Monthly archive September, 2012
A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)

A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)

When I first mentioned A Slit-Mouthed Woman (or Carved, as its also known) to my Japanese-born partner, she pointed out that it was based on a famous Japanese legend. This 2000s version of the Slit-Mouthed Woman – the Kuchisake-onna in Japanese – is a melding of two versions of the legend. In Japanese mythology, the...
Blood Orgy of the She Devils - US poster

Blood Orgy of the She Devils – US poster

This beautiful cinematic poster for the schlock classic, ‘Blood Orgy of the She Devils’ is one I frequently return to.! Movie: Blood Orgy of the She Devils Director: Ted V. Mikels Country of movie: USA Year of movie: 1972 Country of poster: USA
Maciej Cwiek's 'Video-Disc' (1986)

Maciej Cwiek’s ‘Video-Disc’ (1986)

This week’s ‘clip of the week’ is actually a short film by the amazing Polish animator, Maciej Cwiek. Rather than discuss it at any length, I suggest you just watch it and enjoy. – Matthew Revert
Muzan-E (1999)

Muzan-E (1999)

  NOTE: For those wanting the subtitles, I was hosting them here, but I was asked to remove the link by Unearthed Films who have a DVD release in the works. Sorry. Some months ago, my lady partner and I began working on subtitles for the infamous Muzan-E – a film by Daisuke Yamanouchi (Red...
Las puertitas del señor López (1988)

Las puertitas del señor López (1988)

There is an odd place where exploitation, history, and freedom of expression intersect. Las puertitas del señor López (Mr. López’s Little Doors) is a film that comes precisely from that intersection. The title comes from a comic strip that first appeared in 1979 in El Péndulo, an Argentinian magazine that published science fiction and fantasy...
Welcome to the Video Nasties #5

Welcome to the Video Nasties #5

The following nine films represent the remaining films from the official video nasties list. Beyond this official list of 39 films was a list of 33 more films that were ultimately non prosecuted (despite some effort). The following films are also noteworthy for the inclusion of several Italian horror heavyweights, such as Argento, Bava and Fulci. Find...
The Big Heat (1988)

The Big Heat (1988)

  THE BIG HEAT Hong Kong, 1988, Johnnie To/Andrew Kam I love a great opening to a film. Probably my favourite of all time is the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It is such a massive spectacle and sets the scene for a movie which follows suit brilliantly. A great...
Necrophobia (1995)

Necrophobia (1995)

I spent most of my childhood in the Netherlands. It was a great place to grow up, and I still miss it even after twelve years since leaving. In all the time I spent in the Netherlands, I don’t remember ever seeing a Dutch horror film. Perhaps it was do with Dutch ideologies of sex...
BMX Bandits - East German poster

BMX Bandits – East German poster

Some pretty fantastic posters came out of East Germany back in the day. Similar in their creative energy to posters that were coming out of Poland and Czech Republic, East Germany advertised movies in ways that would never be dreamed of in their native countries. Just check out this awesome poster for Australian masterpiece BMX...
Slowmo madness in Video Violence

Slowmo madness in Video Violence

I recently picked up a great DVD (and VHS) set from Camp Motion Pictures, titled The Basement after one of the films in the set. I did not go straight for the titular film, instead I dug into Video Violence (1987) – or Video Violence… When Renting Is Not Enough, if you want to go...
Pigmon (ピグモン Pigumon)

Pigmon (ピグモン Pigumon)

NAME: Pigmon (ピグモン Pigumon) FIRST APPEARS IN: Ultraman, Episode 8: The Lawless Monster Zone DESIGN FEATURES: – the floppiest wrists in existence – a sad face that shows quiet reserve for his inevitable death – a red-fungal exterior – a sometimes-attached pink balloon SKILLS: – distracting the enemy and, in the process, getting crushed to...
Las 7 Cucas (1981)

Las 7 Cucas (1981)

There is a fine line between comedic exploitation and drama, and Felipe Cazals’ Las 7 Cucas dances on top of that line for 87 minutes. A wonderful mix of Benny Hill-like humor and somber drama with more than a hint of social commentary, Last 7 Cucas is an enjoyable combination of elements that work very...