Director: Jack Bravman & Michael Findlay
Produced By Roberta & Michael Findlay
Writer: James Foley (screenplay)
CAST: Mary Jane Carpenter, Peer St. Jean & Tina Kraskow
A sadistic teenager searching for “Daddy” murders and dismembers anybody who picks her up hitch-hiking. Sick, twisted and an essantial part of Findlay’s filmography!
Janie is a perfect choice for company for those who love the sick yesterday of 70’s exploitation cinema.
First of all, I practically worship at the altar of Michael Findlay. His work, including titles like “The Ultimate Degenerate” and the classic “Flesh” trilogy, stands out to this day as wholly unique. The lurid chills and thrills of exposed skin, sex kicks and strange violence mixed with literary references, creative angles and stunning photography, often courtesy of his then-wife Roberta, are all hallmarks of a Michael Findlay production. Out of his work, one of the more obscure titles is 1970’s “Janie.” Now, while IMDB has Jack Bravman listed as the director, the film positively reeks of a Findlay title. Psycho-sexual nightmare? Check. Strangely poetic voice over? Check. Roberta and Michael both popping up in the cast? Double check. So for all intents and purposes, “Janie” is a Michael Findlay film unless hard evidence comes out. The titular Janie (Mary Jane Carpenter) is a pretty, blonde high school girl with black widow tendencies. As she descends into a rabbit hole of perverse, blood-stained sexuality, haunting narration comes in and out, confronting the damaged psychology of our anti-heroine. All of this leads to the highly disturbing reveal of why Janie became the way she is. It’s perfect that this film takes place in the fall since there is a compelling pall over all of the proceedings. It’s beautiful and yet, completely no fun, essentially making it my kind of movie.