Win A ‘Backwoods Double Feature collector’s set: Common Law Wife (1963) and Jennie, Wife/Child (1968)’

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EXCLUSIVE BONUS! Ballyhoo Motion Pictures presents a new, hour-long documentary, That’s Hicksploitation: The Origin of Southern Sinema; that dives into the Hicksploitation genre, tracing its roots from the origins of film from 1930s all the way up to the 1970s. Exploring the cultural impact and importance, the documentary is narrated by C. Courtney Joyner, who also wrote the documentary.

In Common Law Wife, Shugfoot Rainey (George Edgley) trades in his longtime girlfriend (Annabelle Weenick) for a newer model … who just happens to be his niece, Baby Doll (Lacey Kelly). Unfortunately, his mistress does her research and discovers she is his common law wife … and he won’t be able to get rid of her that easily! Directed by Eric Sayers, the film is actually spliced together with an unfinished film, Swamp Rose, directed by Larry Buchanan (Mars Needs Women, 1968; It’s Alive, (1969); Naked Witch, 1964). Marketed as an “educational film” in the original trailer, it warned its potential viewers of the lecherous lives its characters led. As parts of the film were shot a few years later, Baby Doll is allegedly played by a couple different actresses, contributing to a frenzied, not completely cohesive, storyline. It’s backwoods at its best!

In Jennie, Wife/Child, aka Albert Peckingpaw’s Revenge, Albert Peckingpaw (Jack Lester) takes Jennie (Beverly Lundsford) to be his wife … But Jennie is a whole lot younger and has her eye on the young farm hand, Mario (Jim Reader)! Old Man Peckingpaw is bound to find out what’s happening on his farm sooner or later and, when he does, watch out! A catchy theme song draws you in immediately and the film features even more country-style earworms throughout. Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond, a later Oscar winner for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), elevates this film above others in the genre.

On Blu-ray + DVD, June 25th