Release Date: August 28th, 1967 (premiere)
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Written by: Allison Louise Downe
Music by: Larry Wellington
Cast: Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells, Chris Martell
I have been working my way through the Herschell Gordon Lewis films that I haven’t reviewed yet, as they are currently on the Criterion Channel but they’re being pulled down at the end of the month (at the time of me writing this in September).
So this is one I haven’t reviewed and one I actually hadn’t seen until now.
It’s pretty bad, overall, even for an HGL flick.
The story is about a crazy lady that owns a wig store. The shocking thing is that the wigs are real hair from the victims that she lures in for her mentally handicapped son to kill. He then scalps them and viola!… new inventory!
I guess it’s a clever idea for the time and this film in Lewis’ oeuvre plays more like a comedy but this is still a splatter flick with terrible acting, abysmal production value and a story so boring that the only highlight is seeing the blood flow.
The effects in this are so bad, even for the time and even for a non-existent budget, that they become distracting. I’ve seen better gore and makeup at an elementary school haunted house as a kid.
I guess I get the appeal of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ work to the extreme minority that masturbates to gore porn and splatter but even this film feels like its beneath HGL’s own brand of blood-soaked schlock.
There’s really not much interesting in this other than the taxidermied bobcat.
Pairs well with: other Herschell Gordon Lewis movies.