Time To Celebrate Another Cult Movie Queen!
My obsession with cult cinema is fueled in part by incredibly entertaining posters like this one:
“Out of the steaming slave markets come the raving sea-savages…THE MUTHERS!”
So, how can you NOT want to know what this film is about, and who stars in it? Well, let’s get to it!
Meet Cult Movie Star And Sex Kitten Rosanne Katon!
After seeing this film, I had to go back and find out more about one of the stars, Rosanne Katon!
Rosanne got her start in a number of iconic TV shows in the 70’s, such as “Good Times” and “Sanford And Son”, along with the cop drama “The Rookies.”
Katon built a career as a fashion model, actress, comedian and activist, and Rosanne was also Playboy magazine’s September 1978 Playmate of the Month.
A “Swinging Cheerleader” AND A “Muther!”
Here are two classic cult films where I discovered Roseanne’s acting – and her mesmerizing screen appeal:
1974 – The Swinging Cheerleaders
Katon starred in this Jack Hill-directed exploitation film along with Collenn Camp and Rainbeaux Smith.
Check out the trailer:
That is a perfect example of a “drive-in movie!”
According to Director Hill, the film was shot in only 12 days!
The other film I saw with Katon also impressed me:
1976 – The Muthers
This film was made in The Philippines, and surprised me a good way – all four of the leads in the film are African-American women!
Here is the trailer:
This “empowered female” action romp is a lot of fun!
Katon’s co-star was Jeannie Bell, who appeared in the October 1969 issue of Playboy – Bell was only the second African-American woman to grace the centerfold (the first was Jennifer Jackson, in March 1965).
But Katon had some more great cult cinema to come!
1976 – She Devils In Chains
Katon got to kick ass in this exploitation film, and followed it up with one of her biggest hits!
She co-starred with Colleen Camp and Silvia Anderson in the action comedy “Ebony, Ivory & Jade” with the classic tagline:
“3 Foxy Mama’s Turned Loose…”
However, with a “PG” rating, probably not as “loose” as in her previous films!
Katon went on to star in “Motel Hell” (1980), and you may remember her scene in “Bachelor Party” with Tom Hanks (1984).
Katon was selected as “Miss Golden Globes” for their 1981 awards show. Katon was the first African American to be selected since the custom started in 1962.
At one point, Katon segued into the world of stand-up comedy, and during that period in her career, she appeared in the June 1991 Playboy pictorial “Funny Girls,” which covered female comedians.
Bravo to Katon for a great career in cult cinema – her “cheerleaders” film follows in the footsteps of other cult gems like this:
This “Wild Weekend” starred Kristine DeBell, who also starred in one of the greatest “cult” films of all time!
Yes, this “adult” take on a children’s story is also a musical! You can see the trailer here:
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