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Day of the Nightmare / Scream of the Butterfly

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Day Of The Nightmare (1965, 94 Minutes) - Love can be murder in this wacky mix of horror, sexploitation and down-and-dirty psycho kookiness! One minute Doris Mays is supposed to be dead, the next she's chasing her ex-boyfriend's wife with a steak knife! Crackpot artist Jonathan Crane tried to end his affair with Doris by stuffing her body in a trunk, but when Doris starts stalking his wife, Jonathan realizes something's gone terribly wrong: "You were dead! Dead! Now stay dead!" Despite the efforts of police detective John Ireland (I Saw What You Did), ultra-creepy Miss Mays pursues Mrs. Crane in the hopes of permanently ending the marriage. Featuring fun cameos from Elena Verdugo (House of Frankenstein) and Liz Renay (Desperate Living), with photography by director Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders), this is a Day of the Nightmare you'll never forget! "Scream Of The Butterfly" (1965, 76 Minutes) - Two days after marrying rich Sap-of-the-Year Paul Williams, bosomy sex-machine Marla is making it with a "young Adonis" on the beach and planning on killing Paul until--oops!--some surprising-for-its-time homosexuality twists the plot into a kinky pretzel! With photography from cult fave Ray Dennis Steckler (Wild Guitar) and one of the sixties' most cynical endings, "Scream of the Butterfly" also marks the first time in cinema history that the leading lady is referred to onscreen as "Miss Slutsy-Wutsy."

Special Features

  • Naughty Nympho Trailers for "Agony of Love," "Cool It Baby," "Death of a Nymphet," "Free Love Confidential," "Fuego," "Justine: The Erotic Excitement of Evil," "The Passionate Strangers," "Sex Obsessed," "The 7th Commandment" and more
  • Another Doris Mays punishes her naughty Hustler Husband in the Twisted Short, "The Wife and the Whip"
  • A friend of Doris Mays targets the Boss' Daughter in the Harrison Marks 8mm Mail-Order Nudie Short, "L'amour pour une Femme"
  • Learn more about Marla's problem of Trying to Resist an Irresistible Impulse in the Sexy Short, "Nympho-a-Go-Go"
  • Gallery of Underground Sexploitation Movie-Magazine Covers with Audio Oddities

Product Details

  • Actors: Nélida Lobato, Nick Novarro, Richard Beebe, Robert Miller, John Richards
  • Directors: Eber Lobato, Howard Veit, John A. Bushelman
  • Writers: Alan J. Smith, Howard Veit, Leonard Goldstein
  • Producers: Alan J. Smith, Howard Veit
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008975J
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Day of the Nightmare / Scream of the Butterfly" on IMDb

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This double feature DVD from the people at Something Weird offers up a pair of sexploitation flicks from the 1960s. In "Day of the Nightmare" (a.k.a. "Don't Scream, Doris Mays") , Jonathan Crane (Cliff Fields) is an artist who makes bad nude sketches of his model. Then she makes the mistake of offering to make love to his "way." The next thing we know the model has disappeared and is presumed dead since her body cannot be found. However, the swingers in the building heard some of what was going on. Fortunately they were playing topless blind man's bluff (pretend that being blindfolded makes your hearing better just for the sake of argument, otherwise there is no reason to have a scene with lots of half-naked people). Detective Sgt. Dave Harmon (John Ireland) is on the case, which gets more interesting when Doris Mays, the missing corpse, apparently shows up and tries to kill Jonathan's wife, Barbara (Beverly Bain). This cannot be good.

"Day of the Nightmare" ends up being a rip off of "Pyscho," and an argument for why you should never see your mother having sex (does anybody need that argument to be made?). Apparently Jonathan's mother and his father, Dr. Philip Crane (John Hart), had an open marriage, which supposedly explains why Jonathan is so screwed up. I suppose the nudity prevented it from being prime fare for "MST3K," because this film would have been a perfect choice, from the comic relief provided by Detective Smith (James Cross) to the awfully convenient way justice is served down at the docks at the end of the film. But the chief affront here is the way psychological problems are exploited to advance the story, which is certainly a fair but obvious cop to make for any exploitation film.

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Grindhouse audiences must've been shocked in l965 when this very-above-average skin-flick began its cycle of playing all the dim, smelly theaters that lined 42nd Street.

For one thing, instead of the dingy, scuffy photography of your usual soft-core porno flix, "Scream" is brightly lit and nicely filmed by Ray Stickler (who also filmed "Wild Guitar." All the rooms are blazing white, even the sand of the beaches and the bubble-styled hair-do of its amazing femme star, Nelida Lobato, who was a well-known dancer and singer at that time. Equally startling was the gorgeous young hunk who plays her hot-blooded stud, Nick Navarro. At that time, all male leads of grind-house gems were heavy, flabby and middle-aged, often with weird moustches and tobacco-stained teeth. Navarro would be a knock-out even today and his femme co-star would be a Centerfold of the Year for Playboy. Strangely, neither star would make another picture after this one.

This movie manages to transcend some of the big studio's picures with one key scene: the young lovers make passionate love in the surging foam on the beach as a violent thunderstorm explodes above them. The music builds up to a powerful level, making an impression on the viewer's mind long after Scream of the Butterfly returns to an underserved obscurity.
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"Scream of the Butterfly" is surprisingly enjoyable for a low-budget, black and white film about a complex plot involving gold-digging, a homosexual relationship, and multiple adultery. The movie is structured as a set of conversations between district attorneys and defense psychologists framing flashbacks leading up to the opening scene that shows Marla Williams (played by Nelida Lobato - related to director Eber Lobato?) standing in front of a car and arguing with the male driver. The driver hits the gas, and Marla goes down. It turns out that Marla was a nude bubble-bathing gold-digger who married rich tycoon Paul Williams (played by William Turner). No sooner had Marla taken off her wedding dress, than she was already looking for someone new. She picked up cute, often-shirtless David (played by Nick Novarro) on the beach. Hubby Paul can't swim; Marla got an evil idea. But who is that drunk guy who keeps talking to David? Everyone gets a surprise. Especially at the end. The story is well told, and the camera work is all right. The acting is moderate. The gay angle is sympathetic in parts, but one character is very self-loathing; 1965 was well before Stonewall, after all. Enjoyable short, cheapie film.
"Day of the Nightmare" is also all right. A jealous woman stalks a young wife. But isn't the jealous woman already dead? The wife seeks help. "The Night of the Living Dead" meets "Psycho."
The fillers provide generous helpings of womanly T&A.
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I love unearthing rare, forgotten movies made by obscure producers. This double feature has some things I really, really like: good hair, good clothes, good cars, good music. I can sit through any movie that meets these four criteria. The stories are both good but, as will happen with low budget amateur affairs, the dialogue needs a lot of work. Still it's worth it alone for Leading man Nic Novarro, supporting player Richard Beebe and a dynamite 1964 Buick convertible! The trailers and other extras add to the fun on this DVD. Enjoy!
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