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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!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


This is a weird little obscure British movie that seems more like a mainland 70s Eurotrash horror flick. Mainly because it takes place in Germany but also because it has that typical plot of a stranger(Simon Brent) in a strange village where he can't trust anyone and lots of  unexplained strange stuff happens. To be fair I have to say the crappy cheap-o DVD I watched of this was transferred directly from an old pan-and-scan VHS tape and it looks and sounds like garbage and I imagine it may have been sourced from a censored cut since it looks like whatever blood is present may have been chopped out. Even if this was in pristine condition though I'm not sure I would have a much better opinion. There's a spider goddess character(Neda Arneric) who ends up getting anyone who dares to touch her killed by spiders(of course) except I'm not sure if those scenes are just dreams or imaginary or what the hell is going on and that's the main problem with this. Also there's a pretty dumb suicidal ending which leaves things off in a pretty unexciting way. There are some creep-crawly spider hijinks and a little nude skinny-dipping but not quite enough to get excited over. AKA THE LEGEND OF SPIDER FOREST and VENOM

Italian poster! Sadly she never turns into this spider-creature in the movie:

Sunday, September 17, 2017


 I first saw this shockumentary back in the VHS rental days along with all the other FACES OF DEATH, TRACES OF DEATH etc., etc.-type videos and those all kinda blend together in my foggy memory. Just yesterday I got the opportunity to see the Japanese cut of this, which is also sometimes known under the snazzy exploitation title of VIOLENCE USA, and hear the director(Sheldon Renan) give his thoughts on making the film and what it all means to him. While this one does get lumped in with all the other shock videos that came out in the 80s I think it delves a bit deeper and hearkens back more philosophically to the mondo-movies that came out in the 60s and 70s with the main glaring exception that in this case all of the footage is actually real and mostly culled from news sources or security cameras. There is, at least in this Japanese version, a strong anti-gun bias and it all ends in a big hippie love-fest with John Lennon that kinda made me want to shoot my brains out but besides this it's a pretty compelling look at what living in a large multi-racial, easily media-manipulated western country is like when anger(or as in many cases here just insanity and/or stupidity) leads to violent outbursts. I do need to re-watch the USA cut to see all the differences besides some strange feel-good stuff with a dog playing with a Frisbee, footage of the grand canyon and a less grim-sounding Japanese narrator.

                                                                   Mexican poster!:

The perfect punk song that shows up in the film!:


 Probably the most interesting thing about this 40s gangster/crime-noir flick is that it features Jackie Gleason as one of the tough-guys in a criminal gang of bank-robbers. Having been raised on a nightly diet of HONEYMOONERS reruns it's a bit jarring seeing Ralph Kramden himself running down the police and getting into knock-down brawls with our hero character(Frank Wilcox). Mr. Gleason does turn out to not be all that bad though and has a soft spot for the titular "Lady Gangster" by the time the film credits roll, which only takes a snappy 60 minutes which is the perfect length for a fairly basic film like this. It was also pretty neat to see what turns into a 1940s version of a women-in-prison flick for a long part of it's run time which is obviously quite a bit less graphic and way more wholesome than it's 70s incarnations. An interesting watch for old-timey gangster fans.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


 This is an early Bowery Boys flick, back when they were still known as The Dead End Kids, having to do with a boxer who gets framed for a murder and ends up on the run from the law. Claude Rains "The Invisible Man" is the detective on his trail. This earlier Dead End Kids incarnation is not as comedic as the boys would become later but they're still pretty goofy in what is mostly a pretty heavy dramatic film. This was directed by Busby Berkeley who is known mostly as a choreographer of big garish musical numbers from the 30s to the 50s but there's none of that crap here and apparently he was a fellow of many talents since this is a pretty solid epic and held my attention throughout even though it's unusually long for a 1930s movie. I guess I just dig the even more serious Bowery Boys stuff. AKA THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE


Monday, September 11, 2017


 The great William Castle directs this cautionary tale about the perils of crank-calling. It mixes together, a very sit-com-like story of a couple of teenage girls having a sleep-over and a homicidal, kill-crazy fellow who just can't stop stabbing the ladies in his life. Joan Crawford does a pretty amazing job as the nagging older neighbor-lady in our perpetually annoyed murderer's(John Ireland) life.  The tone of this thing is a bit jarring with someone being killed one second and then some jaunty BEACH PARTY-style tune starts playing but it still somehow manages to work as an effective thriller and as a bonus I learned what the word "uxoricide" means thanks to some of the posters.
 There was a made-for-TV remake of this in the 80s but I've only read bad things about it.

                                      On a double-bill with a Vincent Price Poe flick!:

Sunday, September 10, 2017


 I suspected that this was going to be a shot-on-video piece of crap before viewing but it turned out to actually be shot on film, which seems kind of amazing to me since I can't imagine it was shown in theaters for very long anywhere. While I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I was going to be, the main flaw with this film is it's main "action" star Ivan Rogers(who also wrote the script) is a black fellow who sorta resembles comedian Steve Harvey, but only Mr. Harvey if he had been lobotomized and no longer was capable of displaying any human emotions or a sense of humor. This robot-like performance is sorta explained during the film by saying that our detective's wife had been raped and sliced up with razor-blades by the mafia leaving him a depressed shell of a man, though I'm not sure that what Mr. Rogers portrays is so much depression as it is a complete unemotional blankness. He does display some sped-up kung-fu and running skills which reminded me of DOLEMITE and the whole thing basically plays like a crappier/low-budgeted version of DIRTY HARRY. There's also a scene featuring a gang of murderous break-dancers and some brief strip-club boobs to liven things up. While it doesn't work so much as an action flick and many scenes are so dark you can barely tell what's going on, thanks to it only being available on shitty-looking VHS, the unintentional comedy is pretty epic and worth a look. AKA ONE WAY OUT


Saturday, September 9, 2017


 Before Jack Nicholson starred in the classic EASY RIDER, and went on to big Hollywood success, he was the main character in this way sleazier, more exploitation-y version of a biker flick as a gas-station attendant who quits his job and tags along with some Hells Angels. This leads to some criminal activities including some barroom brawling, police hassling, the occasional murder and driving squares' cars vehicles off the road because they drive too slow. Real-life Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger shows up for a second and apparently was a technical consultant of some sort. While some of the things that may have been considered more shocking back when this was released, like two male bikers smooching away or the whole partner swapping thing, might seem pretty mild today to the super-liberal mainstream this one still manages to be a pretty solid and watchable love-triangle story about some not-very love-filled people. The tunes could be a little more rocking but still worth a look for some classic exploitation of what might be the CITIZEN KANE of biker cinema.


                                Given a shorter, blunter title in this Italian? poster:

Monday, September 4, 2017


 While this may not be the best of Charles Bronson's 80s revenge flicks if you like one of them you probably will enjoy all of them and this one is no exception to that rule. Things start off pretty dire with a guy being tortured to death by having his nipples and genitals electrocuted by what is essentially a Joseph Mengele/Nazi-doctor-type and quickly Bronson, who was a retired hitman, springs back into action to avenge his friend. Lots of gun-fu and a little knife-fu to change things up happen. I kinda thought from the downbeat opening that this one might be a little darker than normal but it all kinda plays how you expect. To me though even typical Bronson from this period is enjoyable enough. I've only seen the R-rated version of this but there is an unrated cut with some extra bloody violence floating around which might improve things a bit.
 Raymond St. Jacques from lots of 70s blaxploitation shows up as one bad-ass henchman which is neat.

BRONSON will!:

Sunday, September 3, 2017


 Working my way through a box-set of  twelve 1970s pornos that I picked up recently this has, so far, been my favorite of the bunch. Probably due to the fact that it's from one of my favorite genres, the sleazy rape/revenge one. While it's a simple tale of a purse-snatching that quickly turns into a very consensual "rape" session which then leads to our main junkie character beating his victims face in for no good reason, it's the little grimy things that make this one stand out. The fact that the revenge is dished by an all-girl gang called The She-Devils is pretty cool though banging our villainous men silly before disposing of them doesn't seem like the worst way to go out. A tough hooker, a smack-shooting scene, shots of L.A. streets and movie marquees and a general feeling of 70s sliminess help round things out.
 There's another film from 1971 made by Dave Friedman called THE BIG SNATCH about a couple of psychos kidnapping 5 gals and doing naughty things to them that I guess I have seen since I've written about it here before but it might be time to revisit it since I have no memory of that viewing.

Sweet 70s stache!!:

Saturday, September 2, 2017


 This really boring porno version of a Hercules flick starts off with a really disgusting scene of a king eating a bunch of roasted chicken with his bare hands like a fucking slob while getting head from one of his servants who gets chicken grease all over her hair. If this isn't gross enough the king is a rather old-looking gent who never bothers to get an erection but none-the-less ejaculates very fake-looking semen. In fact there's a bunch more fake cumshots if that's your thing and more very dull sex between not particularly attractive(besides ol' Herc of course) folks, a couple of lesbians and some senior citizens to liven things up. Hercules gets taken hostage and sorta half-assed whipped and then the baddies get knifed and bear-hugged to death. Mercifully this thing only runs about 1 hour before we can get put out of our viewing misery.
 It looks like there was also a gay-porn version of this movie shot at the same time with the male cast members with the exact same title. Don't think I need to watch that one but even if you swing that way I doubt it could be much better.

                                                       Unenthusiastic sexual hijinks!:


Tuesday, August 29, 2017


 This cheapie 70s porn flick might have the most simplistic plot ever outside of peepshow loops, and even some of those may have had more story than this. This porn star from Australia named Pete Dawson has a problem with too many ladies to bang so he hides them each in a different room and humps them in tandem unbeknownst to each other. That's pretty much it until towards the end when his pal, Johnny "Wadd" Holmes(although I believe this was made before JOHNNY WADD), calls up and he invites Mr. Wadd over to lend a helping hand(or cock in this case). Spoiler alert: it all ends with all the chicks leaving our protagonist when they get a look at Holmes' giant schvonce. So I guess the moral is don't let your friend bang your gal pals if he has a bigger dick than you? Luckily this thing runs a little under an hour. Strangely it seems to go from hardcore to softcore from scene to scene and all of Mr. Holmes bits seem simulated. Mostly just a waste of time. AKA THE SWINGING PLAYBOY

                                             Holmes' giant schlong attracts all the gals!!:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

EUGENIE (1973)

 Super sleazy Eurotrash director Jess Franco makes what might be his sleaziest film ever! Not to be confused with Franco's earlier EUGENIE film from 1970 with Cristopher Lee, this French/German co-production tells the story of young Eugenie(Soledad Miranda) who follows her step-dad(Paul Muller) down the dark road of torture and murder of the innocent for kicks. Oh and  they're also lovers when they're not planning out snuff movie scenarios or chatting about how Eugenie's mom was killed by her just a little too jealous for his own good father-figure. As you may have guessed things don't exactly go smoothly for this pair of incestuous nuts. Franco here manages to mix the horror film with the erotic thriller(mostly due to star Soledad Miranda's amazing appearance) and come out with something repulsive yet watchable for fans of the offbeat and slimy. Franco himself also appears as the not-quite a hero, but not-quite an accomplice grimy little author who follows the pair around in what is either admiration or just fodder for his own stories or maybe both. Overall a fashionable slice of euro-grossness.  AKA EUGENIE DE SADE and DE SADE 2000

Saturday, August 26, 2017

MUTANT (1984)

 I'd seen this movie way back in the 80s on glorious VHS and even had a big-ass Vestron video poster of it on my wall. That didn't stop me from promptly forgetting all about it though. It's not that it's a bad film it's just that there were so many gorier and more memorably insane zombie flicks from this era that occupied my teeny brain. Like this one. Re-watching it today I couldn't help but think that this is what that GRINDHOUSE movie PLANET TERROR would be like if it you cut all of the retarded parts out of it. Even though there's not much in the way of bloody spectacle there are some cool elements here including a liquor-fueled Bo Hopkins as the sheriff, a gang of hillbilly no-goodnick bad-asses and they even dare to kill a kid which is something you rarely saw even back in the crazy 80s. There's also some stupid things the main one being why are these the sneakiest zombies(yes, I know they are technically "mutants" but they sure seem like zombies to me) ever? I mean they're supposed to be these blood-starved maniacal monsters but they hide around in the dark twiddling their thumbs until someone stumbles upon them and then they spring into action? Also it takes what seems like forever for these creatures to actually show up which is a bit of a drag.
 While there's a good chance I will forget this one again quickly I guess it's not a bad choice to rewatch it every few decades or so. AKA NIGHT SHADOWS

                                                That tag-line doesn't really make any sense!:

Friday, August 25, 2017


 This porn flick spoofs the behind-the-scenes antics of a film crew with, of course, lots of screwing and sucking. There's lesbianism, Rene Bond(looking especially cute with her big chipmunk cheeks) giving head, badly simulated underage sex and some not very funny attempts at comedy and it's all set to some soothing acoustic 70s jams. While not the greatest 70s porn flick and it's all very basic set-ups (housewife has sex with the pool boy, cheating husband, director's casting couch etc.) it's still the early 70s so I guess maybe this wasn't as totally cliched as it seems now plus it's only an hour long which is a good thing. There's also a surprise ending which gives the title extra relevance!

                                                        Some high-tech credits!!:
Director John Donne aka Don Greer was also responsible for the bizarre ALICE IN ACIDLAND and this biker porn.

Monday, August 21, 2017


 I assumed, because of the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-rip-off title and outer-spacey-looking movie poster that this would be some type of sci-fi porn deal, like SEX WORLD, but what you actually get is the story of some ancient piece of magical jewelry that makes people want to bang the wearer of such. So basically what this is a collection of unrelated sex scenes where the same necklace shows up. Not the most thrilling scenario or plot but I guess if you just want to see some random 70s porn clips with various classic porn stars then these are filmed well enough and the DVD from Vinegar Syndrome looks really good and crisp.


 I gave this film a pretty crappy review way back in 2012 when I caught it in a theater in New York City. Having re-watched it again recently at home under the ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER title I had almost the exact opposite reaction to it. Not sure if it was because of a shitty film-print, the alternate title being that different? or the many beers I consumed before I first watched this way back when making me extra surly, but I'm gonna just treat this like a first time viewing and write about it all fresh-like:
 This might be the most stylish of director Lucio Fulci's earlier films. Not really being a huge fan of some of his other films from this era I was a bit surprised to find this one very entertaining. This may have quite a bit to do with the super sexy Marissa Mell(best known to me as Diabolik's chick from DANGER: DIABOLIK) in the lead female role which is actually two different roles, or is it? While I suppose this is technically a giallo, it's really only barely a giallo with only one death for most of the film and it plays out as more of a straight-on mystery. You do get the twisty ending and a big reveal but it's more concerned with the journey of  a cheating husband(Jean Sorel)  and his attempt to solve the puzzle of his murdered wife. We go through a snazzy stripclub, an artsy photography studio and all over San Francisco and Paris which all show off some striking visuals that I wasn't so sure Mr. Fulci had in him. All in all I think this might be my new favorite Fulci from before he became the blood-soaked gorefather we all know and love.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017


 Kinda weird to see Lori Loughlin as a high-school kid here since I really only know here as Aunt Becky on FULL HOUSE, which came just a couple of years later, but if you want to see Aunt Becky, and her brother(Shannon Presby as Loren, who not only has a girl's name in real life but also in this movie!!)), get brutalized, almost raped and almost burned alive by a gang of rednecks and then gets some sweet vengeance then this is the film for you. Director Sean Cunningham, best know for FRIDAY THE 13th, does a decent enough job here in what is basically a dramatic thriller with some very slight horror elements(mostly involving a pitbull who rips out necks) here and there. While it may have worked better for me as a full-on rape/revenge epic it's all a little too tame for that and the super-80s soundtrack can be quite grating at times it's still done well enough and all the actors, including Eric Stoltz and James Spader(as our main hillbilly psycho-bully) do a really good job with what they're given to do. As a bonus it ends with a very slasher-movie-esque stinger that sorta hints at a sequel that never happened.

                                                 The more boring U.S.A. poster:

                                                   AKA STRIKING BACK:

Sunday, August 13, 2017


 Vincent Price overacts his ass off in this tale of a Shakespearean actor who fakes his own suicide and then goes about getting bloody revenge on the critics who gave him scathing reviews throughout the years. He's assisted by his daughter, Diana Rigg(that lady from the old British AVENGERS program), who wears some ridiculously unconvincing disguises as she tries to pass for a man several times. His vengeance consists of using deaths from various Shakespeare plays and improvising a bit when necessary. You get a few quite gruesome moments for such a classy flick(classy because it was filmed in England where people seemed classier to me anyway) including decapitation, a dude stabbed to death by dirty bums and a guy's heart ripped out of his chest. I imagine this would have been one of Price's favorite roles to play because he gets to do so much over-the-top stuff here, including my favorite the super-gay, afro-wearing hair-stylist, so that's fun to watch. There's obviously some similarities with the plot to the DR. PHIBES films but I think I like those better since this one has a long runtime(almost 2 hours) and towards the end you certainly feel it. I've also seen this film, and PHIBES, blamed for the "torture-porn" crap like SAW that came years later but that's like comparing pizza to a pile of dog-shit. AKA THEATRE OF BLOOD(classy spelling!)

Thursday, August 10, 2017


 The animal-run-amok genre reaches it's ridiculous zenith right here with this story of mutated giant rabbits that get a hankering for ripping folks(and horses!) apart with their big buck teeth. They do a good job, in the poster and trailer, of hiding the fact that the movie is actually about big killer bunnies by giving it this title that uses a term for rabbits that no one has used since ancient Rome. I guess the average film-goer in the 70s wouldn't waste their money on such a ridiculous premise but that really is the sole reason for checking this one out. I mean it's almost like they tried to find the cutest animal they could, outside of some kittens or puppies, and then try to make them seem ominous by adding some lion roars and and foaming mouths. They did give this one an all-star cast which includes PSYCHO shower-gal. Janet Leigh and Dr. McCoy from STAR TREK(DeForest Kelley) because even though this is obviously stupid idea for a movie everyone involved still gave it their all to pull it off as much as possible unlike something  more modern like SHARKNADO or MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS which I have no idea why anyone would bother watching since the filmmakers can't even be bothered to attempt to make a real movie so why should I care?

  Germany and Austria weren't as careful in hiding what species the cuddly killers were:

Elvis Lepus double-feature!!:

Just as scary as a rattlesnake!!:

Monday, August 7, 2017


 If you've been amazed by the antics of the world's smallest secret agent, Weng Weng, in films like FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY and THE IMPOSSIBLE KID, then you owe it to yourself to check out this in-depth search into the true-life story behind this incredible little fellow. While I had been warned that Weng's experiences weren't all happiness and stardom I think the film does a good job of not being bogged down in the negativity and bitterness of his treatment and does a balanced job of showing how Weng should represent overcoming ridiculous odds to make something of yourself(or maybe in this case not to feel too exploited by greedy bastards that prey on the weak!). While most of the film works to shine light on some obscure film history (and Imelda Marcos' insanity!) it all ends on a very sentimental note.
 One of the saddest things to me, with no silver-lining, in this whole movie was finding out that a majority of crazy Filipino cinema has been lost to the ages due to shitty storage practices and general lack of interest. In fact it seems that most of Weng's films don't exist anymore which really makes those few that we can see even more cherished(at least by insane-cinema lovers like myself).

Sunday, August 6, 2017

SHE FREAK (1967)

 As a big fan of the weirdo 1930s film FREAKS it's hard not to also love this 1960s re-interpretation. The great David Friedman, who stopped collaborating with the great director HG Lewis a couple of years before this, wrote, produced, and even appears in, this tale of a poor desperate waitress who gets employed with the traveling(although they seem to only travel around one area of Florida where this was filmed) carnival/sideshow. The only problem is that she vehemently hates all the freaks who comprise the "freak show". You get a midget, snake-fondling, some burlesk(yes, they spell it that way!) strip-teasing, blood, a whole gaggle of monstrous-looking folks and, if you've seen FREAKS before, you know it all has to end with some good old-fashioned revenge and a quote from the bible about "vengeance is mine, sayeth the lord".
 While this movie is generously filled with padded/boring scenes of amusement park rides being assembled/disassembled that might put you to sleep the rest of the runtime is engaging enough for lovers of the weird side of cinema and for what's basically a remake they make it different enough from the original that it's not pointless unlike almost every remake made in the last 25 years.
 AKA ALLEY OF NIGHTMARES and FREAKS! There's also a recut version titled ASYLUM OF THE INSANE which apparently had some 3-D scenes added to it which sounds like a pretty awesome idea to me!

                                                   Every woman can be a She Freak!!!

On an amazing quadruple bill with an added "S"!!:

Monday, July 31, 2017


 The movie that introduced the world to graphic, splattery gore! Director HG Lewis moved over from nudie-cuties into the world of the ol' ultra-violence and lowbrow cinema was never the same.
 I got a chance to view this at a drive-in theater over the weekend and that is the perfect way to watch this since it's how it initially made its impact on unwary patrons. While not the greatest movie in the world  by a very long stretch, its historical significance cannot be denied. The characters are all dumb as dirt, the plot, about an Egyptian caterer who's also a serial-killer trying to appease an ancient Egyptian god, is pretty thin and the acting is either over-the-top or just plain awful but for hardcore gorehounds this is ground-zero and just plain old goofy, grand-guignol fun.
 This is part of a loose "gore trilogy" by Lewis which includes 2000 MANIACS and COLOR ME BLOOD RED. AKA FEAST OF FLESH

With that Italian vampire flick!:

The whole "blood trilogy" together with LOVE GODDESSES OF BLOOD ISLAND under an alternate title. A great night out at the drive-in!:

Friday, July 28, 2017


 This is the 2nd in the Stray Cat Rock series and the first hour or so of it kinda meanders about as we follow the exploits of a gang as they get into fights with the rival rich kid gang, piss off the police by showing their bare asses on the beach and drive around in their jeep. There's also one crazy member who loves guns and old-timey swimsuits. Then for the last half-hour it morphs into a heist film where those guns come into play and we get a very WILD BUNCH-esque ending complete with a machine gun. Also Charles Bronson shows up on a billboard for Mandom cologne.
 Having watched the 3rd film in this series first and being blown away by it I'm still trying to find another one that matches that film in intensity and while this one is quite stylish and has a similarly great soundtrack I think it lacks in the plot for a lot of the run-time. There's still 2 more films in the series that I need to give a chance.
 The director here, Toshiya Fujita, would go on to direct the 2 LADY SNOWBLOOD movies with Meiko Kaji, who stars here also.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


                                     "How can you bite a lady's rear-end like that?"

 This Korean animated(and pretty badly animated at that!) feature came out originally in 1979 but the dubbed version wasn't released until the 80s. Most of the film is fairly typical stuff with a hero battling some evil alien-types(including a huge green-skinned robot that looks like a Frankenstein monster). The one thing that did stand out to me is our hero's sidekick who is a little boy robot who bites ladies on the ass if they refer to him as a mechanical being and not a real boy. Sadly this only happens once and the rest is rather dull space battles and people getting zapped with disintegration rays. There is some really odd dubbing in the English version which is good for a few laughs if nothing else.
 There are supposed to be references to the MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM show where various characters are just recycled but I've never seen that program so it's all new to me. There were a few bad guys that looked like various SPIDER-MAN or DAREDEVIL villains from the 70s comic books to give this thing a real international rip-off flair. AKA JOHNNY DESTINY: SPACE RANGER and JOHNNY DESTINY: SPACE NINJA(The producer of this, Joseph Lai, was also responsible for a gazillion of those cheap-ass retitled composite ninja VHS movies throughout the 80s like GOLDEN NINJA WARRIOR , NINJA THUNDERBOLT etc.)


The Southern California Motion Picture Council must've had a bad year: