GIRLS GO TO HELL
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Girls go to Hell is legendary stuff, if only for the
title, surely one of the best movie titles ever. For years, it
was seen only as a badass trailer, with rare festival screenings
helping to build the legend. Now, it's available to download or
buy on DVD.
film marks infamous director Doris Wishman's transition from colour
nudist romp into the mid-Sixties world of the black and white
'roughie', as pioneered by films like Russ Meyer's Lorna
and David Friedman's The Defilers. Still unable
to show explicit sex or full nudity, exploitation filmmakers filled
the gaps with violence and a general air of grimness, and Bad
Girls go to Hell is no exception.
Darlene (voluptuous and sexy in a way that only Sixties girls
ever were) plays Meg Kalton, a housewife who finds herself in
a heap of trouble. After hubby heads to work, she slips into her
see-thru negligee and takes the trash out, only to be assaulted
by the leering janitor. Although blameless, she is still somehow
blackmailed by the janitor into visiting his apartment later on,
where he again attempts rape - only for Meg to kill him with a
handy ashtray. She flees to New York, hoping to start a new life,
but is soon caught up with assorted unsavoury types - a man who
offers her a place to stay becomes a belt-weilding sadist after
a swig of booze, a flatmate introduces her to the joys of lesbian
sex, while another landlady's husband rapes her. The film ends
with a bit of a plot twist that suggests there will be no end
to this particular nightmare.
with most of Wishman's films, Bad Girls go to Hell
was shot without sound, and so the camera points pretty much anywhere
except at the speaker's face during dialogue scenes, resulting
in a genuinely bizarre feel. There are enough off-kilter camera
angles outside the dialogue scenes to suggest that the strange
look was at least partly a stylistic choice fro Wishman, and it
certainly makes the film look interesting.
little nudity in the film - far less than in Wishman's nudist
movies - and the sex is liberally smeared with violence and kink
(though pretty tame by modern standards), giving a general atmosphere
of sleaze and sordidness that is impressively squalid. A frantic
jazz score manages to make even the slower moments seem dramatic,
and at 65 minutes, the film dashes through its catalogue of unsavoury
acts very efficiently.
of Sixties sleaze will eat this up!
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