5-Word 365 #274 – The Sinful Dwarf

Gonna be brief again today. I’m quite heavily medicated and still not at my best.

The Sinful Dwarf

I want to forget this.

A past-it cabaret singer named Lila Lash and her randomly Danish dwarf son, Olaf own a downmarket boarding house in London. In the attic, they have a collection of young women that they have kidnapped and chained up to be used as sex slaves. Lila and Olaf are also involved in a heroin-smuggling business, which they dose the women with daily to keep them from escaping. When a young married couple turns up to rent a room, Olaf and Lila take a liking to the wife. Unpleasantness ensues.

The Sinful Dwarf is apparently a bit of a minor cult hit among fans of early seventies’ Scandinavian exploitation flicks. I’m no expert on that particular corner of cinema history, but if this is the best of the bunch then the whole lot of them should be gathered up and burned. Mean, ugly, sleazy (not in a good way) and degrading… Hell, I felt dirty just watching it.

In case any of you are in any doubt, I’m no prude when it comes to movies. Most of the things that I decry this slagheap for, I can accept and appreciate in other films if they are in service of something bigger. Everyone has a line however, and mine is when the prolonged rape of a woman being held captive for that very purpose is presented as entertainment. This is a vile, piece of shit movie. It’s not even a well-made piece of shit either.

If you are contemplating watching this film, I suggest you punch yourself very hard in the face, then read Misty Layne’s live-commentary review: the combination will be half as painful and infinitely more entertaining.


  1. mistylayne · September 30, 2012

    Hahahahaaaa, my gosh, wasn’t it bad? I love your review. And yes it was evil and sleazy with no redeeming qualities AT ALL. AT ALL. I hate this movie with a purple passion. Thanks for the link/pingback also!

    • Ryan McNeely · October 1, 2012

      With a purple passion? Wow, that must be a very serious level of hatred. Even a day later I have no nice things to say about that flick.

      • mistylayne · October 1, 2012

        It’s pretty much the top tier of the hatred tower. 😉

  2. Jon Abrams · October 1, 2012

    Oh, I wish I had written this one up when I saw it, so I could have warned you.

    • Ryan McNeely · October 2, 2012

      I had been warned! But I still had to go ahead and see it for myself anyway. I’m a bit masochistic that way.

  3. Tim The Film Guy · October 2, 2012

    You didn’t watch this crap as well did you 😦 haha 😀

  4. theipc · November 27, 2012

    W in THE F possessed you to watch this??? If it was because you read Misty’s thing then I apologize because that was a trade off between her and I. I feel bad for you.

    • Ryan McNeely · November 27, 2012

      That was basically the reason, yeah. Plus I’m a total masochist

      • theipc · November 27, 2012

        I feel terrible…

      • Ryan McNeely · November 27, 2012

        Don’t. I’m sure I would have gotten to it sooner or later. Thanks to you and Misty, I just got it out of the way earlier 🙂

      • theipc · November 27, 2012

        Well – if you’re truly into eyeball and brain masochism, another “challenge” we had was a movie called CLOSETS which was F-ing terrible and, here’s a personal one from me: BENEATH THE MISSISSIPPI – which has to be one of the worst things I have ever seen. I’ll leave it at that. It’s time to drink beer.

      • Ryan McNeely · November 28, 2012

        I’ll keep an eye out for those!

      • Ryan McNeely · November 28, 2012

        The synopsis on the CLOSETS website reads like it’s been on an extended tour of google translate! And the RT review of BENEATH calls the cast and crew a bunch of homeless hippies and crack whores. I need to see these movies!

      • theipc · November 28, 2012

        they… are… horrible… just sayin’….

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