Blu-ray Review: THE GORE GORE GIRLS

THE GORE GORE GIRLS was directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis from a screenplay written by Alan J. Dachman and stars Frank Kress, Amy Farrell, Hedda Lubin, Henny Youngman and Nora Alexis.

From late splatter movie master Herschell Gordon Lewis, who brought you infamous “video nasty” Blood Feast, his appropriately-titled The Gore Gore Girls is perhaps his grisliest, most outrageous offering of all time! A vicious killer with a twisted sense of humor is butchering the girls of a go-go dancing club. As the grim death toll mounts, young reporter Nancy Weston teams up with obnoxious but dapper private investigator Abraham Gentry to try and crack the case. Nipples are snipped, faces are fried and asses are tenderized as The Gore Gore Girls hurtles towards its shocking (and hilarious) conclusion. Also including H.G. Lewis’ 1971 hicksploitation oddity This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! as a bonus feature, The Gore Gore Girls is now even more lewd, crude, and just downright rude in eye-popping HD!

A female reporter teams up with a charismatic investigator on a case where a killer is going around and slaughtering go-go dancers in some unthinkable and rather creative ways. This investigator is a bot of a ladies man and has an unorthodox way he does his work when he takes a case. It all starts with just one stripper but then the killer strikes again and again with trademark kills like ass tenderizing, eye gouging, nipple snips, face frying and ironing but the big question is, what’s the reason behind this. With each murder, the investigator gets a little closer to uncovering who the killer actually is and in the end not only does he do so but the reveal comes with a big shocker.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features some original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The film has been given a brand new 2K scan. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were good considering the age and obscurity of the movie.

Bottom line is, The Gore Gore Girls was another first time watch for me and only the third movie that I’ve ever seen that was directed by the Godfather of Gore. The plot for this movie keeps everything simple and follows a killer who’s going around slaughtering dancers but the big question is, why? The million dollar question is ultimately answered in the final scene when the killer is revealed! HGL included some comedic elements to this slasher so things never got too dark or anything like that. In fact, there were only a handfull of murders and each of them were extremely over-the-top and even kind of silly if you think about it. Needless to say, they were creative and included lots of blood and gore. The Gore Gore Girls was a cheesy fun movie and I can see why it was such a controversial watch back in the day that it got the dreaded X rating. I also got a kick out of watching This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! (another first time watch) because it falls under the category of so bad it’s good because it was absolutely terrible. All in all, I’d say this a really nice Blu-ray release that Arrow Video has delivered. The Gore Gore Girls will be available on Blu-ray on August 14th.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: 84  Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English LPCM 1.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include two audio commentary tracks, interviews, a trailer, a bonus feature and introductions to both films by the director.

  • Bonus Feature! 1971’s This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!
  • Introductions to the films by H.G. Lewis
  • Audio commentary on The Gore Gore Girls with H.G. Lewis
  • Audio commentary on This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! with camera operator and Lewis biographer Daniel Krogh
  • Author Stephen Thrower on The Gore Gore Girls (16:25)
  • Regional Bloodshed – filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Spencer Parsons on Lewis’ legacy as a pioneer of regional indie filmmaking (12:06)
  • Herschell Spills His Guts – H.G. Lewis discusses his career post-The Gore Gore Girls and his further adventures in the world of marketing (04:02)
  • This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! Trailer (03:32)

 

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