Tag Archive: exploitation

Apr 07

Mad Foxes

madfoxesGenre: Action
Year: 1981
Country: Spain / Switzerland

original title: Los Violadores
aka: Stingray 2

Director: Paul Grau
Starring: Jose Gras, Laura Premica, Andrea Albani, Peter John Saunders, Brian Billings

 

Furious Hell’s Angels carve out a bloody revenge in a vicious vendetta

 

Review of Mad Foxes (1981)

 

Feb 04

Fight for Your Life

fightforyourlifeGenre: Crime
Year: 1977
Country: USA

aka: Blood Bath at 1313 Fury Road, Getting Even, Held Hostage, Hostage, I Hate Your Guts, Straying Alive, The Hostage’s Bloody Revenge

Director: Robert A. Endelson
Starring: Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, Lela Small, Yvonne Ross, Reggie Rock Bythewood

 

There is no greater violence than a father’s revenge for the rape of his daughter

 

Jessie Lee, Ling and Chino are three violent criminals who have managed to escape from prison. The deadly trio goes on a robbing and killing spree, which includes shooting down a store owner in front of his infant before they take a young black girl named Corrie Turner hostage and pressures her into bringing them back to the house where her family lives.

She has a very caring and religious family, with the father being a local priest. Their belief in God will be tested when the criminals enter their home and takes them hostage. They continue to brutally humiliate and racially abuse them for as long as they can until the family gets a chance to turn things around.

Nov 07

The Last House on the Left

lasthouseontheleftGenre: Horror
Year: 1972
Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain

 

To avoid fainting, keep repeating “It’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie…”

 

Mari Collingswood is celebrating her seventeenth birthday and is going to see a rock band called Bloodlust live in concert with her friend Phyllis. On their way to the concert, they try to score some marijuana and meet a local thug named Junior.

Junior says he has the best weed in the world and takes the two naive girls with him to an apartment where they are kept hostage by the rest of the gang that Junior is a part of. They keep them hostage and torture them for over a day before they take them with them out in the woods for some more humiliation but after the gang has had their fun, things start to turn on them.

The Last House on the Left is an infamous video nasty that also happens to be the directorial debut of the legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven. The film was shot very cheaply with a small crew and the story, which was also written by Craven, was loosely based on the Ingmar Bergman film The Virgin Spring.

Sep 04

Human Experiments

humanexperimentsGenre: Horror / Drama
Year: 1979
Country: USA

aka: Beyond the Gate, Women in Prison

Director: Gregory Goodell
Starring: Linda Haynes, Geoffrey Lewis, Ellen Travolta, Lurene Tuttle, Mercedes Shirley

 

The victims: young female inmates

 

Rachel Foster is an aspiring country singer who supports herself by touring in stinky bars around the country. She arrives at a southern redneck town where she gets hustled out of half of her salary by the bar owner and on the way to the next small town her car breaks down. She tries to get help from a nearby house but when she enters the house she sees the carnage of a dead family.

She finds a young boy with a shotgun in one of the rooms and it ends with a shootout where she injures him. To make things even worse, the cop who arrives at the scene is the brother of the bar owner that hustled her and she is not set up for the murder of the entire family and sent to a female prison.

Jan 12

Hellhole

hellholeGenre: Horror / Drama
Year: 1985
Country: USA

aka: Hell Hole

Director: Pierre De Moro
Starring: Ray Sharkey, Judy Landers, Marjoe Gortner, Richard Cox, Edy Williams

 

Captives… stripped naked, forced to submit to The Ultimate Experiment!

 

Hellhole starts out with an upset mother and her grown daughter (Susan, played by the lovely Judy Landers) talking in a kitchen. They have some sensitive documents in their possession which the mother is planning to take to the cops. While the daughter takes a shower a thug with a bad hairdo named Silk gets into the house and starts to push and threaten.the mother to give up the papers. He ends up choking the mother to death just as the daughter is done with the shower and she runs for her life. The thug goes after her and they end up in a construction yard where she falls down several meters and the thug assumes she’s dead, but she’s not. She is badly injured and with amnesia so she’s sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Jul 19

Nude Nuns With Big Guns

nude_nuns_big_gunsGenre: Action
Year: 2010
Country: USA

Director: Joseph Guzman
Starring: Asun Ortega, David Castro, Perry D’Marco, Maxie J. Santillan Jr., Sarah Emmons

 

This sister is one bad mother

 

Sister Sarah is an ordinary nun, the convent that she belongs do is not ordinary. The convent Sister Sarah has gotten herself into deals with drugs, biker gangs and prostitution. When she is caught with some of the coke that belongs to a biker gang she is taken into a brothel, injected with drugs and made into a whore. One night, under the influence, she hears from God and is told to retaliate against the evil men.

The movie delivers nude nuns, lesbian nuns, guns, rape and action scenes. It might sound like a fun movie, but it’s not very entertaining. It does start ok and has the look of a Robert Rodriguez movie, but doesn’t follow up with substance. Instead of being fun it’s actually quite mean-spirited with rape scenes being made out as supposedly humorous scenes.

Apr 30

Barbed Wire Dolls

POSTER - BARBED WIRE DOLLSGenre: Crime / Horror
Year: 1976
Country: Switzerland

original title: Frauengefangnis
aka: Caged Women, Woman Caged

Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Lina Romay, Paul Muller, Monica Swinn, Roger Darton, Ronald Weiss

 

Prisoners in a barbaric camp of sadistic perversions.

 

Maria is wrongfully accused of killing her father, who has more than normal feelings for his daughter, and sent to a female prison. In the prison she gets tortured and abused by the demented wardeness and her partner in crime Dr. Costa.

Together with two other inmates, Maria plans how they can excape this hell hole and get their freedom back. And there’s also an undercover mole planted in the prison to expose the dirty things that are going on there.

The story here is pretty lame and an excuse to show sleazy nudity spiced with some torture. Everything here is done a lot better in other exploitation flicks, including some of Franco’s own ones. Franco’s visual choices here are very stripped down and at times even foggy. The pacing is very slow and there focus here is simply to show the beauty of the naked females. The flashback where we see Maria’s father trying to make sweet love to her and she ends up slapping him silly is done in foggy slow motion and looks incredibly ridiculous.

Oct 31

I Spit on Your Grave

ispitonyourgraveGenre: Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

aka: Day of the Woman, Blood Angel, The Rape and Revenge of Jennifer Hills

Director: Meir Zarchi
Starring: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann

 

This woman has just cut, chopped, broken and burned five men beyond recognition… but no jury in America would ever convict her!

 

The 70’s where brutal! Movies such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left came and changed the tone of horror cinema from being colorful and more classy in the 60’s to becoming more realistic, violent and grim. Hundreds or probably thousands of exploitation movies where victims where tortured, raped and/or slaughtered emerged. I Spit on Your Grave is one of the most famous brutal movie there is. Film critic Roger Ebert called it «a vile bag of garbage» and it has been banned in several countries including my very own Norway. So does it deserve its hype? Does it still hold up nearly 35 years after shocking the cinematic world?