Gianluigi Calderone – Appassionata AKA Passionate (1974)


Otherworldly beauty Ornella Muti headlines this erotic drama centered on the tale of a woman who struggles with her sexual independence after entering into a loveless marriage of convenience. When the radiant beauty enters into a torrid affair with a man who opens her eyes to an exciting new world of erotic pleasure, the resulting scandal rocks her family to the very core. Continue reading

George Schaefer – An Enemy of the People (1978)



Based on a play by Henrik Ibsen. A small forest town is trying to promote itself as a place for tourists to come enjoy the theraputic hot springs and unspoiled nature. Dr. Stockmann, however, makes the inconvenient discovery that the nature around the village is not so unspoiled. In fact, the runoff from the local tanning mill has contaminated the water to a dangerous degree. The town fathers argue that cleaning up the mess would be far too expensive and the publicity would destroy the town’s reputation, so therefore news of the pollution should be suppressed. Dr. Stockmann decides to fight to get the word out to the people, but receives as very mixed reaction. Continue reading

Alain Robbe-Grillet – Le jeu avec le feu AKA Playing with Fire (1975)


When Carolina (Anicee Alvina), the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe (Philippe Noiret), is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn’t true. The kidnappers have taken the wrong person. The banker hires Frantz (Jean-Louis Trintignant) a disheveled, seedy detective to find his daughter and hide her safely away. She soon finds herself in a fantasyland whorehouse, where all kinds of extreme perversions are routinely practiced. There, a near-double of her father whips and then seduces her. Eventually, she and the private eye escape or leave, having extorted the kidnapping money from the girl’s father. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi Continue reading

José Ramón Larraz – Vampyres (1974)


“The 1970’s was the decade of the gothic lesbian vampire film. The exploitation efforts of Jean Rollin (LIPS OF BLOOD), Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS), and Hammer (LUST FOR A VAMPIRE) were enormously popular at the time. These films successfully combined the fear of death and eroticism, which struck a cord with male audiences. Many of the films merely hinted at the overt sexuality, and most never fully explored the sexual aspects of the genre’s premise. That all changed in 1974, when upstart Spanish director Jose Ramon Larrez (or Joe as he is called stateside) raised the bar with the ultimate depiction of sex and horror, VAMPYRES. Larrez teamed with producer Brian Smedley-Astin to film their adult vampire epic in England. By the time VAMPYRES was released there, the censors cut out most of the offensive scenes, castrating the power of this artsy exploitation picture. Luckily when the film played the Drive-In circuit in America (as DAUGHTERS OF DRACULA), we got to see what the British audience didn’t–powerful sex trysts and disturbing death scenes. Thanks to Larrez’s scripting and directing skills, VAMPYRES rose to top of its genre. Today, VAMPYRES is a highly regarded classic in Euro horror-circles, and rightly so… Continue reading

Claude Gagnon – Keiko (1979)


Keiko is a 23-year-old lonely virgin who lives in a tiny room, and hopes to meet someone in the cafe she frequents. After a bad affair with one of the other diners, she vows to give up men. She then begins a happy lesbian relationship with her co-worker Kazuyo. However she is under constant pressure from her father to marry. Continue reading

Mario Mercier – La papesse AKA A Woman Possessed (1975)


Cruel and depraved story of a modern Satanism in the French hinterland. Everything you’d expect and even more than that includes bleeding, beatings, rape. What began as an art cinema, the film then goes into the ongoing action …

Review: The second attempt of the French esoteric writer Mario Mercie make a movie was a little better than his experiment with «La Goulve». At least the “Pope” is able to look beyond the initial stages of the adepts of magic initiation, but also quite normal people, which the film is quite possible to apply sauce mystical horror, especially if we add the subtitle “demon possession” and promised viewers a hefty portion of erotica. Moreover, without any deception. Let them see the erotic thriller and do not ask too many questions.
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