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The Ghastly Ones / Seeds of Sin (Special Edition)

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Direct from the outer fringes of Bizarro Cinema comes this Sex-Gore Double Feature from notorious underground filmmaker Andy Milligan! Collecting the inheritance on their father's will turns into an orgy of dismemberment, disembowelment, and decapitation

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  • Actors: Veronica Radburn, Maggie Rogers, Hal Borske, Anne Linden, Fib LaBlaque
  • Directors: Andy Milligan
  • Writers: Hal Sherwood, Andy Milligan, John Borske
  • Producers: Allen Bazzini, Jerome-Fredric, Rosily Bazzini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YEDOK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ghastly Ones / Seeds of Sin (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 5, 2005
Welcome back, kids, to this Saturday's double-feature from the Something Weird series. I chose "The Ghastly Ones" and "Seeds of Sin" entirely at random only figuring it was another combination of a cheap horror film and a sexploitation flick from the old days only to discover that both films are the work of director Andy Milligan (1924-1991). Early today I would have said that all I knew about Milligan as a cult auteur was that he was out there in the realm of underground films somewhere between Ed Wood and Russ Meyer pointed in the direction of Roger Corman. I had also heard of Michael Weldon's choice riposte from "The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film" where he declared, "If you're an Andy Milligan fan, there's no hope for you." These two films provide all the evidence you would ever need to conform Weldon's hypothesis.

Milligan made 29 movies between 1965 and 1968, consisting mainly of gory horror films dressed up as period pieces, such as "Bloodthirsty Butchers" and "The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!", and sex melodramas with rampant nudity, including "Gutter Trash" and "Fleshpot on 42nd Street" as part of NYC's "grindhouse" cinema (most of the theaters were on 42nd Street). Milligan shot most of his films with a hand held 16mm movie camera on extremely cheap budgets. What usually happened then was the films were blown up to 35mm size and shown in and around New York "art" theaters. Today there are only three of Milligan's films available on DVD and here are two of them (the third is "The Body Beneath"). Something Weird has apparently included every trailer they could find for a Milligan opus (even if they do not have sound).

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By A Customer on February 24, 2004
First off, I love the Something Weird dvd catalog and really enjoy these rarely, if ever seen drive-in low-budget exploitation films.
I read the cover for this double feature at the store, laughed aloud and then decidied to buy it.
Two feature length films here, one in color the other in B+W.
This was my introduction to Andy Milligan and what we get is low, low budget, bad acting, screechy self centered charachters and an over abundance of poorly-lit, implied sex.
In truth these both have weak, bare-boned story lines almost as a support to the gratuitous sex scenes which by the way take up[ as much as 40 to 50% of each films running time! And it's cheap poorly lit implied sex, not actualy sexy or pasionate by any stretch.
Watching these scenes I felt like a peeping Tom in a trailer park, that's about as glamorous as it gets. Less sex and more loony drama/storyline would've been my choice.
Both films have plenty of disturbing/laughably bad violence and gore.
I do look forward to watching the Ghastly Ones with the commentary track, that should be good for a whole other laugh.
Trailers include one for Guru, The Mad Monk. That looks like a winner, hilarious, similar film to Ghastly Ones I suspect.
The movies here are low-budget gems (despite the excessive nudity) and the extras are very good. Hence I'll give this package the full five stars.
But buyer beware what you're in for, buyer beware!
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Andy Milligan produced films on a budget that Ed Wood Jr. would have struggled with. The Ghastly Ones is no exception. The weird characters and even weirder wardrobe (when was this film supposed to be set?) do hold the attention though. It's interesting to see Richard Romanus in a part years before he hit it big with Martin Scorsese in Mean Streets.
The murders are all executed in a fashion that Herschell Gordon Lewis would've been proud of and you can't help but smile at the whole glorious ineptitude of it all.
The transfer is sharp but there's quite a lot of print damage.
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It takes a certain type of person to enjoy the films of Andy Milligan and I am one of those people. Milligan was a complex person in a world all his own and you have to listen to his dialogue to realize that, not only was he gay, he had an extreme dislike for the Catholic church, mainly because they never accepted the gay lifestyle choice as an legitimate one. THE GHASTLY ONES is mainly looked upon as a "reading of the will while the relatives get knocked-off one-by-one" scenario but there is a lot here to read between the lines. A lot of people find his handheld camerawork (which he did himself) and plentiful dialogue hard to get through, but once you know the man (read the biography "THE GHASTLY ONES: THE SEX GORE NETHERWORLD OF ANDY MILLIGAN" to get to know his sordid life), you will begin to look at his films in a different light. This was one of Milligan's first horror films and it covers all the trademarks he would show in his later films (pitchfork to the stomach, meat cleaver to the head, swirling camerawork). He later remade this film in 1978 as LEGACY OF HORROR, but this first one is still the best. Like I said, it takes a special person to enjoy Milligan's films, and if you are that type of person, this disc is the perfect starting point.
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Andy Milligan films are exercises in human awfulness and this is no exception. I don't mean that as a knock. It's a plus. I tried to stay away from his movies for a long time after seeing one cause I knew it'd be a rabbit hole but I've embraced it along with bad camera work, homosexual male actors being visually appalled at the thought of kissing an actress, and period films clearly being filmed in a campy town home in Greenwich Village in 70s NY.

You get 2 films here. The Ghastly Ones is a solid period piece horror film where 3 siblings and their spouses have to live in a house in "sexual harmony" to get their inheritance. It can only lead to murder. It does. It's humorous. It's genuinely creepy and has some unnerving sexual politics. It's a film where male homosexuals are being preyed on by dominant scheming women. It's undercover save for a few lines but it's the subtext.

Seeds of Sin is sad once you know about Milligan's life. It's Milligan working out years of sexual and familial frustration in a film about a bunch of incestuous, murderous lunatics. It's also the more graphic of the films starting out on a surprisingly graphic orgy that would feel at home on Game of Thrones in terms of content and gay to straight variety. It's also punished wildly as if Milligan can't stop his own self loathing for a second.

It's a cheap DVD filled with great extras and a clean transfer. Worth the pennies.
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