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Water Power (1977)

 -  Adult | Thriller  -  1976 (USA)
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In the fall of 1976 I was in the midst of moving to a farm in Krumville, New York when the phone rang. It was Sid Levine, the front man for the porno unit of the Gambino crime family. I was... See full summary »

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Burt - The Enema Bandit
John Buco ...
Jack Gallagher
C.J. Laing ...
Irene Murray
Eric Edwards ...
The Doctor
Marlene Willoughby ...
The Nurse
Gloria Leonard ...
Hostess at The Garden of Eden
Clea Carson ...
Stewardess (as Valerie Morgenstern)
Jean Silver ...
Pamela - The Patient (as Joan Beattie)
Crystal Sync ...
Barbara (as Eleanor Barnes)
Philip Marlowe ...
Police Captain (as Phil Morini)
Susaye London ...
Ginger (as Lois Turkan)
Barbara Belkin ...
Candy
Craig Esposito ...
Police Station Cop with Typewriter
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Eve
Sally O'Neil
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In the fall of 1976 I was in the midst of moving to a farm in Krumville, New York when the phone rang. It was Sid Levine, the front man for the porno unit of the Gambino crime family. I was their largest supplier of feature product, and Sid said he had to see me right away. Urgent. Couldn't wait. So I jump in the car and make the ninety minute drive to lower Manhattan. Sid was looking grim when I got to his office. He didn't waste any time. "Look, I'm a grandfather and I'm ashamed to have to ask you this, but they need an enema movie." I don't want to break the mood so my inner chuckle never surfaces, but it's close. An enema movie????? Sid has been given an audio cassette recording of something called The Enema Bandit, which has a scene where an effete Doctor, assisted by an evil nurse, is giving an enema to a bound and gagged young girl. He's going to use a device called the Bardex Inflatable Nozzle. So I'm thinking that this just might be the funniest single thing I've ever heard, ... Written by Shaun Costello

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Loosely based on the real-life escapades of Michael H. Kenyon; who for about a decade committed armed robberies on female victims, who he would then sexually assault by forcing them to take enemas. He was also the subject of the Frank Zappa song "The Illinois Enema Bandit", available on the "Zappa in New York" album. See more »

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Cleanliness is next to ... filthiness?
16 January 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

All the way through watching "Water Power" I couldn't stop chuckling because Jack Nicholson's legendary Joker quote from "Batman" was stuck in my head. "This town needs an enema!" That must have been exactly what the protagonist was repeating in his head the entire time as well. Gerard Damiano, the same legendary guy who brought us "Deep Throat" presents this vile and hugely perverted "Water Power". At least, that's what the cover proudly exclaims, but apparently this was just a shameless publicity stunt and the actual guy in the director's seat was Shaun Costello. Now that is a much more logical and acceptable link with this film. "Deep Throat" was a porno movie, but a comical and light-headed one, whereas "Water Power" deals with unpleasant topics like rape, torture and perverted fetishes. Since Shaun Costello previously directed the notorious "Forced Entry" – revolving on a Vietnam veteran on a rape and murdering rampage – it's much more credible to see his name linked to "Water Power". Either way, this is a remarkable piece of ultra-smutty 70's porno exploitation. It's a unique and fascinating effort to behold, but for all the wrong reasons as you're are basically watching a story about a misogynist freak raping women and sticking tubes of water in their behinds and actually getting away with it, too! "Water Power" introduces a thirty-something and very bored guy named Burt. His apartment is decorated with pornographic pictures and he peeps at his sexy stewardess neighbor through a telescope, but other than that he's a random and completely normal male individual. After a visit to a luxurious sex club, however, Burt discovers his true calling in life: enemas! He goes on a purifying crusade through the rancid streets of New York, beginning with his neighbor but quickly taking on every random woman he assumes to be a dirty whore. He picks them up or even perpetrates into their houses, rapes them and then finally thrusts tubes into their anuses and turns on the tab! The police desperately searches for the so-called "enema bandit" but can't find him, even though he doesn't make too much efforts covering up his crimes. That's probably because the duo of inspectors is too busy investigating each other's genitals. Supposedly based on a true story, "Water Power" is a rather disturbing film. The setting, decayed and sleaze-infested New York streets, is obviously copied from "Taxi Driver" and Jamie Gillis probably even owes his casting to his sinister and menacing appearance. Most unsettling, of course, is the actual act of performing forced enemas. They look very realistic and even more painful (I hope the actresses were paid accordingly!) and honestly not something you do to get sexual kicks. Anyways, in case you are looking for the extreme type of adult movie with a plot – yes, they do exist – and character development, "Water Power" would make an excellent choice.


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