5.9/10
149
10 user 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (additional dialogue)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A crazy woman who lives in an old mansion thinks she's with her brother/lover, who lures victims to her.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg
Stars: Camilla Carr, Gene Ross, Stephen Tobolowsky
Don't Hang Up (1974)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In this horror movie, a dutiful grand-daughter goes home to take care of her elderly grandmother. Once there, she finds herself trapped inside the house with a homicidal maniac.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg
Stars: Susan Bracken, Larry O'Dwyer, Gene Ross
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: William Kerwin, Allison Louise Downe, Lawrence J. Aberwood
Thinkin' Big (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Director: S.F. Brownrigg
Stars: Bruce Anderson, Nancy Buechler, Darla Ralston
The Defilers (1965)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Two young thugs kidnap a young girl and keep her in the basement of an old warehouse where they forcibly make her their sex slave.

Directors: Lee Frost, David F. Friedman
Stars: Byron Mabe, Jerome Eden, Mai Jansson
Bayou (1957)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A New York architect meets a Cajun beauty in a remote bayou village.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Peter Graves, Lita Milan, Douglas Fowley
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.

Director: S.F. Brownrigg
Stars: Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton, Robert Dracup
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An all-female motorcycle gang, called 'The Maneaters' hold motorcycle races, as well as terrorize the residents of a small Florida town, and clash off against an all-male rival gang of hot-riders.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A businessman turns into a vampire after drinking brandy laced with vampire blood and sets out on an odyssey of killing the descendent's of Dracula's executioners.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Stars: Bill Rogers, Elizabeth Wilkinson, William Kerwin
Red Victoria (2008)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A writer is forced to write a horror movie by an undead muse who motivates him by killing his friends and family.

Director: Tony Brownrigg
Stars: Tony Brownrigg, Arianne Martin, Edward Landers
Black Magic (1975)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A magician makes money by charging people to cast love spells on the objects of their affection. Complications arise when he decides that he wants a customer's bride for himself.

Director: Ho Meng-Hua
Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Ni Tien
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Sex offenders are the new lepers, and the Palace Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a modern day leper colony. It's here in this most unlikely of locations that a search for ... See full summary »

Director: Phyllis Redman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Ross ...
Odis Pickett
Ann Stafford ...
Emmy Pickett
Norma Moore ...
Helen Fraser
Camilla Carr ...
Sarah Pickett
...
Bo Pickett
Hugh Feagin ...
Jim
Joel Colodner ...
Paul Fraser
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She Found Out How They Live Below Tobacco Road! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poor White Trash Part II  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1985 Magnum video release)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Bo Pickett: Gee, Pa. Can I have a swaller?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fiona on Fire (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Final Affair
(Theme)
Written by Robert Farrar and Skipper Richardson
Performed by Peyton E. Park (as Peyton Park)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I just love them thar hillbilly horrors, and I done got me a good 'un this time.
6 January 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Helen Fraser (Norma Moore), a pretty (or should that be 'purdy') city girl on vacation with her hubby Paul, flees into the Texas backwoods after finding her spouse dead (having lost an argument with the business end of an axe!). Panic-stricken, she runs into redneck Odis Pickett, who takes her back to his cabin to meet the family: pregnant wife Emmy, daughter Sarah (pronounced Say-rah), and idiot son Bo. But rather than call for help, Odis proceeds to subject Helen to a night of drunken abuse, culminating in rape.

And all the while, a murderer lurks in the woods outside, waiting to kill again.

Scum Of The Earth (AKA Poor White Trash 2), by director S. F. Brownrigg, may not feature the highest of production values, and might be a mite talky for many people, but with a script that delivers some of the funniest hillbilly dialogue in the history of cinema (this one packs in every clichéd redneck saying in the book), great characters (think the Clampetts, only not so clever), and a smidgen of incest, rape and murder, it's difficult to resist the film's sleazy exploitation charms.

Norma Moore does a decent enough job as the woman in peril, looking suitably scared (and rather tasty) throughout, but it is those playing the dungaree wearing, possum eating hicks that really make this piece of 70s trash cinema unmissable. Gene Ross is delightfully odious as Odis, slurping moonshine from a jar whilst slapping his slutty daughter to the floor and threatening his pregnant wife; Charlie Dell, as Bo, makes an extremely convincing moron; Camilla Carr is equally as credible as Bo's loose-knickered sister (I'd buy that for a dollar—NOT!); whilst Ann Stafford, as Odis's downtrodden woman, provides some much needed pathos.

Added to this potpourri of Southern stereotypes are several brief-but-nasty scenes of gore (the opening axe-ing, an impalement, a barbed wire garrote, and a shotgun blast to the face) and a truly silly ending in which the identity of the killer is finally revealed; the result is a mighty enjoyable movie that'll have you smilin' like a mule eating' briars.

And if anyone tells you diff'rent, don't pay him no never mind!

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Poor White Trash #1 jimmy19029
Discuss Scum of the Earth (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?