Find out all you could ever wish to about one of the most fascinating figures in exploitation film history, director Andy Milligan when we run his THE BODY BENEATH at our downtown free weekly Weird Wednesday series this week. The show starts at midnight and it's free free free!
THE BODY BENEATH JANUARY 10 MIDNIGHT, FREE, DIR. ANDY MILLIGAN, 1970, 35MM, 82 MIN, R
Weird Wednesday habitues may recall Andy Milligan's repellent BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS, the story of Sweeney Todd, mad barber of Fleet Street, as performed by Milligan's stock company of hustlers, drug addicts and experimental theater vets. Milligan was a vicious, bitter, sadistic, miserable bastard, and that's according to people who liked him. His movies, which he wrote, produced, directed and even sewed the costumes for, are unlike any others. A typical Milligan scenario calls for wall-to-wall bickering, back-stabbing and complaining. His characters like to vent. A lot. As Milligan films go, THE BODY BENEATH is an anomaly. It's a vampire movie about a suave bloodsucker posing as a minister but Milligan's trademark misanthropy seems largely absent. Instead, the innocent parties here seem almost like parodies of happy heterosexuals - the kind of people Milligan loathed the most. Maybe that's why he shows so much relish in having his vampires kill and devour them at the end. (Lars)