Just For the Hell of It/Blast-Off Girls
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Just For the Hell of It (1968, 81 min.) - Teens run amok in the Drive-In double bill from the incredible Herschell Gordon Lewis! A gang of nihilistic delinquents raise hell in a suburban community by doing whatever they want, whenever they want, Just For the Hell of It! Dexter, Denny, Bitsy, and Lummox aren't misunderstood, underprivileged, or even angry, they're just plain bad. When things get dull, they hop in their '67 Mustang and commit senseless acts of cowardly chaos. "Blast-Off Girls" (1967, 83 min.) - Slimeball manager Boogie Baker tries to turn a small-time teenage rock band into an overnight sensation with the help of pot parties, blackmail, and plenty of Blast-Off Girls in H.G. Lewis' answer to "A Hard Day's Night," which also includes a cameo by Mr. Rock & Roll himself, Kentucky Fried Chicken's Colonel Sanders!
- Gallery of Drive-In exploitation art
- Drive-In intermission shorts
- "Facts of Life" Drive-In book pitch
- Trash-O-Rama radio-spot rarities
- "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" - An interactive feature allowing uninterrupted playback of three hours worth of exploitation Drive-In madness
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These movies aint great, but if you like laughing at weird stuff, look no further. The production values are terrible, but the films are somehow awesome in their hilariousness (that's right "hilariousness"). I'd give them 4 stars because they are entertaining but I just cant. Wait a minute, yes I can.
***changes stars to 4***
Yep 4 stars. Maybe a star more than these two turkeys deserve, but who's counting right?
What else can I say?... Well, I guess you really dont need recreational drugs with movies like this around. You'll loes brain-cells aplenty watching this inane nonsense. I'd sum up the plots or major details in these movies, but why bother. Other reviews have done that already (wait... have they?) Oh well. I guess if you have some extra money layin' around and you want to see two truly bizarre flicks with some truly hilarious moments, buy this disc.
The real-deal Col. Sanders is in one of them, I swear...
H. G. Lewis occupies a special place in film history; he's infamous because his blood-red gore films of the 60's and 70's were so shocking and audacious. I've enjoyed watching a few of his movies, but I have certainly not seen them all.
Nevertheless, I'd be willing to bet that "Blast-Off Girls" is one of his best-made films. I liked it a lot. Surprisingly, it features no graphic violence, and very little violence period. And surprisingly, it is driven by story and acting, both of which are fine considering the shoestring budget. I imagine there is a strong autobiographical side to this movie, because filmmaker Lewis really seems to loathe and despise the rotten, profit-grubbing main character:
Dan Conway plays "Boojie Baker," the all-too-believably sleazy band manager with big-time aspirations--he's working his way up the ladder (or so he thinks), chewing up and spitting out small rock bands; he entices his prospects with girls, and promises of "the good life," then books shows for them--but when the minimal profits roll in, he makes sure the band gets just enough of them to stick begrudgingly around. If they question his honesty, he lies and placates; if they accuse him of thievery and threaten to leave, he blackmails them. He's thoroughly detestable, and very enjoyably played by Conway.
Boojie's associates generally only tolerate him so they can go to his raucous parties (attended by the "Blast-Off" groupie girls of the title, who have basically nothing to do with the story). He doesn't really have any friends, and seems happy without them.
But Boojie's good luck runs out the day he takes on a musical group that is as naive as all the others, but possessing of a strong sense of justice. They object to his treatment of them, and plan an elaborate revenge, with the intent of screwing Boojie on a cosmic level. In classic morality-play fashion, Boojie gets his rightful desserts, although he does spin off at the end of the film (rather like Darth Vader at the end of "Star Wars"), minus one cheesy band but ready for new sleazy Boojie adventures. Don't kid yourself, the film seems to say; you might be lucky enough to send them off in some other direction, but Boojies don't go down easy!
In a twisted way, this is a charmingly optimistic film that suggests that decent people can exist in the entertainment world if they have the guts to stand their ground and oppose their oppressors. But "Blast-Off Girls" isn't really about the good guys at all; it is almost a study in Boojie-ness, a virtual diagram of the Boojies of the world, so that the viewer will be able to spot them should he or she have the misfortune to get into business relationships with them. The bands Boojie abuses wander in and out of the movie; but Boojie himself is ever-present--the sneering, evil star of this odd and fascinating picture. See it today!
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H.G. Lewis was on quite a roll in the late 60's... In fact, he directed
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