Tod Browning – The Devil-Doll (1936)

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Plot: Banker Paul Lavond makes an escape from Devil’s Island where he was sentenced for seventeen years after being framed by his three partners. His fellow escapee Marcel takes him to meet his wife Malita and, as Lavond watches, Marcel demonstrates a process whereby he can shrink animals and people to the size of dolls and animate them by will-power. But then Marcel has a heart-attack and dies. Malita persuades Lavond to continue his work and Lavond sees the opportunity to have revenge on those that framed him. Disguising himself as an old woman, Madame Mandelip, he and Malita set up a doll shop in Paris where Lavond then sends the shrunken people out to kill his enemies. Continue reading

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador – La residencia AKA The House That Screamed (1969)

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PLOT
Welcome to La Residencia, a borderline reform school packed with over-blossoming maidens and presided over by a whacked-out head-mistress played to the hilt by Lili Palmer. It’s true that the murder “mystery” is instantly guessable, but this is a beautifully made gothic chiller with superb performances all around. Also features great cinematography and music. The award-winning script is steeped in classical references and reveals a swirling morass of sexual and political repression. A moody, spooky masterpiece. Continue reading

Nathan Schiff – Weasels Rip My Flesh (1979)

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An IMDB hater wrote:
This movie is a total piece of junk. It was shot on what looks like 8 millimeter film(not sure though). It looks like it was somebody’s student film. I think that this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen some pretty bad movies. I can’t believe that this movie is out on DVD, it’s so bad. The plot has something to do with a giant rabbit or something, I don’t know. I pretty much fast forwarded through the movie because it was so unbelievably bad. This movie has to be one of the worst ever made. I believe that the sound quality is bad and messed up too. The movie also had bad edits, I believe and poor special effects. I guess that the movie would be decent for a student film. They say that Ed Wood’s movies are bad. This movie makes Wood’s movies look like “Casablanca”. It’s a no-budget movie. I would recommend this movie to people only for them to see the world’s worst film. It should have remained buried. Take care. Continue reading

Jean Rollin – Le lac des morts vivants AKA Zombie Lake (1981)

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In a small lakeside town in the French countryside, young women are disappearing without a trace. The superstitious locals blame “The Lake of Ghosts,” but the town’s mayor (Howard Vernon) seems reluctant, or powerless, to take any action. When another girl is found with her throat ripped out, a Paris reporter begins to uncover the deadly secrets of the lake and the dead, green-faced Nazis who are aroused to action! Continue reading

Francis Ford Coppola – Dementia 13 AKA The Haunted and the Hunted (1963)

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Dementia 13-Francis Ford Coppola’s black and white shocker is certainly one of the creepiest horror movies of an early 60’s.It predates all the slasher films made in 70’s and 80’s.Surprisingly spooky and atmospheric it contains plenty of axe murders(the decapitation of the hunter is especially memorable).The underwater scene is extremely creepy and the climax is well-handled and surprising. The film seems to be forgotten by many horror fans-it’s a classic and should be treated with respect!
If you want to be scared check out this creepy gem! Continue reading

Jacek Koprowicz – Medium (1985)

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Suspenseful for most of its length, though a letdown at the end, this psychic thriller is about four very different people who are drawn to one particular place in the town of Sopot, a resort on the Baltic Sea. The time is 1933, and it so happens that 50 years earlier, a foul murder was committed here. Involved in that offense were four people who are dead-ringers for the four now gathering in Sopot. The modern versions of the four dead people are a police commissioner, a schoolteacher, a hunchback, and someone who just happens to be visiting from Berlin. As the police commissioner begins to gather evidence, he comes to the conclusion that this murder might just be a cyclical occurrence. Continue reading

Francis Girod – Le Trio Infernal aka The Infernal Trio (1974)

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Storyline
Marseilles, 1919. Georges Sarret is a distinguished and respected lawyer, recently honoured for his services in the First World War. He takes as his lover Philomène Schmidt, a young German woman, who has just lost her job and home. To enable Philomène to remain in France, Georges finds her a husband – who dies conveniently of natural causes a month after the wedding. Georges repeats the trick with Philomène’s sister, Catherine – marrying her off to an old man who dies suddenly so that the scheming trio can profit from his life insurance. When an accomplice in the scheme, Marcel Chambon, threatens to blackmail them, Georges and his two lovers have no option but to kill him and his mistress. Having dissolved the bodies in sulphuric acid, Georges hires another man to pose as Chambon so that he can secure his assets. Flush with the success of this venture, Georges proposes his most ambitious scam: he will insure Catherine’s life with five separate insurance companies; a young orphan woman who is dying from tuberculosis will provide Catherine’s death certificate when the moment comes. Unfortunately, the scheme does not go quite as planned… Continue reading