’s Psychotronic Video Guide, Leonard Kirtman produced it in 1971 while simultaneously making Carnival of Blood. It’s likely Headless Horseman was shelved for years before release. Producer/director Leonard Kirtman (credited in Headless Horseman as John Kirkland) is a mysterious figure, more so for numerous pseudonyms and frequent misspelling as Leonard Kirkman. Regardless, his prolific output of cut-rate horror and soft-core flicks secures his place in the annals of sleaze cinema. Also, be sure to notice Warhol alum Ultra Violet’s cameo.

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Pick-Up

June 28, 2010 at 2:46 am (6 Heads, Pick-Up) (, , , , , )

Pick-Up – 1975 – United States

Pick-Up isn’t about anything, pretending it’s about a lot. Two hippie hitchhiker girls ride with a handsome bus driver on a mysterious delivery. Detouring through the Everglades, the bus gets stuck and the three wander the swamp, hallucinating, having flashbacks, and (since this is an adult picture) balling. There isn’t much structure (aiding the dreamy atmosphere) and reality and fantasy blur as one girl encounters a sinister clown, a comedic politician, and a robed messenger of Apollo. Meanwhile, the other girl screws in a tree, a lake, and on a swing, before being raped and killed by hillbillies. Or maybe not, since the whole movie is revealed to be a prophetic vision in the end.

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