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    Released by: Nucleus Films
    Released on: September 21st, 2020.
    Director: Pasquale Festa Campanile
    Cast: Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Luigi Pistilli, Frank Wolff, Fabienne Dalì
    Year: 1968
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    The Libertine – Movie Review:

    Pasquale Festa Campanile’s 1968 film The Libertine (known as La Matriarca in its native Italy), opens at a funeral. Here we meet newly widowed Mimi (Catharine Spaak), a lovely young woman whose husband, Franco, has recently passed on. After the funeral, she goes to see the lawyer who mentions to her a piece of property that no one can seem to find a key to. When she goes home and finds the key, she opens the place up and discovers that dear, departed Franco had a bit of a double life. Not only does she come
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    by Published on 09-24-2020 08:31 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: September 29th, 2020.
    Director: Michele Massimo Tarantini
    Cast: Michael Sopkiw, Suzane Carvalho, Milton Rodríguez
    Year: 1985
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    Massacre In Dinosaur Valley – Movie Review:

    Also knowns as Amazonas and Nudo e selvaggio (which would seem to translate to Nude And Savage, which is a pretty bad ass title for a movie like this), Michele Massimo Tarantini’s goofy 1985 jungle adventure Massacre In Dinosaur Valley stars Michael Sopkiw as Kevin Hall. He’s
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    by Published on 09-20-2020 09:13 AM
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    The Girl Meets Girl Collection (Retro-Seduction Cinema) DVD Review
    Released by: Retro-Seduction Cinema
    Released on: July 5th, 2005.
    Director: Joe Sarno
    Cast: Marie Forsa, Nadia Henkowa, Anke Syring, Ulrike Butz, Nico Wolferstetter, Ines André, Birgit Zamulo, Eric Edwards, Harry Reems, Heidi Kappler
    Year: 1973/1974/1975
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    The Girl Meets Girl Collection – Movie Review:

    Three collaborations between sultry Maria Forsa and sexploitation maestro Joseph Sarno in one handy-dandy box? You bet. It’s the Girl Meets Girl Collection, from Seduction Cinema, a pretty swanky set that compiles the three films that Sarno made with producer Chris D. Nebes. What makes these interesting? Well aside from the usual Sarno touches and the interesting casting choices, all three films were shot in Germany, as opposed to his usual locales, being the United States and Sweden. Sarno would make better films than the three in this set both before and after production wrapped on this trilogy, but these three stand out as well made curiosity items and offer plenty of classy, sleazy, sexy soap opera fun in the grand Sarno tradition none the less.

    Vampire Ecstasy (1973):

    Better known in horror movie circles as Veil Of Blood, Joseph Sarno's
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    by Published on 09-16-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Arrow Video
    Released on: September 8th, 2020.
    Director: Kinji Fukasaku/Takeshi Miike
    Cast: Tatsuo Umemiya, Tetsuya Watari, Yumi Takigawa, Noburo Ando, Hajime Hana, Gorō Kishitani, Shingo Yamashiro, Narumi Arimori, Ryōsuke Miki
    Year: 1975/2002
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    Graveyards Of Honor – Movie Review:

    Arrow Video pairs together Kinji Fukasaku’s 1975 Yakuza classic Graveyard Of Honor with its 2002 remake, helmed by Takashi Miike. Both films are based on Fujita Goro's novel of the same name, which tells the story of real life Yakuza Rikio Ishikawa.

    Graveyard Of Honor (1975):

    In Kinji Fukasaku’s Graveyard of Honor, Tetsuya Watari (of Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter) plays Rikio Ishikawa, an up and coming street thug of sorts who inadvertently ends up joining the Kawada Yakuza gang who operate out of Tokyo in the 1940s.

    He’s too
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    by Published on 09-15-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Lionsgate Releasing
    Released on: September 8th, 2020.
    Director: Mamoru Oshii
    Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka
    Year: 1995
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    Ghost In The Shell – Movie Review:

    One of those rare anime features that even people not into anime know about, Ghost In The Shell is widely considered one of the best of its kind, and for a very good reason. A remarkably high concept Blade Runner inspired slice of cyberpunk sci-fi, it's exciting, tense, stylish and even pretty thought provoking.

    Set in the (not so distant
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    by Published on 09-14-2020 08:23 AM
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    Released by: MVD Rewind Collection
    Released on: August 11th, 2020.
    Director: Dennis Dimster-Denk
    Cast: Brian Bonsall, Josie Bissett, Ashley Laurence, Mimi Craven, John Diehl, Whit Hertford
    Year: 1992
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    Mikey – Movie Review:

    Director Dennis Dimster-Denk 1992 film introduces us to Mikey Kelvin (Brian Bonsall, who played Andy Keaton, the youngest Keaton of them all on Family Ties!) who, when we meet him as the opening credits play, is in the garage playing with
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    by Published on 09-10-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: AGFA
    Released on: September 29th, 2020.
    Director: Tina Krause
    Cast: Tina Krause, Barron, Suze Daufler, Sean Farrell, Mike Gingold
    Year: 1999
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    Limbo – Movie Review:

    The first and only movie to have been written and directed by cult movie siren (and Queens native) Tina Krause, 1999’s Limbo is a trip. It isn’t always a pleasant trip, but it’s a trip nevertheless. It opens in a bar where a white dude in a Bob Marley t-shirt slings drinks to a gaggle of locals, one of whom is Mike Gingold from Fangoria magazine sporting a bitchin’
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    by Published on 08-31-2020 08:24 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: September 29th, 2020.
    Director: Gary Graver (as Robert McCallum)
    Cast: Veronica Hart, Jesie St. James, Robert Kerman, Eric Edwards, Georgina Spelvin, Arcadia Lake, Tigr
    Year: 1981
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    Indecent Exposure – Movie Review:

    When a movie opens, after the opening credits roll at least, with Robert Kerman mugging for the camera and yelling gout with the goofiest fake Italian accent ever the immortal words ‘MOMMA MIA!’ you know
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    by Published on 08-29-2020 09:05 AM
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    Released by: Casa Negra
    Released on: April 24th, 2007.
    Director: Rafael Baledon
    Cast: Abel Salazar, Enrique Rambal, Maricarmen Vela, Laura Baledon, Deelia Guilmain, Marta Roth, Jose Chavez, Carlos Suarez
    Year: 1958
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    The Man And The Monster – Movie Review:

    Rafael Baledon’s The Man And The Monster is an interesting Mexican take on Goethe’s Faust in that it tells the story of a man who makes a bargain with the devil to get what
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    by Published on 08-27-2020 08:39 AM
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    Released by: Blue Underground
    Released on: August 25th, 2020.
    Director: Lucio Fulci
    Cast: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni, Giovanni Frezza, Dagmar Lassander
    Year: 1981
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    House By The Cemetery – Movie Review:

    Directed by Lucio Fulci, 1981’s House By The Cemetery takes the zombie movies he’d previously exploited so effectively with Zombie, City Of The Living Dead and The Beyond and gives mixes up the walking corpse thing with some cool gothic styled haunted house storytelling.

    The plot revolves around the Boyle family – Lucy (Catriona MacColl), her husband Norman (Paolo Malco) and their son Bob (Giovanni Frezza) – who leave their apartment in New York City to move into a spacious old house in calm, quiet, small town New England. Excited to leave
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    by Published on 08-24-2020 08:19 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: August 25th, 2020.
    Director: Jean-Louis Van Belle
    Cast: Carole Lebel, Claude Beauthéac, Paul Descombes, Maelle Pertuzo, Albert Simono, Charles Buhr, Andre Vernier
    Year: 1971/1972
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    The Lady Kills / Pervertissima – Movie Review:

    Mondo Macabro continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for fans of wild and weird international cinema, and their latest release, a double feature of Jean-Louis Van Belle pictures from the early seventies, does nothing if not to help cement that fact.

    The Lady Kills:

    The first film opens with a nasty rape scene in which a young woman watches a quartet of men have
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    by Published on 08-23-2020 09:44 AM
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    Released by: Casa Negra
    Released on: April 24th, 2007.
    Director: Fernando Mendez
    Cast: Gaston Santos, Maria Duval, Quintin Bulnes, Pedro De Aguillon, Carlos Ancira, Carolina Barrett
    Year: 1958
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    The Living Coffin – Movie Review:

    Fernando Mendez was responsible for directing some of the absolute best films in the Mexican horror cycle of the fifties and sixties such as The Black Pit Of Dr. M and The Vampire, but unfortunately The Living Coffin doesn't quite
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    by Published on 08-19-2020 08:26 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: August 25th, 2020.
    Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
    Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Ryô, Yasutaka Tsutsui, Masako Motai, Renji Ishibashi
    Year: 1999
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    Gemini – Movie Review:

    Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto in 1999, Gemini introduces us to a man named Yukio (Masahiro Motoki) whose life, on the surface at least, would seem to be perfect. He’s the most successful and respected doctor around, having been awarded medals for his service, and he has what appears to be a very solid marriage to
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    by Published on 08-05-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Impulse Pictures
    Released on: July 28th, 2020.
    Director: Seiichirō Yamaguchi
    Cast Hidemi Hara, Mari Tanaka, Sumiko Minami
    Year: 1972
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    Love Hunter – Movie Review:

    Directed by Seiichirō Yamaguchi for Nikkatsu and released in 1972, Love Hunter (which was one of the studio’s earlier Roman Porno films) wound up landing its director in some rather hot water when he was arrested. In fact, it also got some of the executives at Nikkatsu and even some of
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    by Published on 07-31-2020 08:29 AM
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    Released by: Arrow Video
    Released on: August 18th, 2020.
    Director: Noriaki Yuasa, Sandy Howard, Shigeo Tanaka, Shusuke Kaneko, Ryuta Tasaki
    Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Albert Dekker, Kojiro Hongo, Nobuhiro Kashima, Tsutomu Takakuwa, Eiko Yanami, Mach Fumiake, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Shinobu Nakayama, Ryo Tomioka
    Year:1995/1995/1999/2006
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    Gamera: The Complete Collection – Movie Review:

    Arrow Video puts together an eight disc Blu-ray collection that compiles every single one of the popular Gamera film serious, complete with their fondly remember (in some circles, at least) compromised U.S. editions in a set loaded with extras.

    Here’s a look at the second half of the collection, comprised of the beloved nineties Heisei Trilogy and the not so beloved 2006 entry.

    Disc Five - Gamera - The Guardian Of The Universe:

    The first of the three films in Shusuke Kaneko’s trilogy, 1995’s Gamera: Guardian of the Universe finds the giant turtle back in Japan. This time around, he’s been resting under the ocean off the coast of The Philippines and is only really discovered when a Japanese ship runs into what they initially believe to be an atoll, something that shouldn’t be in an area of the ocean that they know to be almost two miles deep. A few intrepid souls make landfall and start poking about and find a few odd things – tooth-shaped avatars and a strange sign that seems to have been partially buried.

    While this is going on, Japan falls prey to an attack from a trio of Gyaos monsters that wreak havoc across the country, eventually snapping Tokyo Tower in half and setting up a nest there. We’re told that Gyaos is able to reproduce asexually, which does not bode well for Japan or even the world at large. A team of scientists and some military types trick Gyaos into swooping down into a baseball stadium where they try and blind it with bright lights, but this provides only a temporary reprieve. Thankfully for all of us, what the scientists thought was an atoll was, in fact, Gamera, who has developed a psychic connection to teenaged empath Asagi (Ayako Fujitani – Steven Seagal’s daughter!),
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    by Published on 07-30-2020 08:22 AM
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    Released by: Arrow Video
    Released on: August 18th, 2020.
    Director: Noriaki Yuasa, Sandy Howard, Shigeo Tanaka, Shusuke Kaneko, Ryuta Tasaki
    Cast: Eiji Funakoshi, Albert Dekker, Kojiro Hongo, Nobuhiro Kashima, Tsutomu Takakuwa, Eiko Yanami, Mach Fumiake, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Shinobu Nakayama, Ryo Tomioka
    Year: 1965/1966/1967/1968/1969/1970/1971/1980
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    Gamera: The Complete Collection – Movie Review:

    Arrow Video puts together an eight disc Blu-ray collection that compiles every single one of the popular Gamera film serious, complete with their fondly remember (in some circles, at least) compromised U.S. editions in a set loaded with extras.

    Here’s a look at the first four discs in this mammoth collection.

    Disc One – Gamera The Giant Monster:

    When this classic black and white Japanese monster mash begins, we see the United States shoot down a Russian airplane over the Arctic sea. The plane’s nuclear cargo goes down with it and the ensuing explosion awakens a giant space turtle named Gamera, who had been in a deep sleep for untold years. Unfortunately for the citizens of Japan, Gamera wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and decides to lay waste to the island nation by trashing buildings, breathing fire, and spinning around in a circle very quickly! The Japanese also soon learn that their weapons don’t seem to have any chance of stopping this massive turtle – doom seems almost certain!

    Thankfully, Japan finds hope in the form of a scientist named Doctor Eiji Hidaka (Eiji Funakoshi) and his fellow scientist, Professor Murase (Jun Humamura), who deduces that, since their weapons cannot harm this beast, that they should try to capture him and halt his rampage. To do this, they hope to lure him into the head of a trap and send him hurtling into space – a plot which they dub Plan Z. Gamera, however, will not be as easy to capture as our heroes would hope, much to the chagrin of an obnoxious kid named Toshio (Yoshiro Uchida), who is really way too into turtles for his own good.

    While this isn’t the best of the original run of Gamera films (he’d be brought back decades later for a new audience in a trilogy of films in the second half of the nineties, also included in this set) it deserves credit for introducing audiences to one of the most iconic of giant monsters. Like Godzilla before it, Gamera’s movies would be re-edited and dubbed into English (and quite poorly at that – if you’ve seen the MST3K skewering you’ll know that it was completely deserved!) for American audiences but in its pure and uncut form here, the first of the Gamera movies proves to be a fairly dark film that, much like that other monster just mentioned, plays off of Cold War era fears of nuclear destruction. Obviously inspired by Toho’s success, Daiei’s Kaiju numero uno may owe a debt to the big green thunder lizard but would eventually go on to establish its own cool mythology and carve out its own deserved place in monster
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    by Published on 07-22-2020 08:24 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: July 28th, 2020.
    Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Albert T. Viola
    Cast: Boris Karloff
    Year: 1964
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    Mondo Balordo – Movie Review:

    Mondo Balordo, also known as A Fool’s World, was released in North America by the mighty Crown International Pictures, whose logo precedes the presentation of this picture narrated by the one and only Boris Karloff.

    “Boris Karloff unlocks man’s oldest secrets and exposes the hidden intimate shocking scenes of love…
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    by Published on 07-20-2020 08:27 AM
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    Released by: Vinegar Syndrome
    Released on: June 30th, 2020.
    Director: Paul Vatelli
    Cast: Bridgette Monet, Mike Horner, Little Oral Annie, Linda Shaw, Lisa De Leeuw, Herschel Savage, Pat Manning
    Year: 1982
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    I Like To Watch / Sorority Sisters – Movie Review:

    Vinegar Syndrome offers up two of Paul Vatelli’s early feature films, made back to back in 1982 and featuring many of the same cast members.

    I Like To Watch:

    The first feature opens with a scene where a young woman named Laura (Bridgette Monet) peeps in on her oddly coiffed aunt Leticia (Pat Manning) as she has sex with her boyfriend, Phillip
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    by Published on 07-12-2020 09:36 AM
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    Released by: Synapse Films
    Released on: May 20th, 2008
    Director: Johan Vandewoestijne
    Cast: Nick Van Suyt, Helga Vendevelde, Let Jotts, Marie Claes, Carry Van Middle, Martine Scherre
    Year: 1986/2007
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    Lucker The Necrophagous – Movie Review:

    From the demented mind of writer/editor/director Johan Vandewoestijne comes this middle finger to the Flemish government, Lucker The Necrophagous. Shot in 1986 when Vandewoestijne was a fledgling film student, the picture went on to
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    by Published on 07-11-2020 08:40 AM
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    Released by: Kino Lorber
    Released on: November 6th, 2007.
    Director: Masaru Konuma
    Cast: Asami Ogawa, Michio Hin
    Year: 1977
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    Erotic Diary Of An Office Lady – Movie Review:

    Asami (played by Asami Ogawa, of Star Of David: Beauty Hunting, in her debut role) looks every bit the part of your average, every day working class woman. Toiling away at the office, day in, day out, she certainly doesn't leave much of an impression on most of her co-workers.
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