4/8/11

'Gator Bait (1974)

Half Animal .. All Woman 

'Gator Bait
I've been reviewing quite a few horror movies lately so I thought I'd change things up a little with one of my favorite grindhouse sub-genres, hixploitation.

Exploitation films are often criticized for their graphic depictions of violence and abuse against women, but these women are often the most powerful figures in these films.  The men are portrayed as incompetent buffoons who are slaves to their primitive urges.  The women - usually to get revenge against their abusers - exploit the idiocy and the uncontrolled sexual urges of their male oppressors to triumph in the end.  'Gator Bait is one of these films.  I certainly wouldn't call it a feminist film but is does showcase a strong independent woman as the lead character.

'Gator Bait is essentially the tale of a Cajun girl's revenge against a group of redneck men in the swamps of Louisiana.  Desiree Thibodeau (Claudia Jennings) is a barefoot trapper/poacher who wears a burlap sack as a shirt and steals from traplines in the swamp to feed herself, her sister and little brother.

"Get your own cousin."
Her Cajun family has lived there for generations and the sheriff looks the other way because of that fact.  His deputy son and his hillbilly friend have other ideas.  They set up a trap to catch Desiree poaching so that they can sexually blackmail her into giving them some sugar to avoid jail time.  Things go wrong.  After a boat chase, Desiree throws a sack of poisonous snakes into their boat.  In a panic, the deputy decides that that best course of action is to shoot the snakes, the hillbilly falls overboard and the deputy accidentally shoots his friend in the head.  He then lies to the sheriff and hillbilly's family and says that Desiree shot the guy and sank the boat.  They seek revenge.  After a search they find Desiree's home in the swamp, sexually assault and kill her sister and then burn the place down.  Now Desiree goes after the men, toying with them until they turn on themselves, then letting the perils of her native swamp take care of them.  The ones she doesn't shoot, that is.

I don't care what anyone says, 'Gator Bait is a good movie.  It's not as campy as one might expect and not nearly as graphic as some other grindhouse revenge films, but still, it's a fun little romp through the swamp.

Violence Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 2.5 out of 5  - Click to see the nude scenes.



27 comments:

Meghan Moran said...

Looks cool, I really didn't know there was another type of ploitation besides Blaxploitation.

Bart said...

i love those shorts

amBored said...

seems like a nice movie

baxxman said...

Just great girlpower

Polybius said...

Damn, I expected a higher booby rating.

Sam said...

I want to watch this now :P

Kicking Rocks said...

seems like a great flick!

elexerdelex said...

This actually sounds like a good film!

thenitefalls said...

Girl+gun = hot stuff :D. She's owning everyone!!!

Major.Mack said...

nice. love tits and guns

D4 said...

That trailer seems a lot less interesting than your review. So congrats on a fine job, really.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

I have to agree with you on hixploitation being one of the better parts of the grindhouse genre. Being from the swamps myself, I am definitely going to try and downloa....rent it as soon as I can.

Matt Neumann said...

As always loving the posts! keep em comin

Alphabeta said...

Looks cheesey enough to be a decent watch.

Colin B said...

oh god she's so beautiful ;_;
i might watch it just because of that, despite the mediocre booby rating

Wayward Disposition said...

ooooo ;) this looks to be interesting. I want me some half animal all woman!

The Angry Lurker said...

Here's hoping this comes to the horror channel soon.

Rob said...

I enjoy movies like this. They are pretty cool.

Shutterbug said...

I'm all woman. :P

BTN Hip Hop said...

last dude looks like luke wilson

Devon Davidson said...

I still can't get over how silly that phrase sounds: "Half beast, all woman". XD

G said...

2.5 for boobies - might give it a watch (:

Jay said...

sexuality eh? i'm there!

ed said...

its like modern day amazons

JapRoulette said...

Hahahaha modern day amazons... funny stuff >_<!

Moob said...

I just don't know if this is my cup of tea

SteveQ said...

Claudia Jennings has a cult following. She only did a few movies, all trashy, before she died in an accident. My fave is "Great Texas Dynamite Chase," though I can recommend all of them.

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