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Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff review

Posted : 7 years, 3 months ago on 14 April 2011 07:54 (A review of Los ojos siniestros del doctor Orloff)

This is among the better Jess Franco pics. The storyline is in fact coherent and fastpaced, the acting of Mona Proust tremendous and the photography is atmospheric. The usual Franco-clichées are almost missing (don't take me wrong, I am a huge Francophile!). This is a different Franco film. Certainly among his best. The score is somewhat ludicrous though, it seems the tape is random, or at least picked by a feebleminded dj. It becomes most obvious in the end, when we get to hear the "happy note". All in all, a film worth seeing, even for people not that fond of "The Jesus Style".

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Today You Die review

Posted : 7 years, 3 months ago on 30 March 2011 09:52 (A review of Today You Die)

The reasoning behind the 3 stars is this: Although the first hour of this movie is slightly sordid and talkative, the rest makes it even! Some of the violent scenes are among the best of mr SS. Also the ambiguous role (a guy who will kill the police and the scum as well) is not worn out! In fact, TODAY YOU DIE is among the pioneering films on this topic, at least to my knowing and remembrance! Hay Ho! Also, I must say I was delighted to see the "bird" (always a mulatto) staying alive - in fact, the show turned into Bonnie & Clyde soon enough! Recommended to all who appreciate Steven Seagal - others might find it healthy to avoid.....

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Assassination (1987) review

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 7 March 2011 07:54 (A review of Assassination (1987))

Quite slow-paced action-wise as well as plot-wise. However, the chemistry between the three outstanding main characters works pretty well, but the film seems to slow down little by little like the train our fellows travel in... And I cannot believe someone utilising a machine gun riding a water scooter can actually miss!!!! And where did he put that gun in the first place: "lemme see, my wet suit, my machine gun..."

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The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) review

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 2 March 2011 08:42 (A review of The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984))

I think it is not fair to criticise any barbarian movies, but - give me a break - this pile stinks! David Carradine is pretty ok, as always, and Maria Socas tries to avoid the tedium well with her topless passivity, but the film just is not interesting enough. Too bad...

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Barbarian Queen (1985) review

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 2 March 2011 08:37 (A review of Barbarian Queen (1985))

A good dose of barbarian smut! Especially after suffering through the tedious Warrior and the Sorceress this in fact seemed pretty good! It is a feminist barbarian movie yet with loads of tits! In fact, there are not many such films, perhaps with the exception of the truly excellent LOST EMPIRE. I don't much know about the plot - I think there was a burning village in the beginning etc. The usual clichees. But the sword fights look tight enough and as I said a kick-ass film yet with boobs... Can't be bad! What about the sequel????? Dear lord...

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Epic Movie review

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 2 March 2011 08:32 (A review of Epic Movie)

I know most people hate this turd of a movie, and I am not saying it deserves an Oscar nomination either, but at least some of the spoofs do hit the nail. However, compared to the previous DATE MOVIE, movie-wise this is a disaster. I think in parodies such as this it would be a better idea to widen the horizon than to stick with some chosen subplot, this time the Narnia, which I must say is not that much of fun actually. It becomes tedious quite soon, especially when the viewer realizes, the epic adventure is about to be lost. I think some of the spoofs work fine, and the actors, at least some of them are pretty funny. I especially liked the Pirates of the Caribbean music video, the character illumination as Jack Swallows ("Doesn't that sound kinda gay?") and the X-men, especially Carmen Electra hits the spot in this role. However, a movie much despised, yet I do not hate it entirely. Perhaps with a little bit of wit it would have been much better (do NOT stick with a plot, it NEVER works in these sorts of films!)

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Filthy, Rich & Catflap: The Complete Series One review

Posted : 7 years, 4 months ago on 23 February 2011 08:37 (A review of Filthy, Rich & Catflap: The Complete Series One)

"For contractual reasons certain edits have been made." Thus, deleting some songs. Otherwise, it is refreshing that the BBC have a sense of humour enough to permit such outrage on their estab! A series of only one season and 6 eps, this is essential viewing for all fans of Rik & Ade. Also the role of Nigel Planer as the showbiz agent Ralph Filthy is excellent. The dynamics of the show actually get better all the way through the eps and it's pretty well scripted throughout.

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Emanuelle Around the World review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 10 February 2011 08:58 (A review of Emanuelle Around the World)

The 'XXX European Version' actually makes this movie bearable. Packed with utter filth, it leaves even the most sordid Euro fan feeling untidy. The film itself is pretty useless, one of the most unnecessary Emanuelle episodes. It just doesn't make much sense. The score by Nico Fidenco does, however. Anyway, directed by Joe D'Amato, so basic viewing!

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The Skull (1965) review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 28 January 2011 09:48 (A review of The Skull (1965))

I think this one nails it perfectly. We have two occult dabblers slash collectors, potrayed amicably by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, the score is pretty cool, the director is fantastic, the photography splendid - and the concept of "things happening without one willing it" works: the skull just accidentally gets a pentagram around it etc. I noticed one minor flaw: when the items are flowing in the air, the biography of Marquis de Sade was perhaps a wee bit too 'eavy to carry around, since it was replaced by a silly looking photography folder, that doesn't look anything like the heavy, old book we are presented with earlier. Also, the technique of the skull actually moving about is just ridiculous--- Otherwise, I would give this fucker the whole 5 stars!

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Orgy of the Dead review

Posted : 7 years, 5 months ago on 27 January 2011 08:58 (A review of Orgy of the Dead)

This is a tricky one to rate! I would give mr. Criswell 5 stars any day, and the movie is pretty outstanding most of the time, when there is dialogue present, an absolute jaw-dropper. The huge let-down, however, and I say this sincerely, and find it extremely odd I would say such a thing, are the topless routines that just seem to go on and on without furthering the plot - even the "main" couple are tied to the gravestones with bewildered expressions for - let's say 20 mins... This stuff is just pointless. But if you are equipped with one of those DVD players with fast forward options, I can sincerely recommend this classic item! Criswell, you are so right - I'll see you beyond the grave - I wish!!! At least there is something to wait for in death! The dvd is pretty solid, in fact the picture quality is quite amazing. The extras comprise an interview with the director Stephen Apostolof (talk about close-cut!) and a trailer. If you are a Bad Movies Geek, you can't live without it!

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