“My name is Mrs. Gert Hammond. Welcome to Prairie Blossom!”
On a dark and stormy night, various strangers gather at the house of a disturbed widow (Marion Eaton), who has decidedly kinky ideas about sex.
This ultra-bizarre, ultra-low-budget campy porno flick (written by underground maverick George Kuchar) is most definitely not for all tastes. While it starts out as an atmospheric gothic horror tale, it quickly turns into a raunchy, graphic, blackly comedic sex-fest, as polymorphically perverse Gertie (Eaton) gets off (with the help of a cucumber) by watching her houseguests explore a room full of naughty toys. Sexual encounters then continue in full force, as various partners of both genders hook up; there’s even an infamous flashback to a bestial love affair. If none of this sounds appealing (chances are it won’t to most viewers), you’ll find that Eaton, with her hopelessly skewed eyebrows, is by far the best aspect of the film — her performance is so sincerely melodramatic that one almost begins to root for her, despite her clear mental imbalance. There’s an entire website devoted to the (supposedly) imminent “special edition” DVD release of this film, which until now has only been available as a bootleg; click here to check it out.
P.S. Updated info (10/1/07): I recently heard from the sister of director Curt McDowell, who wrote the following: “It is my goal to preserve, protect, and present [Thundercrack!] in a way that would best honor my brother. I guess I’m hoping to explain what the delay has been, and to reassure you and anyone else who is interested that the DVD will be finished, and hopefully, worth the wait.”
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Marion Eaton as Gert Hammond
- A perversely campy sensibility
- The melodramatic, low-budget flashback scenes
- Mark Ellinger’s eclectic, often humorous score
Yes, for its status as an underground cult favorite. Listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book.