The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972, Blu-ray Review)

Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Blu-rayaka La maldición de Frankenstein

Director: Jess Franco

Cast: Howard Vernon, Beatriz Savón, Anne Libert, Alberto Dalbés

Redemption Films / Region A / Unrated / 2.35:1 widescreen (1080p) / 2.0 French and English / English subtitles / 74 minutes

Extras: Commentary by editor of “Video Watchdog” magazine, Tim Lucas / Trailer

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If you know anything about Jesus “Jess” Franco, you know that his spin on classic horror characters and tropes is a little out there. Not only does he have an interesting view of the sometimes mundane, but it usually involves nudity and sadistic sexual violence of some sort. His perverted take on Mary Shelley’s much traveled road Frankenstein is no different and is definitely signature Uncle Jess. Like Shelley’s masterpiece, Dr. Frankenstein works in a gothic castle creating a soulless monster from the pieces of dead bodies, reanimating them through mad science. But that’s about where the similarities end and the fun begins! Continue reading

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Truck Turner (1974, Blu-ray Review)

Truck Turner Blu-rayDirector: Jonathan Kaplan

Cast: Isaac Hayes, Yapher Kotto, Nichelle Nicols, Alan Weeks, Scatman Crothers, Dick Miller

Kino Lorber / Region A / Rated R / 1.85:1 (1080p) / DTS audio / 91 minutes

Extras: Audio Commentary by Director Jonathan Kaplan / “Trailers From Hell” with Ernest Dickerson / Q&A at The New Beverly Cinema with Jonathan Kaplan, Stunt Man Bob Minor, Hosted by Joe Dante / Theatrical Trailer / Radio Spot

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In the late sixties to early seventies, NYU film student Jonathan Kaplan was working at the Fillmore East—Bill Graham’s live rock and roll venue in the East Village, Manhattan—and doing part-time film editing on the side. It was during this time that he got a call from Roger Corman to direct 1972’s Night Call Nurses on the recommendation of one of his professors, Martin Scorsese. Yes, THE Martin Scorsese. The movie was such a hit that Corman had him close out the “Nurses Trilogy” (which started with Stephanie Rothman’s The Student Nurses) with The Student Teachers the very next year. He kept it in the family working with Roger’s brother Gene on his next film The Slams, a blaxploitation action flick starring the rugged Jim Brown. Continue reading

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Der Todesking (1990, Blu-ray Review)

Der Todesking Blu-rayDirector: Jörg Buttgereit

Cast: Hermann Kopp, Heinrich Ebber, Michael Krause

Cult Epics / Region A / Unrated / 1.33:1 fullscreen / Dolby Digitial 5.1 and 2.0 German / English Subtitles / 76 minutes

Extras: New Introduction by Jorg Buttgereit (2015) / Audio Commentary by Jörg Buttgereit and co-author Franz Rodenkirchen / The Making of Der Todesking / Still Photo Gallery / Jörg Buttgereit HD Trailers / Corpse Fucking Art (Documentary) 1983, 60 Minutes, HD transfer / Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / 25th Anniversary (Silver embossed) Slipcover and Corpse Fucking Art Postcard (first 3000 pressed)

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In between his two most famous movies, NEKRomantik and NEKRomantik 2: Return of the Loving Dead, German underground filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit made one of the most depressing and dark art house movies I have ever seen; Der Todesking aka The Death King. The film is a loosely connected anthology of sorts held together only by a chain letter sent to each person, presented on each day of the week and all of the vignettes contain the same subject matter; death and suicide. Each of the chapters are broken up by the extremely graphic eventual decomposition of a human body. Continue reading

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Death-scort Service (2015, Movie Review)

Death-scort Service PosterDirector: Sean Donohue

Cast: Krystal “Pixie” Adams, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Cayt Feinics, Bob Glazier, Joel D. Wynkoop

Gatorblade Films/The Sleaze Box

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The slasher sub-genre lends itself beautifully to being sleazy. One of the mainstays of slasher flicks is a deranged killer, usually a dude, is running around all sneakily hacking and slicing his way through teenagers. A lot of those teens are usually hot chicks who are generally in various stages of nude. And those overly-hormonal young people are usually also involved in some sort of sex, drugs or, if you’re lucky, both at the same time. In the seedier, grimier examples like Lustig’s Maniac or Fulci’s New York Ripper, there is also the unfortunate side effect of misogyny running wild. That tends to throw a heavy blanket of mean-spiritedness on the whole atmosphere which, for some, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Continue reading

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Bikini Mayhem (2015, Movie Review)

Bikini Mayhem posterDirector by Eric Williford

Cast: Cori Collins, Katie O., Jody Taylor

95forty Productions

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Bikini Mayhem focuses on aspiring model Ivy Winters. She has left her hometown to pursue a career in modeling, which is taking her way out of her comfort zone. As the opening credits roll, you see her completely disgusted as she suffers through jobs that involve nudity and girl-on-girl action. As frustration in her career mounts, she also deals with pressure from her mother to return to school. Later on, in a moment of desperation, she goes on one last audition. This audition ends up being her first glimpse of success and things seem as if they will be turning around. Continue reading

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