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Feb 15

Expose

exposeGenre: Thriller
Year: 1976
Country: England

aka: Trauma, House on Straw Hill

Director: James Kenelm Clarke
Starring: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond, Patsy Smart, Karl Howman

Inside, something so unspeakable no one has lived long enough to scream out its name!

 

Expose centers around the world of Paul Martin. Paul is a writer and he is working on his second novel out in a peaceful house on straw hill. To assure that he is gonna be able to complete the book in timely fashion, the agency gets him the young and hot Linda as an assistant. Paul is not mentally well and gets hallucinations and since his new assistant doesn’t seem to be quite normal either, the chances of this book being completed is pretty thin.

Expose is a weird little film. It’s got a lot of sleazy, nudity, masturbation and even some good violence. It feels like a giallo, but is never able to build up any tension at all since the editing done here is done very strangely.

Nov 23

Nightmare in a Damaged Brain

nightmareinadamagedbrainGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Nightmare, Schizo, Blood Splash

Director: Romano Scavolini
Starring: Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben, Danny Ronan

 

«From the man who terrified you in «Dawn of the Dead» and «Friday the 13TH»!

 

George Tatum is not very stable. He is haunted by some terrible nightmares from his childhood. The doctors at the mental asylum he is staying at tries an experimental drug on George, and when he seems to respond positive he is labeled sane enough for release. Back to real life, he is unable to cope with the everyday life in New York and travels down to Florida instead to start over. In his new city he becomes focused on a family that seems to have problems with the morbid and violent thoughts of their little boy C.J. and his mental problems are slowly rising up from the depths of his demented mind.

Oct 28

Cannibal Holocaust

cannibalholocaustGenre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

Director: Ruggero Deodato
Starring: Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

 

The most controversial movie of all-time

 

An American film crew has gone missing while shooting a documentary on the cannibal tribes deep in the deep rainforest of South America. The team of four will do anything to get their footage, even if it means they have to stage it. This time they go too far though and they never return from the jungle…

An anthropologist from the New York University, Harold Monroe, agrees to go on a rescue mission to find the lost film crew, or whatever is left of them. What he find and is able to get with him home is the footage of the lost crew, footage that will leave everybody shocked and disgusted.

Cannibal Holocaust. Perhaps the most controversial movie of all time. The movie stirred up so much trouble that the director Ruggero Deodato had to meet up in court to prove that what was shown in this film wasn’t actually real murders! The mixture of real animal violence and the realistic special effects used for the violence against humans might have fooled people back when this was released, but (thankfully) no humans were seriously harmed during filming of this movie.

Oct 15

The House by the Cemetery

housebythecemeteryGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: Italy

original title: Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero
aka: Zombie Hell House

Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Silvia Collatina

 

Beware the demon forces of the… blood beasts

 

The professor Norman Boyle is taking over the research that Dr. Petersen left behind after he murdered his woman and ended his own life. Norman brings his wife and their son to the estate where they are expecting to spend the next six months together while Norman is working.

When they get close to the house, their son gets some strange visions of a little girl who warns him about the dangers of moving into this house. His parents brush it off as childish imaginations, but when they do move in they start to experience supernatural events and it becomes clear to them that everything isn’t as it should be in the house by the cemetery.

Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery has been put together with The Beyond and City of the Living Dead as a part of an unofficial Gates of Hell or zombie trilogy. I can see why, as their films do share some of the same visual look, but for me this film stands a part from the others in story, although the ending does make the comparison stand ground.

Feb 11

Evilspeak

evilspeakGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Computer Murder, Evilspeaks

Director: Eric Weston
Starring: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson

 

Remember the little kid you used to pick on? Well, he’s a big boy now.

 

Stanley Coopersmith (what the hell, no wonder he doesn’t have friends) is a the most hated student at West Andover Military Academy. He has little social skills, is a little chubby and isn’t friends with any of the cool kids there and he stays mostly to himself. He was “shipped” there after his parents died, something the other kids have no problem teasing him about.

When he has to interact with the others, such as in the football team, he usually screws up. Even the teachers and priest doesn’t like this poor guy. The only one at this place who treats him as a human is a black kid who shows up from time to time to say “leave him alone”. One day he gets sent to clean up the basement of the academy’s chapel where he finds an ancient crypt who were once used by a 16th century Satanist. He finds a satanic bible down there and sets up his demonic Apple II computer to translate it. Mixing a dork and occult stuff never ends well and evil is unleashed!

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.

Feb 01

Eaten Alive

eatenalvieGenre: Horror
Year: 1977
Country: USA

aka: Brutes and Savages, Death Trap, Slaughter Hotel

Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley

 

Meet the maniac & his friend. Together they make the greatest team in the history of mass slaughter in EATEN ALIVE!

 

The Starlight Hotel is a fine little establishment in the outskirts of a small town. The hotel is owned by an old weirdo named Judd who has spent too much time by himself, hates prostitutes and everything about sex and his only companion is a big african crocodile that lives in the lake right next to the hotel.

Harvey Wood and his youngest daughter are traveling through these parts to try to locate his oldest daughter Clara. When Harvey arrives at The Starlight Hotel he gets the impression from Judd that Clara might have become one of Miss Hattie’s girls at a local whorehouse. Together with the local police, they get to Hattie but can’t find the young girl there either. They decide to go back to the hotel for the night, but in the meanwhile things have happened at the peaceful place and their life is now in great danger.

Jan 26

Don’t Go in the House

dontgointhehouseGenre: Horror
Year: 1979
Country: USA

aka: Pyromaniac

Director: Joseph Ellison
Starring: Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Osth, Dennis M. Hunter

 

If you do… then don’t say we didn’t warn you

 

Donald Kohler is an isolated thirty-something male that lives alone with his mother in his childhood home. He is very much attached to his mother at an adult age, even though she gave him a terrible upbringing, using fire to punish Donald if he did anything she disapproved of.

The only social activity he gets is when he is at his job. One day at work, an accident happens that leaves one of his co-workers badly burned, and the very same night he finds his mother has died while he’s been at work. Although he is now free from his mother, he cannot put the past behind him and instead of starting to live a normal life, he craves innocent women to abuse and burn.

Don’t Go in The House is one of several serial killer films that was released between 1978 and 1982. Not that there wasn’t plenty of them after that aswell, but they did tend to become more supernatural based after the killers became more heroes than the victims (for example, Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees and of course when Freddy Krueger was introduced then nothing would stay the same with the genre).

Jan 13

Bloody Moon

bloodymoonGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: Germany

original title: Die Sage des Todes
aka: The Bloody Moon Murders, The Saw of Death

Director: Jess Franco
Starring: Olivia Pascal, Christopher Brugger, Nadja Gerganoff, Alexander Waechter, Jasmin Losensky

 

Don’t panic… it only happens once in a… Bloody Moon

 

Miguel is a young man who has had to live his life with a disfigured face, making him very distance to the female gender. After being rejected by a beautiful girl at a masquerade party, he snaps and starts to stab her with a pair of scissors.

Five years after this horrible event, Miguel is let out from a mental asylum and is put into the care of his sister Manuela, the only female he has ever been able to confide in. He travels out to the boarding school she works at, but not long after he arrives, young girls end up missing…

Bloody Moon is the legendary cult director Jess Franco’s take on the slasher genre, but as always with Franco he is not out to do something generic just to make a quick buck. The atmosphere of the film and the style it is shot in might not be the best of Franco, but it sure makes the film stand out from the rest of the early 80’s slasher films. The murders are set up nicely, delivering enough blood and guts to keep slasher fans happy.

Jan 10

Blood Feast

bloodfeastGenre: Horror
Year: 1963
Country: USA

aka: Egyptian Blood Feast, Feast of Flesh

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall

 

Adult Horror!

 

Fuad Ramses works as a caterer, but his real passion is to slaughter women as sacrifice offers to Ishtar, an Egyptian God who he wants to bring back to life. His next assignment to please his God is to serve dinner for Suzette’s surprise party and the only thing that can save her from being used in a sacrifice is if her boyfriend and local detective Pete Thornton is able to find out who is responsible for all these murders before Fuad gets ahold of her.

Blood Feast is about gore, gore and more gore! It’s said to be the first American splatter movie, although I wouldn’t be surprised if someone is able to dig up a gory movie even before 1963. The plot isn’t important or even tried to make interesting, it’s all about the red blood, mutilation and body parts.

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