CANNON MONTH 2: Sweet Sugar (1972)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As I finish out Cannon month, I’m looking into the films of 21st Century before Menahem Golan took it over.

Sugar Bowman (Phyllis Davis, who was Susan Lake in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) has taken a deal to serve two years working on Dr. John’s (Angus Duncan) sugarcane plantation rather than be in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. When she’s not out in the fields cutting crops with a machete all day, she and the other inmates get drugs tested on them by Dr. John who also is into assaulting the younger of his prisoners.

The female inmates have this scam where they are hiding Simone’s man, Mojo, but the guards catch and kill him by burning him at the stake. The women respond by setting the fields on fire and teaming up with the guards to escape. Dr. John claims to be immortal, so Simmone tests this theory by blowing up her jeep, killing both of them so Sugar can escape.

Director Michel Levesque was an art director on Russ Meyer’s Up!Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultravixens, as well as The Incredible Melting Man, Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks and Savage Journey. He also did the same for Silk Stalkings, so if that show seemed kind of filthy, well, there you go. He also directed Werewolves on Wheels. It was written by Don Spencer (The Big Doll House) and R.Z. Samuel.

I can’t think of a WIP film that has orgasm-inducing drugs or voodoo, so for that, Sweet Sugar is more than worth a watch.

You can get this from Vinegar Syndrome.

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