Bloody Mama

The year 1970 dawned on Sunset Boulevard to a community outcry against a billboard that read, THE FAMILY THAT SLAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER–BLOODY MAMA. A degenerate child of Bonnie and Clyde, Bloody Mama-directed by Roger Corman from Robert Thom's script-did not exactly celebrate a glamorously doomed outlaw couple. Rather, AIP's last topical outrage provided the opportunity for Shelley Winters to top her Wild in the Streets persona, playing monstrous mother hen to a criminal brood of sexually anarchic, drug–addled hillbilly trash. Although set during the Great Depression, Bloody Mama was a disturbing addition to the allegorical landscape because, as AIP surely realized, their movie's release coincided with an insatiable public curiosity regarding the "love and terror cult" known as the Manson Family.

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