Director A.D. Calvo’s SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL is a very ‘70s, very lurid, very European romance that brings to mind the works of Jess Franco. The film has an impressively tight 76 minute run time, and while the scares are few and far between, the leads (Quinn Shephard and Erin Wilhelmi) are so perfectly cast, with Wilhelmi as the titular lonely girl and Shephard in all her bad-girl ‘70s glory. SWEET, SWEET LONELY GIRL nails the ‘70s sensibility with era appropriate sets, costuming, and lots of terrific A.M. pop hits. The film’s third act brings some creepy ghost action to the table, but even without the supernatural elements, the story of two girls in love (or lust) is quite compelling.

Calvo, Shepard, and Wilhelmi were in attendance at this year’s FANTASTIC FEST and participated in a short Q&A following the film’s showing.

Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt

Mike Vanderbilt is a freelance writer and contributor based on the south side of Chicago. Mike has appeared on The A.V. Club, The Chicago Reader, Fangoria, and Consequence Of Sound tackling a variety of subjects ranging from Cheap Trick, George Lucas' Red Tails, and for better or worse knows a thing or two about online dating. A bartender by trade, he holds a degree in accountancy but he was never very good at it.When not mixing cocktails, Mike hosts and produces the Drinks On Monday With The Strike Team podcast, as well as Revenge Of The Pod People. He can also be seen performing with his power pop band The Romeros and punk act Modern Day Rippers.
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