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The Frighteners (1972– )
9/10
Very dark and original.
30 May 2017
This show is "Tales of the unexpected" nastier brother. Much darker than anything seen in similar 30 min format TV shows. Some of the endings left me saying "Holy Moly!" When audiences in the USA in 1972 were watching stuff like Night Gallery and saying "Gee, this is great", audiences in the UK were treated to this anthology show that was original, and dark. Not sticking to too well worn TV tropes THE FRIGHTENERS showed what no holds barred TV was all about. Only running 13 episodes, at 24 min each episode, this show is as good as it gets for this type of TV, I wish there was more episodes, but sometimes less is better. The ultimate theme of each episode is Man's malice towards one another, so no ghost stories, or anything dealing with the supernatural, just human's being nasty to each other.
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7/10
Anthology of ghost stories
6 February 2012
An old man of the village tells kinky ghost stories to a few of it's inhabitants after all the kids have gone to bed. What follows are stories that have horror elements and some soft-core nudity thrown in. Soft-core porn Director Li Han-Hsiang is in familiar territory here with mixing period piece sets with a sex hungry succubus and various other typical ghostly incarnations.

Although many Shaw Brothers horror films have a very creepy set pieces, this one sadly lacks in that department. Fans of Taiwanese sex-symbol Chin Hu, or Shirley Yu may want to give this one a spin.

Typically Shaw Brothers were churning out films like this at a prodigious pace and I found Director's other film RETURN OF THE DEAD from the same year, a much more effective horror story.
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6/10
A good waste of 90 min!
14 April 2010
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New Terminal Hotel is a film about a writer who explores the dark side of murder while living in a seedy hotel. Various characters come into his life and he disposes of them one by one. Tiffany Shepis plays the Writers Agent, constantly snooping around looking for his latest, greatest script, Eventually she gets too close and gets implicated in his crimes. Some good performances by various cast members create an interesting film with a good brutal conclusion. Corey Haim plays once of the writers victims, his role in the film is really painful to watch cause of his really bad British accent and I was actually quite glad he dies so I didn't have to suffer through much of it. Stephen Geoffreys plays the writer/killer and is pretty solid. Watch Erza Buzzington, he really rips up the screen with his performance, and has some of the best lines in the whole film. Overall it was a good waste of 90 min.
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5/10
Lana Turner In Drag
8 June 2006
Warhol had a stage in his film-making career where is appropriated names from golden age movies that he must have been enthralled with as a child. Warhol during this brief cycle attempted to film depictions of off-screen lives of some of his most fondly remembered stars. Films like HEDY (1965), HARLOT (1964), LUPE (1965), and MORE MILK EVETTE (1965) showed us what it was like to be these stars out of the limelight, lounging around at home.

'More milk Evette' is about Lana Turner, played by a notorious drag queen named Mario Montez, need I say more?

This film was made before Chelsea girls and does not have any of the great characters in it that make a Warhol film watchable. This film originally premiered at the factory but was projected on the wall with another film. This was done during a time when Warhol was experimenting with multi-projections of his films. A number of Warhol's films were shown sometimes in single projections, sometimes in double, sometimes superimposition's; or to confuse the matter even more he would take two 30 min films and play them side by side to create one 60 min film.
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another category 3 flick.
8 December 2001
Yep, another category 3 flick that does not fail to nauseate! The story focuses on two brothers, one good and one bad. Well, the bad one is real bad. He likes to smoke crack while singing songs about raping women, in fact he's pretty big on raping his wife in front of his parents when he comes home from jail every few months. He also likes to put cigarette buts out on his son when his family members won't give him money to buy crack, gamble, and go to brothels with. Soon enough the good brother can't take it anymore and a bloodbath ensues. The end. Very hard for some to watch. I recommend this for the seasoned horror and exploitation fan only! A modern classic? Take it for what you will.
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Amazon Jail (1982)
Great Women in prison film.
20 June 2001
Young women are kidnapped in the amazon by Brazilian satanists, whose goal is to sell them to the highest foreign bidder. Some of the girls manage to escape but are pursued by their captors. In order to gain their freedom, the girls must outwit their captors. Bringing the film to a sleazy climax. Lots of nudity, lesbianism, and chessy dance numbers, the usual stuff you see in a good WIP film. Thats 'Women in Prison' for all you cinema illiterates.
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J.C. (1972)
When Society Turned against him, he made his own society!
20 June 2001
With a religious fanatic for a father, the last thing J.C. wanted was to follow in old Pops footsteps. So to Escape his background he becomes the leader of a bike gang. Then one night, while tripping out on some harsh drugs with his biker buddies, he preaches a sermon asking that his followers (his tripped out biker buddies) to head west with him. They get no further than his home town before a headlong confrontation between the establishment and the Prophets.

This film is the usual run of the mill Bikersploitation film, with it's average dose of violence and general bad behaivour.
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Relentlessly Pessimistic.
18 June 2001
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SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!

In case Ichikawa's anti-war message wasn't completely clear in HARP OF BURMA he reiterates here in FIRES ON THE PLAIN, some would say his most grimmest film. The hero of the film is part of the Japanese Army who are outnumbered on the Phillipines. They retreat and are without food, he snaps and kills a villager over salt, kills another because she was scared, also murders the "monkey meat merchant" who's really selling human flesh to the famished army men. The original source is a novel by Shohei Ooka, who used the ww2 backdrop against a message of hope through Christianity.

Director Ichikawa scrapped all the religious propaganda and even ends the film with the Hero walking into sure death, instead of being saved by his newfound belief in God.
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Very Unusual and hard to find Nuclear Holocaust Film
16 June 2001
What happens when 2 ordinary couples, find themselves caught inside a bomb shelter as nuclear destruction ravages their civilization. Their emotions, once suppressed, explode in the sweaty confined quarters, and they begin to viciously attack each other. At last the final barriers between civilized man and the animals are ripped apart. This film has lots of gore and decomposed bodies of people who did not survive the nuclear attack, a very grim Nuclear holocaust filmed in Spain. Very Hard to find I watched under the video title Refuge of fear.
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Green Inferno (1973)
Cheesy Spanish Produced Exploitation film.
16 June 2001
This Cheesy movie is about a strange man named Franz who lives deep in an underground cavern surrounded by immense wealth and luxury. He causes havoc and unrest among the native tribes and a team of "skilled multi-national secret intelligence agents". These "Agents" are recruited to investigate the uprising and eliminate the problem. Too make things short there is many killings throughout the film. The guy who directed this movie once Directed the Great Paul Naschy in a....you guessed it a Werewolf Film.
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5/10
Landmark Biker Film!
30 May 2001
Wild Angels is a landmark biker film, the first one of it's kind that dealt with such a brutal form of biker gang. This film started a cycle of biker films back in 1966, each one trying to outdo its predecessor in sheer volume of violence, sex and of course theater grosses, (Al Adamson doing it quite nicely I thought with Satan's Sadists).

When released initially it was banned in Denmark of all places, known for being one of the most liberated countries in the world. The Film was released in various running times, most edited to take out some of the more violent, racy bits.

Bikers in this film and many to follow would never again be looked as good guys until 'Easy Rider' many years later.
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The Beatniks (1960)
"A pulsating story of modern youth-defiant-explosive"
27 May 2001
Maybe for the time is might have been, especially with a tag-line like that. This pretty obscure film is about Bad singers, Sleazy Talent scouts, teen gangs, robbery and general pandemonium. No Beatniks here, really. Ginsberg and Kerouac probably couldn't believe what they had wrought-this certainly was not it.

If you want to see a better example of one of the so called "beatnik" films that were created around 1959 to 1961, (where Exploitation Producers latched onto popular media phrases like "Beatnik"), check out The Beat Generation starring Mamie Van Doren, or Beat Girl starring a then unknown Oliver Reed. Although these were not about 'niks they had a somewhat inkling to what a "beatnik" was.

As with all exploitation films very few of the catch phrases and trends used in marketing the films were used very accurately, nevertheless the films did make obscene amounts of money because they were presented to the public within a few months of a trend that was in high gear.
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The Defilers (1965)
6/10
Early Roughie from Lee Frost and David F. Friedman.
25 March 2001
Although quite tame by todays standards, this early roughie produced by the king of Exploitation David F. Friedman, and Directed by Lee Frost (Director of such drive-in classics like Love Camp Seven, and Chain-gang Women) is still enjoyable to watch if your a fan of Exploitation films. The story goes The Defilers are two hedonistic young men who, just for kicks, abduct a sexy blonde (Mai Jansson) as their own personal sex toy. They keep her in a litter, graffiti infested basement room, and when she does not go along with their plan, they beat her unmercifully until she submits. There is not much nudity this film (or Defiling as the title suggests), too risky for those innocent times when nudity on the screen was a big deal. Even the violence in the film is just downright cheesy in this day in age. But fun nonetheless to watch. The Opening sequence with a cool Jazz score is so cool!! They do not make films like this anymore. A lost art.
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4/10
Another expose on Prostitution, and how good girls should always stay home!
3 November 2000
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Willis Kent produced this film with famed exploitation producer Louis Sonney, it's a story about a hard working woman named Majorie who works in a laundry plant trying to support her lazy family. She gets into an argument with them when she wants to go out one night and have some fun, after all she is the main breadwinner and should be untitled to some fun. So she goes out, meets a boy and gets thrown out of her home (stupid family, they threw away free money). The Boy she meets keeps telling her that he will marry her as soon as his divorce to his ex-wife is finalized...but months pass and nothing comes of it. Next thing you know her boyfriend is pimping her at Fat Bearl's Brothel, from which she eventually escapes. She tracks down her pimping boyfriend and kills him in and some Dame that he was setting up to his next sugar mama. The film ends with the jury debating whether she should go to prison or be set free. Interesting enough at the films close there is a chance for viewers to send in a essay that argues fair verdict, with a possibility in winning 1000 bucks for the best answer!

Filmed at a time when the depression was in full swing, public feelings and paranoia was not as high as in the early 20th century about white slave traders. Exploitation films dealing with the subject matter were rampant during this time when Lucky Luciano was busted for prostitution rings. In fact it was Lucky Luciano who was often portrayed in these films under a thinly veiled guise, as being solely responsible in shady dealings of white middle-upper class women being abducted and made to work in seedy brothels.
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7/10
a film like this can only be made in the wild and wacky 60's.
3 November 2000
This film is pure Exploitation that tittalates the viewer with nudity, drug abuse, abortion, and lesbianism. Mr. Mari's is a filthy rich philanthropist who spends his days giving women in trouble his money. Stella a junkie gets raped by a black drug dealer, looking for help she visits Mr. Mari, he happily obliges her with some smack which she then shoots up sitting on the john, I mean toilet, then does a little gratuitous striptease for the viewers pleasure. After that little incident another one of his girls comes over and pleads with him to pay for an abortion she needs cause her school teacher decided tutoring her was not enough. If thats not weird enough a lesbian comes over and confesses to Mr. Mari that her lover (who is blind!) will leave her when she gets her eye operation, What does Mr. Mari Do? he marries them!!! Now for the climax Mr. Mari invites all of them over one night and watched them all fight to the death for him while he laughs hysterically throwing money at them and saying "thanks girls..thank you". This black and white obscure oddity is a film that will never in a million years be made in the politically correct climate we live in today, so enjoy it if you can find it anywhere.
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The Red Kimono is an expose on prostitution!
3 November 2000
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The Red Kimono is a story about the white slave trade and supposedly the true story of Gabrielle Darley. Gabrielle is seeing a boyfriend, her brother rats her out to Pops, but he thinks it's all right cause if she gets married to him he won't have to feed her. Blinded by love she gets dumped by her boyfriend at a brothel in New Orleans, she manages to get away from the saucy Madame, and travels across the country in search of him. She finds him buying a wedding dress for his new sweetie, and shoots him dead. Finding nowhere to go she returns to New Orleans but is saved from going back to the brothel by getting hit by a car. Eventually she is re-united by her true love, a chauffeur to Mrs. Fontaine a 'high society' broad.

Mrs. Wallace Reid did this film to follow on on a previous film called 'Human Wreckage'. This film was also supposed to be set in pre-WW1 days but clearly has a 20's look and feel to it.
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7/10
There will never be another Lon Chaney!!
3 November 2000
This is an awesome film, Lon Chaney is so creepy looking as the gangster 'Black Mike'. When Lon Chaney is on the screen you can't get your eyes off of him, his facial expressions and body gestures speak a thousand words. Not only was he brilliant as the gangster he also plays another role as a chinese servant, (a somewhat similar role he would reprise 2 years later in the film Shadows) the transformation is astonishing! Thats why he is called a man of a thousand faces!

The story is about Black Mike's attempt to frame an affluent citizen in a crime, and then have him turn against the law because of his time spent in jail as an innocent. Most of the story focuses on the man's daughter who turns to a life of crime by stealing some expensive jewelry. There is tons of swindling and double crossing in this film.

This Film Directed by 'Freaks' Director Todd Browning is a tense thriller that can still keep you riveted to your seat. It is most saddening that many of Lon Chaney's films are lost, the quality is pretty bad on this one with last reel being totally washed out. Something must be done to restore all of these films or we will loose an integral part of film history, and one of best actors ever!
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Narcotic (1933)
Leave it to Esper to make a ground breaking anti-drug film!
2 November 2000
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Leave it to Dwain Esper to make a ground breaking anti-drug film where you can see wild drug parties, cocaine snorting, and people actually injecting smack into their veins. Esper who made a ton of money off of anti-drug films is also responsible for the hilarious Reefer Madness, and Sinister Harvest, pulls of a film with more production value and camera tricks than anything previous and since.

The story is a simple one, it is about a Doctor who gets addicted to opium, gets run over by a doped up cabbie, winds up in the hospital only to get hooked on heroin!! As he binges more and more often, his wife leaves him, then to top it all off he gets gun and whacks himself!! Like all anti-drug films of the 30's and 40's the ending is never a happy one, and this film is not the exception!

At the start of the film you see the doctor getting high with his caucasian looking Oriental buddy, rather than blame the Oriental, (which would have been convienient for the whole anti-drug activists at the time saying that opium is a eastern drug brought over by evil Chinese, but politically un-correct) the film focuses on the doctor's weak will, and demanding profession as the main factor in him getting hooked.

With the grim ending it's probably safe to say that this scared many people originally as they sat bug eyed in the dark theaters, but today is rather campy stuff just like Reefer Madness, in fact it is the un-believability of the whole story that makes one giggle.
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Stay away from the city farm boy!!
2 November 2000
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THE PACE THAT KILLS is your typical anti-drug film from the 20's, it shows the evils of the big city that are always insidiously corrupting good old rural farmboys in all ways imaginable. The story consists of a good 'ol farmboy (Eddie) who moves to the big city and meets a co-worker at his new found job (named Fanny), Fanny gives him some of that wowee zowee white powder to cure his headache. Eddie and Fanny get fired for being higher than a kite on a clear Kansas sky. Soon Cocaine is not enough for Eddie and Fanny so they start doing morphine, opium, and if that's not enough Heroin!! SPOILER ALERT So, Eddie then finds his long lost sister in a opium den, tries to take her home, narrowly gets busted by the fuzz, then finds out Fanny killed herself because she was pregnant with his kid, so what does he do...he kills himself, and then a final title card says "how many mothers-how many sweethearts are waiting for the boys who will never come home?" well since urban centers are always shown to be evil in these anti-drug films, the answer is simple KEEP HIM AT HOME!

It is interesting to see that this film portrayed Cocaine as a stepping stone for more harsher drugs, (instead of showing Marijuana being the classical beginner drug) since cocaine is already pretty high up there on the harshness scale for narcotics. Also interesting enough Willis Kent the movie maker re-made this exact film in the 30's as a talkie (Cocaine Fiends 1935).
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I a Man (1967)
5/10
I' a Man is Warhol's answer to I'a Women.
1 November 2000
I' a Man's title is taken to be a spoof on the previously released Sweedish film called I' a Women. Warhol wanted to do something similar but with a man in the main role.

I' a Man belongs to WARHOL'S third stage as a movie maker, (the first being the silent static shots of inane objects and people, the second being sound with camera movements, minimal narrative). This film shows more narrative structure and character then the one's prior to it. Morrissey's Influence is obvious with the in the camera edits.

I' a Man is about a man's various interactions with different women in and around New York. In one scene there is Nico from Velvet Underground fame staving off Tom Baker's advances. The most famous scene is with the notorious Valerie Solanis, (She was the deranged lesbian who tried killing Warhol shortly after this film). Tom Baker tries picking up Valerie (who looks rather boyish) in the stairwell of her apartment. This particular scene was wonderfully re-created for the film 'I shot Andy Warhol'

Although I' a Man is not boring to watch, such as Warhol's earlier stuff, it does have a tendency to make your mind wander when watching it. The film really is pretty disjointed, and does lack a story. But what makes this film interesting is the Characters assembled for the film. Like with all of Warhol's films, it's never the story that people look for, but the real infamous and famous characters that were part of the 60's counter-culture. And believe me there are plenty in this film.
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Mom and Dad (1945)
The most notorious Exploitation/Sex Hygiene film ever made!
1 November 2000
Mom and Dad is far the most successful exploitation/sex-hygiene film ever made, and not because of it's subject matter or it's production value. The main reason this little $65.000 film made over 22 million dollars in just under 11 years was because of Howard W. "Kroger" Babb, his carny like showmanship and unwavering promotion would always get 'em in the door, or as he would say "you gotta tell 'em to sell 'em". Shot by William "One Shot" Beaudine on a old Monogram lot in Hollywood over the course of a week, This film would go on to make Kroger Babbs tons of money.

The story is a simple one that would be copied by many others afterwards to capitalize on it's popularity. It's a story about a high school student who gets pregnant by a airplane pilot, he dies in a plane crash. Knowing she's in trouble and about to give birth, she confides in her high school teacher, but the teacher rats her out to her parents, and her parents get the teacher fired because she answered sex hygiene question in class?!?!. So, mother and daughter run away to another town to have the kid, the teacher gets re-hired and starts a class on hygiene. Experts are brought with films on childbirth and VD to the school to teach the little kiddies!! But to foil a happy ending the girl who was pregnant gives birth to a stillborn child, and I guess everyone lives happily ever after.

Although this film is nothing special or sensational, it was the marketing of it that made everyone come to it. The shows were segregated by gender, attendants posed as nurses and handed out booklets on sexual hygiene, all this added to the expectation that what audiences would see is something special. When audiences were sometimes letdown, a square up reel was shown (a square up reel is another short film afterwards, typically something really hot). Usually the square up reel was a live childbirth scene, (or something more sensational) that more than likely gave the audiences some satisfaction in seeing this film.
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No greater Sin is a film that brings into the open the scourge of Syphilis!
1 November 2000
No greater Sin is a film about the scourge of Syphilis. Although a regular run of the mill hygiene film, it was marketed as a exploitation film. No Greater Sin has all the trademarks of a regular hygiene film, the do's and dont's with lots of melodrama added in. The film takes place somewhere in a small community in the USA, nearby there is a army base. The films warns it's viewers about the dangers of diseased soldiers. Although made in 1941, a year when sex hygiene films were getting greater approval from the MPPDA, this one was not granted a seal. Too watch it now, one wonders why??
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Maniac (1934)
3/10
one hell of a Disjointed viewing experience!
31 October 2000
This film has no cohesive story, go figure it's an exploitation film, and as a true exploitation film it provides an abundance of spectacle. Maniac is about a......well a maniac. Throughout the film intertitles appear that define aberrant mental states (dementia, praecox, paranoia, etc..). Spectacle is furnished scenes such as a man popping a cats eye out of it's head and eating it, two women lounge about in their underwear, two women fighting with syringes!! Finally the last two scenes are nudie strip scenes, and are inserted for titillation sake only! Suicide recovery, cat chasing mouses, mad scientists, and a guy ranting "rats eat raw meat--you know, cat carcasses...so the rats eat the cats, the cats eat the rats, and I get the skins", are all part of this disjointed viewing experience everyone should see!!
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Tormented (1960)
5/10
I loved this film despite it's cheese factor.
30 October 2000
I thought this movie had a cool story, although a bit over done many times since and before.

The scenario goes a little something like this, A man kills his wife and she comes back piece by piece to Torment him.

The movie's most memorable scene is when his wife's head comes back to haunt him, taunting him to craziness. Bert I. Gordon, (who in the past Directed films like The Cyclops, Amazing Colossal Man) wrote the story and even worked on some of the special effects, which were not to bad I might say.

With the obvious low-budget, it's amazing what Gordon did. Mind you one cannot go into watching this film expecting Oscar worthy Performances. Expect the worst, that way you won't think it's too bad.
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5/10
By far Herschell's great gore-fest!!!!
27 October 2000
This film is by far Herschell Gordon Lewis's most goriest films. The carnage does not stop in this one, there is a women's face getting ironed, another gets her head deep fried for about a min., need I go on.... This movie does have a light tone to it despite the gore, this being his last one he directed the evidence of total parody is not missed. Old Hersch is obviously making fun of himself in this one. Watch for the toast scene is the most hilarious thing I have ever seen!! Got Milk??
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