Poor Pretty Eddie (Richard Robinson, 1975, USA)
Sunday 16th November at 3pm (18 cert, with patron warning)
The Sallis Benney Theatre (University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building)
Shelly Winters as a drunken hick matriarch, Michael Christian as a sadistic Elvis impersonator and Ted Cassidy (better known as Lurch from The Addams Family)… Poor Pretty Eddie is the ultimate lost gem of Southern cult film depravity! When African American singer Liz Wetherly (played by Roots star Leslie Uggams) breaks down in a backwaters Georgia town, she is exposed to a nightmarish world of inbred brutality, abuse and race-based prejudice, before she violently revolts during a surreal Southern wedding ceremony. With so many differing exploitation and avant-garde elements swirling in its cult film pot, Poor Pretty Eddie is a movie that simply defies definition. It was funded by American underworld film producer Michael Thevis before he went on the run from the FBI, yet contains standout performances by Hollywood legends such as Shelly Winters. While the film also employs a disturbing vocabulary of cult film ‘excess’, it is actually based on Jean Genet’s play The Balcony and contains a disorienting avant-garde style (courtesy of Performance editor Frank Mazzola). Released under a variety of titles that included Redneck County, Heartbreak Motel and Black Vengeance, the film fell into obscurity before the recent restoration undertaken by HD Cinema Classics/Film Chest. The film remains an unsettling and yet stunning scum of the earth classic, and viewer discretion is advised.
Screening of Poor Pretty Eddie is courtesy of HD Cinema Classics/Film Chest
Warning, this film contains some scenes that patrons may find disturbing.