“A true cult classic that has shocked, excited and amazed audiences worldwide! Witness if you dare, the world’s only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla. Ecstasy so great that all heaven and hell becomes just one big old Shangri-La!…Not recommended for those with tender sensibilities, Thundercrack! fully exposes itself with trash-noir lighting through which to peer at the pickles, the puke and the polymorphs.” — Frameline: The San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

As Elaine May’s Mikey & Nicky is to the work of Cassavetes, Kuchar disciple (and one-time lover) Curt McDowell’s Thundercrack! is to the brilliantly askew universe of George Kuchar. The initial framework of a “stormy night” gothic horror yarn, leading all of the silly characters in Kuchar’s deliberately overheated screenplay to seek shelter in a creaky old mansion, is exploited to maximum ridiculous effect, as the cast ends up coupled in a vast plethora of loony deck-shuffling sexual pairings. Punctuated at practically every turn by non-stop, deliriously over-the-top monologues that are as beautifully arch as our main heroine’s painted-on huge fake eyebrows, this truly outrageous one-of-a-kind epic is the summation of all Kuchar’s ambitions, desires and influences.
Dir. Curt McDowell, 1975, Beta SP, 147 min.

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