Herschell Gordon Lewis, USA, 1963, AGFA + Something Weird, Cult

" ‘All you kids make me sick! You act like Little Miss Muffet, and down inside you're dirty! Do you hear me? Dirty!’ And dirty is the word for SCUM OF THE AERTH, an outrageous exposé of smut peddling, early Sixties-style, and a startling departure from the colorfully cheerful nudie-cuties producer David Friedman and director H.G. Lewis had made up till then. This dark almost-roughie is very much a warm-up act for BLOOD FEAST, the team's most infamous feature, made a few months later with much of the same cast.” -- Something Weird Video

“The crucial scene is the one that anyone who’s ever owned a Something Weird release knows all too well: Lawrence Aberwood's all-caps, bile-filled anti-woman screed, delivered almost entirely in extreme close-up. It's maybe the best and ugliest piece of dialogue that Lewis ever penned, and it sets the tone for every single ugly roughie that followed in this film's wake. Great, landmark and sadly underseen film.” -- Evan Purchell, Letterboxd

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  • 75 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP