Sugar Cookies (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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Sugar Cookies (1973) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Theodore Gershuny
Starring: George Shannon, Mary Woronov, Lynn Lowry
Rated: UR/Region A,B/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome

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Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, Score) and Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul) star in one of the most unique psychological thrillers of the 70s, Theodore Gershuny’s SUGAR COOKIES. After the mysterious death of erotic film actress Alta (Lynn Lowry) while in the company of sleazy sex-film producer Max (George Shannon), her manipulative agent Camilla (Mary Woronov) begins searching for a perfect replacement. After discovering a young, aspiring actress, Julie (also Lynn Lowry), Camilla and Max slowly groom her into a mirror image of Alta, but as Julie begins to become more aware of the sinister motives of her new caretakers, she also starts fearing for her own life. Written and produced by Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), SUGAR COOKIES is a blisteringly erotic Hitchcockian thriller from New York’s outrageous underground film scene. Featuring Andy Warhol regular Ondine and Monique van Vooren (Flesh For Frankenstein), as well as an early appearance from sexploitation superstar Jennifer Welles, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present this forgotten gem of early 70’s exploitation cinema newly restored in 4K from its original camera negative and on Blu-ray for the very first time.

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Vinegar Syndrome gives us another Troma film on this new Blu-ray/DVD combo set! The thing about Sugar Cookies is it’s a very erotic and weird film. It blurs many lines between horror, erotic, exploitation and other things. Still, I don’t think I’d call it my kind of movie, even if I do respect it for what it is, as weird as it is. The thing is, if this is your type¬†of film there is a lot to find interest in. We have lesbians plotting crazy revenge plots, murder, and that whole glowing 70’s feel and foundation that when all combines brings a strange film and feel to the screen. If nothing else, you might want to see this because it is some of early Troma history with the involvement of Lloyd Kaufman. While the Troma brand might not have really been established when this movie was made, you see that sort of humor still shine through here and it kinda makes the movie somewhat uneven, but also gives it that strange and somewhat appealing gorilla vibe as well. The plot all together isn’t a bore, but it just wasn’t for me.

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I wouldn’t say the film drags, which is very good. You do gets lots of nudity. As a matter of fact the film is about as sleazy as any red-blooded sleaze fan would want. The fact that we have a plot makes it above most you’d toss in the sleaze department and I wish I could have gotten into it more than I did, but I can see a lot of folks having a blast with it. Maybe it is just something I need to re-visit on down the line. As for the transfer, the dated film doesn’t look perfect by Blu-ray standards, but it doesn’t look awful either. The movie is one we can certainly see improvement on based on-screen shots of the Troma DVD, so I don’t see any complaints from anyone who already loves the movie and only had the DVD before. Heck, if you take into account the type of film this is, we’re lucky at how good it looks. It gets a criterion release in comparison to what it did have and you can’t go wrong with picking this disc up IF you are into this type of film. Which, sadly, I’m just not or at least not with this.

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Extras

– Restored In 4k From 35mm Camera Negatives
– New Interview With Writer & Producer, Lloyd Kaufman
– New Interview With Star Lynn Lowry
– Interview With Star Mary Woronov
– Original Theatrical Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 86%

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