The Swinging Barmaids (1975) watch uncut


Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Actors:  Bruce Watson, Laura Hippe, Katie Saylor
Language: English
Country: USA

Also known as: Killer, Svengaavat baaritytöt, O dolofonos tou play boy club, Raptus erotico, Eager Beavers, Room Service Sex

Description: Geeky and misogynistic mama’s boy psycho Tom (an enjoyably loopy portrayal by Bruce Watson) preys on the lovely ladies who work at a seedy Los Angeles bar. It’s up to tough, no-nonsense detective Harry (a superbly rugged performance by legendary B-movie hard man William Smith) to nab the sicko. Longtime favorite unsung exploitation flick director Gus Trikonis (who also blessed us with the first-rate hicksploitation gem “Nashville Girl” and the spooky haunted house item “The Evil”), working from a racy and twisted script by frequent Roger Corman scribe Charles B. Griffith, relates the nasty plot at a nonstop zippy pace, maintains an appropriately harsh and hard-edged tone throughout, delivers a pleasing amount of tasty female nudity, and really pulls out all the stirring stops for the incredibly energetic and exciting climax that’s loaded with bloody shootings and a rousing chase between a car and a motorcycle. Moreover, the scenes with the titular gals getting killed by the wacko are extremely brutal and harrowing, with the nut tearing off their tops and taking photos of their corpses after he’s murdered them. The female cast is quite sexy and attractive: Laura Hippe as the cheery Jenny, Katie Saylor as the sweet Susie, Renie Radish as the sassy Marie, and Dyanne “Ilsa” Thorne as the bitter, snippy Boo-Boo. Contributing nifty supporting turns are Zitto Kazann as smarmy bar owner Zitto, Jim Travis as Jenny’s nice physician fiancé Dave, Ray Galvin as crusty bartender Jack, and Andre Tayir as brash transvestite entertainer Ms. Bruce. Irv Goodnoff’s rough, but effective cinematography makes inspired frequent use of a hand-held camera for the murder set pieces and rough’n’tumble fight scenes. Don Bagley’s groovy-jammin’ score likewise hits the get-down funky spot. Highly recommended to 70’s drive-in cinema fans.

Trashy exploitation from Gus Trikonis (THE STUDENT BODY – 1976; MOONSHINE COUNTY EXPRESS – 1977; THE EVIL – 1978; JUNGLE HEAT – 1983 and Baywatch & Hercules episodes) with an appearance from Dyanne Thorne, known mainly for her roles as Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS.

As the reviewer at Critical Condition says, “nothing special, but it’s not a bad way to spend 88 minutes of your life.”

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