Private Parts (1972) Movie Review

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Private Parts (1972)

1972 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
87 minutes / 1h 27min

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Private Parts Plot Synopsis:

After a falling out with her roommate Judy Adams, a friend from home and her only real friend in Los Angeles, Cheryl Stratton, a teenaged runaway from Cleveland, searches out the Kingston Hotel, operated by her maternal Uncle Orville and Aunt Martha Atwood neither who she's ever met but of who she's only heard stories, for a place to stay temporarily instead of going home. In Cheryl finding the rundown hotel and her uncle long deceased, seemingly puritanical Aunt Martha reluctantly allows Cheryl to stay for a few days. Cheryl, who tries to be more grown up emotionally than she actually is, is ill-prepared for living at the Kingston, being scared not only of the things that go bump in the night, but those that go bump in the day as well. After meeting a few of the rather odd cast of long term residents of the hotel, Cheryl discovers that one of them anonymously has an interest in her and is thus watching her. In Cheryl secretly going on a search for her admirer, one-by-one she discovers some of the many secrets of the hotel, but not the full meaning behind those secrets. As she befriends fifteen year old Jeff from the neighborhood, he who has some history with former resident Alice Rogers, Cheryl, growing up quicker than Aunt Martha would like, may stumble onto the meaning of those secrets, but perhaps after it's too late.

Private Parts (1972) Review

Director Paul Bartel‘s Private Parts (1972) is a twisted R Rated horror comedy mystery film. I knew watching this film would be different, but I was not prepared for this. I was shocked where this movie went, for something out of the 70’s. Private Parts stars Ayn Ruymen, Lucille Benson, and John Ventantonio.

Private Parts is just plain weird and unexpected. A teen named Cheryl (Ayn Ruymen) who is a runaway teen trying to put her life together. She decides to shack up in the King Edward Hotel. She doesn’t realize that she will be staying in a freak show something like American Horror Story: Hotel. The King Edward Hotel is a place of murder, fetishism, peeping toms, and a madman who sleeps with a blow-up doll with Cheryl’s picture as its face. If you like weird, then pick up this movie asap.

The acting was good because I, for the most part, was creeped out or I was feeling the terror of Cheryl. Saying this film was not my cup-of-tea is an understatement, but the director and cast did a good job with the movie overall.

  • Private Parts Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.39
  • IMDB: 6.6

About Private Parts 1972

Title: Private Parts
Year: 1972
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.2/5 stars from 1,202 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,202
MPAA Rating: R
Private Parts Cast Starring: Paul Bartel, Lucille Benson, Ayn Ruymen, John Lupton, John Ventantonio, Laurie Main, Stanley Livingston, Charles Woolf, Ann Gibbs, Len Travis, Dorothy Neumann, Gene Simms, Patrick Strong
Private Parts Writers: Philip Kearney, Les Rendelstein
Private Parts Director: Paul Bartel
Language: English
Country: USA