Thursday, January 14, 2016

Just for the Hell of It (1968)

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Writer: Allison Louise Downe

Composer: Larry Wellington

Starring: Ray Sager, Rodney Bedell, Agi Gyenes, Nancy Lee Noble, Steve White, Ralph Mullin, Larry Williams, Geraldine Young, John Shackleford, John Chaffin

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Here comes destruction incorporated!

Plot:  A young teenage boy is blamed for a Florida neighborhood being terrorized. But the real culprits are a gang of four punks leading a group of local delinquents on a nihilistic lifestyle of destruction and mayhem.

My rating:4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Yawn.  I should probably drop the score a little more but the picture is amusing at times.  The baby in the trashcan cracks me up as does the gang terrorizing a little kids' baseball game in the park.  Man, that's funny.  But then you've got the bad - the acting (taking too long to deliver lines, etc.), the slow pace and it's too long with too many padded scenes.  Oh, yeah, there's no nudity.  An exploitation flick like this from '68 should have something along the lines of some skin.  It sure as shit wouldn't have hurt this picture.  Most of the fun bits you'll see in the trailer.  This is part of a Something Weird Video double bill with BLAST-OFF GIRLS (1967) and, naturally, there's a ton of extras that are often better than the films they support. You get 10 trashy trailers, 2 fun and trashy shorts, 3 intermission shorts, a gallery of drive-in exploitation art with radio spots (usually I don't include galleries as an extras because they generally stink like mad but SWV does it right and makes them entertaining as hell) and this disc has a drive-in mode that mixes the extras and the films together for one long night of fun.  On that alone this disc is a solid recommendation. 

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