Tuesday, August 31, 2010
DVD Evaders: The Unholy Rollers (1972)
The Roger Corman produced THE UNHOLY ROLLERS skated unto the scene on November 10th, 1972. Produced on the cheap to rival Warner Brothers' own roller derby movie, The Raquel Welch starring KANSAS CITY BOMBER, Unholy ended up becoming more of a success... and ultimately a much more satisfying experience. Unholy's star, the devastatingly beautiful Claudia Jennings, turns in a dynamic and gritty portrayal of a woman trying to gain some respect in a sport which most dismiss or simply look at as a reason for eye candy. Claudia's trials and tribulations as Karen Walker are the central focus of the movie, and she really comes into her own with the role. She gets to kick a lot of ass, and even challenge our idea as an audience of what an attractive leading lady can be on the screen. She's not just a babe, she's a force to be reckoned with. Sadly this Corman production (side note: This was Martin Scorsese's first feature film editing job) from American International Pictures hasn't seen the light of day on DVD. But there's hope it will. Roller Derby is still very much alive, and with recent films like Drew Barrymore's Whip It getting heavy rotation on Cable, hopefully someone will get their act together to make it happen. It's so worth the ride.