Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Trailer Trash: Wicked Woman

It’s been almost a week now, and I can’t get Wicked Woman out of my head. Beverly Michaels’ jaw-dropping performance. The haunting theme song. The overall shoddiness of the production. And oh, how the ghost of that Brylcreem clings.

I don’t know when or if I’ll get to see this movie again, so the trailer is going to have to tide me over. Luckily, it has a little of everything that makes Wicked Woman unique. Including the song.

That’s diminutive Percy Helton smooching on Beverly. Walter Satterthwait, a longtime Wicked Woman fan, says Percy was never more slimy than he is here, and I agree with him. Eddie Muller introduced the film by saying that Percy kept the one-sheet for the movie, which featured Percy cowering before a giant Beverly, in a place of honor in his home for the rest of his life – despite his wife’s instructions to take it down. Nice to know Beverly had that effect in real life, too.