Exploitation

Michele Massimo Tarantini – Women in Fury (1985)

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The young, pretty and shy Angela Duvall is jailed for murder in some Latin American country. In the prison she gets brutally “initiated” by the other inmates. The nice, honest and handsome prison doctor believe she’s innocent and tries to help her out.

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Covering for her brother, who killed a Brazilian drug lord, Angela Duvall is sent to a women’s prison. Trapped behind bars, Angela’s beauty excites the passions in her fellow prisoners and the guards alike. Unfortunately, she also catches the eye of a group of inmates who work for the man her brother murdered. In order to live long enough for her brother’s confession to arrive, she must escape with her fellow prisoners into the dark Brazilian jungle! Read More »

Wiktor Grodecki – Mandragora (1997)

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Marek is a 16-year-old from a provicial village who runs away to Prague when he begins to fail at school. He mugged shortly after arriving in the city and is rescued by Honza with the promise of work. Marek is taken to an apartment, drugged, and becomes a male prostitute. He is a bit smarter that his collegues and teams up with a friend, David, in order to go after bigger scores–to cash in and get out. They manage to stash away a bit of money, but when it comes time to return home, Marek loses his nerve and is soon back in the city. Read More »

Lars von Trier – Orchidégartneren AKA The Orchid Gardener (1977)

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Lars von Trier submitted this film as part of his application to film school. Many of the aesthetic and thematic fetishes of his later feature length films (including the Dogme films and his more recent return to the ‘fantastic’ in Antichrist, Melancholia, and the forthcoming Nymph()maniac) are already evident here. The film, as its subtitle says, tells “part of the story of Victor Marse”, an artist (played by Lars himself). The only English language synopsis of this film that I’ve found is reproduced in this wiki and seems to be a poor translation of a summary written by a 12 year old. Consult it at your own peril! Read More »

Nicholas Jacobs – The Refrigerator (1992)

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When Steven and Eileen moved to New York, they couldn’t believe their luck, a one bedroom apartment for only $200 a month! There had to be something wrong…there was.

The Refrigerator, an ordinary household appliance that turned one couple’s life into a smorgasbord of murder, mayhem, and mayonnaise. First it put the chill into their love life. Then it started killing off friends and neighbors with great relish.

Now with the help of the building super and a mysterious neighbor, this young couple must fight the forces that possess the refrigerator before it puts their marriage – and their lives – on the rocks.

Low-budget cult films like this keep me alive! The acting is awful and so is the directing, but The Refrigerator is just such a hillarious killing machine. It just moves and grabs someone. This film was so funny and just plain wonderful. Ranks up there with one of the surefire cult classics. If this isn’t a cult classic, I don’t know what is. Try to find this film on video. If you can ever find it, buy it because it’s rare and hard to find and A MUST HAVE for anyone serious interested in the horror genre. I found it for $2.00 in some mom and pop store in New Jersey, and I watch it every now and then. You’ll get more then one or two chuckles! ***1/2out of****With writing that’s so bad, it’s good! Read More »

Sokrates Kapsaskis & Doris Wishman – O Zestos minas Avgoustos AKA The Hot Month of August (1966)

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While vacationing in Greece with her second husband, Louis Silverman (although she wasn’t all that keen in taking his surname in marriage, director DORIS WISHMAN was more than happy to add her hubby’s handle to her ever-expanding list of pseudonyms), Wishman stumbled upon a small-time film company in desperate need of funds, ultimately returning home with the rights to The Hot Month of August and Passion Fever – purloining both productions for less than $4000. En route back to New York, Doris absentmindedly left her briefcase containing both August and Fever’s translated scripts on a train, forcing her to rewrite the narratives from scratch while overdubbing the original dialogue (a prevalent practice throughout her entire career). Read More »

Ronnie Cramer – Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend (1992)

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A lonely security guard can’t even get a decent blind date, so he begins peeping at women through their bedroom windows. Before long he’s paying call girls to come over and secretly videotaping every session.
Within two weeks he’s blown his life savings and been subjected to a lot of verbal and physical abuse. This bizarre black comedy is loaded with naked women!

Starring Andren Scott – with Monica McFarland, Karen Pombo, Becky Van Lewen and Sheila Traister. Directed by Ronnie Cramer, music by Alarming Trends.

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Fernando Di Leo – Avere Vent’anni aka To Be Twenty (1978)

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Avere vent’anni (To Be Twenty) – (the title refers to the famous phrase at the beginning of Paul Nizan’s book, Aden Arabia: I was twenty years old. I will never allow anyone to say that these are the best years of my life.), was shot by Fernando di Leo in 1978. He also wrote the script which dates back to some years earlier and came from the desire to portray new female characters who had established a revolutionary psychology, and attitudes in society after 1968.

The intermediaries for this story are two young travelers, Tina and Lia – played by Lilli Carati and Gloria Guida, both very popular actresses at that time, who leave the Italian provinces and go to Rome to join a “community” and are under the illusion of being able to live in complete freedom, especially sexual freedom, without restraints or limits.
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