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The Defilers / The Scum of the Earth! (Special Edition)

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Here's a double dose of drive-in depravity with two kinky classics from producer David F. Friedman! "Scum of the Earth!" (1963, 68 min.) - Trying to earn money for college, wholesome cutie Kim (Vickie Miles) is sucked into the degenerate world of the dirty picture racket when she agrees to model for the "Scum of the Earth" in this film from cult director Herschell Gordon Lewis. Under the tutelage of a sleazy photographer, Kim is soon posing topless before being blackmailed into appearing in raunchier shots, which lead to a police raid, two murders, and suicide. "The Defilers" (1965, 63 min.) are two hedonistic young men who, just for kicks, abduct a sexy blonde (Mai Jansson) as their own personal sex toy. Directed by R. Lee Frost (Love Camp 7), this shattering story of the shameless is downright nasty but you can't look away.

Special Features

  • 2 Trailers for "Defilers" plus 9 other '60s sexploitation classics
  • Two archival short subjects: Sandy and Ajax together again in "Intimate Diary of Artists' Models," The Bennet twins in Barry Mahon's "Naked Fury"
  • Classic drive-in intermission shorts
  • Gallery of drive-in exploitation art
  • Audio sex-hygiene book pitch from the projection booth
  • "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of three hours' worth of exploitation drive-in madness

Product Details

  • Actors: Lawrence J. Aberwood, Mal Arnold, Doug Brennan, Toni Calvert, Christina Castel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056NW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on May 14, 2003
I just picked this up recently and it's quickly become one of my favorite SW DVDs. The two films are quite different: Scum of the Earth, David Friedman/H. G. Lewis's final nudie as partners (with virtually no nudity!) comes across like a high school play about pornographers, while The Defilers has the look and feel of an early-1960s B&W TV drama punctuated with ... unsettling violence. Both movies feature several cast members from Blood Feast and the other Blood Trilogy movies.
Scum of the Earth's world-weary, boozing photographer Harmon (William Kerwin [Blood Feast]) snaps photos of pert blonde cheescake model Sandy, who's anxiously awaiting "retirement." (All her shots are taken with a scarf covering her chest.) She's also forced to pose in (implied) B&D shots ("Remember, I'm not double-jointed!") with hulking, violent misogynist brute Ajax. The chief smut peddler, Lang, smokes a big cigar, quotes Mozart, and plays with head-nodder dolls and a wind-up mechanical monkey. Harmon and Sandy recruit Kim (Adults Only regular Vicki Miles [Allison Louise Downe], one of the worst actresses of all time) to be groomed as her replacement. Mal Arnold (Blood Feast's mad caterer Fuad) plays surly, menacing, violent Larry, one of Lang's salesmen and apparently world's oldest teenager ("Don't forget, I'm a minor"). Harmon convinces Kim to show "the upper half" for $500 badly-needed tuition money, and she freaks out at another shoot when they photograph her face! Kim pleads with Lang to let her out of the deal in the hilarious "straight talk" scene: he excoriates her at length ("Deep down inside you're dirty. Do you hear me, dirty! You're damaged goods, and this is a fire sale.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 12, 2005
"All you kids make me better than the girl who sells herself to a man. You're worse...Now, you listen and you listen well. You're damaged merchandise and this is a fire sale...Down inside you're dirty. Do you hear me? Dirty!"

Of all the clips cut together to introduce a Something Weird Video it is those words from "Scum of the Earth" that stand out, so I was certainly looking forward to seeing the entire movie. With "The Defilers" and "Scum of the Earth" as a double-bill, this DVD offers supposedly the "best" and the "first" of the "Roughies."

Remember to click on "Let's Go to the Drive In" on the main menu so that you get the complete experience, which includes not only lots of naked women but also Julie Andrews too (she explains the Motion Picture Association of America seal). You can never have too many clips from intermission at the drive in, and who does not want to buy boxes of popcorn with mermaid pictures on them? We get the trailer for "The Defilers," which thinks that if you show still shots instead of action clips then the nudity and violence will not offend anybody. There are also very long trailers for the skin flicks "The Pick Up," and "The Curse of her Flesh," the short, "Naked Fury," which is actually about a photography session with two models who were very good sports and apparently natural born wrestlers, and the trailers for "The Sex Killer" and a second one for "The Defilers."

"The Defilers" (1965) is supposedly based on a true story about two guys who decided to make a woman their sex slave.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. O'Boogie on April 22, 2008
I love these type of films! They're some of the best "so bad, they're good" films you can find. To me, Mike Vraney's Something Weird Video is a Godsend. As a kid in the 60s, I knew about films like these from looking at the ads in the back of cheap detective magazines but never knew where they were playing. Not that any ticket taker would let me in! But they always perked my prepuberescent curiosity like Playboy did.

I'm not going indulge too much on these films, previous reviewer Surfink pretty much covered it all and I agree with most of what he writes. But what I like about these old-time sexploitation flicks is the gritty bare-bones look. Aside from saving money, the black and white film actually serves to create the intensity and rawness of the films. What you get here is not the polish of Playboy magazine, but the cheasy working man's mags like Modern Man, Topper and Adam among others all on celluliode.

Filmmakers like David Friedman (who produced both of these films) and Herchel Gordon Lewis (who directed one of these) along with others like Doris Wishman and Harry Novak were some of the most profitable filmmakers around. They knew what sold and knew it didn't take much money to make it. But they also knew where the lines were and never crossed them. Hardcore was an absolute no-no! Even when hardcore became popular, they steered away despite the fact it ended up eventually putting them out of business. They were always gentlemen with the ladies that acted for them and was always on the up and up with them.

My favorite thing to do is listening to David Friedman's commentary with SWV owner Mike Vraney on these titles and others of his that SWV has released.
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