The Andy Sidaris Films (1985-1998)-
stretch Andy Sidaris was the producer and/or director
and/or writer of 12 action-based sexploitation films. Some of
them are better than others. Most of them are not "good"
films. But they do have their strong points. If I didn't
like the movies to some degree, I wouldn't be talking about them.
The women are
always awesome. Maybe they're not all the best actresses, but
they really do fulfill all other requirements. The filming is
also pretty good and the movies do seem to have decent production
values for the world of B-movies. The series lacks in the
continuity department, but there are certain things that tie the films
together. For one thing, the same set of actors was generally
used from film to film even though they didn't always play the same
characters. I talk about each of the 12 movies in this feature,
but here is a quick breakdown of the Andy Sidaris film series.
The Cody Abilene Era
The Donna and Taryn Era
2. Hard Ticket
to Hawaii (1987)
4. Savage Beach
The Donna and Nicole Era
5. Guns (1990)
6. Do or Die
7. Hard Hunted
8. Fit to Kill
The Chris Cannon and Mark Austin Era
9. Enemy Gold
10. The Dallas
The L.E.T.H.A.L. Era
11. Day of the
12. Return to
Savage Beach (1998)
The Cody Abilene
1. Malibu Express (1985)-
and "Guns" (1990) are the best films in the lot. The acting is
pretty decent from most of the major
cast members and it does have a good story. Most of the main
actors were experienced actors: Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Brett
This film was purposely meant to be comedy with
elements of action. It's entertaining and rewatchable in its
entirety. You can't say that about most of the Sidaris
films. "Malibu Express" is also unique because it's a private
detective themed movie. All subsequent Sidaris films were spy
features. In addition, all subsequent Sidaris movies were meant
to be serious movies with rare bits of intended comedy on occasion.
Although this is the only Cody Abilene film in the
series, other Abilene relations were featured in every Sidaris film up
through #8 ("Fit to Kill"). We're never sure what relationship
the Abilenes held to each other (brother? cousin?) but they did play
some part in the first eight films. Another sharp distinction
about this film is that most of the actors never appeared in another
Sidaris film. Brett Clark was the only member of the main cast to
appear in later films, although in smaller parts.
The Donna and
2. Hard Ticket to Hawaii
(1987)- This is the best-known era of Sidaris films. There
were only three Donna and Taryn movies in the series but they left an
impression. Dona Speir and Hope Marie Carlton are absolute
knockouts as heroines Donna Hamilton and Taryn Kendall. It's
sometimes hard to tell them apart due to their matching blonde hairdos
Ron Moss makes his first and only appearance as
Rowdy Abilene, relation to Cody. Our heroes are drug enforcement
agents but, for some reason, not called DEA. Instead, they work
for an outfit simply referred to as "The Agency".
This film also marks the first appearances of cast
regulars Cynthia Brimhall as Edy Stark, Harold Diamond as Jade, Patty
Duffek as Pattycakes, and Rodrigo Obregon who almost always played
3. Picasso Trigger (1988)-
the first and only appearance of Travis Abilene, played by
Steve Bond. It is also the first appearance of John Aprea, who
played a different role in the next film, "Savage Beach".
Cynthia Brimhall is back as Edy Stark. So is
Patty Duffek as Pattycakes. Kym Malin makes her debut as
Pattycakes' cohort Kym. Rodrigo Obregon plays another
villain. This is Harold Diamond's second and last appearance as
Jade. Bruce Penhall makes his first appearance in the series, but
he plays a villain named Hondo. Roberta Vasquez makes her first
appearance in the series, but plays a double-agent named Pantera.
Vasquez would later play Donna's partner, Nicole, in four films of the
Guich Koock plays L.G. Abilene, an older Abilene who
also seems to be Travis' superior officer. We have never seen him
before or since.
4. Savage Beach (1989)-
best-known Sidaris film. Michael Jay Shane makes his
first appearance as Shane Abilene and becomes the longest-lasting
Abilene, appearing in the next five films. This film and "Do or
Die" feature major moments with Shane Abilene, but for the most part
his importance is really played down in the series. Like Cody
Abilene in the very first film, Shane is also plagued with the
can't-shoot-for-shucks running gag.
Patty Duffek makes her last appearance in the series
as Pattycakes. Lisa London makes her first appearance as
Rocky. Rodrigo Obregon plays another bad guy. Bruce Penhall
returns, but as the character Bruce Christian. Stuntmen actors Al
Leong and James Lew make their first appearances in the series as bad
guys. All this, and it's the last appearance of Hope Marie
Carlton as Taryn Kendall. Dona Speir, as Donna Hamilton, carried
on in the next four films with Roberta Vasquez as Nicole Justin.
The Donna and
5. Guns (1990)- So
begins the longest-lasting and most-established era of Sidaris
films. Donna and Nicole ran for four films in the series.
Roberta Vasquez, as Nicole Justin, originally appeared as Pantera two
films back. "Guns" is a pretty awesome flick and you would think
this entry would turn the series around into becoming more straight and
mainstream. Such was not the case. All Sidaris films after
this one are pretty hammy. As is stands, "Malibu Beach" (1985)
and "Guns" (1990) are the best in the lot.
Bruce Penhall is back as Bruce Christian.
Michael Shane is back as Shane Abilene. Cynthia Brimhall returns
as Edy Stark. William Bumiller makes his first appearance as
leader Lucas. Lisa London makes her last appearance as
Rocky. Kym Malin returns as Kym for one last go-around. Rodrigo
Obregon is back; not as a villain but a transvestite named Large
Marge. James Lew is back in another anonymous henchman
role. Chu Chu Malave and Richard Cansino make their first
appearances as the comic relief hitmen.
Erik Estrada makes his first of two appearances in
the series. In this movie, he's the major villain. In the
next film, his character is one of the male leads. This is one of
the few films in the series that had appearances from bigger-name,
mainstream actors. Estrada, of course, but also Leslie Caron,
George Cheung, Chuck McCann, and Danny Trejo.
6. Do or Die (1991)-
This is the first appearance of villain Kane, played by Pat
Morita. In the two films after this, Kane was changed to a
younger Englishman played by R.J. Moore. Yeah, the continuity is
pretty much busted up.
Erik Estrada returns as a hero lead for his last
appearance in the series. Bruce Penhall is back as Bruce
Christian. So is Cynthia Brimhall as Edy Stark, William Bumiller
as Lucas (for one last time), Michael Shane as Shane Abilene, Chu Chu
Malave, Richard Cansino, and James Lew. Asian beauty Carolyn Liu
makes her first appearance as Silk. Ava Cadell makes her first
appearance in the series, but as hitwoman Ava. Her later
character of Ava is a heroine. Skip Ward makes his first of two
This is another film that surprises us with having
pretty big name stars like Estrada and Morita in its cast.
7. Hard Hunted (1992)-
Kane has changed from an Asian senior citizen to a young
Englishman. How's that for holding the reality? R.J. Moore
plays the bad guy in this and the next film.
The character of Lucas is back but he's played by a
different actor, Tony Peck. Ava Cadell has returned, but this
time as another Ava working for the good guys. This film marks
the first appearance of Ava and KSXY radio. Returning are Cynthia
Brimhall (Edy Stark), Michael Shane (Shane Abilene), Bruce Penhall
(Bruce Christian), Carolyn Liu (Silk), and Richard Cansino, Chu Chu
Malave, Al Leong, Rodrigo Obregon, and Skip Ward. Brett Clark
makes his first appearance in the series since "Malibu Express" (1985)
as Kane's henchman, Burke.
8. Fit to Kill (1993)-
the last film of the Donna and Nicole era and although it's not
a formal ending, you can tell that Sidaris was ready to wrap up this
era of his films and move on to something different. Dona Speir,
as Donna, had appeared in all films up to this point except the very
first. She really was the character the whole series had revolved
around. "Fit to Kill" wraps up the Kane storyline.
This film marks the last appearances of many actors
and their characters in the series: Cynthia Brimhall as Edy Stark,
Brett Clark as Burke, Chu Chu Malave, R.J. Moore as Kane, Tony Peck as
Lucas, and Michael Shane as Shane Abilene. Not to mention Dona
Speir and Roberta Vasquez.
Rodrigo Obregon is back, but as a good guy Russian
named Mikael Petrov. Making his first appearance in the series is
Mark Barriere, but as Petrov's sidekick Gregor. Carolyn Liu is
back as Silk. Ava Cadell and her KSXY radio is back. Gerald
Okamura makes his first appearance in the series as a bad guy.
Julie Strain debuts in the series; in this film she is hitwoman Blu
Steele. Bruce Penhall is back as Bruce Christian, but after this
his character becomes Chris Cannon. You can see with this film
how a lot of the old is being phased out with some of the new.
The Chris Cannon
& Mark Austin Era
9. Enemy Gold (1993)-
This era of Sidaris films lasted only two entries, and both of them are
pretty separate from each other except for the male hero leads.
Bruce Penhall appeared in the six previous films and as two different
characters. Chris Cannon marks his third character in the
series. His sidekick is Mark Barriere as Mark Austin.
Berriere appeared in the previous film as a different Russian character.
"Enemy Gold" is about as far removed from the
previous films as you can get. There is no Abilene of any
kind. The main characters are actually dudes. There are two
leading ladies, one good and one bad. Most of the sexy women in
this film are anonymous. Most of the cast is even
different. Besides Penhall and Barriere, the only returning
players are Julie Strain (as different villainess Jewell Panther) and
Rodrigo Obregon (as yet another bad guy). Kym Malin does make her
first appearance since "Guns" (third overall in the series), but she's
not playing agent Kym. Instead, she plays hostess for the Cowboys
bar in this and the next film.
10. The Dallas Connection
(1994)- This is the last we see of Bruce Penhall and Mark
Barriere in the series, period. Penhall had been in the series
since #3, so this was really the end of an era.
Julie Strain returns as yet another villainess,
Black Widow. Rodrigo Obregon is back as another (sigh) bad
guy. Gerald Okamura returns as another bad guy. Kym Malin
makes her last ever appearance in the series as the Cowboys
hostess. Besides these players, the cast of this film is mostly
Julie K. Smith makes her first appearance as
Cobra. She appears in the next two films.
11. Day of the Warrior (1996)-
of Sidaris films was the first time they ever really strived
for continuity. The events and characters of this film play into
the next movie.
Julie Strain is back, but this time as leader of the
hero babes Willow Black. Also returning are Richard Cansino
(without Chu Chu Malave), Rodrigo Obregon, Gerald Okamura (as another
character named Fu), and Julie K. Smith as Cobra.
Making first appearances are Cristian Letelier
as J. Tyler Ward, Shae Marks as Tiger, and Marcus Bagwell as
Warrior. The character of Doc Austin makes his first appearance,
but is played by Kevin Light in only this film.
12. Return to Savage Beach
(1998)- Back for one last time are Doc Austin, Fu, J. Tyler
Ward, Tiger, Warrior, Willow Black. Doc Austin is played this
time around by Paul Logan. I don't know why, but Carolyn Liu
reappears as Silk and Ava Cadell has returned with her KSXY
radio. We haven't seen Ava and Silk since movie #8.
What's funny about this film is that NO ONE in the
cast was in the original "Savage Beach" (1989). Donna and Taryn
are referred to in stock footage...that's it. I don't know if
this was meant to be the last Andy Sidaris film, but it might make
sense. Why else would Ava Cadell and Carolyn Liu be brought back
after five years? It would almost seem this movie was made as an
homage to the "Savage Beach" film and a quasi-reunion of sorts.
Andy Sidaris passed away in 2007.
The Babysitter (1969)- This is a
fun little B-movie with guilty pleasures, fairly good acting from most
of the cast, and an interesting story. I'm rather surprised this
movie is as good as it is because it's very low-budget and very
independent. Typically, most movies on this low ebb of the
drive-in movie spectrum like to concentrate on sleaze. Although
this movie has its share of sleazy moments, it's far more coherent than
many sexploitation films.
George E. Carey and Anne Bellamy as George and Edith
Maxwell easily give the best acting performances in the film.
They're good. Carey is the quietly disgruntled husband, unhappy
with his dowdy, high-stepping nag of a wife. Edith is just
straight out the kind of boring b**** no guy wants to marry.
Patricia Wymer as Candy Wilson did okay for the part she had to play: a
bubbly, blonde hippie bimbo. She didn't really need a lot of
talent for her part in the movie, but she is likable.
Mr. Maxwell is a prosecuting judge about to sentence
a biker for murder. Julie Freeman is the girlfriend of the
murderer who, in an attempt to get her maniac boyfriend acquitted,
tries to blackmail George. It so happens that George's daughter
Joan is a full-blown lesbian. Julie, an alleged friend of Joan's,
tries to get pictures of Joan and her lover Doris Winkler in the
act. In the process, Julie discovers an affair between George and
the supple little babysitter, Candy Wilson. Since this item is
far more damaging to George than the happenings of his lesbian
daughter, Julie uses this instead.
George tries to hide his affair while still doing
his rightful duty. Candy, meanwhile, takes care of things on her
end. The movie actually ends on a happy note for everyone except
Julie Freeman and, of course, her boyfriend. George and Candy
break off the relationship with no bad feelings, the Maxwells patch up
their unhappy marriage, and Candy carries on with guys her own
age. It's cool how everything comes together.
My only criticism is that the lesbian scene between
Joan Maxwell and Doris Winkler is completely gratuitous. It has
NOTHING to do with the main story and once it's dropped, it's never
mentioned again. Do Joan's parents ever find out about her
sexuality? The lesbian content in the film is entirely filler.
This movie was followed by the not-quite-a-sequel,
"Weekend With the Babysitter". Both movies have their advantages
"The Babysitter" Advantages:
Wymer was better at Candy Wilson than her successor in the
"The Babysitter" Disadvantages:
- Black and
white film. To me, a good sexploitation flick just
needs to be in color!
production values. The movie looks like it's filmed cheap,
with mostly inside filming.
music. The theme song is played way too often, and the
general music is phony. The movie's "house band" was called "The
- A lot of
loose ends. Notably with the lesbian daughter, Joan, but
in many other areas as well. What EXACTLY happens to Julie
Freeman. I guess I don't get it.
aren't a whole lot of great-looking girls as compared to the next
film. Patricia Wymer was easily the hottest. Ruth Noonan,
however, did have a very nice "set".
Patricia Wymer as Candy Wilson
George E. Carey as George Maxwell
Anne Bellamy as Edith Maxwell
Kathy Williams as Julie Freeman
Sheri Jackson as Joan Maxwell
Ruth Noonan as Doris Winkler
Wymer was only in three movies, and for a short while was a dancer on
the TV series, "Malibu U.". This movie was her second to last
Williams did quite a bit of acting from 1968-1972, but she just wasn't
that good in this movie.
Jackson was in four movies, all in 1969, and this was her last role.
- This was
the only role for Ruth Noonan.
- George E.
Carey and Anne Bellamy have enjoyed long acting careers and many
The Dallas Connection (1994)-
not a good movie, but worth watching if you like women. The
gorgeous, and since this is a skin flick, they do a good job.
Heroine Samantha Maxx (played by Samantha Phillips) IS arousing, and
enticing. 6'1" raven-haired beauty Julie Strain (as villainess
Black Widow) is sexy as ever. Julie K. Smith, the short, but
extremely busty blonde is something spectacular (she plays bad girl
Cobra). Wendy Hamilton is another pleasant surprise as
brunette baddie Scorpion (we find out later she's not as bad as she
This movie is dumb, but it's good as a T&A
flick. That's all it is really meant to be. I, myself,
prefer some kind
of cool story to explain the nudity.
Otherwise, the makers can just go ahead and make it a full-on porn
film. I'm not that much of a letch. I like sex WITH a good
story and some passable acting.
Bruce Penhall as Chris Cannon
Mark Barriere as Mark Austin
Samantha Phillips as Samantha Maxx
Julie Strain as Black Widow
Julie K. Smith as Cobra
Wendy Hamilton as Scorpion
- This is
the second and last of the Chris Cannon/Mark Austin era of Andy Sidaris
films. There is almost no continuity from the previous film,
"Enemy Gold" (1993).
- Julie K.
Smith appeared in the following two films as Cobra.
- This is
the last Sidaris film to feature longtime player Bruce Penhall.
It's also the last for Mark Barriere who had appeared in three of the
Strain previously played bad girls in earlier films "Fit to Kill" and
"Enemy Gold". After this movie, she played the heroine leader
Willow Black for the final two Sidaris films.
Die (1991)- This movie stinks, but before I get into the
dynamics of the situation let me tell you the reasons to watch this
movie. The women are awesome. Dona Speir and Roberta
Vasquez dazzle as the two lead heroines. Carolyn Liu as Silk is
WOW. Ava Cadell has a brief, but memorable part as scorchy
hitwoman Ava. Pandora Peaks is in here for some reason as the
character Atlanta Lee. I was never quite sure what her character
was supposed to do. But my favorite in this movie is Cynthia
Brimhall as Edy Stark. I LOVE CYNTHIA BRIMHALL. Holy lord,
she's hot! The whole sexy cowgirl singer thing is a winner, but I
thought she looked stunning throughout the whole movie.
I love Pat Morita as an actor. The idea of him
playing a villain is neat. However, this was not the right
vehicle for him. I'm surprised to see someone of Pat's standing
as an actor in a movie like this. Pat Morita was usually in
A-list movies and popular TV shows. This is beneath his
station. He was cool to see, but this wasn't one of his shining
The acting is bad all the way around and I got
quickly bored with the story idea. It's not a good thing when a
movie's plot is just filler. Everyone is part of a boy/girl
pairing which is just ridiculous. I wasn't even that thrilled
with the action sequences. I do believe Cynthia Brimhall and Pat
Morita were the best of the cast in this movie because they did have a
few cool moments here and there. It's bad to say, but the ONLY
thing to look forward to in this movie is the nudity.
movie is a "CHiPs" reunion of sorts as it stars two regulars from the
popular TV series: Erik Estrada and Bruce Penhall.
Brimhall played Edy Stark in six of the twelve Andy Sidaris movies from
1987-1993. This was her fourth appearance in the series.
Speir was in seven of the Andy Sidaris movies from 1987-1993 as the
character Donna Hamilton. This was her fifth appearance in the
Vasquez was in five of the Andy Sidaris movies from 1988-1993. In
her first appearance she played a villainess named Pantera. In
all subsequent appearances she played Nicole Justin, partner to Donna
Hamilton. This was her third appearance in the series.
Liu was in five of the Andy Sidaris movies from 1988-1998. Her
character's name was always Silk except in her fourth appearance, in
which she was called Alice. This was her first appearance in the
- This was
the first acting role for Pandora Peaks and the ONLY Andy Sidaris film
in which she appeared.
- This was
the first of four appearances for Ava Cadell in the series. Her
character's name is always Ava. In this movie, she plays an evil
hitwoman who gets killed.
Enemy Gold (1993)- Believe it or
not, this is one of the better Andy Sidaris films despite the
less-than-impressive acting. It also has about the least amount
of nudity of any Sidaris film. There are only three major female
characters: 1 bad, and 2 good. You see a lot of bad girl Julie
Strain and heroine Suzi Simpson, but not much of leader Tai
Collins. The story itself is interesting enough and the movie
opens interesting. Confederate soldiers from the Civil War bury
gold, which our heroes find during the film. I also think the
action sequences are filmed pretty well.
This particular Andy Sidaris film makes a better
action movie than it does a sexploitation film. Most of his films
are completely opposite.
Bruce Penhall as Chris Cannon
Mark Barriere as Mark Austin
Suzi Simpson as Becky Midnite
Tai Collins as Ava Noble
Rodrigo Obregon as Santiago
Julie Strain as Jewell Panther
- This is the first of two Chris Cannon/Mark Austin
movies in the Sidaris line-up.
Guns (1990)- This is actually a very
good movie. Very watchable, and not just for the babes. I
was extremely surprised. It's an Andy Sidaris film, but the
acting is pretty darn decent all around and it does have a good
story. There's a reason they called this "Guns". There is
an unapologetic amount of gunplay. Most Sidaris films are
sexploitation with elements of action. This is more like an
action film with some sexploitation thrown in. This is one of the
top best Sidaris films next to "Malibu Express" (1985). This
movie is worth rewatching in its entirety.
Although Dona Speir and Roberta Vasquez are supposed
to be the main female characters, Cynthia Brimhall seems to have
sizable screen time. I absolutely love Cynthia Brimhall.
She's positively stunning, and I even like her singing. Brimhall
has one of those cutesy voices that I find interesting to listen
to. On a side note, she just seems to give a really good acting
performance in this particular movie.
Erik Estrada gives a great performance as the film's
major villain. He does better here than in the next Sidaris film
where he plays a hero. Chuck McCann also gives a great
performance as the ill-fated hero Abe the Magician. I'm a McCann
fan, anyway, but he really does play a cool part. I wish his
character had lived to appear in another movie.
Rocky (Lisa London) made her first appearance in the
previous movie, "Savage Beach" (1989). Her character gets killed
early in this film. This is an extremely unusual turn for the
Sidaris movies. No other recurring hero or heroine character was
ever killed off in a Sidaris film. Sometimes the actor was
brought back as a different hero or villain, but no member of the
"team" had ever been killed before or since. We're also given
background on the top heroine character, Donna Hamilton (Dona
Speir). We learn that her father was also a drug fighting fed who
died ten years ago, and her mother is an Attorney General. The
new character of Nicole Justin (Roberta Vasquez) was also tied into
Donna's backstory. What's really strange about this film is that
there is no mention or explanation of Taryn Kendall's
disappearance. Taryn was the previous partner of Donna for three
Rodrigo Obregon, the most-used actor in Sidaris
films (appearing in 10 of 12) makes a rare appearance as a
non-villain. He plays a transvestite named Large Marge and later
turns out to not be what he seems.
Dona Speir as Donna Hamilton
Roberta Vasquez as Nicole Justin
Bruce Penhall as Bruce Christian
Michael Shane as Shane Abilene
Cynthia Brimhall as Edy Stark
William Bumiller as Lucas
Kym Malin as Kym
John Brown as Brown
Erik Estrada as Juan Degas/Jack of Diamonds
Danny Trejo as Tong
Devin DeVasquez as Cash
Chuck McCann as Abe
Liv Lindeland as Ace
Phyllis Davis as Kathryn Hamilton
Chu Chu Malave as Cubby
Richard Cansino as Tito
George Cheung as Sifu
Lisa London as Rocky
Rodrigo Obregon as Large Marge
Donna Spangler as Hugs Higgins
Allegra Curtis as Robyn
Leslie Caron as Waitress
Christian Drew Sidaris as The California Kid
- This is the first of the Donna & Nicole films
in the Andy Sidaris series.
- This is the first time Chu Chu Malave and Richard
Cansino appear in the series. In this movie they are serious
hitmen with slight comic overtones. They get killed. In "Do
or Die" (1991), "Hard Hunted" (1992), and "Fit to Kill" (1993) they
play totally inept, almost cartoonish hitmen and never get
killed. Richard Cansino appears, without Malave, in "Day of the
- Although the lovely Phyllis Davis has been in
acting since this film, this is the last time she's played anything
more than a bit part.
The Horrors of Spider Island (1960)-
as a horror
movie, and fails at both. This movie is pretty bad, but at least
the girls are hot. However, the best-looking girl, Helga Franck,
is the one that shows the least skin! What the heck! Alex
D'Arcy and Helga Franck act well enough for the material given to them,
but the large part of the movie's acting is terrible. The dubbing
is a bit too obvious, and the "effects" were not even good for that
time. Plus, the movie just kind of drags along, without much
horror or sexuality. It's a missed opportunity. Just a few
little additions would have made this more watchable. I recommend
it if you're only paying one or two dollars for the DVD and you have
some spare time, but nothing more.
Alexander D'Arcy as Gary Webster [credited as Alex d'Arcy]
Helga Franck as Georgia
Harald Maresch as Joe [credited as Temple Foster]
Rainer Brandt as Bobby [credited as Allen Turner]
Barbara Valentin as Babs [credited as Barbara Valentine]
Elfie Wagner as Linda [credited as Donna Ulsike]
Dorothee Parker as Gladys [credited as Norma Townes]
Helga Neuner as Ann
Eva Schauland as Millie
Gerry Sammer as May
Helma Vandenberg as Kate [credited as Helma van den Berg]
Walter Faber as Mike Blackwood
Robert Raglan as Radio Man [uncredited]
Director- Fritz Bottger [credited as Jaime Nolan]
Writers- Fritz Bottger, Eldon Howard, Albert G. Miller.
- Body in the Web [US]
- A Corpse Hangs in the Web [International; actual
- Ein Toter hing im Netz [West Germany; actual
- Girls of Spider Island [US; video title]
- It's Hot in Paradise [US]
- The Spider's Web [US]
- This movie is a West Germany/Yugoslavia joint
production. It was filmed in Nicola, Yugoslavia.
- Although made in 1960, this film was not released
in America until 1962. At that point, it still had its nude
scenes and was released as "It's Hot in Paradise" as an adults-only
movie. Three years later, in 1965, this movie was trimmed of all
its nudity and passed off as a horror/sci-fi movie called "The Horrors
of Spider Island". Although a better title, it was not wise to
take the nudity out of it, as this movie gives us little else to watch.
- This movie offers us little in eroticism, but
there's one good catfight between Babs and Millie (Barbara Valentin and
Eva Schauland, respectively).
- Although the promotion for this movie makes it
sound like a lot of people get killed (i.e. a "slasher" flick), there
are few people that actually die. The professor that is found in
the web died offscreen by a large spider. Linda is killed by the
spider-man Gary Webster. Bobby is killed by spider-Gary, but
Gladys merely walks off a cliff while avoiding the monster. Gary,
himself, is killed when he is led into a quicksand pit. In truth,
Gary as the spider-monster killed only two people in this movie.
Only five people were killed off in this movie.
- Barbara Valentin got a rather large build-up for
this movie, although her character was of maybe fifth importance.
This movie claims to "introduce" her, but she previously starred in the
German movie, "Die Nackte und der Satan" in 1959. This was
actually her second film.
- This is the only credit, film or otherwise, for
Elfie Wagner (Linda).
- Helga Franck (Georgia) was only 29 years old when
she died in 1963. She fell from a 5th floor apartment when she
was trying to get some fresh air, tripped, and fell out the
window. A true shame, as she looked great, seemed to be a
competent actress, and acted in only six films.
- Of all the girls in this film, Barbara Valentin
became the most accomplished in film. She is called the "German
Jayne Mansfield". Although straight, she is an icon of the gay
community. She died of a stroke at age 61 in 2002. Since
the 1980s she had been an advocate for the fight against HIV and even
lived with rock star Freddie Mercury.
Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)-
William Smith is the hero. Anitra Ford is the villainess.
Victoria Vetri is the love interest to Smith and beautiful,
damsel-in-distress. I like William Smith. There aren't too
many actors who do equally well at hero and villain parts, but Smith is
one of them. Men are being "loved" to death by murderous
women. William Smith, a government inspector, comes to
investigate. Anitra Ford, as far as we know, is some sort of
alien; a hybrid between human and queen bee. She has the
technology to turn human women into bee-like sexual predators.
The only thing we never know is the motivation behind this killing
spree. This movie has an excellent cast, and it's one of the few
times I think nudity is as legitimate in a film as it is fun. You
can't really have a movie like this without nudity, believe it or
not. The premise of the movie is interesting enough, but it seems
like the writer got too bored to explain the background of Anitra
Ford's character, or give us a reason for why this was all going
on. What did the Bee Girls hope to accomplish? Still, this
is an entertaining, watchable movie and I hope it gets a remake with a
more elaborate script. Special mention must go to Victoria
Vetri, who I find most impressive in character and figure.
(1985)- This is the first of the Andy Sidaris
films and, as it turns out, is the best of the lot (12 in all).
Most of the Sidaris films are truly bad although they do have their
highlights. This is actually a good comedy-sexploitation film
thinly disguised as an action flick. The acting is pretty good
from most of the major cast members. This film actually had
people with years of previous acting experience like Darby Hinton and
Sybil Danning among others.
I do believe this movie has far more nudity than
most of the Sidaris films; it's almost constant. It also has a
pretty good story. This film has the hero as a private
detective. All of the Sidaris films after this followed a spy
theme. "Malibu Express" is intentionally funny, where the rest of
the Sidaris films try to be serious. I found this movie funny and
watchable. I'd rewatch this again in its entirety, where I simply
pick out parts of the other 11 films in the series.
Sybil Danning wears some of the sexiest outfits
she's ever worn...and she looks good in all of them! The way
Darby Hinton looks with his hairstyle and mustache is definitely
inspired by TV's "Magnum P.I." and its lead actor, Tom Selleck.
Back in the early 80s, "Magnum P.I." was the king of the cool shows and
heavily imitated. It was later beaten out by "Miami Vice" (which
debuted in 1984). I love the women in this movie and even though
most of them are not great actresses, they all look like they're having
fun. Sidaris really had his act together in this movie.
Darby Hinton as Cody Abilene
(1988)- Although not a classic, it is one of the
better Andy Sidaris films. The story is intriguing...the acting
is not. I also liked the filming and the action sequences.
The women are awesome as well. Although all the Sidaris films are
built largely around female nudity and barely-there outfits, I do feel
this has enough of a story to make it a legitimate action film.
It's definitely a lot better than the dullsville next film, "Savage
Beach". This film could be remade better today into something
Dona Speir as Donna Hamilton
Hope Marie Carlton as Taryn Kendall
Steve Bond as Travis Abilene
Guich Koock as L.G. Abilene
Roberta Vasquez as Pantera
Rodrigo Obregon as Miguel Ortiz
John Aprea as Salazar/Picasso Trigger
Harold Diamond as Jade
Cynthia Brimhall as Edy
Kym Malin as Kym
Patty Duffek as Pattycakes
Richard LePore as Professor
Liv Lindeland as Inga
Bruce Penhall as Hondo
Nicholas Georgiade as Schiavo
Andy Sidaris as Whitey [uncredited]
Penhall makes his first appearance in the Andy Sidaris films as a
villain named Hondo. He would appear in the next seven films as
hero characters Bruce Christian, then Chris Cannon.
Vasquez makes her first appearance in the Sidaris films as a double
agent named Pantera. She would appear not in the next film, but
the following four films as Nicole Justin, new partner of Donna
Aprea appeared in the next film, "Savage Beach", as a more heroic
character named Captain Andreas.
Brimhall's part as Edy Stark is rather small in this film. Edy
does, however, have major moments in later films.
(1998)- So bad. Ridiculously bad,
even under the auspices that it's a T&A flick. It's another
Andy Sidaris-directed film. The story is bad, and the acting is
bad. At least the women look hot, and the movie is
well-filmed. Those are the good points. All the women are
great, but Carrie Westcott as blonde Sophia is the standout in
this movie. She also plays a cool character. She is the
stuff spy-babes are made of. What's this movie all about? I
doubt if the
filmmakers even know. Main idea: A bunch of chesty babes
called L.E.T.H.A.L. Force goes after bad guys. That's about
it. Also starring Julie Strain, Julie K. Smith, Shae Marks, and
Ava Cadell. One of the two creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, Kevin Eastman, has a part as good guy Harry The Cat.
He was the real-life husband of Julie Strain at the time.
This is probably the poorest-quality of the Sidaris
films, but one of the best in female visuals.
- NONE of
the actors in this film appeared in the original "Savage Beach"
film. Donna and Taryn are referenced in stock footage, and that's
- Ava and
Silk appeared in Sidaris films before the L.E.T.H.A.L. era, but were
brought back for smaller, supporting parts in this movie.
- This is
the last Andy Sidaris film. Andy passed away in 2007.
(1989)- The women in this movie are awesome...and
that's just about it. Let's just say the acting is "not good" and
I found it really hard to get drawn into the story. It looks like
everybody is about ready to break out laughing at any time. The
story idea is pretty cool, though, and I like the idea of what the film
was trying to do. The bad thing is that this movie is
Dona Speir as Donna
Hope Marie Carlton as Hope
Lisa London as Rocky
Patty Dufek as Pattycakes
Bruce Penhall as Bruce Christian
Michael J. Shane as Shane Abilene
Rodrigo Obregon as Rodrigo Martinez
James Lew as Agent #1
- All major
actresses in this film were former Playboy Playmates.
Andy Sidaris has a cameo as a man operating a CB radio.
- This was
Michael Shane's first movie. It is also the first appearance of
his character Shane Abilene. This character appeared in a total
of 5 films from 1989 to 1993.
(1937)- Lona Andre plays heroine Dona
Lee. This is an early prototype of what would become, thirty-some
years later, the "sexploitation" film. At this time, movies like
this were simply referred to as "exploitation" and usually contained a
moral message about the pitfalls of wreckless sex, marijuana, cocaine
abuse, and other "not nice" things. Here, the subject is just
prostitution. There are also moments of lesbian-ism. For
the time period, this movie was extremely avant-garde. Today,
it's just bizarre. It's weird to see people in an old-time movie
speak so bluntly about, not just sex, but prostitution...even
"lezzies". It's made with what we would call today a PG
sensibility, but at the time, if they had ratings, this probably
would've been called XXX+. They really couldn't show skin,
because it was tough enough to get these movies played in
theaters. I found this movie dumb and nearly unwatchable by bad
acting, lazy writing, and near uneventfulness, but it had a good enough
plot idea. A crooked businessman and his female partner use a
beauty salon as a front to recruit women as prostitutes for the man's
Weekend With the Babysitter (1970)-
film, "The Babysitter"
(1969). The only connections are: 1. The babysitter is named
Candy Wilson; 2. George E. Carey plays the male lead; and 3. The story
is about an older married man having an affair with his
babysitter. That's it. That's not to say this is a bad
film. On the contrary, it's pretty good and, in a lot of ways,
better than the original.
The character of Candy Wilson not only changed
actresses, but looks. In the original film, Candy was a
blonde. In this movie, Candy has reddish-brown hair. Susan
Romen is attractive as Candy, but she doesn't have a lot of
expression. She wasn't a terrible actress; she just needed to
loosen up. I think Ms. Romen could have been a better actress in
time. Sadly, this was the first of only two movies in an
all-too-short career, and her only lead.
Jim Carlton is a middle-aged movie director that's
lost his direction. His current movie script about the younger
generation, is doomed to failure for lack of understanding young
people. What's worse, his marriage is falling apart. Mona
Carlton (Luanne Roberts) is an attractive, thirty-something redhead
that ruined her acting career and developed a nasty drug habit.
Mona's bigger problem lies within the fact that she is forced to run
heroin for her drug dealer in Jim's boat!
Meanwhile, Jim thinks Mona is on a short weekend
vacation to visit her mother. While Mona's away, the Jim will
play! To get a better understanding of young hipsters for his
movie, Candy takes Jim out to all the hot spots. Jim befriends
the likes of A.K., Snitch, and Mary Mary, while getting closer to
Candy. Jim and Candy soon have a wild affair. The next few
days, Jim learns about the marijuana culture and motocross
racing. He soon realizes, however, that he loves his wife and
that this affair cannot continue. Once Jim realizes Mona is in
danger, he goes off to her rescue with the help of Candy and her hippie
biker friends. Mona is saved, the bad guys are busted, and Jim
reunites with his wife. Happy ending time!
Like the earlier, "The Babysitter" (1969), both
movies have their advantages and disadvantages. However, I do
believe "Weekend With the Babysitter" is probably the better movie of
"Weekend With the Babysitter" Advantages:
film. I can't help it; sex looks better in color.
better production values. This movie was filmed very open with a
lot of activity. Planes, boats, motorcycles...this is the kind of
stuff that makes a movie.
better cast. With the exception of Ms. Romen, the whole cast was
pretty talented and likable. Even Ms. Romen was likable; acting
just wasn't her "thang".
defined characters. The first movie was basically the husband,
wife, and Candy; it didn't much believe in supporting characters.
This movie had a wider selection of interesting characters. A.K.
and Snitch are awesome! The bad guy drug dealers are cool.
There were a lot of interesting people to follow.
film score. In the first movie, we pretty much heard the "Candy"
theme over and over with some cheap jam music tossed in. This
movie had a wider selection of music.
women. In the first movie, Patricia Wymer was okay. Ruth
Noonan had a few things going for her (wink, wink). The
rest? Eh. In this movie, Susan Romen was pretty darn
attractive. Luann Roberts was way hot! Gloria Roberts is
tall, blonde, and big-chested. Annik Borel is also pretty
story. Things connect better in this film without a lot of loose
"Weekend With the Babysitter" Disadvantages:
- The sex
scenes could have been better. Things are more implied than they
are shown. I don't believe movies need nudity, but if a movie is
going to have nudity, it needs to "show" it. You see flashes of
flesh, and that's about it. The first movie gave us longer
glances of the girls.
George E. Carey as Jim Carlton
Susan Romen as Candy Wilson
Luanne Roberts as Mona Carlton
Bob Bernard as A.K.
Steve Vinovich as Snitch
Gloria Hill as Mary Mary
James Almanzer as Rich Harris
Anthony Victor as Sancho
Guy Edwards as Leon
James E. McLarty as Smitty
movie, like the first, also has a character named Doris. In
addition, both characters are lesbians. Doris Winkler, in the
first movie, is a full-on lesbian as far as we know, while the Doris in
this movie is a bisexual. Both were blondes.
- This is
Susan Romen's first of two movies, and the only one in which she is a
lead. She has a small part in "Dinah East" (1970), another
Vinovich has enjoyed the longest acting success of anyone in the cast.
Roberts had a pretty decent career playing sexy babes from 1969-1977.
Hill was quite a beauty, but only worked in bit parts from
1969-1971. She usually played tall, hot babes, but in her next
film, "Bigfoot" (1970), she played a female Bigfoot!
- This was
the last work for Guy Edwards, who only acted from 1968-1970. He
passed away in 1986.
Bernard, who was awesome in this movie as A.K., acted from 1963-1974 in
only a handful of low-budget movies and TV shows.
- James E.
McLarty was in both "Babysitter" movies. He played Inkie the
biker in the first movie, and Smitty the boatman in this movie.
He only acted from 1963-1971 in a handful of low-budget movies.
Victor was another guy that didn't work much; only in four shows from
Hunt (1973)- I thought this movie was SO going to stink
until I actually watched it. First off, I don't like the idea of
"human hunting", an idea that's been overplayed in movies (especially
in the 1990s decade). Second, I never like seeing women get
killed in shows...certainly not good-looking women. I was really
quite surprised by this movie. It's one of the many
made-in-the-Phillippines, American sexploitation flicks that came out
of the 70s. Surprisingly, this is probably more of an action
movie than a sexploitation movie. The action sequences are done
very well, even by today's standards. Yes, there is some female
nudity to give the audience cheap thrills, but that's not the only
thing the movie has going for it. This movie tells us something
we need to know. Slavery was alive and well in the 1970s, as it
is today. Some people in undeveloped countries DO prey on women
for sex slaves. In addition, there are some people who like to
kill other people for sport. This movie simply puts those two
terrible vices together.
John Ashley plays Tony, one of the kidnappers who
decides to turn on his boss and free the current female
prisoners. The story is very plain and simple and doesn't try to
do anything that time, talent, or budget won't allow. As a matter
of fact, the film movies very quickly. Because of its fast pace,
there is no such thing as character development, although the
personalities of some of the characters are quite entertaining.
Ashley's character doesn't really have much of a personality beyond the
fact that he's a reformed bad guy. He does a decent job of
acting, though. Sid Haig, as Silas, is probably the coolest man
of the cast. He's totally into the abduction and demeaning of
women, and has the best sense of humor about it. He's a funny,
wise-cracking a**hole! Silas is a bad guy, but he still has some
scruples. He doesn't like to physically "hurt" the women, just
humiliate them, and he's still kind of a buddy to Tony, even after he's
turned. Silas doesn't, however, like Karp. Ken Metcalfe has
an interesting, even cool character in Karp despite the fact that he's
a total weirdo. Karp is easily the most violent of the three
kidnappers, and he hates women. The wacky, red-haired hippie dude
pretends that he's attracted to women, but it becomes pretty obvious to
us that he's a homosexual. Silas' hatred of the "queenie" Karp is
what ultimately leads to his end when Karp shoots him in the
stomach. For some particular reason, Karp targets McGee (played
by Pat Woodell).
Pat Woodell did a good job as McGee, the leader of
the kidnapped girls. She has short hair in this movie, which is
unusual to see. She also bares her breasts which is another
unusual (although welcome) sight. Pat actually gives good
delivery of her lines, which is not common to most sexploitation
movies. The most quotable line is what she says to a Japanese
businessman putting the make on her: "Why don't you take a running
backflip and go f*** yourself." Charlene Jones as the black girl,
Billie, was another cool character. She just had a good
personality, and she was convincing. Laurie Rose as strawberry
blonde, Lori, was cute, but she wasn't the most believable. I
liked her in the movie, though. She didn't act terrible, but she
doesn't really "wow" us with her words. Where McGee was targeted
by Karp, and Billie was desired by Silas, Lori was pursued by
Magda. Lisa Todd, best known as one of the "Hee Haw" girls,
played bisexual beauty, Magda. Lisa is almost always drop-dead
gorgeous in her film and TV appearances. In this movie, she was
made up to look a bit strange. Her character was strange, so it
worked. Magda was the henchwoman/lover of ultimate villain
Spyros, played by Eddie Garcia. She was the overseer of the
kidnapped girls; their keeper. Magda loves girls as much as she
loves Spyros; and she was really
fond of Lori. Luscious Lori is nearly molested by the powerful
Magda twice! Lisa Todd, as Magda, still looks good, but in an
offbeat way. Her hair is way big and she wears dark clothes with
boobs pushed up-and-out to high heaven! Kind of like an evil
version of Elvira!
The plot of this movie is not at all intricate, but
there still IS one. It's a simple little 81-minute movie for guys
that like TNA and shoot-em-up action. That's about it.
There's nothing too involved. I thought this movie was going to
be a lot sleazier than it was. Most low-budget sexploitation
movies of this period ARE a lot sleazier. Heck, a lot of
mainstream action movies today are sleazier than this. Don't pay
too much attention to what egghead critics tell you. This is a
fun little movie if you like the content. The filming and editing
isn't the best, but you have to take that with films of this
sort. It's still very watchable.
Everyone in the movie gets killed off except Tony
(John Ashley) and Lori (Laurie Rose).
John Ashley as Tony
Pat Woodell as McGee
Charlene Jones as Billie
Laurie Rose as Lori
Lisa Todd as Magda
Sid Haig as Silas
Ken Metcalfe as Karp
Eddie Garcia as Spyros
Alona Alegre as Sam
Ashley and Pat Woodell get top billing in the cast. Although John
Ashley is the "hero" of the picture, Pat Woodell's second-billing
doesn't make much sense. Yes, she's the leader of the kidnapped
girls, but she really isn't the "leading lady" of the movie. Nor
is she the love interest of the hero. Laurie Rose would have been
the more accurate choice for second-billing. Pat Woodell,
however, was one of the better-known names in the cast at the time,
which explains why her name was up high in the list.
Rose is a longtime, professional belly dancer. Although her
acting career started in 1972, she's had a much longer-lasting career
in film and television than co-stars Charlene Jones, Lisa Todd, or Pat
Woodell who, at that time, been acting for several years.
Ironically, Lisa Todd and Pat Woodell are the women from this cast
best-known to film fans.
movie was filmed and set in the Phillippines.