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Drive-In Asylum #23 is here, and we’ve got another stellar issue for you to dig into! You can get it at the Etsy shop right now.

First off, we’ve got two fantastic interviews; the first is with Pat Cardi, who starred in the 1973 independent regional production Horror High, which many of us saw on TV in the 70s & 80s as Twisted Brain. Pat talks to us about his career in acting, working with genre luminary William Castle, his experiences as a child actor, and of course making the low budget thriller Horror High with director Larry Stouffer, co-stars Austin Stoker and Rosie Holotik, and a few Dallas Cowboys, too.

We’ve also got an interview with Kristine DeBell in this issue, too – yes, A.L. from Meatballs herself! In addition to that 1979 film, Kristine has worked with such names as Nick Castle (TAG: The Assassination Game), Jackie Chain (The Big Brawl), Paul Mazursky (Willie & Phil) and many others. She talks to us about her experiences in genre cinema, as well as her return to acting after a 22 year hiatus.

Plenty of other great features in this issue too, including personal recollections of attending exploitation screenings in grindhouses and lots of reviews, too!

In this issue, I contributed a painting of Dr. Phibes to go with a great article about those films and something about the Nightmare Theater syndication package.

This issue has 60 black and white pages, some pages printed on colored paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inches in size.

ARROW BLU RAY RELEASE: Lies And Deceit: Five Films By Claude Chabrol

With his contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, François Truffaut and Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol was a critic for Cahiers du cinéma before becoming the first of them to make a movie. As a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers, he claimed to be “seized by the demon of cinema,” which led to him writing about film and championing directors. But now, he was making his own art, starting with the Hitchcock-influenced Le Beau Serge.

Known for his thrillers — a genre that had obsessed him since he was a teen — and particularly adored Hitchcock, writing a book with Rohmer on his work. On the set of To Catch a Thief, Chabrol and Truffaut got the opportunity to speak with the director and were so starstruck that they walked right into a water tank, leading Hitchcock to say that even when the two were a success, he always saw them as “ice cubes in a glass of whiskey.”

The most prolific of the New Wave directors, Chabrol averaged almost a film a year. Unlike them, his early films may have been experimental, but he moved on to making mainstream movies, although they still come from his personal vision. Beyond Hitchcock, he claimed that Murnau, Ernst Lubitsch and Fritz Lang were his other influences.

Arrow Video’s Lies And Deceit: Five Films By Claude Chabrol collected five high definitions (1080p) blu ray versions of his movies, along with new 4K restorations of Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment.  Each movie has an introduction by film scholar Joël Magny and select scene commentaries by Chabrol. Additionally, there’s an 80-page collector’s booklet of new writing by film critics Martyn Conterio, Kat Ellinger, Philip Kemp and Sam Wigley, trailers and image galleries for each movie and limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella.

From Cop Au Vin and Inspector Lavardin to Madame Bovary, Betty and Torment, this set has given me an incredible glimpse into the director and opened my mind up to seeing more of his films. Which is great, because Arrow plans on releasing Twisting the Knife in April, a second set that includes The SwindleThe Color of LiesNightcap and The Flower of Evil.

You can order this set from MVD.

NEW KINOCULT MOVIES FOR FEBRUARY

Kino Cult is a new free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films packed with some great movies. These new movies join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult offers an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

Here’s what’s new:

The Bronze Buckaroo (director Richard C. Kahn)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/bronze-buckaroo

In this delightful Western/musical/comedy, cowboy Bob Blake (singer Herbert Jeffries) and four friends ride to Arizona to help Betty Jackson (Artie Young) solve the mystery of her missing brother (Rollie Hardin). Costarring African American cinema pioneer Spencer Williams at Pete.

The Flying Ace (director Richard E. Norman)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/flying-ace

A rural crime drama revolving around a pair of rival aviators, The Flying Ace illuminates the fact that many films made for African American audiences were less concerned with race than with making popular entertainment in the traditional Hollywood style, offering matinee audiences the chance to see African Americans in heroic and romantic roles. Filmed in the Arlington area of Jacksonville, Florida, The Flying Ace is a unique aviation melodrama in that no airplanes actually leave the ground (the spectacular flight scenes are performed on terra firma, in front of neutral backdrops). A veteran World War I fighter pilot returns home a war hero and immediately regains his former job as a railroad company detective. His first case: recover a stolen satchel filled with $25,000 of company payroll, locate a missing employee, and capture a gang of railroad thieves.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (director Robert Wiene)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/cabinet-dr-caligari

In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.

The Iron Rose (director Jean Rollin)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/iron-rose

The Iron Rose is a haunting experience – a macabre tone poem about youth and age, love and nihilism, nostalgia and superstition, and, above all, life and death. Francoise Pascal (There’s a Girl in My Soup) and Hugues Quester (Three Colors: Blue) go on a metaphysical, Orpheus-like journey inside an ancient, all-but-abandoned graveyard but, as night falls, they cannot find their way out. As Quester’s nihilism crumbles to impatience and terror, Pascal transfers her disappointed passion for him to the cemetery itself and becomes jubilantly (and dangerously) attuned to its dead. If Orson Welles was correct when he estimated that a film could only be considered good to the extent it represented the artist who made it, The Iron Rose is Jean Rollin’s first authentic masterpiece.

The Comeback (director Pete Walker)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/comeback

Pop star Jack Jones (best remembered for the theme from The Love Boat) plays a singer who is haunted by the death of his estranged wife, and led into a confrontation with the killer, in The Comeback. A sleek and entertaining slasher film from director Pete Walker, it is a bloody illustration of the costs of fame. While recording an album he hopes will vault him back up the charts, singer Nick Cooper (Jones) begins suffering from hallucinations, pushing him to the brink of a nervous breakdown. When those close to him start dying in brutal murders, his connection to reality frays even more, until he himself is staring death in the face. Rounding out the cast are cult movie and TV favorites David Doyle (Charlie’s Angels), Pamela Stephenson (Superman III, Saturday Night Live) and Holly Palance (The Omen).

Horsehead (director Romain Basset)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/horsehead

Haunting and horrific, surreal and shocking, Horsehead is a new horror-fantasy that pays tribute to the classic European shockers of Dario Argento and Mario Bava, while also remaining a unique film with its own vision, delivering unforgettable images that both disturb and enchant. Director Romain Basset’s tale follows beautiful young Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) as she returns to her family’s countryside estate for her grandmother’s funeral. Haunted by recurring nightmares of a horse-headed monster, Jessica attempts to put her studies of “lucid dreaming” to good use, as she semi-consciously navigates through this dream landscape, trying to discover the secrets behind this sinister apparition. But Jessica must also cope with a hostile mother (The Beyond’s Catriona MacColl), and the growing realization that the death of her grandmother was actually a suicide triggered by the woman’s past traumas and visions. Horsehead is a feverish, ethereal journey through the world of nightmares.

Oasis of the Zombies (director Jess Franco)

https://www.kinocult.com/feature/oasis-zombies

Once established as a master of the Euro-erotic horror film, Jess Franco continued to explore more traditional modes of filmmaking, setting familiar genres on their ears with his singular brand of reckless creativity. Made during the living dead craze of the early 1980s, Oasis of the Zombies is one of only a handful of motion pictures to explore a most peculiar subgenre of the movement: the Nazi zombie film. In telling the story of a cache of German gold — lost in the desert, sought by a group of teenagers, protected by the walking dead — Franco demonstrated his characteristic lack of restraint, shamelessly inserting stock footage from a bigger-budget war picture, allowing his camera to dwell on the worm-eaten orifices of the shriveled undead and, of course, lacing the action with his trademark style of lyrical eroticism. The resulting film is a decadent exercise in grindhouse filmmaking that is more audacious than frightening, illuminating one of the more peculiar facets of Jess Franco’s uniquely warped cinema.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection recap

The Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is a great set. But you know us — we love Mill Creek. To learn more info on this one, check out their here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1970s Columbia movies is definitely worth the price, as is their Through the Decades: 1960s Collection.  Click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) – A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

A Walk in The Spring Rain (1970) – The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbor Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

$ (Dollars) (1970) – A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Brother John (1971) – A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

The Horsemen (1971) – Drama depicting rural life in contemporary Afghanistan and the Afghani people’s love for an ancient traditional sport similar to horseback polo.

Gumshoe (1971) – Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

The Last Detail (1973) – Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

The Stone Killer (1973) – A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

For Pete’s Sake (1974) – A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband’s education.

Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) – When an upwardly mobile couple finds themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1960s Collection recap

Over the last few days, we’ve been checking out Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1960s Collection: As you know, Mill Creek collections are where it’s at. You can see some info on this set on their site here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1960s Columbia movies is pretty fun. You can click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

Who Was That Lady? (1960) – Ill-advised by a pal, a chemistry professor falsely claims he is an undercover FBI agent in order to cover-up his marital infidelity but his lie, although swallowed by his wife, gets him in trouble with the real FBI, the CIA and the KGB.

The Notorious Landlady (1962) – An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) – A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964) – To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

Lilith (1964) – A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) – In Texas, a woman and her young daughter head down to another town where the girl’s irresponsible, hotheaded and immature father has just been released from prison on parole.

Genghis Khan (1965) – During the thirteenth century, the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan, who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mickey One (1965) – After the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason, a comedian steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run.

The Chase (1966) – The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Luv (1967) – About to nervously jump off a bridge, scrawny Harry Berlin is a barely functional human being. Just as he attempts to leap off the bridge, he is distracted by Milt Manville, an old friend from fifteen years ago.

How To Save A Marriage (And Ruin Your Life) (1968) – When a carefree bachelor tries to get his best friend to drop his mistress and return to his wife, he finds himself with romantic problems as well.

Hook, Line & Sinker (1968) – A man is told by his doctor, and best friend, that he has a terminal illness. At his wife’s urging, he lives life to the fullest, racking up insurmountable debts. When the damage is done, his friend the doctor tells him that he’s not dying.

What’s on Shudder: February 2022

February isn’t the longest month, but Shudder is bringing maybe one of their best lineups ever. Check it out!

February 1

Tales from the Hood and Tales from the Hood 2: Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott created one of the best horror anthologies ever and have followed it up with several sequels. While the second one is a mixed bag, the first one is unstoppable brilliance.

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night and Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood: Speaking of one film being way better than the other, Demon Night is a great blast of 90s horror. Bordello? Yeah, not so much.

The Boris Karloff Collection: Now this is why we pay for Shudder! All month long, check out the new documentary Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster, The Black Cat, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Son of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House and Black Sabbath.

Cherry Falls: In the wake of the 90 slasher comeback, this movie has always felt forgotten. It’s exciting to see that it’s going to be on Shudder.

Queen of the Damned: Lestat plays rock ‘n roll in a movie based on the book that your mom definitely bought.

Roh: In this Malaysian movie, a family finds a girl covered in clay who soon leads the spirit world to their real world.

February 2

Blood Glacier: A leaking glacier? Man, do we need things to get any worse?

The Last Winter: More eco-terror, as drilling leads to the kind of worldwide damage that they make movies like this about. Meta, huh?

February 3

Slapface: A boy hides in the woods before he finds something else that may be unfriendly to everyone but him in this Shudder exclusive.

February 7

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A strange ride that finds two siblings lost in their own world being confronted by their half-sister and a major change in their lives.

Entwined: A doctor comes to a small village and falls in love with a local girl, but things are never what they seem, right?

Fragile: A nurse at a childrens’ hospital struggles to keep her patients safe.

February 8

I Blame Society: A filmmaker attempts to finish her film, no matter who has to be hurt.

February 10

All the Moons: A young girl caught in the middle of the horror of war is rescued by either a vampire or an angel in a Shudder exclusive.

February 11

Joe Bob’s Heartbreak Trailer Park: Two movies, four guests, lots of broken hearts as Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy are back for a Shudder special.

February 14

Knocking: We saw this at Fantastic Fest and it’s a tense and trapped tale of one woman facing a frightening place to live or finally going insane.

Corporate Animals: Demi Moore plays the CEO that takes her team on a dangerous retreat.

I Am A Ghost: Stuck in the same house, Emily gets a clairvoyant therapist.

Silent Retreat: After the movies on this day, will anyone want to go anywhere to work on themselves and their career?

Spring: I’ve always wanted to see this — a man falls in love with a woman who may not identify as a human being.

Eat Brains Love: You can’t get a wood sign for this movie at Hobby Lobby.

February 17

They Live In the Gray: A social worker must use her psychic powers to save an at-risk family in this Shudder exclusive.

February 21

Dawn of the Beast: Graduate students try to find Bigfoot. Bad idea.

Dogs: The grandson of a mob boss learns that the don and his men won’t let their property go, even after death.

Detention: School goes very, very wrong after a student wakes up at her desk and learns that she’s trapped in a nightmare.

February 24

Hellbender: We saw this Shudder exclusive at Fantastic Fest and it’s a wild ride about mother and daughter witches who are also a heavy metal band in the woods. It gets way stranger than that description…

Plus, A Discovery of Witches season 3 ends February 19.

What are you excited about in February on Shudder?

Mill Creek Zombie Collection

The Mill Creek Zombie Collection has four different comedic zombie films, including Attack of the Lederhosen ZombiesGranny of the DeadAttack of the Killer Donuts and Harold’s Going Stiff. You can learn more on the official page and buy it at Deep Discount.

Click on any of the links to learn more, as we’ve done full reviews on each movie.

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies: Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarders is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

Granny of the Dead: Regular guy Ed awakes one morning to find that his grandmother has become one of the living dead. While trapped in his home Ed tries to survive the day, keep his house zombie free, stay alive and save the day.

Attack of the Killer Donuts: A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers.

Harold’s Going Stiff: Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails, Harold’s condition deteriorates and he ends up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes who are out for blood.

What’s on Shudder: January 2022

This isn’t an ad — we just really dig watching Shudder. After all, there are tons of great movies, all focused on the horror genre, and this month may be one of the most exciting the service has provided.

Here’s what’s playing!

January 1

  • The Blood on Satan’s Claw: This month is packed with folk horror and there’s nothing better than this British freakout!
  • Witchfinder General: If you’ve only seen Vincent Price play over-the-top roles, then check this one out. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies and has a tremendous influence on the world of doom metal too.
  • The Wicker Man: Honestly, if you only watch two folk horror movies, January’s first day has everything you need.
  • Sinister: I usually dislike everything made past the 80s, so trust me when I say that this 2012 film is worthwhile and packed with darkness.
  • Lake Mungo
  • Eve’s Bayou

January 3

January 4

January 5

  • Vinegar Syndrome’s Homegrown Horror box set is now available on Shudder! Check out the near-indescribable Beyond Dream’s DoorFatal Exam and Winterbeast.

January 6

January 10

  • If you haven’t purchased Severin’s Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, Shudder not only has the doc — look for an expanded review posted soon — but several of the movies that were on the All the Haunts Be Ours set, including Il Demonio, Alison’s BirthdayLeptriciaClearcitWilzcyzcaLake of the DeadTilburyLokisEdge of the Knife and Eyes of Fire.

January 16

  • The Runner: Check out this movie by Boy Harsher, which is also their new album.

January 17

January 20

  • The Last Thing Mary Saw

January 24

  • The Last Matinee: Influenced by giallo and slashers, this is another interesting pick up for Shudder.
  • Dachra

January 27

  • Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster: A documentary on one of the original horror film heroes.

There are also new episodes of A Discovery of Witches to watch.

What are you excited about on Shudder this month?

KINO CULT ADDS 20 NEW TITLES FOR JANUARY

There are twenty new films available to stream as of today on Kino Cult, the new free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films. These films join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult offers an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

Here’s what’s new:

Cub (director Jonas Govaerts) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/cub

Young Boy Scout Sam (Maurice Luijten) is the victim of bullying at the hands of the rest of his troupe and one of his pack leaders. On a camping trip Sam runs into a feral boy in the woods who suspiciously fits the description of an old folk legend called Kai. Sam tries to warn the others but is unaware the real danger comes from a crazed poacher instead.

The Dead Ones (director Jeremy Kasten) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/dead-ones

For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse — Famine, Pestilence, War and Death — has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school’s ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget – and may be condemned to relive.

Demoniacs (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/demoniacs

A Poe-like study of guilt and revenge, Demoniacs (Les Démoniaques) concerns a band of “wreckers” who rape and murder two young sisters, the survivors (Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier) of a ship they have lured into coastal rocks and plundered. The ghostly sisters haunt the Captain and obtain help from a mysterious clown (Mirielle d’Argent) who leads them to an impressive disused cathedral. There they meet a gnostic priest (Ben Zimet) standing guard over a cell that harbors the Devil himself (Miletic Zivomir), who empowers the angelic girls sexually with the evil necessary to exact their revenge.

Dracula’s Fiancee (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/draculas-fiancee

As Euro-horror pioneer Jean Rollin (Requiem for a Vampire, The Iron Rose) approached the sunset of his career, he distilled the dreamlike images and themes of his work into films that were deeply personal and unapologetically cryptic. Dracula’s Fiancee stars Jacques Regis as a vampire hunter whose pursuit of the descendants of Count Dracula leads him to a convent (The Order of the White Virgins), where supernatural beings of a parallel world are unleashed, including a bloodthirsty ogress (Magalie Aguado), a wolf-woman (Brigitte Lahaie, Fascination), and a young woman who is being prepared as Dracula’s bride (Cyrille Iste).

The Flesh and Blood Show (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/flesh-and-blood-show

Billed as “An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality,” Pete Walker’s The Flesh and Blood Show is an homage to the blood-splattered, sex-smeared theatre known as the Grand Guignol. Still haunted by an especially tragic production of Othello, a seaside theatre reopens its doors as a groovy musical revue, only to have several of its performers fall victim to the deadly curse.

For Men Only (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/men-only

A sophisticated London fashion columnist takes a job with a small-town publisher and “moral crusader,” much to the dismay of her rich, jealous boyfriend. The “crusader,” however, turns out to be not quite what he says he is…

Marquis De Sade’s Justine (director Chris Boger) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/marquis-de-sades-justine

Without a family, penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful chaste woman will have to cope with an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her treasured virtue but also her life.

Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (director R.W. Phillips) https://www.kinocult.com/short/mercy-mummy-mumbled

A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher’s daughter.

Peek-A-Boo (director Lillian Hunt) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/peek-boo

Mastered from an original 35mm print and presented in cooperation with Something Weird, Peek-A-Boo is a filmed record of a 1953 burlesque show, shot on location at the New Follies Theater in Los Angeles. A time capsule of live adult entertainment in the era of pasties-and-a-G-string, Peek-A-Boo showcases performances by Venus, Patti Wagggin, the Duponts, and baggy-pants comedians Leon DeVoe and Billy Foster.

Permissive (director Lindsay Shonteff) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/permissive

Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay and meets Fiona, a groovy bird who has settled into a relationship with Lee, a singer/bassist in a rock band. Fiona is, in the parlance of the Swinging Sixties, a “groupie,” and she turns Suzy on to a secret world of pleasure, vice, and psychedelic music.

Reckless (director Joram Larsen) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/reckless

Two ex-cons kidnap a millionaire’s daughter and hold her for ransom, only to see their scheme go awry when she proves herself to be more cunning than expected.

Scarlet Street (director Fritz Lang) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/scarlet-street

A box-office hit (despite being banned in three states), Scarlet Street is one of legendary director Fritz Lang’s (M, Metropolis) finest American films. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’ obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film.

Scavenger Hunt (director Michael Schultz) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/scavenger-hunt

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World meets The Cannonball Run, populated with 1970s TV stars whose popularity is on the wane. With a star-studded cast, bizarre cameos, and an absurd premise, Scavenger Hunt is an underrated camp comedy classic. After the sudden death of Milton Parker (Vincent Price) his large cast of quirky extended family members and houseworkers are sent on a wild goose chase of a scavenger hunt with the goal of inheriting his $200 million estate.

School for Sex (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/school-sex

Lord Wingate, acquitted after appearing in court for fraud, starts up a ‘finishing school’ to teach girls how to extract money from rich men, in return for a percentage of their gains. He enlists the help of the Duchess of Burwood (Alcoholic Aristocrat played by Rose Alba) as a teacher and Hector (Cockney Geezer played by Nosher Powell) as a fitness instructor. A probation officer friend supplies the first batch of pupils fresh from Holloway prison via a clapped-out old minibus. Suspicious neighbors and police together with newspaper reports naming the prison girls now hobnobbing in high society results in a raid and a new court appearance for Lord Wingate. The Judge sentences him but plots to start up his own school for sex.

The Stewardesses (director Al Silliman Jr.) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/stewardesses

A single eventful night in the lives of a crew of Los Angeles-based, trans-Pacific stewardesses, as they experiment with drugs and engage in various sexual encounters.

Suspense (director Lois Weber) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/suspense

Filmmaker Lois Weber mimicked the techniques of D.W. Griffith (and upped the ante with several visual innovations) in what is possibly the finest example of the race-to-the-rescue melodrama. When a hobo invades a secluded home occupied by mother and child, a frantic phone call summons the police to their aid.

Two Orphan Vampires (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/two-orphan-vampires

Two Orphan Vampires (Les Deux Orphelines Vampires) follows Henriette and Louise (Isabelle Teboul and Alexandra Pic), two blind girls of unknown origin, raised in an orphanage by two adoring nuns. Little do the nuns know, each night as the sun goes down, their “little angels” acquire night vision (they “see blue”), as well as an appetite for blood and teenage mischief.

Wither (director Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/wither

A group of naive young people has their carefree weekend in an isolated country house thrown into turmoil when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-drenched body count mounts and, with it, more creatures with a taste for human flesh. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes, and the kind of gore not normally associated with Swedish cinema!

Zombie Lake (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/zombie-lake

Conceived by one master of erotic horror (Jess Franco) and pseudonymously directed by another (Jean Rollin), Zombie Lake weaves the tale of a contemporary French village haunted by water-logged Nazis slain by the Resistance. With little regard for narrative subtlety, the film veers from the shamelessly exploitive (as when a women’s volleyball team skinny-dips in zombie-infested waters) to the tearfully sentimental (depicting a young orphan girl’s psychic connection to one of the walking dead). Beneath its garish surface, however, Zombie Lake embraces several themes that run throughout Rollin’s body of work, showing that this eclectic artist could not help investing even a playful film such as this with his personal sensibilities.

You can download the Kino Cult app in the U.S. and Canada and watch free on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and at www.kinocult.com.

Gigi Graham’s Deucember Picks!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our friend Gigi Graham — whose site Midnight Movie Monster is an ongoing inspiration to our site — has selected a different movie for every day of December, or Deucember. We want more people to read the awesome stuff that she writes, so here’s everything about this annual month of movie madness from Gigi herself:

Deucember is a yearly event from the crew over at The Grindhouse Cinema Database. Anyone can participate, and the goal is simple. Watch at least one exploitation film per day, and share it with the rest of the community via the hashtag #Deucember on social media. Unlike a lot of other monthly movie events, there are no scavenger hunt conditionals or specific subgenre restrictions. Skin, sin, and splatter are all fair game, in a choose your own adventure journey to the heart of the discarded and disreputable corner of cinema. With participants checking in from all over the world, it’s also a great opportunity to discover new titles from the fringes.

As someone who finds the winter holiday season stressful, Deucember is the perfect chance to check out of the usual festive folderol and take a deep dive into my ever expanding watch lists, and choose 31 films to watch and review over 31 days. Each year I agonize over the perfect playlist like I’m making a crush a mixtape, and in a certain sense, I kind of am. What could a certified midnight movie monster love more than obscure cinema? Not much. 

Here’s a compendium of my Deucember reviews for 2021, and where you can watch each title. The holidays come but once a year, but discovering the perfect piece of oddball cinema is forever.

DAY 1: Cry for Cindy: For 2021’s big opening, we’re going hardcore. Porno chic, censorship battles and the (double) life and times of a beautiful blond disco queen in 1976’s high class call girl opus Cry For Cindy.

Available on disc as part of Vinegar Syndrome’s Peekarama line, as an Anthony Spinelli triple feature with Touch Me and Act Of Confession.

DAY 2: The Nesting: A porn director makes a bid for the mainstream, and ends up with a Section 3 video nasty. Gothic novels, ghost hookers and Gloria Grahame in 1981’s The Nesting.

Streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi, also on disc via Blue Underground.

DAY 3: Sweet Trash: A criminal syndicate run by a super computer forces a hard drinking, debt ridden longshoreman on the lam. Hookers, headhunters and old New York in 1970’s Sweet Trash.

Available on double feature disc with The Hang Up, as part of the Vinegar Syndrome Drive-In Collection.

DAY 4: The Black Room: A sexy swingers’ pad in the Hollywood hills draws a married couple into a tangled web of kink, infidelity & vampirism in undeservedly obscure 1982 sex & death classic The Black Room.

This hasn’t had a home release since the VHS era, prints occasionally pop up on popular streaming sites from time to time.

DAY 5: Bonnie’s Kids: A pair of sultry sisters shoot their abusive stepfather & flee to L.A. only to find bigger problems in the big city. Mobsters, closet cases and bickering hitmen….EVERYONE is looking for Bonnie’s Kids (1972).

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 6: The Hard Road: Pretty Pamela spirals from unplanned pregnancy to the most perilous depths of sex, drugs & rock and roll in Gary Graver helmed tower of teen peril…1970’s The Hard Road.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video

DAY 7: Madness: A weekend getaway turns from holiday to horror when an escaped convict launches a home invasion to recover his hidden $300 million lira. Warhol superstar Joe D’allesandro stars in 1980’s Madness.

Streaming on Kanopy and an edited cut is on Amazon Prime.

DAY 8: Night of 1000 Cats: Time to take a trip south of the border for some Mexican horror. Pretty beaches! Pretty women! Sociopathic playboys with murderous house pets! It’s time for Night Of 1000 Cats (1972).

Streaming on Tubi, Amazon Prime and Pluto TV.

DAY 9: Room 43/Passport of Shame:An innocent French waitress gets entangled with a vice racket. A London cabbie & his friends are the only ones who can save her. Gutter noir & blonde bombshell Diana Dors in Passport To Shame (1958).

Streaming on BFI Player Classics.

 

DAY 10: Francy’s Friday: A beautiful blonde turns the suburbs into a swinging place in this 1972 oddball softcore “couples” adult film. Not just any Friday, It’s… Francy’s Friday.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video.

DAY 11: Naked Massacre/Born for Hell: A shellshocked Vietnam vet gets stranded in Belfast, his obsessive nature & fractured mind about to spell terrible tragedy for a house full of nurses. It’s time for 1976’s bleak, based on a true story terror Naked Massacre.

Available as Born From Hell uncut and on disc from Severin, edited Naked Massacre cut streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 12: Common Law Wife: When a wealthy oilman wants to swap his live in girlfriend for a sexy stripper, a cavalcade of double crosses and sleazy secrets lead to murder. Lust in the Texas dust aside, it isn’t easy to get rid of a Common Law Wife (1963).

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video

DAY 13: Mad Foxes: An aging Spanish playboy goes to war with a Nazi biker gang in left field rape revenge meets martial arts meets softcore meets heavy metal manic mess of a movie….. its the genre hopping 1981 sleazefest Mad Foxes.

The uncut version is available on DVD from Full Moon, the 69 minute edit is streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

DAY 14: New York After Midnight: Betrayal, bisexuality and blood on the (disco) dance floor in pornographer Jacques Scandelari’s stylish exercise in exploitation thriller, 1978’s New York After Midnight.

This also hasn’t had a home release since the VHS era, prints occasionally pop up on popular streaming sites.

DAY 15: Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century: It’s the credited collie, fishbone comb, Italian/Canadian monster mash of copyright infringement cinema….1977’s Yeti: Giant Of The 20th Century.

Streaming on Tubi and Night Flight.

DAY 16: The Night God Screamed: Murder, men of God and a faux Manson family torment a former Old Hollywood star making a genre turn in 1971’s regional exploitation grab bag The Night God Screamed.

Hasn’t had a proper home release since the VHS era. As always, keep an eye on the popular streaming sites.

DAY 17: She Shoulda Said No!: Art imitates trash imitates life as moral panics and double standards destroy a beautiful blonde’s life in the marijuana mad meta, ripped from the headlines 1949 exploitation cheapie She Shoulda Said No!

Streaming on Amazon Prime, Direct TV and Paramount+, available on disc via Something Weird and Kino Lorber.

DAY 18: The Meatrack: A beautiful bisexual hustler can’t escape his past, even when immersed in the thriving gay underground culture of bathhouses, bawdy theaters and adult bookstores in 1970’s The Meatrack.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video.

DAY 19: She Mob:

A badass butch lesbian leads an all girl gang on a caper that leads to kink, blackmail and a kidnapped gigolo. Hold on to your bullet bras and black stockings, it’s 1968’s She Mob.

Available on disc from Something Weird and the American Genre Film Archive.

DAY 20: Horror Safari:

Deception and death follow a band of fortune hunters looking for a lost stash of gold in 1982 jungle jamboree Horror Safari.

Available on disc from Severin, streaming with an edited cut and its original title (Invaders Of The Lost Gold) on Amazon Prime.

DAY 21: Cover Girl Killer: Wow! is a popular pin up magazine….beautiful young women are just dying to be on the cover. There’s a psycho loose in the Soho streets, can Scotland Yard stop him before it’s too late? Find out in 1959’s Cover Girl Killer.

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

 

DAY 22: Evil Come, Evil GoStreet preacher Sarah Jane is going to cure the world of casual sex & sinful men, one stab at a time. She’s even indoctrinated a new Sister into her bloody order. It’s 1972’s sleazy, softcore slash fest Evil Come, Evil Go.

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome as part of The Walt Davis Collection triple feature disc, alongside Oh! You Beautiful Doll and Widow Blue.

DAY 23: Lady, Stay Dead: Sun, sand and a sex obsessed handyman spell doom for a diva. Too bad her sister proves much harder to kill. It’s sun drenched Ozsploitation sleaze in 1981’s Lady, Stay Dead.

Available on a Code Red disc that is now out of print, but pretty easy to find on the secondary market.

DAY 24: Teenage Seductress: A writer becomes dependent on his pretty new secretary. Will he discover her dark secret before he finds his life destroyed by a Teenage Seductress (1975)?

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome, as a double feature with Little Miss Innocence.

DAY 25: Test Tube Babies: It’s a Christmas miracle…of life. Can a newfangled medical procedure save a married couple from booze, bickering and boredom? Find out in 1948 white coater Test Tube Babies.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video, there’s also an edited cut streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 26: StuntsStuntpeople know putting their lives on the line is an occupational hazard, but it’s not usually a murderer that they have to worry about. Death follows the crew of an action film in 1977’s Stunts.

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 27: Shanty Tramp: A Southern fried slattern leaves murder and mayhem in her wake with her conniving machinations. A landmark of regional hicksploitation sleaze, can anyone survive the night with Shanty Tramp (1967)?

Available for digital download via Something Weird Video and streaming on MUBI.

DAY 28: Lurkers: You can never go home again, which beautiful cellist Cathy learns the hard way. Let the bridge & tunnel kids call them ghosts, in Roberta Findlay’s New York City we call them Lurkers (1988).

Available on a double feature disc with Prime Evil from Vinegar Syndrome.

DAY 29: Lady Cocoa: When a gangster’s moll goes state’s evidence, both the cops and the criminals get way more than they bargained for. The impossibly lovely Lola Falana stars in Lady Cocoa (1975).

Streaming on Tubi, Brown Sugar and The Film Detective. Available on a double feature disc from Vinegar Syndrome with The Candy Tangerine Man.

DAY 30: The Love Statue: LSD Experience: Bohemians, big doses & bitchy brunettes all plague a painter in New York City’s Greenwich Village. But did they drive him to murder? Or was it just a bad trip? It’s David Durston’s The Love Statue: LSD Experience (1965).

Available on a Secret Key DVD that is currently out of print, but still available on the secondary market.

Day 31: Hollywood Horror House/Savage IntruderAn aging actress makes a handsome stranger into her personal gigolo. A familiar story…..except this time it involves miniature drug dealers, a lot of colorful checkerboards, and electric knife dismemberments. To see 2021 out, it’s regional hagsploitation/hippie hangover hybrid Hollywood Horror House (1970).

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome.