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Sex Madness - Film Review

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by Nessa123 (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published November 10th 2012
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Sex Madness


Sex Madness, directed by Dwain Esper, written by Joseph Seiden and Vincent Valentini and starring Vivian McGill, Rose Tapley and Al Rigali, is an exploitation film made in 1938, to supposedly warn teens and young adults of the dangers of premarital sex and the venereal diseases, specifically syphilis, which come with it.

Portraying many forms of "madness" such as wild teen parties, lesbianism, burlesque shows and premarital sex, the only reason the film was allowed to show these "acts of depravity" was because of its educational aspects and otherwise would have been banned.

Sex Madness has been reissued under many titles, with the most common ones being Human Wreckage, They Must Be Told and Trial Marriage, because many of the distributers of the time frowned upon the appearance of the word "sex" in the film's title, although it was speculated that is may have been a way of tricking audience members into paying to see the same film more than once.

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Human Wreckage a.k.a. Sex Madness


This film was made in a time, when many exploitive educational films were being made, using extreme scare tactics, in order to keep young people under control and attempt to keep them from being corrupted by premarital sex, drug use, teenage parties and rock 'n' roll.

Today, Sex Madness seems extremely outdated, under budgeted and overacted, with terrible editing and a scene in which half way through it, a window in the background randomly falls shut, with the actors still ploughing through their dialogue, like it was a theatrical production, rather than a film, which is rather amusing by today's standards.

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Sex Madness


Sex Madness has fallen into public domain and can be legally download for free online, though if you would like a physical copy, it can still be found on both VHS and DVD.

4.5/10

For more sexy times check out:
Who Slept With Her?, On The Road, Erotic Adventures Of Zorro, The Pregnancy Pact, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Sebastiane and The Body Beneath.
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