Director/Screenplay – Jeff Hatchcock, Producer – Art Jacobs, Photography – Ken Gibb, Music – Andre Brummer, Special Effects – Ralph Ramirez, Production Design – Bob Tiller. Production Company – Holmby Pictures Inc..
Sheila Caan (Susan Russell/Sandy Russell), Bo Hopkins (Sheriff Jon Farlock), Rick Hill (Dan Allen), Robert Tessier (Satanist Leader)
Sandy Russell and her fiance Rod are driving from Barstow to visit her sister Susan in Las Vegas. They become lost in the desert and stop off at the tiny town of Ellivnatas, which is not on the map, to ask for directions. They are directed to take a road but this proves to be a dead end whereupon they are surrounded by Satanists. When Rod and Sandy fail to turn up, Susan sets out looking for them, discovering their abandoned car and a pentacle burned into the ground nearby. In her determination to find what happened to them, Susan attracts the attentions of the Satanists who have been waiting for her.
Not too surprisingly, Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell! turns out to be a Troma release. Troma’s entire business model during this period was based on selling films with outrageous, attention-getting titles – see the likes of I Was a Teenage TV Terrorist (1985), Surf Nazis Must Die (1987), Stuff Stephanie in the Incinerator (1989), Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers (1990), A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990), Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town (1991), Space Zombie Bingo!!! (1993), The Killer Condom (1996), Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997), Scrotal Vengeance (2001) and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) to name but a sampling.
If only there was anything in Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell! that matched the outrageousness of its title. It is a dreary film on almost every conceivable level. I was watching a YouTube video copy and the quality of the night lighting in many scenes was so shoddy it was often difficult to tell what was going on for long stretches.
Hardly anything happens throughout. The plot circulates around one of those mysterious towns in the Midwest that are filled with Satanists that we had in 1970s deviltry films like Brotherhood of Satan (1971) and Race with the Devil (1975). Not to mention the town is ominously named the anagrammatic Ellivnatas just like Troll 2 (1990)’s Nilbog. Sheila Caan plays both the wife who goes missing in the opening scenes and the sister who comes searching for her. She’s a passable actress, although is a strictly average girl and a long, long way away from the bombshell that the title pumps her up into being.
There is not much fertisiling going on either – Sheila Caan has an erotic dream in which one of the Satanists is on top of her and that is it. She is pursued through the desert by the Satanists – we never learn the reasons for this other than that they have been waiting a long time for her. These scenes are pumped up with random scenes of dune buggy chases through the desert. The film comes to an abrupt and irresolute end where Sheila is saved by B movie veteran Bo Hopkins in a cameo as the sheriff.
The film was a copyright date of 1989, although does not appear to have been released by Troma until around 1991 or 1992.