I Dismember Mama!!!!

Film | Head Chef | May 18, 2009 at 11:48 am

I thought we’d give For One Night Only a little rest. I’ll come back to it at some point, maybe dip in and out of music mp3’s in general, but I have so many non-music related mp3’s to share with you that I didn’t want to get side-tracked by one type of post at the expense of another.

Today’s offering is a selection of radio adverts from a time when American independent cinema was really hitting its stride. Throughout the sixties until the end of the seventies filmmakers were able to make low budget films and get them shown at drive-ins and independent cinemas across the country. Films like Night Of The Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre even crossed over into the mainstream and spawned many imitators. Take a look at the list below.

Blood Splattered Bride/I Dismember Mama

The Manhandlers

Obscenity, Obscenity

Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off

Lady Frankenstein

Black Mama, White Mama

Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary

The Human Tornado

Bonus track: The Human Tornado Theme

I haven’t actually seen any of those films, but that’s not the point. These short ads are so brazen in their promise of sex and violence that they are enjoyable in their own right. I’ve a large collection of these sprinkled throughout my i-tunes, so when I listen on random play they pop up in between songs and try to tempt me with their wares. I’m already sold. They had me at blood-splattered bride, and the idea of a Teenage Psycho Meets Bloody Mary double bill with Lady Frankenstein sounds like the perfect Friday night to me.

I also haven’t seen The Human Tornado, but I do own another Rudy Ray Moore film, “Petey Wheatstraw - The Devil’s Son-In-law” and he deserves a special mention. It’s hard to not like the wise cracking, kung fu chopping, rapping stand up comedian that Rudy plays in his films. I’ve included the opening song from The Human Tornado as an extra bonus, just to give you an idea of the kind of spirit behind Moore’s films and many of these barefaced examples of exploitation cinema.It seems a shame that we never had the drive-ins and independent cinemas in the UK to support the kind of unrated movies that flourished in the US. I suppose maybe Hammer and the Carry On’s were our equivalents, but they were still too British and union controlled to really let rip the way something like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre did. It’s all gone now, on both sides of the Atlantic, and DVD has become the breeding ground for the cheapest and nastiest movies out there. I’ve tried with films like that, but it’s all a bit bargain bucket - 10 films for a fiver and charmless. Strange as it may seem, there is a charm here, a kind of P.T. Barnum sense of advertising and film making and that is where the attraction. for me, lies.

Thanks for listening.

Head Chef.

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