Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Superhero Film  |   Release Date - Sep 1, 1966 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Fred Beldin

Rat Pfink A Boo-Boo is a schizophrenic viewing experience, but immensely satisfying for the psychotronic cinema devotee. The film perfectly illustrates the reasons why director Ray Dennis Steckler has gained his cult-figure fame; it has a ridiculous title, beyond-low-budget backyard sets, and a charming willingness to throw the script out the window and go off on whimsical tangents. That's the legend, anyhow, which explains why this dark-edged crime drama veers off into a half-baked Batman parody midway through the picture. Reportedly, Steckler became bored the day he was filming the scene in which Lonnie Lord mulls over his options regarding his girlfriend's ransom. Wouldn't it be funny if Lonnie and Titus suddenly jumped into the closet and came out as a couple of superheroes? Thanks to the freedom of bargain-basement film production, that's exactly the path Steckler decided to follow. The heroes were given cheap, makeshift costumes and the villains shifted from sinister, chain-wielding killers to slapstick knuckleheads. Toss in a guy in a gorilla suit ("Kogar, the Swinging Ape"), add some home movie footage of the stars goofing off at a children's birthday party, and that's Rat Pfink A Boo-Boo (the fractured title is the result of a credit sequence production error that Steckler couldn't afford to fix). There's also plenty of music courtesy of star Vin Saxon, (who had a minor rock & roll career under his given name, Ron Haydock) which will sound great to those with ears for vintage '60s surf and rockabilly styles. Fast, funny, and completely weird, this is no-budget ingenuity at its best, making up for Steckler's mechanical shortcomings with imaginative zeal.