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Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Two over the top eccentric fugitives become roommates in Miami to avoid the law, while one dresses as the other's aunt in drag, leading to deception and murder.


Thomas Casey


Thomas Casey (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Abe Zwick Abe Zwick ... Paul
Wayne Crawford ... Stanley (as Scott Lawrence)
Don Craig Don Craig ... Hubert
Robin Hughes Robin Hughes ... Vicki
Yanka Mann ... Mrs. Adams
Marty Cordova Marty Cordova ... Alma
Maggie Wood Maggie Wood ... Dolores
Mike Mingoia Mike Mingoia ... Joe
Jessie Eastland Jessie Eastland ... Jerry (as Robert De Meo)
Sandra Lurie Sandra Lurie ... Mary Lou
Brad F. Grinter Brad F. Grinter ... Lt. Farrell
Charles Guanci Charles Guanci ... Sgt. Baker
Francelia Waterbury Francelia Waterbury ... Mrs. Johnson
Victor Anchipolovsky Victor Anchipolovsky ... Mr. Johnson
Joseph Bracci Joseph Bracci ... Policeman


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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Stanley's van is a Chevrolet Corvair 95 "Corvan". See more »


When Dolores, the waitress at Tino's cafe, is talking to "Aunt Martha" on the phone, the shadow of the microphone can be seen on the wall next to the phone. See more »


Stanley: Hey, what's this big lump?
Paul: [pulls out a kitchen knife] I thought it would be dangerous to leave it lying around the house. Especially with Williams up there.
Stanley: Why? It's just a kitchen knife.
Paul: This is the knife... that you used to kill Mrs. Johnson.
Stanley: Let me see it.
[takes the knife]
Stanley: Oh, Jesus! I must've been out of my mind.
Paul: That's what I've been telling you. You get crazy when you take drugs. And then you don't even remember what happens.
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the final minutes are really quite good

The most positive thing I can say about this film is that it is that little bit different, that the two leads work their socks off and there is decent use of soundtrack music. Indeed the final minutes are really quite good as we reach a climax in a film studio and things almost get quite tense. The same cannot be said for the rest of this no budget outing without a story. I can see that maybe it appeared, maybe even was, a good idea to have a pair of guys on the run holed up with one of them adopting women's clothes as a disguise but for how long is this going to be amusing to anyone watching? As I say the two leads are really pretty good but the supporting cast is nowhere to be seen, limp hardly the word, but then the dialogue they are given is crap. Perhaps the most unforgivable aspect to this would be slasher is that the gory scenes are covered over with colour washes so that the impact is nullified, I wonder whose stupid idea that was. So we are left with very little other than some amusement and a decent ending. Trouble is we are waiting for that ending for what seems ages.

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