Laura Cannon’s Greatest Role!
Severin Films has given cult movie fans the greatest gift of all – Cult Actress Laura Cannon’s great role – all part of a new box set of Andy Milligan’s films – yes, all of them!
If you don’t know this Director’s very independent film work, you have a wild wild ride ahead!
Here are details at Severin’s site, where pre-sales are underway now:
Here are a few of his best known works:
“In Cranium-Cleaving Color!”
Take a moment to look closely at all three of these posters, including the “cranium” line at the bottom of “The Ghastly Ones”…how could you ever miss such classic horror cinema?
Time To Celebrate Andy Milligan!
Meet Andy Milligan, who may just be Staten Island’s greatest filmmaker!
Yes: STATEN ISLAND’S GREATEST FILMMAKER!
Here are some examples of his “masterpieces”, beginning with an early work of art:
I mean, the title alone NEEDS makes it a classic – but as you can imagine, the creative visionary behind this gem had many more classics to come:
All of these movies are the work of Andy Milligan, a quirky filmmaker who wanted to shock America. Now, Severin has ALL of them to savor!
These are films that you can savor over and over again, especially when they include dialogue like THIS:
Dusty Cole: How’s your mother?
Cherry Lane: She threw me out. I guess she got tired of me using all her hairspray.
There’s a great book that told his incredible story:
Shooting on budgets that hovered around $10,000, Milligan turned out 29 movies between 1965 and 1988 – moves that were:
“In Dripping Blood Color!”
Milligan churned out film after film, with some of exploitation’s greatest movie titles – and the Severin box set has them all!
Torture Dungeon! (1969)
Bloodthirsty Butchers! (1970)
The Body Beneath! (1970)
Guru, the Mad Monk! (1970)
The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (1972)
And they weren’t just horror films – no, Milligan knew how to sex it up as well!
Fleshpot On 42nd St. “Erotic, Sensual and Smoldering!”
That’s right, they weren’t all horror films, Milligan also loved deviant sex – and blew the lid of 42nd Street’s sleazy sex trade!
The film stars Laura Cannon, his most beautiful leading lady ever!
The plot of this classic was simple: A street whore desperately seeks love and acceptance against the backdrop of the criminal element of early 1970s Times Square.
Here is a seven minute scene shot on location – you get a real clear idea of Milligan’s filming “style”:
The film featured classic Milligan dialogue like this:
Cherry Lane: Didn’t your mother ever tell you that you shouldn’t go out with strange men?
Dusty Cole: Bob’s not strange. He’s dull.
Well, enough said! Let’s get back to what Milligan REALLY liked – movies that he filmed:
“In Cranium-Cleaving Color!”
How can you resist a movie that offers this tagline!
The Ghastly Ones!
You are seeing a trend: classic grindhouse poster art – sex, violence, SHOCKS BEYOND BELIEF! – c’mon in suckers, the water’s fine!
First, check out the trailer:
Then, check out the “Doctor’s Warning” on the poster – a classic “come on” for the suckers at that time…love it! Now, back to “The Ghastly Ones” plot: Three married couples are forced to spend the night in a Victorian-era house where they start getting killed off by a deranged psycho who’s bent on claiming an inheritance they are all entitled to.
Here’s a great bit of trivia, thanks to IMDB: In several of the fight scenes of the film, the crew and their cameras and sound equipment are visible. There are also moments when the director can be heard softly reminding the actors of their lines.
Now THAT’S film making! Here’s another example of Milligan’s madness – starring these “blue-faced” women:
The Body Beneath!
This is an interesting film actually shot on location in England, with these blue-faced beauties who show up for no real reason, but they liven up the pace of the film!
Check out the trailer, which proclaims that the movie was “filmed in the graveyards of England!”
In this movie, Milligan captures the eerie horror of-, ah who’s kidding who? Do you REALLY care what it’s about? It’s slow-moving and laughably bad in a dementedly fun way! I mean, you have to watch it in order to find out why these women look like THIS!
There is so much more on Andy Milligan to share, including a book that tells the hilarious, and ultimately sad story of an awful filmmaker who managed to make a number of movies that are still being enjoyed today!
As I said, Laura Cannon starred in “Fleshpot” – she had a troubled and mysterious life – you can click here to see more of her provocative work on both sides of the XXX-line:
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