Tuesday, December 6, 2011
BIG BAD MAMA (1974)
This Roger Corman-produced boobs/car-crashing/gangster classic is an all around good time for fans of trashy drive-in flicks from the high-point of this type of cinema. The movie is jam-packed with cult movie stars and a few more mainstream types. Of course you get Angie Dickinson looking very hot as Mama and one of her 2 super hot daughters is the great Robbie Lee from SWITCHBLADE SISTERS and the other one is Candy from THE CANDY SNATCHERS. Mama's two main love interests are Tom Skerritt from ALIEN and Captain Kirk himself, Mr. William Shatner. The legendary Dick Miller also has a fairly large role as a bumbling cop out to stop our criminal heroes in their misadventures. I also spotted the late great director Paul Bartel boogieing down in a party scene. With a cast like that it would probably be pretty hard to not have something at least mildly entertaining and I think this one just has a great vibe going through the whole movie that it's hard not to have fun watching it. It also doesn't hurt that it's full of pro-feminist sex and shoot-outs. It's interesting that all the people we're supposed to root for in the film are on the wrong side of the law and people get shot and killed but it's all done with such a comic-book/cheesy feeling that you never get too worried that things aren't gonna work out even when they don't. There was a sequel in the 80's by Jim Wynorski but I don't recall much about it. Might have to check that one out again soon.