HOW TO MAKE A DOLL (1968)
Article 2110 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-25-2006
Posting Date: 5-23-2007
Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
Featuring Robert Woods, Jim Vance, Bobbi West
A professor works with a scientist that can create beautiful women with a machine.
This movie is extremely cheap, the sound is extremely bad, the acting is atrocious, and it’s dumb as all-get-out. These aspects of the movie don’t surprise me – it is, after all, a Herschell Gordon Lewis sex comedy. What does surprise me is how tame it is; the movie would net no more than a PG rating if it were rated. It’s not like Lewis didn’t know about the commercial possibilities of sex and nudity; he was shooting nudies before he ever became the king of gore. It’s rather odd for me (a non-fan of exploitation movie-making) to say this about a movie from one of the most famous exploitation film-makers, but it really needs some nudity in it. Either that, or it needs a decent plot (at this point there is none to speak of) and/or some decent jokes, but given my experience with Lewis’s output to date, I’m not sure he’s capable of pulling either of those things off. And given the plot and jokes as they stand now, filling it with nudity is about the only way this one could have flown.