Nov 21, 2016

Cry Uncle (1971)



When I heard that some obscure sleazy sexploitation flick named "Cry Uncle" is supposedly Oliver Stone's favorite comedy.. and it was directed by John G. Avildsen, the same guy who did Rocky and The Karate Kid... and it was written by David Odell, the guy who wrote The Dark Crystal... so, I had to have a look.  Let's see if we agree with Mr. Stone's assessment...

Oct 23, 2016

A Dragonfly For Each Corpse (1975)

A Dragonfly For Each Corpse (1975) (Original Title: Una Libélula Para Cada Muerto)

It's a Spanish film trying to be an Italian giallo - and I'm interested to see if it succeeds. As a kid in the 70s and 80s, I was completely unaware of the existence of the giallo genre;even though I was a big fan of horror flicks, these Italian horror-mysteries went completely under my radar.  Little did I know, there were hundreds of these films, and they were wildly popular in Europe.

In Una Libélula Para Cada Muerto, Paul Naschy and his gang try to cash in on the giallo craze.  It wasn't their first attempt, so perhaps this third try yielded results worthy enough to be considered a fine Italian giallo.  Let's find out.

Aug 28, 2016

Revenge of the Living Dead Girls (1986)



La revanche des mortes vivantes (original title); Director: Pierre B. Reinhard; Writers: Jean-Philippe Berger (adaptation), Jean-Claude Roy (screenplay)

It's a 1980s French film that wants to be a 1970s Italian zombie movie.  It delivers the blood and boobs, but does it have the mojo of its Roman predecessors?  Let's find out...

Aug 20, 2016

Satan's Blade (1984)



Director: L. Scott Castillo Jr.; Writers: L. Scott Castillo Jr. (original story), Thomas Cue (screenplay)

It's got a cool vaporwave synth score, a ton of Mesa College drama student boobage, and one of the best VHS covers of all time.  Surely this demands a look, right?

Aug 13, 2016

I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight (1976)



The Brits loved their cheeky sex comedies in the 1970s.  From Benny Hill to the Carry On films, the spigot was always wide open for tawdry lowbrow humor.  There was, of course, a spectrum of bad taste, with the Carry On films being the most respectable, then those bawdy Confessions films (Confessions of Window Cleaner, Confessions of a Driving Instructor, etc.), and finally the seemingly infinite wasteland of low-budget, low class sex-coms that quickly faded into obscurity.  I'm Not Feeling Myself Tonight fits squarely in the latter category.  Let's have a look.

Aug 9, 2016

The Amazing Transplant (1970)


A few things intrigued me with this one. (1) It's directed by Doris Wishman, a female sexploitation director [Double Agent 73 (1974), Nude on the Moon (1961) and Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965)]. (2) It stars future Academy Award winning cinematographer João Fernandes.  Add to that, it's a smut-filled piece of celluloid sleaze, and you've got my attention.  Let's see if The Amazing Transplant lives up to my expectations...

Jul 28, 2016

Dr. Yes: The Hyannis Affair (1983)



Why watch a Canadian drama shot on videotape that looks and feels like a lame afternoon soap opera?  I mean, look at that opening title - it's like we're ready to watch Edge of Night or Hope for Tomorrow with grandma!  The reason: it stars Britt Ekland and there's a whole lot more here than meets the eye.  This is one film destined for the rubbish heap of cinema history, but I think it's worth rescuing from oblivion.  See for yourself...