Reviews

  • Dec 27, 2016

    Maniacal Russ Meyers fleshfest is hilariously nonsensical.

    Maniacal Russ Meyers fleshfest is hilariously nonsensical.

  • May 02, 2013

    Meyer returns to the "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" formula where a bunch of desperate characters, some with deadly secrets, are trapped in a remote location. This time it's not as successful. This film has a lot less drive to it. The characters hang around and kibitz for most of the film. Babette Bardot (a pseudonym? ya think?) and Alaina Capri are no Tura Satana. They're not even a Haji. Like most of his film's, it's watchable.

    Meyer returns to the "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" formula where a bunch of desperate characters, some with deadly secrets, are trapped in a remote location. This time it's not as successful. This film has a lot less drive to it. The characters hang around and kibitz for most of the film. Babette Bardot (a pseudonym? ya think?) and Alaina Capri are no Tura Satana. They're not even a Haji. Like most of his film's, it's watchable.

  • May 14, 2012

    strange movie strange remote spot

    strange movie strange remote spot

  • Jul 11, 2011

    Not this directprs best but you couldn't call it boring.

    Not this directprs best but you couldn't call it boring.

  • Jan 27, 2011

    Sort of a transition piece after Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Interesting, and Meyer casts someone who is remotely attractive for once, but a bonkers climax.

    Sort of a transition piece after Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Interesting, and Meyer casts someone who is remotely attractive for once, but a bonkers climax.

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    Eric B Super Reviewer
    Jun 03, 2008

    Russ Meyer sure found some strange, remote spots to shoot movies. "Common-Law Cabin" takes place in a drab, sandy area along the Colorado River (according to Meyer's typically grandiose introduction, the river takes and leaves like a woman but has a name like a man). The terrain is like the Everglades minus most of the greenery. It's the dead opposite of "picturesque." Dewey Hoople (Jackie Moran, who also co-wrote the screenplay) lives on an island in this bleak zone, earning his keep through renting nearby turf to unsuspecting marks who seek getaway vacations. The allure of his sales pitch is helped by his buxom girlfriend Babette (Babette Bardot, whose Swedish accent is nearly unintelligible) and buxom daughter Coral (Adele Rein, also accented). Happily for us, these gals spend most of the film barely contained within their bikini tops, but Dewey has a wee problem: He has more sexual interest in Coral than Babette. Dewey depends on a drunken salt nicknamed Cracker to ferry customers to his lair. Cracker's latest passengers are a nerdy doctor, his wife Sheila (the spectacular Alaina Capri) and a cagey operator named Barney (redheaded Ken Swofford, whose face is familiar from a long history of TV roles). Barney has a pressing need for a hideout and seems eager to cut a deal. After Cracker motors away, the remaining group is stuck on the island together. Barney wastes no time in trying to seduce all the women. Frustrated with her dull husband, Sheila is particularly willing to grab any man in sight. A bit later, a handsome heir also arrives on the scene, adding little to the film beyond some age-compatible romance for Coral. Barney eventually gets his just desserts (use freeze-frame to check the laughably obvious stunt dummy), but the best reasons to keep watching are Capri, Rein and Bardot, who may be Meyer's most tantalizing cast of bodies ever. There's no real nudity beyond an underwater buttock or two, but this hardly matters. Maybe it would be geographically inaccurate, but I kept feeling like the story needed a hungry alligator.

    Russ Meyer sure found some strange, remote spots to shoot movies. "Common-Law Cabin" takes place in a drab, sandy area along the Colorado River (according to Meyer's typically grandiose introduction, the river takes and leaves like a woman but has a name like a man). The terrain is like the Everglades minus most of the greenery. It's the dead opposite of "picturesque." Dewey Hoople (Jackie Moran, who also co-wrote the screenplay) lives on an island in this bleak zone, earning his keep through renting nearby turf to unsuspecting marks who seek getaway vacations. The allure of his sales pitch is helped by his buxom girlfriend Babette (Babette Bardot, whose Swedish accent is nearly unintelligible) and buxom daughter Coral (Adele Rein, also accented). Happily for us, these gals spend most of the film barely contained within their bikini tops, but Dewey has a wee problem: He has more sexual interest in Coral than Babette. Dewey depends on a drunken salt nicknamed Cracker to ferry customers to his lair. Cracker's latest passengers are a nerdy doctor, his wife Sheila (the spectacular Alaina Capri) and a cagey operator named Barney (redheaded Ken Swofford, whose face is familiar from a long history of TV roles). Barney has a pressing need for a hideout and seems eager to cut a deal. After Cracker motors away, the remaining group is stuck on the island together. Barney wastes no time in trying to seduce all the women. Frustrated with her dull husband, Sheila is particularly willing to grab any man in sight. A bit later, a handsome heir also arrives on the scene, adding little to the film beyond some age-compatible romance for Coral. Barney eventually gets his just desserts (use freeze-frame to check the laughably obvious stunt dummy), but the best reasons to keep watching are Capri, Rein and Bardot, who may be Meyer's most tantalizing cast of bodies ever. There's no real nudity beyond an underwater buttock or two, but this hardly matters. Maybe it would be geographically inaccurate, but I kept feeling like the story needed a hungry alligator.

  • Jan 04, 2008

    Not one of Meyer's best, but still watchable. I can't quite pin point what went wrong here. The story is interesting and the characters are... well... very Meyers. It just doesn't climax very well in the third act, which is usually Meyer's strong point. Funny though and Adele Reine is absolutely fine.

    Not one of Meyer's best, but still watchable. I can't quite pin point what went wrong here. The story is interesting and the characters are... well... very Meyers. It just doesn't climax very well in the third act, which is usually Meyer's strong point. Funny though and Adele Reine is absolutely fine.

  • Nov 23, 2007

    One of my favourite Russ Meyer pictures. Lots of babes and studs and some of the ripest dialogue ever committed to celluloid.

    One of my favourite Russ Meyer pictures. Lots of babes and studs and some of the ripest dialogue ever committed to celluloid.