Confessions of a Psycho Cat (1968)

“They’re going to put you in a padded cell where you belong.”

Something Weird Video specializes in offering the bizarre, the camp and the truly tasteless on DVD, and Confessions of a Psycho Cat certainly fits their criteria. A so-called ‘roughie’, the film dabbles in the relatively tame ‘adult’ cinema of the 60s while presenting a story rife with truly bad acting. In this tawdry tale, Virginia Marcus (Eileen Lord), who is in the middle of yet another nervous breakdown, can’t accompany her snotty brother on safari. She decides to amuse herself by having her own, private safari on the streets on New York. Gathering together three losers who’ve all been acquitted of murder charges—a junkie named Buddy, a has-been actor Charles Freeman, and a former wrestler (Jake Lamotta)–Virginia offers them each the sum of $100,000 if they can stay alive in Manhattan for 24 hours. There are rules to the game, and each man takes the bait.

Confessions of a Psycho Cat is directed by Herb Stanley, and film aficionados will note that the plot resembles The Most Dangerous Game. The story vacillates between scenes at a swingers’ party and Buddy telling the story of Virginia’s New York safari in flashback. There’s no shortage of nude and undie scenes of degenerate swingers, and one scene involves Jake Lamotta and his bored ‘date’ who prances back and forth across the screen in her big undies, until she has a snogging session with her own reflection. This is a 60s exploitation title, and the film will be a curiosity for some viewers and a cult favourite for others. While this is not my favourite Something Weird Video title (the nudie scenes take away from the bizarre plot), it’s a great deal of tacky fun. If you like one of the titles from Something Weird, then there’s a good chance you’ll like them all, and the reverse is also true. If you like films that are so-bad-they’re-good, then you’ve hit the mother lode with Something Weird.

DVD extras include: Bad Girl Sexploitation trailers for Bad Girls Don’t Cry, Come Play With Me, Fuego, In Hot Blood, Olga’s House of Shame, Ride the Wild Pink Horse, Spoiled Rotten, Stefania and Submission. There’s also a 28 minute short film Preface to a Life and Hot Blooded Woman a 68 minute film about a go-go girl who goes berserk.

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