Archive for January, 2012

TWISTED NIGHTMARE (1987)

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Paul Hunt’s immortal horror classic! While the concept of an irate nutbag dispatching libidinous teens is far from unique there is something genuinely special about this low budget oddity.

ONE MAN JURY (1978)

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Jack Palance, Chris Mitchum & Joe Spinell together at last! (Nothing more needs to be said!)

SOUL HUSTLER (aka) THE MIRACLE MAN (1973)

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Early 70’s curio with a nice turn from pop icon Fabian.

THE CAVERN (1964)

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Maestro of the B-movie, Edgar G Ulmer extracts genre gold from this particularly claustrophobic, subterranean vein.

SOTTO IL VESTITO NIENTE 2 (aka) TOO BEAUTIFUL TO DIE (1988)

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Late entry into the Giallo cycle is a much better effort than one might initially surmise. ‘Too beautiful To Die’ makes an excellent companion piece to the likes of Lambero Bava’s ‘Midnight Killer’ (1986) or his excellent ‘Body Puzzle’ (1992).  (It’s always a boon to discover a viable gialli long after the genre lost favour with audiences and producer’s alike)

THUMB TRIPPING (1972)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Nifty counter-culture road trip yarn with perky nubile hippie couple Burns & the delicious Foster having all manner of gonzoid adventures while hitch-hiking across the US. My favourite scene is with the estimable acting talents of Bruce Dern and Larry Hankin who prove to be anything but obliging hosts. (It would be interesting to note whether the talented Eric ‘Cohen & Tate’ Red utilized Dern’s manic persona as the genesis for his own immortal ‘The Hitcher’ opus.)

THE GODSEND (1980)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The future director of ‘Beastmaster 3: The eye of Braxus’ gives us a bleak take on the Omen mythos; while I found the child to be quite terrifying, I would’ve enjoyed seeing much more of Angela Pleasance. The acting is solid throughout and the film’s glacial tone is far more nihilistic than one would expect. Yet another rental classic from genre titans, Golan Globus! (It’s interesting to note that the director also worked on an episode of ‘Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense’ considering that ‘The Godsend’ would also have worked well as a leaner version for ‘The Hammer House of Horror’ series.

APPUNTAMENTO IN NERO (aka) SCANDAL IN BLACK (1990)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Lurid, late-entry in the gialli cycle. Appuntamento In Nero (aka) Scandal in Black is sleazy and trashy fun, not too be missed if you favour the more exploitative elements of the genre.

PLAYING WITH FIRE (aka) GIOCHI DI FUOCO (1975)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Some giddy, sexual and highly enigmatic surrealism from Gillet boasts a fine cast and all manner of erotic tomfoolery!

MIDNIGHT RIPPER (1986)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Some primo Giallo theatrics from the great Lamberto Bava. The pounding score by Claudio Simonetti is an absolute classic!