Tuesday 10 December 2019

34 - Aurum horror encyclopaedia roundup

Someone at the Door (1950 - b/w) - Michael Medwin an annoyingly eager lead in this Hammer old dark house comedy.

The White Reindeer (1952 - b/w) - Basically a travelogue of Finland with spooky overtones.

Agatha, laß das Morden sein (1960 - b/w) - Forgettable

El Imperio del Dracula     (1967 - b/w) - Forgettable, sub-Dark Shadows Mexican vampire incompetence.

War of the Zombies (1965) - Forgettable, possibly-a-horror peplum.

The Wrong Box (1966) - All-star, overlong comedy. Loads of comedians, no jokes.

The Unnaturals (1969 - b/w) - Margheriti fox-hunting faux-British supernatural 20s whodunit starring  Joachim Fuchsberger, and Claudio Volonte, brother of Gian Maria Volonte, who bears a more-than-uncanny resemblance to Julian Holloway, to the point I initially wondered if this was an appearance the IMDb had not noticed.

Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970) - Generic, swinging, Mario Bava version of Ten Little Indians.

Multiple Maniacs (1970 - b/w) - Amateurish, ugly early festival of debauchery from Divine and John Waters and co.

The Vampire Happening (1971) - Terrible German sex comedy by Freddie Francis, costarring Ferdy Mayne as Dracula. It's very Fearless Vampire Killers.

The Etruscan Kills Again (1972) - Alex Cord, Samantha Eggar and John Marley in  a dreary Yugoslavian-set giallo.

Morbo (1972) - Dreary Spanish caravanning horror with Michael J. Pollard.

The Corruption of Chris Miller (1972) - The Fox/Killing of Sister George-type lesbianism horror with Barry Stokes and Jean Seberg.

Inn of the Damned (1975) - Sub-Grundy/Crawford's western/horror with Alex Cord, Dame Judith Anderson, Michael Craig and Joseph Furst.

Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key (1972) - Generic giallo.

Blackenstein (1973) - Surprisingly not an Al Adamson picture, but just as intolerably amateurish.

Baba Yaga (1973) - Nazi-infused pervy dreamlike comic strip adaptation, where a bedraggled Carroll Baker gets kinky with an Amanda Barrie-lookalike.

Autopsy (1974) - Another unmemorable 70s giallo with Barry Primus, Mimsy Farmer and Ray Lovelock.

All in the Dim Cold Night (1974) - Forgettable Taiwanese haunted wuxia.
See also Ghost of the Mirror (1974) with a young Brigitte Lin, and Blood Reincarnation (1974).

Vera, un cuento cruel (1974) - Generic, forgetable period gothic with Lucia Bose.

The Guru of the Seven Cities (1975) - Unmemorable Brazilian crime movie. Listed as horror by Aurum.

Quem tem medo de Lobisomem (1975)  - Goofy Brazilian werewolf-adventure.
See also O Homen Lobo (1971) - a dreary b/w almost-home movie-ish thing that resembles a snuff film with musical interludes.

Die Elixiere des Teufels (1976) - German medieval realism.

The Devil Master (1977) - Amateurish fanfilm.

Bloodlust (1976/77) - Forgettable, sleazy Swiss video nasty.

Patrick Lives Again (1979) - Schlocky, forgettable Italian unofficial sequel to the Aussie thriller.

Aquella Casa En Las Afueras (1979) - Dreary, grey, unimaginative fare from Eugenio Martin.

Humongous (1982) - A serviceable if forgettable Canadian island slasher.

The House (1982) - Bland Icelandic haunting.

The Keep (1983) - It's a mess. Ian McKellen looks slightly too young for his character, but hey, what's Christmassier than having Walking in the Air as the theme?

Las amantes del señor de la noche (1986) - A rather beige erotic witchcraft-thriller, despite being directed by and starring Isela Vega, with titan of Mexican cinema Emilio Fernández. It feels older than it is. Watching it, I presumed it was from 1980-81.

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