Monday, June 22, 2009

This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)

This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Written & Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Jeffrey Allen .... Rev. Roscoe Boone
Larry Drake .... Bubba
Terence McCarthy .... Carter
Tim Holt .... Clark
Ray Sager .... Grady
Gloria King .... Elsie
Pamela Polsgrove .... Mary Ellen


Mr. Boone, the corn-fed old preacher of the most carnal backwoods church in history is leading a semi-secret double life as an illegal bootlegger of White Lightning moonshine swill. He and his Manson family-like gang have to keep their operations secret from the Feds, townfolk and the church council but when people start turning up dead—one girl is stoned to death, two more are crucified, and one of his drivers are killed in an explosion—all eyes are on them and they're getting too much unwanted attention.

In this, one of Herschell Gordon Lewis' less-than-famous hillbilly films, the acting is as bad as in his more well known gore flicks, and although it's missing the jazzy instrumentals we've grown accustom to, some of the country tunes are great. The print is damaged in many places but still watchable. The problem is that the scenes are so drawn out and slow going that without the trademarked Lewis gore to keep you interested, you probably won't want to watch.

It's easy to speculate that this film is anti-organized religion or anti-alcohol or anti-government interference or even anti-corporate, but keep in mind that this is just another H.G. Lewis cheapie and is probably meant to be nothing more than mindless (anti-) entertainment.

This Stuff'll Kill Ya comes double billed with Year of the Yahoo on this Something Weird DVD release. Extra features include audio commentary by Lewis regular David Krogh, “The Old Grey Goose Is Dead” musical short (country music, natch), “Naked Moonshine” short feature (in which 3 roommates get half naked and make punch out of cheap booze), Gallery of Herschell Gordon Lewis Exploitation Art with drive-in radio commercials playing in the background, and theatrical trailers for 8 Lewis films.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: A 40-oz for the Lord; Go-Go square dance; A waste of good booze; Construction is hard work; Countless guitar interstitials

View the trailer below!


1971
Unrated
98 minutes
Color
United States
English

This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (double-billed with Year of the Yahoo) is currently ranked #98,739 in DVD's at Amazon.com. Read more about it at the IMDB, rent it at Netflix, or buy it today!

"If you can put oil on the water, I ain't gonna set that oil on fire."
--J/Metro

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