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The Love Statue LSD Experience - cult classic DVD / drug scare film DVD / drama DVD review
THE LOVE STATUE LSD EXPERIENCE Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 2 stars
Featuring: Gigi Darlene, Peter Ratray, Chako van Leeuwen, Beti Seay, Coleman Younger
Director: David E. Durston   Studio: Secret Key
DVD release: 13 October 2009   Runtime: 80 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.66:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 2.0 - English), Alternate scenes, Interview w/ director David Durston, Commentary w/ dir. David Durston, Interview w/ star Peter Ratray, Collectible booklet featuring liner notes, Two LSD scare films, Secret Key retro trailer vault

It seems strange to say that a retro-erotic film could make one nostalgic for more innocent times, but that's exactly what The Love Statue LSD Experience does. This film, considered an "exploitation" film back in 1965, titillates through brief drug use, a shot of a woman's bare back, and a brief side flash of a breast (in other words, much tamer than anything seen on even standard cable today).

The plot: Tyler, a struggling Greenwich Village artist, is unhappily under the thumb of his stripper girlfriend. He meets some friends at a bar, one thing leads to another and soon he finds himself experimenting with LSD at the pad of a Japanese pop star. Soon after, his girlfriend is found dead in his apartment. Did he kill her? Does her killing tie in with his acid trip? Does the killing have any thing to do with his eccentric gay friend?

The titular "love statue" refers to a brief hallucinatory sequence in the middle of the film in which Tyler, tripping, imagines that his friend's statue has come to life. The woman playing the statue (Gigi Darlene) is quite lovely and does tease with a few side glimpses of her boobs, but again, this film is from a more innocent time, so don't expect much.

The rest of the film focuses on its whodunit plot, culminating in a fight at a dam which is actually pretty suspenseful for a no budget, minimal talent film.

Still, as might be expected, this film has dated very, very badly. I would recommend it only for nostalgia buffs, especially those who pine for the times when even exploitation films were relatively innocent.

The film transfer by Secret Key is quite impressive. It is unlikely that they could find a high quality print of such an obscure film, but the picture and sound are clean.

  • Fun interviews with director David Durston and star Peter Ratray
  • Commentary with director Durston and film historian Michael Bowen
  • Liner notes
  • LSD "scare" films from the '60s
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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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