There's Always Vanilla was a film that I saw a few years ago at a local video store. I was intrigued by the title and the clerk told me it was George A. Romero "lost". I felt at first that I've give it a try and scan through it. But I was surprised by how good the movie was. Ray Laine is great as Chris Bradly, a slacker who spends his time prating about. Judith Streiner (Ridley) co-stars as Lynn a small time model/actress that falls in love with Chris. The two have a rocky relationship that his hampered by Chris' childish behavior and his inability to grow up and take responsibility for his future. His lackadaisical lifestyle eventually catches up with him and he's faced with a tough decision to make. Will Chris "man up" or does he continue with his lazy and selfish lifestyle? John Russo, Russ Streiner, Bill Hinzmen and Richard France all have bit parts and cameos in this Latent Image production.
Despite Romero's burying of the film, I really enjoyed it. Faced with a small budget and the screenplay writer bailing out of the project halfway through filming, he manages to make the material work. His unique style of directing and editing along with Ray Laine's amazing acting make this film. I enjoyed the little "raps" that Chris gives to the camera explaining his actions and what he was feeling at the time, Not a classic film by any means but a slice of seventies Americana. Recommended for fans of George A, Romero.