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Private Parts (1972)

Lucille Benson , Ann Gibbs  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucille Benson, Ann Gibbs, Stanley Livingston, John Lupton, Laurie Main
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Private Parts" on IMDb

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Check out who's checked in at the musty old King Edward Hotel in a seedy section of L.A.: Cheryl, a runaway teen who hopes to piece her life together. Little does she know that someone at the hotel has a nasty little penchant for chopping people into pieces. Welcome, happy campers, to one of the screen's most bizarre works of camp filmmaking. Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul, Lust in the Dust) directs, guiding this loopy foray "with the fervor of a carny barker at a freak show" (Jay Cocks, Time). Murder, fetishism, a dotty aunt, a sham clergyman, corny cops, a Peeping Tom and a guy who's a girl who goes nite-nite with a blow-up doll that has a photo of Cheryl's face taped to it - they're among the feverish parts of Private Parts. If you're without reservations, drop by the hotel.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bizarre Psychosexual Thriller... November 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Private Parts tells the story of the runaway teen Cheryl Stratton (Ayn Ruymen) and her stay in her aunt's shady San Francisco hotel. Cheryl's story is not one of those pleasant coming of age films knee deep in moral values or road movies that enlightens the viewer about the importance of the journey. No, director Paul Bartel, in his first feature, has something completely different in mind, as he presents an extraordinarily bizarre tale of voyeurism, sexuality, and passionate murder.

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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Godd**n weirdos are taking over this country!" January 23, 2006
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Hot (for the 70's) teenage runaway Cheryl splits from Ohio and ends up in Los Angeles staying at an old rundown hotel full of weirdos. The weirdest of all is George and he has a crush on Cheryl.

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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Not to be confused with Howard Stern's 1997 film of the same name (which I liked), Private Parts (1972) is an excellent, early effort from writer/actor/director Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul), who, sadly, passed away in 2000. Produced by Gene Corman (Night of the Blood Beast, Attack of the Giant Leeches), brother to Roger Corman, the film features Ayn Ruymen ("The McLean Stevenson Show"), John Ventantonio (Alien Lover), and Lucille Benson (Duel, Halloween II). Also appearing is Laurie Main (Time After Time, My Chauffeur), Ann Gibbs (Dear Dead Delilah), Stanley Livingston (Smokey and the Hotwire Gang), Charles Woolf (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), and Bartel himself, in a humorous cameo as `Man in 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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the strangest releases from a major studio October 19, 2005
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This curio was released during the last days of the original MGM empire (1972) and it's good to see Warner Bros. release the more obscure titles they acquired via Ted Turner's ill-fated attempt to buy the studio in the mid-80's (he got the rights to the library in order to have programming for TNT/TCM/TBS).

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sick and Suspenseful August 15, 2009
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Cheryl is a pretty teenage runaway who is tired of being treated like a kid. When her former friend throws Cheryl out of their apartment for peeping on her sex romps one too many times, she finds herself alone in L.A. and in need of a place to stay. Luckily, her Aunt Martha is the proprietor of the King Edward Hotel, so Cheryl looks her up. A bit reluctantly, repressed Aunt Martha takes Cheryl in with a half friendly, half disapproving tone. To Cheryl's fascination, the King Edward is full of weirdos, but one in particular catches her eye, and vice versa. As the film rolls along, we get caught up in the mutual obsession between Cheryl and a sexually-confused/disturbed young photographer, and also the series of grizzly murders taking place in the hotel to keep some untold secret. Everything comes together in the end, naturally, and it's quite a tale!

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy gem from 1972
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 more
Published 9 months ago by Alphalover
4.0 out of 5 stars That's George's room! It's too early, he's still j**king off!
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 more
Published 21 months ago by Aric Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Paul Bartel film
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
Published on November 2, 2011 by K. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfamiliar and anxious
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 more
Published on October 1, 2008 by PolarisDiB
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M GETTING A TATTOO OF THIS MOVIE
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 more
Published on June 16, 2008 by Dracula D
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Howard Stern movie.
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 CraigalsCosmosis
4.0 out of 5 stars Artsy and Bizarre
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 more
Published on June 20, 2007 by Amy Lynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise
Young runaway, Cheryl seeks refuge in her prudish aunt's highly peculiar San Francisco hotel, and in spite of her aunt's warnings, she soon finds herself swept up in the... Read more
Published on May 20, 2006 by Timothy Ramzyk
4.0 out of 5 stars ''Cheryl is a lovely girl...."
"Private Parts", the directorial debut of Paul Bartel, is a wild and thoroughly engaging black comedy. Read more
Published on December 17, 2005 by phillindholm
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