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A pair of Doris Wishman's seminal roughies comprise the principal content of this typically lurid Something Weird DVD. In Bad Girls Go To Hell, a shapely hausfrau (Gigi Darlene) is raped by her apartment building's sleazy janitor before she murders him with a bowl, then flees from her home and loving husband to NYC, where her monumentally poor judgment invites more abusive and amorous encounters. Another Day, Another Man chronicles the misadventures of a pert newlywed (Barbara Kemp) who serves as a call girl for her friend's pimp when her husband is stricken with a mysterious illness. Produced and released consecutively, both pictures sport many of Wishman's trademarks: unfathomably maladroit editing and cinematography, ludicrous voice-over narration, conspicuous dubbing, inexplicable scenarios and an abundance of curvaceous, atypically gorgeous harlots. Perhaps half of the interior locations of Bad Girls served as the entirety of those in Another Day (furniture in these apartments were replaced or reordered with minimal effort), and both the squat, voluptuous Darlene and sleazy Wishman regular Sam Stewart appear in both as distinctly different characters. Somehow dynamic in its atrocity, Wishman's mode is unique, utterly impenetrable and even at its most measured, never boring. Her contrivances serve only to bare flesh and sate the basest fantasies, but some queer appeal's to be enjoyed of such sordid, hilarious flicks. If nothing else, these two relics of exploitation have more riffing potential than a dozen cheap direct-to-DVD titles.

As usual, Something Awful affords their viewers another delightful presentation, here furnished with a drive-in motif replete with graphics depicting hung window speakers. Both features were deftly transferred from clean prints, and further benefit from soundtracks that aren't especially muddled, despite their clumsy mixes. Each are navigable via scene selection menus of thumbnail images and amusing titles.

Three authentic intermission countdown sequences utilized to introduce both pictures and the double bill's finale are available as special features, as is a hideously oversaturated pitch for sex books titled Man and Male and Woman and Female, available at concession stands wherever especially lascivious films were screened. Also on tap, an abundance of titillating theatrical trailers for Wishman's '60s roughie features: Bad Girls Go To Hell, Indecent Desires, A Taste of Flesh, Another Day, Another Man, My Brother's Wife and Too Much, Too Often! Appended to the third of the intermission sequences is an extra trailer for Wishman's science-fiction rape/murder thriller of 1970, The Amazing Transplant.

Of course, no Something Weird double-feature release is complete without a gallery of theatrical posters and advertisements, and this disc's Doris Wishman Gallery of Exploitation Art is packed with a hurried exhibition of commercial artwork in promotion of Hideout in the Sun, Nude on the Moon, Blaze Starr Goes Nudist, Gentlemen Prefer Nature Girls, Behind the Nudist Curtain, The Sex Perils of Paulette, Bad Girls Go to Hell, Another Day, Another Man, My Brother's Wife, A Taste of Flesh, Indecent Desires, Too Much, Too Often!, The Amazing Transplant, Love Toy, Satan Was a Lady, The Immoral Three, Double Agent 73 and Let Me Die a Woman.

To enact the drive-in experience, this DVD's main menu features a "Let's Go to the Drive-In!" function, which sequences intermissions, trailers and features in a succession equivalent to those of an actual drive-in screening! For trash cineasts who prefer to use an LCD projector, this is an especially satisfying feature.

So long as these tawdry artifacts are preserved, their zeitgeist will survive.

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review by . February 14, 2002
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Something Weird Video does it again with this fantastic double feature of two of Doris Wishman's greatest "roughies".BAD GIRLS GO TO HELL is an interesting little curio starring Gigi Darlene as a young wife who is attacked by her dentally-challenged janitor and accidentally kills him. Fearing the worst the girl flees to New York but ends up living with weirdo after weirdo, including Darlene Bennett who plays a shapely lesbian who does nothing but swan around in body-stockings!ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER …
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Doris Wishman's film noir masterpiece? It's a stretch, but there's a certain grungy edge to the slapdash, shot-on-the-streets aesthetic ofBad Girls Go to Hell. This brilliant title belongs to the bizarre tale of a giddy young newlywed (Gigi Darlene) who changes her name and flees for New York after killing her building superintendent, a sleazy rapist with bad teeth. She seeks refuge with a sadistic drunk who lashes her with his belt, a predatory lesbian, and a pleasant landlady with a sex maniac husband. The feature was shot silent with sound dubbed in, and the odd, alienating quality actually makes her torrid ordeal more nightmarish, and it's got a doozy of an ending.Another Day, Another Man, the story of another newlywed who becomes a hooker to pay for her husband's sudden medical bills, is less lurid but has moments of sheer weirdness. Her pimp dreams of seducing twins and a fresh-faced farm girl into his fold ("My day at the bus terminal had really paid off!"), and the film climaxes with a strange, shocking ending. Known in the trade as "roughies," these films lean to the violent side of Wishman but are more suggestive than literal (especially when she forgets to dub in the sound effects) and feature very little actual nudity. There is, however, plenty of lounging around in underwear and even some headstands. The prints are in nice condition and the DVD also features trailers, stills, and ad art for Doris Wishman films, and kitschy ...
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Director: Doris Wishman
Genre: Drama
Screen Writer: Doris Wishman
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2000
Runtime: 135 minutes
Studio: Image Entertainment
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