Guru, the Mad Monk (1970)

Guru, the Mad Monk (1970) movie poster

director Andy Milligan
viewed: 01/31/2017

I was so taken with Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973) that I just jumped on into Guru the Mad Monk. My Andy Milligan rabbit hole currently captivating.

Here Neil Flanagan (who was so great in Fleshpot as Cherry Lane) stars as titular Guru, the Mad Monk.

And then there’s the rest of the movie.

Guru was apparently Milligan’s least favorite of his films, and was shot on 35mm as opposed to his preferred 16mm Auricon. It’s gleefully unconcerned with passing off Long Island 1970 for the fictional isle of Mortavia in some long ago time, in particular the church standing in for the castle, anachronisms galore.

It’s eleven grand Grand Guignol. Apparently quite a lot for a Milligan movie.

I’m still taking these in. I don’t know that I have a full response yet. But I am stupendously fascinated.

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