Bit-O-Sexy: Jo Ann Harris

Welcome to Bit-O-Sexy, a column designed to turn you on to horror by featuring images, trailers, products, and whatever else I deem worthy of being called sexy. Now, in the case of this column, anything deemed sexy is not always going to be sexy in the traditional sense, but will always focus on cool horror related people, pictures, trailers, and things.

The other day I watched a movie called Rape Squad, perhaps you know it as Act of Vengeance. It is a movie that falls well within the exploitation/grindhouse style, but aspires to be something more. Maybe. It brings a tale spiced with militant feminism and doses with a decent level of sleazy exploitation. I can imagine the filmmakers thinking they are making a subversive anti-rape film, but it is hard to be like that when your cast make the feminist decision while lounging naked in a hot tub. In any case, it is an entertaining movie that can be read on a few levels. It also formally introduced me to Jo Ann Harris.

Jo Ann Harris is an actress who first appeared in the1960s. No, she was not much of a horror actress, but she dabbled in exploitation features such as Rape Squad and The Gay Deceivers. She also co-starred with Clint Eastwood, where she played a young girl who seduces the much older man in The Beguiled.

Granted, I have not seen many films with her in them, but there is no denying that she is a pleasant addition to the big screen. She captivated me in Rape Squad, delivering an surprisingly effective and powerful performance. Now, it may be a little odd having her as the subject of a Bit-O-Sexy column, considering the subject matter of the movie that introduced me to her, but there is no denying just how adorable she is (not that I would ever condone the behavior of Jingle Bells or any other male figure in Rape Squad).

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