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Scum of the Earth (1974)

R | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 1974 (USA)
Newlyweds Helen and Paul go to a backwoods cabin on vacation. When Paul goes back to the car for some cigarettes he's not given a chance to ponder the carcinogenic ramifications as an axe ... See full summary »

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Newlyweds Helen and Paul go to a backwoods cabin on vacation. When Paul goes back to the car for some cigarettes he's not given a chance to ponder the carcinogenic ramifications as an axe blade makes the point moot. Panic stricken, Helen runs into the woods, only to find Odie Pickett as her only savior. He takes her back to his place, where pregnant wife Emmy, thick-as-a-brick son Bo, and available-since-she-was-twelve daughter Sarah, do their best to give her a "family" welcome. While Helen's immediate danger is somewhat delayed, her newfound shelter begins showing some signs of danger as well. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Hugh Feagin only worked for one day on this film. See more »

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Bo Pickett: Gee, Pa. Can I have a swaller?
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Referenced in Fiona on Fire (1978) See more »

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Love Is a Final Affair
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Written by Robert Farrar and Skipper Richardson
Performed by Peyton E. Park (as Peyton Park)
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Not for all tastes, but a minor gem for lovers of the most obscure of trash cinema
16 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Low budget film-making isn't quite the same as it used to be. It is in the respect that just anyone can make a movie as long as they have a little money and people to be the cast and crew. One big difference though is that it rarely as raw as it was once. For example, when comparing the original 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' with it's second sequel, which was also made on a pretty low budget, one film looks far less polished than the other in more ways than one. The kind of low budget films I'm talking about, mainly Horror, had a certain charm about them that hasn't been captured in recent decades, but some sure have tried. I guess things have to change eventually, but it's nice to look back sometimes at an era in cinema long gone by. 'Poor White Trash II,' originally titled 'Scum of the Earth,' is one of many films of this ilk and is certainly not for everyone to see, but for some it's low budget exploitation gold.

Pros: Solid performances, far better than you'd expect from a movie such as this. A tacky, but charming score that's fitting. A treasure trove of camp value. The low budget, dirty, and raw look and feel of the movie create a great atmosphere. Entertaining, despite the really slow pacing. Creepy setting. Some good and bloody kills. A decent twist.

Cons: Virtually plot less. Pace is slow, too slow at times. Doesn't help that the film is sometimes uneventful and talky. Lacks suspense.

Final thoughts: When I first saw the VHS artwork and title for this film I just knew I had to see it for myself. There are better trash films out there, but this one is still a must for those who are into these sort of movies. Let the hoedown begin!

My rating: 3.5/5


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