Sunday, May 19, 2013
"These aren't kids. These are morons!"
The legendary Ed Wood wrote this tale of an all-girl gang of juvenile delinquents played by 30 year olds. Wood was really ahead of his time in attempting to show debauchery and the corrupt idiocy of youth, unfortunately it was still the 50's and he couldn't really get away with showing all that much. There are still some pretty crazy things going on in this film, cop-killing, a guy who gets raped by the gang, offscreen of course, while his lady-friend is stripped and hog-tied, not to mention the wanton destruction of an innocent classroom. The dialogue, as in all of Woods' epics, is snappy and absurd and we all learn a moral lesson at the end; i.e. go back to church and stop being so liberal with your kids. A great slice of 50's ridiculousness and one of Woods best films.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Most of these 70's Italian poliziotteschi, or cop dramas for you English speaking-types, are violence-filled action movies and a lot of them just rip-off DIRTY HARRY and American films and cop TV shows. This one, although it does feature a cop taking the law into his own hands played brilliantly by Martin Balsam, was released the same year as HARRY and takes an interestingly different slant on things. It's also really more of a drama than an action film although you do get some mafia hijinks including a kid tossed off a cliff and some lady-killing. Overall it takes a pretty nihilistic slant and dim view of the way society works. It touches on some deeper questions such as when servants of the law go outside the book to obtain justice should they now be viewed as criminals or heroes? How can an officer justify enforcing the law if it isn't entirely moral? Do ends justify means? etc. Franco Nero plays the opposing force to Balsam as a District Attorney who sticks to a strict code of conduct. He's not necessarily a bad guy here just a person doing their job. I like the fact that this movie isn't black and white at all, there aren't really any concrete answers given and even the ending is completely left up to the viewer to ponder the correct course of action. This will probably disappoint hardcore trash-fiends looking for heavy-duty bloodshed but if you want to see Nero acting his ass off this might be one of the best places to see that.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
It took a few years but the punk/biker/Satanist gang of miscreants from one of my favorite Mexican movies of all time INTREPIDOS PUNKS return and get their revenge in this crazy-ass sequel. It all starts off with a jailbreak and mass raping and killings which our gang is very good at. They kill a cops whole family but stupidly leave him alive which leads to some more revenge from Mr. Policia. This is where the movie takes a turn into a more sadistic type of film since our vengeful cop, who does look a bit like a Mexican Charles Bronson, doesn't just kill gang members but kidnaps them to take them home and torture them at his leisure. These scenes sorta reminded me of something like THE DEVIL'S REJECTS where they flip our sympathies from the heroes to the villains but I'm not sure if that was actually the intent here. There's some especially nasty bits with the female members which involves some whippings and fun with acid which might be a little upsetting to more sensitive viewers and gives the film an even more misogynistic tone than it already had. While this isn't as fun as the first film it is a pretty decent sequel which goes down a darker path. There's also a bit of a cop-out ending but after the way they set everything up I'm not sure how else they coulda culminated everything without making rape-happy punks the heroes which I don't think your typical Mexican audiences are ready for even today. I guess they coulda just had a slasher movie ending, which come to think of it they kinda do.
"Lord of Hell. Your sons adore you":
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This DEATH WISH-inspired vigilante epic starts off with some Vietnam flashback action before getting down to some Bronson-esque revenge action. You get the expected rape, stupid gangs, lame-ass mobsters and a particularly violent hero who likes to blow people up with grenades and sticks of dynamite when he's not slitting their throats. There is no part 1 to this and it was given this sequel-ized title to confuse dumb people into thinking it was a continuation of the EXTERMINATOR series and basically what you get is a shittier version of THE EXTERMINATOR. That's not to say this is worthless though since it's actually one of those horribly awful but totally entertaining flicks that contains some of the stupidest dialogue ever written in an English movie and if that doesn't get a chuckle out of you you're probably way too serious of a human.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The first half of this flick is an Asian women-in-prison situation. Lots of bare asses and cat-fights are contained in this part so that's good. All the gals are little Asian ladies that look about 14 years old and also don't look very bad-ass despite whatever inane dialogue is dubbed into their mouths. One of these girls is in black-face with a curly wig on her head and I guess she's supposed to be playing a tough black chick ala Pam Grier. She's also the most annoying character in the world. At one point we find out she has tuberculosis and even this doesn't make you feel bad for this asshole. I was kinda hoping she would also come down with multiple sclerosis and whooping cough before it was all over. The shitty thing about this movie is that halfway through a couple of female prisoners escape and it becomes an overly dramatic bore about family problems or revenge against someone who slept with someone's mom or something equally dull as we follow there unexciting adventures. The director listed on this is someone named Roy Rosenberg which sounds like the most un-Chinese name possible. I'm assuming this is a made-up alias since he has no other credits. Tomas Tang might be the actual culprit here but I'm not sure.
Despite some oddball bits here and there, including mud-wrestling and pig-chasing, this one is probably something you can avoid without having missed out on much.
Typically wacko dialogue, hee hee hee!:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Cult movie specialist Ted V. Mikels brings us this tale of some female miners who pull a big jewelry robbery and get chased by some fake-looking Arabs. So the first half of this movie is a heist film. There's some mafia involvement and a guy gets stabbed to death by a ladies high-heeled shoe in a nice scene. About halfway through things go bad for our heroines and we enter the world of the women-in-prison flick. There's lots of nudity in this part, unfortunately a lot of it is rather ugly nudity involving some older and/or just not very attractive ladies. There are some very hot gals in this but strangely in many scenes they wear some very unflattering outfits. Fashion critiques aside this is a cool throwback to the times when plot and sleazy content came together in a film with enough twists to keep me interested.
This was shot around 1979 and doesn't look like 1982 at all but I guess that's when it was first released to grindhouses and whatnots. AKA WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY I
Other movies in the retitled for VHS release WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY series are:
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY II= THE BIG BIRD CAGE (1972)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY III= THE BIG DOLL HOUSE (1971)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY IV= BARBED WIRE DOLLS (1976)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY 5= WOMEN IN FURY (1985)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY 6= WOMEN UNCHAINED (1974)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY VII= ISLAND WOMAN (1980)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY VIII= FUGITIVE GIRLS (1974)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY IX= THE BIG BUST OUT (1972)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY 10= BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA (1973)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY XI= THUNDER COUNTY (1974)
WOMEN'S PENITENTIARY XII= 99 WOMEN (1969)
and there's most likely more than this
Ten Violent Women (1982) by bmoviebabe
Monday, May 6, 2013
I feel like I should be mad at this movie for fooling me into thinking I was gonna see a women-in-prison flick. This film doesn't actually take place in prison but technically the title does say "escape from..." and that's what you get here so I guess I can forgive it. Four women escape, take a busload of female students hostage and hideout in a judge's house. From there all sorts of degenerate hi-jinks ensue. The thing I like most about this film is the way it flips around the standard tropes of sleazy exploitation films and you get stuff like female-on-male rape where some tough broads call the shots. They even do a reversal of the famous "piss your pants" scene from LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT where our bossy bitches make a guy soil himself right in front of them for some yucks. Of course to even things out for Italian audiences in the 70's they threw in a more familiar gal getting raped scene too. Zora Kerova, the gal who gets strung up by her boobs in MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY, is the most familiar face here as one of our hostages in her first role. A good sleaze flick to check out if you want something a bit different from your usual prison chick flicks. The DVD I have of this is about 75 minutes long but the original uncut version is supposed to be around 100 minutes. Not sure if that cut has ever been officially released on DVD though. AKA JAILBIRDS and WOMEN AGAINST WOMEN: A TALE OF SEX AND VIOLENCE
escape from womens prison by grindhouse-Horror-Movies
Sunday, May 5, 2013
"I got my black-belt in bar-stools"
Right after COFFY(this was originally intended as a sequel to 73's COFFY) this has to be my favorite Pam Grier movie. I think it was probably after seeing this in a theater years ago that I first fell in love with the blaxploitation genre. Grier goes on a one-woman revenge rampage. Highlights among the hit-list of violent acts include a lesbian version of your typical barroom brawl, a couple of guys killed by an airplane propeller, lots of bloody gun-play, a slit-throat and it's all topped off by a castration. There's an all-star 70's cast besides Grier you get Antonio "Huggy Bear" Fargas, Sid Haig, "Hard Boiled" Haggerty of HARD TIMES and Mr. Clean fame and it's all directed by the great Jack Hill. A nice slice of 70's exploitation cinema with an equally groovy soundtrack by Willie Hutch. The original shooting title for this was BURN, COFFY, BURN! which sounds awesome!
Before there was rap there were blaxploitation trailers:
This Japanese Pink film, or Roman-Porno as these later movies are called, features some pretty amazingly gruesome violence mixed in with the multiple rape scenes. They also pack it into a movie that only runs a little over an hour which is a good way to avoid things feeling dragged out. It also seems to pay tribute to the Italian giallo genre with a black-gloved assailant. Though since there's really only like one main male character in this whole film it's not much of a mystery who the killer is. You get some eye-violence, many women are raped and then have their crotches doused in gasoline and set on fire. Our main female character stands behind her man no matter what kind of a sexual deviant he is even after raping a seemingly retarded gal right in front of her. A strange beautifully shot, typically misogynistic flick from a genre that specializes in that kind of thing. It should make you feel dirty after viewing like any good piece of art worth mentioning. The original title actually translates more closely to ZOOM IN: RAPE APARTMENTS but I guess that was an overly controversial title to slap on a DVD in these shitty overly politically correct times.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
I have this film on a DVD as part of The Pinky Violence Collection set. Now whenever I think of a Pink film I always figure they take place in modern-day(which was actually the 70's for the most part) Japan. This one takes place back in the swords and samurais days so it's really more of a period piece but they do throw in some more typical Pink film themes like rape and attempted abortion. They also feature a couple of ladies who are in a bunch of the Pinky films from these times so I guess that's why they slip into this category. This is also way more violent than your standard Zatoichi film with heads rolling, a hand lopped-off, eye-violence, torture scenes and lots of red stuff flowing. Not as sleazy as I mighta hoped but still worth checking out to fans of the more classic samurai genre with some modern deviance thrown in.
This is actually the 2nd part of a trilogy of LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series following OHYAKU: THE FEMALE DEMON and followed by OKATSU THE FUGITIVE. I've never seen any of the others but they don't seem to be direct sequels anyway but more of a thematic thing with similar characters.
This movie is the epitome of a movie that has a good end scene but otherwise completely sucks. During the climax of this film you get to see a guy turned inside out by having his head pulled out of his asshole. This might be a cinematic first and for that bit alone this film is noteworthy. There's also a big slimy orgy, a hand shoved up another guys asshole(see a theme developing here?) that comes out of his throat and a guy who has a face coming out his(you guessed it already) asshole. So you get lots of asshole action. Unfortunately the rest of the movie is filled with assholes you couldn't care less about. It seems like they just spent every dime on FX, which look amazing for the times, and figured the plot didn't really need to be coherent or anything. Also since this was made in the horrific 80's everything has to be jokey which makes you care even less. I'm sure this will appeal to people who worship the 80's and collect Care Bears or whatever but anyone who actually likes real subversive cinema with a point beyond the most simplistic should probably stay far away or just watch the last 20 minutes or so for a cheap thrill. Luckily I saw a free showing of this or it would have been a real waste.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I'm not exactly sure how accurate this film is but apparently in Italy in the 70's police officers could just beat the shit out of people while they questioned them. Must have been a crazy time and place to be a cop. Then again I imagine if cameras weren't everywhere these days things wouldn't be much different now.
There were some decent Eurocrime/police-action/DIRTY HARRY-rip-off movies made in Italy throughout the 70's but I found this one kind of un-engaging. Maurizio Merli from A MAN CALLED BLADE stars here as a bad-ass cop and Olga Karlatos from ZOMBIE shows up. There's some decent shoot outs, adequately violent deaths including a slit-throat right at the beginning and ridiculous over-the-top police action but I couldn't help but feel like I would get just as much entertainment value out of watching an old STARSKY & HUTCH episode as viewing this. Check it out if it's your thing but I didn't really find anything special about this one except that the DVD put out by NOSHAME looks really sweet.
I caught a free showing of this last night and I wasn't really expecting much since it's a new zombie movie, the trailer is kinda crappy and it has a pretty stupid title. Fortunately it's from Korea and supposedly Korea's very first zombie film and since I can't think of another one off the top of my head I'll go with that. The movie goes the anthology route and consists of six shorts stories which is a good idea since that doesn't leave a lot of time to get bored. The other cool thing about this is that each segment has a different tone so we go from bloody/comedy type stuff, to gore to action movie territory with some kung-fu fighting thrown in and you even get some more dramatic elements with a story of a lady who keeps her zombified mom chained-up in the spare room and another one about a couple of zombies in love. The movie was shot for about $18,000 so you don't get any epic battle scenes and the FX work is pretty minimal but the clear effort and enthusiasm you can see that went into this makes up for that, once again proving that if you want to see something new that's halfway decent all you have to do is look outside the U.S.