Gennadiy Klimov & Igor Shavlak – Semya vurdalakov AKA The Vampire Family (1990)

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Only vaguely based on Alexei Tolstoy’s novel ‘Oupyr’ (1841), ‘The Vampire Family’ (Semya vurdalakov) is a mixture of striking dreams, fading reality, and most ingenious psychedelic background music, Artemeyv-style (scores by Vladimir Davydenko). Continue reading

Sion Sono – Koi no tsumi AKA Guilty of Romance [Extended Japanese Cut] (2011)

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A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo – a love hotel district – a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to investigate on this case, she will discover the story of two women who, despite appearing respectable on the outside have all manner of darkness hidden away. Continue reading

Zbynek Brynych – Die Weibchen AKA Femmine carnivore AKA The Females (1970)

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Synopsis:

‘Eve is an overworked secretary who has been sent to take a cure in the institution of Doctor Barbara in the remote town of Bad Marein. Upon her arrival and during the following days Eve notices the complete absence of men except for the overweight groundskeeper Adam and the town’s head of police.
When a group of three man make their way to the town and into the arms of the many females of the sanatorium Eve has a terrible thought. Because one of them does not show up the next morning the suspects the inmates being responsible for the murder. Continue reading

Piero Vivarelli – Satanik (1968)

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Synopsis
A withered old hag turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a youth formula.

Review (thanks to k_t_t2001@ imdb)
A faithful adaptation of the fumetti neri
The level of success of SATANIK as a film is entirely dependant upon the audience viewing it. An audience expecting something along the lines of OPERAZIONE PAURA or CASTLE OF BLOOD will be disappointed. This isn’t a horror film. Even an audience expecting a giallo in the Argento / Fulci tradition is bound to be dissatisfied by the lack of creative violence and relatively mild gore. In 1968 the target audience for this film were the readers of the hugely successful fumetti neri that had already led to popular cinematic spin-offs of DIABOLIK and KRIMINAL. When viewed in this light, SATANIK becomes a much more successful, though no better, film. Continue reading

Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi – Shin Gojira AKA Godzilla Resurgance (2016)

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Synopsis:
It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different; something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. Continue reading