Sunday, October 14, 2012

Suburban Roulette (1968)

Love that review -- "Pantingly specific!"

Back in 1968, the grandfather of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, decided to take his career in a new, sordid direction with a sleazy-yet-moralistic look at wife-swapping in suburbia called Suburban Roulette. Filmed in the suburbs of Chicago, perhaps not far from where I live, it was apparently quite a hit in drive-ins and grindhouse theaters and played on that circuit for years. (That newspaper ad up there is from 1970. You'll notice the film was still being touted as "new.") Anyway, here's the flick with a wistful introduction by the patron saint of schlock, Joe Bob Briggs. For those of you who know H.G. Lewis for his horror films, you'll probably recognize Thomas Wood, the star of Blood Feast and Two-Thousand Maniacs, as one of the suburban swingers in this film. You'll also probably recognize the often-flat acting and dubious camerawork from Lewis' other films, too. Oh, and keep at least one ear open for the film's asthmatic jazz score, complete with a ludicrous theme song. (Favorite quote: "Is she ring-a-dingin' with that swingin' set?") Enjoy or don't.

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