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Reverend Boone (Jeffrey Allen) uses his church mainly to sell his
illegal, self-distilled liquer, as well as going ahead with his dirty
little ideas, like subjecting bride-to-be Mary Ellen (Pamela Polsgrove) to
a gangbang in his church right at the day of her wedding. His only enemy
seems to be the local liquer store, that sells the stuff legally, so Boone
continually bullies the storeowners using the word of god.
Then though things start taking a turn for the worse, when FBI-agents
Clarke (Tim Holt) & Markel (Prentis Smithson) try to shut down
his operations ... but somehow Boone, his congregation behind him, can
force them to do some compromising photographs which pretty much quiets
them down. But then his top alcohol delivery boy, Turnip (Jack Garner),
dies in a car accident while delivering the liquer, & it seems a
maniac killer is in his midst, first stoning Mary Ellen to death, later
nailing 2 tourist girls (Dana Demonbreun, Joy Smothermon) to a cross.
All that is not so good, but as if that wasn't bad enough, soon the
liquerstore, in league with the FBI, starts selling a new brand of whiskey
that's even cheaper than Boone's moonshine, trying to bring his congregation
down that way ... to no avail since Boone soon shows up with a (bogus)
lawyer, Grimes (Skip Nicholson), sueing the company selling the new
whiskey over alcohol poisoning - a clever move but also Boone's biggest
mistake, since soon the FBI finds out the victim of Boone's courtcase,
Bubby (Larry Drake) is not sick at all, & finally it seems they have
substantial evidence againt the reverend, compromising photos or not. ...
it's only thanks to Boone's new driver Carter (Terence McCarthy) that
agent Clarke can be talked out of arresting Boone, but in exchange Boone
has to give up his alcohol business for good now ...
Reluctantly, Boone agrees, seeing it's his last chance to stay out of
jail, only one of his followers, Grady (Ray Sager) suddenly breaks down,
& it turns out he had been killing Mary Ellen & the tourist girls
& had been taking the reverend's words way too much to heart ... &
now he wants to kill Carter, whom he thinks a traitor. Boone stops him,
the 2 fight & ultimately Grady's gun goes off & blows off his own
A mix of backwoods comedy & -drama, with a portion of crime &
mystery thrown in, but (for director Herschell Gordon Lewis) rather tame
at showing anything - there's no nudity (the gangbang happens offscreen)
& almost no gore (despite 2 violent murders). What the audience is
left with is a silly little story with a terribly (but amusingly)
overacting Jeffrey Allen in the lead, & increasingly stupid dialogue.
But Herschell Gordon Lewis' trademark tongue-in-cheek approach & his
reluctance to take the story in seriously in the least still make this one
enjoyable in a trashy way.