Corruption of the Damned

Corruption of the Damned

The Kuchar brothers are legends. Their genre-bending, subversive, proudly queer films are filled with melodrama, intrigue, sex, absurdity, and endless joy. You can see how their work inspired other fringe filmmakers, including Sarah Jacobson (I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER) and national treasure John Waters. CORRUPTION OF THE DAMNED is an absolute delight—from the campy vamps hungry for love to the scene where two lovers cut each other’s clothes off with a pair of kitchen shears. In addition to The Odyssey, the film is also a subversive take on the melodramatic romance films of the 40s. CORRUPTION OF THE DAMNED is silent and shot on beautiful black-and-white 16mm, with hand-written intertitles that move the plot forward (and backward). There’s also an ever-changing moody orchestral score ripped straight out of a library. You’re just waiting for a distressed damsel to be tied up to some railroad tracks by a mustached villain. But instead you get two ladies wearing nothing but cardboard boxes fight each other on a dolly. You read that sentence correctly.

Read the full review by Annie Choi:
bleedingskull.com/corruption-of-the-damned-1966/