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14 October 2009

Skin in the 70's

Check out DVDBeaver for my review of Secret Key Motion Pictures' 2-disc 4-film grindhouse set SKIN IN THE 70S. First up is BLUE SUMMER, Chuck Vincent's road trip movie about two guys hitting the road in their van "The Meat Wagon" the summer before college. Mischief and sex ensues. Funny, fast-paced, explicit, harmless fun. In SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN, Susan suffers from multiple personalities as a result of past sexual trauma. Since her doctor is Harry Reems, he's sure to get to the bottom of it (although this is the first adult film registered by SAG, it is presented here in its soft version). Produced by Craig Baumgarten (former VP of Columbia Pictures), SOMETIME SWEET SUSAN has an interesting premise but the cutting of hardcore action lays bare the low budget and under-developed (serious) story. In SUMMER SCHOOL TEACHERS, three gals take summer teaching positions at a California high school, get into mischief, naughtiness, and expose corruption and sexism. Very funny, fast moving, and well-written (even though the high schoolers seem to be as old as some of the faculty), this and BLUE SUMMER are the ones to see. Produced by Roger Corman's New World Pictures and directed by Barbara Peters (HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP). In TEENAGE DIVORCE, two men (including George Takei) and a woman become disillusioned by their marriages and attempt to rediscover the free-love communal lifestyle of the sixties in 1970's San Diego. Well-meaning and somewhat moving but also pretentious (plenty of nudity though). Besides Takei, the other lead Tom Fielding is better known as Tom Holland (the future director of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD'S PLAY).

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