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The voyeuristically loaded opening credits apply camera flashes and exposed body parts, which cue the audience in the direction of the story's sexual nature. The subsequent scene presents the sexual nature of the film in a much more tangible manner, as Cheryl sneaks a look at her friend and her boyfriend. However, Cheryl finds herself caught peeping. It places her in an awkward situation, which she avoids by leaving after she has stolen her friend's money. Here Private Parts pays homage to Psycho (1960) with similarities such as having a girl with stolen money seeking room and board at a hotel. Additional parallels to Psycho emerge as the film unfolds; for example, there is an intriguing bathroom scene.
The hotel is far past its glory days, as the wallpaper shows signs of decades of stains while the heavily use of the doors has left them discolored and rickety. It is a perfect environment for the corrupt and sleazy activities that take place behind the paper-thin walls. Nonetheless, the owner, Cheryl's aunt Martha (Lucille Benson), is very particular about who she desires as tenants, which consists of a peculiar bunch of characters.Read more ›
Not as perverse as I was hoping it would be (then again no film ever is), but I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this movie. The story moved along at a nice pace and even though it never perved out in a big way I still felt satisfied and would watch it again.
The picture on the DVD was great, but I wish there had been a commentary track by somebody. Yea, I know Paul Bartel is dead but somebody must have something interesting to say about this film.
Look for a cameo by director Paul Bartel in the park.
Seems not too long ago Judy (Gibbs) and Cheryl (Ruymen), a pair of midwestern girls, left their humble beginnings behind for the west coast, ending up in a crummy apartment on the beach in LA. The pair eventually have a falling out, partly over the fact Cheryl, who's jailbait through and through, gets her kicks on peeping on Judy and her boyfriend getting their freak on, and Cheryl splits, stealing Judy's wallet in the process. Seems Cheryl has a relative in the area, an Aunt Martha (Benson), who just happens to run a shabby flophouse of sorts, the King Edward Hotel to be exact, in a seedy part of town. Aunt Martha reluctantly agrees to let Cheryl stay, but on one condition, that Cheryl not wander around the hotel alone (a condition she repeatedly violates as the film progresses). This seems like sound advice, given some of the residents like Mr.Read more ›
As for the movie itself, I saw it in Los Angeles in the mid-80's at a screening where the director (the now-deceased Paul Bartel) was present to talk about his experience. He was amazed he was able to make a movie with a bizarre storyline.
Not to be confused with the 1997 Howard Stern bio-pic of the same name, 1972's "Private Parts" is pure grindhouse slashsploitation fare conjured with oddball characters, nudity and perversion, graphic violence, and goofy humor. The performances are all over the map, but you'll see some familiar faces too, including "My Three Sons'" own Chip Douglas, Stanley Livingston, as the nice guy who's the closest this film gets to having a hero. Ayn Ruymen plays Cheryl wonderfully and even looks pretty good in the two or three scenes where she doesn't look overly thin. God bless cute, implant-free, pink puffies! If you like '70's horror flicks and would rather have a bit more plot development and suspense than sheer, mindless body-count, you should find this one to be a winner. "Private Parts" is entertainingly messed up, but it's a good movie too. Not as campy as some may describe it.Read more ›
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This movie was absolutely horrible. The movie was slow-paced and never seemed to have a plot. Characters were thrown in for no apparent reason. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert V. Anderson Jr.
Boy, this is strange and unique. I've never seen a clear water-filled blow-up doll nor have I seen the vaginal region of one get filled with the contents of a blood-filled syringe. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Alphalover
What a gem of a little movie. It's as seedy of a 1970s level exploitation film as you'll find. There is something very stark, voyeuristic and disturbing about it from the get-go. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Aric Mitchell
Both an unsettling horror film, and a very dark comedy, this is my
favorite Paul Bartel film.
Avoiding the sometimes too overt self-congratulatory humor of... Read more
This is a bizarre one. Somewhere in here is a very disturbing, very good movie. The traces of it are so strong, it must have just left the room, and it's almost as though if we... Read morePublished on October 1, 2008 by PolarisDiB
Favorite film of all time. Yep. It is. I can't say enough about it. I first saw it a few years back as a result of me buying it because it looked interesting and weird. Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by Dracula D
Sex with blow up dolls filled with water(that lead to murder) Fantastico! Young girl lost in life looking for her place leads her to a hotel filled with weirdos,just genius.Published on April 27, 2008 by Customer 75
Plot: Teenage runaway Cheryl moves out of her best friends place after being caught 'spying' on her friend and boyfriend. She heads for Downtown La to her Aunt Marthas Old Hotel. Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by Amy Lynn
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