Please Don't Eat My Mother (1972) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
|The early 1970's were probably the heyday of exploitation films. The general marketing plan was to produce economical softcore movies with some "couples appeal" - some humor or drama to create a sexy package that men and women could watch together, as opposed to the XXX market, which was solely aimed at the raincoat crowd. With a minimal budget, these films would attempt to integrate a fully developed entertainment package with sex scenes that pushed the limit of what could be shown on drive-in screens.|
Don't Eat My Mother is a pretty solid example of 1970's sleaze, in
this case attempting to evoke the feel of a Mel Brooks genre
parody as the main engine to drive the semi-related sex
scenes. The star (who doesn't appear in sex scenes) even looks like
Mel Brooks. Typically, it features a familiar plot and setting
borrowed from a mainstream picture.
In this case, the source material is "Little Shop of Horrors"
|The general plot: lonely voyeur Henry Fudd lives with his mother, and buys a plant for companionship after he realizes that the plant can speak (but only to Henry). The carnivorous plant keeps demanding larger and larger meals, eventually requiring human beings. Henry keeps providing, either by luring prostitutes to the house or by kidnapping young couples at gunpoint. Somewhere along the way, the plant chows down on Henry's mother, although he doesn't seem to mind that much, expressing about the same level of regret that you'd express if your favorite puppy chewed a good shoe.|
|The star, Buck
Kartalian, was a legitimate theater performer who also appeared as a
character actor with bit parts in many legitimate films (Planet of the
Apes, Mister Roberts, The Outlaw Josie Wales, Cool Hand Luke, e.g.),
making him one of the very few actors ever to maintain simultaneous
careers in mainstream entertainment and exploitation fare. Now 78, he
still works regularly in his familiar bit parts.
The female star is Rene Bond, a hardcore and softcore star in the 70's, who frequently teamed up on screen with her real-life partner, Ric Lutze, as she did in this movie. They became part of bad cinema history when they teamed up in Necromania, the last film ever directed by the notorious schlockmeister, Ed Wood, Jr.
Actually, that's an interesting story if you're into the history of bad films. Necromania was thought to be lost until recently, when 43 minutes of the original footage was unearthed. You can find it here, at Movies Unlimited
Miss Bond made about 75 adult films in the 70's, but both she and Lutze vanished from the sex film scene in 1978 and have remained anonymous ever since.
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