Thursday, May 19, 2011

Angels' Wild Women

Angels' Wild Women
D: Al Adamson (also wrote and produced)

Notable: Scenes shot a Spahn Ranch

There is not enough of a plot to merit a plot summary... Bikers feud with a Manson type figure; meanwhile, their women go on a small rampage.

Where to even start with this Al Adamson messterpiece... It's important to know ahead of time that this was shot in about 1970-early '71, and looked to capitalize on the Manson trials. By the time it was actually released, wild women pictures were making big coin at the drive-ins, so it was reedited into one. Hasitly, it appears.
It opens well enough, jumping between two scenes. In the first, a stuntman, Turk (Preston Pierce, whose hair is a wee bit long for the WWII film he's supposed to be in), gets a little fresh with Donna (Jill Woelfel), a girl on set. Biker Speed (Ross Hagen) shows up to save the day, and the two go at it in a hilarious brawl, with dubbed over voices that immediately remind one of Popeye and Bluto. It ends in a motorcycle chase, with Turk making a jump that Speed can't follow (swiped from "Angels from Hell"), but his reaction indicates "no hard feelings."
Meanwhile, some bad guy types are about to rape a black girl (Maggie Bembry, who looks amazingly like Oprah Winfrey and has nice tits). She's saved by whip-toting Margo (Regina Carrol) and her pals, obvious Adamson-versions of "Manson girls" (especially the one who reminds me of Ouisch); after one (Claire Polan--Mrs Ross Hagen) first bares her breasts, they attack.
The girls, who also "rape" a Jethro Bodine type, beat up a cop, and so forth, just kind of go off in their own direction and have almost nothing to do with the plot for a while. It's explained away with the story that the gang they're with is going on a men-only run.
Ah, yes. The gang. After a Speed and Donna love scene in which Hagen reminds me of David Koresh, Speed gets jumped by members of an unnamed club, kicks their asses, and zipzip, he's the leader now. Off they go on their run, ending up camping not far from Spahn Ranch.
Unknown to the bikers, Spahn is also where Terry, Donna and the rest of the girls are--and so is Turk, as it happens. All are guests of the camp's guru, King (William Bonner, who is surprisingly bad) and his right hand man Slim (Arne Ward) (and filling in for Shorty Shea, Kent Taylor as ranch hand Parker). Though King seems the peaceful type at first, things go very, very badly for all involved. Viewers included.
The whole thing is an utter mess, with the editing particularly bad in every way. Storylines are abruptly dropped and resumed out of nowhere, and shots are painfully obviously reused. Some scenes are simply out of order: The girls, on foot, seduce a farm boy after one of their bikes breaks down, and then comes the scene where the bike breaks down. Much of the plot concerning King & Slim was cut in favor of shots of the girls, so none of it completely makes sense. The bikers are a bore (though Gus Peters's Preacher character had potential), and the music is mostly pretty bad.
Still, it's somehow entertaining in that Adamson way. It's good trashy entertainment, even if it doesn't really hang together. For the boobs, the Manson connections (including that some Family types still at Spahn were used as extras), the stilted dialogue, and Al being Al, this dumpster run yields three bags of good, usable stuff.

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