Jackson Kratz

Created by Justin Welton

What the world needs now is…

A “porn remake” of Double Indemnity?

Yes, that’s exactly how A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir describes Eruption, an X-rated 1977 cinematic offering that “borrows” the set-up and even lifts some of the dialogue from the 1944 film noir classic, directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay by Raymond Chandler, based on a book by James M. Cain.

Not that Wilder or Chandler or even Cain are mentioned in the credits, of course.

Insurance investigator JACKSON KRATZ grows suspicious when a wealthy (and heavily insured) Harry Bevin drowns off the coast of Hawaii (the film was shot on location), and his femme fatale widow Sandra takes up with Pete Winston, the studly insurance man who sold her the policy (played by legendary porn actor John Holmes).

But Pete doesn’t quite trust Sandra, and her daughter is also starting to wonder about dear old dad’s untimely death.

Needless to say, there’s an awful lot of seventies-style humping going on, much of it for no apparent reason (Hey! It’s a porn flick!), and the ending makes little sense, but eventually everybody gets screwed.

Especially, perhaps, movie lovers.


    aka “Big John Holmes is Here!”

    (1977, Cal Vista)
    82 minutes
    Tagline: “An Erotic Explosion!”
    Based on Double Indemnity by James M. Cain (uncredited)
    Screenplay by Justin Welton
    Directed by Stanley Kurlan (Sam Norwell)
    Produced by Stanley Kurlan (Sam Norwell)
    Starring John Holmes, Sandra Bevin, Susan Hart, Leslie Bovee, Eric Evol, Gene Clayton
    and Wilt Torrance as JACKSON KRATZ


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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