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September 1972 (USA) See more »
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A most bizarre voyage into the psycho sexual! See more »
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When Cheryl and her roommate quarrel, Cheryl moves into her aunt's skid-row hotel in downtown L.A. rather than return home to Ohio... See more » | Full synopsis »
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"Eating Raoul": A Voracious Enterprise
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"Call Me Aunt Martha..Everybody Does" See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Ayn Ruymen ... Cheryl Stratton
Lucille Benson ... Aunt Martha
John Ventantonio ... George
Laurie Main ... Reverend Moon

Stanley Livingston ... Jeff
Charles Woolf ... Jeff's Dad
Ann Gibbs ... Judy
Len Travis ... Mike
Dorothy Neumann ... Mrs. Quigley
Gene Simms ... First Policeman
John Lupton ... Second Policeman
Patrick Strong ... Artie
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Paul Bartel ... Man in Park (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Bartel 
 
Writing credits
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Philip Kearney 
Les Rendelstein 

Produced by
Gene Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Davis 
 
Film Editing by
Morton Tubor  (as Martin Tubor)
 
Production Design by
John Retsek 
 
Art Direction by
John Retsek 
 
Costume Design by
Liz Manny 
 
Production Management
Donald Heitzer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arne Schmidt .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jeff Wexler .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tak Fujimoto .... first assistant camera
Skip Karnas .... best boy
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer
Jim Morris .... dolly grip
Jor Van Kline .... grip
Fred Goodich .... still photographer (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Blood Relations" - USA (alternative title)
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87 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Aunt Martha:Cheryl dear, when you're older, you'll realize that the body is a prison that traps and bends the natural spirit to its will. It makes us weak or sick or ugly, it makes us into men or women or whatever it likes, whether we like it or not.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"Call Me Aunt Martha..Everybody Does", 19 August 2001

A teenaged girl out to discover womanhood early takes refuge from home and friends in her aunt's dilapidated, poverty row hotel. The hotel houses a bizarre assortment of characters including a photographer wearing nothing but black leather and never saying much, a drunk who leaves bottles out in the hallway, a reverend who has tons of homo-erotic art and photographs pasted on his walls, a handicapped woman constantly crying for her Alice to return, and, of course, Aunt Martha, the proprietor. Aunt Martha is a heavy-set woman who preaches about the way things used to be and how her hotel is a place for respectable people not tramps and the like. Lucille Benson plays Martha and does an incredible job with what is really a difficult role. Martha is a complex character of old-fashioned values being fused with strong sexual repression. She is in many ways a man trapped in a woman's body. Think about that when you finish the film. Benson has a grand presence on screen and such a distinctive voice. The rest of the acting is generally good as well. Stanley Livingston(Chip from My Three Sons) has a small role. Director Paul Bartel does a fine job capturing the perverse nature of the inhabitants of the hotel. Each seems to have some seedy perversion. The hotel sets the mood perfectly as it is grand in stature and just as filthy in reality. Bartel uses genuine horror and some really dark humour together. In one scene a boy's head is lopped off quickly. A rat is pushed down a garbage disposal. Bartel also uses some nifty lines like when an elderly woman cries for her Alice, someone says, "Alice doesn't live here anymore." A weird, quirky film whose atmosphere, direction, and a real creepy performance by Lucille Benson carry it beyond the ordinary and into the area of cult classic.

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