Archive for August, 2013

VALERIE INSIDE OUTSIDE (aka) VALERIA DENTRO E FUORI (1972)

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Splendidly lurid melodrama with the delicious Barbara Bouchet.

SKRACKEN HAR 1000 OGON (aka) Fear Has a 1000 eyes. (1970)

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Occult oddity from exploitation director Torgny Wickman. (Also known as Seductive Sorceress.)

L’ARAGNEE D’EAU (aka) THE WATER SPIDER (1971)

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Not seen this yet; but I understand it to be a rather oblique and surreal cinematic exercise; which bodes well, methinks! :)

GOLDEN NIGHT (aka) NUIT D’OR (1976)

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Classy neo-noir nightmare with a svelte, swivel-eyed, deranged Klaus Kinski prowling the shadowy city streets on an enigmatic, ostensible mission of vengeance; Is he dead? Is he innocent? Who knows? This stylish film is an enigma, wrapped inside of a cinematic conundrum, and all the better for it! Visually the film is very striking, sharing many similarities with the vintage gialli of Mario Bava; or the deep, chiaroscuro palate of early Fritz Lang. (To be fair, there is a definite grim sensibility of his ‘M’ crawling through this playful and surreal bacchanal)

La moglie di mio padre (1976)

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Andrea ‘Burial Ground’ Bianchi keeps things hot and sleazy with ‘My Father’s Wife’ (1976) Nice euro-cult cast with: Carroll Baker, Adolfo Celi, Femi Benussi and Luigi Pistilli.

APPASSIONATA (1974)

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

ANYTHING with Ornella Muti is worth a punt; Appassionata is no exception. Needless to say, the groovy score by Piero Piccioni is a peach and adds much to the proceedings.

SHADOW KILLERS TIGER FORCE (1986) #GODFREY HO#

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Shot / created / spirited into deranged celluloid sentience, and seemingly without pausing for breath; the martial arts polymath, and all-round action-movie mad scientist / impresario Godfrey Ho is back in the ring with this beauty, and after his deadly K.O blow ‘Commando Fury’; he’s still swinging like a crack-addled, bipolar mo-fo; dazzling his fans with this unwieldy tumult of dementoid Ninja delirium! Ninja movies were ubiquitous DTV fodder in the mid-late 80’s, and yet, only one man; only one film-making visionary knew the future of composite, schiziod action; and that vertiginous future is right here, Ninjoids! Right now, scabies and gentlesperms: and that future is….’Shadow Killers Tiger Force’. The words ‘Rip’ and ‘Roaring’ were made and paired for such cinematic glory as this. Godfrey Ho, wherever thou art; thine magnificent art is appreciated; especially by this sleep-deprived, over-boiled noggin of mine!

COMMANDO FURY (1986) #GODFREY HO!#

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

‘Commando Fury’ is a wild n’ lurid example of Godfrey Ho’s nutball cut n’ paste absurdity. There is conventional cinema, and there is the iconoclastic, boundary-morphing, chop-sock freakery of ‘Commando Fury’. Late 80’s action surrealism for the advanced viewer, or remedial cineaste alike!

FOUR FOR ALL (1975)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

George Mitchell and Richard Harrison star in this willfully obscure actioner from 1975.  In a parallel universe, one in which I would choose most willingly to live in, the likes of ‘Four For All’ would be screened an a 24hr, all you can eat grindhouse channel.

DEATH HAS BLUE EYES (1976)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Freakzoid thick ear mayhem from Greek schlockmeister Niko Masterakis. Quite, quite bonkers, really.