Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Sweet Sickness (1968)

Director: Jon Martin

Writer: G. Foy

Composer: ???

Starring: Vincene Wallace, Art T. Romans, Vicki Carbe, Poochie Norton, Victor Izay, Dick Osmun, Raul and the Revelations, Marguerite Zalud, Sharon Wells, Yuki Tani

More info: IMDb

Tagline: a RAG and a BONE and a hank of HAIR

Plot: A young woman gets sexually used and abused by every man she meets while on her way to rising to the top of Hollywood's entertainment industry.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

This is exploitation for exploitation's sake.  Hollywood has a casting couch.  Get it?  Girls get naked and learn that if you want to succeed in Tinseltown then you've gotta start at the bottom. Girls continue to get naked.  Not a bad racket, eh?

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.

That's Bertha.  Funny scene, but like many scenes in this 65 minute flick, they go on too long.  But here's one that didn't outstay its welcome.

The emcee guy on the left was hilarious as he tried to auction Dee's (Wallace) clothes off to the highest bidder.  Some of his ad libs were great.

Easily the highlight and coolest thing about this flick is the trippy as shit drug scene where Dee has dope forced on her for a photographed sex romp.  AWESOME!

The music is groovy and the camera angles, lenses, techniques do a great job of trying to simulate what she must be going through.  I've never tripped balls before but I imagine it'd be something like this.  It goes on for a good ten minutes and it's time well spent.  The picture suffers from the weight of its overlong scenes of lingering nudity.  I know, I know.  I feel like a dope for saying it but it's true. It's not a horrible waste of time but it's not something you'll likely want to see more than once.  Fortunately it's on a Something Weird Video DVD with two other films (one of them is pretty good and the other pretty bad) and lots of extras.