Archive for May, 2012
Cautionary tale about the prospective nightmare of heavy pot psychosis. A potent strain of mystical Mexican hashish is ingested by various unsuspecting hard-rock hippies which engenders far more of a debilitating freak-out than they had originally bargained for. Solid, gonzoid material for the midnight movie obsessive in us all. It should be noted that the heavy-vibe electronic score is an acquired taste; personally, it upped the overall nutball quotient of the surreal proceedings. (but there really aren’t that many horror titles from this period that relied so heavily on analogue synths to create disorientating mood music; be interesting to see if John Carpenter saw this?)
Hugely atmospheric proto-Poltergeist effort from Bunuel Jnr, utilizing many of the familiar cinematic tropes found within the idiom, that are still readily appropriated by many genre film makers today.The zesty ‘Expulsion of The Devil’ features a modest contribution by a youthful Gerard Depardieu as a cynical TV sound-recordist who is abused by a sizeable pot of boiling French onion soup; if this terrible scalding asn’t due to an excess of claret, satanic tomfoolery may ell be afoot! Fans of euro-shock will certainly find much to enjoy here. I know I did!