A demented, elderly woman has her mentally retarded son kill and scalp various young women to use their hair for her wig shop while a persistent coed tries to link various killings on a local Florida college campus to them.
Herschell Gordon Lewis
A naive and innocent teenage girl is blackmailed into modeling in the nude for a photographer who is in league with a teenage gang whose boss illegally sells photos of teenage girls being abused and degraded.
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Allison Louise Downe,
Lawrence J. Aberwood
A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.
Cronin Mitchell is an average guy whose face is disfigured by a falling electrical power line in which he somehow acquires the gift/curse of strange psychic powers. After withdrawing from public life, 'Mitch' makes a living as a fortune teller when he's approached by an ugly hag who offers to restore his good looks if he becomes her lover. Mitch reluctantly agrees, and although his face is restored, people around him see his lover as an attractive young woman named Ellen. When news of Mitch's psychic powers leak out, he goes on the road with Ellen from city to city and town to town helping people solve crimes. After expelling a ghost from a funeral home, Mitch and Ellen are sent to a small Illinois town to find the identity of a serial killer. But the government sends along a crackpot psychiatrist/playboy, named Dr. Alex Jordan, to oversee the case and possibly debunk Mitch's psychic abilities. When Dr. Jordan turns his sights on Ellen and plots to steal her away from Mitch, she goes ... Written by
"I have a drug here. L.S.D. Perhaps you've heard of it."
Crackpot, frequently amusing combination of parapsychology and
psychedelia in this typically twisted Herschell Gordon Lewis schlock
production. It's not quite as much fun as his celebrated splatter
movies, but it's still pretty entertaining.
Tony McCabe plays Cronin "Mitch" Mitchell, a young engineer who is
facially scarred by a severe electrical accident. This also gives him
strong psychic abilities, so he hangs out a shingle as a medium. In
this capacity, he meets a hideous old crone (Mudite Arums) who promises
to restore his face to its handsome glory IF he will be her lover. So
she becomes his entourage as he becomes a celebrity of sorts. Soon he
is hired by a police force in Wisconsin to help catch a serial killer.
When you watch something by the late, great Mr. Lewis, you know you
won't get something very slick technically, and you certainly won't get
something very well acted. But that NEVER means that the "acting" in
these epics doesn't entertain in its own fumbling way. McCabe is a
hilariously obnoxious, insufferable prick, and Elizabeth Lee is
delightful as the *other* incarnation of the old crone, the young
hottie whom the rest of the world sees. William Brooker is a hoot as a
karate student / playboy / doctor who's sent to possibly debunk Mitchs'
abilities, and recruit him for the government should he turn out to be
the real deal. Jeffrey Allen of "Two Thousand Maniacs!" pops up in a
small role as a doctor, but what is truly a gas is seeing Lawrence J.
Aberwood as the police chief (he's the infamous "All you kids make me
sick..." guy from HGLs' roughie "Scum of the Earth").
Highlighted by a nicely strange L.S.D. trip sequence, and the "attack
by blanket" scene, "Something Weird" is given a jazzy score by Edward
J. Petan. Written and produced by James F. Hurley, it gets down to
business quickly (with a murder playing out behind the opening credits)
and offers up a delicious resolution and comeuppance.
Seven out of 10.
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