“Picture Yourself Tripping Through A Bad Film…”

While there’s some room for debate over the high-point of Erica Gavin‘s acting career, I think we can all agree that the worst entry on her filmography is Erika’s Hot Summer (1971).

A slightly misleading poster for "Erika's Hot Summer" (1971)Clocking in at just over an hour, this shameless cash-in cannibalises discoloured, disjointed footage of a pre-fame Gavin frolicking on a beach and cavorting with some sleaze named ‘Steve’ (Walt Phillips), padded out with tedious scenes of the same d-bag seducing another nudey model (Merci Montello) with his witless come-ons and spasmodic dancing. The voice-overs are monotonous and nonsensical, while the dialogue is badly dubbed and incredibly wooden… during the highly-skippable sex scenes, Montello (or whoever provided her voice) keeps saying “f*ck me” in the same sort of disinterested tone that a train conductor might ask to see your ticket, towards the end of a long, tiring shift.

Gavin’s “character” (cunningly named ‘Erika’, though a shot of her address written on a scrap of paper spells it with a “C”) has no on-screen dialogue… she just spends her time grinning like a goon, laughing at nothing, sloppily eating ice-cream, and playing with random sticks and flowers… mindless behaviour which you could charitably ascribe to a naive and romantic spirit, or less charitably to severe learning difficulties! The film-makers’ attempt to cobble all this together into some sort of narrative is clumsy at best, and the story’s rushed, pseudo-“shocking” denouncement is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen… besides the highly disingenuous poster that was knocked up to sell this dreck, I mean.

I’ll admit I found this “film” hilarious, for all the wrong reasons… but it’s not an experience I’d recommend to anyone with a more sophisticated sense of humour, and less masochistic tendencies…

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2 Responses to “Picture Yourself Tripping Through A Bad Film…”

  1. Smash says:

    haha, “cavorting with some sleaze named ‘Steve’”. I’ve never thought Steve a particularly sleazy name, but I sure do now! Wow, this movie looks atrocious. you’re a brave man for suffering through it’s entirety.

    • deecrowseer says:

      The name “Steve” always makes me think of Flight of the Conchords, specifically the song “Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymnoceros”, in which Jermaine sneers out the name with such bitterness… clearly the Steves of this world are up to no good!

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