Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Amazing Transplant, The (1970)

...aka: Transplant, The

Directed by:
Doris Wishman

No, Percy (1971) wasn't the first penis transplant movie. The always-ahead-of-her-time sultana of sleaze Doris Wishman (one of the only women directing exploitation movies at the time), directed and wrote this oddball soft-core horror drama. Arthur Barlen ("Juan" / João Fernandez) can't get it up, so he seeks the aid of a doctor who transplants his recently deceased friend Felix's member onto him. Soon the operation goes sour and he finds himself in hiding after he kills his girlfriend. For some reason gold earrings set him off! In flashbacks, he seduces, rapes and / or murders other women. One is played by porn star Kim Pope. Another is a fat lesbian, and she gets sick after they do it and hovers over the toilet as Wishman's never-stable camera tilts down for a nice shot of the ladies zitty rear-end! Yikes! There's plenty here to entertain cult movie and Wishman fans (including lots of her trademark bizarre camera placements and tracking shots) and at times hints of (gasp!) substance rear their ugly head before being immediately trampled over by the next ridiculous or implausible plot move, terrible performance or laughable line of dialogue. Fascinatingly horrible stuff.

The version I saw (the original video release from American Video) was unrated, but could get an X rating for all of the soft-core sex scenes and nudity. The new Image / Something Weird DVD includes loads of special features; including trailers for other Wishman films and several short features.


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