Scum of the Earth (1963)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Sexploitation  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This exploitative morality tale from cult director Herschell Gordon Lewis tells the story of Kim (Vickie Miles), a naive high-school girl lured into a pornography ring by photographer Harmon (Thomas Wood) and aging model Sandra (Sandra Sinclair). Kim is told that she can earn money for college by doing "glamour shots," but when Kim's classmate Larry (Mal Arnold) gets incriminating pictures of her, she is blackmailed into posing for increasingly explicit photos. The most amusing character is the ring's sleazy boss, Mr. Lang, who plays with toy monkeys and cackles a great deal, barking lines like "you're damaged merchandise..." and "this is a fire sale!" as the camera zooms in on his rotting teeth. Rapes, beatings, and various crime-film cliches ensue, until Kim is freed from her misery by a most unlikely hero. Unintentionally funny and poorly photographed, this film certainly has its moments for connoisseurs of bad cinema, but others will find it tawdry and dull.

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modeling, blackmail, investigation, pornography, slice-of-life, teenagers, earth