Little Miss Innocence (1973)


Wealthy record company executive Rick Engels picks up beautiful young hitchhikers Carol and Judy and takes them back to his swanky mansion for illicit carnal purposes. However, what initially seems like an ideal situation for Rick eventually goes awry when the two lovely lasses prove to be a lot more than he can easily handle and even refuse to leave his house.

Director Chris Warfield basically treats the engrossingly seamy story as a claustrophobic chamber piece rife with mounting tension, abundant nudity, sizzling soft-core sex, and a suffocating hothouse atmosphere. E.E. Patchen’s clever and compelling script puts a crafty spin on a quintessential male fantasy by showing how said fantasy can become an increasingly harrowing and nightmarish ordeal if one underestimates the intelligence and resourcefulness of the distaff participants. Moreover, the two main female characters are given a lot more depth and substance than one might expect: Carol turns out to be one especially nasty piece of bitter and vindictive work with a grim past history of abuse while Judy is revealed to be an underage virgin who’s eager to learn all about sex. Kudos are also in order for Ray Dennis Steckler’s proficient cinematography and the groovy theme song. Recommended viewing for 70’s grindhouse cinema fans.

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