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'Gator Bait - DVD - Panama Films Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Creepy   
Thursday, 23 May 2013
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AKA : Alligaattoriansa, Blodhaevn, Destemida e Audaciosa, Gator Bait, Hetzjagd im Sumpf, Les marais de la haine, Isca Perigosa.

Directed by:
Ferd & Beverly Sebastian
Written by:
Beverly Sebastian
Produced by:
Ferd & Beverly Sebastian
Cinematography by
Ferd Sebastian
Editing by:
Ron Johnson
Music by:
William Loose, William A. Castleman
Special Effects by:
Ferd Sebastian
Cast:
Claudia Jennings, Bill Thurman, Janit Baldwin, Sam Gilman, Douglas Dirkson, Clyde Ventura.
Year:
1974
Country:
USA
Language:
English
Color:
Color
Runtime:
1h 28min

Distributor: Panama Films
 

Looking down the cast of this forgotten little "I Spit On Your Grave" style movie, you could almost believe there was a curse on it since a large section of the cast are dead.  Some from old age, some from accidents, including leading actress Claudia Jennings.  I'll get back to this later since I don't want to start reviewing such a fun little flick on a low note.

The scenery is a star itself as we're in the swamps of backwoods USA, just like "Creature."  The opening scene is cool as it looks like a homage to the final shot of "I Spit On Your Grave" as Desiree (Claudia Jennings) circles the swamps in a small motorboat.  However, she isn't out to take revenge on men (just yet), she's hunting snakes and 'gators.  She's an ex-playmate of the year and a poacher.  Across the swamp, hidden away, are two reed chewing good ol' boys -- one's a cop, the other “yukking” and wearing dungarees.  Sounding like the sheriff in The Dukes of Hazard, the deputy shouts “We caught y'all red handed!”  What follows is a very long water chase through swamp after swamp until they corner her.  She throws the bag of snakes into their boat and escapes smiling.  It's all fun and games until Deputy Billy accidently shoots his friend, Ben in the head whilst trying to blast the snakes.  Desiree is unaware of this.

Billy tells his 'paw', the sheriff, that Desiree shot Ben down.  His pa swigs from a whisky flask full of brown powder (I know, tell me about it) and spits it all over when informed that his boat's been sunk too.  They head over to report the news to Ben's family who are a mob of gun carrying swamp rats who talk like Cleetus from The Simpsons and our introduction to them is of the wild bearded father, horse whipping one of his sons for trying to rape his sister.

Desiree Thibodeau is now a wanted killer, hunted by the cops and Ben's family of aggressive and horny brothers, oh and of course his pa, T.J.  Desiree lives deep in the swamps with her mute brother and younger sister.  For some reason they wear clothes whilst she dresses in what looks like a potato sack modified and cut to reveal a lot of naked flesh.  Soon though she changes into a shirt and shorts which are also modified and cut to reveal a lot more flesh than before.  It's painfully obvious that Claudia wasn't chosen for her acting abilities.

The mob catch her brother and sister whilst Desiree is out hunting.  He gets away but her sister is raped.  This scene reveals that the actress Janit Baldwin does not shave her arm pits.  One of the brothers loses it and shoots her between the legs after maybe watching too many Naziploitation movies.

By the time Billy confesses to his pa what really happened to Ben, it's too late as Desiree has seen her dead sister and is hunting them, leading each one into traps and the usual.  All the boys want to do is lay her even though she's a Cajun hunter out for their blood.  “I never wanted a woman so much in my whole life.”  T.J wants to kill her, Sheriff Joe Bob wants to arrest her.  It turns out that Joe Bob has a lot of history with Desiree's family, thus the plot thickens.

It's all trash -- the director's style, the story, the characters, the music.  Even the beginning credits are low down dirty trash.  It's so cool.  Not a lot of thought has gone into it really, see there's a few questions you can't help asking yourself like: 1. Why doesn't anyone stay awake and keep watch whilst the lynch mob camp down for the night?  Desiree has the freedom to walk in and take things not once but two nights in a row!  2. Why are these expert swamp fellas so stupid that they follow her when she's so obviously leading them along?

Never mind, it's all part of the charm. "'Gator Bait" is bloodless predictable nonsense and all the better for it.  As the director couple explain on the extras, the movie was made for no money and fairly quick.  Poor Claudia Jennings may have gone far with her looks and 'playmate of the year' tag, but she unfortunately died in 1979, aged 29, behind the wheel of her car.  She made a handful of drive in movies after "'Gator Bait."  Clyde Ventura (Billy) died aged 54 in 1990 due to AIDS, whilst Bill (Sheriff) Thurman and Sam (T.J) Gilman passed at ripe old ages, as did William Loose the music arranger.  Okay, so I pushed a bit with the cursed movie thing, my bad.

The extras on the Panama Films release don't offer too much unfortunately.  Ferd and Beverly Sebastian are sat together answering questions.  They are a proper stereotypical elderly looking couple right down to Ferd's Technicolor shirt.  They reminisce over the cast and their low budget approach to things.  Hicksploitation at its best.  Beverly wrote the script.  There's a really cruddy “making of...” feature and then we have Beverly Sebastian Today.  She talks about their films, from their biker movie "Running Cool," and mainly her greyhounds group.  It's all a big advert for her cause.  A Message From Ferd has him talking through his heart attack and how he found Jesus, all the while a plug for his religious website sits at the bottom of the screen.

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
 Region: NTSC R0
 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - 'Gator Bait Exposed
 - The Making Of "'Gator Bait"
 - Beverly Sebastian Today
 - A Message From Ferd

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