The Beast That Killed Women / The Monster of Camp Sunshine (Special Edition)
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This disc features two films, 6 (!) shorts, 5 trailers for other nudies (plus one hidden trailer for "Girls Come Too" which is a real classic; just click around in the various menus, you'll find it.), the gallery of drive-in exploitation art, drive-in intermission bits and the option of watching any of these separately or all together as a part of the "let's go to the drive-in" feature. This disc is crammed with stuff.
The films themselves are wonderfully awful. The Beast that Killed Women is about a gorilla loose in a nudist camp that, you guessed it, kidnaps and kills a few women. The gorilla is the fakest looking suit I've yet seen.
The Monster at Camp Sunshine is a gem. It begins with an animation sequence that makes no sense and is reminiscent of the animation in Monty Python's Flying Circus. It has intentional humor that actually works and a story line that is bizarre to say the least. It is about a chemical that unleashes the killer instinct getting into the water at a nudist camp.Read more ›
Some of the Drive-In advertisements were modestly entertaining (I am still grossed out by the ad for "Toddy" a delicious chocolate drink in a can that is great hot or cold, or so they say...) but the two features were uninteresting in the extreme. There are only two positive things I can say about these features: first, the gorilla in "The Beast That Killed Women" is the worst man in a gorilla suit that I have ever seen (possibly exclusive of "Queen Kong"); and second, the credit sequence for "The Monster Of Camp Sunshine" is a hilarious piece of animated lunacy.
Of the two I liked "The Monster Of Camp Sunshine" better, as it was the cleverer of the two, although the monster is extremely lame. I particularly enjoyed the scene in which Marta (the only not unattractive cast member) gets pushed out of a New York high rise window by some sadistic laboratory mice. I found the conclusion of the film which involved a paratrooper in pajamas and an ascot, as well as stock footage from the Normandy invasion, and (apparently) a re-enactment of the battle of Gettysburg, to be a mite confusing. The best idea was the last minute of the film which featured a one minute (or so) recap of the feature. You can feel free to watch that and not feel like you missed anything. (You didn't.)
The short titled "Beauty and the Beast" is a truly stunning piece of musical mayhem. It is the only portion of this DVD I can really recommend.
Unlike other reviewers, I'm gonna talk about the extras first. They are always the hidden joy of SW DVDs. Firstly, the whole dvd has this drive-in vibe, with 20 minutes or so of drive-in ad reels including: ads for Sprite, Vespa, Ed McMahon hawking Budweiser, as well as a slew of "Please Visit Our Refreshment Stand" ads.
Their are several nudie shorts included, covering from the 1920s through the 50s. "Bring Em Back Nude" even includes the "drop another dime" breaks from when it ran in peep booths. My fave though is "Back to Nature" the one from '54. Firstly, it is oddly heat damaged (making it largely magenta)...but also several lovely women in it - proving that it wasn't all cottage cheese and sucking in stomachs in the 50s. And looking for hidden agendas - whoever filmed this one had a thing for the pubescent blonde - she's in most of the shots, and definitely not legal. My favorite part is where this older guy is barbecuing, and he just keeps staring at this redheads woman's butt instead of cooking. Can't blame him...Hell, just throw sauce on her, guy!
I usually don't much care for the exploitation art with audio oddities feature, but this disc has a good batch....I wanna see "Massage Parlor Hookers" or "Little Whorehouse On the Prairie"!Read more ›
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Dear Lord, not even Ed Wood could make stinkers like these two. On the bright side, you get to see all your grandmother's friends in the nude. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greg Jenkins
Again Watch The Xtras First ----- The Movies Are Ok ----- Campy 60s Style ---- Never Seen milk Being Sold Out Of A Soda machine Before ----- The 60s Were A Differnt Time ----These... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Creature Feature Fan
Ultra cheesy, bad acting and a weak story line. Pretty much sums this double feature up. But if your like me, a lover of the old school B rate movies.... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Michael Berger
Fantastic trip down memory lane. All natural women. Bee-hive hair-dos. Cars with fins. Smoking in a hospital bed, one that only feeds you jello and saltines. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by The Movie Guy
The common denominator for this week's double-bill from Something Weird is that they both take place at nudist camps. Read morePublished on April 2, 2005 by Lawrance Bernabo
This double feature from SWV is one of my favorites. The specials on this are funny as hell and The Beast that Killed women is a great cheasy flick. Read morePublished on December 21, 2003 by B. Frawley
Where to begin?? "The Beast that Killed Women"is about an ape that has escaped and terrorizes(?)a nudist camp.. Read morePublished on February 28, 2003 by Bart Fargo
Of the two movies, The Beast is better than The Monster. No full frontal nudity in the movies (there is in ONE one trailer), but loaded with T&A. Read morePublished on November 23, 2002 by Pierre