Director: Andy Milligan Run Time: 77 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1970
Starring: Gerald Jacuzzo, Neil Flanagan, Patricia Dillon, Richard Mason, Susan Cassidy
“Let’s go out to dinner tonight. Then we’ll take in a double bill at The Lyric. Torture Dungeon and Bloodthirsty Butchers. Okay?”
“Who watches those movies in the first place?”
– Dusty and Candy in FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET
This June 11, YOU DO!! When THE DEUCE JOCKEYS venture off 42nd Street to THE PENTHOUSE THEATRE for TORTURE DUNGEON… WRITTEN, DIRECTED, PHOTOGRAPHED, COSTUMED, SET DECORATED – AND MORE – BY ANDY MILLIGAN!
Screenwriter John Borske will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film.
Plus: Prizes and surprises, Bronx Brewery Pale Ale at the after-party, and music by DJ BONES! Hosted and presented by THE DEUCE JOCKEYS: Jeff, Andy, and Joe!
Milligan’s trade-mark “swirl camera” shines its jaundiced eye on scheming royalty and nefarious nobility in this Medieval bit of Machiavellian mayhem shot for a pittance in the boondocks of Staten Island and populated by petulant princesses, horny hunchbacks, idiot inheritors to the throne, and double crossing dukes!! Who will wear the throne of Tarragon?!? Murder! Torture! Forced insemination!! With a witty and smart script and actors ranging from Milligan regulars giving it their all, to those more stupefied wrangled from the Staten Island streets – TORTURE DUNGEON delivers a deliriously daffy look into the fringes of exploitation film-making and the fun that can be had frolicking there…
Andy Milligan made movies on the (real) cheap for real cheapskates. If they’d been made for the “downtown” crowd – they’d probably be considered experimental art-films today. But – financed by self-styled “moguls” out to make a quick buck exploiting a particularly Times Square movie-going public – they were destined to the trash heap of just more Deuce fodder. Milligan’s idiosyncratic take on the “sex, violence, and horror” genre flick is so particular and strange – today it’s hard to imagine his films playing in any theater. But, in Times Square, they did. Almost exclusively. This month THE DEUCE takes you “off-Deuce” for an excursion into the outer-environs of 42nd Street and the Penthouse Theater, the former balcony of The Strand – around the corner, but still very much “Times Square.”