Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring Andrea Barr
Marcelle Bichette Rodney Bedell
Yet another great bad movie gem from the "Godfather of Gore," this one is about a mother-son duo who kill off college co-eds for their scalps for use to create ultra-realistic wigs for Mom's shop. The retarded son is kept in the basement.
One side of their shop is devoted to selling ultra-realistic wigs. The other side of their business has a room for rent for co-eds, who show up to rent it only for a few minutes before being murdered by the son and scalped for the wig store.
A nosy Nancy Drew-like student becomes worried by some missing classmates and investigates, providing the film with a storyline. "No one knows what happened to these girls and they all lived off campus!" It's got the usual inept dialogue, girls in pajamas dancing to '60s music, incredibly bad acting, bloody (and for the age they were made suprirsingly realistic) special effects you expect from a Lewis movie, and a painfully slow pace.
Lewis had to pad out the running time with two incredibly strange scenes that add to the movie's "outsider art" ethos: A parody of an art film (featuring an obsession with potato chips and squeezing fruits) witnessed by two characters at a drive-in and a bizarre opening featuring two Styrofoam heads with wigs chatting with one another.
In short, it's a classic.
-- Review by Lucius Gore