My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie Blu-ray Review
Written by Robert Gold
Blu-ray released by Cult Epics
Directed by Pim de la Parra
Written by Carel Donck, Charles Gormley, David Kaufman, Harry Kümel and Pim de la Parra
1975, 85 minutes, Not Rated
Released on June 11th, 2019
Willeke van Ammelrooy as Susan
Marja de Heer as Sandra
Franulka Heyermans as Olga
Marieke van Leeuwen as Julie
Hans van der Gragt as Anton
Nelly Frijda as Piet
Serge-Henri Valcke as Albert
Susan runs a youth hostel and currently hosts three women and one man in the house. Residents Olga and Sandra are horny vixens frequently hanging out in the nude, while Julie is always sleeping in her room. Albert never leaves his room but spies on the girls through a peephole in the wall. Enter Anton, a handsome young man looking to take Susan to a neighboring city to meet up with a mutual friend. She is reluctant to go since the others need her and she is comfortable here in rural seclusion. There is a crazy neighbor named Piet, who vandalizes the house on occasion, but she appears mostly harmless. One day Piet witnesses Sandra and Olga disposing of a body in a nearby lake and later returns to claim the corpse as her own.
Sandra and Olga are a dangerous pair. They seduce any man in their vicinity and when none are available they practice on each other. Susan tries to shield the emotionally damaged Albert from their debauchery while Julie nurses an innocent crush on him. Anton is more interested in Susan, but does sleep with Sandra spiking jealousy in Olga. Everyone seems to end up in bed together at one time or another as things move at a leisurely pace and there isn’t much else to do. Police turn up looking for the missing driver of an abandoned car by the lake and Piet begins taunting Sandra and Olga with her knowledge of their crime. Things come to a head when Piet suffers a breakdown and grows violent, lashing out in a surprisingly brutal manner. Things have been pretty laid back until she snaps and the bodies begin piling up.
My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie is a Dutch film from the mid-1970s directed by Pim de la Parra (Blue Movie). This is a sexploitation picture filled with gratuitous nudity and numerous softcore sex scenes. I have no idea how it took five writers to come up with this script, but I guess things work differently in the Netherlands. Sandra and Olga use sex as a weapon while Susan uses it to reconnect with the world. The plot is a bit thin, but the driving force here is the presence of young, nubile flesh. Things take a dark turn right away as the two vixens hitch a ride and kill their driver during a sex act. These carefree ladies are dangerous in their come-what-may existence, as this is not likely their first victim. The character of Piet is the most interesting yet least developed while she spends time with a corpse in her home.
The opening title card reveals a longer name in My Nights with Susan, Olga, Albert, Julie, Piet and Sandra, spending time with every supporting character in Anton’s story. He wants to help Susan reclaim her life but must free her from the social traps she has set for herself in her remote hostel. While not much older than the others, Susan is a maternal figure for the group, providing and caring for their needs both physical and emotional. She cannot control the others’ behavior, but she does what she can to keep things on an even keel. This is a simple sexy tale threaded with occasional violence and morbid humor that builds to a violent end. It’s an interesting picture with a lot of eye candy, but not much of a deeper meaning. There’s not much subtext here, as the characters remain two-dimensional archetypes. My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie serves as a time capsule of 1970s sexploitation fare and is worth checking out for devoted fans of cult sleaze cinema.
Video and Audio:
Newly restored and remastered in HD from 35mm source materials, the 2.35:1 image is quite beautiful. There’s a lot of skin on display and flesh tones appear natural throughout. Colors pop and black levels are solid and there is plenty of small-object detail.
Audio options include a DTS-HD MA 2.0 Dutch or English dub. Dialogue levels are clean and free from hiss or other distortion. The English dub is taken from a 1984 VHS release and some of the dialogue is different from the Dutch version.
Optional English subtitles are included for anyone in need.
Director Pim de la Parra provides an introduction to the film (11 minutes), reading from notes providing contextual background on the production. He appears quite happy to share his thoughts and memories of the film and those who worked on it.
Pim de la Parra’s Scorpio Films productions released a handful of movies, including a series of short films, three of which are presented here. Titles include Heart Beat Fresco (1966, 10 minutes), Joop (1969, 11 minutes) and Joop Strikes Again (1970, 11 minutes).
The theatrical trailers for Scorpio Films releases Obsessions, Frank & Eva, Blue Movie and My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie are included on this release.
A photo gallery plays as a slide show (4 minutes) offering a collection of publicity stills and poster art.
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