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.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Daddy's Deadly Darling (1972)

...aka: Daddy's Girl
...aka: Horror Farm
...aka: Killers, The
...aka: Pigs
...aka: Strange Love Exorcist, The

Directed by:
Marc Lawrence

Lynn Webster (Toni Lawrence) is sent to an asylum for shock therapy after killing her father when he tried to rape her. She escapes, steals a car and ends up in a small farming town where weird truck stop owner Mr. Zambrini (Marc Lawrence) gives her a waitress job in exchange for room and board. The relationship ends up working out nicely for both parties as Lynn goes on a killing spree after almost getting raped again, while Zambrini covers her ass by hacking up the bodies and feeding them to his flesh-craving pet pigs he keeps pinned up behind the restaurant. Familiar veteran character actor Marc Lawrence made his directorial debut (and as “F.A. Foss,” also his screenplay debut) with this very cheap and dark-looking, but fairly well-acted, gritty and sometimes creepy low-budget backwoods horror flick. It sat around collecting dust for about 12 years before being released, but I've honestly seen much worse. Leading lady Toni is Marc's real-life daughter and Jesse Vint co-stars as the sheriff. During the video revolution it was put out by a variety of different companies under a variety of different titles. The most common alternate title was PIGS, which featured a giant pink cartoon pig on the cover and strongly hinted this was actually about killer pigs. Kind of misleading, eh? No more so than THE STRANGE LOVE EXORCIST, I guess.


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