Want To See A Film “In Blazing Color?”
I love vintage exploitation movie posters like the one above – the ad for a very routine S & M film from France in the early 70’s – but check out this ad I kept from my local newspaper when it played the drive-in circuit at the time:
Yes, check the bottom left ad – my newspaper added the words “in blazing color!”
Remember where we’ve seen that “blazing color” line before?
Or in this case:
“Flaming Hillbilly Color!”
Yes, these films weren’t just in color, they were “blazing” or “flaming”!
You may not have realized there was a whole “Hicksploitation” trend in the 70’s – stuff like “The Pigskeeper’s Daughter” and of course “Hillbilly Hookers” as well:
I took a look at some of the wildest of the “Hicksploitation” movies, and you can see them here – including the one starring th legendary Rene Bond:
Of course, these ads were very effective: they ensured that my friends and I would try to sneak in to the movie theater or the drive-in, no matter how underage we were!
But it was always based on the lurid newspaper ads:
As you can see, the original french poster for “The Room Of Chains” wouldn’t have enticed me as much as the original, because it isn’t filled with all of the hyperbole that was marketed in the US, sounding like a provocative “roughie” grind house film from that time.
This ad led me on a search into the cult cinema world of “girls in chains”, where I found these posters:
These look like two completely different films, but then I found another ad – the title from the first poster but the artwork from the second!
It wasn’t unusual for films to be released multiple times with different titles…and if you want the “Citizen Kane” of “women in chains” films, it’s right here:
Yes, “Black Mama White Mama” had a plot revolving around two women chained together!
Ultimately, all roads lead to “women in prison” films of course, where female prisoners were always chained up – until they were allowed to shower:
This genre reached its apex with classic films like “Bare Behind Bars” and “Black Mama White Mama” but there are many many more, and I took a look at some of them here:
Back to this original ad from my local paper:
You see those other great exploitation drive-in movies of the time? One of them starred one of my “2020 sex kittens!”
Yep, “The Flesh And Blood Show” starred cult movie Queen Luan Peters – she made a lot of great cult films in the 70’s – you can check them all out here:
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