Help Me… I\’m Possessed Film Details
Overview: A mad doctor runs a sanitarium in the desert, where his hunchbacked servant whips women who are chained in the basement and cuts the legs off bodies so they’ll fit in the caskets. Complications ensue.
Tagline: When the forces of evil infuse your body will you scream out …
Review: Hahah — this movie rulez. Putting it on my top ten list of Video Finds of the Year, courtesy of a gloriously goofy over-sized overstuffed clamshell cased VHS only release by Screen Gems from the days when video stores were cool. And you could actually find movies made by people who were thinking for themselves rather than row upon row of generic, unimaginative crap made for enough money to feed all the starving kids in the world even without Bono’s guidance. This was made on less than his sunglasses budget for an entire year and is a movie with no formula, no precedent and nothing quite like it. The only movie it even remotely reminds me of is Al Adamson’s BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE, which (along with CASTLE OF BLOOD: Check “Blackwood Castle” for more info) this may very well be a sly homage to. It shares many of BODC’s basic traits: Wacky eccentrics living in a Mission style castle/mansion in the middle of the southwestern California nowheres keep girls chained up in the basement & conducting perverse experiments on them, have a horrible secret, a twisted mutant caretaker and chauffeur, and great taste in color schemes. Everyday people happen upon them and are unable to cope with their “alternative lifestyle”, which just happens to include things like sadistic torture, dismemberment of shapely blonds, and locking girls up in coffins with snakes. Which is all part of the routine for the community of characters, like people from a Simpson’s episode. It is we who are the monsters. It’s just that kind of movie, and made with a twisted sense of humor that is just one knowing wink short of being a parody: It’s the horror movie as kitsch, not quite on the sarcastic level of ANDY WARHOL’S FRANKENSTEIN or CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS, but made from the same sort of day-glo patterned cloth. Plus the same carpenter, who got a lot of work in this one with a series of identical looking boxes that various things are locked up in. There is an intoxicating, arty sense of self awareness to how the movie was made, which celebrates it’s low-budget roots without ever talking down to it’s audience, nor the lead actor’s hairpiece. Like a Jess Franco movie the film is better than it looks, resembling an ultra tacky 1970’s low rent exploitation thriller filmed by Claude Monet. I come back to the colors again because they are dazzling — Neon reds, acid greens, powder blue lab coats and hot pink go-go miniskirts on well lit sets that are spotless. Most low budget horror from this period had a drab, brownish, under lit look, and this one has the palette of a Magilla Gorilla cartoon along with the skewed perspective of a twisted pulp graphic novel. It even makes sense that after the mad doctor’s nurse is killed she re-appears without a scratch to be killed all over again. So seek this one out. It’s what we call a howler: A horror shocker that is supposed to be watched in raucous laughter crossed with glimmers of surreal unease, and beer. Share it with friends and they will remember it fondly, which is not something you can say about most of these things. 8/10 for being totally unexpected.
Country: United States
Duration: 79 min
Also known as: Poseída,Vangittu,The Possessed,Help Me… I’m Possessed,Poseída por el diablo,Nightmare at Blood Castle,Poseída… por el diablo