WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

Based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey (whose novel Flight into Danger was adapted into Zero Hour! (as well as a later TV movie using the original title) which was later remade as Airplane!, which is also a parody of these films, but more about that later), these four films go from class to cash-in. And the worse they… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

SARTANA WEEK: One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970)

The spaghetti western heroes Django, Trinity, Sabata, Ringo and Sartana all fell victim to the strange copyright laws of Italy, where sequels to films just happen (such as how Bruno Mattei's Cruel Jaws was also shown as Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws). There are several non-cannon Sartana films, including Sartana Does Not Forgive, Shadow of Sartana... Shadow of your Death,… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970)

SARTANA WEEK: I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (1970)

In the third of the five original Sartana films, our hero gains a new actor: George Hilton takes over for Gianni Garko with Giuliano Carnimeo staying in the director's chair. In this installment, Sartana faces Mexican bandits and Sabbath, a man who may be his equal. Hilton was in a ton of films. Of note, The Strange… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: I Am Sartana, Trade Your Guns for a Coffin (1970)

SARTANA WEEK: Light the Fuse…Sartana is Coming! (1970)

In his very first line in the movie, Sartana paraphrases the Bible verse "I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent" before killing a corrupt sheriff and two of his deputies. If I wasn't already excited about the fourth Sartana film, I'm now fully… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: Light the Fuse…Sartana is Coming! (1970)

SARTANA WEEK: Have a Good Funeral, My Friend… Sartana Will Pay (1970)

Deadly playing cards. A Confucius quoting casino owner. And every man and woman out for themselves. Yep, it's time for another Sartana movie. Sartana (the returning Gianni Garko) sees several gold prospectors get killed, then kills their killers. Soon, he meets Abigail Benson (Daniela Giordano, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key),… Continue reading SARTANA WEEK: Have a Good Funeral, My Friend… Sartana Will Pay (1970)

In the Folds of the Flesh (1970)

"...And then a sudden violent shock that left a deep impression on the mind and damagen (sic) it permanently..." "What has been remains imbedden in the brain nestled in the folds of the flesh. Distorted, it conditions and subconsciously impels...(Freud)" Those words start this movie off, with a crime being shown in the past and… Continue reading In the Folds of the Flesh (1970)

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)