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Scream of the Butterfly (1965)


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Grindhouse audiences of l965 must have been jolted awake and readjusted their raincoats when "Scream of the Butterfly" began its tour of the 42nd Street theaters that specialized in playing soft-core porn with sensational titles that never delivered anything but badly photographed, badly cast flicks for the sexually starved.



"Scream" was beautifully photographed by Ray Steckler, who had also filmed cult movie, "Wild Guitar" and the cast was a knockout. The glorious Nelida Lobato, a famous Argentina entertainer and burlesque star, fascinates as the platinum-haired and knockout Marla, a man-eating siren who falls madly in love with the equally stunning hunk, Nick Navarro.



Everything is filmed in high key lightning and everything is all-white to further showcase the stunning Lobato as she dances the twist at a wild party and of course, strips naked at every opportunity to show off her perfect Barbie doll body.



The high point comes when she and her young stud, Nick, make love, like the sequence in "From Here to Eternity" in the foaming waves of the ocean, while a thunderstorm crashes around them. The haunting soundtrack by John Keel enhances this scene of the young lovers and builds up to a climax that you won't forget.



During this era of soft-core films, these efforts were usually badly filmed, badly scripted and the cast consisted of dull lookng females and their paunchy, tobacco-stained teeth boyfriends. When they made love, they kept their pants on.



In "Scream of the Butterfly", available on Netflix, you're treated to two gorgeous young sexpots, beautifully photographed and you'll not soon forget Nelida Lobato as she is shown in numerous bubble-bath sequences.



Strangely, neither she nor her sizzling young male star, made another movie, Nelida died in l982 at the age of just 47. Her Adonis-like co-star, Nick, vanished into obscurity.



This is a cult movie that deserves to be seen by all film addicts in search of fascinating erotic antiques that have languished in obscurity far too long. The movie was produced by Nelida's husband.



Bravo to Nelida and Nick for searing grindhouse screens in l965 with their scalding beauty!



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