SOMETHING WEIRD (1967 U.S.) D: HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS W/P: JAMES F. HURLEY
Tony McCabe stars as Mitch, who develops psychic powers after he is electrocuted and has his face disfigured by a loose electric cable. He tries to rape a nurse while he`s in hospital who says "a freak lie you should have died". While working as a forune teller, an ugly witch offers to give him back his looks if he`ll become her lover. The cackling, horny hag tricks him by transforming into a beautiful blonde and he finally gives in, looking very pleased and smarmy with his new face ("my proud peacock"). The witch also has big lips tattooed on her knee. Meanwhile, a schizophrenic ("a part-time madman") is strangling and burning women and even becomes a sniper. A sleazy goverment agent/doctor wants to use McCabe to help the local police find the muderer. He gives him L.S.D. to heighten his psychic powers, but the L.S.D. scene is a bit of a letdown (McCabe just falls asleep and has a red tinted dream). Dr. Jordan tries hitting on the witch (who`s visible to everyone but McCabe as the lovely Elizabeth Hale) while McCabe plays around with other women who seem to find him irresistable. McCabe also leviatates at a party and communicates with a ghost in a church. This surprising gem also has a character assaulted by a bedsheet, very bad acting, weird gunshot sound FX, bad karate, Lewis regular Jeffrey Allen and a lot more crammed into it`s short (less than 80 mins.) running time. One of Lewis(who also photographed)`s best, and the effective music by Edward J. Paten became Something Weird Video`s signature tune. Hurley Directed THE PSYCHIC the following year.

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