Severin Films // 1974 // 95 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 20th, 2009
A young bride left alone to the lewd passions of an evil dwarf.
Just when you think you've seen everything, along comes something like The Sinful Dwarf and the nightmares begin anew.
Said dwarf is a creepy little bastard named Olaf (Torben) who lives with his weirdo mother in a boarding house and spends his days placing stuffed animals in erotic positions while operating a sex slave ring in the attic. See, when Olaf is called "sinful," we're not talking about the term in its playful vernacular like "that chocolate cake is sinfully delicious" or "the way you made fun of that lady's cheap purse was positively sinful." Nope, Olaf's deeds return to the hardcore Biblical meaning of the word, as in "as lo the Assyrians were deemed sinful, for they flayed their victims alive and urinated in their hollowed-out skulls."
This is how Olaf rolls: he'll spot a lovely young lady, say, drawing with sidewalk chalk, waddle up to her in an off-putting predatory fashion, charm her with a toy dog, lure her into his home, shoot her up with tranquilizers, and chain her naked to the wall.
When an attractive young couple rent a room, Olaf spots his next victim: the perky blonde wife who is shockingly oblivious to the flesh trade that's happening upstairs. Not that these two didn't have fair warning. Fricking Olaf was smiling his crooked toothy malevolent grin the whole time, while ogling the wife's bosom. Sure, the room was four bucks cheaper than the last place they looked at, but can you put a price on "lack of terrifying dwarf?"
Yikes. Here's pretty much all you need to know about this movie: everything you would expect to find in a movie called The Sinful Dwarf is here. A middle-aged woman breaking into a random Brazilian cha-cha? Yep. The longest, grainiest, most male-butt-focused, least-erotic sex scene in Scandinavian exploitation history? You bet. A dwarf sexually assaulting a woman with his cane? Unfortunately, yes.
We're talking premium grindhouse trash here, packed sideways with nudity, fornication, drug use, voyeurism, bondage, S&M, emotional abuse, bra-less sweater wearing, inappropriate fondling of action figures, spontaneous musical numbers, exposed elderly breasts, and unshaven armpits.
And once you move past all the sleaze and exploitation, which can be found in abundance in any number of trashy movies, you're left with what makes The Sinful Dwarf memorable: Torben. Torben, Torben, Torben. This squat slab of sneering evil will most definitely haunt your dreams, and if you don't instantly recoil when you catch sight of a four-foot tall person holding a cane in your daily travels, then you don't have functional eyeballs. Ironically, Torben was a children's TV show host in Denmark, so, you know, never go to Denmark.
Severin's DVD is light in the extras, but adequate in the technical department. The full frame transfer has its grainy moments, especially in the darker scenes, but anything that spares a clearer view of Olaf's teeth is a blessing. Only one bonus feature, but it's unique: two fans of the film recount the emotional trauma that Torben inflicted on them.
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Studio: Severin Films
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Release Year: 1974
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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