Cien Gritos de Terror (1965)

There are two stories here in this Mexican portmanteau. The first, Panico — hey, how about that title — is about a man (Joaquin Cordero, Dr. Satan) who wants to leave his wife for his new lover, but things are not that simple. The second is Miedo Supremo, which is about a man trapped alive in a burial crypt who discovers that he is not alone.

Translated as 100 Cries of Terror, this film is very much an Edgar Allen Poe movie. Director Ramon Obon also wrote The Living Coffin, another movie of Mexico’s Golden Age. Sadly, he died not long after making this movie, the first he directed.

There was a plan in 2014 to remake this movie with Reversal director JM Cravioto. It never was made and I’m probably one of the few people who is still wondering if it will happen.

You can watch this on YouTube.

La Loba (1965)

Rafael Baledon also made La Maldicion de La Llorona, yet today I want to discuss this werewolf film, which blows my mind.

Clarisa Fernandez is well-to-do, but is dealing with a curse, which is that she’s a werewolf. Luckily, or perhaps not so much for the humans they encounter, her doctor is a werewolf as well. They fall in love, which seems to be pretty much a happy ending, but not for anyone that knows them.

Kitty de Hoyos, who is also in Adventure at the Center of the Earth, plays the heroine of this film. Her doctor lycan love interest is Joaquin Cordero, who was Orlak in Orlak, El Infierno de Frankenstein and also appeared in both Dr. Satan films, as well as the astounding Vacaciones de Terror 2.

This is a movie that starts with no dialogue for ten minutes and ends with a werewolf hunting dog saving the say. Honestly, that sounds like the best review I can give this movie, which I adore.

You can watch this on YouTube.

Aventura Al Centro de la Tierra (1965)

Adventures In the Center of the Earth is the translation for this film, which follows a crew of explorers as they try to find the reason why a young man was killed and his girlfriend driven mad.

Director Alfredo B. Crevenna had a few Santo movies to his credit, but that did not prepare me for this sojourn, as that injured girl joins the brave band who head deep, deep into the Earth, so far down that they meet a cyclops, a spider and a giant bat that falls in love with the aforementioned Hilda Ramirez (Kitty de Hoyos, who was the villainess in the astounding La Loba).

There’s also footage that feels like it didn’t come from this movie at all — one assumes it’s from 1940’s One Million B.C. —  and all of the monsters look like they’re in a totally different room and have much better masks when they get their closeups, which only adds to the charm of this movie.

I’ve seen so many movies that go to the center of our world and they are all boring. This one is anything but, so if anyone ever says, “What’s the best center of the Earth movie?” you can confidently answer with this one.

You can watch this on YouTube to see if I’m right.

It’s a Sick, Sick, Sick World (1965)

“Right here, in our own backyard, in the more civilized parts of the world, are practiced some of the most uncivilized acts ever conceived!” Antonio Scarpati directed this, a one and done view of the world in 1965, in the time before the internet when life was cheap. Acually, life has always been cheap.

Joel Holt, who would go on the narrorate Paris Topless and two of the Olga movies — as well as direct part of The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield — is the voice that will take us through this world.

You may notice that nearly none of this movie is real. Like when we’re in Central Park, the rapist is Richard B. Shull from Sssssss and Spring Break. And when we see a photographer taking photos of nude models, that’s Sammy Petrillo, who once teamed with Duke Mitchell to make Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. While gay men dance on rooftops, Sammy is taking snaps of girls acting as if Irving Klaw was nearby.

This is a sick world, a place where prostitiutes do heroin while a roomful of people dance the Twist, where Lucky Kargo (The HookersVenus In Furs) gets in a brawl with Sam Stewart (Bad Girls Go to Hell), where performance art is really people beating up one another and fat people always get a laugh.

Reality TV has replaced the mondo, but the same scum always rises to the top. I don’t say that as a bad thing. This one is faker than the other, but has that ever stopped me from watching one of these.

The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World (1965)

If I’ve done one thing this Eurospy month, I’ve watched a ton of Lindsay Shonteff movies. This was his first spy film, although he’d eventually also make No. 1 of the Secret Service, Licensed to Love and Kill (1979) and Number One Gun.

This was called Licensed to Kill in the UK, but Joseph E. Levine was bringing it to the U.S. He’d had great financial success with teh Steve Reeves-starring Hercules and went all out on this one. There’s a new scene at the beginning with a woman pulling a machine gun out of her baby carriage and a new theme song sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Of course, he also took out all teh doubel entendres and enough of the plot to have the ending make no sense.

A Swedish scientist has invented an anti-gravity device and his daughter seek to provide the invention to the United Kingdom, if they can get there safely. With James Bond unavailable, Agent Charles Vine (Tom Adams) comes in.

Veronica Hurst (Peeping Tom) and Judy Huxtable (Die Screaming, Marianne) fill in for the normal Bond girls.

There were two sequels to this film: Where the Bullets Fly and Somebody’s Stolen Our Russian Spy/O.K. Yevtushenko, which was shot in 1969 but didn’t escape the film laboratory until 1976.

This isn’t the best Bond ripoff or the second-best, but it’s not all bad. You can watch the whole movie here:

008: Operation Exterminate (1965)

Have I mentioned that I like Umberto Lenzi movies? Oh yeah. I totally have.

Well back in 1965 — he made this spy caper, which has Ingrid Schoeller (Son of Django) as Macdonald, also known as British Agent 006. She’s working with Frank Smith, American Agent 006. Together, they are hunting down something called “anti-radar.” But it seems like 006 is actually a Russian spy.

Hey — at least it has this great poster.

Lenzi would make more spy-related movies after this, like The Spy Who Loved FlowersKriminal and Super Seven Calling Cairo. I’d rather celebrate him for movies like OrgasmoEaten Alive!, GhosthouseIronmasterSeven Bloo Stained OrchidsNightmare City and Nightmare Beach.

You can watch the whole thing on YouTube:

Spy In Your Eye (1965)

Also known as Bang You’re Dead, this Eurospy film was released in the U.S. by American International Pictures and released as part of a double feature with Secret Agent Fireball.

Secret Agent Bert Morris (Brett Halsey, The Devil’s Honey) mist rescue Paula Krauss (Pier Angeli, lover to both James Dean and Kirk Douglas, she died of an overdose at only 31 after making Octaman), whose father has developed a death ay. However, his boss Colonel Lancaster (Dana Andrews, Laura) has had a miniature camera inserted into his eye, which is broadcasting everything to the Russians.

As a fan of Yor Hunter from the Future, I feel duty bound to report that Pag (Luciano Pigozzi) is in this. And, of course, the evil Asian is played by George Wang, who covered that role for nearly every Italian film.

You can watch the whole movie on YouTube:

James Tont operazione U.N.O. (1965)

Tont means dumb in Italian and this was amongst the first spoofs of the Eurospy genre.

It’s directed by Sergio’s younger brother Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi, who are both known for their comedy work.

Lando Buzzanca, who was in Fulci’s Operation St. Peter’s, stars in this as James Tont and he’s up against Goldsinger, with the help of Barbara Ray,  Agent SOS 112 (she’s played by Evi Marandi from Planet of the Vampires).

During the height of the Eurospy craze, so many Italian films used 007 that United Artists threatened the Italian film with a lawsuit. This movie wasn’t given a U.S. release, but did play American television as part of a package called “Continental European film” by RKO. However, United Artists and Danjaq prevented this movie from being shown.

How’s that for Bondmania?

Super Seven Calling Cairo (1965)

Based on a novel by Umberto Lenzi — and directed by him — this Bond clone starts Roger Browne (The Spy Who Loved FlowersEmanuelle in America) as Agent Superseven Martin Stevens. He’s joined by Fabienne Dali (Kill, Baby, Kill), Massimo Serato (AutopsyThe Blood Stained Shadow), Rosalba Neri (The Arena) and Paolo Bonacelli, who has the disturbing movie daily double of being in both Salo and Caligula.

A new radioactive metal has been found and its up to our hero to go to Cairo to find it. This means that he must, of course, romance the ladies and kill several people. You know what it’s like for those 1960’s spies.

You can watch this on YouTube:

Espionage in Lisbon (1965)

Jess Franco wrote the script and music for this movie, so between that and me watching over a hundred Eurospy movies in a month, I just had to tackle this. Brett Halsey in the main role? Added bonus.

An international gang pretends to have the means to destroy a small country in thirty seconds. A spy group believes that this could be true, so they set out to take it from them.

This is an unofficial Agent 077 movie, with Halsey (DemoniaThe Devil’s Honey) as George Farrell and Marilu Tolo (Scorpion with Two TailsMy Dear Killer) as his partner Terry Brown. It also has Erika Blanc, who is familiar to horror fans from roles in A Dragonfly for Each CorpseEye of the CatThe Devil’s NightmareSo Sweet…So PerverseKill Baby…Kill! and The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave.

Director Tulio Demicheli (who also worked with Federico Aicardi on this) directed Ricco, a movie that takes the crime vengeance genre into very gory territory.

It’s not the most exciting spy movie you’ve ever seen, but if you’re trying to see as many of these movies as you can, it has its charms.