Thursday, May 30, 2013
DVD Review: SEXCULA (1974)
Directed by John Holbrook
Distributed by Synapse Films / Impulse Pictures
I have seen some weird movies in my time, heck, I love weird movies. The weirder the better! But I don't know if I have ever seen anything like the 1974 erotic horror film, SEXCULA. This is the pinnacle of weird horror movies. Actually it is more adult film than actual horror movie. It is an adult film with a horror movie theme. Here is the description of the film and the plot from they Synapse Films website:
SEXCULA is a skin flick of legendary lost status. Shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was screened once before disappearing and sought after by cult aficionados for decades. Now, Impulse Pictures is proud to bring you the world premiere of SEXCULA. Sex film fans can finally get a look at this elusive crazy Canadian erotic/horror hybrid for the first time ever.
Starring a Marilyn Chambers lookalike in dual roles as Countess Sexcula, a buxom cutie with no qualms about lying nude on a table for the entire movie, and a horny bride who can’t wait for her ring. The nudity and sex are delivered nonstop in this campy horror romp. Watch in amazement at the naked picnic, the “girl-on-gorilla” strip tease, and stare in awe as a female pleasure-robot puts the plot into a time warp!
Bizarre only begins to describe… SEXCULA!
I can't really say this was a "good" movie. It is just weird. It is a fun film and has a certain charm to it...you just don't see movies made like this anymore. If any director went to a studio head and said he or she wanted to make a film about a female doctor that makes a man (a 'la Frankenstein) to use as her pleasure toy, then at some point a woman has sex with a gorilla, and a sex-robot comes into play...well, I don't see a studio greenlighting that project. But luckily in 1974, a studio did and SEXCULA was created.
I can't really recommend or steer you away from this one....this is one you just have to see to believe and then decide for yourself if you liked it. I do feel the need to warn you though, unlike most "erotic horror" films that just show some T&A, this film shows more than that...a lot more. I was really caught off guard when the first sex scene was shown, they leave nothing to the imagination. This film is for ADULTS ONLY for sure!
SEXCULA is available now on DVD from Synapse Films and contains the following special features:
* Digital (1.33:1) Transfer from the Rare Theatrical Print Stored in the Basement of the Library and Archives of Canada
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Liner Notes from Porn Archaeologist Dimitrios Otis
CLICK HERE to purchase the DVD