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Forbidden Fruit: The Golden Age of the Exploitation Picture: Volume 9 (The Lash of the Penitentes)

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Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Starring: Marie DeForrest, William Marcos, Victor Justi, Josef Swickard, Jose Rubio
Director: Harry Revier, Roland Price
Plot Synopsis:

Exploitation films were often ripped from the most sensational headlines of the day, and few headlines were as scandalous as those reporting a murder within the community of a masochistic religious cult in northern New Mexico. Los Hermanos Penitentes celebrated Lent by enacting elaborate tableaus of flagellation, self-mutilation, and crucifixion. Envisioning the box-office potential of such a spectacle, cinematographer Roland Price (Marihuana: Weed With Roots in Hell) shot several reels of footage of the rituals, then teamed with producer Harry Revier (Child Bride) to fashion a murder mystery around the documentary material. For years, The Lash of the Penitentes flourished on the exploitation circuit, sometimes with new footage cut into the feature (and most notoriously: the trailer). Usually circulated in an abbreviated 35-minute version, this Kino Classics edition was restored from film elements preserved by the Library of Congress, and represents the uncensored 48-minute cut: The Penitente Murder Case.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 6th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1936
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Kino Lorber
  • Technical Specs
    Length:48 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English: DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English SDH
    Special Features:
    • Audio commentary by series curator Bret Wood
    • Trailer gallery