Tuesday, May 17, 2005

SWEET GEORGIA / COUNTRY HOOKER

Something Weird has recently released two Harry Novak Seventies' sexploitation sagas, SWEET GEORGIA (1972) and COUNTRY HOOKER (1970) on a double feature disc. These drive-in classics are chock full of cornfed honeys, hulking farmboys and some of the sleaziest storylines imaginable.

SWEET GEORGIA (Marsha Jordan) is an insatiable farmer's wife who will screw around with just about anybody available, from ugly farmhands to her brother-in-law ("Just shut up and lay me!"), to her own sexy stepdaughter, Virginia (who first appears in the movie riding her horse "bareback," if you get my meaning. Wink, wink, nudge nudge). Of course, all this infidelity ends badly for Georgia, with a climactic bloodbath that I'm certain had the drive-in audiences of the time shaking their heads in disbelief.

Marsha Jordan was a middle-aged blonde with a great body and a lot of charisma, who had a long and successful career in the skinflick genre. Her Georgia is a carnal carnivore, and gives the otherwise lackluster movie whatever energy it possesses. Barbara Caron, as her stepdaughter Virginia, is an appealing young sexpot, and their lesbian seduction scene beside the campfire is well worth the price of the disc.

COUNTRY HOOKER actually features two rural prostitutes played by sexy Sandy Dempsey and the legendary Seventies porn starlet Rene Bond. Bond was a fantastic performer in both hard- and soft-core sex features, with a cherubic face, auburn hair, and buxom, hourglass figure (she was one of the first in the business to get a boob job, paid for by producer Novak). She wasn't a bad actress, either.

In HOOKER, a couple of Country musicians named Dave and Billy are on their way to a gig at a small-town bar, when they pick up a couple of sexy hitchhikers, Jen and Sue (Dempsey and Bond, respectively). Finding their hormones raging (and who could blame them?), they decide to pull over for a little bangin' in the bushes. Eventually, they make it to the bar and discover that owner of the desert dive is also the girls' pimp. He's not happy about his girls giving it away for free, so he drags Jen out to the desert and rapes and kills her. Now it's up to Sue, Dave and Billy to get revenge and put an end to the sleazy bastard's operation.

Lots of near hard-core sex, bad country music and some very politically incorrect scenes make COUNTRY HOOKER an interesting diversion.

Something Weird's disc is up to their usual high standards, with full-frame transfers culled from producer Novak's own original negatives. The disc is also loaded with the usual SW extras: trailers for eight of Marsha Jordan's other soft-core skinflicks, trailers for SWEET GEORGIA and COUNTRY HOOKER, two "short subjects" featuring Jordan and Bond, and a gallery of exploitation art from the films of producer Harry Novak.

For fans of vintage drive-in smut, it's a decent package with some very attractive (and very naked) women, and worth picking up.

BUY: Sweet Georgia/Country Hooker