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Mondo Bizarro/Mondo Freudo (1968)

Director: Lee Frost
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Cult, Documentary, Gay & Lesbian, Mondo/Shockumentaries, Studios, Something Weird
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English
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This ludicrous pseudo-documentary directed by exploitation veteran R. Lee Frost features a great deal of faked footage and too many homely strippers. The sights on display include couples "caught" making love on the beach; teenagers cruising Hollywood Boulevard; burlesque clubs in San Francisco and London; billboards for prostitutes; an interview with two half-naked lesbians; a topless bikini fashion-show; Japanese topless watusi clubs; a beatnik artist who paints on nude women; a slave-auction in Tijuana; a Japanese S&M club featuring whipping and clubbing; and mud-wrestling in Germany (in front of a poster for the mondo movie Sexy Proibitissimo). The best scenes are set in New York, where some amusing fake prostitutes chat up a john, and a Santeria-inspired black mass is staged complete with a pig's severed head bleeding on a topless virgin. Modern viewers will not take this silly sideshow too seriously, but it was banned in many locales upon release. Frost and producer Bob Cresse teamed again the same year for Mondo Bizarro. ~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentaries by the Mondo Mod Men: Johnny "Mr. Mondo" Legend and Hollywood Book & Poster Co.'s Eric Caidin!
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Bonus Mondo Trailers
  • Mondo Bizarro 24-minute 8mm Mail-Order Featurette: Dungeon Party
  • Gallery of Mondo Movie Exploitation Art with Audio Oddities

GreenCine Member Reviews

The whole wide world via Chatsworth, CA by GGoodsell May 1, 2005 - 12:18 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Among exploitation movie producers, the magical world of Bob Cresse and Lee Frost are foremost as the sleaziest. Not even the Findlays, with their gutter-dark worlds can approach Cresse and Frost's leering misogyny, contempt for their audience and hidden sexual agenda. The boys this time tackled the "mondo" movie genre at this point, and as this double-bill aptly illustrates, they scavenged the whole wide world, specifically around their own nearby Los Angeles neighborhoods, for exotic sights and sounds.

The whole set-up is ... If the narrator tells you that this is an out-of-the-way London striptease club, and not some ill-disguised hot dog joint in Pasadena, you take his word for it. As old Hollywood standbys Eric Caiden and Johnny Legend are quick to point out on the DVD commentary track, all the locations with very rare exception are strictly from L.A. Land. The main draw, you may ask? To quote Fred Olen Ray, "The world's cheapest special effect is when a girl takes her top off," and both films have boobies in abundance, many "secretly filmed through two-way mirrors in lingerie shops without these women's knowledge," HA! Are these phony documentaries a rip-off for those thirsting for forbidden scenes? I don't think so. I dont know of any red-blooded male who would take scenes of third world natives scarfing down live salamanders in lieu of shots of hot Sixties go-go chicks in bras and panties.

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