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Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast: Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Moonshine Mountain, Color Me Blood Red, Something Weird, The Gruesome Twosome, A Taste of Blood, She-Devils on Wheels, Just for the Hell of It, How to Make a Doll, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, This Stuff ll Kill Ya! + documentary The Godfather of Gore|
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Sandy (Sandra Sinclair) is a nude model who desperately wants out,
especially since her sessions often culminate in her being raped by sex
fiend Ajax (Craig Maudslay jr) ... and her boss Lang (Lawrence J.
Aberwood) tells her he'll let her go only if she recruits another girl -
the über-innocent Kim (Allison Louise Downe), who needs tuition money for
the college she plans to attend.
Photographer Harmon (William Kerwin), a
sleazeball with a conscience, has no problem talking her into racier and
racier (but as of yet non-nude) photos, until he persuades her to go
topless - of course, he promises her to not show her face, but plays a
dirty trick on her and has his companion Larry (Mal Arnold) shoot a few
pics of her actually showing her face, just to blackmail her into
submission. The next photoshoot Larry and Ajax really try to intimidate
her in doing everything they want, but she manages to run off - which puts
Lang, the mastermind of the operation, on the plan again ... and he pretty
much lets her choose between her tuition money for one sexy shoot or
distribution of her pics which will brand her a slut for a lifetime. She
chooses the former of course.
The photoshoot doesn't seem too bad at
first, and Sandy - who has long had second thoughts about her involvement
in this - has come to protect her, but then Ajax tries to rape Kim, and
things quickly get out of hand ...
Scum of the Earth is
one of the very first roughies of what was then known as the nudie genre -
though it might seem positively tame by today's standards -, telling an
age old cautionary tale though in an effort to hide the rather sleazy
nature of the film itself. But again, while this seems to be tame from today's
point of view, just a few moments of toplessness and implied rapes, it was
pretty strong stuff by early 1960's standards.
Taken by its own merits,
Scum of the Earth is not a perfect film in any sense: While the story
moves along pretty smoothly, quite a bit of the acting is a bit on the
wooden side, and the whole thing is all but free of clichés. But vintage
eroitca and drive-in afficionados will love the film not only despite all
of its shortcomings and clichés, and even mainstream audiences might find
themselves smiling while watching this slightly clichéed sleaze