Satanis: The Devil’s Mass (1970)

This 1970 documentary about Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan that was directed and produced by Ray Laurent, whose only other credits involve editing some films, including one of the Lemon Grove Kids films that Ray Dennis Steckler directed. Within this movie, there's plenty of ritual footage, as well as interviews with LaVey, his… Continue reading Satanis: The Devil’s Mass (1970)

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Other than the films of Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace, The Girl Who Knew Too Much), there's no other film that has no influenced the giallo. In fact, the most well-known version of the form starts right here with Dario Argento's 1970 directorial debut. Until this movie, he'd been a journalist and had helped write Leone's Once… Continue reading The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

In the fourth of five Stray Cat Rock (or Alleycat Rock) films, two Japanese men help a deserter from the Vietnam War escape to Sweden and fund their plan by selling LSD. But soon, rival gangs find out about the drug deal and want a piece of the action for themselves. Meiko Kaji returns again, as does… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Shot at the same time as the second film in the Stray Cat Rock series, Wild Jumbo, this third film has the return of director Yasuharu Hasebe. This time around, the Alleycats -- led by Mako, played by series star Meiko Kaji -- battle the male gang the Eagles. Look -- any movie that starts with a girl versus… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Released only three months after the first film in the series, Toshiya Fujita's replaces Yasuharu Hasebe for the second of five Stray Cat Rock films. No worries -- they'll split directing duties for the rest of these films. This one is concerned with five friends who come up with a plan to rob 30 million yen (about… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

Also known as Alleycat Rock: Female Boss, Female Juvenile Delinquent Leader: Alleycat Rock and Wildcat Rock, Yasuharu Hasebe directed this "violent pink" film, which is stylish yet grim, presenting a Japan that's been through hell and refuses to look back. Everyone dresses well. Everyone is ready to fight. Everyone is prepared to die. Roger Corman’s 1966 outlaw biker… Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

El Topo (1970)

A combination of exploitation film, spaghetti (well, maybe chili con carne given its origins), art film and quest for enlightenment, El Topo is either the greatest movie you've ever seen (me) or complete bullshit that seems to go on forever and ever (Becca). El Topo and his son are traveling the desert when he instructs… Continue reading El Topo (1970)