Archive for January, 2014

THE CURIOUS FEMALE (1970)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ribald exploitation with a bodacious bevvy of nubile sci-fi starlets, all doing what nubile starlets do  best: removing all their fab gear at the soonest opportunity, and, then, like, get it on to the super-fuzz, way-out beat sounds of Herr Stu Philips. While ‘The Curious Female’ isn’t on par with the work of Radley Metzger it is still hugely entertaining, and genuinely funny to boot!

Set in a not-so Orwellian future, the island of future Los Angeles is ruled by the omnipotent ‘Master Computer’ (little more than a sonorous baritone voice), and all the decadent youth must abstain from the dreadful calamity of monogamy; and it is expressly forbidden to watch stag reels from the early 20th century. Basically, one is encouraged to live a polymorphously perverse life, but should you cue up a Russ Meyer-type flick, ‘Master Computer’ blows a despotic diode and slams said errant voyeur into the clink. ‘The Curious Female’ is far more ‘The Schoolgirl Report’ than, say, ‘Silent Running’, so hardcore SF addicts would best look elsewhere (Theodore Sturgeon this ‘aint!) but fans of far-out slap and tickle will find much to enjoy in Paul Rapp’s effortlessly groovy ‘The Curious Female’.

I did enjoy seeing the nightclub Lothario do his oily schtick on one of the reluctant ‘virgins’, as he was also clearly the voice for ‘Master Computer’. There was an equally amusing sequence in a day-glo hippie ‘joint’ whereby another of the film’s ‘virgins’ was accosted by two idiotic, octogenarian bikers, and is then rescued by the most unconvincing martial artist since an especially irksome clutch of turtles took up Tai Chi. Apparently she was simply ‘looking for trouble’? Obviously this fellow was a seer, with a far more acute sense of perception than mere mortal man; as the girl in question was simply sitting in a bar huffing on a desultory fag! So, naturally, this being the late, and oh-so permissive  60’s, said lunkhead demanded the brutal sex from her that she so clearly craved, and gave her one beneath an epic, psychedelic light show worthy of ‘Holy Mountain’.

While this rather incongruous blend of clumsy SF and bawdy comedy is not exactly a masterpiece of erotica, it works brilliantly as a giddy microcosm of super-contrived 1960’s grooviness! and it would make a suitable pairing with the likes of ‘Valley of The Dolls’, or ‘Barberella’ etc.

ISABELLA DUCHESSA DEI DIABOLI (1969)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

‘Isabella Duchessa dei Diaboli’ is a camp, rambunctious yarn by stolid genre filmmaker Bruno ‘Assassination on The Tiber’ Corbucci based on a popular Fumetti (lurid comic strip) of the time. After the anguished young Duchess witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents, she is fortuitously spirited away by a loyal vassal, and is brought up as a bellicose, knife-thowing gypsy. (as an aside, I felt that Corbucci’s playful framing of this rather melodramatic sequence made for an especially effective scene) While the young duchess enjoys the open-air, free-for-all life of a rollicking Romany, deep inside her pert, pale bosom, she harbors a bitter revenge for the righteous slaying of the truly malefic Baron Eric Von Nutter; the braying, vainglorious despot, who so gleefully sacked her father’s lands and put him to the sword right before her tear-strewn eyes. And in the case of ‘Isabella Duchessa dei Diaboli’, her revenge proves to be a titillating dish, best served with liberal flashes of bravura, bare-breasted swordplay! Corbuccci’s direction is constantly nimble; and all the cast equip themselves admirably in the Swash & Buckle department, and our devilish heroine is both pretty, bellicose, and almost implausibly nubile;dispensing her singular breed of justice whilst in various states of undress. This is a hugely entertaining romp, and i’m so glad that I got a chance to see it at last. Tally Ho!

TANGO OF PERVERSION (1973)

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

An absolutely stonking example of Jess-Franco-eque titillation from sun-splashed Greece. Director Kostas Karagiannis doesn’t appear to be a sleazoid neophyte, as he directs his feisty (and not too mention nubile) cast with great aplomb, and gets on with the sordid matters at hand with admirable alacrity. This especially lurid narrative concerns the exploitative, and overtly libidinous orbits of one especially Greek male animal, Stathis; a tall, handsome, and brooding manipulator, who finds little trouble oozing his way into the innumerable confines of many young ladies undergarments, but, sharing the fate of many a svelte-moving Lothario, seems unable to keep hold of the momentary bounty bestowed upon his by this legion of  This pulpy tale of arch sexual machinations is handled well by Karagiannis, and I found myself wholly absorbed, not only by the generous wealth of exposed nubile flesh, but by these seedy, amoral characters, all of whom spiral inexorably into a glorious, Giallo-esque vortex of fervid sex and hot, bloody violence. I must admit that my initial, pre-viewing interest was somewhat perfunctory, but mere seconds into the hep-cat title sequence my fears were allayed, and ‘Tango of Perversion’ proved to be a giddy foray into murderous decadence.

SENSUALITA (1973)

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A lissome collection of euro cult’s finest hotties: Ewa Thulin, Femi Bussi, Augustina Belli star in the little-known gem of oily-palmed erotica, which includes yet another delicious score by the insanely gifted Ennio Morricone.

AUTOPSIA DE UN FANTASMA (1968)

Monday, January 13th, 2014

‘Autopsia De Un Fantasma’ (1968) is a goofy, but fun Gothic horror pastiche from sunny Mexico, that includes a veritable who’s-who of vintage US horror. John Carradine, Cameron Mitchell, and Basil Rathbone all make glorious fools of themselves in this profoundly entertaining mad scientist yarn. A hugely entertaining romp that should be a sure fire winner for all discerning lover’s of wholly obscure South American cinematic oddness!

KISS KISS BANG BANG (1966)

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Zesty, and utterly magnificent euro-spy spoof charged with an exemplary soundtrack by the legendary Bruno Nicolai and featuring a delightful performance from the wholly underrated Giuliano Gemma. Rollicking Stuff indeed!

VOODOO SEXY EROTICO (1975)

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Superbly low-brow island-set voodoo exploitation from Osvaldo Civirani, which most certainly has no-less sleazoid charm than a similarly lewd offering from the likes of euro-cult icon, Jess ‘el sexo esta Loco’ Franco, or Joe ‘The Absurd’ D’Amato. ‘Voodoo Sexy’ is engorged with an especially thrusting, supa-lubed funk score from the master of oily, waterbed groove, Lallo Gori.

DEFEKT (1977)

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

This superbly realized and darkly atmospheric thriller from Hungary is an absolute pip! While ‘Defekt’ initially appears to take considerable liberties with the ubiquitous cinematic tropes provided by Robert Bloch’s hugely influential ’Psycho’; the terse narrative nonetheless soon settles into a truly idiosyncratic, sparely-written, and decidedly taciturn, noirish thriller that makes excellent use of its slender running running time (67 mins approx) and equally meager locale. The creative photography and grimy art direction is uniformly excellent, and the supremely dark jazzoid score by Gyorgy Vukan is an absolute Lalo Schifrin-style delight! I found ‘Defekt’ to be hugely entertaining, and I sincerely hope many other similarly broad-minded, treasure-seeking euro-cult cinephiles also get a chance to appreciate this minor gem of Hungarian, jazz-fuelled terror!