Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wrong Way (1972)

Director: Ray Williams

Writer: ???

Starring: Laurel Canyon, Candy Sweet, Forrest Lorne, Ray Wray, Ron Namkram, Kurt Ames, John Zinger, Joe Habit, Seymore Harris, Bill Fisher, Mercedes Cronkite

More info: IMDb

Tagline: They Did It The...Wrong Way

Plot: Two girls are driving home when their car breaks down in the country. They are kidnapped by a gang of drug-crazed hippies, and repeatedly raped. They escape, but soon run into a death cult who plan to gang-rape the girls, then kill them. Meanwhile, the father of one of the girls gets the police to begin an investigation into their disappearance.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Looking for some harsh 70s exploitation with lots of nudity?  Look no further.  6 minutes in the girls' car breaks down and it's so hot outside they need to change.

And a few minutes later...

That's a daydream from one of the bad guys.  A few minutes later the bad guys find the girls and gang rape them.  Meanwhile we cut back and forth to one of the girl's father calling the local sheriff worried about her.  The overweight sheriff grabs his shotty and goes a-huntin', still while the rape is in progress.  This literally goes on for twenty minutes.  They dudes leave the girls to wander off through the woods.  They come upon another group of hippies but these guys are digging a grave (wth the help of their women and toddler).  These bad dudes threaten to kill our two victims and take them hostage to live with them in the wilderness as sexual beasts.   But wait, this tale gets a little more complicated.  Two guys and a girl, whom we're just being introduced to in the last twenty minutes of the picture (and I think it's them that a police helicopter has been searching for), arrive at a little house in the middle of nowhere and get some three-way action going on.

Is this getting too hot for you?  That goes on for a few minutes and after that's done, we hear an officer over the police radio re-capping what they know (which is what we know, but the Cliff Notes version) and we get to see even more nudity from the cop's perspective.  He tells the sheriff to go check out a cabin for the two bad guys.  At this point the woman (who was a willing sex machine a few minutes ago) is now bound and gagged and the two dudes are locking her up while they go outside to talk to the fuzz.  Things got ugly when the sheriff sends his deputy into the cabin to look for the girl.  The two dudes shoot at the two cops and everyone dies but the sheriff, who took one in the gut. The end.  It's only mildly entertaining at times but largely dull.  It's 78 minutes long but it you trimmed it down to 40 it would probably be an alright exploitation picture that would hold your attention.  At least there's some so bad it's good dialogue and acting and lots of nudity.  Without it this would be a total stinker.

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