- Elf 2017
James F. Hurley for Hur-Lew Productions
directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
starring Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker, Mudite Arums, Ted Heil, Lawrence J.Aberwood, Larry Wellington, Roy Collodi, Jeffrey Allen, Richard Nilsson, Carolyn Smith, Norm Lenet, Louis Newman, Dick Gaffield, Janet Charlton, Lee Ahsmann, Daniel Carrington, Roger Papsch, Elizabeth Galloway, Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour, voice), Vickie Wolfe, Stan Dale, William Petan, Semaj Yelruh, George Cohon, Peg Stewart, Kathleen Koenig, Joe Adamik, Richard Donning, Daniel Milano, Jacque Dayton, Janet Granata, Helen Bridget
written by James F. Hurley, music by Edward J. Petan
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Mitchell (Tony McCabe) had a terrible accident in which he almost got
electrocuted and that left him horribly disfigured and turned him into a
bitter cynic. But on the plus side, now he has psychic powers ...
One day, an old hag (Mudite Arums) pays Mitchell, who has meanwhile
made a career as a masked psychic, a visit and offers to give him his
looks back - but he has to become her lover. Mitchell refuses because he
thinks she's even uglier than he is, however she still gives him his looks
A few days later, Mitchell picks up a beautiful girl in a restaurant,
Ellen Parker (Elizabeth Lee) and takes her back home ... only to find out
that she is really the old hag. Still, the two become a couple.
Before you know it, Mitchell is hired to help the police find a
serialkiller - which causes Dr Jordan (William Brooker) to enter the game,
a gouvernment agent looking for real life psychics to help in the Cold
War. Pretty soon though, Jordan becomes fascinated by Ellen Parker, so
much so that he on one occasion tries to rape her - for which she has her
revenge by having him almost strangled by his own blanket (!).
Eventually, Mitchell finds out who the killer is via an LSD-trip
(really) - which is a good thing and a bad thing as the culprit is Maddox
(Ted Heil), the very detective he works with on the case, and he's a
schizophrenic, which means he's hard to predict even for the best of
psychics, and he knows how to handle a gun ...
As the title suggests, this is something weird, a film that
doesn't clearly fit into any one category: on one hand it's a serialkiller
movie, with all the usual plot elements, on the other hand there is a
psychic, a witch and (in a subplot that is of no consequence to the main
story) a ghost, plus an LSD-trip. And then there's of course a love
triangle that ends in murder. And it's all done in the typical cheapskate
drive-in style ...
This combination might sound terribly silly, but if you don't take the
film too seriously, you might as well enjoy it in a trashy sort of way.
That said, unlike many other Herschell Gordon Lewis-shockers, this film
was made in a no-nonsense way, and it features as good as no gore. Still,