Your Tour Guide Through Cinema Trash (and Treasures)

Apr 26, 2019

Ultimate Love Games (1998)


Satansploitation had its heyday in the seventies, then disappearing off the pop culture landscape by the nineties. Of all the unlikely places for Beelzebub to turn up, here is a late-night cable "erotic thriller".  Usually the domain of cookie-cutter stories of adultery, love-games and trite mysteries - this time we've got occult shenanigans and even the devil himself.  Let's have a look...


The Curious Female (1970)


It's the year 2427 and the inhabitants of earth are ruled by a mega-computer.  A small cult illegally watches films from the twentieth century - one being about a trio of virgins who seek deflowerment. Starring Angelique Pettyjohn wearing outfits every bit as snazzy and sexy as the ones she wore on Star Trek.

Apr 22, 2019

Lucky Bastard (2014)


A found-footage thriller about a porn site with a gimmick to allow a "lucky bastard" to appear in their movie. Unfortunately, the winner turns out to be an absolute psychopath.

Mr. Mari's Girls (1967)

A wealthy philanthropist provides financial aid to young ladies coming to him for help.  This obscure B&W oddity demands our attention...

Take Me Naked (1966)


Michael and Roberta Findlay, smut pioneers, tell the story of a homeless man who's obsessed with a lonely woman.  Things go south, as you might imagine.

Strangers Online (2009)


Actress Tara Killian was so awesome in Slaughter Studios (2002), I figured this, her last IMDb credit, was worth a shot.

Apr 21, 2019

Dr. Moreau's House of Pain (2004)


Charles Band's take on The Island of Dr. Moreau.  You'll meat a bevy of "manimals" - a charming and diminutive pig-man, a monstrous mountain-lion/hyena man, and a scorching hot cat-woman.  Let's check it out...

Pretty Cool Too (2007)



The first Pretty Cool movie was a surprising treat.  It was like American Pie, but more risque- especially the more graphic version (released as Emmanuel Pie).  Amy Brassette's insane "cat in heat" scene is among the most memorable WTF sex scenes I've ever seen on film; so, for that alone, I'd say the sequel is worth at least a look...

Apr 20, 2019

I Like to Play Games Too (1999)


Yes, it's another erotic thriller; even worse, it's a sequel.  But it stars Maria Ford and Stephanee LaFleur, promising much in the way of gratuitous nudity.  Let's give it a try.

The Psychic (1968)



The backstory to this odd, disjointed mess is described in Bleeding Skull:

In 1967, Herschell Gordon Lewis was hired by the ESP-obsessed script writer James Hurley to direct Something Weird. While Something Weird is one of the greatest gifts in human history, Hurley wasn’t so thrilled with the outcome. So a year later, he rehired Lewis to produce a reworking of the film. It was called The Psychic and filmed in Chicago. The distributor was bored with the finished film, so Lewis went back and shot some softcore inserts. Voila! Everyone’s happy! And a magnificent train wreck is born.


The Sinful Dwarf (1973)


(Original Title - Dværgen) This Danish horror flick has achieved a degree of notoriety, not due to its explicit content, but its overwhelming atmosphere of sordid despair.  This is an exploitation flick of the bleakest variety.  Let's have a look - but don't say you haven't been warned.

Apr 7, 2019

Come to My Bedside (1975)


Original Title: Der Må Være en Sengekant!, Sexy Symphony in Italy, and Come to My Bedside in North America.  The usual Danish players are here: Ole Søltoft, Annie Birgit Garde, Søren Strømberg and others.  Would you believe this is the tenth Ole Søltoft flick covered on VZ1?  I can't help it.  I've developed a real love for these risque romps from Denmark.

Apr 4, 2019

Private Lies (2000)



Well, here we go again, folks.  Another erotic thriller - perhaps the least respected genre ever.  The late eighties brought them on (along with Silk Stalkings, basically the erotic thriller made for TV), and they were a mainstay for late-night cable - especially "Skinamax".  The plots were all very contrived and precious little differed from one movie to another - always a murder, inheritances, adultery, etc. featuring sex scenes with terrible background music (new jazz or hair-metal guitar noodling).

Despite their reputation, I find them enjoyable.  The T&A factor is rarely lacking, and they provide the same earnest cheesiness you find in old-school exploitation films.  But the genre never quite garnered a cult following (yet); there are no zombies, vampires or horror elements, and the subject matter always is pretty "meh", offering little in the way of the oddball creativity you might find in a Russ Meyer, Jesús Franco or Ed Wood Jr. flick.  So, with precious little to latch onto, I can understand their current low-tier status.  But they're day is coming, so let's have a look at an example - complete with generic forgettable title, a trademark of the genre.

Nymphs (Anonymous) (1968)


An underground women's organization will stop at nothing to serve its members, the Nymphs - even if it means making house-calls to satisfy their fetishes.... or to "off" a husband who just isn't getting the job done in the bedroom.  It's an odd campy romp that warrants a look...


Joë Caligula (1969)


Joë Caligula is the coolest sociopath in Paris, but he's angered a bunch of elderly gangsters and they want revenge!

Apr 1, 2019

Crack House (1989)


It's a Quentin Tarantino favorite and it stars Richard Roundtree and Jim Brown, so it's definitely worth our attention.  Plus, it stars Playboy Playmate Cher Butler and Luke from General Hospital as a sleazy guidance counselor.  Let's check it out...

She Freak (1967)


A David F. Friedman production, and remake of Tod Browning's Freaks. "Behind the Tents and Tinsel of a Monster Midway Something Barbaric Occurs on the ALLEY OF NIGHTMARES".

Night Nurse (1979)

Original Title: L'infermiera di notte; An Italian sex comedy starring the usual suspects: Lino Banfi,
Alvaro Vitali, Jimmy Il Fenomeno - and the sex object to be lusted after is not Fenech this time, but another drool-worthy actress, Gloria Guida.