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When the "nudie-cutie" and nudist camp films began to lose popularity, filmmakers like Russ Meyer, Doris Wishman and Dave Friedman began to add a little violence to the mix and shoot in black & white to get the look of old stag films. A simple tale of the abduction and abuse of a girl from Minnesota by two thugs looking for "kicks." Sure it's distasteful but Byron Mabe is very good as the more twisted of the pair of abductors, which is all the more remarkable when you consider that he was hired as part of the crew but stepped into the lead role immediately after the original actor froze in front of the camera. The DVD commentary by Friedman is a very informative and entertaining talk about the making and distributing of exploitation films like this and the hilarious array of characters he worked with in those days.
Although quite tame by todays standards, this early roughie produced by the king of Exploitation David F. Friedman, and Directed by Lee Frost (Director of such drive-in classics like Love Camp Seven, and Chain-gang Women) is still enjoyable to watch if your a fan of Exploitation films. The story goes The Defilers are two hedonistic young men who, just for kicks, abduct a sexy blonde (Mai Jansson) as their own personal sex toy. They keep her in a litter, graffiti infested basement room, and when she does not go along with their plan, they beat her unmercifully until she submits. There is not much nudity this film (or Defiling as the title suggests), too risky for those innocent times when nudity on the screen was a big deal. Even the violence in the film is just downright cheesy in this day in age. But fun nonetheless to watch. The Opening sequence with a cool Jazz score is so cool!! They do not make films like this anymore. A lost art.
"The Defilers" is a sick and mean-spirited piece of trash that no one
outside of exploitation fans would find worthwhile. However, being a
huge fan of vintage psychotronic and grindhouse film-making, I found
myself enjoying this. Place it in the guilty pleasure category if you
will, but "The Defilers" is actually a competently made flick. Its
rough and unpolished, but there wouldn't be a better way to complement
the sordid storyline and despicable characters. Running just over an
hour, its quite taut and never outstays its depraved welcome. The story
is similar to Leopold and Loeb for the sadomasochistic set.
The acting, for this kind of flick, is pretty effective. While they're no John Dall and Farley Granger (the stars of "Rope"), Byron Mabe and Jerome Eden play the hepcat psychopaths pretty well. They're both believably sadistic and depraved. In particular, Jerome Eden infuses his one-note sidekick character with a degree of depth not usually seen in David Friedman productions. As the victim, Mai Jansson isn't very good in the acting department, but her screams during the kidnapping scenes are unsettlingly realistic. The direction by Lee Frost keeps the story moving and thankfully avoids filler.
Those expecting a significantly disturbing picture won't find one here. This film is sick minded to be sure, but so campy (espescially the "cool" beatnik jive talk) you can't help but often laugh at it. The inclusion of drugs as the source for the sadists' kicks places this even further in the schlock category. "The Defilers" is an enjoyable roughie film. On a side note, does anyone find the roughie genre a bit interesting as a moral double standard? It was created because since the courts wouldn't allow actual sex in a film yet, the roughies decided to fill their films up with sadomasochistic (and very misogynist) violence. So its alright to portray violence against women but not making love to them? Oh well, I'm probably looking too deep into these things again. (7/10)
Saw this on DVD (along with SCUM OF THE EARTH) and was actually
expecting it to be even sleazier after reading about it. The main
character is a complete sociopath but this was fairly well-made. Good
music some of the time and the acting was decent, especially Byron Mabe
(who directed some films). The lead girl looked perfect and was
completely believable (not from acting; just being the type). A 5 out
of 10. Best performance = Byron Mabe.
This would have been completely unwatchable in color, but B/W lends itself to this kind of material. The barbarous freedom of the two young men is pretty frightening (especially in '65). I've seen a number of 60's "exploitation" flicks and this one scores some points (acting, mood, cinematography) and slightly better than most. THE AGONY OF LOVE is one of the better ones with Pat Barrington.
This is a great DVD package from Something Wierd with two early sixties
exploitation classics ("the Defilers" and "Scum of the Earth"), two great
short subjects, three drive-in intermission promos(if you don't believe this
world is gone forever, check out the butter-and-red-meat saturated
'refreshments' offered by the friendly drive-in snack bar!) , a great
commentary track by David Friedman tracing the history of West Coast
poverty-row movie production, and a dozen cool trailers for such
masterpieces of cinema as "Banned" and "Sex Killer"! The folks at Something
Wierd should be commended for a great job of packaging which captures the
time period better than a thousand pretentious documentaries! For fans of
the genre, I would give the DVD an eleven!
Of the two features, "the Defilers" is the'better' of the two, almost artistic in some sections, and although it's very tame by today's standards, I personally think it is a thousand times more sensual and interesting than the pro-forma 'erotic thrillers' the industry turns out today.
Amazing Friedman production, generally considered to be the first 'roughie', so it's black and white soft-core sex. Plus because there were restrictions as to how much sex action could be seen, we get violence instead. Great irony as others have noted that you couldn't show too much loving but you could show hitting. This is a bit slow in places and the cars, the girls and the guys all look more 50s than 60s but the flesh, the fashions and talk of 'kicks' brings us more into the period. The extent of slapping and spanking is astonishing and the sleaziness of the kidnapped girl's basement surprising. Friedman reckons this would get an 'R' rating today - he's living on another planet if he thinks it would even get made. Excellent key trash movie.
Shown usually in a double feature DVD, Scum of the Earth was definitely
more entertaining than The Defilers but I found them both equally
tragic in how horrible films like this were made.
Something Weird doesn't do much with fixing the print which is jumpy and bad but it's still well worth a look if you love sleazy drive in fare. The film captures an awkward age between the sexual revolution and the early century moral values. "We need a CAPER!" & "I said KICKS! KICKS! not chicks, sheesh, next you'll be suggesting BEER!" Good movie for those who like this sort of thing.
Terrible acting but yet still interesting to watch.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Actually above average Drive-In "make out" flick. A depraved story line with bare bouncing boobs and more. THE DEFILERS is directed by R. Lee Frost and is the sordid story of two young men who love to drink and have their way with nice looking young women. Carl Walker Jr.(Byron Mabe)and his pal Jameison(Jerome Eden), just for kicks, kidnap a sexy blonde(Mai Jansson)and take her to the basement of one of Carl's father's warehouses. There kept in panties and bra, the young woman is their own personal sex slave. "Rough" sex, sick and depraved. Photography is pretty damn good for a sleaze feature. Daring full female nudity and the girls are not run-of-the-mill "woofers". Exploitation...you betcha! Worth watching...you betcha! Also in the credits: Kathy Sharpe, Carol Dark, Linda Cochran and Sandy Sind.
I recently received this from Netflix. I do admit that I enjoy a lot of what the 60's and 70's drive-in theaters had to offer. This film takes a long time to get started if you click to play the drive-in experience on the main menu. After several long nearly 5 to 6 minute previews you finally get to the Defilers. It was honestly an average movie at best. There is hardly any dialogue until they finally get to the beach with all the girls in the beginning. The cast is very unknown, but the do what they do best, and that is entertain on the B or possibly C list stage. So honestly this is a prime example of the experience you would have at a 60's drive-in theater.
The Defilers (1965)
** (out of 4)
Friends Carl (Byron Mabe) and Jameison (Jerome Eden) have a lot of great things going for themselves and especially when it comes to women. They've slept with most of the ones in town but when they meet Jane (Mai Jansson) they have different plans for her. Those plans include kidnapping her and forcing her into a warehouse where they're going to hold her as a sex slave. THE DEFILERS often gets called one of the best "roughies" from this period and I will admit that it's a notch or two above most but it's still far from a "good" film. I've always found these roughies to be a rather strange genre but what's even stranger is how popular they were back in the day. The female abuse here is all over the map but there's an early scene where a woman doesn't behave so the guy pulls her panties down right there and spanks her very violently. There are a few other scenes of women being slapped around but there's nothing overly graphic here. The rape sequences all take place off camera so there's nothing like that either. There is plenty of female nudity all around as every woman in the cast takes her clothes off at some point. The performances aren't all that bad and there are a few good touches from the director. THE DEFILERS isn't the greatest film in the world but it's certainly not the worse either. Fans of the genre should enjoy it.
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