June 6: Junesploitation’s topic of the day — as suggested by F This Movie— is slashers! We’re excited to tackle a different genre every day, so check back and see what’s next.
Katt Shea finished Dance of the Damned on a Saturday. Roger Corman asked if she could come up with a movie by Monday because he still had the strip club set for a few more days. On Monday through Friday of the next week, Shea and her crew shot topless dancing footage. Then, she and partner Andy Ruben took three weeks to write the movie around all that bump and grind.
This would explain why the dancing scenes in the follow-up to Stripped to Kill seem to come from another universe, the place where patrons disappear and we mainly see music videos of girls doing interprative dance.
As for the slasher part of the story, Maria Ford’s Shady has the giallo problem of passing out and waking up covered in blood. If that happened one time to you, you’d be concerned. But five times?
Marjean Holden (Sheeva from Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), Karen Mayo-Chandler (976-Evil II), Birke Tan, Debra Lamb (who was in the first movie), Lisa Glaser (Humanoids from the Deep) and Jeannine Bisignano all appear as the dancers who are the target of the killer, whoever he or she may be.
This movie is full of hallucinations, love scenes in the rain and a slasher plot that is really hard to follow to the point that I’m tempted to call it a giallo and figure out another slasher for my Junsploitation slasher day movie. That said, I think we all need more movies with saxophone sex dream sequences and if it takes calling this a slasher to make it happen, that’s the price we all have to pay.
Shea has no idea why people like this movie, one she wrote as she went as Corman kept telling her to put more nude scenes into the product. Sometimes when you’re working under rough conditions, weird magic happens.