Friday, February 12, 2016
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Cast: Laura Gemser, Anita Strindberg, Stefano Patrizi, Martine Brochard, Henri Garcin
Raro Video USA / Region A / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / DTS-HD MA 2.o mono / English subtitles / 97 minutes (Italian version), 92 minutes (English version)
Extras: Interview with S. Stivaletti / Interview with Claudio Simonetti (composer and founder of Goblin) / Interview with Gabriele Albanesi (director) / Deleted Scene / English and Italian language versions of the film / A fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the film by Chris Alexander, Sangria Magazine
The lovely Laura Gemser (Black Emanuelle) was my first real exploitation crush. Yes, there were horror movie scream queens like Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Marilyn Burns (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Adrienne "Barboobs" Barbeau (Creepshow) who came before the Indonesian born Gemser, who set my loins aflame first when I graduated into exploitation films. When I received Murder Obsession in the mail, I jumped to the conclusion that it was just another Italian made, generic giallo... *HO-FUCKIN-HUM*. Black-gloved, faceless killer... slow, boring pacing... very little to get excited about. Gemser isn't even mentioned on the Blu-ray package anywhere! So I stuck the disk in, settled back on the love seat and waited for the worst. In the opening scene, the very first person you see is Black Emanuelle herself getting throttled by some madman who was hiding behind the curtains.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Director: Josh Becker
Cast: Sam Raimi, Brian Schulz, Robert Rickman, John Manfredi, Timothy Patrick Quill, Cheryl Hausen
Synapse Films / All Region / Unrated / 1.66:1 widescreen / Dolby 2.0 mono / 83 minutes
Disk Extras: The Original Super 8mm Short film, STRYKER'S WAR Short Film / Made in Michigan: The Making of THOU SHALT NOT KILL... EXCEPT / Two Audio Commentaries Featuring Director Josh Becker, Bruce Campbell and Star Brian Schulz / All-New Video Interview with Bruce Campbell / Deleted Scene with Optional Director's Commentary / Alternate Title Sequence / Original Theatrical Trailer / Reversible Cover Artwork
Imagine if you will; the "fake Shemp" zombie from the Evil Dead movies, Josh Becker, directing Evil Dead and Spider-Man franchise writer/director Sam Raimi in the role of a lunatic, murderous hippie cult leader in a story co-written by "Ash" himself, Bruce Campbell. Also picture that story being about four Vietnam soldiers who raid that cult's compound in a violent, bullet riddled massacre to save a loved one from anti-war protesters and bikers who are planning on torturing and killing the victim. Does that sound nutty? Campy? Fucking awesome? Well, it is all of those things and more.