This spoof parody of film noir, which was originally intended for DVD release only, has been shown at festivals all over the world and amusingly starts with the following disclaimer:
‘The Chainsaws used in this motion picture are REAL and DANGEROUSE! They are handled here by seasoned professionals (which is not true). The makers of this motion picture advice strongly against anyone attempting to perform these stunts at home. Especially if you are naked and about to engage in strenuous sex (good advice). My conscience is clear - signed by the director’.
With a budget of around 50,000 dollars this low budget one-take cult classic had only one print produced and was made in five days over two weekends using borrowed equipment and sets. Written, directed and produced by Fred Olen Ray who is best known for American grindhouse ‘B’ movies of which Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988) fits quite nicely in this genre.
Packed with macabre gore, buckets of blood, cracking looking young ladies who aren’t frightened to wave a real chainsaw about make this movie a guilty pleasure and one cant help feel that the cast and crew had great fun making it.
A private investigator Jack Chandler looking for a missing girl begins trailing a stripper called Samantha who he believes might know something relating to murders that are happening across downtown LA. Meanwhile Mercedes, a prostitute, is shocked to discover her new employers have a keen fetish for chainsaws and like nothing more than to sacrifice a few of their unruly customers. After Jack uncovers the sect of chainsaw-worshipping hookers, he realises they just might be connected to the recent series of murders.
Jack Chandler is played by Jay Richardson, Mercedes by Michelle Bauer a July 1981Penthouse Pet who became a well known American B movie actress and scream queen and who also appeared in a notorious porn movie in 1982 called Café Flesh. Her iconic picture decorates the front of the DVD release. Another well-known B movie actress the lovely Linnea Quigley plays Samantha. You will also spot Gunner Hanson who played Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) as The Stranger. A film not to be missed if only for the double virgin chainsaw dance and a demonstration of how useful a Hudson sprayer can be!