#43 -- The Gore Gore Girls (1972)

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Rating: 3 / 5

If you're looking for a nasty film with dark humor, then look no further! A private detective and a cute, and apparently very horny, reporter are investigating a series of murders. Strippers all around are being brutally murdered one by one. The PI is a bit of an asshole, but the reporter wants his ass anyway. She constantly makes advances at him, and he constantly pushes her away. The investigator, Abe, is indeed an asshole - but he's no doubt a funny asshole. I'm not sure if he was actually trying to be funny, though. He reminds me of Willy Wonka; I'm not sure why, because he looks nothing like him. It might be the cane he carries around all the time.

Notable murders: A girl gets her ass beaten by a meat tenderizer; a girl is killed while blowing a bubble, and the bubble fills up with blood; a girl's nipples are cut off, and milk spurts from them.

Yes, it is brutal; it is violent. There is no doubt about that. But is it a good movie? Well, I'll have to let you figure that one out for yourself, because I honestly can't decide. The gore whore in me was quite pleased with this one. It was funny as well, as I'm sure it was meant to be. The murders end up being fueled by envy. Everyone's jealous of strippers. Right? At the end, the creators of the film bid us adieu with an obviously self-mocking goodbye. 

Phew. It was an interesting ride, and I'm sure some would stand screaming "Hallelujah, it's over!" Me? Well, as my three stars reveal - meh. It was okay. Nothing completely wonderful, but nothing too awful either. The gore, while nowhere close to being expertly done, was good and still quite disturbing. There are faces and asses being bashed in, eyeballs being gouged out, throats being slit, and...booby milk being poured into little glasses. I believe this movie is something only the 1970s could provide us with. So thank them if you want, or curse them if you must. But whatever you do - don't go into this expecting to see large quantities of hot, naked women. While it is a movie about strippers, there is surprisingly little of that. Many of the girls remain in pasties and all of them (excluding the one afro'd black woman) are too white to dance. And, I'll be completely honest here, they're not all that attractive. So don't see this just for the T & A, because you'll be sadly disappointed. Instead, see it for the humor and the head-bashing. 

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