MILL CREEK NIGHTMARE WORLDS: The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)

Known in Italy as La morte viene dallo spazio and in the UK as Death Comes From Outer Space, this was directed by Paolo Heusch (Werewolf In a Girl’s Dormitory) at least in screen credit, but according to many, this was actually the first movie directed by Mario Bava, who also worked as the cameraman, did the […]

CANNON MONTH 2: The Sword of the Barbarians (1982)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was on the site for the first time on December 3, 2020. Sword of the Barbarians was not produced by Cannon but was theatrically distributed by Cannon Releasing Corporation. Known in Italy as Sangraal, la spada di fuoco (Sangraal, the Sword of Fire), this is the first of two barbarian movies that Michele Massimo Tarantini […]

VINEGAR SYNDROME BLU RAY RELEASE: Two Undercover Angels / Kiss Me Monster (1967, 1968)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of Jess Franco Month, these movies were on the site on February 15 of this year. Now, Vinegar Syndrome is releasing them as only they can, newly scanned and restored in 4K from their 35mm original camera negatives. Beyond English and German langauge tracks, there;s also an alternate feature-length extended Spanish versions for […]

The Golden Lady (1979)

Post-Moonraker, there seemed to be an interest in creating new Eurospy ripoff movies like The Nude Bomb; No. 1 of the Secret Service (I realize it came out in 1977) and its sequels Licensed to Love and Kill and Number One Gun. The Golden Lady literally says in its ads that it’s a female James Bond; most curiously it was […]

Casus Kıran: 7 Canlı Adam (1970)

Spy Smasher: The Man with Seven Lives is Turkish remix remake ripoff of Fawcett Comic superhero Spy Smasher, who was created by Captain Marvel’s creative team of Bill Parker and C. C. Beck in Whiz Comics #2. Alongside the Big Red Cheese, Spy Smasher’s battles with the Mask, the America-Smasher, the Angel and the Blitzys made Whiz […]


Poliziotteschi is but one of the many waves of Italian exploitation and one that takes American inspiration — Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Death Wish — and uses it to explore the Years of Lead, a time of social unrest, political upheaval, political and terrorism, rising crime and outfight mob warfare from the 1960s to 1980s. Much like the […]