Thursday, April 11, 2013

Drive-In Collection: The Suckers / The Love Garden

The Suckers
Director: Arthur Byrd
Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / Mono / 80 minutes

The Love Garden 
Director: Mark Haggard
Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.37:1 fullscreen / Mono / 70 minutes


The story of Richard Connell's short story "The Most Dangerous Game"–written in the mid-1920–has been done and redone many times on film but I venture to say never like filmmaker Arthur Byrd's (aka Stu Segall who went on to be pretty successful in TV) The Suckers. The film takes the basic premise of rich guy hunting humans as big game and inserts rape and lots of sex! My favorite line from the movie that tells you everything you need to know about the plot is delivered by the rich guy as he is explaining that the models and owner of the model agency are going to be his prey, "Rape and slaughter go hand-in-hand when one is hunting human beings." And rape and slaughter he–along with his two henchmen–do. But to make it more fair, he also kidnaps an ex-Green Beret to be on the models' side and be more of a challenge for him.
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