Witchcraft ’70 (1970)

Witchcraft ’70 is a re-shot and re-edited U.S. domestic version of Angeli Bianchi... Angeli Neri (White Angel ...Black Angel -- more on that tomorrow). Because the U.S. producers changed so much, it's nearly a different film, complete with Edmond Purdom (Absurd, Don't Open 'Till Christmas, Pieces, 2019: After the Fall of New York) narrating the proceedings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch4LiR1GQ0M Lee Frost,… Continue reading Witchcraft ’70 (1970)

Ape Week: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Nothing succeeds like, well, success. After Planet of the Apes, producers considered several treatments before finally hiring Paul Dehn to write the movie, making him the primary writer for the films. They didn't use the sequel suggested by Pierre Boulle, author of the original novel, whose Planet of the Men script had Taylor as a messiah… Continue reading Ape Week: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

The film Jaromil Jires directed before this one, 1969's The Joke, has been described as "possibly the most shattering indictment of totalitarianism to come out of a Communist country." As a result, it was banned for nearly twenty years. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is based on the 1935 Vítezslav Nezval novel. Much like that… Continue reading Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

ANOTHER TAKE ON: Guru the Mad Monk (1970)

The Church of Mortavia needs cash, so Father Guru does what he can, which means getting dead bodies for medical students to experiment on. This may mean stabbing churchgoers in the eyeball or working with vampires and hunchbacks. And while this is all supposedly set in the Middle Ages, it was really shot in New… Continue reading ANOTHER TAKE ON: Guru the Mad Monk (1970)

PURE TERROR MONTH: Guru the Mad Monk (1970)

The Middle Ages were hard times for mad monks. Father Guru (Neal Flanagan) is a corrupt chaplain in the 15th Century, employed in a bizarre prison complex. Assigned to deliver the last rites to condemned prisoners, Guru also carries out punishments like heating up an iron cross and then searing the flesh of sinners while… Continue reading PURE TERROR MONTH: Guru the Mad Monk (1970)

2019 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 17: And Soon the Darkness (1970)

DAY 17. EVIL IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: Scary stories aren't just for the night time. A movie that's referred to as "a sun-drenched nightmare" on its poster, Robert Fuest's And Soon the Darkness is nearly forgotten today, which is a real shame. Fuest is probably better remembered for The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again than he… Continue reading 2019 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 17: And Soon the Darkness (1970)

No Blade of Grass (1970)

About the Author: You can read the music and film reviews of R.D Francis on Medium and learn more about his work on Facebook. He also writes for B&S Movies. . . . Cue the obligatory, budget-conscious voice over-photo montage (bellowing smokestacks, animal carcasses, muddy water, etc.) of a ravaged Earth (in the “future” of… Continue reading No Blade of Grass (1970)

The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970)

Otherwise known as The Italian Stallion, this movie was a big deal in the mid-1970's, with its urban legend stretching well into the 1980's. Basically, it's a soft core movie with a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone in the lead, but there were rumors that it originally had hardcore penetration scenes. That's since been debunked. Stallone made this… Continue reading The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970)