You all know that I am fascinated by an era of filmmaking when movie posters were full of innuendo and suggestion –
JUST LOOK AT WHAT THIS POSTER SAID!
Yes, this is going to be one clean motel! The classic poster for “The Bed And How To Make It” was a pure marketing “come on”, and here are some more GREAT examples of the era! Let’s return to a time of suggestive posters and “not-very-subtle” dialogue like:
“Don’t bite! Pain hurts.”
Yes, there was definitely some “agony” in this love. In an era of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”, let’s look at a time when “sin was simpler”: checkout the poster for the story of a bored housewife and her “temptations!”
Yes, a restless, bored housewife rents an apartment where she indulges in all of her sexual fantasies. Now, since this was the late 60’s, those temptations almost ALWAYS took place off-camera, but her “temptation” was enough to fill grind house theaters with lonely men all across the country!
Exploitation Sex Symbol Pat Barrington!
Legendary sex kitten Pat Barrington stars as a housewife who has an itch she cannot scratch:
And the film includes this classic line, which could have come straight from “Fifty Shades Of Grey”:
“Don’t bite! Pain hurts.”
This was a time when films promised so much more than they ever delivered, which meant the movie posters were hilariously titillating!
Read the entire review of “The Agony Of Love” at the terrific “DVD Drive-In” website….
Films like this always sold the same idea: “bored” women who were led down the path into temptation…the classic staples of the “sexploitation” film.
Pat Barrington made one of the all-time great exploitation films:
Yes, the sexy starlet co-stars in this classic slice of sexploitation – read all about it – and about the legendary Producer behind it – by clicking on my story here:
And of course, this is my all-time favorite political photo: President Obama and Vice President Biden eating at a burger joint that proudly displays the “Mantis In Lace” poster!
Now of course, there are SO many classics in this genre, with posters that were as hilariously suggestive – like this classic:
As you can see, the “come on” was forbidden sex, dirty secrets and a voyeuristic “Peeping Tom” vibe…and of course, innocent women who really aren’t that innocent…
Here’s what is, to me, the all-time greatest title for a 60’s exploitation movie:
“A Taste Of Honey, A Swallow Of Brine!”
This was a real movies, folks, and I own it! You can read more about the “dirty” world of early Grindhouse cinema by clicking here:
Something Weird is the company that salvaged “Brine” from the movie scrapheap. And of course, you can check out these classic cult double bills thanks to “Something Weird” video:
Read all about this terrific company and their films by clicking on my tribute to Mike Vraney here:
Mike Vraney was one of the great fans of cult movies. Keep buying from Something Weird to make sure they can continue to keep sexploitation alive!
And finally, here is a subtle poster tag line:
“The Motel Had 70 Beds…And She Knew Them All!”
“The Bed And How To Make It!”
Although it suggests much much more, the star of this film actually “makes the beds” in the movie – as a housekeeper!
The poster was clearly promising a lot of “action” in the film, and there is some “boundary pushing” simulated sex and nudity, but this mostly just a classic 60’s sexploitation romp…
The folks at Something Weird have done a great job of keeping these obscure films alive for future generations to study and enjoy! Also, a big kudos to Severin Films as well, a home video company that is also working hard to keep classics like this alive:
“Vampyros Lesbos” and “She Killed In Ecstasy” are amazing new Severin blu-ray releases – with newly remastered versions, lots of extras, and real insight into what makes these films worth preserving! Read all about them here:
There you have it, another trip into a fascinating time in movie history!
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