Sunday, March 10, 2024

freakboy on film: EVIL DOLL BLUE (a WALT DAVIS triple feature!)

DVD of Evil come evil go, oh you beautiful doll and widow blue shows a woman holding a crucifix as a weapon.  Text reads, hell hath no fury.
I was perusing Mélusine’s Valentine’s Day sale when this 2-disc Vinegar Syndrome DVD peaked my interest.  I had never heard of writer/director/actor Walt Davis, but the description of his films  made me want to get to know him.  Plus, the collection was marked down to $5. 

story by Bob Chinn/written & directed by Walt Davis
Sister Sarah Jane, dressed in virginal white, gives a look of disdain in Evil come evil go.
Sister Sarah Jane will not be amused if you derive pleasure from my review!
Sister Sarah Jane is an intense traveling evangelist on a Holy crusade against pleasurable sex.  Along with Penny, her lesbian disciple, they lure oversexed men to their bed of death.  Cleo O'Hara as Sister Sarah Jane gives a maniacally unhinged performance and is the main reason to seek out this low-budget sex thrill-kill fiasco.  The folksy theme song, which appears to be performed by a hippie following Sister Sarah around, is another reason to experience EVIL COME EVIL GO

written & directed by Walt Davis
Gaye Ramon lounges in bed wearing a big poofy black wig while reading the newspaper in oh you beautiful doll.
Gaye Ramon hopes my review will put her name back in the papers!
Gaye Ramon is an aging Hollywood star who spends her days writing her boudoir memoirs while overly enjoying cherries and bananas.  When that’s not enough to fulfill her, she offers personal acting lessons to young men after they measure up to her standards.  Cleo O'Hara as Gaye Ramon channels Divine as she deals with her shutterbug assistant, eager students, intrusive women, and a sex burglar.  Bizarre and inappropriately hysterical, this feels like a John Waters film from another dimension.  The twisted use of the song “I Wanna Be Loved By You” is also a reason to experience OH! YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL

WIDOW BLUE (1970) 
written & directed by Walt Davis 
Eva blue doesn’t care her husband’s blood is smeared on her face in Widow blue
Eva Blue just wants my review to be killer!
Eva Blue just wants to be happy, but what’s a 1970’s housewife to do?  Pay her brother to have a torrid tryst with her queer husband Jerry, of course.  Things go from torrid to tortuous as Eva and her lover Nick sneak into the bedroom so Nick can plunge a meat cleaver into Jerry’s neck.  After extended scenes of an incestuous nature on Jerry’s coffin and a swingin’ party with unexpected visitors, Eva and Nick must also cleaver his wife to be truly happy together.  Sadly, Cleo O'Hara isn’t in this one, but we get a full-on appearance from writer/director Walt Davis as Jerry Blue and a not-so-small cameo from legendary porn superstar John Holmes as one of the unexpected swingers.  This makes for eyebrow raising viewing amidst the copious crazy sex and visceral violence.  The climactic gory ending before the baffling dreamy second ending is another reason to experience WIDOW BLUE

After watching this triple feature, I feel I’ve gotten to know Walt Davis pretty well.  He was wickedly funny, deliriously perverse and unabashedly demented.  I also learned, thanks to his appearance in WIDOW BLUE, that Walt must have sunbathed with a speedo on.  Either I wasn’t looking in the right place or there’s not a lot of info available, but I couldn’t find much about him online.  According to IMDb, his film career was strictly a 1970’s affair with softcore and hardcore sexploitation flicks under his belt, so to speak.  In a DVD interview with producer Bob Chinn, he said Walt got along with the actresses in his films because Walt was just one of the girls.  That turn of phrase makes me believe Walt Davis is in good company with my other favorite renegade queer filmmakers: John Waters and Andy Milligan
Writer/Director Walt Davis looks either scared or in ecstasy in a scene from widow blue.
Is Walt Davis watching a Walt Davis film?
Producer Bob Chinn also dropped a fascinating behind the scenes nugget about EVIL COME EVIL GO.  John Holmes created the gore effects for Sister Sarah’s victims.  Sure, the blood is 1970’s neon red, but he did an effective low-budget job.  I assume Holmes also created the effects for WIDOW BLUE since the gore shares a similar style and he actually appeared in the film.  Guess his talents were more immeasurable than originally thought.

As an unexpected bonus in my Mélusine order, a love glove popped out when I opened my package.  I don’t know if this is something the company does for their Valentine’s Day sale or if they are trying to say I watch too many films with coffin sex.  Either way, I literally laughed out loud because a surprise condom seemed wildly appropriate with my purchase! 
A condom with the mermaid Mélusine logo printed on the go,den wrapper
Unlike Sister Sarah, Mélusine believes in pleasurable sex!
In conclusion…
I’m maladjusted enough to brazenly confess I enjoyed this triple feature and would totally purchase a more complete Walt Davis box set if Mélusine, Vinegar Syndrome or Severin are ever brave enough to release one.  However, it’s fair to say his films are not for everyone, just for freaks like me.  So, if you’re in the mood to explore the fringes of the fringes of ‘70’s cinema and you’re not offended by very fake gore or very real, though very unappealing s-e-x, then this may be the Walt Davis triple feature for you!  

Thank you for reading or listening to my half-blind words!

Freak Out, 

P.S. click the pic ⤵️ for more about coffin sex…
The coffin from Necromania, a tale of weird love.
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  1. Hmm ...That triple feature sounds like an experience. Fun review, John! I've never heard of Walt Davis before, but his movies seem to fit in nicely with Waters and Milligan's work. Seems like a film festival in the making.

    1. Thanks, Barry!
      I'm still not completely sure what I experienced, but it was definitely an experience! 😂

  2. This sounds like a crazy triple bill (and freebie).

  3. John, you boldly go where few dare to tread, and we salute you for it!

    1. Thank you, brian! I think I may be addicted to following the far less traveled cinematic paths!