Next on this month’s Vinegar Syndrome schedule, we have a trio of obscure sorta-roughies from someone named Ralph Ell.
Next up we have a film by a fellow named Victor Milt, who had a brief mid-70s run as hardcore director “Tim McCoy” (or a bit earlier, as “Milton Vickers”…take your pick in the phony name sweepstakes.)
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Regular readers of Third Eye are well aware of my longstanding affection and appreciation for the efforts of Vinegar Syndrome. A startup that funded its earliest releases by means of a kickstarter campaign, they have rapidly grown into one of the most important of the still-extant “boutique” labels, delivering a solid mix of horror/exploitation oddities balanced by an equally strong sideline in XXX sexploitation.
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With the recent release of Radley (“Henry Paris”) Metzger’s Barbara Broadcast, Distribpix once again offers an amazing restoration of a classic adult picture from the era of “porno chic”, when XXX films moved from the early back room smokers and loops to plot driven, fully scripted features that at times rivaled more “mainstream” Hollywood efforts.
The industry would move into a more direct, overtly visual orientation in the 80’s and the dawn of (cinematic) video production, and would eventually devolve into the Red Shoe Diaryesque “couples” nonsense of Andrew Blake and the like (the less said about the entire subsequent “gonzo” era the better). But throughout the mid to late 70’s, well known and respected directors like Radley Metzger, Joe Sarno, Michael and Roberta Findlay, Max Pecas, Jean Rollin and Jesus Franco (to name just a few) would make their moves into the adult underground, often resulting in some near works of art.
Still one of the best of the surviving “boutique” labels, recent startup Vinegar Syndrome is back with another interesting double bill from the days of ‘porno chic’.
Sadly not a double feature of Linda Wong movies (the gorgeous Chinese starlet probably best known for China de Sade and China Lust, two films obliquely referenced by My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult in their best days) and thankfully not a reworking of the Sandi Carey atrocity Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death (the truly desperate are welcome to check Something Weird‘s site for that amazingly flawed sci-fi/kung fu oddity), this is a partially logical and partly mismatched pairing of Bill Milling films dating from 1975 and sharing much of the same cast between them, but achieving vastly different results.