The Sinful Dwarf is an exploitation/horror film from 1973. The fact is, if you're looking for a masterpiece of cinema...You're looking in the wrong place. The review on the cover says it all; "The mother of all dwarfsploitation films! Over the top with nudity, sex, and disturbing images. It just doesn't get any sleazier, folks." This is a perfect example of truth in advertising, because The Sinful Dwarf is a sleazy movie-going experience...But if you don't mind the experience of watching a film about a psychotic dwarf and his even crazier mother, then you could do worse than this.
Torben Bille plays the dwarf, Olaf who assists his mother Lila Lashe with running their rooming house. In the opening scene, we see Olaf lead a girl to the attic of this house before knocking her unconscious. The room in the attic holds several girls, all naked and addicted to heroin, who Lila sells as sex slaves to various people. A young writer named Peter moves into a room with his beautiful wife Mary (Anna Sparrow), who grows suspicious about what exactly is going on in the attic.
But, enough about the plot...This film is 90 minutes long and as can be expected from an exploitation film, it has prolonged, gratuitous sex scenes and lots of nudity. As I said, there are girls locked in the attic that are naked. There's no shortage of anything sexual here.
I'm no aficionado on exploitation films, but I didn't expect much from this film. I watched it more out of morbid curiosity than anything else. The fact is The Sinful Dwarf is a fascinating little exercise in the exploitation genre. It's campy, a little bit creepy, and entertaining in its own strange way. This is a film that not only has two antagonist's, one a dwarf and another a deranged woman prone to prolonged dancing sequences...But, there's an overweight heroin dealer who sports an afro and goes by the name Santa Claus. It doesn't stop there; there's a scene where a girl is whipped where we never see the whip making contact with skin and after cutting back to the girl we see poorly applied red makeup to her body. The film's score sounds like a mix between horror film and porn music. The sets and overall look of the film had the potential to be creepy, but everything else is pure camp...And that's fine.
As for Olaf, he bares a passing resemblance to Jack Black and he is creepy, just never in a scary way. And there's plenty of him here to satisfy those `dwarfsploitation' fans. If you don't like The Sinful Dwarf, I doubt you knew what you were getting into beforehand. If you're curious about this movie, I recommend it...If it looks like something you'd enjoy, you likely will. It's an amusing, campy exploitation flick that is surprisingly better than you'd expect.