Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Lizard in a Woman's Skin: No Zombies here

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Director: Lucio Fulci

Cast: Florinda Bolkan, Jean Sorel, Anita Strindberg, Stanley Baker

Mondo Macabro / All Region / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / English or Italian PCM mono / English or Italian subtitles / 104 minutes

Extras: Shedding the Skin - documentary / Dr Lucio Fulci's Day for Night - directed by Antonietta De Lillo - interview with Lucio Fulci / Interview with writer Stephen Thrower / Interview with actor Tony Adams / Audio commentary with Kris Gavin / Two original trailers / Radio spots

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Italian horror, gore and exploitation maestro Lucio Fulci is most widely known for his nonsensical, superbly gory supernatural films like Zombie (aka Zombi 2) and The Beyond. But before he hit his gory late '70s and early '80s sweet spot, he made a couple of top-notch gialli including Don't Torture a Duckling in 1972 and A Lizard in a Woman's Skin a year earlier. While not being quite as otherworldly gore-laden as the others, these murder mysteries were no less brutally violent and unsettling. I am not particularly a fan of the giallo genre because most of them are unnecessarily and intentionally confusing to throw the viewer off the track. Sometimes though, a filmmaker can overcome that shortcoming with style, violence and sexuality. That happens to be the case with A Lizard in a Woman's Skin.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Alex de Renzy's Pretty Peaches Trilogy

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Director: Alex de Renzy

Cast(s): Desiree Cousteau, Siobhan Hunter, Keisha, John Leslie, Jamie Gillis, Ron Jeremy, Tracey Adams, Peter North, Herschel Savage, Victoria Paris

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / XXX / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS-HD mono / 267 minutes (combined)

Extras: Trailers

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Alex de Renzy was an infamous New York City adult movie director known for such fantastic filthiness as Femmes de Sade and Long Jeanne Silver. Before he was in the business, he served in the United States Air Force and later began making documentary films. He took a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark for "Sex 69", the first adult film trade show in the country after porn was made legal. About a year later, de Renzy would make his first film, Pornography in Denmark: A New Approach. While having a few writing credits, a handful for cinematography and still more for producing, he was most widely known for his directorial work that would span more than a quarter of a century from 1970 until 1997, a few years before he passed away from a stroke in 2001.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dario Argento's TENEBRAE gets limited edition steelbook treatment from Synapse



DARIO ARGENTO’S GIALLO MASTERPIECE FINALLY COMES TO U.S. BLU-RAY ON FEBRUARY 23rd FROM SYNAPSE FILMS

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated Synapse Films release of Tenebrae (aka Unsane), one of Dario Argento's most violent and gory gialli, finally has a "projected" street date of February 23rd. The 3-Disk Blu-ray, DVD and CD steelbook will be limited to only 3000 units and be available exclusively through Synapse Films' WEBSITE and DIABOLIKDVD for overseas orders. Check out the official press release complete with summary, release specs and extras!

American Guinea Pig: BLOODSHOCK New Redband Trailer



Director Marcus Koch's entry into the "American Guinea Pig" series, Bloodshock (REVIEW LINK), is so much closer to hitting the streets! The IndieGoGo campaign has ended and now Marcus has unleashed the new extended trailer that is definitely *NSFW* and sure to make your balls crawl up into your stomach. Check it out and make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the AGP (LINK) and Unearthed (LINK) Facebook pages for updates!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Angel Guts: Red Vertigo aka Red Dizziness

Out of Print (OOP)
aka Angel Guts: Red Dizziness

Director: Takashi Ishii

Cast: Mayako Katsuragi, Naoto Takenaka, Hirofumi Kobayashi, Jun Izumi

Arts Magic / NTSC R1 / Unrated / 1.77:1 Widescreen / Dolby Stereo / 74 minutes

EXTRAS: Exclusive Interview with Director, Takashi Ishii / Commentary with MidnightEye's Jasper Sharp / Original Sleeve Art / Original Trailers / Bio / Filmographies

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Nami is a nurse and her boyfriend Kenji is a fashion photographer. While helping him develop some pictures of his, she notices that he has been taking a lot of pictures of a certain beautiful model. He assures her that it is strictly business and he is faithful to her. One fateful night at work, Nami is called to a patients room only to be attacked and raped by two men. She flees and returns home (obviously early) and finds Kenji banging his favorite model in every position imaginable (and I can imagine A LOT!). After a short confrontation, Nami again flees and this time she is struck by a car driven by Muraki. Muraki is running from everyone and everything; people he swindled out of lots of money, his past relationships, and most importantly, his life. After he hits her, thinking she is dead, he loads her up in his car to figure out what to do next. So what does he do? That's right, he gets his grope on!

Arrow UK brings Bava's Five Dolls for an August Moon to Blu-ray


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Something old and sexual lurks under Harvest Lake

Director: Scott Schirmer

Cast: Ellie Church, Dan Nye, Tristan Risk, Jason Crowe, Kevin Roach, Lucretia Lynn, Derek Sturgeon

Forbidden Films / Region A / Unrated / 2.35:1 widescreen (1080p) / English Stereo / 78 minutes

EXTRAS: The uncut version of Harvest Lake on a glass-mastered, region-free blu-ray disc (not a BD-r) in 1080-p high definition / EXCLUSIVE Artwork: Cover wraparound featuring teaser poster art by Erik Wilson, hand-numbered (1 through 250) on the back / EXCLUSIVE Bonuses: 2nd disc (DVD-r) featuring The Day Joe Left short film by Scott Schirmer, Switch short film by Brian K. Williams, and a one-hour round table discussion about horror and indie filmmaking with Schirmer, Williams, and FX artist Arthur Ycullipher / Audio commentaries with the cast and crew / Behind-the-scenes featurette / 2 x 6″ full-color vinyl bumper sticker “I Got Wet at Harvest Lake”

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A few years ago I became Facebook friends with a hilarious and lovely actress named Ellie Church. Up to that point she was relatively unknown, unless you happened to see her at the Troma table at your local horror convention. But she would soon begin promoting a movie she and her beau Brian K. Williams were working on called Time to Kill, which was making the rounds at the conventions. I saw their movie at Cinema Wasteland that year, while drinking the free beer that they provided during the screening. Time to Kill was a straight action and sex-filled exploitation movie but you could tell that Brian–who directed, produced, edited and shot the entire movie–was a student of filmmaking and really loved what he was doing.

Friday, January 22, 2016

New PIECES Blu-ray kicks off with theatrical screenings



Grindhouse Releasing is kicking off their eagerly awaited 3-disk Blu-ray release of the sleazy slasher classic PIECES with a short theatrical run starting at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston (LINK) on Friday, February 26th and Saturday the 27th.

"We’ve had phenomenal response to our announcement of PIECES,” says Grindhouse Releasing theatrical director and publicist David Szulkin. “It’s been one of our most requested titles for the Blu-ray market, and already in pre-orders alone PIECES ranked as one of Diabolik DVD’s top ten Blu-ray best-sellers of 2015."

As always, Grindhouse Releasing is going all out with the extras and packaging of director Juan Piquer Simón's gory classic. "We are very proud of this release," says Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski. "The stunning 4K masters, the incredible 42nd Street documentary produced by Calum Waddell and Naomi Holwill, the terrific new audio commentary by Jack Taylor, Jim Kunz' grueling 9 months of encoding, transcoding, authoring and menu design, the beautiful packaging by Tad Leger and Dan Harrington, and what we consider to be the coup of the century: the long-awaited, highly anticipated return of Rick Sullivan of GORE GAZETTE fame, contributing magnificent new liner notes to the release. We think it's our best release yet!"

Salon Kitty: Sleazy Art-house Nazisploitation

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Director : Tinto Brass

Cast: Helmut Berger, Ingrid Thullin, Teresa Ann Savoy

Blue Underground / NTSC Region 0 / Unrated / 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital Mono / Language: English or Italian / Optional Subtitles: English SDH, French, Espanol, English on Italian Version / 133 minutes

Extras: Inside Salon Kitty - Interview with Director Tinto Brass / Designing Salon Kitty - Interview with Production Designer Ken Adam / International Trailer / U.S. Trailer / Radio Spots

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One who knows Italian director Tinto Brass for his "cheeky" soft erotica like Miranda or The Voyeur could be surprised and maybe even appalled to find that he directed one of the most controversial, sleazy and grotesquely beautiful movies ever found in an art-house theater.

Salon Kitty (or Madame Kitty as it was renamed in the U.S. theatrical run) centers around a Nazi-smpathetic brothel in Socialist-run Germany circa 1939 run by the titular character Madame Kitty (Thullin). Nazi officer Helmut (Berger) decides in his quest for power to take over the whorehouse and stock it with "good Nationalist girls" which he finds and trains as whores by having them succumb to every sexual whim of a squad of SS soldiers in a giant orgy. To further their training, he also finds the most vile and deformed people he can and forces the girls to have sex with them. He then bugs each room with hidden microphones to record the inner secrets and perversions of high-ranking Nazi officers he plans to blackmail.

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Sinful Dwarf Limited Edition Blu-ray: Now With More Sleaze!

The Sinful Dwarf Blu-rayOne of the vilest and most depraved movies to ever feature a little person, nay a dwarf, is coming to Blu-ray in a very limited 3000 piece run. 

Vidal Raski's classic sleaze-fest The Sinful Dwarf stars Torben Bille as a slobbering, sadistic psychopath who doesn't let his diminutive size stop him from getting his thrills from kidnapping, drugging and pimping out helpless women!

Severin put out two versions on DVD a few years ago; an unrated and a XXX version with hardcore scenes. This new Blu-ray will feature a "Strong International Version", which is the hardcore cut and the "Alternate US Release Version", entitled The Abducted Bride. Not only are you going to get the two very different cuts, because that's not enough sleaze, but the extras will contain an excerpt from the Torben Bille sex film The Hottest Show In Town and the never before released full-length feature The Blue Balloon from the the sicko producers of The Sinful Dwarf! Still not enough? Fuck, you people are messed up! Fine, they are also throwing in "The Harry Novak Story", a featurette from the American Grindhouse director, Elijah Drenner. Just for fun they are also including two featurettes; "The Search for Torben" and "The Severin Controversy" as well as trailers and TV and radio spots.

It's available for pre-order now HERE and will hit the streets 02/23/2016!

The Sinful Dwarf

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bruno Mattei throws Black Emanuelle into a Women's Prison Massacre

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aka Emanuelle Escapes from Hell
aka A Bunch of Bastards
aka Blade Violent
aka Emanuelle in Prison

Director: Bruno Mattei

Cast: Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Ursula Flores, Franca Stoppi, Lorraine De Selle

Retro Shock-O-Rama / Region 1 / NR / 16x9 Widesscreen and 4x3 Fullscreen Versions / Mono / 89 minutes

Extras: Caged Women aka Violence in a Women's Prison (4x3 fullscreen feature) / Collectible Full Color Booklet Featuring Liner Notes

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Photojournalist/investigative reporter Emanuelle (Gemser) is sent to prison after uncovering a corrupt politician who is into drug smuggling. She is horribly out of place there among the riff-raff and she stands out to the evil warden. When she isn't protecting herself against prison bullies, she is standing up to the sadistic guards. They routinely beat and torture the inmates for their own amusement and "punishment". In those respects, this is a pretty typical women in prison flick. It isn't until four male inmates arrive that the fun really gets started. Led by "Crazy Boy", these prisoners are held at the women's institution after a botched escape attempt during transportation. Soon after arriving, they take over the prison, the guards, the warden and especially the *BOW CHICKA BOW BOW* hot-in-the-ass female inmates.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cinesploitation's Favorites of 2015



It's the beginning of a new year which means we must look back at the year before and reflect upon what we deem superlative. 2015 was a fantastic year for horror and exploitation films. There were some very good new movies produced and there were lots of amazing releases of some older classics and fan favorites. The epic release schedule of Vinegar Syndrome and the insane limited releases from Arrow Video were among the highlights, but many more companies had superb years. High-definition home video has reinvigorated what was a waning market and we couldn't be happier. So, without further ado, lets see what some of our writers put in their Top 10 of 2015!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

The August Underground Trilogy

[NOTE: These reviews are combined and republished from my old blog. They were written very soon after each movie was released on DVD.]


Director: Fred Vogel

Cast: Fred Vogel, Kyle Dealman, Casey Eganey, Dan Friedman

Toe Tag Pictures / Color / NTSC R0 / Unrated / Full Frame / Mono / 70 minutes

Extras: An Introduction By Director Fred Vogel / 67 Minute Three-Part Documentary / HAMMER TO THE HEAD A Closer Look At August Underground / August Underground On Location / August Underground Behind The Brutality / August Underground: Too Real For Comfort, An Outsiders Perspective (102 minutes) / 2 Audio Commentaries: Fred Vogel / Victims Ben and Aaron LaBonte & Director Fred Vogel

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August Underground is not a horror movie. August Underground is a hate movie. And even calling it a "movie" is like saying that huffing gas is "doing drugs". There is no plot. No story. Hell, there are really no characters. It's just the exploits of 2 nameless, violent thugs; one the "leader" of sorts (Fred Vogel, also the writer and director), the other a cackling, faceless cameraman. How do you review something like this? Mostly this is me sharing my thoughts and letting the chips fall where they may.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Jess Franco teaches us How To Seduce A Virgin

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Director: Jesus "Jess" Franco

Cast: Alice Arno, Robert Wood, Lina Romay, Howard Vernon, Tania Busselier, Alfred Baillou

Mondo Macabro / Region 1 / Unrated / 4:3 fullscreen / French Dolby Digital stereo / Optional English subtitles / 87 minutes

Extras: Interview with writer Alain Petite / Introduction by critic Stephen Thrower / Newly created optional subtitles / Extensive production notes / Mondo Macabro previews

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When I started watching the latest release from Mondo Macabro, the little known Plaisir trois (Enjoy Three) aka How to Seduce a Virgin, I had a massive case of deja vu. I thought for sure that I had seen this movie before but logically, I knew I hadn't. It turns out that Uncle Jess absolutely loved the Marquis de Sade, especially a story called "La Philosophie dans le boudoir" or "Philosophy in the Bedroom" in which a married Libertine couple introduce a virgin named Eugénie to the open sexual lifestyle. Franco has tread this ground a few times, most notably Eugenie... the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion. In this incarnation, the Libertines are played by Eugénie blonde stunner and Franco regular, Alice Arno and another Jess favorite, Robert Wood. Arno's very rich character "Martine" is released from an insane asylum for cutting off a former lover's dick and goes directly home to husband "Charles" to continue their swinging ways.

Jess Franco Gets Medieval in The Demons

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Director: Jess Franco

Cast: Britt Nichols, Anne Libert, Howard Vernon, Karin Field, Alberto Dalbas

Redemption Films / Region A / Unrated / 2.35:1 Widescreen / French language / English subtitles / 118 minutes

Extras: Jess Franco interview / Deleted footage / trailers

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Jess Franco's The Demons begins in France sometime during the middle ages when seemingly every woman who dared to defy the Church was considered to be a witch. She was tortured until she confessed, at which point she would be burned at the stake; or she would fail the "tests" (always) and she would also be burned at the stake. Unfortunately for the Church in the case of the old lady at the beginning of The Demons, she really WAS a witch and when they lit her up she cursed them all and vowed that her daughters would take revenge for her. Not knowing much about the old haggard woman, the Lord Justice Jeffries (the head witch-finder) thought maybe "daughters" meant the rest of her coven but she actually has two biological daughters who were turned in to the nunnery as orphans years ago. Just to be sure, Jeffries sends out his right-hand Lady de Winter and loyal servant Renfield to possibly find these daughters.
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