egotistical movie director hopes to achieve the ultimate horror film by
secretly feeding LSD to his actresses before murdering them in his torture
chamber with an iron maiden. John Carradine plays Doctor Goolie, a quack
therapist with bizarre drug rehab procedures. Veteran TV actor Peter Duryea
(Star Trek, Outer Limits, Adam 12, etc) plays romantic
lead Peter, here. His girlfriend is Carole, conveniently played by somebody
with the same name, Carole Kane. Erroneously, it's been reported that
this was the debut for actress 'Carol Kane.' But that's not true. This
Carole Kane [see pic below, right] was a minor television actress
who ended her career with this film in 1969. She is probably better known
as a financial consultant who wrote Child Support: How to Get What
Your Child Needs and Deserves, in 1991 under her married name,
misinformation has surrounded this film [ranging from the true identity
of the director to the actual plotline] because very few people have actually
seen it. When Tom Weaver wrote his book John Carradine: The Films
(2008), he called it a "lost movie" and said he could not find
a copy anywhere for research. Originally released in 1969 as Is
This Trip Really Necessary? the film met financial disaster at
the boxoffice causing the distributor to change its name to Blood
of the Iron Maiden and try once again in the Grindhouse circuit.
But a basic problem remained... there is very little blood AND
the Iron Maiden is virtually nonexistent until the last
minute of the movie. The film disappeared within a couple weeks. However,
now that a print has finally surfaced, it should not be ignored. This
is a 'drug' film with a remarkably keen view of America in the late '60s,
a tab of psychedelic horror certain to please every cult-movie fan.
American film in English language; fullscreen, (84 min.),
DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American machine.
Extras include selected psychedelic trailers.
For Mature Audiences