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Michael Findlay (screenplay)
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1969 (USA) See more »
The uncommon adventures of a wild nympho in search of erotic playmates...
Man drugs, photographs & tortures women he meets by personal ads. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Uta Erickson ... Maria Curtis (as Artimida Grillet)
Michael Findlay ... Spencer / Voices (as Robert West)

Earl Hindman ... Bruno (as Leo Heinz)
Janet Banzet ... Dora (as Marie Brent)
Suzzan Landau ... Carla (as Susan James)
Yolanda Cortez ... Chiquita
Rita Vance ... Conchita (as Rita Thule)
Kim Lewid ... Blonde Theater Girl (as Kim Turner)
Donna Stone ... Tammy
Clint McCook ... Helen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberta Findlay ... Girl in Ferris Wheel / Voices (uncredited)
Cindy Freemont ... Sally (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Findlay  (as Julian Marsh)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Findlay  screenplay (as Julian Marsh)

Produced by
Michael Findlay .... producer (as Julian Marsh)
Roberta Findlay .... producer (as Anna Riva)
Original Music by
Earl Windmin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Roberta Findlay  (as Anna Riva)
Film Editing by
Michael Findlay  (as Michael Fenway)
Sound Department
Chico Buck .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberta Findlay .... lighting technician (as Robert Marx)
Other crew
Berla L. Moke .... script girl (as Berla Moke)


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Also Known As:
"The Degenerate" - USA (alternative title)
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70 min
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Not just standard sexploitation fare., 6 July 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

From the ever dependable Michael Findlay comes this 72 minute exercise in sadism and perversion. Uta Erickson stars as Maria Curtis, bored with her life despite her regular routine of "putting on a show" for a neighbour. She answers a personal ad, and takes off to become part of a troupe of girls that similarly "put on shows" for demented, crippled sicko Spencer (who's played by director Findlay). They're required to indulge in all manner of freakish activities, and the other girls mostly take it in stride. Maria, however, begins to wonder what she's gotten herself into.

It's interesting what Findlay does with this one. It's extremely trashy, of course, with a great deal of the required nudity and sex for this genre. Performances are adequate all the way down the line. Findlay himself delivers a crazy eyed performance; Erickson is reasonably engaging in the lead. It's also quite intriguing to see Earl Hindman here in the supporting role of Spencers' scheming right hand man Bruno. In later years, Hindman became quite recognizable for his roles on 'Ryan's Hope' and 'Home Improvement', and almost assuredly tried to forget that he ever appeared in this sort of thing. The ladies are good sports, given what's required of them. Findlay shoots all of this in the most stark manner possible, with very striking black & white cinematography by Findlay's wife / filmmaking partner Roberta. It's almost like a combination of a grindhouse and an art house film. The action builds to an incredibly surreal and haunting finish, complete with madness and murder.

Fans of the Something Weird catalogue will want to give this one a look.

Seven out of 10.

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