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PostSubject: Andy Milligan   Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:30 am

I'm too damned lazy to write a small bio so here's some Wiki...

"Andy Milligan (January 31, 1929 June 3, 1991) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director whose work includes 27 films made between 1963 and 1991. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Milligan died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 62.

Self-taught as a filmmaker and responsible for much of the creative activity on his films (including cinematography and costume design), Milligan might best be described as an outsider artist. Milligan's films often dwell on the topics of transgression and punishment, familial relationships, repressed sexuality, and physical deformity and include such titles as Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973), The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here! (1973), Guru, the Mad Monk (1970), Gutter Trash (1969), The Ghastly Ones (1968), Depraved! (1967), and The Naked Witch (1964). Most of Milligan's early works are considered lost films.

In the 1960s, Milligan became involved in off-off-Broadway theatre, mounting productions of plays by Lord Dunsany and Jean Genet at the Caffe Cino. During the same period, he also operated and designed for a clothing boutique called Ad Lib. He began making films after the collapse of Caffe Cino and Ad Lib. His first film was the short entitled Vapors (1963), set in a gay bathhouse and based on a script by Hope Stansbury. The film, shot in black and white 16 millimeter, portrays the emotionally awkward, intimate moments leading up to a sexual encounter between two strangers. One of the actors appears in brief, full-frontal nudity, but that particular shot was later censored. Milligan was later employed by producers of exploitation films, and directed soft-core erotic and horror pictures."

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Milligan, despite his numerous flaws - perhaps because of them - has amassed a rather rabid following in a lot of horror and sexploitation circles. Like a low-rent Cassavetes (or a more talented Doris Wishman), Milligan made films HIS way using an extremely well-crafted mix of exploitation and crass humor. From his earliest days of pornography - both softcore and hardcore, usually gay, but not exclusively - to his days in the horror industry, his films represent a singular vision that achieves a sort of giddy perfection, childish and backhanded, too over the top to be taken seriously, but too fun to not be enjoyed. From his overuse of zooms (a practice used to eliminate post-production editing), constantly moving camera, improvised performances and almost cinema verite feel, not a single frame of a Milligan film feels like anyone elses. He not only copied the classic Corman rules of construction (no set-up lasting more than three minutes, every fifteen minutes show some flesh or violence) but perfected it. If Corman made films for mass consumption, Milligan made films for perverts, weirdos, queens and gorehounds.

While no one would mistake Milligan for a good director - his films are barely adequate in terms of directorial skill, the typical feel being that Milligan yelled "action" and then simply wandered around the set until running out of film - his films are infectious in their ludicrousness and enjoyable in their bad taste. Auteur is a term way too loosely used to describe every filmmaker whose career spanned over a decade, but I feel the term can be applied to Milligan with little sacrificing of its original meaning. His work was never perfect, never well-editied, poorly costumed (by Milligan himself), dreadfully acted and unevenly paced, but not once do you feel like you are watching anything other than an Andy Milligan film - something of an accomplishment when compared to the mix and match films flooding the grindhouses and drive-ins during the late 60s and early 70s. There isn't a single element of a Milligan film that could be described as perfect but there is a lot to be enjoyed.
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:07 am

Dude.

I'm making a Jack Hill thread while you're doing...

MILLIGAN!?!? affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:17 am

dolemike wrote:
Dude.

I'm making a Jack Hill thread while you're doing...

MILLIGAN!?!? affraid

Just wait until I get around to Ted V. Mikels, Fernando Di Leo, and Robert Roberts!

I'll have some nice things to say about THE BIG BIRD CAGE, don't worry.
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:56 pm

I managed to get hold of THE GHASTLY ONES aka BLOOD RITES, loved it!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:41 pm

So what's a good order to look at these movies?

I'm interested in Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!, and The Body Beneath. Is it going to really turn me off to this guy if I watch one of these before seeing the others?
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:03 pm

BurtonOblivion wrote:
So what's a good order to look at these movies?

I'm interested in Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!, and The Body Beneath. Is it going to really turn me off to this guy if I watch one of these before seeing the others?

Dude, you have no idea how shitty these movies are. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:19 am

dolemike wrote:
BurtonOblivion wrote:
So what's a good order to look at these movies?

I'm interested in Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!, and The Body Beneath. Is it going to really turn me off to this guy if I watch one of these before seeing the others?

Dude, you have no idea how shitty these movies are. Laughing

Twat. Sad



You can watch any film, in any order. You'll know if Milligan is your cup of tea about 15 minutes in.
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:54 am

Dave wrote:
dolemike wrote:
BurtonOblivion wrote:
So what's a good order to look at these movies?

I'm interested in Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!, and The Body Beneath. Is it going to really turn me off to this guy if I watch one of these before seeing the others?

Dude, you have no idea how shitty these movies are. Laughing

Twat. Sad



You can watch any film, in any order. You'll know if Milligan is your cup of tea about 15 minutes in.

Because Jess Franco will start to look like Mario Bava.

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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:30 am

dolemike wrote:
Dave wrote:
dolemike wrote:
BurtonOblivion wrote:
So what's a good order to look at these movies?

I'm interested in Bloodthirsty Butchers, The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!, and The Body Beneath. Is it going to really turn me off to this guy if I watch one of these before seeing the others?

Dude, you have no idea how shitty these movies are. Laughing

Twat. Sad



You can watch any film, in any order. You'll know if Milligan is your cup of tea about 15 minutes in.

Because Jess Franco will start to look like Mario Bava.

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Yeah, Milligan's an acquired taste.
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:53 am

fuck the milligan haters. So what if he isn't as good as Hill[one of my all time faves]. He has his own flare and they are damn entertaining to me. Try it for yourself, if you are curious. If we only made threads about the greatest directors of exploitation - we wouldn't have many. He's not praiseworthy - his films are oddly compelling. fuck sticking to a certain sort of exploitation.
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PostSubject: Re: Andy Milligan   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:21 pm

I recently bought a biography of none other than Mr Milligan. Half Price Books is hording them and for cheap. It was what I read in Sleazoid Express which peeked my interest about the fellow. I had already seen and owned his Ghastly Ones dbl feature(Seeds reigns) and The Body Beneath(Vapors was suh'in else). Someone said this, I completely agree - the man's life is much more intriguing than his actual movies.

The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan
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