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Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

R | | Crime, Horror
Stanley and Paul, a pair of friends on the run from the law, rent a house in the suburbs, where they decide the best way to lay low is for Paul to dress as a woman and pretend to be ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abe Zwick ...
Paul
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Stanley (as Scott Lawrence)
Don Craig ...
Hubert
Robin Hughes ...
Vicki
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Mrs. Adams
Marty Cordova ...
Alma
Maggie Wood ...
Dolores
Mike Mingoia ...
Joe
Robert DeMeo ...
Jerry (as Robert De Meo)
Sandra Lurie ...
Mary Lou
Brad F. Grinter ...
Lt. Farrell
Charles Guanci ...
Sgt. Baker
Francelia Waterbury ...
Mrs. Johnson
Donna Lee Miller ...
Dorothy
William Kerwin ...
Detective (as Thomas Wood)
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Stanley and Paul, a pair of friends on the run from the law, rent a house in the suburbs, where they decide the best way to lay low is for Paul to dress as a woman and pretend to be Stanley's Aunt Martha. Not too long after the pair move into their new home, Paul suddenly murders a young woman Stanley brings home with him. Paul's violent tendencies continue to spin out of control, and soon nobody who comes near is safe from him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A twisted mind snaps and a wave of terror begins. See more »

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Characteristically undefinable thing from the running-naked freedom of 70s cinema.
4 August 2003 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Don't be deceived by the misleading title, because the truth is that Aunt Martha CONSTANTLY does dreadful things. In fact, "Aunt Martha" is one baadaass brick of a Bea Arthur lookin' transvestite, on the lam after a bank robbery and living incognito with Stanley, "her" virile, but dope-addled lover. And while she may seem like a charm-schooled and self composed hostess, Aunt Martha's infernal hostilities are often roused by the winsome young girls that follow Stanley home from time to time. Quick to exterminate these potential threats in a variety of gruesome ways, Aunt Martha proves herself to be a most formidable adversary when it comes to competing for Stanley's affections.

Delightfully off-hand weirdness, AUNT MARTHA is archetypal of the anything-goes craziness of low-budget 70s cinema...a film so abstractly imagined and impulsively realized, it alights with a desultory otherness so reverently sincere that it steals a place in your heart usually reserved for awkwardly cross-bred puppies. Forgivable of its general inelegance, this is a fine specimen of a most exiguous film species.

7/10


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