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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: John Carradine, John Durren, Burr Smidt, William Roy, Jill Jacobson, Marilyn Joi, Catherine Erhardt, Vaughn Armstrong, Renee Harmon, Mark Weston, Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton
    Year: 1977/1977/1971/1983/1983
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day – and today brings us to the big finish!

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.
    You can read coverage of discs eleven and twelve here.

    Here’s a look at discs thirteen and fourteen of this blatant act of high definition absurdity in deluxe boxed set form.

    Disc Thirteen – Sunset Cover/Nurse Sherri/ Cinderella 2000:

    The first feature on disc thirteen is 1977’s Sunset Cove and, of course, Al Adamson at one point made a sexy beach comedy because… whatever. He just did. It isn’t my fault. And it isn’t very good. Yet, here we are, because like most of Adamson’s movies, even if it isn’t good it’s watchable enough. The jokes are obvious and the breasts gratuitous, but that’s okay.

    The story revolves around a group of ‘teenagers’ who are happy to put the school year behind them. They pile into a rad-tastic seventies van that has ‘The Complete Van’ painted on the side, just in case you thought it was an incomplete van. It’s a pretty sweet ride. They’re going to hit up the beautiful beach at
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    by Published on 05-30-2020 08:43 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Herbert Lom, Marilyn Joi, John Kitzmiller, Olive Moorefield, Dobie Gray, Clifton Brown, Dennis Safren, Jim Kelly, Felix Silla, George Lazenby, Aldo Ray, Harold Sakata
    Year: 1972/1976/1976/1978
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to toss myself out a sixth story window.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mesmerizingly silly boxed set.

    Disc Eleven – Mean Mother/Uncle Tom’s Cabin:

    Directed by Adamson in 1976, Uncle Tom’s Cabin features a genuinely strange series of text screens early in the film that almost feel like they were meant for a trailer. This text alerts us to how the film was based on the 1852 novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe and how Abraham Lincoln called it the book that started the Civil War. It’s odd timing and placement for the text, but there it is anyway.

    When the story itself starts, a young slave woman (Marilyn Joi) is raped by white plantation workers, her father on a chain gang nearby. It’s a harsh opening that then leads into a storyline where we meet the Shelby Family who are in tough financial straits and needing to sell some of their slaves to a cruel plantation named Simon Legree (Herbert Lom), a cruel man with a burn mark of some sort on his face. He visits the family and is insulted by their son, George (Thomas Fritsch), who is an abolitionist, at the dinner
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    by Published on 05-29-2020 08:25 AM
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection (Severin Films) Blu-ray Review (Part Five Of Seven)
    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Georgina Spelvin, Susan McIver, Rosalind Miles, Sandy Carey, Sondra Currie, Regina Carrol, Jennifer Biship, Rod Cameron, Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn, Geoffrey Land, Alan Tang, James Hong, Aldo Ray
    Year: 1974/1975/1976/1974/1976
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to check myself into rehab.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mind-altering boxed set.

    Disc Nine – Girls For Rent/Jessi’s Girls/Nurses For Sale:

    The first disc starts off with 1974’s Girls For Rent (also known as I Spit On Your Corpse), which opens with a scene set ‘south of the border’ where a prison transport truck brings a gang of female convicts to a work site. They’re let out of the truck to do some manual labor under watch of some armed guards, those guards unaware that a criminal organization has planned to use this opportunity to bust out a woman named Sandra (Georgina Spelvin).

    Once the escape is made, Sandra is
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    by Published on 05-28-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Gary Kent, Russ Tamblyn, Jackie Taylor, Regina Carrol, Evelyn Frank, Scott Brady, Ross Hagen, Kent Taylor, Preston Pierce, William Bonner, Robert Livingston, Connie Hoffman, Richard Smedley, Donna Young, Marilyn Joy, Sandy Carey, Yvonne De Carlo, Don 'Red' Barry
    Year: 1969/1971/1974/1975
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t shit my pants and start drooling.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.

    Here’s a look at discs six and seven of this ridiculous boxed set.

    Disc Seven – Satan’s Sadists/Angels’ Wild Women:

    First up, a biker-trash epic in the form of Angels’ Wild Women, a late period entry that isn’t quite as entertaining as the second feature on this disc but which works on many of the same levels. When the movie opens, two dirt bags are chasing a foxy black woman (Magie Bembry) dubbed 'Cool Chick' through a field. When they catch up to her, she's raped.

    What the rapists didn't necessarily realize is that Cool Chick was part of a super tough gang of female bikers. Led by Margo (Regina Carrol), they're not pleased at all about what's happened to Cool Chick and they decide to
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    by Published on 05-27-2020 08:28 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Carradine, Kent Taylor, Colonel Sanders, Vicki Volante, Zandor Vorkov, Lon Chaney Jr., John Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, J. Carrol Naish, Angelo Rossitto, Regina Carroll
    Year: 1968/1970/1971/1971
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I my brain doesn’t fry.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.

    Here’s a look at discs five and six of this ridiculous boxed set.

    Disc Five – The Fakers/Hell’s Bloody Devils:

    1968’s The Fakers (which is how it is credited on the packaging), uses a title card that calls the film Smashing The Crime Syndicate. This movie starts off with a weird animation showing swastikas, hammer and sickle logos and ending on an American twenty dollar bill. It doesn’t use the title of The Fakers though it does use a song called The Fakers in it. Silhouettes of naked ladies gyrate behind the rest of the opening titles. It’s quite a sight.

    A man falls out of a car just before it goes over a cliff and bursts into flames. He’s injured but
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    by Published on 05-26-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Caroll Montour, Al Adamson, Shirely Tegge, Robert Fix, John Carradine, John Bud Cardos, Barbara Bishop, Alex D'Arcy, Jennifer Bishop
    Year: 1960/1970/1969/1970
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t pass out from exhaustion.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.

    Here’s a look at discs three and four from this voluminous effort.

    Disc Three – Half Way To Hell/Five Bloody Graves:

    1960’s Half Way To Hell is actually Al Adamson’s directorial debut. His work in the director’s chair on this picture may be uncredited, but it’s still definitely his work and an interesting glance at the utterly bizarre career that would follow. Adamson actually co-directed the film with his father, Victor Adamson, better known as old-timey cowboy movie star Denver Dixon. The making of this film and the importance of its role in Adamson’s ‘evolution’ as a filmmaker are well-covered in the Blood & Flesh documentary on the first disc.

    Anyway, what is this legitimate cinematic obscurity all about? Set in 1902 in the days before the Mexican Revolution, we meet Maria San Carlos (Caroll Montour),
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    by Published on 05-25-2020 09:42 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Al Adamson, Nesa Renet, Lon Chaney Jr., Russ Tamblyn, Roy Morton, Tacey Robbins, John Carradine
    Year: 2019/1971/1964/1971/1964
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t pass out from exhaustion.

    Here’s a look at the first two discs in this massive set.

    Disc One – Blood & Flesh/The Female Bunch:

    Al Adamson led an interesting life and David Gregory’s 2019 documentary Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson does an excellent job of exploring that life, as well as the late filmmaker’s unusual death.

    We open with a bit of a teaser as to how this all ends before then settling down into a more linear look at Adamson’s life and times. We learn a bit about his childhood, about his parents and how his father, Denver Dixon, starred in plenty of early western films, which led to Adamson’s first getting into the film business as an actor. From here we learn that he was better at telling people what to do than at being told what to do, and he made the switch from actor to director with his first feature, Psycho-A-Go-Go. The flood gates soon opened and once he paired up with distributor Sam Sherman, he was off and running, cranking
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    by Published on 05-24-2020 08:47 AM
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    Released by: Artsmagic
    Released on: March 29th, 2005.
    Director: Chûsei Sone, Noboru Tanaka, Toshiharu Ikeda, Takashi Ishii
    Cast: Machiko Ohtani, Sanshô Shinsui, Megu Kawashima, Yûki Mizuhara, Keizô Kanie, Jun Aki, Eri Kanuma, Takeo Chii, Mimi Sawaki, Jun Izumi, Masahiko Abe, Kyoko Ito, Mayako Katsuragi, Naoto Takenaka, Hirofumi Kobayashi
    Year: 1978/1979/1979/1981/1985
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    Angel Guts - The Nikkatsu Series – Movie Review:

    The Angel Guts series, all based on some unusual erotic horror manga by Takashi Ishii (who would later become familiar to Japanese film enthusiasts as the director of the Black Angel films, the Gonin films, and Freeze Me) are not particularly accessible films – at least not by the standards of western viewing audiences. On the surface, they blend sex and violence (something still rather taboo on these shores) and they all deal with the act of rape, never shying away from depicting it either.

    While at first glance these films are nothing more than the crass glorification of sexual violence towards women, when one takes a closer look at them and gives some thought to the context in which the events in these films occur, it does become obvious that although these stories are told very graphically, there’s a lot more to them than first appears. The ‘guts’ in the title of the series doesn’t represent a woman’s innards but in fact refers to the courage they portray by surviving their predicaments. Hardly something you’d want to show at a rape survivor support group meeting, but not quite
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 22nd, 2020.
    Director: Tanya Rosenberg
    Cast: Gregory Scott Cummins, Laura Albert, Shelley Abblett, Ken Carpenter, Ross Hagen, Don Dowe, George 'Buck' Flower
    Year: 1990
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    Blood Games – Movie Review:

    "At the bottom of the ninth, it's every man for himself!"

    Sports ruin a lot of things, don’t they? It's time to celebrate the birthday of one Roy Collins (Gregory Scott Cummins) and his dad, Mino (Ken Carpenter as Luke Shay), his arranged
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    by Published on 05-22-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 22nd, 2020.
    Director: James Wood
    Cast: James Mathers, John F. Kearney, Dawn Carver Kelly, Nadine Kalmes, Jake Pearson
    Year: 1979
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    Dr. Jekyll’s Dungeon Of Death – Movie Review:

    Directed by James Wood and released in 1979, Dr. Jekyll’s Dungeon Of Death might sound like the sort of campy nonsense that Al Adamson might have handled, but nope! This is a surprisingly grim and mean spirited picture about Dr. Henry Jekyll (James
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    by Published on 05-20-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: May 26th, 2020.
    Director: Umberto Lenzi
    Cast: Ray Lovelock, Ornella Muti, Irene Papas, Michel Bardinet
    Year: 1971
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    An Ideal Place To Kill – Movie Review:

    Also known as Dirty Pictures and Oasis Of Fear, Umberto Lenzi’s 1971 picture, An Ideal Place To Kill, follows the exploits of Dick Butler (Ray Lovelock) and Ingrid Sjoman (Ornella Muti), a freewheeling young couple with an interesting occupation: the buy dirty magazines and 8mm stag films in Denmark and smuggle them
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    by Published on 05-19-2020 08:28 AM
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    Released by: Scorpion Releasing
    Released on: February 4th, 2020.
    Director: James Frawley
    Cast: Tim Robbins, Sheree J. Wilson, Stephen Geoffreys, John Vernon, Max Wright, Kathleen Kinmont, Barbara Crampton
    Year: 1985

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    Fraternity Vacation - Movie Review:

    Ah FRATERNITY VACATION. You were once a staple of cable television and the VHS rental market. Horny 15-year-old boys desperately in need of nudity and
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    by Published on 05-18-2020 08:31 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 26th, 2019.
    Director: León Klimovsky/Javier Aguirre/Helia Colombo
    Cast: Ágata Lys, Heinrich Starhemberg, Ricardo Merino, Isabel Pisano, Patty Shepard, Simón Andreu, José María Prada, Jack Taylor, Paul Naschy, Joseph Arkim, Francisco Cortéz, Gabriella Giorgelli, Elena Veronese
    Year: 1978/1973/1978
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    Forgotten Gialli Volume One – Movie Review:

    Vinegar Syndrome delivers three legitimately obscure ‘forgotten gialli’ in an impressive boxed set collection.

    Trauma:

    Daniel (Heinrich Starhemberg) is a strange looking guy who sports an ascot. He’s also a writer looking to find the perfect spot to get away from it all so that he can start work on his latest masterpiece. He decides that a very remote bed and breakfast run by a woman named Veronica (Ágata Lys) would be just the place to get his work done and so he rents a room from her for a little while. He soon learns that Veronica’s behavior is more than a little unusual, and that she spends much
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    by Published on 05-16-2020 09:44 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: August 28th, 2007.
    Director: Claude Mulot
    Cast: Claude Mulot, Edgar Oppenheimer, Jean Carriaga
    Year: 1970
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    The Blood Rose – Movie Review:

    Frédéric Lansac (Philippe Lemaire of Spirits Of The Dead) is a wealthy artist who lives with his wife, Anne (Anny Duperey of Umberto Lenzi’s From Hell To Victory), in a castle. When she falls into a fire during a party one night, Lansac snaps and soon he blackmails Professor Römer (Jess Franco regular Howard Vernon), a plastic surgeon
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    by Published on 05-12-2020 08:28 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: May 26th, 2019.
    Director: Maria Lease
    Cast: Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms, Rip Torn, Lupe Ontiveros, Ed Gale, Chris Demetral, Candace Hutson
    Year: 1991
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    Dolly Dearest – Movie Review:

    Elliot Wade (Sam Bottoms) takes over a doll factory in Mexican and decides to bring his wife Marilyn (Denise Crosby) and their two kids, Jessica (Candace Hutson) and Jimmy (Chris Demetral) south of the border to their new digs. Elliot hopes to make a killing using the factory
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    by Published on 05-09-2020 10:19 AM
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    Released by: Image Entertainment
    Released on: September 29th, 2009.
    Director: Tom Laughlin
    Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay, Julie Webb
    Year: 1971
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    Billy Jack – Movie Review:

    “I’m gonna take this right foot…and I’m gonna whop you up that side of your face. And you wanna know something? There’s not a damn thing that you’re gonna be able to do about it.” – Tom Laughlin, BILLY JACK

    Welcome to Smalltown, USA, 1971.

    Years before Steven Segal was introducing the slo-mo,
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    by Published on 05-08-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Scorpion Releasing
    Released on: March 19th, 2019.
    Director: Anthony Harvey
    Cast: Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Harvey Keitel, Stéphane Audran, Caroline Langrishe
    Year: 1979
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    Eagle’s Wing – Movie Review:

    Anthony Harvey, best known for directing The Lion In Winter (one of my mother’s favorite movies!), was the man behind 1979’s Eagle’s Wing, a western set New Mexico. Here we meet a trapper from the big city
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    by Published on 05-07-2020 08:33 AM
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    Released by: Mill Creek Entertainment
    Released on: March 17th, 2019.
    Director: Andy Sidaris
    Cast: Dona Speir, Roberta Vasquez, Julie Strain, Bruce Penhall, Geoffrey Moore, Aki Aleong, Ava Cadell
    Year: 1993
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    Fit To Kill – Movie Review:

    Directed by the late Andy Sidaris in 1993, Fit To Kill (which is a sequel of sorts to the director’s earlier Hard Hunted) opens with a scene where in Donna (Dona Speir reprising her role from the last movie) and Nicole (Roberta Vasquez), special agents both, engaged in some outdoor combat training. A short time later,
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    Released by: Umbrella Entertainment
    Released on: March 13th, 2020.
    Director: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella
    Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski, Justin Benson, Ashley Song
    Year: 2019
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    After Midnight – Movie Review:

    Jeremy Gardner, the man behind 2012’s The Battery, writes, stars in and co-directs After Midnight, made in 2019. The plot revolves around a man named Hank (played by Gardner himself) who, along with his beautiful girlfriend
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    by Published on 05-03-2020 09:40 AM
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    Released by: Subversive Cinema
    Released on: December 18th, 2007.
    Director: Bud Townsend
    Cast: Kristine DeBelle, Terri Hall, Larry Gelman, Alan Novak, Bree Anthony
    Year: 1976
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    Alice In Wonderland – Movie Review:

    Playboy cover model Kristine DeBell (photographed by Suze Randall for the April, 1976 issue) plays Alice, an attractive but rather stern young woman who spends her days working in the library and fending off advances from her sex-hungry boyfriend. Alice just won’t give in to him, and he’s getting a bit frustrated. After he takes off, she sings
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