Normal service has resumed! After 3+ months of craziness at my day job and a batch technical glitches, THE GRINDHOUSE EFFECT is back. We return with Part Three in our look at the life and career of Shauna Grant with a review of one of her best-known films: SUZIE SUPERSTAR (1983)!
Suzie Mitchell and her band are riding high, thanks to the unscrupulous methods of their money-grubbing manager Z.W. McCain. Money and fame are all very well, but having their lives micromanaged by a tight-fisted handler is not the sort of price the band is willing to pay for success. Their contract is air-tight, and it seems as if they’re stuck. However, when Suzie spies on McCain frolicking with a crime boss’ daughter, she hatches a plan to dump their manager and take control of her own destiny. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
The review features two extended video clips, which have also been added to our SCREENING ROOM and the YouTube channel.
Thanks for all the kind messages I received through social media asking what was happening with the site. With the technical issues ironed out, expect much more sleaze to come!
Welcome back! With this update we begin our look at the life and career of the tragic Shauna Grant. Parts 1 & 2 are now online…
PART ONE – Introduction
Her journey from cheerleader, to erotic icon, to addict would take a tome the size of Pride and Prejudice to fully tell…and it all happened in less than two years. This star ascended quickly, fell swiftly, and burned out far too soon. READ ARTICLE
PART TWO – The Young Like it Hot (1983) Film Review
Loni, the supervisor at a small phone exchange, is worried when rumors swell that the operators in her charge are to be replaced with computers. She hatches a plan to convince the bigwigs that they can provide services that no computer ever could. A new take on “Customer Satisfaction” ensues. READ REVIEW
Parts 3 & 4 coming later in the month. Enjoy!
Well, hello there! Autumn is upon us! That means icky weather gives me the opportunity to watch more movies! This time, our update is a review of John Hayes’ little twister HELP WANTED FEMALE. A stripper must fight for her life when she takes on the wrong client in HELP WANTED, FEMALE (1968). Review also includes a video clip and gallery. You can check out the review by clicking here.
Money-hungry stripper Luana’s favorite client is the oddball Mr. Gregory . On this session with Luana, Mr. Gregory has something a little different on his mind. While Luana drops her gear, Mr. Gregory drops a little acid. Under the drug’s influence he begins to tell her a sordid tale of his marriage to the wicked Barbara and their adventures with S&M, easy kicks and murder. Luana isn’t convinced, she’s been around the block and is used to the odd peccadilloes of her clients. As she sets out to leave, however, she finds evidence that Mr. Gregory’s story might be all too real and that she’s is in way over her head. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE.
Enjoy! See you later in the week for new sound clips and wallpaper!
After a little break we’re back with a new review! This time around it’s John Hayes’ sordid THE HANG UP (1973).
Sgt. Robert Walshhas a chip on his shoulder. He’s a tough-nosed, judgmental, unbending and effective vice cop…and he’s got a hang up. Years of pursuing (and sometimes protecting) people he calls the “scum” of the Earth has made him believe all that is sensual is sinful. During a bust that otherwise would be routine, he feels a spark of sympathy for a young prostitute. Helping her to escape the cops who are closing in, he takes her under his wing and into his life. But the young woman isn’t all that she seems.
READ THE FULL REVIEW
As a companion piece to the article on Julie Lee published last month, we review the film in which she made her only starring appearance, EMMANUELLE IN SOHO. A photographer, his wife and their lodger Emmanuelle try to make it in London’s notorious Red Light District in this last stop on the rocky road of British Sex Comedies. Check out the review here. More soon! Enjoy!
Happy July, everyone! Let’s get started with a new review! This time, we’re taking a look at Theodore Gershuny’s psychosexual masterwork SUGAR COOKIES. A sinister film producer kills his star in a kinky game of Russian Roulette and stages it as a suicide. He tasks the actress’ agent into finding him a new plaything, with explosive results for everyone involved.
This essential slice of cinema stars cult siren Lynn Lowry, Warhol Superstar Mary Woronov and George Shannon in a decadent, sinister performance. You can read our review of SUGAR COOKIES here.
Stay tuned for a big update next time with another new review, new sounds and new wallpaper all dedicated to the cult classic THE APPLE. Coming soon!
Hello again! This time around we review the weird and intriguing LITTLE MISS INNOCENCE. This 1973 flick, the directorial debut of Chris Warfield, stars John Alderman as a bachelor who picks up two sexy hitchhikers (Sandy Dempsey and Terri Johnson) thinking he’s in for a good time. What he gets is far more bizarre and unhinged than he could have imagined! You can check out the review here.
Enjoy! See you next time!