The Beast That Killed Women / The Monster of Camp Sunshine
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It's a nudist's nightmare as naked terror runs amuck in this delirious Horror-Film Nudist-Camp Drive-In Double Feature! "The Beast that Killed Women" (1965, 60 min.) - Unable to get an even tan, Delores Carlos and hubby Byron Mabe scurry off to a Miami nudist camp at precisely the same moment the camp is invaded by The Beast that Killed Women, a goofy-looking gorilla with an appetite for the ladies. Murder and panic quickly spread before a pretty policewoman volunteers to enter the camp as ape bait. "The Monster of Camp Sunshine" (1964, 74 min.) - Hugo, the tubby gardener of a New York nature camp, turns into The Monster of Camp Sunshine when he unwittingly drinks from a stream contaminated with a mysterious chemical that releases his "killer instinct" and he attacks a bunch of birthday-celebrating sun worshippers.
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Really bad acting, but fun...
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"! And the movie posters are insane - can you imagine a triple feature of "Last House On the Left", Bava's "Twitch Of the Death Nerve", and the brutal Inquisition film "Mark Of the Devil"? Wow!
As to the features, they're enjoyable. "The Beast That Killed Women" is a naive low budget joy. With it's Florida-level talent and bright Eastmancolor photography, it reminds me a lot of "Blood Feast". Red just drips from the film....hair, skin tones - makes it more garishly enjoyable for me. Just watch the scene where the two girls are jumping for a towel - the color just POPS! Granted, 50% of the movie is topless girls standing around talking about how scared they are, but is that a bad thing? And keep an eye out for a young Juliet Anderson (aka 70s porn star Aunt Peg) as Ms. Johnson, the bait the police use to trap the beast. What, don't know who Aunt Peg is? Never seen "Taboo"? Oh, you kids... Although it's interesting: the one woman in this who later went on to fame in the adult industry, and she doesn't take her clothes off!
"Monster Of Camp Sunshine" is a real oddity. The Pythonesque opening credits, the fact that a lot of it runs like a silent film (intertitles included), edited and photographed by Motley Crue (no, not those guys). The lead, Claire, is a stunning brunette who disinterestedly strips out of her clothes several times. A particularly striking scene is where she has a topless shoot on top of the Flatiron Building in New York. The ending of the film defies description but I'll try: a mutated hillbilly, our nude heroines, WW2 stock footage, a civil war (?) battle, a paratrooper to the rescue, an Army captain who looks like Borat, and a man with a gun wearing the worst-looking pair of tighty whities you've ever seen. And the minute-long recap at the end is amazing - it's like the movie is saying "what, you expect me to be serious about this?". It runs like an inept art film that happens to be a nudie with a sense of humor. It is 3 or 4 films on a collision course, and it's a joy to watch!
So, three hours of 60's nudie strangeness - go for it, people!