American Genre Film Archive

The Defilers + A Smell of Honey, A Swallow of Brine

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This Partner Label release is distributed through Vinegar Syndrome's sister company OCN Distribution. Vinegar Syndrome had no part in, nor are responsible for, the restoration, extras, quality control or any content(s) of this release. We hope you enjoy our growing roster of Partner Labels and the expertise and curation brought to each release by their dedicated staff!


This special limited edition spot gloss slipcover is limited to 2,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Presented in partnership with Something Weird Video...

The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) represents the world's largest theatrical catalog of exploitation cinema. Their home video line presents a diverse selection of movies, ranging from new preservations of classics from the vast library of Something Weird to the wildest in shot-on-video (SOV) titles. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

Two roughie shockers from David F. Friedman!

Everything they touch is stained! THE DEFILERS are Carl (future filmmaker Byron Mabe) and Jameison (Jerome Eden), a pair of sadistic beatniks who spice up their boring lives by imprisoning an innocent young woman (the “mouth-watering 20-year-old Scandinavian screen find” Mai Jansson) in the basement of an abandoned building. A quintessential "roughie," THE DEFILERS is a stylishly squirm-inducing shocker from exploitation film legends David F. Friedman (SHE-FREAK) and R. Lee Frost (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN).

She turned men on, turned them off, and turned them inside out . . . she’s A SMELL OF HONEY, A SWALLOW OF BRINE! Stacey Walker (THE NOTORIOUS DAUGHTER OF FANNY HILL) stars as Sharon Winters, the ultimate tease who gets her kicks by picking guys up and then screaming for help. As she leaves a trail of broken men in her wake, will she ever meet her match? Written and produced by David F. Friedman and directed by THE DEFILERS star Byron Mabe, this is, as Friedman's original ad campaign proclaimed, "an adult experience!"

directed by: David F. Friedman, R. Lee Frost, Byron Mabe
starring: Various
1965, 1966 / 138 min / 1.85:1 / English DTS-HD MA 1.0

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • THE DEFILERS: Restored from the 35mm dupe camera negative
  • Archival commentary with Something Weird founder Mike Vraney & David F. Friedman
  • A SMELL OF HONEY, A SWALLOW OF BRINE: Preserved from one of the only known 35mm prints in existence
  • Archival commentary with Mike Vraney, filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, & David F. Friedman
  • David F. Friedman trailers
  • Photo galleries
  • Booklet with writing by Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci
  • English SDH subtitles