‘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!
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.
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!
‘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!
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)
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.