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Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 02:11 PM
Toyboy's mention of Little Cigars got me thinking about how great midget movies are. Or call them dwarf movies or little people movies or whatever makes you feel better. Regardless, movies that are made around tiny little adults always peak my interest. I don't know if it's my fascination with freak show/sideshow culture or what, but put a midget in an interesting role and I'll watch your movie.

Some highlights?

The Weng Weng films are probably the pinnacle - seeing little Weng put through the ringer with his jet packs and his motorbikes and his umbrella parachuting tactics only to bed a hot lady with the immortal line 'Do you want to do it?' is always awesome. I wish more of his films would surface.

http://files.erichscholz.com/uploaded_images/foryourheightonly-02-752454.jpg

The Terror Of Tiny Town - so far as I know this is the only all midget western movie ever made and it was shot right here in the good old U.S. of A! It's pretty surreal, basically a slapstick action comedy in the old west with... midgets.

http://media.avclub.com/images/articles/article/40359/tiny-terror-town_M_627x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpg

Even Dwarves Started Small - monkey cruficixion scenes are scary.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LCSnYioE5o4/RjdeFA1TQHI/AAAAAAAAAQY/RH72sT3qzso/s320/even_dwarfs_started_small9.jpg

Bloodsucking Freaks - Ralphus rules. Louis De Jesus also got to bone whatshername, Veri Knotty, up the rump in the infamous loop, The Anal Dwarf, which I am proud to have in my collection.

http://www.fungusboy.net/thumbnails/ralph.jpg

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 02:12 PM
I also like it when Jim Kelly fights the midget with a whip in Black Samurai. That scene is fucked up.

Paul Casey
04-26-2011, 02:18 PM
The Sinful Dwarf
I'd even put Time Bandits in as Midg'sploitation.

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 02:25 PM
Time Bandits definitely counts. Can't believe I didn't put The Sinful Dwarf in that opening post. It deserves to be there, XXX or no XXX. That movie is fucked up.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 02:33 PM
RETURN OF THE JEDI.

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 02:39 PM
Does it count when they're in costumes playing creatures? I'm not sure it does. If it does, Planet of the Apes could qualify too.

Let's make up midgetsploitation rules as we go along.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 02:47 PM
I was half-kidding, but I figure George Lucas has probably employed more little people than any other filmmaker.

Kevin Coed
04-26-2011, 02:54 PM
This always used to be popular when I'd take it to parties :-

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0122156/combined

Until I looked it up on IMDb just now I didn't even know Damiano was involved - I taped it off a European XXX satellite channel and there were no credits shown.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 02:56 PM
Does Peter Bark count?

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/Peter_Bark.png

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 03:11 PM
I think we can make an exception for Peter Bark. Yes, he counts.

Kevin, never seen A Little Christmas Tale but it's got TT Boy in it, and it always makes me giggle a little bit inside whenever I say TT Boy outloud.

Would you say the imdb plot synopsis does it justice?

"Santa Claus leaves the North Pole for a toy convention in Miami, but his real reason for going is a little pre-Christmas "delivery" for a good little girl. Meanwhile, back at the North Pole Mrs. Claus has to put up with Santa's horny little Chief Elf, who has invented a gizmo called a "materializer" that not only brings toys to life but also gives them an overpowering sex drive."

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 03:19 PM
I think the Austin Powers sequels and Jackass might count.

And Malatesta's Carnvial Of Blood has Herve Villechaize in it.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 03:46 PM
BLOOD ROSE has two dwarf assistants and then there's the short hunchback in LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET, although I have my suspicions that was a preteen boy.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 03:47 PM
Oh, dude...PITUITARY HUNTER.

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 04:07 PM
I had never heard of that until you mentioned it - a quick search reveals the fact that I MUST FUCKING GET THIS.

Kevin Coed
04-26-2011, 04:28 PM
Would you say the imdb plot synopsis does it justice?

"Santa Claus leaves the North Pole for a toy convention in Miami, but his real reason for going is a little pre-Christmas "delivery" for a good little girl. Meanwhile, back at the North Pole Mrs. Claus has to put up with Santa's horny little Chief Elf, who has invented a gizmo called a "materializer" that not only brings toys to life but also gives them an overpowering sex drive."

I was pretty much tripping on acid constantly back in those days and all I remember is an elf standing on a stool and boning some chick.

Good times.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 04:45 PM
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/18791xh.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/matthewallison/50085h.jpg

Special guest star..."BO DANGLES"

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 04:54 PM
Why is that midget in a suitcase?

Ian Jane
04-26-2011, 04:54 PM
There was a midget bit in I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell but I hated that movie and would rather forget about it.

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 05:15 PM
Here's the incredibly rad video for Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf"

NSFW

http://vimeo.com/10458506

Todd Jordan
04-26-2011, 06:13 PM
Why is that midget in a suitcase?

Cheaper than an airline ticket.

Paul Casey
04-26-2011, 06:55 PM
ANKLE BITERS has a bunch of midges, but the movie rots wicked bad.

What about the midget villain in Lone Wolf McQuade? Is he enough to make it qualify?

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 07:15 PM
David Carradine?

Toyboy
04-26-2011, 07:16 PM
How about MADMAX GOES BEYOND THE THUNDERDOME. Double on that one - Master Blaster and Angry Anderson.

Paul Casey
04-26-2011, 08:33 PM
Freaks

Ian Jane
04-27-2011, 08:49 AM
Those all count. I forgot about Lone Wolf McQuade. I don't think I have a copy of that, haven't seen it in years.

Todd Jordan
04-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Lone Wolf...is that the one where Chuck drives the truck from out of the ground?

Paul Casey
04-27-2011, 10:17 AM
Lone Wolf...is that the one where Chuck drives the truck from out of the ground?

That's ZOMBIE TRUCK.

Todd Jordan
04-27-2011, 10:46 AM
Shut



UP

tint
05-01-2011, 07:53 PM
I am mostly here to illustrate the point. I wasn't around the old place much near the end but will try to come around more. Mostly I miss Paul Casey. And Ian Miller.

Anyway, others mentioned...

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i33/tintarchive/rsp/evendwarfsger.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i33/tintarchive/rsp/sinfuldwarfb2.jpg

And here's one I know little about but bought due to my love of odd exploitation angles such as this...

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i33/tintarchive/rsp/itsasmallworld.jpg

So. I am adding a bit.

Paul Casey
05-01-2011, 08:38 PM
Aw, shucks!

Not a selling point of the movie, but the creepy midget clown in Xtro is worth mentioning.

Alison Jane
05-02-2011, 06:10 PM
I also like it when Jim Kelly fights the midget with a whip in Black Samurai. That scene is fucked up.

I need to see this. Tonight.

Ian Jane
09-21-2011, 09:03 PM
MGM is putting this out on their DVD-R program soon.

http://www.screenarchives.com/gifs/large/16043.gif

Sharon Kelly has a small role in it (she talks about it briefly in the interview here (http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?1379-The-Dirty-Mind-Of-Sharon-Kelly-An-Interview-With-The)).

Todd Jordan
09-21-2011, 09:24 PM
Isn't that the midget from High Plans Drifter? I think that's the one with the midget sheriff. I tried watching Little Cigars and could not get into it. I'd give it another whirl though.

Randy G
09-22-2011, 04:46 AM
Don't forget the awesome Champions of Justice, with Blue Demon and Mils Mascaras taking on a whole bunch of midgets in red outfits with capes and a white 'M' on their chest.

Not really exploitation per se, but I love that there's a midget psychologist in the train car in Bunuel's last film That Obscure Object of Desire.

Todd Jordan
09-22-2011, 08:52 AM
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks has a necrophiliac midget. Those are always fun people. He's a pretty central character in it too.

Ian Jane
09-22-2011, 09:07 AM
Don't forget the awesome Champions of Justice, with Blue Demon and Mils Mascaras taking on a whole bunch of midgets in red outfits with capes and a white 'M' on their chest.

Has that ever been released with English subs? I have a pressed DVD of it (BCI I think) but it's Spanish langauge only with no subs. I know there are torrents around and what not but would rather go a legit route if I can.

Randy G
09-23-2011, 06:30 AM
Yeah it did get released with subs but looks like its OOP, or at least out of stock on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lucha-Libre-Double-Feature-Justicieros/dp/B000FFJ8J4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316773728&sr=8-1

I bet you could find a copy for a reasonable price, totally worth it.

Robin Bougie
09-23-2011, 08:29 AM
Don't forget the post apocalypse cinema of Cirio Santiago! He made a half dozen or so MAD MAX clones, and every other one has a midget character, or a bunch of midgets. The idea, I suppose, being that a dystopian future must always involve mutation of the human form in some way or another.

My fave of the bunch is WHEELS OF FIRE (1985). Some good Fillipino midget action that one.

http://i.imgur.com/H29RM.jpg

Ian Jane
10-20-2011, 09:45 AM
I still need to see Wheels of Fire.

Little Cigars review (http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?1961-Little-Cigars). I was surprised to see this released.

ZoSo
10-21-2011, 01:40 PM
Let's not forget The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, not really exploitation movies, but they did exploit a bunch of little people!

Jared A.
04-24-2012, 11:41 PM
New post at the Mondo Macabro blog should be of some interest to readers of this thread: http://mondomacabrodvd.blogspot.com/2012/04/exclusive-excerpt-from-andrew-leavolds.html

chuk hell
05-12-2012, 01:26 AM
Don't forget Oliver Stone's SEIZURE. A great little movie with some of Herve Villechaize's best work.

Barry M
05-12-2012, 02:56 AM
http://www.facetsdvd.com/v/vspfiles/photos/DV101690-2.jpg

Tom Palazzolo's Chicago looks very cool: I saw this yesterday in a store, and put it back in unusual self-restraint.

From the Facets site:


For four decades, filmmaker Tom Palazzolo has been the purveyor of affectionate, poignant, and dark musings on Chicago's urban landscapes, creating low-budget documentaries about the strange, hypnotic, and diverse ethnography of Chicago. This release features three films representing different eras of his work. Labor Day, East Chicago (1979) chronicles a neighborhood celebration featuring senior citizens, beauty queen candidates, and the local Lions Club chapter. With his observational style, Palazzolo captures the little details that make the people and places seem so familiar yet representative of another time and place. I Married a Munchkin (1994) presents the life and times of Mary Ellen St. Aubin, a woman small in stature who lived large. She and her husband, Pernell St. Aubin--one of the original Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz--were in show business for much of their lives, but they retired to run the legendary Midget Club on Chicago's South Side. Down Clark Street (2000) offers a personal perspective on the evolution of Palazzolo's neighborhood over the years. Using photographs from the 1960s, he compares the gritty, colorful urban landscape of old Clark Street with the glass structures and unremarkable storefronts of today. "While Tom Palazzolo's films feature distinctively Chicago imagery and subjects, they move beyond purely regional concerns to embrace archetypal ideas about American history, civil rights, and personal and political expression" (The Art Institute of Chicago).

Tom Palazzolo---USA---1979-2000---92 mins.


http://www.facetsdvd.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=DV101690

Some links:

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/158036-tom-palazzolos-chicago/

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2012/Reel-Chicago-Rescues-Long-Forgotten-Films/

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/tom-palazzolos-life-in-pictures/Content?oid=900309

Ian Jane
05-12-2012, 08:53 AM
Never heard of that before Barry, thanks for the tip.

Ian Jane
05-26-2012, 11:29 AM
The Snake People has a pretty cool voodoo midget dude in it.

3224

Toyboy
10-06-2012, 10:52 AM
From the director of FREEWAY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukRdEVthmWM

You hire every small actor in Hollywood, even porn stars, yet you cast Gary Oldman as a dwarf?

Ian Jane
10-06-2012, 11:22 AM
Weird midget Gary Oldman.

Toyboy
10-06-2012, 11:44 AM
"How ev'body drink?"

When the going gets rough, Ian, it's only the size of y'ur heart that counts.

Ian Jane
10-06-2012, 11:48 AM
It's so true, Toyboy. We can both learn a lot from the little people of this cinematic universe we love so much.

Quot
10-06-2012, 12:13 PM
I'd say Michael Dunn qualifies for his brief role as Elizabeth Taylor's chief of security lackey in Joseph Losey's immortal bomb from 1968, the appropriately titled Boom!.

He's mostly known for his tv work, tho, recognizable to many in the role of Plato on the original Star Trek episode, Plato's Stepchildren.

But he'll always be remembered fondly by me for his scenery-chewing turns as the indomitable Dr. Miguelito Loveless, on ten episodes of The Wild Wild West.

http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/ff324/astrojester/loveless2.png


http://i536.photobucket.com/albums/ff324/astrojester/loveless1.png

Ian Jane
10-06-2012, 12:27 PM
He's a smiley little dude!