Schlock horror! Meet the family who made lurid movies for the Lord
news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 14 September - 16:00 · 1 minute
The ultimate in low-budget film-making, the Ormonds specialised in bad-taste drive-in movies until a plane crash turned their attention to God. Now, with a major reevaluation, their time has come
In 1986, Jimmy McDonough, the acclaimed biographer of Neil Young, Tammy Wynette, Al Green and Russ Meyer , was sent a photo in the post. It was a black-and-white still from an obscure 1963 movie, of “a very voluptuous dame leaning over a guy without a shirt on,” he says, speaking from his home in Portland, Oregon. “The guy has a ‘Myrtle’ tattoo on his arm, and she’s lighting a cigarette.” The words “and after the cigarette, we’ll …” ran across the image. “It looked very seamy,” says McDonough. Yet the title of the film, Please Don’t Touch Me, suggested otherwise.
There was a mysterious credit at the bottom: “Distributed by the Ormond Enterprises.” “My mind danced,” says McDonough. They were a family, he found out: husband and wife Ron and June Ormond, and their son, Tim, from Nashville. Operating independently on shoestring budgets, they handled almost every aspect of production themselves, as well as often appearing in the films alongside nonprofessional actors drawn from their social circle. Their output spanned a dizzying array of genres – westerns, country music jamborees, documentaries, monster movies and other grindhouse fare. But what really set the Ormonds apart was their commitment to a higher cause: God.Continue reading...