Deviant and Dirty in the D – 1974 Highlights Part One

•March 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment


2-15-74 – The Cinemation triple threat of Hunchback of the Morgue/I Drink Your Blood/I Eat Your Skin starts this look at Detroit in 1974. The Harper would soon turn into the well known concert showcase Harpos.

It’s time for another time trip into The Motor City and the surrounding areas. Detroit was known for being a great place for the sick and twisted films – The Gore Gore Girls actually played two screens in it’s first year of release there in 1972 – and it hosted a number of twisted and sick films through the years. In 1974, things were seriously heating up!

As someone who was only a kid when thee films were playing, I can seriously say that I would have been there if I was born earlier! .

1-25-74 – A violent double bill in The D from Dan Cady’s Entertainment Pyramid landed in the Colonial, a true Grindhouse in Downtown Detroit that was soon to close up early in 1975. Henning Schellerup Directed both of these gritty shows while the angry revenge flick The Black Alleycats features Sandy Dempsey as well as an appearance by the one and only Marsha Jordan.The action takes place on serious savage streets that make the 1984 film look like a TV movie (I love it, but facts are facts!).



6-28-74 – Speaking of kick ass sexy revenge…One Eye…you know her…you love her! It played Detroit with the other film it was paired off with.



8-17-74 – John Alderman in the Heroin Crime show A Taste of Decadence was a small hit in some areas, and it played four screens in the Detroit area. The Atlas would shortly be a part of the Las Vegas Entertainment chain while the Guild, and Mel would be among the longer lived Adult screens.


3-1-74 – The short lived Frisco theaters had some nice small ads, but the Guild show wins over in this capture. The Woodward Frisco is now a PNC Bank!


10-11-74 – This classic ad for an appearance by Chesty Morgan was a start of the Six Mile as a Burlesque theater with the Live and Film combos. A campy ad, but a good one!


11-8-74 – A very rare Cinar film which was originally The Bittersweet Night (“Oh David! Oh David!” screamed the radio ad familiar to Something Weird Video fans). In 1977, this would later be Dirty Trick. Is it me or does this drawing resemble two too young kids? The original versions of the ad which obscured the faces thought so, too. Er…lets move on!


10-16-74 – The Drive In circuit gets to know what’s Inside Amy! this Ron Garcia film is a tale of life in the Swinger’s Lane, and we know where this is headed knowing how Amy looks like – Booted for Action!


3-8-74 = This Saxton Films double bill of German pick ups was a nice screen filler, especially with the lovely Barbi Benton turning into a household name through her appearance in Playboy. How Did a Nice Girl… was later re-titled The Naughty Cheerleader when it was later picked up by Independent International (Sam Sherman).


5-10-74 – The Adams hosted The Devil’s Wedding Night and Voodoo Heartbeat. The B later turned into The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake in it’s Last Run showings.


3-15-74 – No look into The 70’s is complete without this fun double bill which palyed the Drive Ins and theaters through the Mid 70’s. Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat is one of the crowning achievements in animated films while The Cheerleaders was one of the biggest hits of the decade.


4-17-74 – Although Mark of the Devil 2 was mainly a sequel in name only, this time that was no problem for those looking for EuroHorror of the sleazy kind.


4-3-74 – Another essential 70’s double bill! Hemisphere might have been “Swingin’ ” at that time, but it also had time to shock you out of your seat with these releases put together for the Exploitation and Drive In market. It is true that Devil’s Nightmare was picked for the B slot on many Horror double bills through the years.


10-30-74 – At the Palms downtown, Black Frankenstein and the great Werewolf Vs. the Vampire Woman made a stop.


9-4-74 – Anyone know about this flick? I seriously dig the advertising!


11-8-74 – A modest ad for the Las Vegas Entertainment centers including the Atlas and the Telegraph Pussycat that seriously not part of the official Vince Miranda chain. Plenty of hits on this list although the Atlas is seriously on the bottom of the chain with the 3 Dollars/3 Hours/3 Movies line-up…wonder if Bat Pussy made a stop!

Violated! October, 1974 – 1975

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Continuing with the Feel Sleazy entertainment, I was always trying to see where a film like Violated! was playing. Directed by Albert Zugsmith, his final film, this Rene Bond sex and shock flick only saw a few screens before fading out on the Last Run as The Hollywood Ripper and reportedly the Rapist. Fanfare, a company in it’s last days which promoted a re-rated Run Angel Run as a PG movie, was following on the sleaze bandwagon with something that looks very sinister but obviously were not feeling too ready to head down that way with a low-profile release. It might have been too good or not too good, I hope to find out as soon as I possibly can.


5-23-75, Burlington, NC at the Twin.


4-11-75, Daytona Beach, FLA


11-1-75, Lansing, MI


10-3-74, Chicago – This early showing as the B to Behind the Door at the Sky Hi DI showed that Fanfare was not seriously behind the film at first.

The Creepy Crawl of Manson Exploitation 1971-1979

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment


9-2-71, New York City

Leave it to an upcoming special with Charles Manson to get The Scene back into action once more. As readers know, this Blog has reported on Manson-inspired films in the past, but it seems timely to do a “Best Of” ad collection of Manson Exploitation due to new findings as well as the new visitors who might show up on a daily basis. One of my favorites is Sweet Saviour, the showcase for Troy Donahue in his Hippie look which actually suits him fine as the Motorcycle-riding leader of a murderous cult of followers in the “Family” mode. There were many interesting films in the Late 60’s and Early 70’s featuring one-time Teen idols trying to get their groove in with new generation, but this one was one of the more darker dives into Exploitation which still has a bit of a shock now.


5-14-71 – Detroit

Duffy Films, the Adult sub-division/shadow company of Maron Films (Daughters of Darkness among others), unleashed what might be the most re-titled and mysterious of the bunch in The Cult. It’s theatrical history can make one imagine the narrator of the Manson Documentary saying “Also known as the Love Cult. Also known as Together Girls. Also known as the Manson Massacre. Also known as Girls in Bondage”. The only way one can see this film today is dubbed into German, although one hopes that someone somewhere comes up with an English print of the only film of “Kentucky Jones” that still raises some interest among fans of lower-level Crime Sin-ema which played Detroit in it’s first run in four Adult-level theaters including the Michigan before turning into a concert hall.

Around this time, a film called The Slaughter was showing at some theater in NYC to very little success. The Michael Findlay film made in Argentina loosely base on the Manson story would later turn up as another title in another time…


3-6-70, LA – The groupings of smaller ads in the LA Times are great to look at, and this is one very sleazy Adult section with the Commune, reportedly and understandably the first Manson Exploitation film to be released ever. Playing on 3-11-70, not much has been heard about it except for being the work of Monroe Beehler, who was better known with All-Male films including Inside The AMG (Athletic Model Guild) and The Boy with the Hungry Eyes.


2-11-72, Burlington, NC – The promotion of Sweet Saviour changed to look more like a Biker epic only to some success, although it’s X rating that was possibly seen as ultra cool upon release was proven to be a hurdle when bringing it through the country.

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9-8-72, Clovis, NM – This showing paired it off with another Universal-Marion release, One Swedish Summer. Although it was a good way to present two X-Rated films with no serious hassle, it was in the days when Deep Throat was giving the Adult film world a new meaning making these films a little quaint by comparison.


4-21-72, Chicago – The “Love” Cult was promoted as a typical Hippie chick flick…OOPS!


10-14-72, Kansas City – Although The Other Side of Madness was made in 1970, it had to wait some time for an official US release. Wade Williams’ film had a very effective B&W style with one short color sequence and Charles Manson’s “Mechanical Man” in the soundtrack. Although quickly made to get it out when the story was hot, it has a dark “you are there” magic to it in some of the scenes and the use of Sean Bonniwell’s music including the instrumental track of “Dark White” as the theme.

At the intent of offering some good clips as the Helter Sketer Murders was pulled off of You Tube, here’s the classic Music Machine song and a track from Sean Bonniwell’s solo album from 1969 that’s perfectly moody enough for this article.


2-23-73, Terre Haute, Indiana – A very effective alternative ad was used in some cities.


9-21-73, Lincoln, Nebraska – Laurence Merrick’s and Robert Hendrickson’s classic Documentary was originally distributed through AIP to much success, although some areas like Detroit had to wait for it on it’s re-release. Although far more audience-friendly, this still is a good look into the life of “The Family” including scenes that might still raise a chill in some viewers today.


3-23-73, Pittsburgh – Possibly the best ad for Together Girls, a re-re-release of The Cult. while using a word that was connected to the popular Sexploiation Educational flick Together, this was certainly not a love feast. despite the X rating.


2-28-73, Uniontown, PA – Once again, the X rating saw to it that “Together Girls” was playing with like-rated Sexploitation flicks in programs that must have sent mixed messages…not the the audience cared!


6-26-75 – With a ban on the documentary dropped in California, Manson was showing to good success across the state as a grim reminder of what happened in 1969. I can see it also inspiring the cult of fans as well. Wonder if Darby Crash caught one of these showings…


9-26-75, Youngstown – The scattered playdates of The Other Side of Madness continue. Here, the use of the ad mat that centered on Debbie Duff as Sharon Tate was used.


10-20-74, Oil City, Penn. – Although Together Girls played with several light X-Rated flicks, this pairing with Jess Franco’s classic Nunsploitation film is possibly the most inspired pairing of it’s Mid 70’s run.


2-20-76, Chicago – Capitalizing on the recent events of Lynnette Fromme’s aiming a gun at Gerald Ford, there was a new way to promote the Documentary, although it would only be used a few times. To the outsider, it possibly looked like the evil love story!


6-17-76, Detroit – A strong playdate for the Manson Documentary in the Detroit area with one Downtown showing at the Adams was given a good review in the Detroit News! Like the LA showing, I wonder if any future Punk Rockers caught these showings.

10-2-76, Akron – Manson hit the Rubber City following the success of the classic Helter Skelter TV movie while…


…the Motor  City gets The Cult as the Manson Massacre. I would doubt if anyone remembered if they saw it when it was the Cult back in ’71.


3-19-76 Detroit and 3-17-76, LA – With a tacked on final scene by distributor Allan Shakleton that trued to make it look real but only looking like a New York version of an HG Lewis movie at best, Snuff makes it’s way out of NYC and through The US to much controversy. This would later play in The D for another 1976 showing in October!


10-22-76, Des Mounes – The Manson Massacre plays with Squirm and the class-sick Mark of the Devil!


2-18-77, Detroit area – A double dose of Creepy Crawl hits Detroit as Sweet Saviour, renamed the Love Thrill Murders, and the legendary documentary hits the area. By this time, Omni has The Love Thrill Murders rated R, and by the 80’s, Lloyd Kaufman would bring it over to Troma for a very successful video release.


2-5-77, San Antonio – The Love thrill Murders gained a couple of Texas dates by this time as well.

12-22-77, Anniston – The Hills Have Eyes is seen with The Love Thrill Murders in a diabolical double bill.


5-27-77, San Antonio – The Other Side of Madness as the Helter Skelter Murders also made it’s way to Texas.


11-18-79, Louisville – Headed for the Last Run, the Preston Drive in presents the House of shame and girls in bondage double bill with Pets, the 70’s sleaze feast that slithered through the country for years. The Temple of Schlock has confirmed that Girls in Bondage is another title for The Cult and the pair ran for a few years at any screen that would play them.


11-9-79, Chicago – the powerful Documentary was still making it’s way through the Midnight circuits at the malls. It would only be a couple of years before Monterey Home Video presents the big box that would be a rental favorite for years.

Last Run Theater – The Wizard of Gore from Freaky Fright Flick to Cult Class-Sick: Various Showings 1973-1982

•February 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

2-19-82, Chicago – The Wizard of Gore was one of the films that Horror fans were talking about in a time when you had to be lucky to see what it was all about with mentions then-recent shout out by Bill Landis in his newsworthy list of Top 10 sleaze films causing further interest timed perfectly with a few showings in the Early 80’s of which this was a highlight that made those watching for the first time know of they were a part of the scene. In Dearborn, it would also play a couple of theaters around that time perfectly set at Midnight, and I’m sure other cities would also get this film playing somewhere that still had four-walled Late Shows (by then usually at malls) which confirmed Lewis’ standing as a Cult Movie Legend who was just starting to know about his following years after his then-last film, 1972’s Gore Gore Girls, beginning with a 1981 appearance in NYC’s Greenwich Village area which had the oft-mentioned reception that reminded him of an Adolph Hitler Rally and the showing of a beat up print of this class-sick film (the way he tells it is hilarious and heart warming). Those attending were the few and the dedicated who knew that there were films stronger than the Friday the 13’th films that had the polish but without the feeling that you were watching something sick, disturbing, and raw – all the elements that made one proud to be a gore hound.


While Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs! returned to the Drive In screens regularly like a release of a Beatles compilation through the years, possibly making some people feel nostalgic and ready to puke at the same time (The cheesy exploitation release of The Beatles’ Reel Music also did just that to music fans in 1982), there were other films from his history that played the Midnight Show circuit like evil ghosts of Exploitation past. Occasional sightings of films like The Gruesome Twosome appeared here and there through The 70’s, usually during Halloween and in The South where Lewis’ business was at it’s best and where many of his connections in the film industry were possibly with prints to pull out of storage from time to time. Although the Lewis put prints of his film up for collateral for the infamous Car Rental service which went under by 1974, there were those who knew his shock shows would do well at the right times playing to a new group of people who were going to find out that the films which predated the Last Houses and Dead Things that flooded the theaters through The 70’s lived up to the dis-reputation.

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After it’s initial run from Late 1970-Early 1971 and during Lewis’ time away from movie making, The Wizard of Gore was possibly the one most picked outside of the “Gore Trilogy” to play the shows that needed something weird and wild to bring the audience in. According to the Boxoffice Booking Guides, it was picked up by Apache Films in 1977 along with American Raspberry (rejected by Warner Brothers and later to be known as Prime Time) and The Best of Laurel and Hardy, but it was handled better when Shock Films picked up the rights to it. With it’s surreal gruesomeness, cute damsels in distress, and over the top madness with Ray Sager memorable as Montag the Magician, this was a film that seen as a “Jinxed” picture by it’s Director and a freak flick to fill the screens by programmers, but also as an experience by Horror movie fans who were spreading the word like the movie did with the gore.


Opelousas, Louisiana, 3-2-73 and El Dorado, TX, 8-26-73 – A couple of showings were paired up with the Gore-Nography experience of scream Bloody Murder, aka The Captive Female.

4-23-73, Ft. Lauderdale, FLA – A small ad with three good films. The Scars of Dracula is an under-rated Hammer film while Mark of the Witch is a 1970 film made in Texas that has a small following as well. All 1970 releases three (or really two and a half) years on.

5-25-73, Tallahassee, FLA – Using the ad mat for Horror Hotel for this show.

2-24-73, Hartford, Connecticut – Like WTTO in Toledo, WPOP was an AM radio station that played the hits and hosted the occasional movie show. this was in the station’s final years in Top 40 ending in 1975. Today, is a News station. I wonder what the AMA were doing co-hosting this one, though!

greenville-sc-7-3-74-hgl-under-12-free7-3-74, Greenville, SC – YIKES! Children Under 12 admitted free to this show!



Clovis, New Mexico with fake R rating, 4-13-77 – The Yucca Drive In was a good place to be if you were in the mood for the wild shows (or the Wild Thing away from the parents) and Horror was always a good bet to keep the place running. Here was a show featuring Lewis’ two 70’s class-sicks that was one of the perfect matches ever which played a few screens in the NM/Texas area – a runner up by a bloody hair strand was putting The Gore Gore Girls with Joel Reed’s Incredible Torture Show aka Bloodsucking Freaks in the San Antonio market. Judging by the use of the ad mat for Count Dracula’s Great Love and The Vampire’s Night Orgy (itself a well-traveled double bill), there might not have been any advertising left for either film.

4-6-77, Alexandrea, Louisiana – $2 a carload!

5-13-77, Orlando, FLA – A classic Friday the 13’th show with two Lewis films and three more fright flicks that make a fantastic dusk to dawn show.
7-2-77, Jacksonville, Mississippi – the Paramount Theater was facing it’s final days with shows like this. I wonder what the reaction was. This was the ad that made me keep looking for more shows, seriously!

ft-lauderdale-9-16-78Ft. Lauderdale, 9-16-78 with Fake R rating – Playing the Kung Fu house circuit by this time. Nothing wrong with that as Montag’s style was his own more literal kind of chop-chop.

ft-meyers-10-31-81-hglFt. Meyers, Florida, 10-31-81 – Doctor Butcher and The Wizard of Gore at the Airport 9 – YEAH!


Alexandrea, Louisiana, 7-31-82 with Fake R rating – A great show of low-budget Horror flicks that might be called an all-weirdo-star-review! The creepy and hilariously bad Don’t Go Near the Park, the WTF cheap Italian Exorcism of Demon Witch Child, the Michael Findlay low budget Upstate New York Horror of Shriek of the Mutilated, and Veronica Lake in Flesh Feast Directed by Brad “Blood Freak” Gritner all joined in with the Wizard. Looks like a video party playlist of some readers!


akron-9-21-84akron-9-28-84Akron, 9-21 and 9-28-84 – The re-release of When the Screaming Stops was a shock show hit in some cities that led to some class-sick programs in a year when these films were finding less screens to play. Screaming…, originally called The Loreley’s Grasp, was promoted with the classic “Red Alert before the shock” gimmick not in the original cut and filled with good gory moments and a cool 70’s style which made it perfect to program with The Wizard of Gore in the show. The Gala Twin knew it’s audience would go for this.


It’s Good to See You Again! It’s Also Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper!

•February 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment


10-9-74 – Four Suburban Detroit area cinemas get “Four-Walled” by Alice Cooper – or really Penthouse Productions’ Alice Cooper movie before the company went on the long journey that was the making of Caligula. The world of Rock and Roll Moves was about to have a Gross-Out if not a High Grossing film with It’s Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper. Released when Alice Cooper was putting the finishing touches to his first solo venture, Welcome to My Nightmare which would see release in Early 1975 following up on the last album by Alice Cooper as a band, Muscle of Love (with “Teenage Lament ’74”), most of this film offers a reminder of how great the Billion Dollar Babies tour was and how powerful Alice Cooper were in their prime although the full film was only a partial success and (hate to say it, but truth is truth) a box office flop. The nature of the business beast was booking it in Four Wall (Rent-a-Screen) fashion in small theaters and the occasional struggling cinema that would book these shows if the commercial value was right which at that time Alice was still standing strong with hit singles and consistent FM airplay although in the end even they would not help the film’s brief life in the cinema with two different edits.

The premiere Detroit area showing was in a few suburban theaters, most of them comparatively small and based in consumer-based areas. I think that the Detroit showing was the only one with the original version.

Kingswood – Located in Bloomfield Hills, this would feel the pain when the Showcase Cinemas stole it’s thunder. Closed: 1981. Today, it’s a piece of land as you drive on Woodward.

Parkway 1&2 – Located in Mt. Clemens (the city where WLBS had it’s roller coaster radio ride from Funk to New Wave and then a name and format change in 1984). Located in a Strip Mall the location is now a TJ Maxx.

Towne – in Oak Park near a K-Mart – Now an Aldi.

Fairlane – Not to be confused with the Movies at Fairlane or the 21 Screen theater, this was later known as the Ford-Tel in Dearborn Heights. Located in a Strip Mall area, it’s now a Step Thrift store and Donation Center.

“Mid-Way” Alice in interview mode at the time of the movie’s editing stages shows that the film was originally called Hard Hearted Alice, which turned into the title of a song from Muscle of Love.


10-31-75, Abilene – It’s Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper was a staple of the Midnight Show circuit through the Mid-Late 70’s offering a reminder of how great the Billion Dollar Babies tour was and how powerful the Alice Cooper band were in their prime. Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare was doing well at this time, and both this and the concert movie based on the singer’s TV special which toured the country to more success showed the macabre showmanship in good form although the more professional Nightmare remains the more solid choice to check out 70’s Cooper in visual feature form. While It’s Good to See You Again had brilliant concert moments that are definitive Alice Cooper at it’s shock rock peak, most of the dopey Comedy which resembled a low-level imitation of Magical Mystery Tour-style humor killed the effect of what could have been a full on classic that’s at least a good product of it’s time.

Still, there was one magic moment of Comedy that’s worth watching in a cinema late at night, with the possibility of some extra influence in the air (The 70’s was “Smokin’ in the Seats” time…and you know what I mean!). This sets the stage for the segments of the Director (an over-the-top Fred Smoot) to “find the Cooper Gang” in a series of short segments that could only be enjoyed with more “Midnight Movie Air”, or at least an appreciation of 70’s Rock and Roll movie hilarity which we might blame The Beatles’ MMT for..or even thank – you can’t take these things too seriously.

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11-14-75, Lincoln, Nebraska – This ad grouping captures three trends of the Mid-70’s at three theaters: Sharp Urban Comedies (Let’s Do It Again), Low Budget Four-Walled Family Films (Doty-Dayton’s Seven Alone – the company would go out of business by 1977), and Rock (Cooper). Rock films turned out to be more of a specialty genre in the end but some had serious commercial value like Pink Floyd at Pompeii (just known as Pink Floyd in it’s US theatrical run). Sadly, either version of It’s Good to See You Again – with the comedy or the vintage film clips that replaced the frolicking around – was to prove an uneven viewing experience to make it a contender.

12-5-75, Carbondale, Illinois

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5-6-77, Toledo – All Malls at Midnight in the Glass City! The Greenwood was the smallest of the three that used to host Midnight Movies hosted by WTTO-AM months before it changed formats including HG Lewis’ Blood Feast!

In “Looking for the Cooper Gang” fashion through the web, I am on the lookout for more ads for It’s Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper…and it’s good to see you again!

While there’s not too much from the films ready to be posted (Shout Factory has the rights to It’s Good to See You Again, Alice Cooper, and the DVD is a great way to see it.), here’s a definitive Alice Cooper classic that captures the time perfectly…

Who could resist Alice on The Muppet Show? Here’s a classic performance!

Riot on Sunset Strip – Garage Punk Rebellion Torn from the Headlines!

•February 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

detroit-3-29-67-riot3-29-67, Detroit

Riot on Sunset Strip was one of the perfect examples of the Youth Exploitation scene of The 60’s which made a movie hot off the headlines, but with the lack of serious success which showed that the times sometimes changed quicker than the editing process. The formula was easy: Throw a bunch of bratty kids together, play up the latest controversy (in this case the Riots on Sunset Strip of November, 1966), throw in the drugs (you have to have a plot in there somewhere!), get the hot young starlet to freak out (Hello, Mimsy!), try to get someone who’s known with the parent set (Aldo Ray), bring in a relative of a marquee value star (Tim “Son of Mickey” Rooney), and throw in a couple of bands from Tower Records (The label that hosted many an AIP soundtrack including two volumes music from The Wild Angels). With The Standells appearing with a killer theme song and an appearance of The Chocolate Watchband making you wish there was more of them to see along with colorful scenery, and you have an instant classic time waster which turned into a must-see Exploitation of it’s time. Sadly, the soundtrack quickly went into the bargain bins after missing the charts altogether and “Riot on Sunset Strip” bubbled under for a couple of weeks by the time the film was first playing in the theaters while the music scene was changing fast away from the Garage Punk Greatness of 1966 from which The Standells made their mark in.

The making of the film was fast and ready, but sadly the here-and-there Distribution scene of the time made it look like “Yesterday’s Papers” after it’s first showings when it arrived in the secondary markets. Not a classic, but something to enjoy for it’s time capsule value alone. It’s another “Youth is Bad” film, and that’s the way I love it.


LA, 4-7-67  – MST-ies take note of what played as the B!!!

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Chicago, 5-5-67


San Antonio, 5-5-67

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Last Run Theater – Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Goes Beyond the First (and Second) Run from Helter Skelter to Cult Classic 1977-1979

•February 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

xenia-oh-1-7-77-bvd-manson1-7-77, Xenia, OH – Today, Russ Meyer’s classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is rightfully seen as an important movie of it’s time, but back in 1977 after hitting theaters as the co-feature to the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls through the Mid 70’s, it was mostly known as something freaky to run on the B-slot although there a small audience who knew it was much more than that. It’s darker side which can bring to mind some of the evils of the Late 60’s and Early 70’s like the Manson Murders in a couple of scenes with it’s focus on a megalomaniac  Record Producer’s grip on a rising band being a perfect exaggeration on the self-made business people who lived their hype to a murderous level, was a good match for the exciting and creepy films that were all around the Exploitation market. Although it’s style and professionalism was a sharp contrast to many of the films it played with in the Late 70’s was a serious sharp contrast to many of the lower-budgeted films it was slotted with, but when put with something like The Manson Massacre (AKA The Cult, The Love Cult, Together Girls, and later Girls in Bondage) it must have been creepy and interesting enough to think about the sinister side of the Hippie Days.


4-2-77, Louisville – Along with the Lipstick, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls joined up with another re-issued Manson Exploitation film, this time the one that (arguably) started it all, The Other Side of Madness which got a new title sparked by the Helter Skelter TV movie. In 1975, the original title for the 1971 movie played in Youngstown winding up it’s very minimal success before fate took the film and made it a small hit.The R in the ad was a fake, but I also take it as an editorial comment on the fact that it really was an R level film by that time despite what the official X and NC-17 ratings will lead some to think.

louisville-7-8-77-bvd-dawn-to-dusk7-8-77, Louisville – Someone must have been seriously into the film as it was seen as a perfect way to end an all nighter show featuring Autopsy/Sacrifice and Cry Rape/The Love Object.

louisville-1-21-77-bvd-plus-san-antonio-inn1-21-77, Louisville – This small ad from the South Park DI has it with Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland and the 1968 sexy camp classic Candy. I decided to throw in another ad for the San Antonio Inn where I’m sure some of the audience went to.


11-25-77, Philadelphia – With the growing success of Charlie’s Angels, the re-issue of Myra Breckenridge was inevitable. This played a number of theaters for a couple of years.

akron-10-6-78-myr-bvd10-6-78, Akron – Possibly one of the final showings of this double bill…more later?

brigeport-conn-12-9-7712-9-77, Bridgeport, Conn. – Teaming it up with The Story of O showed how far X-Rated films have went through the years, although nobody was there to analyse this fact.

la-8-29-77-meyer8-29-77 , LA – A word only mention for a Russ Meyer Marathon at the Nuart showing some of the Director’s classics including the then-recent Up.

santa-cruz-6-15-77-bvd-plus-corman6-15-77, Santa Cruz – Knowing it’s value, BVD was played with the legendary lampoon of the Hollywood film world, Hollywood Boulevard.

4-21-79, Youngstown – After hitting a disappointing chapter of his life trying to make Who Killed Bambi starring The Sex Pistols with Roger Ebert’s script and failing beyond a completed scene, Russ Meyer was getting his last theatrically-released film Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens ready for release when Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was starting to make it’s way into the Midnight Shows with an audience that loved it for what it is.