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      Just for the Hell of It

      Released Nov 6, 1968 1h 25m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 20% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A violent gang of teens targets a young man (Rodney Bedell) and his girlfriend (Agi Gyenes). Read More Read Less

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      A.S. Hamrah n+1 Just for the Hell of It is cheap and ugly, but if it isn't art, nothing is. Which is exactly Lewis's point. Nov 29, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      scot k It may not be the worst movie I've ever seen – but I can't think of one the challenge is it. Absolutely no redeeming qualities. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member What a snorefest. I get that it was probably shocking at one point in time, but it doesn't hold up at all, not even fun for the camp factor. The lousiest HG Lewis film I've seen yet... Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the sort of film that, if you're into this sort of thing, you really have to see. If you're not, you really don't. The highlight for fans of classic exploitation is a simultaneously outrageous and delightfully naive sequence in which the young hoods assault a blind guy, beat a man up with his crutches and then put a baby in a trash can. Other than that, it's mostly pretty slow going even for fans of the genre. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Herschell Gordon Lewis: 3 strikes and you're out. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Just for the Hell of it was recently brought back to Hollywood to open the 2011 Grindhouse Film Festival in Tarantino's beautifully renovated New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles(thanks for saving history Q). Just for the Hell of It was an Herschell Gordon Lewis 'indie', 'low budget', 'Grind House' movie (before all those terms became vogue and before people acted like they made them up). It is a 'godfather of Grind House' production of non-stop miscreant havoc initiated by a very dull and inept 'leader' Dexter (Sager/Smash Cut w/Sasha Grey and Lewis himself), carried out after being twisted into truly demented evil by Denny (White/Capitol Records,Fantasy films)and his minions, on everyone in south Florida and specifically Doug (Bedell/??) and Jeanne (Gynes/??), with the assistance of pretty and perky bad girl Bitsy (Nobel/ She Devils on Wheels). White, the 'most vicious of the gang' and the beautiful Bitsy die like real bad boys and girls should, in a motorcycle accident after a chase scene that needed more than $32.50 on production and editing, however, it was going directly to Drive-ins and quality never was or ever will be a Lewis quality.His genre repertoire includes exploitation, hicksploitation, sexploitation, destuctploition, etc. so you can't judge him by his early Dahmer, Gacy and Gein training films. It was one of the HGL 'Summer of Love' films and it must be that "only love stopped the Demon"(Micky Knox) as it's a one of a kind HGL genre where someone, generally a defenseless, sobbing and franticly screaming adolescent girl, is NOT raped, hacked up alive, eaten and then laughed at... probably because he did not write it (a girl did) and probably why NETFLIX rents it. Considering the ill effects caused by other genres Lewis has tried, the story lines and poor performances of today's films in general, I think this is worth whatever Netflix or Something Weird Video charges. Just For the Hell of It has been teamed up on a SWV DVD with Blast-off Girls. I never saw it as the 'duncemeister' Sager, who's still works with Lewis (Smash Cut w/ Sasha Grey), and 'Satan' White are in this movie also. I did not want to see Sager say "duh" again and although I read White only wrote and performed the opening tune Bad Day (he should of wrote Bad Film), I don't even want the chance of seeing him throwing another baby in a garbage can, so beware.. FF: In Hollywood, Lou Ferrigno had started a fight with White about who was Denny Fortune in Just For the Hell of it, him or White. In his inimitable fashion and in the middle of Sunset Blvd, the REAL one and ONLY Johnny Legend and Something Weird Video try to get to the truth and calm the two psychos down in Sleazemania on Parade w/Gene Autry, Steve Allen, Angie Dickenson, Doug McClure and Mr T. White wins so watch out Trejo. For entertainment, Charlie Manson LOVED the goriest of magazines and movies or at least something hatefully abusive to women and/or children. He must of thought Herschell's 'hack-em up' films were an great option at the drive-in in the 60's, when they were released. It's coincidental that between Herschell Gordon Lewis filming on Charlie Manson's Spaun ranch in the late 60's and 'Charlie and the gang' getting revenge on the the recording industry (one school of thought), Just For the Hell of It was released. The actual events in the hills of Los Angeles and fictional events in this movie appear way too similar to be a coincidence (instead of 'pig' written on the wall in red, it was 'FUZZ'). Another troubling connection is that besides acting like Manson the cripple kicking, baby throwing White (Denny Fortune) got his albums title song internationally released with THE most controversial 1969 Charlie Manson tune (sung by the Beach boys???) on EMI's Ah Feel Like Ahcid. All this should scare the public more than the connections of Just For the Hell of It, Burgess, Kubrick and the making of Clockwork Orange should interest them. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Just for the Hell of it was recently brought to Hollywood again by Caidin and Quinn at the Grindhouse Film Festival in Tarantino's beautifully renovated New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles (thanks for saving history Q). Call or email to find next showing of JFTHOI if you are in the neighborhood. Just for the Hell of It was an H.G.Lewis 'indie', 'low budget', 'Grind House' movie (before all those terms became vogue and people today acting like they made them up). It is a 'godfather of Grind House' production of non-stop miscreant havoc initiated by an dull inept 'leader' Dexter (Sager/ Smash Cut w/Sasha Grey&Lewis himself), carried out after being twisted into truly demented evil by Denny (White/Capitol Records,Fantasy)and his minions, on everyone in south Florida and specifically Doug (Bedell/??) and Jeanne (Gynes/??), with the assistance of perky bad girl Bitsy (Nobel/ She Devils on Wheels). White, the 'most vicious of the gang' and Bitsy die like a real bad boy and girl should, in a Motorcycle accident after a chase scene that needed more than $32.50 on production and editing. However it was going directly to Drive-ins and quality was never a Lewis quality. It's one of HGL's four 'Summer of Love' films where someone, generally a defenseless, sobbing and franticly screaming woman, is NOT hacked up alive, eaten and then laughed at...probably because he did not write it and probably why NETFLIX rents it. His genre repertoire includes exploitation, hiksploitation, sexploitation, destuctploition, etc. so don't to try to cubbyhole HGL and ya can't see just one. Considering other genres Lewis has worked on, the story lines and poor performances of today's films in general, I am thinking this is worth the 10 bucks to keep it around. It has been teamed up on a Something weird Video DVD with Blast-off Girls. I never saw the second film as the duncemeister Sager (who's still with Lewis) and 'Satan' White (whos tunes were FITTINGLY released with Charlie Manson tunes, sung by the Beach Boys?????, on EMI) are in that one also. I did not want to see Sager say "duh" again nor White throwing another baby in a garbage can or carving another rat on someone, so beware. FFI: Twenty something years later in Hollywood, Lou Ferrigno had started a fight with White about who was Denny Fortune in Just For the Hell of it, him or White. In his own inimitable fashion and in the middle of Sunset Blvd, Johnny Legend (the REAL one) tries to get to the truth and calm the two psychos down in Something Weird Video's Sleazemania on Parade w/Gene Autry,Steve Allen, Angie Dickenson and Mr T. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A violent gang of teens targets a young man (Rodney Bedell) and his girlfriend (Agi Gyenes).
      Director
      Herschell Gordon Lewis
      Producer
      Herschell Gordon Lewis
      Screenwriter
      Allison Louise Downe
      Distributor
      Unusual Films International
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 6, 1968, Original
      Runtime
      1h 25m