KUSTOM KAR KOMMANDOS (director/writer: Kenneth Anger; cinematographer: Kenneth Anger; editor: Kenneth Anger; music: Parris Sisters; Runtime: 3; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Kenneth Anger; Mystic Fire Video; 1965)
“One for the doo-wop white greasers.”
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Underground avant-garde film-maker Kenneth Anger (“Scorpio Rising”/”Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome”/”Lucifer Rising”) does one for the doo-wop generation white greasers, who get off polishing their vintage cars, revving their engines and flirting with sadomasochist intentions, while Anger has his cameras working overtime on a lot of crotch shots of the young men in their tight-fitting jeans. The hunky boys polish the chrome of their sex object cars as Dream Lover plays on the soundtrack, with lyrics such as ‘I hope and pray that my dream lover would come my way.’ Curiously the title is misspelled, giving some pause that it’s a backhanded homage to the KKK.
REVIEWED ON 3/30/2013 GRADE: B-