Hagsploitation: a term that I possibly just thought up or I stole it from someone else (but can’t remember who it was). Either way, it’s a term that usually brings to mind actresses “of a certain age,” like Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Shelley Winters or even Debbie Reynolds (when she and Winters starred in What’s the Matter With Helen, she was all of 38 years old!)
However, hagsploitation wasn’t just for women—any time you saw an old vaudevillian like George Jessel in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, it was hagsploitation. Sure, it was said to be a cameo, but come on, we know what it was, and it was hagsploitation, pure and simple.
Now this may sound like I’m knocking older actors for appearing in films long past their “prime.” Come on—I’m a Stooge fan that wanted to see Howard, Sitka and DeRita in Blazing Stewardesses—I can hardly be called anti-hag! Interestingly, it was director Al Adamson’s leitmotif—giving older actors a chance to get in front of new audiences. Whether or not the vehicles used for that chance were any good or not…well, work is work!
Enjoy these sites and their reviews of hagsploitation films!
What’s the Matter With Helen? (1971) from Dreams Are What Le Cinema Is For… it’s got repressed lesbianism, murderous sons, and religious fundamentalism.
Blazing Stewardesses (1975) from DVD Drive-In…
Last but not least, Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), from The Aisle Seat…
via A Roger Corman Double Bill: Swamp Women & Avalanche – Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension
I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the otherwise terrible Avalanche. The first time I saw it, it was (literally) 105 degrees and they’d let us go home early from school (yeah, kids had to WALK HOME FROM SCHOOL IN 105 DEGREE WEATHER OR RIDE AN UNAIRCONDITIONED BUS!) and this was the 12:30 Movie on KPLR-TV. I was (and am!) an unapologetic Rock Hudson fan, and had set the VCR to tape this to watch it later. I asked my mother to make sure things went off/on correctly, and she LITERALLY FELL ASLEEP while watching (I did too, so…)
I agree with most of what Ken Begg says (except the Liberace thing–NO ONE looked like Lee!), and it’s a hell of a slog to get through. Swamp Women/Diamonds is the better of the two, and it’s got Mike “Touch” Connors!
The Best, The Worst, The Weirdest And Every Far-Out Thing In Between
Source: Every 70s Movie
COULD I do this every day? Could I make myself sit down and watch the worst of the worst films of my favorite era (the 1970s!) every.day?
I’d like to think I could, but then I do things like forget to take my (quite important!) heart medicine last night, then wonder why I can’t walk as fast as I usually do. (Duh!)
But I think (THINK!) I could do this, at least for a short time, when this assignment comes to an end. Nothing but me, bad movies, and an exercise bike. (I’ve got to do something while watching this cinematic madness!)
(By the way, this is another influence on the upcoming Six Degrees of Stoogeration site!)