“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.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Black Comedy
- Peeping Toms
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.
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.