Category Archives: Reviews

May 6th, 2019 Update

We’re back with Part Four of our look at the life and career of Shauna Grant. This time around, a review of Roberta Findlay’s 1983 flick, GLITTER. The film stars Shauna Grant, Marlene Willoughby, Kelly Nichols, Tish Ambrose, Michael Knight, Ashley Moore, Rhonda Jo Petty, Tiffany Clark, and Jerry Butler as the inept son of an ad agency mogul who falls in love with a young model.

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The review also features a video clip (which has also been added to the Screening Room and YouTube Channel) and gallery. You can read the review by clicking here.

lauraFor the next update we will take a brief pause from Shauna for a review of an exciting new release of a trash film classic: EMANUELLE’S REVENGE. More on that in a little while. Also, we’re working on making available cult siren Laura Gemser’s rarely heard single “Crazy Eyes!” Stay tuned for that!

-Johnny Stanwyck

March 25th Update

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!

-Johnny Stanwyck

December 13th Update

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…

update-shauna01PART 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

update-shauna02PART 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!

-Johnny Stanwyck

 

October 28th Update

help06Well, 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!

September 12th Update

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

-Johnny Stanwyck

July 2nd Update

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.

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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!

-Johnny Stanwyck