Maverick sexploitation filmmaker Doris Wishman’s 1965 cheapie Bad Girls Go to Hell is a sexual nightmare that unfolds with the insouciance and inspiration of a child’s drawing. A comic-book variation on Sade’s Justine, it’s the tale of Meg Kelton (a darkly Monroe-like GiGi Darlene), a sexually neglected Boston housewife who must flee to New York after she accidentally kills the janitor who raped her. There her melancholy innocence is violated, again and again, as she is taken in by seeming Good Samaritans only to be exploited by leering, lecherous men and women.
Filming in glorious and gritty black and white, offers us the beautiful and talented Gigi Darlene as an everywoman in 1960’s urban America suffering the birth-pains of the sexual revolution. Take a peek at this, if you ever get the opportunity, to see an example of the art that influenced pulp film-makers of the 1960’s and 1970’s, John Waters, and many musicians and artists active in the Punk scene.
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