The Beautiful, the Bloody, and The Bare (D: Sandie N. Johnsen), 1964
The Beautiful, the Bloody, and the Bare is a very unique “Artists Model” Nudie from the team behind Teenage Gang Debs, and one obviously inspired from HG Lewis’ Gore class-sick Blood Feast. With Cinematography by Jerry Denby and Music by Steve Karmen, this film obviously focused on the “Bare” essentials more than the story or special effects, but then again it was picked up for West Coast Distribution through Boxoffice International Pictures, so at least there was something going for it. Still, the plot surrounding an artist’s problem with trying to work in a more commercial arena which obviously clashed with his more serious plans for life is the angle that a few viewers could relate to while looking at all of the models on the screen and wondering “what’s the problem/” especially with all of the very tasteful show of models here.
Pete (Jack Lowe of The Twisted Sex), however, has another kind of problem that was sparked by a storyline that came right off of the world of Mondo Cane. Returning from Europe, he was effected by a religious cult that practiced blood rites in northern Italy enough for him to go intense at the sight of the color red. In the real world, Pete would have tried to make one of the many Mondo films of the day, but this is a Nudie, so the real world does not matter. Plus, with his penchant for wearing red, he would have…oh, forget it, it’s a Nudie, logic does not apply!
In the main story, Pete meets up with his old friend Leo Vincente, who runs an “Artists School” perfect for the endless line of models who would lend their services for artistic body studies. This means plenty of nice looking ladies who pose and plenty of money in the checking account. Leo tries to convince Pete to use his photography skills in the same manner. In the days before the internet, creating a small-press Adult magazine was a good career choice if you knew the right people and had the right style, and obviously with the help of Denby’s camera work, there was no problem. For the “serious” artists, though this did present a tough choice for him.
Soon, despite his reputation for getting a little fidgety and using some rather interesting props, Pete’s services are well respected. Be on the lookout for the bubble bath scene with Rickey Bell of Olga’s Girls and The White Slaves of Chinatown.
Later on in the film…oh, about 3/4 of the way…Pete goes psycho once a model pokes her finger enough to draw blood, and the craziness begins. This leads to some speculation and then a final showdown at the studio, resulting in a final suicide. The “gore” looks to me like red paint and the killings are rather tame – Rock to the camera lens-style and certainly not anything to make HG Lewis worry about any kind of competition.
When all’s said and done, more like a common Artists Models Nudie than anything else despite the slight plot diversions. The acting is pretty much standard and takes about third place behind the models and the soundtrack which at least has a great theme song playing with the credits sequence featuring writing on buildings, which in a way is a nice touch that’s possibly not done a lot (possibly used erasable stuff).
The documented first playdate was in December 8, 1964, with the Production company being Esquire Pictures, the company that was also behind The Sexploiters. Something Weird Video got the film through the Boxoffice International Pictures library, one that was used to be with the company until only recently. The DVD of this and Behind Locked Doors (aka Any body…Any Way originally Distributed by Distribpix) may be hard to come by, but it is a decent disc for the Something Weird collector.
One more beauty before I stop.