|AUTUMN BORN (director: Lloyd A. Simandl; screenwriters: Shannon Lee/Sharon Christenson/Ihor Procak; cinematographer: Lloyd A. Simandl; editors: Sharon Christenson/Edward Smith/Lloyd A. Simandl; music: Don Bouchat; cast: Dorothy Stratten (Tara Dawson), Roman Buchok (lawyer), Roberta Weiss (Melissa), Jocelyn Fournier (Monica Freeman), Nate MacIntosh (Grant Dawson), Dory Jackson (Victoria Morgan), Gisèle Fredette (Anne), Ihor Procak (Philippe); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Lloyd A. Simandl; Monterey; 1979-Canada)|
the kind of film that just stinks in every
by Dennis Schwartz
Canadian filmmaker Lloyd A. Simandl ("Killer
Love"/"The Final Victim"/"Deadly Engagement"),
in first film as director, ineptly directs this
unpleasant seedy traumatic bondage "sexploitation"
film. It was also the first feature for
Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratten--the
tragic actress who was murdered at 21 in real life by
her controlling husband and manager Paul Snider. The
film bombed at the box office.
Dawson (Dorothy Stratten) is a spoiled
17-year-old orphan, living with a cruel guardian Uncle
Grant (Nate MacIntosh),
who will inherit the family financial empire when she
turns 18. Uncle Grant dreads the day she runs the
company, and schemes to have her kidnapped by
headmistress Victoria Morgan (Dory Jackson).
She runs a "school of discipline."
Tara sneaks off in the afternoon to a Winnipeg
disco club and gets drunk, Victoria orders
Philippe (Ihor Procak)
and Anne (Gisèle Fredette)
to intern her in the school basement, and they
handcuff her to the bed. When Tara is not walking
around the bed in her undies, she's screaming that
men are bastards. Philippe pipes into the cell weird
noises to try and drive her crazy. When she
completely loses it, Tara starts conversing with a
wind-up plastic toy mouse that Philippe brought her.
While Philippe delights in playing mind games on
her, Anne delights in spanking her. The idea is to
torture her until she signs over control to her
uncle. When Tara'a will is fully broken on her 18th
birthday and uncle's lawyers are ready to have her
sign over control, Victoria finds her irresistible
as a sex toy and resists letting her sleeping
the kind of film that just stinks in every which
way. It's more like a student film and should only
attract the morbidly curious viewers, who want to
see how artless the doomed Dorothy Stratten was as
REVIEWED ON 4/21/2015 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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