Boy, did I have a fun time with the Vinegar Syndrome release of Game Show Models aka The Seventh Dwarf. This sexploitation flick is an absolutely blast, quotable, funny at times and has just enough art and tit to keep you interested without it becoming a runaway boobie movie (not that there’s anything wrong with those). I love the comic, hottie cover art, the bright blue cover and the tag line, “Meet the Naughty Young Girls who do their best work AT NIGHT---“ Game Show Models gets it’s own release as opposed to a double feature treatment because it’s a top notch, pre-sex 80’s sex comedy romp with a message. Yes… a message.
Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
Stuart Gruber has decided to drop back into society by leaving his performance artist girlfriend and accepting a job working for a top record label. Trouble soon arises when his box concocts the idea of doing a sex themed game show (hosted by character actor legend Dick Miller). Meanwhile, Stuart begins having an affair with the sister of the label’s new superstar (Thelma Houston).
It seems that the story behind the movie actually tells as much about the movie as the plot line itself. This was a movie that was supposed to be an art picture (arthouse before “arthouse” was a thing). It shows. There are moments that feel out of place; these are moments that challenge the viewer’s perception of normal or display alternative lifestyles (isn’t that what they used to call it back in the day?). These moments of audience testing and mind expansion are balanced with a classic depiction of a zany game show host played by the hilarious Dick Miller. We love Dick Miller and this is a role that is befitting his style and strengths.
Game Show Models bounces back and forth between over the top comedy and serious study in counter culture with performances that are borderline gonzo, but funny in their complete lack of realism balanced with some serious moments. This is the kind of movie that might have you quit your job if you’re one of the yuppie’s who cut your hair and got a “real job”. The claim on the cover that this is a “nudity driven exploitation gem” is not entirely correct. I actually found this to be a tit-lite. Not to say that there are moments of some great hot bodies, but when you put this up for comparison against some of the 80’s sex comedies to come it doesn’t really have the same birthday suit to dialogue ratio. Still 1976 was a good year for hotties, and this movie isn’t at all hurt by the lower boob quotient though the inclusion of nudies that transformed this art picture feels disjointed at time showing the line between the two styles.
This edition comes with two separate discs under each of the names: Game Show Models and The Seventh Dwarf (you’ll see why they call it that if you watch the movie… no dwarves were harmed during the making of this picture).