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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. Do Not Deliver Us from Evil (1971) France/Dir: Joel Seria - Two Catholic school girls (Jeanne Goupil and Catherine Wagener) decide to "devote themselves to Satan", and so begin committing increasingly depraved and violent acts on first, animals, and then men. Things reach a terrible fever pitch during an unsupervised summer vacation. A very controversial film upon its release (it was severely censored and then outright banned for awhile in its home country), this is disturbing, although not as brazenly sleazy or exploitative as one would expect given its reputation. The acting by the
  2. Yeah, I agree that the defense will probably win in this case, unfortunately. However, the second two people were reportedly approaching the shooter due to him having shot the first guy. So were skateboard guy and "other guy with a gun" acting in self-defense/defense of others?
  3. Demons (1971) Japan/Dir: Toshio Matsumoto - A ronin (Katsuo Nakamura) vows vengeance against the geisha who robbed him. This highly stylized adaptation of a stage play is shot in B&W, in the old 4:3 ratio, on darkened, cramped sets, all to elicit an oppressive, claustrophobic sense of dread. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it, but I found myself bored through most of the 2-hour-15-minute runtime. This film seems to be a critical favorite, and most viewer reviews that I saw were ecstatic. (6/10)
  4. So referring to them as "victims" is prejudicial, but referring to them as "looters, rioters and/or arsonists" isn't?
  5. Death Walks on High Heels (1971) Italy/Dir: Luciano Ercoli - After a notorious thief is killed, his stripper daughter (Susan Scott) becomes a target of person or persons unknown searching for a stash of diamonds. Also featuring Simon Andreu, Frank Wolff, Carlo Gentili, George Rigaud, Jose Manuel Martin, Luciano Rossi, Fabrizio Moresco, and Claudie Lange. Yet another mid-range-quality giallo with less gore but some cringeworthy dance scenes, like one with Scott in blackface. (6/10)
  6. Totally rational, normal thought process.
  7. Cuadecuc, Vampir (1971) Spain/Dir: Pere Portabella - What was initially planned as a simple behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Jess Franco's Count Dracula (1970) is instead presented as an arthouse exercise. The cinematography is very grainy B&W and there is no live sound, the soundtrack consisting instead of various classic music snippets and atonal sound effects. The footage ranges from actual shots from Franco's film to backstage prep work and rehearsals of the actors. Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Maria Rohm, Soledad Miranda, and Jack Taylor all appear. I honestly didn'
  8. Yeah, that whole "counting all of the votes" thing really did him in.
  9. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) Italy/Dir: Sergio Martino - A mystery about a series of murders connected to an inheritance after a man dies in an aviation accident. An insurance investigator (George Hilton) and his girlfriend (Anita Strindberg) look into the case. Also with Evelyn Stewart, Luigi Pistilli, Alberto de Mendoza, Janice Reynaud, Luis Barboo, Tom Felleghy, Tomas Pico, and Lisa Leonardi. Classic giallo with beautiful women, lush locations (Greece is heavily featured), and bloody violence. (7/10)
  10. How many times are you going to post the same link?
  11. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) Italy/Dir: Duccio Tessari - Giallo thriller concerning the brutal murder of a young woman in a park. A TV sportscaster (Giancarlo Sbragia) is accused of the crime, but his lengthy trial brings up questions of his guilt. Helmut Berger stars as a temperamental musician who gets drawn into the case. Also featuring Evelyn Stewart, Silvano Tranquilli, Wendy D'Olive, Gunther Stoll, Lorella De Luca, Carole Andre, and Wolfgang Preiss. After the smash success of Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the giallo craze swept Europe and dominated Ital
  12. Shadow of Illusion (1970) Italy/Dir: Mario Caiano - Gail Bland (Daniela Giordano) is a model and the face of a new cosmetics company called Isis. When she is sent to Egypt on a promotional assignment, she gets entangled with a cult that wants to reestablish the worship of the ancient Egyptian gods. Also featuring William Berger, Krista Nell, Antonio Cantafora, Mirella Pamphili, and Enzo Maggio. The only highlight here is the Egyptian location shooting, with many fine vistas on display. The story and acting are both bland, like the last name of Giordano's character. (5/10)
  13. With as much as they post about military matters, I'm sure MM, Nipkow, LuckyDan, etc. must all have decades of combined military service under their belts. Otherwise, they'd just be silly armchair generals and/or chickenhawks.
  14. When I saw your post, I thought I was having a senior moment for thinking I remembered that she died years ago. Then I noticed the "2019" in your link, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Don't feel bad. It's not the first time that's happened on here. I may have been guilty of it in the past, too.
  15. Santo and Blue Demon vs. the Monsters (1970) Mexico/Dir: Gilberto Martinez Solares - This incredible mash-up teams veteran masked wrestler Santo (Santo) with Blue Demon (Blue Demon) as they face an unholy alliance of supernatural horror-meets-science run amok! After noted evil scientist Dr. Bruno Halder (Carlos Ancira) dies, he is revived by his dwarf brother Otto (Ivan J. Rado). They use their squad of revived, green-skinned henchmen to assemble a rogue's gallery of fiendish horror: Frankenstein's Monster, The Vampire, The Vampire Woman, The Mummy, The Cyclops, and the Wolf Man. This epic
  16. A Quiet Place to Kill (1970) Italy/Dir: Umberto Lenzi - Carroll Baker stars as a down-on-her-luck model/racecar driver (!!!) who gets involved with her ex (Jean Sorel) and his new wife (Anna Proclemer) and their plots to do away with each other. Also featuring Luis Davila, Alberto Dalbes, Hugo Blanco, Lisa Halvorsen, and Marina Coffa. The third in the Baker/Lenzi Trilogy, this one has less emphasis on sex and nudity, although there still is a bit of that. Sorel is a bit of a bore, but the other performances are fine. This is also the least outrageous of the three films, but it's still
  17. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2 (2021) Poland/Dir: Bartosz M. Kowalski - Sequel to the Netflix-produced surprise hit about mutant killers in the woods around a no-tech-allowed youth camp. This follow-up takes place the next day and night after the events of the first, with that film's "final girl" (Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz) now the one infected by alien black goo that seeps out from an old meteorite. It's up to some undertrained, underequipped local cops (Mateusz Wieclawek & Zofia Wichlacz) and some bumbling civilian militia guys to stop the murderous threat. I enjoyed parts
  18. So Sweet... So Perverse (1969) Italy/Dir: Umberto Lenzi - Jean-Louis Trintignant stars as a philandering husband to wife Erika Blanc. When a sexy American (Carroll Baker) moves in upstairs, he sets his sights on her, but soon learns that she may be a more dangerous conquest than most. Also featuring Helga Line, Horst Frank, and Giovanni Di Benedetto. The second of Baker's "Lenzi Trilogy" shows the same predilection for naked skin as the previous Paranoia. The film turns into a variation of Diabolique about halfway through, but it's not very inspired. The score by Riz Ortolani is fun.
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