JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Pleasure Shop on the Avenue (1977)

A bunch of small time hoods rob a grocery store for five grand without realizing that it’s a protected mob store. On the run, they hide in an adult bookstore, which by the fate of Italian exploitation movies is run by Lorna (Anna-Maria Clementi, Sister Angela from Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals) the girlfriend of the same mobster they’ve already screwed over. They kidnap her and head for Canada, but instead end up at the home of three college kids — Frank (Christian Borromeo, who was in another very similar movie, House on the Edge of the Park), Sue (Annj Goren, who was also in Hard Sensation and Porno Holocaust) and Faye (Brigitte Petronio, Cindy from House on the Edge of the Park) — and treat them exactly like you’d expect teenagers to be treated in a Joe D’Amato movie.

Written by George Eastman* and having softcore and hardcore versions, this is worth watching for the streets of Times Square in the late 70s, filled with several great marquees. D’Amato was also this film’s cinematographer under his real name Aristide Massaccessi.

*IMDB lists Tito Carpi, who hundred-plus writing credits include TentaclesGiovannona Long-ThighEscape from the Bronx and so many more, as the writer.

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