THE BODY SHOP (1973)
aka Doctor Gore
Article 2500 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-7-2008
Posting Date: 6-16-2008
Directed by J.G. Patterson Jr.
Featuring J.G. Patterson Jr., Jenny Driggers, Roy Mehaffey
A mad scientist kills beautiful women and removes their body parts in order to construct the perfect woman.
If ever a movie looked like a tribute to the gore movies of Herschell Gordon Lewis, this is it. Director/star J.G. Patterson Jr. (aka Don Brandon) had even worked with Lewis before, in a variety of different capacities on several Lewis films, including MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN, HOW TO MAKE A DOLL and THE GRUESOME TWOSOME. It’s aggressively amateurish, extremely bloody, technically incompetent, but it does manage to have a sense of humor (at least some of the laughs seem to be intentional), and it even manages to improve on Lewis by having decent sound quality. I hope you really like the “Sugar and Spice” song that opens the movie; you will hear the melody endlessly throughout this. The movie also has no plot, as will be apparent when you reach the end of the movie. In short, the movie is awful. Patterson died in 1974, but it looks like another directorial effort of his called THE ELECTRIC CHAIR wasn’t released until 1977.