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Dværgen (The Sinful Dwarf)

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I discovered The Sinful Dwarf (1973) in one of these “top 10 most shocking, weird, disturbing, nasty movies of all-time” YouTube videos. As I had never heard of this movie title, let alone of the film genre “dwarfsploitation” itself, I decided to give it a try.

To be honest, I am not even sure if there has ever been a sub-genre called “dwarfsploitation” or if some clever people just invented the term in order to build a cult around some crappy movies. Just in case there are other ones, please tell me in the comment section below.

The premise of The Sinful Dwarf is crystal clear from the beginning and there is not much to reveal. To sum it up, it’s all about a mentally retarded, physically disabled and vertically challenged “Jack Black” (thank God he isn’t an African-American Jew too) who, together with his alcoholic and ex-showgirl mother, runs a slavery junkie brothel concealed as a cheap pension.

The movie is a perverse, sleazy, dark and grim exploitation flick, composed of the same repetitious, monotonic patterns which always eventuate in graphic ’70s softporn scenes. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, but I have to admit that the main character, Olaf the dwarf (Torben Bille) doesn’t work for me and consequently renders the primitive movie structure ineffective. Director Vidal Raski’s aim was to portray a sadistic and depraved, giggling little man who treats women like mere objects and who should prompt loathing and hatred but in the end he only manages to grate on my nerves extremely fast. Nonetheless, there is something about the movie which made me feel a bit mal à l’aise. Not that I was “shocked” by the movie’s outstanding level of perversity, but the grungy setting and filthy ambiance combined with the sex-slaves’ (Anne Sparrow, Jeanette Marsden, Lisbeth Olsen, and Jane Cutter) rape scenes achieve their effect, and the latter ones almost couldn’t have been more humiliating towards women.

All in all, I don’t recommend this movie because of the failure of the main character. I am pretty sure though that a lot of viewers won’t agree with me and will get the full exploitation dose by watching Torben Bille as the sinful dwarf. Personally, I think that if you are interested in what these drug addicted sex-slave exploitation movies are all about,  you should watch the Swedish rape and revenge movie Thriller-En grim film as it is the better evil. Decide for yourself!

Sssssss

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As the music was kind of special during the disco epoche, filmmakers tried to save whole generation by making some of the best and memorable monster/horror flicks like Jaws, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dawn of the Dead and I could go on like that forever.

Today I want to present to you a rather unknown but not less interesting flick. Sssssss (1973)  is one of those movies which have been on my watch-list for ages and the day before yesterday I finally ended up watching it for the first time. I am not quite sure if I should categorize it as a mad-scientist or animal horror movie  but in the end this doesn’t really matter.  Sssssss, or Sssssnake Kobra how it was called in France and the UK,  is a low-budget B-movie starring Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict (probably better known as “Faceman”) and Heather Menzies. It was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and the make-up effects were done by Nick Marcellino and the great John Chambers, best known for helping to set up the Canadian Caper story (if you have seen Argo, you know what I am talking about).

To resume, Sssssss has everything a good trash movie needs to have. There is the mad scientist, a rather atypical and “nice” villain, whose plan is it to create a perfect creature , a good-looking woman aka the doctor’s daughter and a naïve student, who falls in love with the woman, and slowly but surely turns into a snake (!!!). You, for sure, can argue that nothing really happens and that it is a really slow movie (although the ending comes a bit too quick and seems to leave the movie unfinished). Furthermore, especially the snake sound effects really get on one’s nerves, but you can’t deny that the movie is really enjoyable and even though the story has a low arc of suspense, Sssssss is really sympathetic and a recommendable goofy flick for genre fans.

To conclude I wanted to state that it is a shame that the oldschool, cheesy, vintage low-budget horror flicks are nowadays replaced by the cheap Syfy CGI infected shitmovies like 2-Headed Shark Attack, Dinocroc Vs. Supergator and co.

I thought about what else I could say about the movie other than what I did it but I am honest, I simply can’t! If you are a B-Movie monster fan, watch it. If not, just leave it but in the end the movie is just cool as shit!