Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1972)

Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1972) movie poster

director Ted V. Mikels
viewed: 02/02/2016

The general response, it seems, to Ted V. Mikels’s Blood Orgy of the She-Devils is simply one of the lack of “truth in advertising”.  There is little “Blood”, no “Orgy”, and “She-Devils”? Who knows?

After watching a few Mikels films, including Dr. Sex (1964), The Astro-Zombies (1968), and The Corpse Grinders (1971), as well as the somewhat recent documentary on the man behind (and in front of) the camera The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008), I think it’s likely that for all his Exploitation street-cred of his movie titles and posters, his films are decidedly PG affairs, slight on blood, gore, and boobs and pretty disappointing if you think you’re going to get what the title suggests.

After watching the documentary, I felt like catching another of his films, and oddly didn’t really have a great notion which of them was the best one that I hadn’t seen.  I went for Blood Orgy because it was the last of his “horror” type films, as he migrated into spy stories and women’s prison pictures and other stuff.

I can’t tell you what this movie is about.  It’s bizarre and at times laughably terrible.  Laughably terrible in fun ways, that is.  It’s a tremendous amount of incoherent nonsense, light-horror and gore, bad visual FX, goofy acting and dialog, etc. etc. etc.

So, yeah, I can see why people hate it.  Rate it as low on the star system scale as they can.  Feel ripped off.

But for some reason, I think I liked this one as much as any of his films I’ve seen.  It is so confused that it becomes surreal.  One long bad dream (actually it’s only 73 minutes).

I feel like I need to see this again to really say something about it.  So, I’ll leave it at that and take what you can from this.

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