Troma // 1973 // 90 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 6th, 2004
How far would you go to get revenge on the killer of your lesbian lover? (Is that a rhetorical question?)
Troma proudly presents the digitally re-mastered version of one of founder Lloyd Kaufman's first forays into the world of movie making. Lesbian lovers, exploitative sex scenes, and depraved murders -- consider the seeds of Troma planted.
Camilla (Mary Woronov) runs in some shady circles. When her porno-licious loverboy and his goofy sexual tendencies get out of hand, leading to the murder of her lesbian lover on the side, she puts into process a diabolical scheme of revenge. Though she agrees to cover for the sleazebag, she harbors violent resentment.
Here enters the wide-eyed, innocent wannabe starlet Alta (Lynn Lowry). Camilla, a casting agent, sees the girl and immediately includes her in her deadly game of screw-the-killer-pornographer.
As Camilla grooms Alta to be a seductress, the two forge their own little love affair, all while spiraling to a head-on collision of sexual manipulation, trash talking, canoe-loads of nudity, and gunshot wounds.
Lloyd Kaufman was producer (along with Oliver Stone!!!) and writer for this little slice of '70s trash. His proclivities for wanton debauchery and nipples, that would later be realized in an endless onslaught of Troma-generated sculch, are quite apparent in this early work.
The movie is just overflowing with nudity, '70s trash nudity that is -- hairy butts and nipples the size of dartboards. Many a scene takes place with its characters just lounging around nude, or walking and talking nude, or bathing nude, or making out with their lesbian lover nude, and so on and so forth.
I don't quite know hot to describe the bare-ass-itude of this movie. It's not erotic. No, what it is sleazy. The movie felt sleazy, and I'd be willing to bet Kaufman would take that as a compliment.
The film takes it sweet time rolling along, and all the butts and boobs in the world won't make time fly. The final sequence ties things off well, squeezing a modicum of suspense out of a volatile confrontation. It's a meandering road to the end however.
The only standout in the cast is Woronov as the calculating bisexual conniver. She's quite effective as an icy, manipulative temptress with liberal sexual tendencies. In fact, out of pretty much the entire cast, she's the most attractive. Maybe because I kinda feel like she can beat the crap out of me.
Lloyd Kaufman, proud of his little flesh-flick, has loaded the disc with Sugar Cookies-related extras, including a couple of interviews with the two leading ladies, Woronov and Lowry. I have to say it was fairly weird seeing these, er, mature women talking about this sleaze-a-rama they did in the '70s. I couldn't help but think: "What if one of these women was my mom?" That is too wacky, and I'll be forever grateful my mom chose to go into the field of human services rather than B-movie sexcapades.
The video and audio are mediocre. The transfer looks aged, but for the most part holds up well in this boring full-screen transfer (come on Troma, enough of the full-frame!). Stereo mix = "mheh."
If you're a fan of naked ladies from the '70s rolling around with hairy guys, hiding a relatively okay little revenge flick, then this flick is for you.
The court deems Sugar Cookies half-baked.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 1973
MPAA Rating: Rated R
* Interview with Lynn Lowry
* Interview with Mary Woronov
* "Interview" with Oliver Stone
* Music video