Writer's Idealism is Shattered
when two Hippie Chicks invade his House
Spanish Title: VICIOUS AL DESNUDO
director: Manuel Esteba
starring: Jack Taylor · Adriana Vega · Eva Lyberten · Silvia Solar ·
a cynical, mean-spirited film from writer/director Manuel Esteba! Here
is the story of Juan Aznar, a writer who has etched a successful career
by sympathizing with the emerging youth counterculture. His book agent
tells Juan that he's being naive and the "youth of today are not worthy
of his defense." But Juan is a liberal intellectual who thinks the new
hippie movement is socially healthy. Then, one day while his loving
wife and kids have gone to visit parents for a holiday, two hippie girls
come knocking at his door. They claim to have car problems in the rain.
Juan lets the girls inside, falls victim to a seduction and never recovers
from his deadly mistake.
Esteba had a career which suffered from poor distribution in the aftermath
of Spain's severe censorship fixation during the restrictive Seventies.
He made films which pushed the envelope - thus targeting them for police
busts - which, in turn, caused many vendors to simply not take the showcase
risk. His most controversial films were easily this one and the subsequent
SANGRIENTO. Mr Esteba died at age 68 in February 2010.
noteworthy here is Jack Taylor's performance. Jack's rabid fan-base
initially sprang from his many sleazy portrayals of elegant [yet decadent]
characters in numerous Jess Franco films, including EUGENIE:
JOURNEY INTO PERVERSION and SATANIC
SISTERS. But his career did not begin nor end with Franco. Jack
Taylor was born George Randall in Oregon City, Oregon USA,
October 1936. He moved to Hollywood in the mid-50s where he worked on
several TV shows before deciding to put his high-school Spanish classes
to use by accepting a position with Mexican producer/director Frederico
Curiel. Acting under the psuedonym Grek Martin, he performed in numerous
Curiel films [ie, NEUTRON
THE BLACK MASK] between 1960-64 before moving to Spain to star
in various Spaghetti Westerns. By the end of the '60s, Jack had begun
doing 'voice work' [he was Paul Naschy's English voice for most of the
International prints] and he met Jess Franco as well as a slew of other
genre filmmakers [Leon Klimovsky, Armando de Ossorio, Jose Larraz, and
Juan Piquer Simon]. He began making movies with them. Jack Taylor's
most impressive roles are 1) the morally dubious voyeur'hero'
in the twisted VAMPIRES
NIGHT ORGY, 2) the sniveling gay college professor in the notoriously
and 3) the damaged aging intellectual who tragically miscalculates his
liberal philosophies in this masterpiece.
A Spanish film with
English subtitles; fullscreen format, uncut (87 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include theatrical
Strong Sexual Themes/Violence/Nudity/Drugs
For Mature Audiences Only