Director: Joseph Cates (USA – 1965)
Rejected outright by British censors at the time of its release, Joseph Cates’ stark, lurid noir shocker was relegated to cult limbo for nearly 30 years. Shot on location against the sleazy fleshpits of 42nd Street, the film centres on the terminally naive Nora (Juliette Prowse), a deejay and hostess at a grubby midtown discotheque who starts to receive obscene phone calls. Enter fallen teen-idol Sal Mineo, as sex-obsessed stalker and porno book browser Lawrence Sherman, whose traumatic childhood has led to his disturbances. Brimming with sadomasochism, lesbianism, voyeurism and incest, this is irresistible trash that wallows in B-movie murk without apology.
Time Out (London) – Issue 2008 – 12 February 2009 – 71