Black Brigade (1970)

Originally entitled Carter's Army, this made for TV movie debuted on ABC on January 27, 1970. It was written by David Kidd, who would also write The Swinging Cheerleaders, and Aaron Spelling, who would go on to dominate 1970's TV with Mod Squad, The Rookies, S.W.A.T., Starsky and Hutch, Family, Vega$, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart and many more. Captain Beau Carter (Stephen… Continue reading Black Brigade (1970)

American Horror Project vol. 2: Dream No Evil (1970)

Arrow Video's American Horror Project is dedicated to "its mission to unearth the very best in weird and wonderful horror obscura from the golden age of US independent genre moviemaking." The second volume -- the first had Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)Malatesta's Carnival of Blood, The Witch Who Came from the Sea and The Premonition --… Continue reading American Horror Project vol. 2: Dream No Evil (1970)

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)