Venus Theatre Presents Vol. 1: Abduction of Lorlelei (DVD)

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DVD Release Date: June 12, 2018
Nearly 40 years since it opened as a Movie Theater, Vancouver’s infamous pink palace theatre is back with this collector’s edition series, Venus Theater Presents.  Curated from 16mm prints discovered in the Venus archives by Toronto native and film historian Dimitrios Otis, these collections of classic cinema from the grind house golden age.

This stand-out series features essays exploring the changes in laws governing the public performance of grind house films and the evolution of censorship, along with new interviews and rare images from the Venus archives. This DVD contains some mature content. You must be 18 years or older to order this product.


  • Abduction of Lorelei (1977) – Superstar Serena stars as Lorelei, a beautiful American heiress kidnapped and held for a 1-million-dollar ransom in this shocking crime-drama from director Richard Rank.  Although initially motivated by money, her captors refuse to release her once the ransom is paid, forcing Lorelei to submit to a series of degrading acts.  A surprising plot twist and Rank’s gritty, realist approach elevate this late 70s roughie.
  • South of the Border (1974) – Sharon Thorpe and Jamie Gillis star in this south-of-the-border revenge flick about a trio of bandits who get more than they bargained for when they kidnap three party girls en route to Mexico. Easy Rider-inspired editing and a thrilling climax make this a must-see for fans of grind house cinema.
  • Turn Me ‘Round (1975) – When a serial cheater’s games go a bit too far, a swinging couple and his wife plot revenge! Stars John Seeman, Cazander Zim, Val Anderson. Directed by Bob Kirk.
  • Includes insert booklet featuring essays by film historian Dimitrios Otis and fringe culture writer Heather Drain.