Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Great Unwatched: The Dark (1979) and Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)

Part of: Shriek Show's Mutant Monsters Triple Feature (The Dark), Grindhouse Experience Box Set (Carry On Emmannuelle)

Directors: John "Bud" Cardos (The Dark) and Gerald Thomas (Carry On Emmannuelle)

Runtime: Roughly 90 minutes each

Two pieces of crap. The Dark is at least amusingly produced; its failings stem largely from post-production tampering and a lack of a coherent plot. Then again, what do you really expect from a movie about a homeless alien space monster with laser beam eyes that's produced by Dick Clark (yes, that Dick Clark)?

Carry On Emmannuelle, on the other hand, squanders an opportunity to give a proper send-up of the whole sexplotation genre. Instead, we get a bunch of entirely too tame sex jokes presented as if their mere sexuality was the funny bit. In short, it's a movie made by adolescent minds with no appreciation of the sheer subversiveness of which the true adolescent is capable.

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