In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Monday, April 13, 2009

April Showers Day One.

I'm not alone in wanting Spring to finally take hold here. It was a beautiful Easter weekend we had here in the GTA. Then again, we had a beautiful day on the fifth and then I woke up to snow on my car the next morning. I may sound like a broken record, but I'm Canadian dammit! It's my God-given right to bitch about the weather. Today begins a new week-long segment called April Showers. It is my way of emploring whoever controls the weather around here to get Spring moving already. Enjoy!

Let’s start this off with Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, a little flick from 1988 that I caught at Serena’s last movie nite.

The credits rolled on Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers and when she asked me what I thought, all I could say was, “yeah… that wasn’t the best”.

As shocking as this might sound, there really wasn’t much going on here. There was a lot of girl-picks-up guy-in-a-bar-and-goes-back-to-his-place-where-she-promptly-disrobes-before-chainsawing-him-to-pieces. Rinse. Repeat. Wow, that was a lot of hyphens. In between we are treated to the voiceover musings of Sam Spade wannabe Jack Chandler (Jay Richardson) trying to track down a missing girl (Linnea Quigley) who turns out to be the chainsaw cult’s newest pledge. All while Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface from the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre) stands in the shadows glowering.

Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers was directed by Fred Olen Ray, a man who, over the last few decades, has become a B-movie kingpin. He wasn’t the first to incorporate softcore porn with horror, but he’s certainly one of the most prolific and this is definitely the impetus behind HCH. It is basically the aforementioned kill scenes with some chaff in between. Now, I know there are those who consider the whole slasher genre (and the gialli before it) to essentially be porn of a different colour – they both have ‘money shots’ after all – but I don’t subscribe to that. There is more artistry involved – in the good ones anyway – to just dismiss them like that.

You know, HCH is a movie I wish I’d seen when I was a lot younger. With excessive nudity still being fairly hard to come by at that time, I think this would have kept me more than interested. Despite its many shortcomings, I’m sure it would’ve been one of those titles that I look back on fondly, much like Cannibal Women In The Avacado Jungle Of Death – and that movie was PG-13! I wager that THIS would have been more stimulating to me then, as well.

Now, it just looks… oh, who am I kidding? That was awesome. Regardless of how underwhelming HCH may have been, it had Linnea Quigley in it and I never tire of seeing her – with thirteen or thirty-four-year-old eyes. Like other B-movie vixens Elizabeth Kaitan and Kathleen Kinmont, they represent a wondrous era of… discovery in my life.

Whatever your stance on the subject, I’m thinking there must be a demand for horror-themed porn, otherwise I wouldn’t have walked by new releases with titles like The Texas Dildo Massacre and Night Of The Giving Head the last time I was at Eyesore.

It takes all kinds...


Anonymous said...

I could have gone through my life without hearing about "The Texas Dildo Massacre and Night Of The Giving Head"...but no :D

- Zac

Serena Whitney said...

Great review of HCH! lol was definitely the weakest of the killer hooker movies...but it's a must-see! :P