Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Ghastly Ones (1968)

aka Blood Rites, aka Blood Orgy

How bad is it? It's one of the more enjoyable Andy Milligan films - so wretchedly terrible.
Should you see it? If you've never seen a Milligan film and are intrigued.

In one of the first posts on this blog, I said I wouldn't review any of the 17 Andy Milligan films I've seen... and here we are. Shot on 16mm, starring his friends and re-using costumes from his other films, this is "Ten Little Indians" with three couples having to spend the night in a house one of them is inheriting. They get impaled, burned, dismembered - you know, the usual. The special effects are particularly bad; a removed eye is way too big, for example. There's a hunchback with bad fake teeth, lots of dull chit-chat, a tacked-on opening that contradicts the ending (with so many continuity errors, including hair color, that it had to be intentional) and Milligan's nearly trademarked odd plotlines that go nowhere; in this one, it's gay incest and marital rape - you know, the usual. You can hear Milligan giving direction and his camera work can't keep from jerking around or cutting people off. There's also a crew member seen and the camera itself appears in a mirror - you know, the usual.

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