SCOTT’S FILM GEEK JOURNAL – Day 2: Dirty Bikers, Dirty Hook-Ups and a No Good Dirty Tease

Scott’s Film Geek Journal is a daily account of all the films I watched in a given day. No full-length reviews here (unless they’re being linked), these are brief rundowns of my daily viewing habits. Some films I’m seeing for the first time, some I’m seeing for the hundredth. Some days will only have one or two entries, some will have more. But this should give a clearer picture of where I’m at on a daily basis. Hope you enjoy it!

DAY 2: JANUARY 2, 2013

takersTHE TAKERS (1971)first viewing – I have a very large DVD collection – many exploitation films and most remain unseen. So, I grabbed one at random and plugged it in, not knowing what to expect.

THE TAKERS is a biker film, sort of. They don’t stay on their bikes very long, pausing to murder and rob people or sleep with hippie chicks. They follow a couple of high society women to their house, invade and keep them captive, using them as sexual playthings.

Yes, this is a roughie and while I embrace all forms of cult and exploitation cinema, I have a problem with roughies. Call me old-fashioned, but I think sex is most alluring when both parties are enjoying themselves. Watching women get slapped around is never a pleasant thing to see. There are ways some roughies get around this and wind up being enjoyable. Some of the films of Michael and Roberta Findlay are surreal enough or photographed well enough to be thoroughly enjoyable. Don Friedman productions like A SMELL OF HONEY, A SWALLOW OF BRINE are hilarious enough so that you really don’t care. The idea is to be far removed from the reality of the battery we see every day, or at least use that to make a point beyond the exploitation. That’s how I distinguish them anyway.

This one is thankfully enjoyable enough. Not filmed well, looking as rough as many other Harry Novak productions. Much of the running time is taken up by naked fumbling around. People with genuine body fat, rolling over each other. A few times, things got surprisingly explicit, so much so that I had to double-check a couple of sources to make sure this wasn’t going into porno territory. It would not surprise me to learn that there was an alternate cut of THE TAKERS designed for adult theatres featuring hardcore inserts, a common practice at the time. The film is less abusive than most roughies and you never doubt that these sleazeballs are going to get theirs somehow. It also throws in the odd humorous curveball now and then and the surprise ending is a real hoot. One of the women uses her street smarts and sexuality against the guys which keeps things interesting. Favorite line: “Do it, Will! I’ve been screwed better by salesmen!”  ★★½ (out of ★★★★)

sure_thingTHE SURE THING (1985) – Having a dry spell in his sexual conquests, John Cusack travels cross-country to California where his buddy has a girl waiting, a girl he is told is a “sure thing.” Trouble is, he has to travel with Daphne Zuniga, a serious-minded young woman who doesn’t particularly like him very much.

Aaaaand, you don’t get to hear what I thought of this yet. This film will be covered on a future episode of our upcoming podcast, FILM GEEK CENTRAL PRESENTS: THE FILMS OF 1985. This is going to be a recurring theme with 1985 films on this list. It’s okay, be patient and tune in. You’ll be glad you did. The first episode of the show premieres Friday, January 11th right here at Film Geek Central.

Total films watched in 2013 so far: 6

My soundtrack for January 2, 2013 – “A tourist oasis reflects in seedy sunshades. A monstrous oil tanker, it’s wound bleeding in the seas.”


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