When we unearth one of these buried treasures, we're obliged to share with others in our community, other horror junkies jonesing for their next fix. I'm pretty sure that's how cult movies are born. I submit for your consideration the late Paul Bartel's feature directorial debut, Private Parts (1972).
I became a big fan of the Big Lots DVD dump bins a few years ago while enduring some nasty medical problems that left me perpetually broke and frequently homebound. I'd previously been one of those guys who regularly burned through piles of money on new DVD releases, and I simply didn't have the finances to keep doing that. Movies from the dump bins were only three dollars a pop, and they satisfied my compulsion to buy new DVDs without breaking the bank. Admittedly, though, my excavations frequently yielded pretty sorry results. They also often encouraged me to sample titles I might've otherwise passed by, perfectly worthwhile titles that had found their way to the dump bins simply because their availability outstripped consumer demand.
|The lovely young Ayn Ruymen as Cheryl Stratton|
I should pause here to make clear that Private Parts isn't a game changer. It's an odd, funky, and morbidly funny exercise in weirdness. It's at once familiar and unique. It brings to mind the movies of Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage) in its casual, good-natured sleaziness. I suspect it was a hard movie to market, and perhaps that's why it fell through the cracks.
|Developing Cheryl in the basement darkroom|
|George's "significant other" in an intimate moment|
|Lucille Benson as Aunt Martha|
|Laurie Main as the Reverend Moon|
Private Parts is perverse, funny, and atmospheric, and it stands as one of my all-time favorite bargain bin finds. Be advised, though - you'll want to steer clear of the trailer prior to watching the movie, which is why I haven't provided a link to it here. Just trust me, this demented little flick is well worth any genre fan's time, and it's truly worthy of a cult following.
Up next in the Best Of The Big Lots Bargain Bin series: Demon Seed (1977)
Posted by Brandon Early