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Thread: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

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    Re: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

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    I always thought that THE LOVE ROBOTS was a Japanese production that Cresse acquired, in fact the imdb lists the original title as "Shiro no jinz˘ bijo" with a Japanese crew, but in an interview with Cult Movies Cresse was asked about the film by Mike Vraney and Cresse replied "That's one I co-produced with a couple of boys in Los Angeles. It was actually a pretty good concept, but we did it so cheeply that it kind of defeated itself. We did good business with it."

    It sounds like the story might have been Cresse's idea or at least that he liked it so much that he went back to it for THE LOVE SLAVES.
    I am convinced that Love Robots was Japanese - Every source I have read said it was Directed by Koji Wakamatsu of Go Go Second Time Virgin fame. This was one of his early films, about four years before The Concubines (The film picked up by Box Office International). Maybe Cresse was thinking about another one of Olympic's Japanese films, The Adolecent (1967), which is filled with one-film wonders, including the Director listed.
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    I've been told that after the shooting incident Cresse would go through long periods of paranoia and depression, and then when his wife died (of cancer, I believe) his mental health deteriorated further. One nervous breakdown I heard about went like this: Fearing that it was the medication that killed his wife and not the illness, he flushed all of her pills down the toilet -- then went bananas because he thought he had just poisoned the water in his home, and had all the pipes torn out of the walls and replaced with new ones so he wouldn't die the same way.

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    Re: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

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    Maybe Cresse was thinking about another one of Olympic's Japanese films, The Adolecent (1967), which is filled with one-film wonders, including the Director listed.
    I don't know, becuase Vraney also asked him earlier in the interview about "The Adolecent" (1967) and Cresse said "That was a Japanese picture. Again, it was a very good film but it didn't go over well."


    I really hope that a print of "The Love Robots" (1966) surfaces one day, in the past few years formerly 'lost' Olympic Internationl titles have been unearthed like "Love + Fear = Torment" (1966), "Touch of Leather" (1968), "The Bite" (1966), "Little Girls" (1966), "Love Is a Four-Letter Word" (1964), "Night of Lust" (1963) and "Babes in the Woods" (1962)!!! (I just found out about "Babes"!!!) Maybe "The Love Robots" isn't far behind

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    Re: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

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    I've been told that after the shooting incident Cresse would go through long periods of paranoia and depression, and then when his wife died (of cancer, I believe) his mental health deteriorated further. One nervous breakdown I heard about went like this: Fearing that it was the medication that killed his wife and not the illness, he flushed all of her pills down the toilet -- then went bananas because he thought he had just poisoned the water in his home, and had all the pipes torn out of the walls and replaced with new ones so he wouldn't die the same way.
    Boy, that's incredibly depressing news, poor guy. I also didn't know he had a wife, do you know if they had any kids?

    Thanks Chris

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    Re: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

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    I don't know, becuase Vraney also asked him earlier in the interview about "The Adolecent" (1967) and Cresse said "That was a Japanese picture. Again, it was a very good film but it didn't go over well."


    I really hope that a print of "The Love Robots" (1966) surfaces one day, in the past few years formerly 'lost' Olympic Internationl titles have been unearthed like "Love + Fear = Torment" (1966), "Touch of Leather" (1968), "The Bite" (1966), "Little Girls" (1966), "Love Is a Four-Letter Word" (1964), "Night of Lust" (1963) and "Babes in the Woods" (1962)!!! (I just found out about "Babes"!!!) Maybe "The Love Robots" isn't far behind
    It's possibly that Cresse and a couple of others helped finance The Love Robots...It's slightly known that some of Wakamatsu's early films as an Independent filmmaker were Commissioned, so the truth's possibly in there.

    The Commentary to Goldilocks and the Three Bares has mentioned about how some of Cresse's films became lost. Thankfully, there has been plenty to be happy about as we see several of his films being found. I hope that one day The Love Robots can be seen again as well.
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    Re: Invitation to Ruin (1968) and The Invitation (1975)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Poggiali View Post
    I think Cresse told Landis that he was involved only with the hardcore reshoots for THE INVITATION (1975), not the earlier version known as INVITATION TO RUIN.

    I wounder if Cresse is behind the "Ben A. Britt" name, which is listed as both associate producer & assistant director in The Invitation credits.

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