I had no idea this movie had a drag-queen and gay men cult following (see the critics' narratives in bonus features). In fact, I had no idea what the movie was about at all but I'd recognized the title for years, so I checked it out. I wasn't impressed. Significant in its exposure of the rampant Hollywood pill-poppers and the grisly aftermath, with Judy Garland's example, brief involvement and sad demise as a prime illustration. Extremely dated and somewhat bizarre. A twenty year old Patty Duke shows talent but *really* overacts. Barbara Parkins was mostly looks and little substance. My focus was primarily on Sharon Tate, one of the ill-fated victims of the Helter Skelter/Manson murders, who conveyed a sweetness and gentleness that was quite affecting, even beyond her good looks. Dionne Warwick's/Burt Bacharach's theme song was another haunting highlight for me. I will check out the Russ Meyer/Roger Ebert sequel, "Beyond the VOTD", just out of morbid curiosity.

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