Mar 29, 2020

To Be Twenty (1978)

Ninety-nine percent of this movie is just a couple of free-spirited hippie girls frolicking around Rome and enjoying the sexual revolution.  The other one percent is the darkest, most horrific shit I've ever seen.  You'll see what I mean.

Oh My! (1979)

(Original Title: Ay Aman Of)  Loosely based on the Irving Wallace book The Fan Club (1974), about obsessed fans who kidnap an actress.

The Stigma (1984)

(Original Title: Damga) is a Turkish rape revenge movie, almost exactly like the so-called "Turkish Death Wish", The Executioner (1975).

Seven Husbands (1979)

(Translation: Yedi kocali) I presume this is spiced up adaption of the landmark film of the same name which took Yeşilçam (Turkish Cinema) by storm in 1963.  This one, doesn't make any profound commentary and is just a simple sex comedy - but it does star Zerrin Egelier, undisputed queen of late seventies Turkish exploitation films. So, let's have a look.

Fallen Women (1979)

(Original Title: Aga Düsen Kadin)  It's another Turkish exploitation flick starring the great Zerrin Egeliler.  Once again, we find Egeliler's character a tragic figure, forever abused by countless men.

Death Circle (1978)

(Original Title: Ölüm çemberi, AKA Kanlı Hayat - Bloody Life) is another Turkish exploitation film starring Zerrin Egeliler.  A maniac has escaped from a mental institution with intent to kill Zerrin Egeliler and the girls that work for her.

Mar 28, 2020

Slave of Satan (1979)

(Original Title: Seytanin kölesi) A Turkish film also released as Devil's Covenant.  However, there's nothing satanic about this film whatsoever.  It's a pretty standard run-of-the-mill soft core sex film.

Çapkinlar kirali (1978)

There was a long series of Turkish sex comedies starring Aydemir Akbas as the bumbling sex maniac Yedi Yürekli Şaban.  I actually love these, and plan to get to them all in due time.  We'll start the series off with Çapkinlar kirali (1978) which features goddess Zerrin Egeliler as a maid.  How can we resist?

Honey Almond (1979)

(Original Title: Bal badem) Starring Turkish exploitation queen Zerrin Egeliler and directed by Çetin Inanç, the man behind the infamous "Turkish Star Wars".  The story is about a poor shopkeeper who keeps getting abused by horrible Turkish men.

Crazy Woman (1978)

(Original Title: Çildirtan kadin) Zerrin Egeliler is one of the greatest exploitation stars of the late seventies, yet even cult cinema-philes outside of Turkey haven't heard of her.  She was in a ton of Turkish sleaze, and I hope to get to many more of her films.  She's not only a voluptuous fox, she's an incredible actress.  Yeah, this film is nothing but a bunch of horrific rapes in the vein of a "Last House on the [fill in the blank]" movie, but is worth watching for the Egeliler factor. If only they would start releasing these Turkish exploitation movies on Blu-ray; there's a surprising amount of them, and they deserve restoration.

Mar 27, 2020

Private Private (1970)

An adult film about a PI and a bank robbery... but none of that matters.  The film features Rene Bond, so that's reason enough to take a look.

Mar 26, 2020

L'escot (1987)

Laura Conti plays a radio host who relates sexual stories from her own life, and gets banged by her coworkers.  Not a porno - not even close.  More like a music video with a bit of nudity.

Senza Buccia (1979)

A trio of rich Italian youth encounter a couple of Norwegian nudists.  Nudity ensues.

Flying Acquaintances (1973)

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Tomcats (1977)

I Spit on Your Grave came out in 1978, but there were many similar films that led up to it.  In fact, there's a whole genre - the rape-revenge film.  While this one doesn't quite reach the levels of horror as I Spit on Your Grave, but it does have dumb redneck rapists for the audience to desperate route to have what's coming to them, and then some.

Den Lyubvi (1990)

When you think of rape-revenge exploitation cinema, you don't think of Soviet Russia.  Yet here it is; every bit as grimy and problematic as the midnight drive-in shows in the states during the seventies.  It makes me wonder if there's a whole world of Russian exploitation films out there yet to be explored. It was made at the tail end of the USSR under a government coop program.  It has the look of a film made a decade or so earlier - it certainly doesn't feel like 1990.  But it is Russia, so....

Mar 25, 2020

The Erotic Adventures of Zorro (1972)

A David F Friedman production in the vein of Lady Godiva Rides (1969), The Notorious Cleopatra (1970), and The Ribald Tales of Robin Hood (1969). Featuring some of the top names in early seventies sexploitation: Kathy Hilton, Becky Sharpe, Starlyn Simone, Lynn Harris, Linda York, Jacqueline Giroux and Peggy Church.

Spaceship Erotica (1986)

The Electric Blue series aired on the Playboy Channel throughout the 1980s.  Episode 43 had a fun sci-fi story 

Voodoo Passion (1977)

AKA Porno Shock; It's not a porno, and it's not shocking.  It is a Jesús Franco and Erwin C. Dietrich collaboration - mostly involving women of middling appearance getting naked in Haiti.

Mar 24, 2020

The Fur Affair (1970)

A cheap and grainy adult film about... well, you know what it's about.  Starring no one of interest, featuring nothing of interest... except maybe to scholars of porn history.

Sleazy Rider (1972)

"He treated women like garbage and they loved him for it." A biker movie that lives up to its name - wildly sleazy and chock full of problematic material. 

The Revealing of Elfie (1974)

Original Title: Mädchen die sich hocharbeiten; An Erwin C. Dietrich film starring Marianne Dupont, who is basically never not naked in this film.

Between the Covers (1973)

Original Title: Liebe zwischen Tür und Angel - Vertreterinnen-Report (Love between door and hinge).  A Schulmädchen-Report style movie, featuring sex-themed vignettes. This one relates the various tales of door-to-door salesmen.

The New Beverly Hills Girls (1991)

Okay, so this film deserves a bit of an explanation and backstory.  This film originally came out in 1986; this is the exact same film, but it's been heavily edited.  So, watching the original would be much preferred... if you can get your hands on it.  I haven't been so lucky.  Still, even with the edits, we get some quality scenes from Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer, so might be worth a look...

Mar 23, 2020

Matinee Wives (1970)

A couple of bored housewives decide to explore their sexual appetites outside of marriage. Featuring sexploitation regulars, Barbara Mills.and Luanne Roberts. 

The Sexpert (1972)

A strange film about an eccentric geek who tries to become a "Sexpert". Featuring appearances from Rene Bond and Sandy Carey, as well as Jamie Lyn Bauer.

Adventures of a Taxi Driver (1976)

One day we'll reach the end of the "Confessions of..." and "Adventures of..." British sexploitation films.  Thankfully, that day has not yet arrived.  So, we've seen confessions and adventures of plumbers, window cleaners, handymen, and now add taxi driver to the list.

Attack of the Virgin Mummies (2004)

Sure, it's a cheesy stupid movie about foxy mummies, but it's just nice to know they still make horror themed softcore films - even if it is with hardcore actresses.  

Getting Into Heaven (1970)

An odd little exploitation film starring Uschi and a couple other gals; directed by Edward Montor, the man that would produce a ton o' films in the 1970s and 80s including: Grizzly (1976), Day of the Animals (1977)The Fifth Floor (1978), Karate Killer (1978), Don't Go In The House (1979), Pieces (1982), and the list goes on.  This was on of only two attempts at directing.

Mar 22, 2020

Mulheres... Mulheres (1981)

A Brazilian film that's as surreal as it is erotic.  Film studies students could have a field day interpreting this on.  I'll just add that this may hold the record for the most full frontal nudity by the most actresses on VZ1 thus far.

The Young Nurses (1973)

Who knew there were so damn many of these films?  The Student Nurses (1970), Night Call Nurses (1972), Candy Stripe Nurses (1974)... they all followed a set formula of chronicling the adventures of group of women.  The framework was almost like an anthology - and included other professions such as The Student Teachers (1973). It all started with the ridiculous success of The Stewardesses (1970), which was made for $100K and made $25 million by 1970! A ton of similarly formatted films soon hit the drive-in.

Amori, letti e tradimenti (1975)

I've been a fan of Marisa Mel ever since I saw her in Danger Diabolik over twenty years ago.  So, it's definitely about time we get to one of her films on VZ1.  This Italian Comedy's plot is the traditional "dumb yokel outwits the pompous urbanite"  - where a humble shepherd gains the upper hand against the greedy landowner. 

Breezes of Love (1982)

Original Title: Brisas do Amor; another Brazilian "pornochachada" - a combination of telenovelas and softcore porn.

Rollerbabies (1976)

In the future, sex is banned due to overpopulation.  So, a TV show is produced which helps the population masturbate.  The show involves people skating and screwing... and that's yer plot.

Take an Easy Ride (1976)

This film's main distinction is that it masquerades as a British Public Information film.  In fact, you'll wonder, even when the film is over, whether this was actually a government funded production on the perils of hitchhiking.

Sexual Malice (1994)

Another erotic thriller from our man, Jag Mundhra.  Yes, this genre is easily the most formulaic and contrived - but they're supposed to be.  You don't want to pick up a Harlequin Romance and find that it's written in the style of William Burroughs or James Joyce.  No, there's something nice about knowing what to expect and just enjoying the experience within the comfortable framework of the genre.  This is that film - solidly following the "Silk Stalkings/Basic Instinct" playbook and giving us a serving of "the usual": dangerous affairs, simulated sex and murder.

Mar 21, 2020

In Search of Lost Dust (1982)

(Original Title: En Busca del Polvo Perdido) From Director Enrique Guevara - the man who gave us the comedies What A Mess They Got Me Into! (1980) and A Permit To Flirt (1980) - a series of vignettes revolving around a sex therapist.

Mar 20, 2020

Emanuelle's Revenge (1975)

This violent revenge film doesn't fit the Emanuelle series at all.  Originally titled Emanuelle and Francoise, this Joe D'Amato and Bruno Mattei, two exploitation masters, really put the hammer down on this one and go for broke.

Mr. Peters' Pets (1963)

A socially awkward pet store owner obtains a potion which can turn him into animals.  What does he do with this power?  Spy on naked girls, of course.

A Virgin Among the Living Dead (1973)

Jesús Franco ranked this among his favorite films, for its creativity and the fun he had making it.  The next few decades saw the film chopped-up and edited in a multitude of releases.  Finally, the "director's cut" came out - but still bearing the title Franco hated.  Indeed, it doesn't quite fit this film; however, it's so damn surreal and other-worldly, I'm not sure if any title would do.

Swedish Fly Girls (1971)

The title isn't quite accurate, as this is Danish... but close enough.  It stars the always gorgeous Birte Tove.  If you liked her in Bedroom Mazurka (1970) and Bedside Dentist (1971), you really need to check this one out, as she spends a lot of this film sans clothing. The story deals with a young flight attendant, her many trysts, and her troubling past.  Let's have a look...

Last Cry (2001)

Released on DVD as Sexual Predator, and on cable TV as Dangerous Desires - possibly the most generic name of all time for an erotic thriller. It stars Angie Everhart and Richard Grieco, so worth a look...

Licensed to Love and Kill (1979)

Yet another James Bond parody; a sequel to No. 1 of the Secret Service (1977), with the Charles Bind character played by Gareth Hunt of The New Avengers (1976-1977).

Happy Highschool (1986)

Original Title: Las colegialas; an Argentinian sex comedy starring Susana Traverso (from Barbarian Queen).

Mar 18, 2020

Roxanna (1970)

Featuring a lot of early sexploitation regulars (Uschi Digard, Monica Gayle, Lynn Harris), with a rocking acid instrumental, the film focuses on a mentally screwed-up girl's sexual experimentation.

Mar 17, 2020

Delinquent School Girls (1975)

AKA Carnal Madness; It's about as inappropriate and "unenlightened" as they come. Mixing comedy with rape, and ogling high school girls at every turn - this movie will make you run frantically for your safe-space. Three criminal lunatics break loose and terrorize a girls' school; politically incorrect comedy and problematic tomfoolery ensues.

Mar 15, 2020

The Blood Rose (1970)

AKA "La rose écorchée"; a French horror flick from 1970.  The French had a thing for the "Eyes Without a Face" trope; it's an interesting storyline - especially in the hands of a talented director like Claude Mulot.  As you might expect, there's plenty of of stunning Euro babes, Gothic settings, and surrealist weirdness to be had. It makes for an interesting watch, to say the least.  Let's have a look...

Britt Blazer (1970)

Well, you can tell from the title screen (and lack of any movie advertising), this is an el-cheapo production.  However, it does star some sexploitation heavyweights of the day: Bambi AllenAnnette Michael, and Barbara Mills

In For Life (1970)

Such an obscure title: I couldn't find a single movie poster, newspaper ad, VHS cover, etc. - and the film doesn't even have a title screen. It's a Women In Prison (WIP) flick, and one of the cheapest I've seen (and that's saying something).  It features Phyllis Stengel, so that alone makes it worth watching.  Also starring Annette Michael, seemingly in blackface; plus music by The Doors - so, let's have a look.

Sunnyboy und Sugarbaby (1979)

This German film (released as She's 19 and Ready in the US) got a surprising amount of airplay during the early days of cable.  It stars the great Gina Janssen and features some ABBA-esque Euro-hits such as "You're the Greatest Lover" by Luv'.  Definitely worth a look.