Tuesday 8 December 2020


 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), the Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Ten Wanted Men (1955), Railroaded (1947), Parole inc (1948), Leave it to the Irish (1944), the Wild Ride (1960), The Video Dead (1987), Life for Ruth (1962), Bloodrage (1983), Wall Street (1987), Central Station (1998), Jamon Jamon (1992), Zatoichi (2003), Murder at the Windmill (1949), Scum of the Earth (1963), Moonshine Mountain (1968), Sister Streetfighter (1974), Lovers and Liars (1979), Chino (1973), Something Weird (1967), the Hellhounds of Alaska (1973), Double Bunk (1964), The Break (1963), Lunch Hour (1961), Sam Whiskey (1969), A Place to Go (1963), Priest of Love (1981), Calculated Risk (1961), The Painted Smile (1962), Dilemma (1963), a Matter of Choice (1963), East of Elephant Rock (1977), the Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968), Klynham Summer (1982), Flesh Feast (1970), Captain Scarface (1953), Night of the Cat (1973), Sixteen (1972), Maryjane (1968), the Beaver Trilogy (2000), the Yellow Teddybears (1963), Woman from the Sea (1959), Empire of the Dark (1990), Skullduggery (1983), The Ladies' Club (1986), Mosfilm's Rock and Roll Wolf (1981), Spider Labyrinth (1988), Invasion (1965), The Face of Eve (1968), 80,000 suspects (1963), THe House of the Spaniard (1936), Beloved Vagabond (1936), the Ware Case (1938), Honeymoon for Three (1935), I Believe in You (1952), the Fortunate Fool (1933), the Girl in the Taxi (1937), swamp women (1956), Hundra (1983), Warrior of the Lost World (1982), Texas Lightning (1981), legacy of Satan (1974), Rumble in Hong Kong (1973), Death Bed The Bed that Eats (1977), the Superweapon (1976), the Gatling Gun (1973), Madron (1970), Girls on the Road (1972), Fists of Bruce Lee (1978), Give us Tomorrow (1978), Snake Shadow, Lama Fist (1978), Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1981), Where the Green Ants Dream (1984), Bruce Lee, We Miss You (1978), the Zodiac Killer (1971), the Children of Sanchez (1978), Snake in Monkey's Shadow (1978), Satan's Children (1975 - so camp someone says "shut that door!"), Citizen's Band (1977), Black Shampoo (1975 - worth it for the presence of middle-aged twink/Hollywood public access doyenne Skip E. Lowe), the Hired Hand (1971), Deliver us from Evil (1974), LVN's Revenge of the Dragon (1978), Cat Murkil and the Silks (1976), Why Shoot the Teacher (1977), New Fist of Fury (1977), Mantis Fist and Tiger Claws (1977), Stevie (1978), Perceval (1978), Silver Saddle (1978), Karate Warriors (1974), the Amazing Dobermans (1976), The Daring Dobermans (1973), The New Monsters (1977), the Devil's Possessed (1974), The Triple Echo (1972), the little Princess (1939), Hell in Normandy (1968), cabiria (1914), Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942), the Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939), Red Zone Cuba (1966), Zorro and the 3 Musketeers (1963), Longtime companion (1989), Floating Clouds (1955) Pod People (1953), Fear (1952), the Savage Seven (1968), Tim (1979), Orgy of the Dead (1965), the misleadingly titled Giant of Evil Island (1965), the Sun's Burial (1960), Banning (1967), Sky west and Crooked (1966), Bye Bye Brasil (1980), Bomber (1982), Hard Country (1981), Le juge et l'assassin  (1976), Madame Rosa (1977), Adalen 31 (1969), Clair de Femme (1979), Marriage Italian Style (1964), Danger Pays (1966), the Boys of Paul Street (1969), Coup d'etat (1973), Report to the Commissioner (1975), Breathless (1983), Midnight Crossing (1988), Beyond Glory (1948)

Sunday 29 November 2020


 Anatomy of a Psycho (1961), The Black Klansman (1966),  Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1961), Zatoichi meets Yojimbo (1970), Kill (1968), Sanjuro (1962), Who Killed teddy Bear (1966), Grijpsta and de gier (1979), A Night Full of Rain (1977), Double Jeopardy (1955), Fear and Desire (1953), Invasion from Inner Earth (1974), Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975),  Killing Heat (1981), Attack of the Robots (1965), Mouchette (1967), Fritz the Cat (1972), David Holzman's Diary (1972), Double Jeopardy (1955), Satan's Brew (1975), Satan's Brew (1976), A view frm the Bridge (1962), Another Shore (1968), The Courier (1988), The Christmas that Almost Wasn't (1969), Black and White in Colour (1976), Cold Steel (1986), Quiet Cool (1987), Just fr the Hell of It (1968), Breaker Breaker (1977), the Rage Within (1969)), Mysteries (1978), King Kung Fu (1976), the Billion Dollar Hobo (1978), Tototarzan (1952), Bluebeard's six wives (1950), Wild in the Sky (1972), Sebastiene (1976), L'Automobile (1971), The Portrait ofan Artist as a Young Man (1977), the 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Iphigenia (1977), Les Scenes De Glace (1974), Berlingeur I Love You (1977, which begins with Roberto Benigni looking at posters at Lilli Carati and Laura Gemser Emanuelle films), the Cameraman (1928), Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator (1967), the Hunt (1966), Elvira Madigan (1967), Through A Glass Darkly (1961), Smorgasbord (1983), Dillinger is Dead (1969), Blood Diner (1987), Madame Claude (1977), the Idiot (1951), the Earrings of Madame De (1953), the Connection (1961), une Partie de plaisir (1975), les Biches (1968), Man of Marble (1977), Man Called Adam (1966), Two Women (1966), Venina venini (1961), The War is Over (1966), Muriel (1963), Andrei Rublev (1968), the Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978), Mado (1976), All Screwed Up (1974), Victory March (1976), Le Pays Bleu (1977), Un borghese piccolo piccolo (1977), Anne and Muriel/Two English Girls (1971), We All Loved Each Other Very Much (1974), One Sings the Other Doesn't (1977), Robert et Robert (1978),Death on a wet Friday (1986), Stark fear (1962), I'll Give my Life (1960), Night of Evil (1962), Rat pfink a boo boo (1965), Maidstone (1970), the Glass Cage (1964), Invisible Adversaries (1977),  the Psychopath (1973), the Battle of Love's Return (1971), Gordon, the Black Pirate (1961), Eddie Romero's the Passionate Strangers (1966), Nazarin (1959), White Voices (1964 - Castratosploitation with Barbara Steele), Black Magic 2 (1976), Law and Disorder (1958), Sands of the Desert (1960), Playgirl Killer (1967), Little Fugitive (1953), Bang Bang  (1967), the Angry Breed (1968), Degree of Murder (1967), Chafed Elbows (1966), Babo 73 (1964), two tons of turquoise to taos tonight (1975), No More Excuses (1968), Andy (1965), the Beatniks (1960), Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959), Dark Odyssey (1954), Joe D'amato's the Pleasure Shop on 7th Avenue (1979), the Cool World (1964), Pay or Die (1960), Hotel Monterey (1973), Sweet Love, Bitter (1967), I'm Waiting No More (1973), From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), the Deadly Art of Survival (1979), Sonny Boy (1989), the Telephone Book (1971), Unmade Beds (1976) and the Foreigner (1978), Bloodrage (1979), Rome 78 (1978), Ciao Manhattan (1972), A Very Natural Thing (1974), Jenny (1970), Saturday Night at the Baths (1975 - with Pete and Dud in cameos), El Super (1978), Sugar Cookies (1973), Driller Killer (1979), Women in Revolt (1971), the Cross and the Switchblade (1971), the Pursuit of Happiness (1971), Emanuelle in America (1977), Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), Just Tell Me What You want (1980), the Long Island Four (1980), Permanent Vacation (1980), Forty Deuce (1982), Losing Ground (1982) Waitress (1981), Subway Riders (1981), Smithereens (1982), South Bronx Heroes (1985), Daniel (1983), Arthur (1981), Soup for One (1982), Endless Love (1981), Easy Money (1983), Six Weeks (1982), Lovesick (1983), Without a Trace (1983), School Daze (1988), She's Gotta Have It (1986), Dear mr. Wonderful (1980), Kill or be Killed (1976), Kill or be Killed (1950), Eagle Shadow (1973), the Vampire's Coffin (1958), Zorro contro Maciste (1963), the Black Cat (1966), One Potato Two Potato (1964), Battle of Blood Island (1964), Nobody Waved Goodbye (1964), Naked Angels (1969), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Attack from Space (1965), War Italian Style (1968), Portrait of Terror (1968), A Jester's Tale (1964), the Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), the Passion of Anna (1969), Five Loose Women (1974), Malone (1987), Stick (1985), Le Petit Soldat (1963), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), The Two of Us (1967), 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle (1967), The Lost World of Sinbad/samurai pirate (1963), Black Eye (1974), Five Days of Milan (1973), Enforcer from Death Row (1977), The witch who came from the sea (1978), Black Starlet (1974), Mardi gras Massacre (1978), Little Laura and Big John (1973), Fearless Hyena (1979), Magnificent Bodyguards (1978), Dragon Fist (1979), benji (1974), For the Love of Benji (1977), Cria Cuervos (1976), Bootleggers (1973), Cop in Blue Jeans (1976), A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973), alambrista! (1977), Score (1974), In Praise of older women (1978), Graduate First (1979), All in the Family (1975), The Great Adventure (1975), Sex with a Smile (1976), Alvin Purple (1973), Tigers in Lipstick (1979), Nadja (1994), Immoral Tales (1973), Bed and Board (1970), The Homecoming (1973), the Middle of the World (1974), The Mattei Affair (1972), the Hanzo the Razor films (1972, (1973, (1974), Mon Oncle Antoine (1971), The Devil's Playground (1976), Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1975), The Demon (1978), Knife in the Head (1978), Le couple temoin (1977), The New Land (1972), the Getting of Wisdom (1978), My Brilliant Career (1979), Baal (1970), Whity (1970), Fear eats the Soul (1974), Mother and the whore (1974), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1970), Beware of a Holy Whore (1971), Fear of Fear (1975), the Widow Couderc (1971), LOve on the Run (1979), The Squeeze (1987), An Autumn's Tale (1987)


 The Secret of the Red Orchid (1962), Traitor's Gate (1965), The Terrible People (1960), Die Racher (1960), Die Gruft mit dem Ratselschloss (1964), The Black Abbot (1963), The Red Circle (1960), The College Girl Murders (1966), the Strange Countess (1961), The Curse of the Golden Snake (1963), The Hidden Vault (1964), The Phantom of Soho (1964), The Forger of London (1961), The Monster of London City (1964), Das Geheimnis der Schwarzen koffer (1962), The Seventh Sacrifice (1964), Die Hexer (1964)/Neues vom Hexer (1965), The Inn on the River (1963), the Green Archer (1961),  Mad Executioners (1963). Fellowship of the Frog (1959) , The Squeaker (1963), The Sinister Monk (1965), The Indian Scarf (1963), The Door with Seven Locks (1961), Room 13 (1964),  and the non-Wallace Wallace-alikes The White Spider (1963), Secret of the Black Widow (1963), The Murderer with the Silk Scarf (1966) and The Secret of the Chinese Carnation (1964),   Uppercut (1978), Colt 38 special squad (1976), Romero (1989), Armaguedon (1977), Anima Persa (1976), Le Trio infernal (1974), Whisper in the Dark (1976), All Souls Except the Dead (1977), The People who own the Dark (1976), Ring of Darkness (1979), Todo Modo (1977), Eyes Behind the Wall (1977),We are Going to Eat You (1980), Night of the Damned (1971), Die Warheit ueber Rosemarie (1959), Vampyros lesbos (1971), Death Drums along the River (1963),  Coast of skeletons (1964). A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1971), Marked Eyes (1964), Giallo (1934), Avenging Angel (1985), La Traque (1975), Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972), Ghosts of Rome (1960),

 Roselyne and the Lions (1989), Erik the Viking (1989), Sweetie (1989), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Cat Chaser (1989), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Pulse (1988), Young Einstein (1988), the Big Blue (1988), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Zelly and me (1988), Track 29 (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), The Moderns (1988), Salome's Last Dance (1988), Tucker - the Man and his Dream (1988), Zombie High (1987), Zombie Nightmare (1987), The Hidden (1987), Stagefright (1987), A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), Jane and the Lost City (1987), Black Widow (1987), Best Seller (1987), White of the Eye (1987), Straight to hell (1987), High Tide (1987), the Believers (1987), Good Morning Babilonia (1987), Prick up Your Ears (1987), Hope and Glory (1987), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Hog wild (1980), the Hostage Tower (1980), the Young Master (1980), My Bodyguard (1980), Headin' for Broadway (1980), Sitting Ducks (1980), One Trick Pony (1980), Hide in Plain Sight (1980), Why Would I Lie (1980), Willie & Phil (1980), the Loveless (1981), the Chosen (1981), the Woman Inside (1981), Gas (1981), Carnival Magic (1981), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981), Lunch Wagon (1981), Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981), Pennies from Heaven (1981), Body Heat (1981), Whose Life is it Anyway (1981), Mephisto (1981). Smash Palace (1981), Mystery on Monster Island (1981)/Sea Devils (1982), The Sea Serpent (1984), Warriors of the Apocalypse (1985), Shoot the Moon (1982), Young Doctors in Love (1982), National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1982), National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), Homework (1982), Slapstick (1982), Angel (1982), Brimstone and Treacle (1982), I Ought to be in Pictures (1982), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), The Interrogation (1982), L'Etoile du Nord (1982), Lonely Hearts (1982), Yol (1982), Duvar (1983), Gunbus (1986), Regalo di Natale (1986), The Hitcher (1986), Police Story (1985), A Better Tomorrow (1986), Raw Deal (1986), Murder Elite (1985), Max mon Amour (1985), Agnes of God (1985), When the Wind Blows (1986), Defense of the Realm (1986), Cop au Vin (1984)/Inspecteur Lavardin (1986), First Blood part 2 (1985), Romancing the Stone (1984)/Jewel of the Nile (1985), Round Midnight (1986), Absolute Beginners (1986), Castaway (1986), Dogs in Space (1986), The Whistle Blower (1986), Born in Flames (1983), Loose Connections (1983), Gabriela (1983), Fanny Hill (1983), The Moon in the gutter (1983 - no one told me Bertice Reading was in this), the Star Chamber (1983), Heat and Dust (1983), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), KGB - the Secret War (1985), Dr. Detroit (1983), Steaming (1985), Stroker Ace (1983), Nana (1983), Zombie Island Massacre (1983), Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold (1984), Molly (1983 - rather sweet kids' film about Reg Lye's singing dog), Valley Girl (1983), Heart Like A Wheel (1983), Careful He Might Hear You (1983), The Pirates of Penzance (1983), Losin' it (1983), Privates on Parade (1983), My American Cousin (1984), the Lightship (1985), the Coca Cola Kid (1985), Once Bitten (1985), Turk 182 (1985), a zed and Two Noughts (1985), Mishima (1985), Drowning by Numbers (1988), the Wild Life (1984), Misunderstood (1984), the Inside Man (1984), Cal (1984), The Bounty (1984), Rhinestone (1984), Sheena (1984), Mike's Murder (1984), the Flamingo Kid (1984), Stranger than Paradise (1984),

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina (1972), Midi Minuit (1970), the Big Scare (1964), Parano (1980), La Bambola di  Satana (1969), A White Dress for Mariale (1972), Death haunts Monica (1976), The Killers are our Guests (1974), I kill, You Kill (1965), Shadow of Death (1969), 28 minutes for 3 million dollars (1967), The Strange Case of Doctor Faust (1969), A for Assassin (1966), Venus in Furs (1969), Young Torless (1965), Libido (1965), The Exquisite Cadaver (1969), the Witch's Curse (1962), Un Mostro e Mezzo (1965), the Immortal One (1963), The Hanging Woman (1972), Perseo l'invincible (1963), the Embalmer (1965), the Vampire of Dusseldorf (1965), Fantasmas en la casa (1961), Il Monaco di Monza (1963), Catacombs (1965), the Witch's Mirror (1962), Where Has Poor Mickey Gone? (1964), the Mask of Dijjon (1946), THe Possessed (1964), Weird Woman (1944),La torre de los siete jorobados (1944), Yotsuya Kaidan (1949, (1949),  Women of Twilight (1952), The ghost of Yotsuya (1959), The Ghost of Kasame (1957), Lady Vampire (1959), Girl Diver of Spook Mansion (1959), Beatrice Cenci (1956), Beatrice Cenci (1969), the Seventh Grave (1965), the Curse of Belphegor (1967), Hand of the Assassin (1967), Goliath and the Vampires (1961), the Diabolical Dr. Z (1964), Los desafios (1969), A Witch Without a Broom (1967), Lucky the Inscrutable (1967), The Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) , Toto Contro Maciste (1962), Gerarchi si muore (1961), Toto and Cleopatra (1963), Accadde al Commissariato (1964), Deadly inheritance (1968), Courte Tete (1956), the Demise of Father Mouret (1970), threshold of the Void (1972), the Sadist with Red Teeth (1971), Skin under the Claws (1975), Obscene Desire (1958), Violent Bloodbath (1973), Cop (1988), Toto le moko (1979), Ciak si muore (1974), Churchill's Leopards (1970), 

Love and Death in the Garden of the Gods (1972), Meet Sexton Blake (1945)/Echo Murders (1946), A Girl in Australia (1971), Berlingot et cie (1971), Kiss of Death (1972), Un Revenant (1946), Forbidden Photos of a lady above Suspicion (1973), Boudu saved from Drowning (1938), Tis Pity she's a whore (1971), A man, a woman and a bank (1979), Alice (1976), Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974), Red Ibis (1975), Delirium (1972), Madeleine  - anatomia di un incubo (1974), Erotic Games of a Respectable Family (1975), Presagio (1975), The Devil's Kiss (1975), Night of Death (1980), Demon is on the Island (1983), Blood Stains in a New Car (1975), chevalier de la nuit (1954), the Deadly Females (1976), Swamp of the Ravens (1974), Il Medium (1980), in a Glass Cage (1986), My Wife is a Witch (1980), Beauty of the Devil (1950), National Mummy (1981), Werewolf and the yeti (1975), Dracula blows his cool (1979 - "Transylvania's answer to Daisy duck"), Lulu (1980), Death Occurred last Night (1970), Cran d'arret (1970), Two Males for Alexa (1971), Calling All Police Cars (1975), Call Girls 66 (1966), Death knocks twice (1969), the Greek giallo to agistri (1976), Lipstick (1960), Maigret a pigalle (1966), The Shortest day (1963), the Great swindle (1971), the Student Connection (1972), long lasting days (1973), the Snake God (1970), Black Crown (1951), Huis Clos (1954) with Louis de Funes, Young Dracula (1977), Diabolic Nymphs (1978), Hex (1980), Queen Doll (1972), Deadly Games (1982), Bloodsuckers from outer Space (1984), the Touched (1981), Fantasmi e ladri (1959), the Green Cockatoo (1937), BEwitched (1981), the Trail (1983), Devil Fetus (1983), Ipnosi (1962), Dead man's eyes (1944), Ski Troop Attack (1960), Satanik (1968), Isabella - Duchess of the Devils (1969), the 3 Stooges meet Hercules (1962), Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1968), The Snow Woman (1968), curse of the Blood (1968), Blood Shack (1971), Pink Flamingos (1972), Haunted Castle (1969), Def by Temptation (1990), Curse of la llorona (1947), Motorpsycho (1965), Kuroneko (1968), the Ghastly Ones (1968), La Casa Stregata (1982), Secret of the Mummy (1982), Walter Hugo Khouri's Daughters of fire (1978), the Virgin Spring (1960), lake of the Dead (1958), There's Always Vanilla (1973), Darkman (1990), Nightbreed (1990). Scarab (1983), Sudden fury (1975), Best Defense (1983), India Song (1975 - Dobtcheff!), in the Midst of Life (1963), Der Fan (1982), Tower of Nesle (1955), Moi fleur bleue (1977 - obscure Jodie Foster), Madchen in Uniform (1959), Tenemos 18 anos (1959 - Jess Franco teen musical with a Phantom of the Opera parody), the Last DAys of Pompeii (1959), L'affaire des poisons (1955), the Witches of Salem (1957), Aladdin (1986), Au Pair Girls (1972), Interrabang (1969), Marta (1971), Fanny Hill (1964), Vicious Lips (1986), Fando y Lis (1968), the Ape Woman (1964), the World's Greatest Sinner (1962), Deathwatch (1966), Kill the Fatted Calf and Roast It (1970), Mitgift (1976), Five for Hell (1969), Conquest of Mycenae (1963), Who killed the Prosecutor and Why (1972), Detective Belli (1972), Qui (1970), Delitto d'autore (1974), the Designated Victim (1971), No, the Case is Happily Resolved (1973), Due occhi per uccidere (1968), Vergogna schifosi (1969), la Controfigura (1969), A Rather Complicated Girl (1969), Crimine a due (1964), Diary of a Murderess (1975), goofy comedy The Terror with Cross Eyes (1972), Without Knowing anything about her (1969), the goofy but interesting comedy NON FACCIO LA GUERRA, FACCIO L'AMORE (1966) and My Dear Killer (1972), Les Mysteres de paris (1962), Carnal Circuit (1969), Date for a Murder (1967), Mudhoney (1965), Cherry, Harry and Raquel (1969), Vixen (1968), Supervixens (1976), Up (1976), Fox and his Friends (1975), FRance Societe Anonyme (1974), Risate de Gioia (1961 - Toto and Ben Gazzara!), Quiet flows the Don (1956), Nothing but a man (1964)

Wednesday 28 October 2020


Knives of the Avenger (1966), Shriek of the Mutilated (1974), Die Laughing (1980), Bride and the Beast (1958),  Sins of Jezebel (1953), too Scared to Scream (1985), Red Bells (1982), To All A Goodnight (1980), Trick or Treats (1982), Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death (1979), Bad Man's River (1972), Whales of August (1987), The Ugly Duckling (1959), Golden Ivory (1954), Cloud Dancer (1980), 9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985), Ma Barker's killer brood (1960), Going Berserk (1983), Mad about MEN (1954), Nightmare in the Sun (1965), Top of the Heap (1972), Love from a Stranger (1947), Panic in the City (1968), I accuse my Parents (1944), The Young One (1960), Simon of the Desert (1965), Ah, les belles bacchantes (1954), the Bad Lord Byron (1949), Plot of Fear (1976), the Gangster (1947), Bill and Coo (1948), Day of Wrath (1942), Confessions of a Vice Baron (1943), Delinquent Daughters (1944), Flight to Nowhere (1946), Blonde Savage (1947), The Devil on Wheels (1947), Jungle Siren (1942), No 1 of the Secret Service (1977), Liane - Die weisse Sklavin (1957), Battle of the V1 (1958), Orders to KIll (1958), The Diamond (1954), Daughter of Shanghai (1937), Amour de Poche (1957), Jungle Street (1960), The Message (1977), Color me Dead (1977), Some Like it Cool (1977 - the Tony Curtis Casanova picture), Jigoku (1960), the Fifth Cord (1971), Amuck (1972), Erik the Conqueror (1960), Police Python 357 (1976), First Family (1980), Stone Cold Dead (1979), The Violent Professionals (1973), The Sicilian Connection (1972), Eyeball (1974), Spasmo (1975), secrets of a Call Girl (1973), Roma Violenta (1973), Napoli Violenta (1973), Killer Cop (1976), Eva Nera (1976), face of Terror (1962), The Wild Eye (1967), The Eroticist (1972), Mad Dog Killer (1977), Emmanuelle (1974), So Sweet so Perverse (1969), A Quiet Place to Kill (1969), Perversion Story (1969), The Bitch (1979), The Ambassador (1984), Last Cannibal World (1977), Manhunt in the City (1976), Streets of Fire (1984), The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1976), Rings of Fear (1978), the Challenge (1960), Ghosts of Hanley House (1968), Exorcismo (1975), Eagle's Wing (1979), Stunt Squad (1979), Bolero (1985), Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975), Ludwig (1972), The Climber (1975),  The Protector (1985), Howling II (1985), Deadly Force (1983), Grace Quigley (1984), The Hit (1984), Certain Fury (1985), The Skin (1981), Future Hunters (1986), Ghost Warrior (1984), The Dungeonmaster (1984), Manhunter (1986), split Image (1982), Jake Speed (1986), Omega Syndrome (1986), Cobra Mission (1986), Opposing Force (1986), Wanted Dead or Alive (1987), Contraband (1980), Star 80 (1983), The Lonely Lady (1983),Caligula (1979), Gymkata (1985), Pray for Death (1984), Rage of Honor (1987), Into the Night (1985), Mozambique (1964), Carpet of Horror (1962), Commando (1962), Doctor of St. Pauli (1968), The Gay Deceivers (1969), Scream of the Butterfly (1965), Flesh (1968), Trash (1970), Heat (1972), Brigand of Kandahar (1965), Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964), Penitentiary (1979), Alakazam the Great (1978), joshua (1976), Wedding in White (1972), The Bus is Coming (1971), Thumb Tripping (1972), Good Luck Miss Wyckoff (1979), the Groove Tube (1974), Cosmos War of the Planets (1978), Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave (1976), Scorchy (1976), Maitresse (1975), Honey Britches (1971), Cat in the Cage (1978), The Hollywood Strangler meets the Skid-row Slasher (1979), Bummer (1973), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), In the Folds of the Flesh (1970), The harrad Experiment (1973), Detroit 9000 (1973), Good Guys Wear Black (1978), A Force of one (1979), La Vallee (1972), The Story of O (1975), the Fifth Floor (1978), the Sea Wolf (1977), the Double McGuffin (1979), Female Trouble (1974), Short Eyes (1978), The Young Americans (1993)

Iron Eagle III - Aces (1993) - more like the Wild Geese than anything.

Year of the Dragon (1985) - A deranged epic of a New York that never existed.  Why is Fabia Drake in this? Wonderfully weird to see her in this. People criticise the film lead, Ariane as being wooden, but she's a TV reporter, so it works. 

Autumn Born (1979) - Horrible, unbearable, "classy" would-be erotica with Dorothy Stratten, made in rural Canada.

Gwendoline (1984) - The sexy stuff gets repetitive, and it's still rooted in old-school racist archetypes, but it's fun and it looks beautiful. And it has Jean "Aubergine" Rougerie as a British scientist, and Vernon Dobtcheff. 

The Naked Flame (1964) - Intriguing Canadian quota quickie with a mainly US cast, headed by Dennis O'Keefe, based on real-life Russian anarchists in Banff. Features a lot of Ritz crackers. 

Friday 23 October 2020


OSSESSIONE (1943) - What is this film's tone?

The Church Mouse (1934) - Teddington try for the big time.  Also watched forgetttable Pat O'Brien vehicle the Great O'Malley (1935)

Tarzan Escapes (1938) - From racists into racism.

Anna  Karenina (1948) - the old story.

Lilli Marlene (1950)/The Wedding of Lilli Marlene (1953) - this was a franchise?

To Dorothy A Son (1954) - Peter Rogers production. In a parallel universe, Shelley Winters did the Carry Ons.

Seagulls over Sorrento (1954) - Rote naval comedy.

The Brain Machine (1955)/Escapement (1958)  - Rote Brit noir with SF elements. 

The Law (1958) - Routine Gina Lollobrigida drama. 

Broth of a Boy (1959) - A comedy about British TV in Ireland, with Barry Fitzgerald as Oireland's oldest Oirishman. 

Wake Me When it's Over (1960) - Ernie Kovacs, Dick Shawn, Jack Warden and Don Knotts in an aptly named 2 hour bore. 

Le Gentleman D'Epsom (1961) - Racing comedy with Gabin and De Funes. 

See also Le cave se rebiffe (1961) and Any Number can Win (1962).

The Day and the Hour (1963), On Friday at Eleven (1963)- 60s Europuds galore.

Cleoportes (1965)  - Lino Ventura and Charles Aznavour - together at last

The Wild  Bunch (1969) - Back when men in their fifties looked twenty years older. Except Borgnine, who never looked more fresh-faced.  See also Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

Run Wild, Run Free (1969) - The other Mark Lester horse movie, but like Black Beauty, feels Irish.

Believe in Me (1971) - Love Story with drugs, again.

Angel's Leap (1971) - Sterling Hayden and Gordon Mitchell versus Tintin-reading Asian assassins. What's not to love?

The Jerusalem File (1972) - finally found this actioner, mildly diverting and with Nicol Williamson, Donald Pleasence, Bruce Davison and Ian Hendry and a Troy Kennedy Martin script, but lazily directed and with a tragic ending that semi-fridges Daria Halprin. 

The Ragman's Daughter (1972)  - Fox tried to make a pre-The Bill Simon Rouse a movie star, alongside Victoria Tennant. A glossier take on Ken Loach from Harold Becker.

The Abdication (1974) - Religious epic with LIv Ullmann and Peter Finch. 

Take a Hard Ride (1975) - Despite the black leads, Margheriti and shooting in Tenerife, surprisingly  trad western. Apart from Catherine Spaak, Ronald Howard and Ricardo Palacios, a mainly American cast and Hal Needham does the stunts.  The Goldsmith soundtrack is way too good. See also Boss ****** (1975).

Boulevard Nights (1979) - Forgotten Chicano gang pic.

The Tin Drum (1979) - It's certainly an interesting film. Seeing Charles Aznavour was a bit of a shock.  See also The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (1977).

Also watched various New World pictures, Christiane F (1982), Moonshine County Express (1977), The Hot Box (1972), The Woman Hunt (1972), Sweet Kill (1973), Cover Girl Models (1975), My American Uncle (1979), Paradise (1982), Women in Cages (1982)

Rich and Famous (1981) - Transatlantic tripe with an oddly uncredited Michael Brandon and Marsha Hunt (the African-American Hammer actress/former Jagger lover not the white blacklistee), Ray Bradbury, Paul Morrissey and Nina Foch as themselves. 

A Breed Apart (1984) - Ropey eco-vigilante saga. 

Mr. Scarface (1976) - Rote Eurocrime.

Ice Castles (1979) - Surprisingly not a tax shelter film. 

The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) - Is that the Four Tops' theme from Shaft in Africa used in the party scene?

The Hot Touch (1981)- Features Canadian TV, so there's a plus. But very beige Canadian prestige product. Did Vadim really Direct it?

See also Tribute (1980) and the astonishing Martin's Day (1985).

Strictly Ballroom (1992) - Luhrmann is proper tacky, in't he?

Love Letters (1984), Wall of Death (1951), The Optimists (1973), Inadmissable Evidence (1968), Tony Arzenta (1973), Raw Deal (1948), Le Vice et la Vertu (1963), Youngblood Hawke (1964), Rome Adventure (1962), Hold that Blonde (1945), The Great American Pastime (1957), Forbidden Cargo (1954), Crooks Anonymous (1962), Windom's Way (1957), diamond City (1949), girl in Danger (1934), the Right Stuff (1983), the Moonspinners (1964), Fist of Fury (1972), Glory (1989), the Wiz (1978), the Presidio (1988), The House on Sorority Row (1984), The Forest (1982), Girls' Nite Out (1982), Maniac (1980), Ms 45 (1981), Effects (1980), Smokey bites the Dust (1980), Oasis of the Zombies (1983), Happy Hooker goes Hollywood (1980), the final Terror (1983), New York Ripper (1982), Scalps (1983), Executioner II (1984),Exterminator 2 (1984), Kill Squad (1982), Exterminators of the year 3000 (1983), the Big Score (1982), Blood Song (1982), House of Death (1982), A Blade in the Dark (1983), Joysticks (1983) , Devilfish (1984), They Call me Bruce (1982), Unhinged (1982), the Impossible Kid (1982), Don't Answer the Phone (1980), Conquest (1983), Day of the Cobra (1980), Ninja III (1984), An Eye for an Eye (1981), Zombie Lake (1981), Toxic Zombies (1980), Night of the Demon (1980), Eaten Alive (1980), Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980), The Great Rock and Roll Swindle (1980), Murder Obsession (1981), Boardinghouse (1982), Fairgame (1986), Absurd (1981), Ghostkeeper (1981), Farewell Uncle Tom (1981), Anthropophagus (1981), Clones of Bruce Lee (1970), Concrete Jungle (1972), Alien Dead (1980), Cannibal Apocalypse (1980), The Dorm that Dripped Blood (1980), Alien 2 (1980), Murder Rock (1984), R.o.t.o.r. (1989), Avenging Force (1986), American Ninja (1985), That championship Season (1982), Over the Brooklyn Bridge (1982), America 3000 (1987), Love Streams (1984), Runaway Train (1985), Barfly (1987), Street Smart (1987), Tough Guys don't Dance (1987), the Borrower (1991), the Berlin Affair (1985), Alien Predators (1987), April Fool's Day (1987), Opera (1987), Neon Maniacs (1986), Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973), Roseland (1972), Dillinger (1946), Girls on Probation (1938), Xanadu (1980), Insignificance (1985), The Criminal Life of Archipaldo de la Cruz (1955), Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1983), Flic story (1975), Child Bride (1938)

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Thursday 15 October 2020



Village of Daughters (1962)/One Way Pendulum (1965), Hollywood Canteen (1943), Three (1969), the stagey Operation Eichmann (1961 - Hogan's Heroes - concentration camp edition), Tiara Tahiti (1962), Esther and the King (1960), The Shooting (1966), Carbon Copy (1981), The Informers (1963), The Bargee (1964), the Quare Fellow (1962), Our Man in Marrakesh (1966), The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960), Man-Trap (1961), The Bulldog Breed (1960), Operation C.I.A. (1965), Of Human Bondage (1964), A French Mistress (1960), Private Potter (1964), KIng and Country (1965), Night of the Grizzly (1966), The Outsider (1961 - teenage native American played by thirtysomething Tony Curtis), For the Love of Ivy (1968), Yojimbo (1961), Hands over the City (1963), the Ravine (1969),  the Beauty Jungle (1964), The Great Impostor (1961 - faux Canadian Tony Curtis), Taxi to Tobruk (1961), Magnet of Doom (1963), Doctor Dolittle (1967), The Idol (1966), Tightrope (1984), Red Dragon (1965), the German version of the Devil's Daffodil (1961 - the UK cut has Colin Jeavons instead of Kinski), the disappointing Mexican Brian Trenchard-Smith film Day of the Assassin (1979), Bartleby (1970), the Little Ark (1972), Wombling Free (1977), Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1971), what (1972), The Romantic Englishwoman (1975), Doctor in the House (1954, )Doctor at Sea (1955), Doctor at Large (1957) Doctor in Love (1960) Doctor in Distress (1963), Doctor in Clover (1966), Doctor in Trouble (1970), Desperate Living (1977), Werewolf Woman (1976), The Hunting Party (1971), Please Sir (1971), Harper Valley PTA (1978), Soldier Blue (1970), Man about the House (1974), the Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970), Take me High (1973), The Jerk (1978), Who  Saw Her Die (1973), Leadbelly (1976), The Chess Players (1978), Song of Norway (1970), The Baby Maker (1970), the Cat Ballou knockoff starring Lee Marvin the Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (1976), The Class of  Miss McMichael (1978 - set at the NFT), Gang War in Milan (1973), Don't Torture A Duckling (1973), Could it Happen Here (1977) and Shoot First, Die Later (1974) with Luc Merenda, Fassbinder's Despair (1978), Not Now, Darling (1973), Wrong Move (1975), Shoguns' Samurai (1978), China 9, Liberty 37 (1978), Seven Beauties (1977), the Spider's Stratagem (1970), Overlord (1975), Butley (1974), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), All the Right Noises (1970), Skin Game (1971), Autumn Sonata (1978), A Little Night Music (1977), Fingers (1978), La poudre d'escampette (1971), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The National Health (1973), The Spanish Gardener (1957), Appointment in London (1953), Commando (1985), Can't Stop the Music (1980), The Golden Child (1986), Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Mannequin (1987), George and Mildred (1980), To Live and Die in LA (1985), Fright Night Part II (1988), The Seventh Sign (1988),  Suburbia (1983), Manhattan Baby (1982), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Project A (1983), The Crimson Blade (1963), His and Hers (1961), THe Firemen's Ball (1966), the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1966), Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town (1989), Mack the Knife (1989), Leningrad cowboys go America (1989), Fury at Smuggler's Bay (1961/ The Hellfire Club (1961)), Love on a Pillow (1962), Le Voleur (1967), Don't Bother to Knock (1960), Too Hot to Handle (1960 - rip Herbert Kretzmer), Till Death Us Do Part (1969), Love is a Funny Thing (1969), Backfire (1964), The Man who Finally Died (1963), Cartouche (1962), the Amorous Prawn (1962), Mata Hari (1961), No Love for Johnnie (1961), the Long and the Short and the Tall (1960), The Angry Silence (1960 - Whicker!), The Young Ones (1961 - the Strand ad!), Beach Blanket Bingo (1964), The World of Sammy Lee (1963), Accident (1967), teorema (1968), Some People (1962), The American Beauty (1961) with Louis de Funes, A Matter of Resistance (1965), shoot the Piano Player (1961) , the Elusive Corporal (1961)

How do I Love Thee (1970)- A Comedy set at Lourdes with Maureen O'Hara and Jackie Gleason. Prime RTE filler. 

Closely Watched Trains (1966) - The CSF logo is the best. Trumptonesque.

The Lion (1962)

Sunday 11 October 2020


 Assassination in Rome (1965), Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1980), Santa Claus (1985), the siege of Pinchgut (1960), Zombie Creeping Flesh (1981), three Smokey and the Bandits (1977, (1980, (1983), Eugenie (1970), 99 Women (1969), The Rats are Coming, the werewolves are Here (1970), the Body Beneath (1970), Enforcer (1976),  Who killed Jessie (1966 From Beyond (1986), Savage streets (1984), Scavenger Hunt (1979)), the Lion in Winter (1968), Eliminators (1987), Honkytonk Man (1982), Moonwolf (1958), the Big Noise (1944), Teenage Monster (1955), Don't Shout from the Rooftops (1959), Ein Mann geht durch die wand (1959), Maniac (1963), 4 for Texas (1963), The Belstone Fox (1973), The Plague Dogs (1982), Tarka the otter (1979), Cabaret (1972), Mr. Peek-Aboo (1951 - Bourvil and a French-speaking, undubbed Joan Greenwood), Nightmare at Noon (1988), American Gigolo (1980), Port of New York (1948), Cut and Run (1985), The Battle of Sutjeska (1969)/Battle of Sutjeska (1973), blaxploitation Big Time (1977), Private's Progress (1957), Pixote (1981), soldier of Orange (1977),  Katie Tippel (1976), UTU (1983), the Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970), Don't talk to Strange men (1963), Dr Syn (1963), the Wicked  Lady (1983), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Bury Me Dead (1947), Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942), Convoy (1940), the Yellow Canary (1943), Christopher Columbus (1949), Eureka Stockade (1949), Secret Mission (1942), The History of Mr. Polly (1949), Portrait of an Assassin (1949), They Were Sisters (1945), mission a Tanger (1949), Bad Boy Bubby (1993), Parting Shots (1999), Freejack (1992), Freddie as FRO7 (1992), Taffin (1988), Shakedown (1988), Tai-Pan (1986), Marilyn (1953), Happy is the Bride (1960), Serious Charge (1959), Miss Robin Hood (1952), Gunman in the Streets (1950),  Manina (1952),  The Net (1953), Yesterday's Enemy (1959), the Green Scarf (1954), The Galloping Major (1954), The Astonished Heart (1950), Alive and Kicking (1959), Ugetsu (1953), Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), Lease of Life (1954), Miracle in Soho (1957), the Ringer (1952), Danger Within (1959), Escapade (1955), Tale of Two Cities (1958), A Hell in Korea (1957), Sumer with Monika (1953)

Also saw tiresome Ron van Clief vehicles Black Dragon (1974)/Way of the Black Dragon (1978)

Wild Guitar (1963), Pink Floyd the Wall (1982), Ooh You are Awful (1972), Gonks go beat (1972), Glen or Glenda (1953), The Fast and the Furious (1955), Naked Paradise (1957), Eskimo Nell (1975), Jive Turkey (1974), Reflecting Skin (1990), Sid and Nancy (1986), Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire (1986), the insane Crimes of Passion (1984), rotund war fare Three Stripes in the Sun (1955), Sea of Sand (1958), The Frightened City (1961), the Holly and the Ivy (1952), Three Men on a Horse (1936), Pygmalion (1938), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The General (1926), Kipps (1941), Beauty and the Beast (1946). Gaslight (1940), Knife in the Water (1962), Daisies (1966), Last year at Marienbad (1962), Testament of Orphee (1950), Sunflower (1970), The Cruel Sea (1953), Mandy (1952), A Taste of Honey (1961), the sicilian (1986)/Salvatore Giuliano (1962), Nada (1974), A Kind of Loving (1962), Sparrows Can't Sing (1963), Turks Fruit (1973), Souvenir d'Italie (1957), the Young Mr. Pitt (1942), Next of Kin (1942),  It's Not Cricket (1949), Let's Live a  Little (1948 - Hedy Lamarr on poverty row), Sanders of the River (1935), Big Fella (1937), Song of Freedom (1935), Jericho (1937 - all four with Paul Robeson)             Bitter Rice (1949), Appointment with Crime (1946), Bulldog Jack (1935), The Good Companions (1932), The Deadly Companions (1961), The Small Back Room (1949), Batteries not Included (1987), Demons 2 (1986), Los Olivados (1950), Bad Taste (1987), Odette (1950), Rose Marie (1936), Le Grand Jeu (1934), the Intruder (1953), Throne of Blood (1957), Secret People (1952), the 400 blows (1959), the Birthday Present (1957), I Was Monty's Double (1958), Passage Home (1955), Cry the Beloved Country (1951), Hiroshima mon Amour (1959), Diary of a Country Priest (1950), The Godfather III (1990)

Coonskin (1975), Disco 9000 (1976), Velvet Smooth (1976), Tom (1973), The human Tornado (1976), Petey Wheatstraw (1978), Disco Godfather (1979), Penitentiary II (1982 - quite fun - Ernie Hudson in Errol Brown mode, Mr. T and Glynn Turman!), Slavers (1978), and the early-color-not-colored film Valley of Giants (1938)

Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) - Weird seeing Michael Brandon in his leading man days, black-haired Bea Arthur and sexy Cloris Leachman. See also The People next Door (1970).

Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1969), Two Evil Eyes (1990), Sergeant Deadhead (1964), the Pink Panther (1963), Spree (1979), Up the Creek (1958), Julius Caesar (1970), Macbeth (1971), Vudu Sangriento/Black Voodoo Exorcist (1974), Toxic Avenger (1984), Long Good Friday (1980).  Reanimator (1985), Half moon street (1986), Superargo (1966)/(1968), Werewolf vs the Vampire Woman  (1971), Sweet 16 (1983), Blood Splattered Bride (1972), Creatures the World Forgot (1972), Contamination (1971), Island Monster (1954), Bulletproof (1988), Green ice (1981), Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988), Maniac Cop (1988), Whoops Apocalypse (1986), Obsession  A Taste for Fear (1988), House of Black Death (1965), La Jetee (1965), the Fly (1986), Starchaser (1986), Zorro the Gay Blade (1981), Superfly (1972), Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984), Hills have Eyes (1978), Twilight Zone (1983), Cocoon (1985), Tron (1982), Fantastic Planet (1973, Jack the Ripper (1976), Taps (1981), One Down, Two to Go (1982), the astonishing  Leolo (1992), The Narrow Margin (1990), A Prayer for the Dying (1987), the Green Berets (1968)

Monday 28 September 2020



Over the Moon (1939) - Color Merle Oberon vehicle. 

Zaza (1939)  - Claudette Colbert semi-musical. 

The Day will Dawn (1942) - rote war film. 

Way to the stars (1945 - b/w) - Generic Brtiish warfare.

The Affairs of Susan (-1945 - b/w) - Joan Fontaine comedy.

Margie (1946 ) - Rote teen semi-musical. 

wicked city (1947) - Rote vehicles for Jean Pierre aumont and Maria Montez.

john Loves Mary (1949)/The Hasty Heart (1949) - Imagine if Ronald married Patricia Neal instead of Roald. 

Adventures of Captain Fabian (1951) - Errol Flynn slumps to Republic, with badly-done Creole maids, vincent Price and Howard Vernon.

Lorna Doone  (-1951) - England with American accents ahoy.  Already mislogged as Lorna Dorne. 

The Brothers Rico (1957) - Dreary gangsterism. 

Rhapsody (1954) - Routine Elizabeth Taylor quasi-musical weepie. 

Francis of Assisi (1961) - Routine religious biopic.

Ten Little Indians (1965)  - Well-paced little adap. 

Room at the Top (1959) - Dreary. The sequel, Life at the top (1965) at least has Jean Simmons, Honor Blackman, Michael Craig, a returning Donald Wolfit all given starring billing, but Robert Morley isn't. The bits with Wolfit feel very mad science-y. "like fish and chips wrapped in a  News of the World"

The Fox (1967)  - Striking but overlong Canadian DH Lawrence adap. 

Finian's Rainbow (1968) - What a strange film. Leprechaun Tommy Steele solves racism by turning Keenan Wynn "black". 

king Solomon's Treasure (1977) - Bizarre South African-Canadian adap from Harry Alan Towers.

house of 1000 dolls (1967) - The worst AIP Price vehicle.

See also 99 Women (1969)

Rewatched the Glory Brigade (1953), Five Came Back (1939 - b/w), Flying Tigers (1942), Five Finger Exercise (1962), Time of Indifference (1963 - b/w), the Affairs of Susan (1945), Charlie Chan in Egypt (1934), A Hatful of rain (1957), Little Big Shot (1935 - b/w),  Endangered Species (1982), Darling (1965 - hey it's about UK Tv), Modern Problems (1981), Kotch (1971), A Breath of Scandal (1961), Caddyshack (1980),Ladies' man (1931) and Boots  Malone (1952) - which I thought was about a cowboy but it's William Holden training a delinquent jockey.

Also caught up on two Gary Cooper flicks - Now and Forever (1934) and One Sunday Afternoon (1933), the former with Shirley Temple, so I watched Temple's version of Little Miss Marker (1934), and then Thanks for the Memory (1938) and my Favourite Blonde (1942) with Bob Hope.

Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) - Might be one of Corman's best. Something close to Samuel Fuller. Hell, even the Irish actors seem convincing. 

Blackjack (1979) - Not the (1979) blaxploiter but a dreary Leon Garfield adap from noted kids adventure specialist Ken Loach. 

Red Sonja (1985) - Even at the time, the effects looked dated.

The Dead (1987) - God Sean McClory is good. The idea of an Irishman writing for the Daily Express is derided. Maybe he wrote Rupert. One of the great Irish films, and it was all shot in California.  young Maria McDermotrroe shocked me, being used to her in  Killinaskully. She had Kate Mulgrew vibes.

The Sect (1991) - Herbert Lom classes this bloody Italian thing up.

Wednesday 23 September 2020


 Midnight (1934 - b/w) - Rote family drama, featuring Humphrey Bogart. 

Page Miss glory (1935 - b/w) - Forgotten Pat o'brien/Marion Davies musical. 

Where's That Fire (1940 - b/w) - Routine Will Hay.

First of the Few (1942 - b/w) - passable wartime biopic with Leslie Howard as Reginald "Spitfire" Mitchell. 

The Man in Grey (1943 - b/w) - The ultimate in Gainsborough.

see also Ealing's Saraband for dead lovers (1947)

Eve of Saint Mark (1944 - b/w) - samey Fox war fare.

Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943) - Forgettable Monogrammer.

See also The Way Ahead (1944), which with it shares David Niven. But it has the greatest cast of character actors - Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie, Leslie Dwyer, Hugh Burden, "Jimmie" Hanley, Billy Hartnell, Reginald Tate (ooh - first Doctor and first Quatermass), Leo Genn, Renee Ascherson, Tessie O'Shea, AE Matthews, Jack Watling, Peter ustinov "and Raymond Huntley", plus Esma Cannon

The Strange Mr. Gregory (1945 - b/w) - Rote Monogram mystery. 

They Were Not Divided (1950 - b/w) - Terence Young war pic starring Edward Underdown. 

Room to let (1950 - b/w) - One of two Lodger variants starring doomed Limerick-born Constance Smith, one of seemingly dozens of Rank charm school grads abandoned and then left to die young, 

Four in a Jeep (1951 - b/w) - Rote war Europud.

Something to live for (1952 - b/w) - Rote weepie. See also Ray Milland in Three Brave Men (1956).

Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951 - b/w)  - John Howard Davies does the old chestnut. With Robert Newton, James Hayter, Michael Hordern, Max Bygraves, Glyn Dearman (the other JH Davies - known for playing a Dickensian character, and then became a BBC radio producer)

Scared Stiff (1953) - Like the Karloff vehicle The Man with Nine Lives (1940), I swore I had seen this. Maybe just felt like it. See also Spooks Run Wild (1940), Doomed to Die (1936), The Miracle Man (1932 - b/w)

Julius Caesar (1953 - b/w) - It feels so small. 

Albert,  RN (1953 - b/w) - Routine British war fare, but with a dummy. Not to be confused with Carrington, VC (1954). 


Shark River (1953 - b/w) - Generic southern. 

The Black Tent (1956) - Dreary desert adventure.

The Naked Truth (1957) - The usual 50s comedy. Peter Sellers' turn as a Scottish TV personality in the McKeller/Stewart mould is terrifying. See also Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (1959 - with Nicholas Parsons!), The Battle of the Sexes (1959) and Wrong Arm of the Law (1962), Only Two Can play (1962), Trial and Error (1962), Where Does it Hurt (1972), and the bizarre Yellowbeard-for-kids Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973)

Tom Thumb (1958) - Charming. Peter Sellers looks like Tim Healy.

Daddy O (1958) - Miserable AIP rockery.  See also Rock all Night (1957), Runaway Daughters (1956),  High School Hellcats (1958)...

Carve Her Name with Pride (1959 - b/w) - Typical WW2 film. 

Machine Gun Kelly (1958 - b/w) - Rote gangstery from Corman, an early lead for Charles Bronson. 

Operation Dames (1959) - AIP fluff with pervy soldiers and singing nurses. See also Tank Commandos (1958) and Paratroop Command (1959). 

El Cid (1961) - Typical epic. 

See also 55 Days at Peking (1963). 

The Last Judgment (1961 - b/w) - All-star DeLaurentiis fantasy comedy partly set in Liverpool. 

Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) - An Italian biblical epic, cinematic junk food on a large scale.

The Young Racers (1963) - Dreary Corman racing pic. 

See Also Pit Stop (1969)

I Maniaci (1964) - all-star Fulci comedy.

The Born Losers (1967) - Routine biker trash that launched Billy Jack. 

Mission Phantom (1967) - Fun visuals in this Euroheister with Fernando Sancho.

The Bride wore Black (1968)  Like the Paul muni Europic Stranger on the Prowl (1952), long thought I had seen this. 

Black Angels (1970) - The worst Hell's Angels picture?

A Man Called Horse (1970)/The Return of the Man Called Horse (1976)/Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983) - the last one is pure stale spaghetti, but these are intriguing films. Despite the heavy amounts of brownface and bag pigtail wigs. Harris is an ideal presence. 

Tragic Ceremony (1972)  - ?

Dillinger (1973) - so generic I swear I had seen this. But its a decent gangster fick. 

Five on the Black Hand Side (1973) - Pleasantly confrontational black family drama.

The Voyage (1974)  - Typical turgid vehicle for La Loren. By De Sica?!?!

Caged Heat (1974) - Rote women in prisoner.

Arabian Nights (19740 - Pasolini doing his usual. 

Adolf Hitler - My Part in his Downfall (1974) - Dullish biopic of young Spike Milligan, even though Jim Dale is way too old, the resemblance just gets uncannier year by year. 

Death Weekend (1976) - No matter how tough this rape-revenge flick gets, I can't take it seriously because Brenda Vaccaro I can only associate with Andrea Martin in SCTV no matter how many things I've seen her in, and as this is a Canadian production (SCTV associate Ivan Reitman producing) , it doesn't help. 

The Missouri Breaks (1976) - A western, yes, but Brando is so convincing as an Irishman. Really. Not just the voice, the body language. 

Robin and Marian (1976) - Is it supposed to be ludicrous? The ending is a tear-jerker, and the soundtrack is one of Barry's best.

A Bridge Too Far (1977) - A film no matter how much its epicness and scale and the fact I visited Arnhem age 12, I associate with being that film "Cos worked on", Cos being a family friend. 

See also Yanks (1979) and Cross of Iron (1977).

Hound of the Baskervilles (1978) - A Waste. Yet I'd lie if I said I wasn't partly amused. Cook and Williams should have switched parts, though. Kenneth Williams would have been a genuinely brilliant serious Sherlock. 

Force 10 from Navarone (1978) - It begins with a Patrick allen narration/montage, and because of Reeves and Mortimer, I can't take this seriously. 

The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh (1979)/Roller Boogie (1979) - Flip Wilson does two awful novelty disco movies for UA???

Don't Go in the House (1979) - I wish I didn't. 

see also The Slumber Party Massacre (1982), Final Exam (1981), Graduation Day (1981) and He Knows You're Alone (1980)

Night School (1981) - Feels like a slightly-above giallo because of the presence of the American but previously Rome-based Leonard Mann. The twist makes no sense. Is Rachel Ward the killer?

Encounters of the Spooky kind (1980)  - Some interesting gore. But quite indebted to Iron Fisted Monk (1981). 

City of Women (1980) - huh?

See also Il Bidone (1953) and Variety Lights (1950). Finishing up on Fellini. 

Charlie Chan and the Curse of The Dragon Queen (1981) - Why was this made? If it was a Tv pilot, it'd explain a lot. But it ain't. 

Comin at Ya (1981) - Whata beautifully strange western.

Knightriders (1981) - Flawed because of how strange it is - a creative anachronist knight of the realm finds himself living his delusion of being King Arthur, but Romero's ace up his sleeve is the casting of storyteller Brother Blue as Merlin.

Excalibur (1981) - It's bacially just nutters roaming about Wicklow. Even Clive Swift suggests my childhood. 

Enter the Fat Dragon (1981)   - Sammo at his best.

A STranger is Watching (1982) - TV movie-ish Kate Mulgrew thriller. 

See also Visiting Hours (1982), which features UBS, the titular Network of the 1976 film and American Nightmare (1983, equally generic, down to the Canadian setting). 

Handgun (1984) - Tough but well-made kitchen sink vigilante rape flick from Tony Garnett. Has a weird cod-reggae theme from Harry Nilsson. 

The Company of Wolves (1984) - The effects are so trashy, but the film is so "classy", but the performance from Rea and the tone projected by Mr. Neil Jordan of Bray  is pure Wanderly Wagon. Hey, product placement for DC Thomson. What a waste. Never noticed that Graham Crowden and Brian Glover were double-billed first, though we have introducing credits and "and David Warner". In the end credits, Crowden and Glover and 3rd and 4th billed, but still, Neil, you had a great cast. We could have monster hunter Angela Lansbury. 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Yawen. 

The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)- ZZZ.

Yes, Madam (1985) - Typical Hong Kong coppers. But you can see that despite all the posturing from Cynthia Rothrock, that it would be Michelle Yeoh who'd be the major Anglophone star. 

The Doctor and the Devils (1985) - Weird to see Lewis Fiander billed over Beryl Reid, TP McKenna and Patrick Stewart. The performances from Stephen Rea going full stage Dub, Jonathan Pryce and Phil Davis don't help. 

Lethal Obsession (1987) - Erotic German thriller with Elliott Gould. 

Shanghai shanghai (1990) - Ropey Sammo Hung vehicle, too glossy for its own good. 

Rewatched The Elephant Man (1980 - which I finally understand and see is a great film), Scanners (1981), Somewhere in Time (1980), the bollocks Hellraiser (1987), Don't look now (1973), Ashanti (1979), Zulu (1964), Zulu Dawn (1979), The Tamarind Seed (1974), a Hard day's Night (1964), Thunderbirds are GO/Thunderbird 6 (1967)/(1968)), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), Yellow Submarine (1968), Chitty chitty, bang Bang (1968)...

 Convicts Four (1962) - Rote prison film, Allied artists spending the money on an incredible cast.

Dirty Weekend (1973) - Peculiar Italian buddy comedy with Oliver Reed and Mastrello Mastroianni.

Wolf Lake (1980) - Dreary revenge film with Rod Steiger and the soon-to-be-murdered David Huffman. Set in Canada, shot in Mexico. 

Circle of Two (1982) - Canadian march-january romance with Richard Burton and Hammer fan Tatum O'Neal. 

Pit and the Pendulum (1991) - Typical Band ambition doesn't meet success.

Monday 21 September 2020


Absolute Quiet (1936 - b/w) - Forgettable comedy with Lionel Atwill. 

See also Big City Blues (19320, featuring early Bogart.

This Happy Breed (1944) - Attractive encapsulation of pre-war Britain by Lean. features IPC's the Sunday Pictorial. 

Face to Face (1952 - b/w) - rotund maritime with James Mason + westerning with Robert Preston.

Les Espions (1957) - Dreary Ustinov spy caper from Clouzot. 

Carnival rock (1957) - Rote B-rate rocker from Corman, with the Platters.

Date with Disaster (1957) - Rote British B with Tom Drake, William Hartnell and Shirley Eaton.  Features ads for Oxo.

High Tide at Noon (1957)  Despite being set and partly shot in Nova Scotia, begins with "a British film" in big words to tell us that it is a Pinewood production, despite the presence of William Sylvester, Michael Craig, Patrick Allen (the middle two actually partly raised in Canada) and Flora Robson. Typical Rank romance starring Betta St John.

Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961) - Hard to believe I hadn't seen this Corman piece. But I suppose I already had. 

rag Doll (1961) - One of the last films by an ironically by-that-point-London-based Mancunian Film Corporation, but distributed by Butcher's, and Manson distributing, this dreary sex drama's only notable factor - the much-hated-by-Kenny Everett Jess Conrad theme, "why am I Living?" haunts this film. Conrad costars opposite Christina Gregg. With Pat Magee and Hermione Baddeley

Taste of Violence (1961) - Robert Hossein and Mario Adorf in the first modern Euro-western...

Reach for Glory (1962) - Offputting Lord of the Flies variant in wartime England. 

She'll Have To Go (1962) -  Rote black comedy starring Bob Monkhouse, Hattie Jacques, Alfred Marks and Anna Karina. That's right. a nice gothy ending where Monkhouse tries to kill Karina in a Heath Robinson organ-powered trap, only for he and Marks to fall in. 

Donovan's Reef (1963) - John Wayne "comedy". 

Strike Me Deadly (1963 - b/w) - Striking if mostly uneventful drama with some nice camerawork, from Ted V. Mikels, who as unique his cinematic vision was, was a better cinematographer.

Baraka X-77 (1966) - Forgettable Eurospy. 

Die Nibelungen (1966) - Luxuriant epic, the most expensive German film of its era, and a rare pre-80s sword and sorcery flick. Sweeping locations and a great mechanical dragon. And Herbert Lom! Plus a-pre-Terence Hill Mario Girotti. 

Mother Goose  a Go-Go (1966) - Ludicrous psychedelic erotica with Tommy Kirk.

Dutchman (1967 - b/w) - Under an hour, but a memorably angry, powerful turn from Al Freeman Jr. 

Maharlika (1970) - Pro-Marcos propaganda with Paul Burke and Broderick Crawford. Marcos' white American actress mistress Dovie Beams plays  a Filipina girl. 

Cold Sweat (1970) - Rewatched this rote Bronson Eurothriller.

Corbari (1970) - Stirring but rather dry biopic of a WW2-era partisan with thirtysomething Giuliano Gemma as someone who died age 21. 

Tarzan and the Golden Grotto (1970)/Tarzan and the Brown Prince (1973) - Though unofficial, these Spanish Italian knockoffs do feel expensive. With the likes of Peter Lee Lawrence and Fernando Sancho supporting the unremarkable but physically passable Steve Hawkes (whose Tarzan cry is alarmingly off), and some nice Eastmancolor cinematography, they do have  slight overtones of Italian cannibal movie sleaze and danger about them. The secondis a Filipino coproduction, with future British based Hollywood CGI whiz Robin Aristorenas as the titular young lad. 

May Morning (1970) - Depressing italian fare set in Oxford, soundtracked by the Tremeloes.

Kill (1971) - Romain Gary/Salkind insanity beginning with a fake-TV documentary on child drug addicts. Then, becomes a Euro-adventure with Stephen Boyd, James Mason and Jean Seberg. Mason I think is dubbed by someone doing a bad James Mason impression in some scenes, but not others. There's exposition scenes in front of  Arabs jumping on invisible pogo sticks. 

 The Incredible Two Headed Transplant (1971) - Ropey AIP twaddle.

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me (1971) - Samey 50s-set nostalgic drama.

Slaughter Hotel (1971) - Attractive but garishly exploitative Klaus Kinski-Rosalba neri Eurosleaze.

Fox Style (1973) - Ropey Tex-blaxploitation with Juanita Moore.

The Harder They Come (1972) - A perfect capsule of 70s Jamaica.

Return of the Evil Dead (1972)/The Ghost Galleon (1974)/night of the Sea Gulls (1975) - Blind dead cobblers. 

Red Psalm (1972) - Typical Jancso. 

The Magnificent Daredevil (1973) - A fictional British TV reporter interviews racing driver Giuliano Gemma in a pub. Faux-British mix of action and sub-Alfie larks. Has a fight in  front of an ad for Yellow Pages. Cameo from Jackie Stewart.

The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) - Bonkers. How did this make 89 million dollars? Delores Taylor looks disconcertingly like crusading journalist/Irish patriot Gemma O'Doherty. She also reminds me of a late aunt. The end is just a load of crying, like a bloody televised funeral. This never got a release in the UK and Ireland. Thank God.

125 Rooms of Comfort (1974) - Amiable Canadian drama.

Zardoz (1974) - An accurate picture of Wicklow.

Deranged (1974) - Pervy Canadian Geinsploiter.

Eliza's Horoscope (1975) - Peculiar canadian odyssey with "Tom Lee Jones" in his film debut. Feels quite similar to Paul Bartel's Private Parts, down to lead Elizabeth Moorman having a similar aura to Ayn Ruymen. With Lila Kedrova  and a strange RP-voiced Australian-Chinese astrologer, one Rose Quong.

Train Ride To Hollywood (1975) - A baffling musical comedy vehicle for the r&b group Bloodstone set in a train that's also 30s Hollywood with Guy "Loving you Has Made Me Bananas" Marks as Bogie, Jay Robinson as Dracula,  lookalikes of Gable and Leigh (Phyllis Davis as Scarlett O'Hara), Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy in Rose Marie surrounded by snow that only rains on them, WC fields, Roberta Collins as Jean Harlow. Bloodstone are basically a black 70s Ritz Brothers. 

Kidnap syndicate (1975) - Italian cop yarn, again surprisingly solid, with Luc Merenda and James Mason as a crime boss. Features placement for TicTacs and J&B.

Linda Lovelace for President (1975) - It feels so ugly and voyeuristic.

The Iron Super Man (1975) - Oddly steampunky Mazinger Z knockoff with Godfrey Ho.

The Masters (1975) - Dry Mafia drama with Jennifer O'Neill, Franco Nero and James Mason.

Nick the Sting (1976) - Amiable, slightly jokey Sting in Eurocrime drag from di Leo with Luc Merenda as Nick Hezard, Lee J. Cobb, Luciana Paluzzi, Valentina Cortese and Gabriele Ferzetti. 

la polizia interviene ordine di uccidere (1975) - rote Eurocrime with Leonard Mann, Janet Agren, James Mason and Stephen Boyd. 

Viva Knievel (1977) - Evel can't act, so he just looks as baffled as the audience, as weirdness abounds. 

Blood and Diamonds (1978) - Routine Fernando di Leo Eurocrime. 

Cyclone (1978) - Despite sharks, cannibalism and dog-death, this is a rather dreary Mexican exploiter.

Magnum Cop (1978) - Decent Maurizio Merli cop show, in Austria, with Joan Collins in her The Stud era. 

See also Convoy Busters (1978) - not a trucker flick, but a rather downbeat but decent actioner involving Italian music shows and murdered girls. 

The New godfathers (1979) - Dreary Italian-Turkish-Iranian Godfather knockoff.

Running Scared (1980) - Unusual, confused 60s war/regional action hybrid with Ken Wahl, Judge Reinhold, John Saxon, Annie McEnroe, Bradford Dillman and Pat Hingle. A late imitation of Macon County Line.

The Club (1980) - Graham Kennedy and Jack Thompson sporting a magnificent tache in a film that somehow makes Aussie rules football exciting. Kennedy was an underappreciated character actor, despite being his country's most beloved broadcaster, their Wogan (and not just cos he did Blankety Blanks). Wonder can someone make the great GAA movie?

Bruce Beresford also did the same for teenage girls with the similarly truthful but trashily grim Puberty Blues (1981), based on the Kathy Lette book.

Bad Blood (1981) - Might be Mike Newell's best film, forgotten and buried at its release by being a product of the instantly stillborn film arm of Southern Television, it's a true crime story based on a real-life New Zealand crime case, with Jack Thompson as a farmer gone mad. Transformed into a 50s-set Kiwi western, it is savage, brutal and held together by performances from Thompson, Prisoner Cell Block H's Franky Doyle - Carol Burns, and Denis Lill, in a rare screen lead, for once playing his own nationality, as the local constable. 

The House by the Cemetery (1981) - Haunted house/franken-zombie nonsense from Fulci.See also City of the Living Dead (1980)

Station for Two (1982) - Two Soups - the Soviet Romance.

Bloodbeat (1983) - Bizarre French slasher shot in Wisconsin, with a  Darth Vader-esque samurai killer.

Monkey Shines (1988) - Dreary 80s romero despite for Romero, a great cast - Joyce van Patten, Stephen Root ("Lenore!"), Stanley Tucci!!!

The Carrier (1988) - What the hell is this? Begins in the present as a kind of slasher, then tunrs into an insane sub-Crazies post-apocalyptica?

Terror in Beverly Hills (1988)  - What begins as a promising sub-sub-Cannon actioner by Israelis the Bibiyans becomes increasingly boring. with Frank Stallone, William Smith and Cameron Mitchell.

Meet the Hollowheads  (1989) - A cult film without a cult.

Transylvania Twist (1989) - Ambitious Corman/Wynorski ZAZ-type parody. Not great but ambitious and with a few fun jokes. Robert Vaughn, Angus Scrimm, Jay Robinson, howard Morris as Prof.  Lilloman from High Anxiety...

Escape from the Liberty Cinema (1990) - A polish Jerry Lewis lookalike censor deals with a Purple Rose of Cairo-type film. Shot like an episode of Boon. Being Polish, a number of the cast were  in Soupy Norman. 

The Public Eye (1992) - Visually gorgeous neo-noir with Joe Pesci that suffers as it was marketed as a pulpy comedy. With Barbara Hershey and baby Jared Harris as a bull-headed Culchie doorman. 

Carnosaur (1993) - Despite its ambition, this Jurassic Park cash-in can't go beyond the dull visual dowdiness of most Corman films post-1985.

Saturday 12 September 2020


The Four Feathers (1939) - Rote colonial bull loved by grandads. 

Let The people Sing (1942) - Routine British comedy with Fred Emney and Alastair Sim.

I Know Where I'm Going!, (1945) - I thought I did. 

The Shop at Sly Corner (1947) - Rote Scotland Yarder with Oskar Homolka. 

Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951) - An all-star cast  (Dennis price,  Stanley Holloway, Kay Kendall, George Cole, Diana Dors, Eddie Byrne, Renee Houston, Richard Wattis, Sid James, Michael Ripper plus uncredited appearances from alastair Sim and Trevor Howard in cameo, and the likes of Dana Wynter, Anne Heywood, joan Collins, Jean Marsh and Ruth Ellis as the beauty pageant contestants) in this comedy that captures the world of Workers' Playtime and one-channel British television. 

The Quiet Man (1952) - The albatross hung around Ireland's neck. Best watched in a restored print, or else it'll like look like Trucolor, even though for once Republic did the full Technicolor on a film. An ad for Lyon's Tea and Wills' Gold Flake helps establish some authenticity. Yes, I know Wills is British, but still, at least it's not an American brand. if only it had been Wills' notorious Strand range, but that wasn't established until 1959. 

The Ladykillers (1955) - Darker than one expects. 

The Court Jester (1956) - Danny Kaye at his fantastical best.

Les Violents (1957) - Rote Paul Meurisse rougher. 

Dead Lucky (1960) - Rote british quickie with John le Mesurier. 

Two Way Stretch (1960) - Sellers, Cribbins, Denham and Jeffries do Porridge. Typical charming if not exactly rib-tickling 60s comedy. 

Les Petits Matins (1962) - Arletty, Blier, Brialy, Ventura, Becaud, Gravey, Gelin, Hossein, Noel-Noel, Aznavour  in what feels likea  French beach party lick 

Blague dans le coin (1963) Fernandel vehicle. Like any other.

Avec la peau des autres (1966) - Rote Lino Ventura trenchcoater with Coca Cola product placement  See also Sursis Pour Un Vivant (1959)

The Virgin Soldiers (1968)  - Typical 60s army comedy, but with a marvellous cast. Hywel Bennett, Lynn Redgrave, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Patrick, Rachel Kempson, Christopher Timothy, Lord Melbury, Christopher Timothy, "and james Cosmo", a discomfortingly attractive Geoffrey Hughes, Wayne Sleep, and an uncredited turn fro a young actor named David Jones. Bowie's appearance in a bar behind Shelley and Onslow, a literal blink-and-miss is like a hidden message from the future. 

igorota (1968) - Bizarre Filipino tropical erotica.

Stoney (1968) - Ropey but surprisingly nice looking Filipino actioner with Barbara Bouchet, Mike  Preston, Michael Rennie and Richard Jaeckel. 

Daddy's Gone a Hunting (1969) - Overlong studio-glossy but empty melodrama told over a number of years, with Carol White (playing a character called Cathy - so technically this can be seen as a sequel to Cathy Come Home - what happens when she abandoned Ray Brooks and her kids) arriving in the US with a Union Jack bag, falling in love with Scott Hylands, getting an abortion, driving him into a mad killer. There's a soap opera-y, Transatlantic tripe feel. Cathy marries Paul Burke, has a child and  now outraged Scott Hylands is determined to kill mother and child in revenge for the death of his own child. 

And God Said to Cain (1970) - Memorable at times horror western with klaus Kinski. Unusually solid looking village sets. 

Brain of Blood (1971) - Being Al Adamson, a special kind of terrible. Set in a supposed south Asian country with white actors without any makeup using their own accents, but dressed in karakuls and a postcard representing a palace exterior. Angelo Rossitto in a tam o'shanter is the sinister sidekick. Features Khalid Television and an ending that makes no sense. 

Get Carter (1971) - It is in many ways a perfect film. Even if it can be too grim, there's just the details that rivet. 

The Jesus Trip (1971) - Grim biker/nun teamup with a emroably hautningly angelic Tippy Walker as the heroic nun. 

La Scoumoune (1972) - Belmondo and Cardinale in a routine 30s Gallic gangster vehicle with an island prison interlude. 

Sweet Sugar (1972) - the incidental music used in this faux-Filipino women in prison plantation quickie is the same that soundtracked the Dave Nice Deptford Draylons ad.

A Full Day's Work (1973) - bonkers Wacky Races-ish assassin on a motorbike comedy directed by Jean Louis Trintignant, with an uncharacteristically jolly Bruno Nicolai score. 

Don't Just Lie There Say Something (1975) - Typical Rix farce. Even Derek Griffiths MBE wasn't immune from the curse of BAME actors of being billed lower than their role dictates.

Costar Peter Bland was also in the amiable NZ comedy Came A Hot Friday (1985)

Operation Lady Marlene (1975) - Allo Allo-ish antics with Michel Serrault.

Dolemite (1975) - Interesting but baffling Rudy Ray Moore vehicle. 

Slade in Flame (1975) - Some kind of masterpiece.

Don's Party (1976) - interesting Aussie drama set amongst the changeover of government. 

The Likely Lads (1976) - Along with Porridge, being a Clement/le Frenais production, the two sitcom films that feel like proper films. I like this less than Porridge, maybe because the Likely Lads sitcom I've never really been interested in, but it's still a decent film. And proper 70s shops. Timpson's! 

The Stud (1978) - pornographic disco muzak. 

Meteor (1979) - I quite enjoy the batshit scale of it. Shaw/AIP nonsense at its best. 

Scum (1979) - Harsh but accurate title. 

Boardwalk (1979) - A peculiar film, begins as a light dramedy with Lee Strasberg and Ruth Gordon as an old Jewish couple who watch the Price is Right, but then turns into a gang-attack movie, and eventually pre-empts Death Wish III in its story of old Jews fighting against Hispanic gangs.

When You Coming Back, Red Ryder? (1979) - Bleak, unusual, confusing southern drama with Marjoe Gortner as auteur-star, and a curiously miscast Peter Firth with a black quiff, plus Candy Clark, Lee Grant, Hal Linden and Pat Hingle and the Andy Williams Show..

Kamakalawa (1981) - Epic if  overlong but likeably ambiitous Filipino fantasy from Eddie Romero.

Spaghetti House (1982) - Starring Nino Manfredi, Rudolph Walker, "special guest appearance" from Rita Tushingham "and Derek Martin", while David Burke, Renato Scarpa and John Woodvine are listed in alphabetical block. Seeing two members of the cast in EastEnders in lead roles with solo billing in an Italian actioner (albeit written by Peter Barnes and shot in England) is nice. It feels nasty in an Italian way, like a dirtier version of Juggernaut. however, the best thing about is Walker. Despite a CBE for his  services to drama and charity and his twenty year run in EastEnders, Walker is still an underrated presence. He is both terrifying and terrified. He succeeeds  in being both threatening and yet likeably  sympathetic enough so that eventually he can soften and become friends with Manfredi's character. He looks genuinely scared at times of his own actions, while Nino Manfredi and his Italians play for wacky comedy. In a just world, Walker would have had a long career in Italian pictures, or at least would have been given better roles in British films. As it was, this was never released in Britain.  Features such 80s sights as punks outside a Ladbrokes and ads for Lyon's Maid.

Two of a Kind (1983) - Travolta and Newton John let Heaven wait. 

Savage Dawn (1984) - routine biker fare.

After Hours (1985) - Scorsese can't do zany without feeling bleak. 

De Ja Vu (1985) - Boring british Cannon ballerina reincarnation drama with Jaclyn Smith, Shelley Winters, Nigel Terry and Claire Bloom, set at the Daily Mail offices. 

Codename Emerald (1985) - TV WW2 hokum that got a theatrical release.

Gtohic (1986) - Ken Russell on autopilot. Feels like it was shot in wicklow thanks to Gabriel Byrne and Benjy Riordan. Very indebted visually to Women in Love (1969)

The Pink chiquitas (1987) - SCTV-related Frank Stallone retro sf chintz.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) - The girls watch Madness on telly. Tyical 80s grimy council house film on four. Find it odd to say but Kulvinder Ghir was pretty when he was a young lad. 

Masquerade (1988) - Typical bland 80s thriller. Nice if entirely generic John Barry soundtrack that fuses Frances and The Legend of the lone Ranger. 

Dans le Ventre du Dragon (1989) - Very strange Gilliam-meets-Cronenberg Quebecois mad science. 

Grim Prairie Tales (1990) - James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif in Western Tales from the Darkside. 

Assassin of the Tsar (1991) - boring Soviet mental illness drama with Malcolm McDowell. 

Warlock II - The Armageddon (1993) - Ambitious, interesting opening but goes into blanderama 90s horror territory.

Dazed and Confused (1993) - Certainly.

Brainscan (1994) - If the West Memphis Three was a Goosebumps episode. about the dangers of full-motion-video games. 

Snake Eyes (1995) - Rubbishy De Palma on autopilot. 

 Orphans (1998) - RoutineScots black comedy, with Peter  Mullan directing.

love liza (2002) - Indie dramedy with Kathy Bates and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Satan's Little Helper (2004) - Terrible load of shite. Katheryn Winnick here a dead ringer for Ivanka Trump. 

Tuesday 1 September 2020


The sin of Nora Moran (1933)  - Average poverty row melodrama. 

East Meets West (1936 - b/w) - George Arliss up the Khyber.

The Citadel (1938 - b/w) - Typical MGM prestige product, based on the AJ Cronin novel, though made in Wales and England. Has ads for Wrigley's, and Crosse and Blackwell's. The 1983 adaptation from BBC/MGM is much better, and doesn't cut off the story halfway to create a happier end. 

Vendetta (1950 - b/w) - terrible Howard Hughes period vanity project for his love Faith Domergue. Almost poverty row level. 

Hindle Wakes (1952 - b/w) - routine adaptation of the play with Leslie Dwyer, Lisa Daniely, Joan Hickson and Bill Travers.

Touchez pas au grisbi (1954 - b/w) - Rote Gabin gangsterer.

One Way Ticket to Hell (1955) - Dreary narrated-but-no-dialogue juvenile drug saga. 

Faces (1968)/Shadows (1959)/A Woman Under the Influence (1974)/Opening Night (1977) - Cassavetes isn't quite the sort of cinema   I'd watch otherwise. I can see why he is revered. 

Tall Story (1960 - b/w) - rote high school comedy with Jane Fonda and Anthony Perkins.

All the young Men (1960) - Rote Korean war drama with Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier.

Platinum High School (1960 - b/w) - astonishingly not directed by Al Zugsmith. 

This Rebel Breed (1960) - Jew Mark Damon plays an Afro-Mexican cop fighting delinquents. With Rita Moreno and Diane Cannon before she decided that she'd stick out if she spelt her name Dyan.

The Sinister Urge (1960) - Dreary Ed Wood vehicle.

The Angel Wore Red (1960 - b/w) - well, if it was either Ava or Dirk, I couldn't tell, the film was in black and white. 

Bridge to the Sun (1961) - depressing Japanese-set WW2 melo with Carroll Baker and James Shigeta.

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1961) - Rote gangster drama with Ray Danton.


Black Gold (1962 - b/w) - ropey 1920s-set neo-western. 

81/2 (1963) - Get this confused with la Dolce Vita.

In The French Style (1963 - b/w) - Typical Jean Seberg studio froth, with Stanley Baker and a French fella who looks a bit like Stan.

Wall of Noise (1963) - Ty Hardin melodrama nonsense about a jockey. 

the Stripper (1963) - Joanne Woodward is Kim Novak.

Twilight of Honor (1963 - b/w) - Tiring legal drama with Richard Chamberlain, nick Adams and Claude Rains. 

Wives and Lovers (1963) - bland romcom.

Allez France (1964) - Anglo-French comedy with an all-star cast showcased And You Have been Watching - Jean Richard, Mark Lester, Ronald Fraser, Diana Dors, arthur Mullard (pronounced Mull-er), Percy Herbert, Bernard Cribbins ("Bernar Cribbins"), Colin Blakely, Godfrey Quigley, Ross Parker (the man who wrote) , Georgina Cookson, Colin Gordon, Ferdy Mayne, Reg Lye, a chicken,  but though credited, "Donal Donally" and Tim Brinton, John Comer and Billy Kearns don't get the treatment. 

Also watched Jean Richard in sentimental b/w Louis de Funes comedy Mon pote le gitan (1959). 

See also Certains l'aiment froide (1959)

the Interns (1962)/the new Interns (1964) - turgid medical soap.

Dear Heart (1964 - b/w) - rote family comedy with Glenn Ford.

In Harm's Way (1965 - b/w) - typical bloated Preminger. 

Monster A Go Go (1965 - b/w) - Did I see this boredom before?

The Slender Thread (1965 - b/w) - Heartbreaking, angry turn from Sidney Poitier as he tussles with suicidal Anne Bancroft.

Seealso A Patch of Blue (1966).

Synanon (1965) - Bleak b/w mental drama with Chuck Connors, Alex Cord, Eartha Kitt and Stella Stevens. 

Doctor Zhivago (1965) - It's what you think it is. 

Guide (1966)/Jewel Thief (1967 ) - 60s Bollywood films look better than any other era.

Camelot (1967) - Everything looks slightly wrong. And Franco Nero as an ersatz Robert Goulet, shorn of his tache and therefore not himself, poor fella. Especially as he ended up meeting the wretched Redgrave woman. 

UlysseS (1967) - What a disgraceful, rude film. But with a staggering cast of almost very actor in the country  - Milo O'Shea, Barbara Jefford, Maurice Roeves being Scottish as Dedalus, TP McKenna, Anna Manahan. Chris "father Jim of Rugged Island" Curran, Fionnuala Flanagan before she emigrated, Geoffey and Eddie Golden, Martin Dempsey. Maire Hastings, David Kelly, Des Perry, Rosaleen Linehan and Des Keogh, Maureen Potter, Maureen Toal (then Mrs. O'Shea), jim Bartley, Barry Cassin, Brendan Caldwell, Danny Cummins, May Cluskey, Tony Doyle, Eugene Lambert without judge, Thomas Macanna, Pamela Mant, Derry Power, Ann "he got his lad out" Rowan, Cecil Sheehan, Cecil Sheridan, OZ Whitehead and Biddy White Lennon, that's basically a good chunk out of the entire Irish acting population plus import tax and a box of Ritz crackers. And Pauline Melville, too, before she went alternative. 

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) - Cuban political-artiness.






Violent City (1970) - Breakneck Italian action at its best. Bronson, Savalas, Ireland and a golly doll. 


Fantasia Among the Squares (1971) - Baffling French comedy but lovely European view of the US, with added Lino Ventura and Weetabix. 

Glen and Randa (1971) - Unlikeable hippie teen apocalyptica. 

Melody (1971) - 18 year old Jack Wild almost convincing as a  12 year old, but his voice is crackling (Flight of the Doves was shot after this, I presume). Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde as the lovers. What a strange film. James Cossins' head and the ending are pure CFF. 

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) - The angriest film ever made. Features people called Nick Ferrari and Bob Maxwell, who have nothing to do with British tabloids. 

Les Hommes (1972) - Rote Eurocrime with Henry Silva, Michel Constantin and Marcel Bozzuffi.

Horowitz in Dublin (1973) - A forgotton curio filled with time capsule footage of the Irish capital, seemingly a pilot for a Brannigan-style series starring Harvey Lembeck a world away from either Bilko or Beach Party as a New York cop in Dublin, with Sinead and Cyril Cusack plus Al lettieri and Cesare Danova, plus the likes of Liam  Redmond, Martin Dempsey and Tom Hickey.  Seeing Lembeck surronded by Jacob's biscuit products is certainly a sight. Future Fair City regular Clive Geraghty plays the heroic sidekick. Was there an Irish Sunday Express?

The Happy Hooker (1975) - How did lynn Redgrave get into this POS?

Brotherhood of Death (1976) - There is some energy in this mostly dreary blaxploitation cyborg Vietnam vet anti-Klan picture.

Mad Dog Morgan (1976) - A rotuine western with Dennis Hopper as an Irish hoodlum, but in Australia with the usual great Aussie faces. 

The Seniors (1978) - Dodgy sex comedy with Dennis Quaid.

The Crippled Masters (1979) - Seemingly an average kung fu quickie, but then the titular characters appear. Jesus. A kung fu Freaks.

Out of the Blue (1980) - Bleak Canadian teen drama with the unforgettable Linda Manz as an Elvis obsessive plus directed/starring Dennis Hopper, with Raymond Burr and Sharon Farrell. 

The Jazz Singer (1980) I'm betting the lords Grade and Delfont insisted on Neil Diamond blacking up. "The Minstrels are still big with northerners. Trust me, Mr. Fleischer."

Tales of Ordinary Madness (1981) - Arty, erotic Bukowskiploitation with Ornella Muti, Ben Gazzara and Susan Tyrrell.

Sorceress (1982) - Appealingly junky sword and sorcery. Bits of the score of Battle Beyond the Stars and Piranha are used.

Greystoke The legend of Tarzan Lord of the  Apes (1984) - Moments hit at pulp goodness and there's lovely Al whitlock mattes,, but a post-Raiders Tarzan shouldn't have been this stately. but it's an origin story. It's a prequel to a film never made. 

The Cotton Club (1984) - Typical Coppola. 

Alphabet City (1984) - Arty no wave New York gang pic.

My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) - actually, it's quite grotty.

Truly Madly Deeply (1990) - a typical 90s BBC drama.

King Lear (1986) - It's like Godard served up a plate of rubbish just to make the Cannon Group look deliberately lazy. 

The Messenger (1986) - Fred Williamson tosh. Still, the man has charisma. 

Belly of an Architect (1987) - Brian Dennehy roams around Rome. Not Greenaway's best. 

Timesweep (1987) - Idioitic though intriguing-sounding horror set in a haunted film studio. With a dull, mainly middle-aged cast of amateurs. 

Moonstruck (1987) - it's nice enough. John Mahoney was a bit of a surprise. 

Nightfall (1988) - Dreary Asimov adap with Sarah Douglas, David Birney and Alexis Kanner.

The Carpenter (1988) - bleary-eyed fauxmerican Canadian thriller starring a Poundland Sigourney Weaver/susan Sarandon/Jenny Agutter hybrid, and Wings Hauser.

The Rainbow (1988) - Ken Russell erotica that somehow looks cheap as chips. It looks like a BBC Sunday serial. Bits look to be on videotape. McGann has an aldi Robert Powell vibe here. 

Deepstar Six (1989) - Another bland underwater Alien of 1989. 

Casualties Of War (1989) - typical 80s Nam drama, but why did De Palma bring back the female lead in the coda, put a flase nose and then get Amy Irving to dub her in her Far Pavilions voice? A thin John C Reilly?

The Bride with White Hair (1993) - Sumptuous wuxia ghost sotry. 

Diggstown (1993 ) - Routine boxing comdram with Lou Gossett, Bruce Dern and James Woods.

Cold Fever (1995) - Sub-Jarmusch quirkiness. 


Pups (1999) - Natural born kiddie killers.

The Hours of the Day (2003)  -sleazy Spanish serial killer.

Frozen Land (2005) - SOV Finnish noir.

Madame Edoard (2004) - Baffling french chef-in-drag comedy with Michel Blanc and Andrea Ferreol.

Why Don't You Just Die (2018) - Interesting Russian domestic western. 

Wednesday 12 August 2020


Father Brown - Detective (1934 - b/w) - Just as ludcrous an adaptation as the BBC TV show with Mark Williams. 

The Proud Valley (1940 - b/w) - Paul Robeson shines.

Susana (1951 - b/w) - Routine Bunuel melodrama.

Follow the Sun (1951 - b/w) - Glenn Ford plays golf. God, this was a chore. 

Island Monster (1954 - b/w) - Godawful Italian crime movie with Boris Karloff.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) - Possibly the Hitchcock from his golden era I like the most, if only for the weird London stuff. And the sinister organist, and Doris Day standing outside a corner shop with prominent ad placement for Walls' Ice Cream and Polos. And Reggie Nalder. And Bernard Miles and Brenda De Banzie.


True as a Turtle (1958 - b/w) - Routine Rank comedy with John Gregson. 

Gangster Story (1959 - b/w) - Allied Artists crime cheapie directed by and starring Walter Matthau when he was just a character actor.


The Day they Robbed the Bank of England (1960 - b/w) - Forgettable IRA period caper with Hugh Griffith as a Welsh-accented Irish revolutionary and posh-voiced Peter O'Toole and Kieron Moore. 




Ladies who Do (1962) - Routine British comedy. Though magnificent to think once upon a time, someone like Peggy Mount could be  a film star. Solid cast - Robert Morley, Harry H. Corbett, Miriam Karlin, Ron Moody, Avril Elgar, Dandy Nichols, Jon P'twee, paedo Stark, Arthur Howard, Harry Fowler, Nigel Davenport, John Laurie, Ernest Clark, Cardew Robinson, and paedo Arthur Mullard.

Kitten with a Whip (1964 - b/w) - Juvenile delinquency with Ann-Margrock.


The Thrill-Killers (1964) - Sure I logged this Ray Dennis Steckler folderol before. 

The Gendarme in New York (1965)/Le Gendarme se Marie (1968)/Le Gendarme en balade (1970)/Le gendarme et les gendarmettes (1982) - Routine, colourful Louis De Funes farces. New York has more yellowface/Chinese jokes than NY jokes, despite a West Side Story spoof and a US music show called Hurri Houra Hurricane. 

 Le corniaud (1965) - Rote De Funes/Bourvil vehicle. 

Thunder of God (1965 - b/w) - Baffling French comedy with Jean Gabin. 

Gumnaam (1965) - Bizarre adaptation of Ten Little ____/And Then There Were None. Here, they are literally Indians. Because it's Bollywood. And one of them is a comedy Hitler butler.

Star Pilot (1966) - Rough though attractively put together and characterful Italian space opera with the inevitable Gordon Mitchell.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) - Doris Day-yawn. 

MONSIEUR GANGSTER (1965 - B/W) - routine Lino Ventura gangsterism.


Spring Night, Summer Night (1967) - Amateurish but interesting pseudo-southern gothic Ohio erotica. 

Hell's Chosen Few (1968) - More like 1958. Tedious neo-Nazi bull.  Barely the biker picture it purports to be.
See also H.G. Lewis' She-Devils on Wheels (1968).

Star (1968) - What a mess. Julie Andrews tries to do a big-budget musical for Robert Wise again. Michael Craig the second romantic lead opposite Richard Crenna. Daniel Massey scarily similar in voice as Noel Coward, and a mix of British character faces and Hollywood Raj leftovers, great swathes of whom are uncredited. One scene illustrates this. Coward and Gertrude Lawrence are with the Lord Chamberlain (Lester Matthews) and his assistant (Bernard Fox) where the French Ambassador (Roger Delgado) is visiting. Now, Delgado and Robert Rietty as his assistant are looking through a window on location in England. Through the window, we see Matthews, Fox, Massey and Andrews back in Fox's studios. 


Girl from Rio (1969) - Awful bollocks from Jess Franco and Harry Alan Towers, allegedly a sequel to the HAT/Shirley Eaton/Lindsay Shonteff Sumuru picture, except Eaton is now playing Sumitra. 
See also Franco's nonsensical Venus in Furs (1968). 

Orgasmo/Paranoia (1969) - Routine, vaguely Clemens/Sangster-y giallo with Carroll Baker. Prominent ad placement for Skol in Piccadilly.  Ludicrous and hard to follow. Has characters going mad listen to some British radio station and die. Lenzi uses freeze frame when the characters are still talking. See also Knife of Ice (1972), which is equally dopey and revolves around a girl's Peanuts fan-fic (with badly-drawn Woodstock/Snoopy hybrid),  and the non-Lenzi but Baker-starring Flower with the Deadly Sting (1973), at the ropier end of the giallo scale.

How Did a Nice Girl Like You Get Into This Business? (1969) - Rough German-American sex comedy with Barbi Benton as a majorette. A weird cast - Klaus Kinski, Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher, Ed Begley Jr, Lionel Stander don't help. 


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) - It has energy, it attracts the eye, it still has one foot in Jacqueline Susann-type melodrama, and is the very definition of pornographic muzak. Dolly Read seems too British for the role. Marcia McBroom is extraordinarily pretty. The whole Z-Man thing is weird. I THINK they're supposed to be a trans-man. But the sideburns don't help. 

The Lickerish Quartet (1970) - Radley Metzger sex odyssey. Begins as a German fairground. Sleazy nonsense, but it looks good. Star Frank Wolff died before this was released.

Jo (1971) - Louis De Funes can be a bit hard-wearing after a while. Based on the Gazebo. See also La Vendetta (1962), Un Drôle de caïd  (1964) and the Sheep has Five Legs (1954 - actually a Fernandel vehicle with De Funes on the side).

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) -Argento and Michael Brandon (pre-Dempsey and Makepeace when he was  an actual Hollywood actor and not him who appears in British shows when they need an American) do a confused mess of a giallo. Not one of Dario's best. 

Necrophagus (1971) - Made in Spain, but desperately trying to be British, which amounts to having a headscarved old biddy on a train reading IPC's Ideal Home magazine (the only sign this isn't a period piece - the costumes and sets all suggest otherwise). Usual Spanish horror rubbish.Alias the Butcher of Binbrook.


 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)/That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - Bunuel artiness.

Vanessa (1972) - Rough Mexican erotic thriller from the Cardonas,set in Galapagos. 
See also Los Valle de los miserables (1974) - Victor Hugo via Papillon.


Country Blue (1973) - Half-assed country grot with David Huddleston and Dub Taylor.

A Taste of Hell (1973) - Filipino war hokum with William Smith.

Don Juan (or If Don Juan Was A Woman) (1973) - Vadim smut. 

The Black Godfather (1974) - Miserable blaxploitation.

Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS (1974) - Horrible, horrible film. Only watched this story of Nazi perversion because I also watched the sequels. Ilsa The Wicked Warden (1976) keeps Dyanne Thorne, but it's a Jess Franco cash-in. However, Ilsa - Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks (1976) is entertaining, with a surprisingly well-realised Arab setting, though some of the most unconvincing portrayals of MENA people, especially the boy prince at the end. And some of it is offputtingly queasily sleazy, but there's a Henry Kissinger parody who seems more Arabic than the supposed Arabs. Ilsa The Tigress of Siberia (1977) is disappointingly mostly set in a Montreal aquarium. 

Cold Blood (1975) - Ropey German actioner with Rutger Hauer and Horst Frank.


A Nous Les Petites Anglaises (1976) - Pseudo-Lemon Popsicle-ish French sex comedy set and shot in exotic Thanet, featuring Amazin' Raisin Bars and Picnic bars in the 50s (yes, really) and Rynagh O'Grady as a sexy Irish girl. Yes, Mary O'Leary from Father Ted. The theme, Sorrow by Viva Las Vefas writer Mort Shuman 

The River Niger (1976) - TVM-ish black drama with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones.

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) - Certainly an experience in gross-out carnyism. But too sleazy for my taste.


American Raspberry (1977) - Half-assed sketch show with Warren Oates.

The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi (1979) - Baffling Japanese film from the director of House.

Shalimar (1979) - Bollywood coproduction with Rex Harrison, John Saxon and Sylvia Miles (dubbed with a sweet high girly voice)  alongside the likes of Prem Nath, Dharmendra and Shammi Kapoor, with Asha Bhosle and RD Burman doing one of the great Bollywood soundtracks. The actual film is a slog. Neither fish nor foul. A dreary James Hadley Chase adap. Has a terrible-looking newspaper headline or two with doctored copies of the Sunday Mirror. It's not too far off Gumnaam, but not as fun. Harrison's a jewel thief. Everyone's on an island.

Shark Boy of Bora Bora (1981) - Alias Beyond the Reef, a bafling pseudo-Blue Lagoon vehicle for Polynesian Dayton Ka'ne, a discovery of Dino DeLaurentiis, from his remake of Hurricane. A strange film, half-family adventure, half-sleazy exploitation, with lead Maren Jensen constantly being nearly-raped or nearly-eaten. It seems that Ka'ne was being prepped to be the Sabu of the 80s.   It's terribly dubbed for some reason, "dialogue supervision by Robert Rietty".  Turned up once on BBC2, and I was baffled. It feels very Italian. The Jean Musy score and scenes with Jensen suggest erotica, and there's a lot of near-nudity, but somehow it got a morning slot.

The Demon (1981) - Crummy South African supernatural slasher with Cameron Mitchell and a zombified killer stalking a strangely unspecified setting. 

Of Unknown Origin (1983) - Bland fauxmerican Canadian rat film. From George P. Cosmatos.

Yellowbeard (1983) - Such a clusterfuck. John Cleese gets a "with", Beryl Reid gets an "and". Ronald Lacey and Bernard Fox don't even get front billing, unlike Nigel Planer. Features a Mexican child actress trying to sound English, because that's the price you pay for shooting in Mexico. Hordern gets his name in the starring bill, but Susannah York and Spike Milligan and Kenneth Mars get "also starring". Mostly rape jokes. Kenneth Mars' English accent is good to the point I thought he was Jack Watson. The Portsmouth sets look quite decent. 

Bad Girls Dormitory (1986) - Awful women in prison shite. Only bought it because I found it lying on the street in a bag left by a bin. 

Hands of Steel (1986) - RIP John Saxon. Typical Iralian post-apocalyptic twaddle.

Empire State (1987) - Martin Landau and Ray McAnally appear in this Euston-ish clubland drear. Landau seems comfortable being in a channel 4 thing. Maybe Space 1999 robbed the novelty of him doing UK TV. 

Blue Vengeance (1989) - J Christian Ingvordsen, a prolific but even amongst fans of low-budget New York genre cinema, relatively unloved filmmaker made this bizarre Manhattan serial killer/motorcycle joust/sword and sorcery/Satanic heavy metal/Marvel comics fan-gone-apeshit vigilante fantasy epic. Undoubtedly his best work, it's patchy but it has ambition. And it looks more expensive than it probably was.

Ring of Fire (1991) - Routine Don "The Dragon" Wilson vehicle. 

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) - It has memorable imagery and a decent cast (Neill! Warner! Heston! Prochnow!) but it feels like Carpenter is trying to go Kneale, Lovecraft and indeed metal all at once. It feels blandly glossy. That's what happened to Carpenter. The 90s killed his style. 

Strictly Sinatra (2002) - Tonally all over the place. Starring Ian Hart looking about 12 as a Scots-Italian crooner (I remember this being advertised in papers but misremembered Hart as being Michael Sheen), Kelly MacDonald (her real accent sounds disconcerting now that it is so clearly the voice of Disney's Princess Merida), Brian Cox (a replacement for Ian Bannen, who died during shooting), Alun Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan and Iain Cuthbertson (great to see him in a largish role, even though he is shockingly gaunt, but this was some years after the stroke), plus Una McLean and Jimmy Yuill who are unlike the others, not on the poster. Directed by Peter Capaldi. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Ask the Doctor