Experimenta

Thundercrack!

+ intro by Jane Giles, author of ‘Scala Cinema 1978-1993’

A delicious, high-camp celebration of sexuality, soundtracked by thunder.

Image from Thundercrack! + intro by Jane Giles, author of ‘Scala Cinema 1978-1993’

USA 1975
Dir Curt McDowell
With Marion Eaton, Ken Scudder, Melinda McDowell, George Kuchar
159min
Digital
Certificate 18 (strong adult content)

‘Come with us into a world of degradation, a house of shame and secret guilt; an ecstasy so great that all heaven and hell becomes one Shangri-la!’ Four men, three women and a gorilla descend on a remote ranch house where they’re feverishly spied upon by their neurotic, drunken host. The sex flows increasingly freely as the tall tale twists and turns to its hysterical, melodramatic climax. Curt McDowell subverts the ‘old dark house’ vibes of yore with knowing, trashy, camp deliciousness while George Kuchar provides the totally OTT script. A film of considerable notoriety – and once a regular fixture at the iconic Scala Cinema in London’s King’s Cross – this monochrome masterpiece has been criminally absent from cinema screens for too long.