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Bizarre (1970)

Secrets of Sex (original title)
R | | Fantasy, Horror | March 1970 (UK)
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Antony Balch

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Schulman Richard Schulman ... The Judge
Janet Spearman Janet Spearman ... The Judge's Wife
Dorothy Grumbar Dorothy Grumbar ... Photographer
Anthony Rowlands Anthony Rowlands ... The Model
Norma Eden Norma Eden ... Norma - the Photographer's Assistant
George Herbert George Herbert ... The Steward
Kenneth Benda ... Sacha Seremona
Yvonne Quenet Yvonne Quenet ... Mary-Clare
Reid Anderson Reid Anderson ... Dr. Rilke
Sylvia Delamere Sylvia Delamere ... The Nurse
Cathy Howard Cathy Howard ... The Cat Burglar
Mike Britton Mike Britton ... The Burgled Man (as Mike Briton)
Maria Frost Maria Frost ... Lindy Leigh
Peter Carlisle Peter Carlisle ... Col. X
Stephen Preston ... Philpott (as Steve Preston)


A brainy sex flick with a sense of humor, the film begins with a narrator/mummy who guides us through a number of vignettes promising to show what some of us go through in the pursuit of sexual pleasure. There's a fabulous ten minute opening, where the half naked go go dancers have vegetables thrown at them. One of the tales features a female photographer who tortures a male model. Another has a female burglar (Cathy Howard) caught by the house owner. The craziest involves a nerd hiring a blond call girl (Sue Bond) in pursuit of a menage-a-trois with his pet lizard; and there's a endearing misadventure with secret agent Lindy Leigh (Maria Frost) who does topless safecracking. Written by Manfred Gluck

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Fantasy | Horror


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Release Date:

March 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


£40,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Balch, Noteworthy Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Nine minutes were cut from the British theatrical version when this film was first released. See more »


The Mummy: Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to this boy. Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to this boy. Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to this boy. Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to this boy. Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to this boy. Imagine you were making love to this girl. Imagine you were making love to...
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Alternate Versions

For its original UK cinema release around 9 minutes of footage was removed by the BBFC. It was resubmitted later the same year (1970) when the age limit for X-rated films had been raised to 18 from the previous 16 and received less cuts, mainly to the 'mummy' commentary and the torture photography scene. A heavily condensed version (running barely 30 mins) was released in 1977 and the complete version was passed fully uncut for the Odeon DVD release in 2010. See more »


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silly, offbeat horror anthology movie from an experimental filmmaker and big movie fan
1 July 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

You would expect Antony Balch, who collaborated on some experimental short films with William Burroughs, to make a weird horror film. And it is indeed pretty kooky, though doesn't often strike one as experimental.

Some of the more experimental, or at least odd touches include: a voice-over saying "Imagine yourself having sex with this girl. Imagine yourself having sex with this boy. Imagine yourself having sex with this girl." etc. for some time, with images of mod young people in various states of undress. It then repeats with slight variation, "Imagine this girl having sex with you" etc. In another segment, there are shots of planes taking off and landing intercut throughout. It's unclear if they're meant to represent sex, or the threat of the man's wife coming home, or that the man's house is under a flight path, or if they're simply filmic non-sequiturs.

The movie has a mummy narrating, telling about the battle of the sexes. The segments all have to do with men and women at odds with each other in various ways, sometimes fatal. The opening segment has an Arabian judge who believes his wife may have a lover hidden in a trunk. He has the trunk buried without opening it. This is perhaps the origin of the mummy (though how he comes to be mummified would be a mystery, but the producer on the commentary track indicates we should not give it that much thought).

There are women photographing a male model in various states of torture. There's a sexy spy who's supposed to find secrets in a foreign embassy. There's a young man with a strange fetish rooted in a childhood incident.

Offbeat, and definitely for those that like that. It was quite well-received at the time! Now, it does seem awfully 1960s, but that lends it a new sort of charm.

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