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SCARE THEIR PANTS OFF (1968) **

A pair of guys gets their kicks by kidnapping a trio of women, taking them back to their homemade dungeon and “scaring them to death”.  One guy dresses up like the poster child for Quiet Riot and coerces a nice girl into doing the deed with him by charming her, drugging her and talking in a Darth Vader voice.  The next girl gets drugged and placed on an altar where an (obviously fake) Indian mystic who talks a lot of nonsense about “constellations” and “birthrights” wants to sacrifice her to his stone idol.  The final girl gets shackled to a wall and is berated by a Nazi officer who whips her and gives her “truth serum” in a silly looking oversized syringe before sending her off to “the breeding farm”. 

 

Scare Their Pants Off is technically a “roughie”, a type of sex film that usually revolves around S & M and abduction.  Back in the 60’s when roughies were first invented, they catered to their audiences’ baser desires, but this flick is so tame (even for the time it was released) that it should’ve been called a “softie”.  I don’t think anyone in their right mind would be turned on by this mess.  The film is hardly what you would call “titillating” as the sex and nudity is rather minimal (only two out of the three women briefly pop their tops).  The bizarre situations don’t add zip to the eroticism either and the performances are pretty cartoonish.  On the plus side, the film is only an hour long and the jazzy score is kinda cool. 

 

Out of the three vignettes, the first one is easily the best, if only because it features a bit of style and the man in the iron mask is kinda freaky looking.  The second act is pretty unbearable as the dude’s phony Indian accent will grate on your nerves fast.  The final scene is slightly better, but loses a lot of it’s impact because the actress refused to take her bra off and the Nazis are more like extras from Hogan’s Heroes than Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. 

 

Cinematographer Arthur Marks later when onto be the director of photography for THREE Tim Kinkaid movies in the 80’s, Bad Girl’s Dormitory, Breeders, and Robot Holocaust. 

Tags: exploitation, s
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