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Andy Warhol's Bad (1977)

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The final film released under the Andy Warhol moniker (which Warhol executive produced) is a much more polished affair than Flesh, Trash or Heat, but preserves the oddball wit and eccentric flair that made those films so memorable. Directed by Warhol film editor Jed Johnson, Andy Warhol's Bad focuses on Hazel Aiken, a New York housewife who has to support a houseful of relatives on her own. She pays the bills by operating an electrolysis service out of her home and also by running a murder-for-hire service staffed exclusively by women that specializes in unsavory jobs like killing children and house pets. As a result of her latter job, she has to deal with unwanted attention from Detective Hughes, a corrupt cop who wants her to surrender one of her employees so he can make an arrest. Hazel's complex life grows even more difficult with the arrival of her nephew J.T. (Perry King), a sleazy layabout who wants to join her hit squad. As the bodies pile up around her, Hazel discovers that her cold-blooded take on capitalism and family values comes with a price she didn't imagine. Andy Warhol's Bad differs from previous Warhol productions because of its higher production values and Hollywood-friendly casting, but retains its sense of underground credibility thanks to a wild story line that trashes every taboo in arm's reach to create a memorably bizarre satire. Some sources erroneously list the year of release in 1971; it was in fact produced in 1976 and issued to theaters by Roger Corman's New World Pictures in 1977. The MPAA classified that version of the film with an X. It was later reedited to receive an R, which is the version available on video.

Cast

Carroll Baker
as Hazel Aiken
Susan Tyrrell
as Mary Aiken
Charles McGregor
as Detective Hughes
Susan Blond
as Baby-Killing Mother
Renee Paris
as Sara Leachman
Tere Tereba
as Ingrid Joyner
Matthew Anton
as Drugstore Boy
Cathy Roskam
as Drugstore Mother
Mary Boylan
as Grandmother
Gordon Oas-Heim
as Mr. Aiken
Michael Forella
as Ice Cream Counterman
John H. Starke
as Joe Leachman
Ruth Jaroslow
as Electrolysis Patient
Michael Sullivan
as `Some Schmuck'
Tito Goya
as Manuel Rivera
Lawrence Tierney
as O'Reilly/O'Crapface
Matthew Reich
as Wheelchair Case
Charles Welch
as Blind Newsdealer
Tom Quinn
as Man Buying Newspaper
Susan Landau
as Girl in Theater
Vasco Vallardes
as Miguel Morales
Barbara Hunt
as Dead Girl's Mother
Pat Way
as Dead Girl's Uncle
Robert Hodges
as Theater Manager
Jane Forth
as Screaming Passerby
Tamara Horrocks
as Angry Mother
Jerry Rosenberg
as Drycleaning Deliveryman
John Dunn
as Joyner Boy
Joe Lamba
as Russell Joyner
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Critic Reviews for Andy Warhol's Bad

All Critics (7)

This sicko black comedy is a near masterpiece in outrageous schlock shock.

Full Review… | November 2, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

You would be wise not to read any further material about BAD until you've viewed it for yourself

October 2, 2005
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Amusing Warhol Factory opus with a great Susan Tyrell performance.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Andy Warhol's Bad

Totally funny and mesmerizingly screwed up. Danny Peary's book, 100 Cult Movies, enumerates how it's as close as Warhol's gang get to Hollywood movie-making (name actors, union crew) while keeping their eyes on the prize of disturbing our sensibilities. He thinks it's pretty funny, too, but even more remarkably, pretty controlled.

Tara Vaughan
Tara Vaughan
½

GREAT final film from the Andy Warhol factory, this time not directed by Paul Morrissey, who by then had moved on to other things. This one feels a little closer to a John Waters film, but with a slightly more serious edge. The score by Mike Bloomfield (of all people) is quite excellent, with the legendary Carroll Baker heading a wonderfully offbeat cast in the story of a psychopathic suburban widow (Baker) who runs an electrolysis business out of her kitchen, while also running an all-female assassins-for-hire operation on the side. Perry King is the handsome but deeply troubled drifter who comes along to turn this dysfunctional household on its head. Lots of sick humor and kitschy dialogue will keep lovers of cult cinema engaged, while serious film buffs will have fun picking out all the cinematic references. I don't want to reveal too much about the film, just see it when you have the opportunity!

Steve Joseph
Steve Joseph
½

The last film produced by Andy Warhol, Bad, as sicko black comedy, is a near masterpiece in outrageous schlock shock.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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