Adolf Hitler. Do you like him? Maggots. How about those, they
do anything for you? Brad Grinter. Never heard of him, you say?
Okay Veronica Lake. Think , think, don't hurt yourself, 1940s,
petite, blond, cute haircut, Peek-A-Boo Bangs, dammit, the government
had to ask her to wear her hair up so the frickin' female factory
workers would stop getting their coifs caught in the machinery
trying to copy her style
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS?! THIS GUN FOR
HIRE?! Oh never mind, FLESH FEAST, thought to be Lake's last film
after an almost 20 year hiatus from Hollyweird (but actually in
1966 she ran to Canada to make the lost oddity Footsteps in the
Snow) was directed by Brad Grinter, the man responsible for BOF
Hall of Famer, BLOOD FREAK, features maggots as some sort of anti-aging
process (more on that in a moment) and a cameo from Der Furher!
Sound like something you want to hear about
Let's see if we can sort this out, Brad Grinter had a story written
by his pal, Tom Casey, (his wacked faggot, psycho comedy SOMETIMES
AUNT MARTHA DOES DREADFUL THINGS, is on the "gotta have"
list) both had aspirations to get into the lucrative Florida filmmaker
club. With the likes of H.G. Lewis and Larry Buchanan making bank
on their less than stellar efforts, these two figured what the
Hell, we live in Florida, we got an idea, let's start us a production
company. And they did.
Veronica Lake was celebrating a modicum of success on the book
circuit after the 1969 release of VERONICA (her tell-all autobiography)
hit the stands. Veronica was calling England home but doing stage
work in GOODBYE CHARLIE and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in the states.
It is unclear how Lake hooked up with these two newbies in the
film game but somehow Grinter convinced Lake to co-produce FLESH
FEAST. We do know soon after, Veronica returned to the bottle,
and New York, and eventually died, coincidence? Hardly, I'm sure.
FLESH FEAST is part Science Fiction Flick (there's fictitious
science going on), part political yawn, er yarn, and part Veronica
Lake comeback vehicle (jalopy). The rather absurd plot lays out
Dr. Elaine Fredrickson, in her laboratory in the basement of
a beautiful south Florida mansion, has created her own little
Ponce De Leon tribute, only this time it is maggots of youth,
instead of the Florida fountain that the ol' Doc has discovered.
That's right, the rejuvenational powers of the lowly maggot have
helped to start the cottage industry of returning clients to their
once youthful selves for a price.
In the 1930's maggot therapy was used by thousands of surgeons,
at hundreds of hospitals, across North America and Europe.
Dr. F's main squeeze, the chain smoking, hunk of gunrunning butchiosity
that he is, Karl Shuman, has some clients lined up for FredLabs
(my name not theirs) wrapped up in some rather sinister political
motives, which involves some convoluted discussion of Castro,
Central America, Germany, Nazis, Communists and (gasp) the most
dangerous of all these groups, Floridians. Along with these new
clients, it seems a nosy newspaper guy was very close to cracking
the story of the Maggot ResearchTM going on FredLabs, as he was
phoning in a report to his editor, Ed, brought into being by Brad
Grinter himself, he is knifed. Dumb luck, right? Well for us anyway,
because FLESH FEAST continues.
All maggots are not the same. Some maggots invade healthy tissue;
others can digest only dead tissue. The maggots which have been
used therapeutically, and described in the medical literature
as being very safe and effective, include: Phaenicia sericata,
Phormia regina, and Lucilia illustris.
There are quite a few characters introduced to us who hang out
in the house portion of FredLabs. There's Kristine, who seems
to work for Karl, as well as, the news editor, Ed in a double
agent capacity. Spying on the goings on at the lab, giving the
info to Ed, but also just for fun and to help out with the much
heralded Maggot ResearchTM, she is kyping cadavers from the local
hospital where she is putting in hours (how does she find the
time) as a nurse. Kristine, you might recognize from her part
in Grinter's BLOOD FREAK, as well. The very lovely Sharon is also
on hand as one of Dr. F's nurses but she is not quite sure what
the good Dr. is up to, well until half an hour after we find out,
she also becomes the love interest for the very "beat"
Jose, the terrorist with a heart of gold, who explains all of
this total horseshit to Sharon about Nazis, Cubans, traveling
all while trying to make sure he doesn't touch the black mascara
on his upper lip and chin, there to convince us of the fact that
he is from Central America.
Maggot therapy has three major actions:
1. Debridement, or cleaning, of the wound, by removing dead (necrotic)
2. Disinfection of the wound, by killing bacteria;
3. Promotion of wound healing.
Eventually we get a gander at Dr. F's Maggot ResearchTM in action
when Max Bauer shows up. Max is either very, very old or he is
very young, has stage grey in his hair and oatmeal and tissue
paper stuck to his face. Either way after the maggots get a hold
of him, it is all good and he is rejuvenated quicker than Joan
Rivers can say, "Why is Bjork in a Swan Dress?" So now
we know, it works, Maggot ResearchTM fucking works. The group
of hipster, bebop, terrorists must make way for the grand, bebop
"Boss." And so it is on, Dr. F must use her treatment
to restore the leader of this modern movement to his once powerful
self to help take over the world. (WooHaHaHa!) That is right one
of WWII's own, Veronica Lake, must turn on this great land of
hers and use her incredible scientific skills to help the enemy!
What will happen, what will Ed do to stop it, will Ed ever leave
the office? And Karl, what is he hiding, and Sharon, is she that
stupid and Jose', what of Jose?
You can get your own disinfected ("sterile") larvae
(species: Phaenicia sericata). Order today. Each vial contains
500-1000 larvae. Medicinal Maggots are shipped Monday - Thursday
via Overnight FedEx Delivery. Only $70 per vial!
Well the boss eventually shows up, the boss is none other than
the body of old "Wipe the Jews off the Face of The Earth"
himself, that's right Goddamned Hitler. He's there for Maggot
ResearchTM rejuvenation. He is going to revive the troops and
well you know, side up with a bunch of minority-type Neo-Nazis.
I don't want to give the dynamic conclusion away, but I will say
prepare yourself to not give a shit.
I cannot say I particularly liked FLESH FEAST, but given I knew
what to expect going in; I was satisfied by the film. I have to
recommend it because the subject matter probably will not be revisited
any time soon, when you gonna see Hitler, maggots, and Florida
together again until the next election? Veronica Lake, looked
the 30 years older, and she looked like the eons of 3 packs of
Luckys a day and the Gin Rickey lunches had not been the kindest
to her, but nonetheless there is something about an icon of her
stature reduced to shrieking maniacally and placing maggots on
Hitler's face which is well
just as hard-on inducing as any
cheesecake pinups she may have posed for. FLESH FEAST is available
on DVD from what looks like a Goddamned 5th gen. dupe, but on
the flip side it is $4.99 at K-Mart and worth every cent of it.
Don't date a person who has maggots living in any bodily orifice.
My guess is their crotch will probably smell like pickled garbage
|Wonder Maggot Powers
|Dr. F gives old
Hitler puss what for!
|Maggot Therapy sure
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