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November 17, 2010

Flicks: The Big Bird Cage (1972)



Mud wrasslin' is the traditional Los Angeleno answer to most conflicts.

The Big Bird Cage is a classic exploitation movie starring the Big Three of 70's B-Stars Pam Grier (Coffee and Jackie Brown), Sid Haig (House Of 1,000 Corpses and Spiderbaby), Anitra Ford (Messiah Of Evil and Invasion Of The Bee Girls), Directed by Jack Hill (Spiderbaby) and shot in the genre of Women-In-Prison much like it's $10 million dollar earning predecessor The Big Doll House (1971).

This action picture is set in an Indo-Chinese death camp (filmed in Luzon) where beautiful female prisoners are enslaved by guffawing Phillipinos and forced to fight to survive. Soon into the flick, buildings burn, mud wrasslin' erupts, guards get diced up with machetes, women get mowed down by automatic gunfire, and the venerable Sid Haig and Pam Grier meet their ultimate demise in a classic last stand death sequence.

Anitra Hill and Pam Grier star in The Big Bird Cage (1972)
Whaddaya say we sort this out like Angelenos? Or are you just a jive-ass turkey?

The movie is not for the squeamish (in part due to the fact producers wanted to cash in on American anger against the Vietnamese and infatuation with wrasslin' babes) but it is perfect for yer ol' pal the Sleaze-A-Saurus. The Big Bird Cage easily earns itself four manling skulls outta a possible four!

Notes:
The Big Bird Cage's director Jack Hill also made the classic Spiderbaby which is being remade - according to an announcement at IMDB. The director attached to this picture is Greencastle, Indiana native Jeffrey Broadstreet (Night Of The Living Dead 3D).




References:
IMDB, The Big Bird Cage
IMDB, Pam Grier
Wikipedia, The Big Bird Cage
Analog Medium, Chick-sploitation '72
Uh-Oh! A Go-Go, Original Big Bird Cage Art


The Big Bird Cage on DVD and Video-On-Demand is available at:
The Big Bird Cage on Amazon

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