Holy Morally-Challenged Little People, parishioners! I never thought I'd live to see the day, but word in the confessional box has it that obscuro-horror/exploitation saviors Severin Films is planning to do the unthinkable: release the 1974 dwarfsploitation mmmmmasterpiece THE SINFUL DWARF in a super special-edition DVD! Here's the press release that the Vicar of VHS found in the poor box just last St. Swivvens's Day:
SEVERIN TO RELEASE 'THE SINFUL DWARF'For more information, visit www.severin-films.com.
ON DVD FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN AMERICA
ON MARCH 30TH
Long-Reviled 'Mother Of All Dwarfsploitation Films'
Promises To Incite Huge Ire From Little People
LOS ANGELES, CA, February 9, 2009 - Severin Films today announced the March 30th release of THE SINFUL DWARF, the infamous 1973 Danish-made/London-lensed shocker that has been called "perhaps the sleaziest film in EuroCult history." Events surrounding this first ever North American DVD release are scheduled to include a rare theatrical screening at Austin's Alamo Draft House on April 3rd, as well as national protests from various outraged Little People's organizations. Severin's restoration of the still-controversial movie was made possible by the recent discovery of a pristine 35mm print found hidden in a janitor's closet at The Danish Film Institute.
"A young bride," promised the original U.S. ads, "left alone to the lewd passions of an evil dwarf!" Former kiddie-show host Torben Bille stars in this EuroSleaze classic as a diminutive degenerate who imprisons drugged teenage runaways for use as sex slaves in the attic of his elderly alcoholic showgirl mother's decrepit rooming house.and that's just the first ten minutes. In their December 12th 1973 review, Variety condemned the film as "repulsive", further declaring "Torben leers and lurches like a demented Bette Davis."
"THE SINFUL DWARF is a towering achievement in graphic depravity," says Carl Daft, co-founder and CEO of Severin Films. "With this release, Severin is officially going to Hell, and plans on taking as many EuroCult fans as we can with us."
If you think they're overstating that "sleaziest film of all time" thing, just read the Vicar's appreciation of this until-now little-seen classic here: The Sinful Dwarf: or, Don't Sell the Danes Short. Then go take a shower.
Watch this space for an updated review once the DVD hits the streets! And may God and Peter Dinklage have mercy on us all!