Taxi Driver, Snuff, and Patty – New York City, Feb. 1976

•April 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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2-9-76, a couple of pages later.

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Through my research, I have seen weeks of incredible intensity and hilarious ironic ad placements, but looking through a couple of issues of the Village Voice from Feb.1976 seriously rocked The Scene’s never ending search.

Taxi Driver’s appearance in the movie scene is well-known and celebrated, but unless one dives into some serious research, the findings of Snuff and Patty playing in the same month as Martin Scorsese’s classic add the jaw-dropping factor bringing you into a serious time in New York’s always interesting cinema history.

Taxi Driver went onto to be one of the iconic films of  The 70’s as it played everywhere and beyond, remaining a potent work that should be seen by everyone who reads this Blog.

Snuff, the infamous re-release of Michael Findlay’s The Slaughter bought up by Monarch with an added on ending that tried to shock the audience into thinking that it was an actual Snuff film, faced a lot of controversy in it’s initial run, but would later be inserted into B slots without much notice after a while. Following on rumors of Snuff movie making, Allan Shakleton took the hardly-played Findlay film and hyped things up for all that it was worth, turning into one of the last well-reported WTF news story of the classic Exploitation era in a “How are you going to top THIS?!!!” style. Some were fooled, but many were not convinced, although you can say that the more ran down the theater, the more the film worked on it’s own.

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1-23-76, High Point, NC (reportedly, it also played SC as well…). Reportedly, Snuff first played in the Carolinas.

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4-2-76, Detroit first run ad, only in the Free Press as the News rejected all X Rated ads (although it was in the listings)

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In Detroit, Snuff played two times in 1976, one  in April and the other in October. The later of the two advertised it as a fake R. The first showing was for three weeks!

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12-3-76 – This amusing ad from Toledo shows the presence of the film at the Greenwood Cine, a double screen theater in a small mall on the corner of Lewis and Alexis in the North Side (a little South of the state line). On the other screen was one of the many attempts at G-Rated fare in the Wilderness Family! The theater closed around 1988, and the building is now used for a flea market (in what turned into Food Town some time before), an Ollies, ad a couple of other places.

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8-5-77, a serious hard Exploitation triple play at the Texas featuring Snuff and The Slasher together without much controversy.

Bob Roberts’ second True Crime Exploitation epic following 1971’s Sweet Saviour was reportedly forced out of play as the trail of Parry Hearst was still going on, but that did not stop the film from playing in other areas after the event.

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11-2-77, Detroit and Suburbs. The 6 Mile was a part of the Woods-Six/Highland Park area.

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Sin and Sleaze in the Rubber City Part 1

•April 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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3-24-61  – The Astor in Akron featuring a showing of Peter De Cenze’s Hypnotism Confidential. It’s sad that this flick is rare or lost because this looks pretty good! Formally the Allen Theater, the Astor turned into the city’s sin palace in Late 1960 (Guessing Nov.). It’s main competitor at the time was the Art, which showed the hot imports and serious flicks – both would turn Porno by the Mid-Late 70’s.

Besides having a great place in music history, Akron, OH and it’s outlining areas had some notable screens that were exploitation-ready through the years, especially the 1960’s all the way into 1985, the last year I think that the Gala Twin  Drive In was hosting the X-Rated stuff. No need to go into details right now except for the fact that  most of these are updates to already-exiting articles. Just sit back and enjoy!

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 7-1-77 – While CB sets were given away at the Gala for it’s showing of The Teasers, the Screen 13 favorite Last Stop in the Night Train showing as Last House-Part 2 was at three screens.

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4-21-78 – In my opinion, this ad for “New House on the Left” is the best. It’s another title for Last Stop on the Night Train!

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6-10-66 – Another spotting of the Ed Wood-written Shotgun Wedding sandwiched between two Russ Meyer classics!!! Faster Pussycat… and Motor Psycho was a well-played double bill in many areas, including Toledo.

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11-1-68 – I have some more information about both Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and She Devils on Wheels in Detroit, but that’s for later…stay tuned!!

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8-9-67 – If you have not seen A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine, you should try to correct that soon! It’s a serious definition of 60’s sleaze!

Walker’s first starring film was over at the Forum as the B to Circle of Love.

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6-12-66 – The classic Roughie had a one-week showing at the Astor. The Defilers was a 1965 film that played here and there for years!

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4-7-78. The Gala Twin was already in super Sleaze mode, and nothing says that better than showing a couple of older Adult flick on Screen 2 and a Jess Franco class-SICK WIP film on the main screen.

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11-3-78 – Barbed Wire Dolls returned, this time as the B to SS Girls, released by Topar. This was a film by Bruno Mattei, best known for Hell of the Living Dead, The Other Hell, and Rats: Night of Terror along with a couple of WIP films of his own including Women’s Prison Massacre. By 1986, the Gala had turned into a place where the cooler mainstream shows were airing to keep the place open until around 1993, but the Late 70’s was a time when many DIs were in this mode.

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10-6-78 – This re-issue of Sign of Aquarius (or was that Re-Re-issue counting the very short lived incarnation as Love Commune) was playing in through as many areas as possible through 1978 including Detroit! A great definition of Last Run cinema.

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These Joseph Brenner-released Double Bills were classic shows of the Late 70’s. Every city should have had them.

I seriously hope that this is winding you up with a few ads to warm you up for some interesting articles to come . these might re-appear in the future in more appropriate places, but I seriously wanted to show you a random choice of ads from the Rubber City to show you why I’m doing more research on it.

“Stone” in Love – Classic Ads for the Stone Burlesk

•April 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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The Stone Burlesk was one of Detroit’s first Adult stages, located just South of the area’s two true Grindhouses that survived into 1974, the Colonial and Roxy, that has a place in Adult Entertainment history which Sleaze fans should know about. Ran by Milton Jacobson, it was one of several theaters across The US that was a part of the Burlesque Experience which survived the times from Strippers, Loops and Comics to the age of Porn that also had a classic line of small ads that lasted through the Early 70’s which captured the style perfectly. By the Late 70’s, the theater was one of a number of small Porno places in the Detroit area which existed up until the Mid 80’s, but “back in the day” was a time of sleaze and tease, Loops, 16mm films that would be Rated R-level today, “clean” projectors used  if vice squads were around, “blue lights” to keep the live show safe, and prizes for bringing in hard boiled eggs or tomatoes – you’ll get it when you read this great interview with Milton’s Grandson Matthew Jacobson who was running a retro show in support of a planned Documentary (wonder if that’s still in production).

There’s a very interesting shot of the building way back in it’s early years…take note of the building next to it and then check out the later photos of the land next to the theater in the other links in this post.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/countrylife/archives/2012/06/22/stone-burlesks-matthew-jacobson-on-hard-boiled-eggs-silver-dollar-jake-and-the-purple-gang

This is only a small part of a growing collection of ads that have caught my eye, all of which are very sexy and some even artistic. These small gems stand out from the usual Burlesque ads in my opinion, and should be better known to all fans and those even just interested in the history of Adult Erotic entertainment. The theater has been demolished, but I hope that the memories will live on.

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7-6-60 – Seriously one of my favorites!!!

An interesting thread about the Stone is right here. check it out for more history!

http://www.atdetroit.net/forum/messages/5/173619.html?1233342778

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4-15-66…hey, didn’t we see this before? Who cares, let’s go!

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2-8-74 – Still using the classic ads in the age of Porn. The Nortown was a regular theater that turned Porn in March, 1973.

Here’s the brief article in Cinema Treasures…

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/24125

 

Random Classic Sleaze

•April 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Welcome to another small collection of ads that I want to share with you tonight without rhyme or reason, but with a few You Tubes to make the journey more interesting.

For many years I have been wondering where this double bill of the over the top Drug Scare/Sex Scare epic the Hard Road and Bleep showed and a least I found one answer. Bleep is AKA Teenage Tease, directed by Actor Richard Erdman.

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11-3-71, Detroit – The small ad to the showing of Daughters of Darkness and something called Next! was something that sparked my interest as the main feature was the slightly played US release of Sergio Martino’s The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh released by Maron.

 

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4-1-77, Louisville – The small wave of Manson Exploitation films sparked a few tasteless triple bills which seriously are a mark of the “Last Run” era. This time, it featured one of the first class-sicks of the genre with the film that Sharon Tate will be forever remembered for. The Other Side of Madness was a Production of Wade Williams made when the trail of the Manson Family was still on. complete with Manson’s recording of “Mechanical Man” and very fitting background music by Sean Bonniwell of the Music Machine including the instrumental take of “Dark White”

 

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4-9-76, Louisville – The ads for this X-Rated Drive In would shrink down by the next year, but for a while they were allowed to be loud and proud. The Scene takes delight in showing you the ad with Hard Gore and a nice drawing with a woman in thigh boots!

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Both of these are from 10-7-77, Louisville

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8-29-70, Danville, VW – The Girls from Thunder Strip played a lot of Drive Ins through the Early 70’s, but this is one of the more impressive ads I have seen!

 

1-3 and 1-10-73, this Warren, MI programmed the two films of Distinction’s catalog on different weeks, resulting in some classic shows for the beginning of the year!

Blood Suckers/Blood Thirst – Part Two: Blood Thirst and 1972 Playdates

•April 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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Blood Thirst, Directed by Newt Arnold (who’s career as an Assistant Director has spanned a wide rage of films!) is one of those flicks that not be highly valued by many, but has it’s charms to those looking for something perfect for viewing at 2AM. Being in Black and White, it was discarded in some markets that wanted all color films, but catching it in a Drive In or second run theater would have been a kick anyways. It’s also the “Second Feature” on the Something Weird Video disc released in 2001…damn, time flies!

Today, it’s also found on a disc released by Vinegar Syndrome along with The Thirsty Dead.

Maybe I have been warped by watching those hard-to-find movies on WGPR at 4AM back in the Early 80’s – an era that had one of Jess Franco’s Red Lips films appear at one time – but I kind of like it.

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Being a true to form groovy ghoul flick, the story is simple – A series of murders is about to be investigated with the help of a Sex-Crime specialist (Robert Winston), brought into the Philippines as he’s a friend of the local inspector (Vic Diaz!) as these look a little kinky beyond the norm. With a monster roaming loose and a sexy belly dancer named Serena providing the entertainment, you know that something is up Bathory style once you put the pieces together. Yvonne Nielson is true eye candy, Katherine Henryk is the inspector’s Daughter who’s the interest of the specialist and the monster is cool. Nothing to read into, as it is a 1965-made screen filler for some reason not released until 1971, and nothing too “exciting” for those looking for harder thrills, but those wanting a nice little talkative “BOO!” with some nice gore for 1965 and some slightly kinky bits might want to give it a try.

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Certainly NOT the reception on opening night!

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Now it’s time for the main event of Part Two…the ads!

In 1972, this double feature played a number of markets with some very amusing promotions. Sadly, no rings were on offer, but a lot of fun. The best of these showings was part of what was called “The Festival of the Undead” featuring the two films with Death by Invitation and some classic Roadshow style greatness.

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6-14-72, Louisville

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9-15-72, St. Louis with an “Anti-Hex Coin”!

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This 10-10-71 showing in Reno hinted at many of the other showings in the future with a fitting co-feature.

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8-16-72, Cincinnati – the titles of the double feature with the House That Dripped Blood are hard to see (or possibly forgot to be put in), but they were playing!

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4-1-72,  this North Carolina Drive In had a great Dario Argento film in it’s “Scream-0-Rama” show! the screen closed up shop in 2014, one of the few long-standing Drive Ins of America.

Some cool photos here…

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/29440/photos

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7-2-72, El Paso – This only had Blood Suckers, but the class-sick double bill featuring Night of Bloody Horror is worth a mention!

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2-25-72, Chester, PA – The double feature was added on to the main double bill which played at the RKO Stanley Warner State.

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This was the original double at the indoor theater, but I can’t pass up any opportunity to post something about Flesh Feast, a real WTF flick that only bad film fiends understand.

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Those in York, PA got the full show, too. You have to get some kind of business in February!

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10-28-72, Paragon seriously had some flicks to but together for a full Halloween show!

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1-5-73, Phoenix

Blood Suckers/Blood Thirst- A Screen 13 Look Into a Double Feature, Part 1

•April 12, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Although the following Double Feature covered is not among the greatest, I had a very strong interest in where and when it played. Thankfully, my curiosity led to the discovery of some very cool ads that seriously beef up the tale of what is a pairing of an interesting footnote in British Horror and a film made in the Philippines that might have not seen the light of day if it were not for this show. Stories like this make the history of Exploitation very interesting and a delight to research on.

Blood Suckers and Blood Thirst was one of the many Horror double bills that flew through the American Drive In and B-Movie House scene through the Early to Mid 70’s. Originally released by Chevron in 1971, who’s track record included Ann and Eve, I A Woman Part 2, and other imported erotic delights, their attempt to break through into a more mainstream market was a smart move that sadly under-performed. Getting a leading movie with marquee-value names like Peter Cushing was one thing, but when it was reportedly a half-finished flick that first Director Robert Hartford-Davies disowned (after the classic Corruption with Cushing in a serious over the top performance, I can see why!) that was put together with a Black and White film made in the Philippines that may have been fine but possibly better fit for the Late Show, it had all the marks of being a screen filler that sent that plan down to the Dead End part of Avenue B.

Sadly, the double bill was the work of a company that was about to close up shop possibly as Cinecom, the company that diversified beyond it’s theater-owning with both Chevron and the more Family-oriented Childhood Productions, was going into some financial troubles that would force it into Chapter 11 and sell it’s theaters to other companies by Late 73-Early 74 (Youngstown, OH had a number of them that changed ownership, by that time, for example). With Hemisphere already rich at it’s “Blood Bank” with it’s grand 4-film circus, one might see this as an attempt to stir up some competition,  but this double bill was only a couple of drips that were left over that are at least with a little merit, if only to students of Exploitation history with a taste for Horror of the Late 60’s. Paragon (Not to be confused with the video company) took over the Distribution of this film, pairing it up with other movies it had in future runs on triple bills…a couple we will see later in the ads.

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Although Blood Suckers had a very troubled history being shot as Incense for the Damned  in 1969 and later titled Freedom Seeker, there were some strong performances with a weak script  based on Simon Raven’s classic story “Doctors Wear Scarlet” thanks to the always-reliable Cushing, Patrick Macnee, Patrick Mower,  Johnny Sekka, and Alex Davion along with a few nice looking ladies to move things onward. Centering around the story of an Oxford Don Greek Mythology expert who goes AWOL in Greece who gets caught up in an evil Vampire Drug Orgy group (Mower) and his friends who find him, every box gets marked including a Saucy Sadistic Satanic Babe in Boots named Chriseis who leads the Don down the evil path and the back story of how our expert was the respected son of a foreign secretary who was going to marry a proper girl (Madeline Hinde) who just happens to be the daughter of the Provost of Lancashire  College (Cushing). An extra topical alternative kick in this downward spiral is added into the Don’s nature as his friends wondered if he was impotent or even Bi in a couple of scenes.

And there’s long scenes of donkey rides, but kind of excusable considering the scenery.

Although it is one of those films that tries to demonize the then-hot topic of Youth into the Occult on the Road to Death (certainly convincing in an era of Manson and many lesser news stories of the day), there are moments when the mainstream is told to look at itself as well, but once again in this very half and half film it’s not well developed, and it’s possible that the Producer had to cobble it all together for it to play anywhere after the first round of filming reportedly ran out of funds (my guess, possibly due to the cost of the talent and filming in exotic locations).

Director Davies is known to Exploitation fans for the aforementioned Corruption, but mention should be made of The Yellow Teddy Bears (aka Gutter Girls and The Thrill Seekers in the US Exploitation scene), That Kind of Girl (a favorite of the Early 60’s Roadshow circuit bored of the Mom and Dad era films), and Black Gunn.

The Assistant Director was David Bracknell, who was also AD on Lust for a Vampire and Director classics like The Party’s Over and other films including some of some Carry On films who later worked for great movies including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Quest for Fire…wonder if this was off his resume.

In real life, Mower actually went to school in Oxford –  Southfield Grammar School, not the University, though.

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Usually, most alternative group leaders were pretty dark types in real life, but one look at the hot Vampire in this flick, you can see where that message would have got lost. If you were young and experimenting at the time and caught up in someone looking like this, you too would be interested in dropping out and dropping acid for Satan, or something like that. Say Hell-O to Imogen Hassall!

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The Drug Orgy of the group that the Don was a part of was a nice touch, although you can tell that it was something that might have been put together at the last moment. The sacrifice at the end of the scene with the masks that might make one think of Last House on Dead End Street’s great murder scenes was also very effective. Made in 1969, and released in a time when Charles Manson was making the news, this was something that fitted the era perfectly although here it was more attractive.

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Aspirin!

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By the way, the ring is going to be an important part of this story not in the film itself, but when we get to the promotion…and you already know what that means!

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Party Time…YIKES!

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The Florida Chapter of Satan’s Children could learn from the LGBT-friendly world of Chriseis!

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In a film like this, you have to throw in more mysterious trouble. Cue the old lady guiding the group of thugs around to kill anyone who gets in their way. She serves a role that’s kind of like the old witch in Demon Witch Child without being caught, but not explained fully in the plot.

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Johnny Sekka is great as Mower’s student and actually has some decent action scenes which may not win awards for effectiveness, but are still pretty good for what they are – especially the showdown with Hassall which looks like he really enjoyed it (wink, wink)!

Maybe there was a reason why he missed that chance with the Professor’s daughter after all!!!

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By the time the story is brought back to Britain, it seemed that all was back to normal until the final reel when Mower goes into Cookie Monster Scene Chewing Mode against Cushing in one of the film’s true memorable moments. Of course, there’s a lot of explaining to do about Vampirism and sex  by Edward Woodward (from The Wicker Man) which look like that it was thrown into the script, but the power of the final moments seriously makes the viewer forget that there was any scientific explanation at all. The anti-Academic rant is very convincing and the dramatics and over-acting are great, leading one to believe that Cushing was preparing for his standout role in Twins of Evil when he yells among the commotion.

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Although Sekka had his chance, Mower wins the Daughter.

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…and we know he’s thirsty.

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And we already know what’s at the end with Peter Cushing giving it all in the performance!

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 As I love to go around looking for ads to see where it played (Kind of like what The Gang of Four might say – “At home, he’s a tourist”!) here’s a gallery of ads to bring you back in time. The exploitation of this film naturally led to performances in Cinecom theaters across The US in it’s first run with a cool gimmick…A Blood Suckers Ring!!! I hope to see one offered on-line soon.

After 1972, Distribution was picked up by Paragon resulting in some cool triple plays!

One of the greatest things about the ads is the use of the “Three See”-style technique used to pull in the audience, used at the top.  “It’s way out!” was also a hip phrase at the time, but the extra ring gimmick, possibly inspired by the use of a ring in the film, was cute.

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Anderson, Indiana, 5-14-71 with the rings at a Cinecom Theater!

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5-16-71, Cincinnati with the rings!

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5-12-71, Indianapolis – This Drive In showing added some AIP class to the program showing how it’s done. The eye at the top was a cool touch!

Note the extra eye-grabbing line in the ad which is a lesser-known variation of “Torn from Today’s Headlines!!!”

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5-28-71, Burlington, NC – A triple Bill at the 70 with Mad Doctor of Blood Island!

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6-6-71, Terre Haute, Indiana at another Cinecom Theater and with the rings!

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12-18-71, El Paso with a show including Leonard Kirt’s Death by invitation. Kirt is better known for a series of films released by Distribpix as well as a couple of Horror films that are among the world of Something Weird Video (Curse of the Headless Horseman and Carnival of Blood – both forming it’s own double bill!)

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12-8-71, Detroit!

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Before I move on, here’s a few lesser playdates that should be noted…more in Part 2!

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3-17-72, Youngstown, OH with The Blood of Dracula’s Castle (“Mmmmmmm! Delicious!”)

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3-3-72, St. Joseph, MO with Leonard Kirt’s Death by Invitation! This was one of the all-paragon Triple features.

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Drive In Sleaze Memories at the Aggie, 1975-1976

•April 12, 2016 • 2 Comments

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It’s time for another round-up of Drive In sleaze, this time at the Aggie in Las Cruces, NM! Don’t ask what the * is for, maybe it’s to hint that the Adult stuff is there, but then again it was the time when most Drive Ins were showing the good stuff!

Reportedly, the site is a trailer park, but when it was around, the Aggie was what you would call one of the Late in the Game places where it had to go to the Exploitation and Sexploitation through the Late 70’s. They turned to more mainstream films by 1977, which was the secret to keeping the business alive until 1993, but it was still showing shows that worked well in the night time.

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5-9-75, Here’s one of the few sighting of The Jezebels before it was known as Switchblade Sisters. It’s first runs were with The Swinging Cheerleaders.I still keep finding these ads!!!

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8-7-75, “Hanging out” with The Girl Snatchers and Unkissed Bride. This clash featured what could be the 1969 film The Girl Grabbers with the 1966 flick Mother Goose a Go Go under it’s Unkissed Bride title.

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6-4-76, Showing the made in 1969 Foursome with the rare Imported Young Lust flick Love Under Age.

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11-26-76, a Donn Davison double bill!

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10-1-76 – SERIOUSLY trying to find more info on The Dead End Dolls. It played a hell of a lot, especially with The Girls on Thunder Strip, but it’s still a lost flick.

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10-2-76

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11-5-76 – Not as wild as the ad, but still worth a peek.

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11-14-75, While Vinegar Syndrome had the Massage Parlor Murders/Hookers, Mamas dirty Girls is one of those films you really have to look around to find on any video format.

 
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