Directed by Charles Romine
Starring Daniel Garth
A "Last House on the Left"-style film that actually predated that masterpiece by about five years, but was naturally re-released to cash in on the success of that movie later. It turns up on many lists as having been produced in the 1970s, though it was made in 1968. It also was not filmed in South Africa, as many people (myself among them) have erroneously reported in the past. Apparently it was shot in New York.
The film was originally shot with the unmemorable title "Anybody, Anyway" and only saw a U.S. release in 1975 as "Behind Locked Doors," following the huge success of "Last House on the Left" in 1972.
The film opens with an overlong pot party in a barn. A young woman, Ann, is nearly raped and then rescued by Dr. Bradley, a stuffed-bird collector and Henry Kissinger lookalike, who rescues her brandishing a pitchfork. Later on this South African production has Ann and her lesbian coworker forced to spend the night at the bird collector's home when her car mysteriously breaks down on the way home. Of course, he turns out to be a maniac with a museum of stuffed, naked women in his basement -- basically actresses with a little face paint doing still lifes. Like all evil doctors, Bradley is helped in his endeavors by an evil sister (with hilarious facial expressions) and a semi-retarded muscleman caretaker.
As the tagline warns us: "A psycho waits ... To lure young swingers who stray - and are trapped ... Behind Locked Doors."
The film does have a rawness you don't see in films made today. It was tough to find before Something Weird released it on DVD in 2004, and confirmed that it was, in fact, memorable for it's political incorrectness, but slow paced enough that you have to really enjoy these early exploitation films to want to sit through it. For crying out loud, the opening party scene is 15 minutes!
-- Review by Lucius Gore
Posted by David D on May 17, 2008Not that it is saying much but it is better than The Beutiful, The Bloody and The Bare. LOL!