"Girl in Gold Boots" (1968) tells the story of a typical small-town girl who heads off to the big city (Hollywood) to pursue fame and fortune, only to be lured into a seedy underworld of crime, drugs, and go-go dancing.
Directed by Ted V. Mikels ("The Corpse-Grinders", "Blood Orgy of the She-Devils"), "Girl in Gold Boots" is exactly the kind of poorly acted, low-budget, light exploitation film that you might see served up for ridicule on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
And as you can see by the silhouettes in the bottom right, it was.
While the adventures of waitress-turned-exotic-dancer Michelle (not too exotic...the bikini stays on in this picture!), leather-jacketed hoodlum Buzz, and guitar-toting drifter "Critter" aren't terribly interesting, the trio's first stop when they arrive on Hollywood Blvd. is... the "Haunted House".
This is a hip and swinging night club, not a Halloween attraction. The exterior may be covered with spiderwebs--but they're neon! Toss in the rock stylings of Kent and the Candidates and it sounds like they're in for one scary evening.
Don't bother looking for a parking spot. This is a classy joint with valet parking.
Come right on in. There's no cover charge.
Our three protagonists are so overwhelmed by the scene that they don't even notice the fake stalactite.
The main stage is in the mouth of a demonic head. Plenty of girls in gold boots down there!
The show starts out slow but picks up steam...literally. It shoots out of the demon's nostrils occasionally for dramatic effect.
Here's how it looks from the audience.
Between sets, the stage becomes a lively dance floor.
And the wild decor isn't contained on stage. The walls are painted to invoke the cavernous catacombs of Hades itself.
Overhead is a ghoulish chandelier decorated with skulls.
And above that, you'll find an animated figure that appears to be sawing the chandelier's chain!
A tortured skeleton hangs nearby.
I suspected the Haunted House club had to be an existing location. There was no way there was going to be any set-building for this low-budget affair. My suspicions were confirmed during the end credits, where the club is called out.
I haven't had much luck finding any information about The Haunted House, other than that it stood at 6315 Hollywood Blvd. as early as 1966 (it is mentioned in the liner notes of Frank Zappa's 1966 album "Freak Out".)
The club also features prominently in 1967's It's A Bikini World, where it operates under the name "The Dungeon" and is managed by a young Sid Haig playing a hot-rodder named "Daddy" (clearly modeled after real-life 60s custom culture icon Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.A Sweet Sickness.
Girl in Gold Boots has seen a few releases to DVD. You can also see it as it appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000 here. It's a Bikini World has not been released to DVD but can be found streaming on Netflix as of this writing. A Sweet Sickness can be found as the supporting feature on the DVD for A Smell of Honey, A Swallow of Brine.
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