Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Sinister Urge (1960)

aka Hellborn, aka The Young and the Immoral

How bad is it? It's an Ed Wood film, which guarantees poor quality.
Should you see it? Yes; it's one of Wood's better efforts.

This was the last film Ed Wood, Jr. directed; he also appears briefly in the film in a fight scene. A man kills a woman after watching porn. The cops then need to find him and collect all copies of the film to keep it from happening again, because - at least in the world of this film - porn causes criminal activity. There's a brief nude scene (this was adults-only when released), a cop in drag and a preachy judge, which seems to be a regular feature of Ed Wood films. This includes a film-within-a-film of a Mexican in black leotards whipping women, which would be a shock if it weren't so shoddy.

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