Archive for December, 2013

INSIANG (1976)

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Needlessly obscure Filipino potboiler from 1976 that merits rediscovery!

SHALLOW GRAVE (1987)

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Zesty backwoods slasher from the halcyon era of big box VHS; neon-drenched video stores; bay area thrash metal supremacy, and all-round beery goodness. ‘Shallow Grave’ (1987) is a worthy view for those who crave a sanguinary blast from the heady horror daze of the Mike Myers obsessed 1980’s!

BLOOD & DIAMONDS (1977) #UPGRADE#

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

What could possibly be more festive that a crisp W/S upgrade of Fernando Di Leo’s magnificent euro-crime starring the ubiquitous Martin Balsam and the sublime Barbara Bouchet?

CHECK TO THE QUEEN (1969)

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

‘Check To The Queen’ is a breezy, little-seen euro-cult gem starring the truly delicious brunette starlet Rosanna Schiaffino, and is also enlivened by the handsome presence of Emmanuelle alumnus, and all-round mondo icon Gabriele Tinti. The equally delightful score is by the maestro of svelte sex funk Piero Piccioni. Good Stuff!

THE SEX OF ANGELS (1968)

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

A deliciously decadent tale concerning the dark, erotic machinations of the young, and terribly bored bourgeoisie. Three lissome young  pop-tarts kidnap a lithe young man for a long weekend of LSD experimentation and sexual hi-jinks. But, it all goes wrong; or does it? The soundtrack is a marvel; everyone is impossibly beautiful, and the locations are truly breathtaking. Fine work from director Ugo Liberatore. (definitely a film that deserves to be better known)

ARREBATO (1979)

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Extraordinary, oblique, disturbing, and somewhat rare Spanish feature from 1979. This stylish piece documents the gradual subversion, and inexorable collapse of a young, dope-addled, wholly jaded filmmaker’s life. A dark, surrealist nightmare about the apparently vampiric properties of a hypnotic, phantasmagorical super-8 film that once seen is not soon forgotten! (including the viewer and main character alike!) ‘Arrebato’ is a strikingly lucid and fiercely imaginative work of pure cinema that includes some genuinely unsettling sequences; the narrative enigma grips right from the terse opening gambit, and swiftly immerses the giddy viewer in its unrelenting maelstrom of hallucinatory strangeness.

THE THIRD VOICE (1960)

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Terse, moody, noirish thriller with a great performance by Edmond O’Brien. (and, as ever, Julie London is a fox!)

WOMEN IN CHAINS (1972)

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Magnificently barnstorming W.I.P drama with an exemplary cast of powerhouse actors: Jessica Walter, and the truly legendary figure of Ida Lupino add much kudos to the proceedings. It would be marvelous if they would show films like this on terrestrial TV again; if they did, I’d certainly plug the aerial back into my telly-box again! ‘Women In Chains’ is blessed with a wondrous score by Charles Fox. A quality view for those with a penchant for feisty ladies beaten down by even feistier ladies! :)