Frank Henenlotter – That’s Sexploitation! (2013)

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Before the advent of modern-day pornography, a vast and rapidly-paced world of smut peddling was the norm, complete with its own secret history. This documentary reveals the untold story of American cinema’s gloriously sordid cinematic past. Starting in the 1920s, expert exploiteer David F. Friedman and Henenlotter navigate us through more than five salacious decades of skin flicks. It’s the true story of dirty movies, traced in elegant detail from the bizarre locations where these nudie shorts were screened to the ongoing legal battles fought by their promoters. And of course there are the stories of the innovators themselves, people who often risked their own security and livelihood to make these films, believing in some way that what they were doing wasn’t a ‘bad’ thing – and that it could rake in some dough. Continue reading

Eloy de la Iglesia – Una Gota de sangre para morir amando AKA Murder In A Blue World (1973)

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Often described as “the Spanish A Clockwork Orange”, this controversial shocker is set in a violent near-future world. Honest citizens live in terror as gangs of leather clad, whip-wielding sadists roam the nighttime streets. Meanwhile, in a top-secret laboratory, strange mind control experiments are being conducted. Against this background a beautiful nurse tries to ease the pain of those condemned to die. But who really is this angel of mercy and what is the purpose of her mission? Continue reading

Jesús Franco – Frauen im Liebeslager AKA Love Camp (1977) (HD)

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A group of women are kidnapped by guerrillas and forced to serve as prostitutes for them in a jungle brothel. The sadistic female warden decapitates uncooperative girls.

Jess Franco has made some odd exploitation movies in his long and prolific career, and ‘Love Camp’ is one of his nuttiest. Never one to shy from jumping on a bandwagon, the title of this seems to deliberately evoke the legendary nazisploitation sleazefest ‘Love Camp 7’, and the plot in some ways is reminiscent of ‘Salo’, but with a twist. The twist being, that we aren’t talking nazis here but revolutionaries. A group of young and beautiful women are kidnapped, taken into the jungle (what country? who knows) , and forced to be sex slaves for “the revolution”. Continue reading

Ferdinando Baldi – Una vita lunga un giorno (1973)

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An unsual thriller with gialloesque themes Andrea Rispoli a desperately poor Genoese sailor, Anna, the sick wife (Ewa Aulin) needs an expensive treatment to escape death.
The only way ‘exit for the poor Andrea is yielding to the proposal of a rich and bored businessman played by Philippe Leroy which suggests under lavish compensation of victims to participate as a fierce fighter all’ man from the hills to the port of Genoa where a group of ruthless killer hinder him in every way. Continue reading

Claude Chabrol – La demoiselle d’honneur aka The Bridesmaid (2004)

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A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister’s bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

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the bridesmaid (First Run) Going to a new Chabrol film these days is like sitting down with an old friend who will tell you another one of his stories. Chabrol has been making films since 1958: the latest of his more than fifty features is The Bridesmaid, and another one has already been finished. He has co-written or co-adapted many of his pictures, and he has also played bit parts in some of them (as well as in the films of others). I have seen a lot of Chabrol’s films, and many others must share my sense that much of my filmgoing life is threaded throughout with his work. He has always been a director who felt that moving ahead was at least as important as polishing a single work. Continue reading

Memduh Ün – Cellat aka The Executioner (1975)

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A peaceful architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife and sister are raped and murdered by street punks. He goes out and randomly exterminates all kinds of criminals on the mean streets after dark.

This obscure Turkish Death Wish version easily rivals the original one in brutality and mayhem. The last surviving print was found in relatively good condition and released on dvd by Onar Films in only 500 copies.

With Serdar Gökhan, Emel Özden, Melek Ayberk, Reha Yurdakul & Oktar Durukan. Continue reading