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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-8j3ylfl1E 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). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uqb4Jy0GTg El Topo and his son are traveling the desert when he instructs… Continue reading El Topo (1970)

Bigfoot (1970)

Anthony Cardoza produced some really interesting films. You may call them turkeys. You may also call them...well, you wouldn't call them works of art. But hey, his movies live on, like The Beast of Yucca Flats, The Hellcats and today's film, Bigfoot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zJqAerpDKE Jasper B. Hawks (John Carradine!) and Elmer Briggs (John Mitchum, brother of Robert and the writer of… Continue reading Bigfoot (1970)

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)