Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

Article 4572 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-4-2014
Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Featuring Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Jay Richardson
Country: USA
What it is: Gore exploitation comedy

A detective looking for a missing girl stumbles upon a cult of chainsaw-worshipping hookers who dismember their clients.

When I knew I was going to be watching the movie, I found myself speculating what I was going to say about it before I even watched it. I shouldn’t have wasted my time; if there’s one thing I learned tonight, it’s that it’s best to not worry about the review until you’ve actually seen the movie; you’ll know what to say when the time comes. The title seems to promise lots of gore, some outrageous comedy, and a fair amount of exploitation (read: nudity). As for the gore, it’s nowhere near as extreme as the title would lead you to believe. I was tempted to blame this on the lack of financial wherewithal to pull it off, but that didn’t stop Herschell Gordon Lewis, so I’m going to attribute it to not being the primary area of concern to the filmmakers. As for the outrageous comedy, let’s just say that just because the subject matter is so exploitative, that doesn’t change the fact that the comedy is mostly just lame; still, the movie did get one laugh from me when I heard the answering machine message for the homicide division. So let’s just settle in and point out that the movie’s main appeal will be for those in it for the nudity, of which there is plenty. In short, the movie’s lame, but those drawn to it by its title will probably be more or less satisfied; for those of us not drawn to the title, there’s no reason to check out this one.

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