This installment of After Hours Cinema’s Storefront feature series presents a three-fer of Big Apple grindhouse sleaze. So get ready to be transported back to the days when the Rotten Apple was the capitol of adult cinema and when 42nd Street was a veritable theme park of pushers, prostitutes, and peepshows.
PEN PALS is an early grindhouse storefront feature by the great Shaun Costello, without doubt the most significant (and probably the most prolific) cineaste of the entire New York School. Costello’s films generally exhibit the hip, urban, jaundiced sensibility of Paul Morrissey’s Warhol fare: willfully anti-artistic, they radiate an engaging cynicism that somehow reinvigorates them as cinema. CERTIFIED MAIL is a pure product of Kirtfilm Studios, the “Gower Gulch” of New York sleaze. Certified Mail’s rather episodic and thinly unified plot concerns a mail lady who wanders into various sexual misadventures while making her rounds. Rounding out the program is LOVE-IN MAID, which must be just about the grimiest grindhouse gem ever committed to film. Mid-Seventies raunch regular Bobby Astyr and another unnamed Svengali advertise for domestic help in the hopes of finding a built-in love partner.
PEN PALS (1973)
CERTIFIED MALE (1974)
LOVE-IN MAID (1974)
AFTER HOURS TRAILER VAULT
FULL COLOR BOOKLET w/ LINER NOTES
- NTSC Region 1
- 2 Disc Set
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