Director: Russ Meyer
Cast: Anouska Hempel, David Warbeck, Percy Herbert
“Russ Meyer’s Lashomania,” proudly proclaims the sleeve for Blacksnake, indicating it’s not your run-of-the-mill Russ Meyer movie: the lash of a whip definitely plays a more important role than the female bosom. That’s an unusual position for a Russ Meyer movie. His career owes a great debt to the breasts of stars such as Tura Satana (Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!), Kitten Natividad (Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens), Lorna Maitland (Mudhoney), and Erica Gavin (Vixen). With Blacksnake, however, Meyer replaced the nudity so customary of his movies with strong doses of sadism. Instead of focusing on the over-sexed life of a pneumatically-blessed heroine, Meyer gives us a cruel, sadistic plantation owner named Lady Susan. She owns an entire Caribbean island and she rules it with a leather whip, which she frequently applies to the backs of her slaves. Meyer attempts to wring the slavery issue for maximum camp value, but his approach is so blatantly insensitive and exploitative that it will quite probably suck your bottom jaw to the floor in stunned silence. It might be missing his usual preoccupation with the female form, but most all of this other trademarks are clearly in evidence. You’ll still find Meyer’s penchant for rapid-fire editing as he juxtaposes images in striking, almost cartoonish ways. For example, when Lady Susan and her husband’s brother share a romantic moment in her bedroom, Meyer juxtaposes their tryst with shots of the plantation foreman (Percy Herbert, chewing the scenery) sneaking up on the mansion, hiding behind pillars, and hopping over fences. Blacksnake isn’t as bad as many people would have you believe. On the plus side, it features some of Meyer’s best photography and reveals that he could have been a major Hollywood cinematographer if he had pursued that avenue. But on the debit side, Blacksnake revels in its own bad taste.
Also Known As: Sweet Suzy, Black Snake: The Whip, Dutchess of Doom, Slaves
Duration: 82 Mins
Size: 791 MB