Monday, May 21, 2012

Evil Come, Evil Go (1972)

Directed by:
Walt Davis

Director Davis' previous hardcore / gore film SEX PSYCHO (1970) included such delightful moments as a brother and sister having sex on top of a coffin containing the body of her husband (whom they just murdered) and a woman getting hacked with a meat cleaver while giving a blow job, causing her her to bite off the dick and choke to death on it. It's hilarious to imagine what the audience's reaction to that may have been back in the day. I'm sure most went in expecting to see a simple porno film and ended up seeing something tasteless, gory and completely unerotic instead. I had about the same reaction watching Evil Come, Evil Go. It is also a sex film (albeit softcore) with bloody scenes, but this one deals with a religious fanatic psycho and has bible hymns sung during many of the sex scenes! Seeing as how the last thing most people want to think about watching a sex flick is religion (and what hypocrites many religious folks are including much of the audience for this film!), I'm sure this may not have went over too well. Still, I have to give Davis major props for making movies that stand out from the crowd. This one is in particular is very entertaining and frequently hilarious (granted you have a sick sense of humor).

Sister Sarah Jane Butler (Cleo O'Hara) is a hypocritical religious fanatic who thinks she "was sent by the Good Lord himself to rid the world of pleasurable sex." And by ridding the world of pleasurable sex, I mean she wants to rid the world of all "evil men," which is basically any man with a sex drive. Sister Sarah picks up a sleazy man in a bar and brings him back to a hotel. During sex she hums Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, leaving him wondering "Why are you singing hymns while I'm trying to give you head?!" She kills him while he's climaxing then heads off to Los Angeles to spread the word. Broke, Sarah is forced to perform her accordian preaching act on street corners for money. Penny (Sandra Henderson) stops by to give her ten dollars, then later invites her to come stay in her home. Turns out Penny is a lesbian who has been disowned by her parents, though her folks are kind enough to give her a monthly allowance and rental properties so long as she stays away from them! Naive and lonely, Penny renounces her sexuality ("I'm a lesbian... but I'll stop!") and becomes Sarah Jane's disciple and helper. During her initiation into "The Secret Order of Complete Subjugation" she's tied to a bed, stripped, has a knife run along her nude body and sings along to Glory Glory Hallelujah.

Sarah Jane - who wants her new friend to finance her televangelist TV show (!) so she can reach the masses with her message - and Penny interrupt a couple (Rick Cassidy and Margot Devletian) having sex outside by singing hymns and dancing around them until they get up and leave. Deciding something more extreme is in order, Sarah finally convinces Penny to bait a man and then bring him home from bar. She does and during sex, Sarah Jane pops in with a knife and stabs the trick ("Harold Groves" aka Norman Fields) until he's a bloody mess. Penny's lover Junie (Jane Tsentas) eventually shows up to try to convince Penny to get back with her and is strangled to death with a scarf while having sex on the couch. Bodies are wrapped up in sheets and disposed on in the woods. And just when things can't get any weirder, there's a topless rendition of Onward, Christian Soldiers.

I've gotta say, I quite liked this one. Though the film fails to come up with a satisfactory conclusion, the overlong sex scenes (which are pretty graphic and feature plenty of full male and female nudity) bog things down at times and some of the audio is heavily damaged, most of the humor is on target, it's in very bad taste and O'Hara is hysterically funny as the deranged Southern Belle. The amusing theme song is from Jim Wingert, who also may be the guitarist who pops in from time to time throughout the film. Porn legend John Holmes has a cameo and was also the assistant director! Gerard Broulard (who starred in Ray Dennis Steckler's horror porn SACRILEGE along with Tsentas) and the director have small roles and producer Bob Chinn can be seen in the bar scene.

The DVD is from (who else?) Something Weird, who have paired this up with TERROR AT ORGY CASTLE (1971) and THE HAND OF PLEASURE.


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