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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Seedy, not sure if you should laugh or be scared or be disturbed or all of the above, very unnerving at times, very interesting at times, very artsy at times, very "real?" at times, sensual, psycho, violent, sexy, mysterious, 42nd street seedy, hotel, very bizarre characters, SHOCKING ending, amazing score.
I am in the process currently of making a documentary on this film and am trying to get into touch with the cast (that's still alive!). If you look them up, you'll see that most of them haven't been acting in a long time. So much mystery surrounds this film. Even the writers haven't written anything since it. And Paul Bartel (director) is now dead.
HERE'S A SECRET ABOUT GETTING THE SCORE: look under Hugo Friedhoffer and it will be a double movie score cd. or you can get it on vinyl used. look for it on amazon too. amazing.
If any of you have any other information on this film, please let me know asap.
I even rented out a theater to screen it a couple months ago!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this movie by accident. I was looking for Howard Sterns movie. But I really enjoyed the movie. It was pretty good.Published 3 months ago by Jose E. Chamorro
This movie was absolutely horrible. The movie was slow-paced and never seemed to have a plot. Characters were thrown in for no apparent reason. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert V. Anderson Jr.
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 morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Alphalover
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 morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Aric Mitchell
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
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... Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Monty Moonlight
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 morePublished on October 1, 2008 by PolarisDiB
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 Customer 75
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