Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sweet Sugar (1972)

Director: Michel Levesque

Starring: Phyllis Davis, Ella Edwards, Timothy Brown, Pamela Collins, Cliff Osmond, Angus Duncan, Jacqueline Giroux, Darl Severns

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They're women... They're warm... They're wildcats.

Plot: After being set up by a corrupt politician, and instead of going to prison, our lovely heroine, Sugar, ends up serving 2 years at a Costa Rican, sugar cane plantation. The feisty Sugar isn't above a little back-breaking labor, beatings, and other forms of cruelty, but what she's about to find out is that the guy that runs the place, the sadistic Dr. John, subjects the prisoners to cruel medical experiments. Sooner or later, it might be wise for sweet Sugar to make friends with some of these ornery gals, and break out of this hell hole.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

#12 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 1 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

SWEET SUGAR feels like a New World Pictures/Roger Corman produced WIP (Women in prison) flick but it's not.  There's not the abundance of nudity you usually find in WIP pictures and it's got some strange elements in it like the gals get Saturday night free to party with the male prisoners.  That might not be anything new but to have it outdoors at the edge of the woods with a campfire and liquor?  Nice.  Then there's this, one of the best scenes I've ever come across in this genre...

PUSSY RIOT!  SUGAR also had a guard that's mean to the girls, charismatic AND happily helps liberate them at the end.  If it were a Corman picture he'd be played by Sid Haig.  There's a man named MOJO who's a Voodoo priest. You don't see stuff like that in these types of pictures.  And there's some torture courtesy of Dr. John (who's an evil bastard and really goes hilariously nuts at the end in a truly funny performance), which is reminiscent of something out of a Nazisploitation flick which was neat.  It's a pretty fun time.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for a widescreen DVD someday.  I'll gladly watch it again when that happens.

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