Archive for October, 2013

THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (1965)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Zippy euro-spy actioner with an exemplary cast: Horst Buchholz, Mario Adorf and the always watchable Sylvia Koscina.

5 DONNE PER ASSASSINO (1974)

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Legendary Italian genre filmmaker Stelvio Massi takes a rare foray into the heady, be-gloved milieu of the schlocky Giallo. And for my money it makes for a diverting piece, besides it’s somewhat curious seeing Francis ‘Dracula’ Matthews in such unfamiliar surroundings! The only other Giallo I am aware Massi shot was the much-loved ‘The Case of The Bloody Iris’ starring the delightful, yet curiously monikered Edwige Fenech. Massi is generally known for his boisterous euro-crime efforts, but he is a more than capable director whose CV boasts some rather exemplary titles.

LA MUERTA INCIERTA (1973)

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Yeah! Bring on the obscureoid larraz spookshow, man!

EMMA, PUERTAS OSCURAS (1974)

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Absolutely stonking psycho-drama with some impressive giallo kills: gonzoid blood smears on the walls; wild razor slashings; insensate female gabbling; lurid, fish-eye-lensed dream sequences? It’s all here with a few inches of greasy cock to spare; Man! I love Larraz’s work! And the hard-sex lounge score by Casto Dario even breaks into some killer go-go-girl, hot-titty funk! Sexual chocolate, baby! It’s nutball fare like this that keeps my waning interest in cinema alive.

CHAMSIN (1972)

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Obscure surreal oddity from Germany with an immense Amon Duul II soundtrack. Nice! This Weird-beard, psyche-rock opus should win lots of new fans.

MARTA (1971) #UPGRADE#

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Finally! A nice copy of this hugely underrated film starring the incomparably lovely Marisa Mell, with a sterling performance from Stephen Boyd. For the life of me I can’t quite see why this film isn’t appreciated; not only is the acting of a particularly high standard, the dark, gonzoid psychodrama is handled especially well.  Another euro-cult gem ripe for rediscovery.

IL SAPROFITA (1974)

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

A classic example of lurid, euro-cult goodness with Janet Agren and Al Cliver.

IL DIAVOLO NEL CERVELLO (1972)

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

This finely crafted thriller would be a must-see if only for Morricone’s beautiful score, but the film itself is a masterpiece of psychological horror. It’s literally a crime against cinema that this wonderful film isn’t readily available. Utterly essential viewing for Italian cinephiles.

LOVE & DEATH IN THE GARDEN OF THE GODS (1972)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Wonderfully atmospheric thriller from director Sauro Scavolini; a brooding, elegaic tale of emotional violence starring that delicious redhead Erika Blanc and the voluptuous Orchidea ‘Devil in The Brain’ De Santis. Masterful stuff that reminded me of the equally neo-gothic piece ‘Anima Persa’. An octogenarian professor hires an ostensibly deserted, dilapidated mansion for his study of rare bird call, and discovers, in true-blue gialli stylee, a stone-cold, hyper-sexual, dark tale of incest, infidelity and escalating madness. There is a decidedly decadent whiff of Hitchcock in this deadly tale of twisted desire and dreadful deceit; and it is rendered with considerably more restraint than arch schlock-meister Dario Argento.   I just discovered that Suaro Scavolini wrote ‘The Case of The Scorpions Tale’, ‘you vice is a locked room and only I have the key’ and ‘All the colours of the dark’ - so his giallo credits are unimpeachable! ‘Love & Death in The Garden of the Gods is worthy of re-discovery.

LA MORTE BUSSA DUE VOLTE (1969)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Psychological giallo concerning the erstwhile sanity of troubled artist Fabio Testi and the raft of delightful dolly birds that fall under his wicked spell. More of a why-dunnit, with an extraordinarily groovy score by the maestro Piero Umiliani.