Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 059 (Happy Birthday To Me)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. On this show we discuss 1981’s cult classic Happy Birthday to Me…and this is the first podcast where we can’t find a middle ground.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Music normally at the beginning of our show was provided by Peachy (The Bernard Herrmann of Wales), if you have musical needs why not contact him at peachy@Retroist.Com. And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook Page before he drives across that drawbridge…

The ending music for the show is entitled “Twisted Toys” and was provided by Tony Longworth, you can visit his site by clicking that link provided or hopping over to his SoundCloud Page!

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Thriller: A Cruel Picture – The Best Revenge Flick Ever

Known in the States as “They Call Her One Eye” and “Hooker’s Revenge”, Bo Arne Vibenius’ “Thriller: A Cruel Picture” tells the tale of Frigga (or Madeline in the US version), a young farm girl who is forced into a life of drug addiction and prostitution by one of cinema’s most sleazy villains, a man known as “Tony”. During this time she faces the worst hardships, even having her eye taken out by an enraged and scalpel wielding Tony. Frigga rages against these injustices and takes the money she earns prostituting to pay people to train her in the fighting arts. At the time she feels she is ready, Frigga unleashes a bloody swath of violence across Sweden, taking her revenge against those who have wronged her.

There are 2 versions; the R rated version which doesn’t show the one scene of graphic sex and Frigga’s eye being pierced by the scalpel blade, and the X rated version that shows the entire uncut film. Frigga is portrayed by the heart-achingly beautiful Christina Lindberg, who remains silent throughout the entire film as Frigga is mute due to a childhood trauma.

This film is one of my top 5 favorite films and is also a major favorite of my pal Daniel Th1rte3n, who hand-drew the artwork you see here (I only colored and created the layout).

Get the Lethal Ladies 2 Movie Collection on DVD

For those of you who enjoyed The Lethal Ladies Collection, I have great news. Shout! Factory has released another triple feature of adult themed b-movie action with Lethal Ladies 2. That’s right you get more “lethal” over the top late night movie action served up not once, not twice but three times.

If you think you got your fill with the first set, you are wrong, the films contained in this set are just as good as the first. The are…

The Arena
Kidnapped by Roman soldiers, four beautiful women must battle for their lives in The Arena . . . while attempting to beat the Romans at their own game. Starring Pam Grier and Margaret Markov (The Hot Box and Black Mama, White Mama with Grier). Directed by Steve Carver (Big Bad Mama and Capone).

Cover Girl Models
They’re fast. They’re beautiful. They’re deadly . . . they have to be. A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage in Cover Girl Models. When an invaluable roll of microfilm is sewed into one of the girls’ fashion gowns, they are drawn into the violence and intrigue of a spy-vs.-counterspy conspiracy. Starring Tara Strohmeier (The Great Texas Dynamite Chase), Pat Anderson (TNT Jackson), Lindsay Bloom (H.O.T.S.) and Vic Diaz.

Fly Me
A group of martial arts assassins board a passenger plane. Once in the air, the group terrorizes the passengers and insists that the plane be rerouted to another destination. But they picked the wrong plane to hijack, as these stewardesses don’t just serve meals and beverages — their hands and feet are lethal weapons! Starring Pat Anderson (Cover Girl Models), Lenore Kasdorf (Missing In Action) and Vic Diaz.

As I mentioned with the first Lethal Ladies collection, these movies are very “adult” (again, in content not story), so I would not pick these up for the kids.

Any of the three would be worth owning on their own, but Shout! Factory has wisely packaged them together, for a cheesy action packed triple feature. Order your copy from either Amazon or Shout! Factory.