From the makers of Don’t Look in the Basement (1973), Scum of the Earth introduces newlyweds Helen (Norma Moore) and Paul (Joel Colodner) who go to a secluded backwoods cabin in Texas for their honeymoon – what could possibly go wrong?
Paul is axed to death by an unseen killer when he goes back to the car for cigarettes. Panic-stricken Helen runs into the woods, only to find redneck Odis Pickett (Gene Ross) as her only saviour.
Odis then subjects Helen to a night of drunken abuse, culminating in rape. All the while, Paul’s murderer lurks in the woods outside, waiting to kill again.
The killer’s identity is finally revealed in a truly silly ending.
He takes her back to his dismal shack, where his pregnant and abused wife Emmy (Ann Stafford), idiot son Bo (Charlie Dell), and available-since-she-was-12 white trash daughter Sarah (Camilla Carr) give her a real “family” welcome.
The dialogue is bad, you could drive a truck through the holes in the plot, and you may well feel the need for a shower after watching Scum of the Earth.
Re-released in 1976 as Poor White Trash II.