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A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!

A mad journey into the mind of the depraved!
Recommended for devolved primates only!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


 Set to the groovy tunes of Davie Allen and The Arrows(who I know from the awesome soundtrack to THE WILD ANGELS) this is the tale of a farmer(Jack Lester) who gets himself a young wife(Beverly Lunsford). He mostly treats her like crap so she gets the hots for the hunky, but also slightly retarded, farmhand(Jim Reader). So we get a love-triangle situation that leads to a weird ending with people chained in a basement and redemption through the act of screwing the local tramp(Virginia Wood). There's a skinny-dipping segment that uses the song "Birthday Suit"(which I recall from hearing when I was a little kid on the cartoon THE CATTANOOGA CATS which is a strange connection).
 A pretty good dramatic weird sexploitation flick from just before the XXX explosion came into being. AKA TENDER GRASS and WIFE/CHILD

At the drive-in with a Bert I. Gordon comedy!:

Drive-in triple feature with an early 60s crime thriller (which isn't a biker flick) and an old 50s horror flick!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


 For what's mostly a silly sexploitation flick this one has a pretty bleak ending. Without giving too much of anything away I'll just say ii involves a couple of murders and a suicide. Not exactly the way you would think a film of this type would end up but that's cool. The plot concerns an older gentleman named Shug (whose name reminds of that rap guy Suge Knight) who wants to trade in his lady friend for his young niece, named "Baby Doll", because according to Shug(short for Shugfoot) incest is just a word. But surprisingly to the old fella, she's legally his, you guessed it, common law wife. There's lots of drama and love-triangles(rectangles?) to wade through but it does have a sweet climax. I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10 if I rated things like that.
 This was directed by cult fav Larry Buchanan who would go on to make a bunch of clunky sci-fi flicks throughout the 60s.

Sunday, April 16, 2017


 I guess technically this should be titled UNSCREWED BRIDE but that title might not have gone over well back in 1966. The story deals with a newlywed couple that can't consummate their marriage because every time the groom hears or sees something related to a Mother Goose story he passes out and apparently in the world of this film people are constantly referencing fairy-tales which makes things rough. For a film that seems to be marketed as sexploitation this is pretty tame with no nudity and fits more into the lame sex-comedy category. Comedian Henny Youngman shows up for a second to call someone at a drive-in(that's showing nursery rhyme cartoons, of course) stupid and old-timey shock-jock Joe Pyne has a couple of lines. This was directed by the producer of THE BLOB so The Blob gets name-checked. Overall this is a pretty dated and not very funny film that's only saving grace to me was some cool L.A. go-go dancing scenes which hardly made it worth the time. AKA MOTHER GOOSE A GO-GO


Sunday, April 9, 2017


 OK, so this was originally a Mexican serial featuring a masked(very Lone Ranger-like) hero battling various foes and they spliced 3 of these episodes together and released this. Because of this it does get a bit repetitive watching this as a feature-length film. On the plus side they do jam pack three ridiculous monsters into it including a ratty-ass Wolf man, or Lobo Humano in the native tongue, a vampire who has a hairy Wolfman-like face and frequently turns into a big rubber bat on a string and finally a Headless Horseman who manages to regain his big paper-mache head before battling our hero with the cool skull-covered shirt. There's tons of day-for-night shooting which leads to our vampire worrying about the sun coming up while clearly standing in bright daylight with shadows all around him. The werewolf has a unique way of transforming where he first completely turns into a skeleton before becoming a Wolf-Man. It's all very silly and watching this in a theater it was a bit difficult to stay awake during some of the drawn-out parts but worth checking out if you want to seem some obscure Mexican monster weirdness.
 The director here, Alfred Salazar, is the brother of bigtime cult Mexican actor Abel Salazar. He also made some Aztec Mummy movies and a few Santo flicks. He has been dubbed the Mexican Ed Wood and that's not too far off from the truth.

No matter who our hero is battling his solution is just to punch the hell out of his enemy!:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


 This is a weird Mexican flick that's all over the place. It starts out as a wacky western musical comedy with a dad and his two sons who call themselves The 3 Musketeers and get into bar fights and other shenanigans. Then shit gets serious as one of the sons gets brutally murdered and a Satanic horse brings him back from the dead in exchange for the father's soul. I think this part is based on some Mexican folklore/legend thing and this tale has been done more than a few times over the years. It finally ends up being a sort-of EXORCIST rip-off as they try and get rid of this new violent(towards people and animals) and rapey devil-man. While certainly not a Mexican horror classic I found it worthwhile for it's weird disjointed plot line and it's probably the most artsy film that director Federico Curiel(who also made a few Santo flicks) did.

There was also an earlier neat-looking comic book featuring our black Satanic Devil Horse!:

Saturday, April 1, 2017


 Never heard of this New Jersey-based mobster flick until I found it at the local video store on glorious VHS for 33 cents. Gotta say it was definitely worth the purchase. Reading up on this it turns out this is the film that Martin Scorsese discovered Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent in and this seems like it overall would be an influential movie on later mafia stuff like GOODFELLAS and the SOPRANOS series. The main character here(Lou Criscuola) even has that young seething Robert DeNiro-vibe going on. There's also a strong Eurocrime-feeling you get while viewing this. Sadly this is not more well-known since it is such a strong entry into the mafiosa/hitman genre but it looks like it's out there really cheap so pick it up if you like watching wiseguys getting bumped off. AKA FAMILY ENFORCER, THE COLLECTOR and THE ENFORCER

The cheap-o DVDs all try and cash in on Joe Pesci being in this even though he's not the star:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


 Being a big fan of the movie STRAY CAT ROCK: SEX HUNTER I finally got a hold of the DVD box set with all the other films in this series. DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS(not to be confused with the other DELINQUENT GIRL BOSS series made by a different rival studio) is the very first film in the Stray Cat Rock series and while it's not as amazing as the 3rd movie it still offers similar thrills involving an all-female gang of violent Asian ladies. It moves a bit slower and a lot of scenes are filmed in the dark but the ultra-stylish very 60s-feeling club music scenes are cool and you get the expected catfights, gun violence and crazy camera angles. I've heard these films start really cranking with the next movie so I need to get to that one pronto.  AKA FEMALE JUVENILE DELINQUENT LEADER: STRAY CAT ROCK

The Stray Cat Rock/Alley Cat Rock series(amazingly 4 of these were churned out in the same year!):

5. STRAY CAT ROCK: BEAT '71 (1971)

Monday, March 27, 2017


 Director/animator Ralph Bakshi followed up his classic FRITZ THE CAT and HEAVY TRAFFIC cartoon flicks with this mostly animated, but also some live-action, version of a blaxploitation movie. It starts out with the unforgettable tune "Nigger Man" sung by the great Scatman Crothers, from there we get Scat and a younger buddy attempting a prison break and while this goes on he tells(and we get to see in cartoon form) the old story of Brer Rabbit but updated to a very urban environment with some crazy violence and sex thrown in. The whole film is a statement on being race in America. It is a film that was made in an era when being offensive was not seen as the ultimate sin as it is in these sad days. While it may seem most offensive to black folks on the surface due to the characterization and stereotypes on display it does not give very positive depictions to the white police or the Italian mafioso-types either. In fact I'm pretty sure the design and intent of this film is to offend everyone watching and therefore at least make some people think after viewing. Of course this would be wasted on today's audience which will never lay eyes upon anything that makes them in the least bit uncomfortable.
 A couple of stars beside Scatman include Barry White and his smooth deep voice and Philip Michael Thomas(aka that black dude from MIAMI VICE). Give it a watch if you're not an overly-sensitive, politically-correct piece of human-garbage(aka almost everyone still alive in 2017) or you just dig weird psychedelic cartoons. AKA STREET FIGHT and re-released as BUSTIN' OUT



                                                  The less offensive title:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


 While it's true that the world doesn't really need anymore zombie movies in it I figured I would give this one a chance since I am generally a fan of modern Korean horror flicks. I'm glad I did because this one is a pretty entertaining watch. There are some highly unlikely scenarios including people fist-fighting their way through gangs of zombies and surviving similar impossible scenarios but that's what can happen when you mix high-speed action movie with horror. They manage to make you care for the passengers on this train through zombieland and there's a couple of nods to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD(the big one being that the main asshole character is named Mr. Coo in homage to NIGHTS' Mr. Cooper). One detriment, which seems to be mandatory with these newer Korean films, is the length of seems a bit long while viewing it but at least they kept it at only 2 hours so it coulda been worse. If you can deal with modern action and some zombie antics that might remind you of that stupid WORLD WAR Z(which is actually a movie I've never even bothered to watch but I have seen the dumb-looking trailer and that was enough!) give it a look.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017


 Hammer studios horror involving a cult of vampires who set their sites on a honeymooning couple. As with many of these old Hammer flicks this one is pretty dull. You do get all the classy stylish Hammer touches and vampire chomping action you would expect and there's a big ending involving angry bats that was cool. Uniquely there is a way to be saved after being bitten by a vamp according to this movie. It involves a magical seance and a priest and if you can't get those two thing apparently you can just burn the bite marks right away and you will be just fine. Maybe it's all just a little too stodgy and classy for me, and there's no Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing to be found, but I'm sure all the old-time horror fans still love this one.
 There is a supposedly longer version of this titled KISS OF EVIL.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Handy vampire facts!:

Hammer double-feature spook-show!:

Sunday, March 12, 2017


 Being more of a fan of the reality-based 70s Shaw Brothers films than their later 80s fantasy-filled epics this one is a bit of a letdown. The story is mainly about a marriage gone bad and a grudge that lasts for like 20 years and it involves lots of kung-fu and wizardry/magic-fighting between a martial-arts master who's haunted by his ex-wife. There's also a master swordsman and the daughter of our blood-sucking, body-possessing ghost-lady who drive the story. In addition to these 4 folks there's also about 10 zillion other characters to try and keep track of which is a little rough. If you are a fan of 80s wackiness though this is filled with lots of flying around on wires, explosions and the usual great Shaw studios sets even if there's not really much in the way of any good actual kung-fu.


Saturday, March 11, 2017


 The follow-up to Hammer's 1st Dracula movie. In this one Dracula is already dead so we don't get any Christopher Lee returning instead we get a Baron Meinster(David Peel(not to be confused with the New York hippie singer David Peel)) as our lead vampire and a bunch of his lady-vampires. So I guess technically this should be titled THE BRIDES OF MEINSTER but who the hell is gonna watch that?  Anyway we do get Peter Cushing back as Van Helsing and since it's a Hammer film everything looks really great including the sets and the leading ladies. This doesn't really live up to the first film and doesn't get as sexy as the latter films but still a decent monster romp for a Saturday afternoon.

Paired on an unlikely double-bill with this film about the perils of teenage pregnancy!:

The other more rocking David Peel!:

Friday, March 10, 2017


 One of the sleazier Shaw Brothers movies. This one is a women in prison flick set during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. The story concerns some Christian nurses, including a few white chicks, taken captive and put through the ringer by those evil Japanese. While it's not quite as insane and there's way less pubic hair than it's Eurotrash counterparts there's still quite a bit of sleaze to please the typical pervy viewer of this stuff. We get whipping, raping a blind lady on broken glass, boot-licking and some all-around general torture all set to one weird-ass snazzy soundtrack. It also all culminates with a bunch of gun, sword and kung-fu fighting veering things slightly towards the more standard Shaw Brothers style.

DOLLS around the world!:

ASYLUM (1972)

 British anthology written by the guy who wrote PSYCHO(Robert Bloch) and released by Amicus studios featuring a bunch of big English names like Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Charlotte Rampling and Britt Ekland. Oh and that guy in the wheelchair from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE(Patrick Magee) whose strange over-acting style I always enjoy. The main story involves, you guessed it, an asylum, with a bunch of wackos who don't seem all that nutty except that they all tell these ridiculous stories which we get to see play out in individual segments. There's a wife murderer, a magical life-giving suit, a brother murderer and a little killer robot(which is the story that seems to stick in people's memories the most out of these). While British horror isn't my favorite this one is OK, especially for something rated PG, and is so inoffensive you could probably show your grandma and not worry about freaking anyone out. Also there's some nice wallpaper that I couldn't help but notice during some of the more boring scenes.

 Released in America as HOUSE OF CRAZIES:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


 Director Roberta Findlay's first foray into the world of 80s horror after doing a bunch of pornos going all the way back to the 60s. While there are a few segments that keep this from being a total waste it's not her best work(that would be TENEMENT made this same year). The plot kind of melds a story of a serial killer with the tale of a haunted ghostly planchette( that thing you put on Ouija boards) that makes people kill themselves(was this the inspiration for WITCHBOARD??). There is some gore to be seen, the blood does flow pretty freely but there is one early prostitute murder sequence that seems very censored and cuts away before anything graphic happens for some reason.
 The oddest thing about this whole movie is the psycho murderer is played by a heavyset woman(Pam La Testa) whose voice is overdubbed with this weird sounding Divine-like drawl and she is constantly referred to as a man up until the scene where she disguises herself as a waitress. So I'm not sure if she's supposed to be some kinda tranny but it definitely adds a unique element here.
 I was lucky enough to catch this at a screening where Miss Roberta did a rare appearance along with one of the stars, Pam La Testa, which was great to see and did give me this fond memory even if this is probably not something I'm ever gonna watch again.

Monday, March 6, 2017


 Pretty unnecessary remake of the John Woo action classic and Mr. Woo is a producer here.
 While this a good movie, done really well, with excellent acting and lots of crazy gunplay towards the end I would still say the original tops it. For one thing there's no one as charismatic as Chow Yun-Fat here, for another, like most of these modern Korean action flicks, it's over 2 hours long with a lot of dramatic downtime in-between gangster fights and explosions. Still if you're a fan of the original and aren't disgusted by the very idea of a remake this one does Korean-ize things and change some stuff around. There's also a pretty nihilistic ending which is something I'm usually a fan of though I don't think it worked all that well here. As usual stick with the original formula.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


 Rather dull FRANKENSTEIN-rip-off flick from England. The main problem here is that our titular mad doctor, who is actually named Doctor Blood, doesn't bring his walking corpse creature to life until right near the very end of the film so most of it taken up with a bunch of talk about ethics and morals. Not a formula that will deliver maximum thrills and excitement. There are a couple of scenes where the naughty doc is doing heart-removal surgery(you see unlike Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Blood transplants hearts instead of brains) on fellows who are still alive in a comatose state and have their eyes open during this procedure which is at least a horrific thought even if it's not really depicted all that shockingly. This is one you could most assuredly skip except I believe it's a public domain title and therefore in every collection of cheap-o horror DVD's and on many cheap-ass horror hosts programs out there.

Rated X in England where just about every horror film seems to have been similarly rated!:

Friday, March 3, 2017


 This one is kind-of a porno rip-off of the Tarzan story, except that Tarzan, called Evor here, instead of being a little boy raised in the jungle by apes is in fact an immortal being created by God at the same time that he made Adam & Eve and instead of throwing him into the Garden of Eden he made Evor go into the jungle with no chicks at all. The main plot concerns a couple of hippie/criminal types who massacre a whole village of Evor's native pals and steal some jewels that just look like worthless trinkets. This is not the only thing that you will have to use your imagination with since all of the acting is up to typical 70s porn standards. There's a bit of unexpected bloodshed here as our baddies continuously try and snuff Evor by multiple gunshot wounds and by having his genitals chomped on! Ouch! There's also tons of 70s pubic hair that end up filling ladies mouths during a couple of the lesbo scenes. Evor's pal Chico the gorilla who is a guy in an ape suit with a real black cock sticking out of it that gets to hump a few ladies which makes for some memorable spectacles. Quite a unique melding of crime, jungle-sploitation and fuck flick that you will remember after viewing.
 One odd thing about this is that everytime Evor has a sex scene they do close ups on his genitals and it's clearly John Holmes junk or if not a very close facsimile of it.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


 One of the most influential movies when it comes to all the action movies, buddy-cop movies, vigilante flicks and many of the anti-hero characters that followed. Not to forget all the Italian poliziotteschi(crime) movies that hoped to emulate this classic. Clint Eastwood makes the smooth transition from westerns to gritty urban thriller. There's also some pre-politically correct Hollywood examples of racism thrown in to make the character more realistic. The psychopathic Scorpio character is a genuinely creepy degenerate that you can't wait to get his comeuppance and the ending is a nightmare to many of the more ultra-liberal types out there. A young girl gets offed, a schoolbus full of kids gets threatened and Harry does much gun-fu.
 There were 4 official sequels to this and a whole mountainous heap of rip-offs.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


 The Hitchhiker, Edwin Neal, from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE plays a homicidal, armor-plated, mask-wearing victim of the nuclear age in the far off future world of 1980s Austin, Texas. This movie starts off like an 80s teen-sex comedy complete with frat-boy pranks before our stupid main characters end up on the "bad" side of town where no-nuke protesting punk rockers have taken over. Things then take a turn for slasher movie territory and the whole thing sorta feels like a shitty version of THE WARRIORS as our gang of knuckleheads, led by main jerk/musclehead Steve(who's name they repeat quite a bit), have to battle their way back to the safety of the frathouse. Marilyn Burns aka Sally from TEXAS CHAIN SAW is also a member on the punk side of things. Some blood is spilled and clunky fight scenes ensue. The main problem most people have with this thing is that the memorable movie poster, and VHS cover, art by H.R. Giger is way better-looking than anything that appears in the movie but if you can overlook this it's an ok dumb 80s action/horror thingamajig with some horror legends. The other problem is that it feels almost like 2 different films shoehorned together but as a lover of genre-melding I don't view this as much of a negative. AKA SPLATTER

This German VHS cover looks a little less classy:

To further play up the Giger/ALIEN connection this was retitled NIGHT OF THE ALIEN:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


 I was led to believe that this movie was half a romantic drama and half a slasher flick. It's really mostly a love-story/artsy drama and then gets into the slasher territory only near the very end of it's run time. It does start out pretty crazy, a la THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES, with a suicidal sliced wrist. It's also a pretty good looking film that chronicles a descent into madness. I will also give this film extra credit for having the couple behind me at the theater walk out when the blood started to fly. I've only seen that reaction at this theater, which shows mainly artsy-fartsy stuff, once before and that was also an Asian movie, BUNMAN: THE UNTOLD STORY, but I wouldn't put this one in the same category as that violence-fest since only one kid gets slaughtered here as opposed to a whole family of children. A bit slow for my taste but it does pay off in the end and apparently it offends inner-city art-film lovers so that's always a plus!

Super dramatic opening!:

Sunday, February 19, 2017


 I know Terence Hill mostly for his spaghetti-western roles but he did do a few other things like this Euro/American superhero comedy with Ernest Borgnine as a pair of cops. I also know director Sergio Corbucci mainly for some great euro-westerns including the original DJANGO but he also did dabble in many other genres. This is a movie that played many times on HBO back in the 80s so I feel like it's something I've seen in bits and pieces a bunch. Having seen it all in one sitting now I find it to be an OK dumb comedy along the lines of typical American 80s comedies except there's no boobs in this. There is mostly just a bunch of slapsticky superhero hijinks resulting from Hill getting various super-powers after a getting radiated by a bomb that goes off near him and it's great to see Borgnine freaking out and seemingly having a fun time making this thing. There's also a silly soundtrack where they sing "Super Snooper"(which is the British title of this) over and over again. Check it out to kill time on a hungover Sunday morning.

                                                         "SUPER SNOOPER!":


 This movie starts out with Roman Polanski chatting about snuff movies, then the middle section, which makes up most of the movie is a German fake documentary(mockumentary?) about the porn industry(this part reminded me of one of those German SCHOOLGIRL REPORT movies). Finally everything is wrapped up and we get a post-ending sequence where a guy with a shopping bag on his head, like The Unknown Comic, tells us about how he, and a film crew, got high and made an "actual" snuff movie while some gory outtakes from LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT play to show is what a "real" snuff film looks like.
 It's such a strange idea for a movie that I would recommend this just for the oddness of it all. The middle part does drag a lot and it takes what seems like forever, with a few goofy parts to chuckle at, to get to the big finale and "THE END, AND THE END OF ALL HUMANITY" as it nicely puts it. AKA THE EVOLUTION OF SNUFF

Gong Show snuff director!:

The Japanese poster really jams a lot of stuff into one image:

and the Italian poster looks very classy!:

Sunday, February 12, 2017


 Some aliens who seem a lot like Earthlings and speak excellent English are on a mission to raise giant lobster-monsters, to be harvested later on for food, on the Earth. One of them is a rebellious "teenager"(who seems to be in his 30s) who runs away, falls in love with an Earth-lady(Betty Morgan) and screws everything up for them. The aliens use a cool ray gun that makes flesh disappear and leaves nothing but a skeleton behind(kinda like Tim Burton's MARS ATTACKS). Clunky acting, silly dialogue and dumb stuff abounds but hey it was still the 50s so you kinda know what to expect here.
 The lobster-monster went on to rape Divine in MULTIPLE MANIACS and some of the background music went on to be in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

Pretty sure this movie was the inspiration for this lovely tune although they never actually say they are from mars in the film:

Sunday, February 5, 2017


 This is the other movie, along with THEY CALL HIM BULLDOZER, that make up the tiniest of all subgenres; the Italian football-sploitation film. This one sees a football player's daughter getting arrested somewhere in South America, sent to a dirty prison run by Henry Silva and then getting rescued by her dad's whole team, led by coach Ernest Borgnine. The crazy part is that our heroes go on this daring mission completely decked out in their football uniforms, with machine guns and kick footballs with grenades inside of them at their enemies. It's quite the spectacle and combines sports and action movie in a pretty unique way. Martin Balsam and Charles Napier show up in small parts to add an even more American-feeling to this wacky Italian flick. Despite the fact that this came out in 1991 it really feels much more like an 80s action movie so give it a viewing if you're into that sort of thing.
 In Japan this is known under the title of MAD TOUCHDOWN which seems way more suitable!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


 The 50s giant-bug movie meets the alien invader movie and as a bonus you get Forrest Tucker being a suave mother-fucking ladies man! The alien invader here is actually a good guy who helps out our team of nerdy scientists with his raygun. On the big bug(or "cosmic monsters" if you will) side of things you mostly get a bunch of blown-up, superimposed cockroaches, an ugly spider and a lizard who scoots by for a second. This is one of the better British-made 50s sci-fi flicks and probably the least boring of the ones starring Mr. Tucker. There is one scene that really stands out and doesn't seem like it belongs in a movie made in the 50s nat all where a soldier gets his face chewed right off down to his exposed skull by one of the over-sized insect monsters! This one is worth a watch just for that spectacle. AKA THE STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


 This starts out as REEFER MADNESS except about alcohol instead of weed and not as entertaining. Towards the end our main screw-up, Fred(Noel Reyburn), shoots up dope out of the blue in a wacky twist. It all ends up getting very Jesus-y for the big climax. It's overall pretty dull overly-dramatic juvenile delinquent-scare stuff(even though all the "teenagers" look way too old for the parts they're playing).
 The director here, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., went on to make THE BLOB which is a way better 50s movie with old-looking "teenagers" to watch.
 The original version of this film, made back in 1945, was titled TWICE CONVICTED (not sure if that was ever released) but then they added some footage at the beginning and end and slapped that snazzy FLAMING TEENAGE moniker on it.