BAVA WEEK: Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Bava believed this was one of his worst films. It wasn't released in the U.S. until 2001. And yet, I found plenty to like about this murder-filled affair. It also taught me an important lesson: if you invent a new chemical process, don't go to a rich industrialist's vacation island. George Stark is one of… Continue reading BAVA WEEK: Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

BAVA WEEK: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Do you need to love, trust and care about the hero of the movie? Mario Bava is here with Hatchet for the Honeymoon in an attempt to craft a story where the hero is the absolute worst person in the entire film. Meet John Harrington. He's 30, runs a bridal dress factory, lives in a gorgeous villa… Continue reading BAVA WEEK: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Forbidden Photos of a Woman Above Suspicion (1970)

Minou (Dagmar Lassander, The House by the Cemetery) loves her husband, Peter. But Peter is cold and only really seems to care about work. All she does all day is pine for her husband and take care of a turtle. Yep. You just read that correctly. One night, a mysterious stranger attacks her, cuts open her clothes and then… Continue reading Forbidden Photos of a Woman Above Suspicion (1970)

Bizarre (1970)

What happens when you combine British portmanteau films, William S. Burroughs cut-up techniques, 1970's philosophy, British men's magazines like Mayfair and throw in a mummy? You get a sheer burst of pure insanity like Bizarre. Also known as Secrets of Sex, the film starts with the story of a king who found his wife's lover and trapped him… Continue reading Bizarre (1970)