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BR: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (1981)

BR: Bloody Moon / Die Säge des Todes (1981)

July 26, 2014 | By

Although promised by German producers he’d have a top American special effects whiz and a score by Pink Floyd (!), after agreeing to make Bloody Moon, Jess Franco discovered the only truth in their sales pitch was the casting of actress Olivia Pascal…

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DVD: Devil Hunter / Sexo-Canibal (1980)

DVD: Devil Hunter / Sexo-Canibal (1980)

July 26, 2014 | By

The second of Severin Films’ Jess Franco-Video Nasty couplet (after Bloody Moon) is this wan tale of a kidnapping gone awry when crooks lose their meal ticket (and sexual pin-cushion) on an island populated by a cannibal cult that periodically offer up the other white meat to a flesh-eating freak…

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Film: Linda / Story of Linda, The / Orgy of the Nymphomaniacs (1981)

Film: Linda / Story of Linda, The / Orgy of the Nymphomaniacs (1981)

July 26, 2014 | By

The second of Jess Franco’s two films for not really astute writer-production manager Erich Tomek, Linda is a classic Jess Franco mish-mash where story and coherent editing are not required, making this both a fun and frustrating experience…

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BR: Khartoum (1966)

BR: Khartoum (1966)

July 24, 2014 | By

A film clearly put into production to cash in on the success of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Khartoum’s central subject is another forgotten British hero – General Charles ‘Chinese” Gordon – whose claim to fame was problem-solving strife and divisions in Asia, Africa, and later the Middle East…

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BR: Big Gundown, The  / La resa dei conti (1968)

BR: Big Gundown, The / La resa dei conti (1968)

July 24, 2014 | By

Regarded by some as the greatest spaghetti western few have ever seen (genre connoisseurs excepted), Grindhouse Releasing’s 4-disc set is another landmark release featuring the original, rarely seen longer Italian cut, the shorter Columbia edit for the U.S. market augmented with 3 previously cut scenes, and a multitude of extras…

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BR: Major Dundee (1965)

BR: Major Dundee (1965)

July 23, 2014 | By

One of the more infamous cases of a studio taking over the post-production of a film and releasing the end product without the director’s approval, Major Dundee still bears the legendary brand of the Epic That Never Was…

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DVD: Run, Man, Run (1968)

DVD: Run, Man, Run (1968)

July 23, 2014 | By

Sergio Sollima’s sequel to his bonafide spaghetti western classic The Big Gundown (1967) is a very different animal, following thief / knife maestro Cuchillo (Tomas Milian) several months after he and Corbett (Lee Van Cleef) split directions, heading off to their respective home and native lands…

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DVD: Blue Movie (1978)

DVD: Blue Movie (1978)

July 16, 2014 | By

One of Italy’s most infamous cult directors, enfant terrible Alberto Cavallone, has been pegged by detractors as a hack, provocateur, and pornographer, but little of his work has been released outside of Europe, except perhaps Man, Woman and Beast (1977). Blue Movie, his experimental assault on cineastes and fickle audiences, is perhaps his most notorious film…

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DVD: Vic (2006)

DVD: Vic (2006)

July 11, 2014 | By

The late Sage Stallone’s half-hour film received a DVD release in late 2013, and it’s a rather bittersweet release, given the film marks the unfulfilled talent of Stallone’s obvious skills as a filmmaker, and a rare starring role for Clu Gulager, whose own career began as an up and coming actor in TV to small feature films, but dovetailed back into TV…

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‘Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?’

‘Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?’

July 10, 2014 | By

Review of Twilight Time’s great Blu-ray of The Front (1976), starring Woody Allen + quick thoughts on HUAC + upcoming reviews.

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