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BR: That’s Sexploitation! (2016)

BR: That’s Sexploitation! (2016)

August 28, 2016 | By

The release of Frank Henenlotter’s documentary on the sexploitation business on home video is very bittersweet, because two of its three key participants – co-producer and Something Weird founder Mike Vraney, and legendary sexploitation producer-director David F. Friedman – passed away not longer after the film’s completion…

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BR: Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

BR: Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)

August 26, 2016 | By

In 1949, Rita Hayworth retired from Hollywood to marry Prince Aly Khan, but when the marriage began to fracture (due in part to Khan’s affairs with other women), Hayworth began to return to acting, and the pair formally divorced in 1953. Columbia’s goal was to bring back the Love Goddess in a series of vehicles tailored to her known, branded screen persona…

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DVD: Fire Down Below (1957)

DVD: Fire Down Below (1957)

August 26, 2016 | By

After the presumably middling success of her three-picture comeback between 1952-1953, Rita Hayworth After the presumably middling success of her three-picture comeback between 1952-1953, Rita Hayworth stepped away from films again, returning four years later with Fire Down Below, a peculiar choice given Hayworth’s character Irena – a mysterious, sultry dame with a shady past – disappears from the story for almost the entire last half hour…

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BR: Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)

BR: Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1959)

August 19, 2016 | By

As noted by film historians David Del Valle and Steven Peros in the first of two commentary tracks that adorn this near-perfect Twilight Time Blu-ray release, Hammer Films’ evolution to a horror icon was gradual, shifting into full gear during the sixties and seventies, but during the 1950s and early 1960s the British studio was still putting out suspense films, crime dramas, and in the case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of a franchise that never materialized…

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DVD: Cash On Demand (1961)

DVD: Cash On Demand (1961)

August 19, 2016 | By

During the 1950s and early 1960s, Britain’s Hammer Films produced blazing colour horror movies based on classic Universal monsters – vampires, mummies, werewolves – and chilling occult thrillers, but amid these sexier productions were suspense-dramas grounded in reality…

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DVD: Devil-Ship Pirates, The (1964)

DVD: Devil-Ship Pirates, The (1964)

August 19, 2016 | By

Never one to allowing a genre to go unsaturated, Hammer Films wrangled producer-writer Jimmy Sangster to concoct a pirate tale for star Christopher Lee, with the end results feeling an awful lot like a variation on the writer’s prior swashbuckling credit…

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DVD: Pirates of Blood River, The (1962)

DVD: Pirates of Blood River, The (1962)

August 19, 2016 | By

Although best known as the prime purveyors of Britain’s gothic and classic monster films, Hammer Film also indulged in a few unrelated genres – crime, suspense, and pirate (!)…

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BR: Appassionata (1974)

BR: Appassionata (1974)

August 9, 2016 | By

Bernardo Bertolucci may not have created an imitable formula for the free-flowing erotic art film with Last Tango in Paris (1972), but he certainly aided in making audiences more appreciative of, if not hungry for further adventures of older men being teased by luscious temptresses, but Gianluigi Calderone’s Appassionata takes things a little bit farther into the Wrong domain…

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BR: What? / Che? (1974)

BR: What? / Che? (1974)

August 9, 2016 | By

Italian producer Carlo Ponti (Doctor Zhivago) bankrolled the appropriately titled What? / Che? a sex comedy crafted by Roman Polanski and longtime co-writer Gerald Brach…

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BR: Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

BR: Romeo is Bleeding (1993)

July 25, 2016 | By

When Premiere magazine was in its finest form, printing a balance of ephemera, history, current interviews, portraits, and exposes, they also did an occasional tally of the ’10 best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood,’ updating the status of each as to whether a work had just been greenlit, went into turnaround…

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