CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Lady Frankenstein (1971)

Imagine a Hammer movie where instead of implied nudity and strange sexuality, everything is laid, well, bare. It's not hardcore, but compared to where horror was pre-1971, Lady Frankenstein is a somewhat audacious concept: the man is no longer in charge and it turns out that the heroine (or villain, there's no real hero in… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Lady Frankenstein (1971)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: I Eat Your Skin (1971, but really 1964)

The only reason anyone knows this movie is because of Jerry Gross. He bought it, paired it on a double feature with I Drink Your Blood and renamed it from Zombies to I Eat Your Skin and made this amazing trailer and double poster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nbaDytAeP4 These two movies have nothing in common. I Drink Your Skin is a… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: I Eat Your Skin (1971, but really 1964)

2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 21: If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971)

Day 21 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge is 21. Opiate of the Masses. The power of the Scarecrow compels you to watch a religious film! I've been dying to watch this movie, as I've known parts of it from Negativland's song "Christianity Is Stupid." Once Nicolas Winding Refn added it to his site www.bynwr.com, I knew this would be… Continue reading 2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 21: If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971)

Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti (who took all the credit) directed the first shockumentary, Mondo Cane. Following that, they worked on Women of the World before Jacopetti moved on to make increasingly more insane films with Franco Prosperi. Cavara? He went on to make his own films, including this one, a film that some place amongst the best… Continue reading Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

BIKER WEEK: Angels Hard as They Come (1971)

Jonathan Demme (Married to the Mob, The Silence of the Lambs) impressed Roger Corman with his writing ability and was asked if he wanted to try a motorcycle movie. His idea? Rashomon on motorcycles. He turned to his friend Joe Viola, a commercial director, and created this film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncVWDd06-nE Long John (Scott Glenn, The Silence of the Lambs), Juicer and Monk (James Inglehart, Randy… Continue reading BIKER WEEK: Angels Hard as They Come (1971)

BIKER WEEK: Werewolves on Wheels (1971)

Is a biker movie not enough action for you? What if I told you that a biker gang named The Devil's Advocates happen upon some warlocks and then one of them is bitten by a female werewolf and transforms under the full moon? How's that sound? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nQDGTli3uc I literally just told you the entire plot… Continue reading BIKER WEEK: Werewolves on Wheels (1971)

Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

A man is stabbed on a train, leading the police to question Nicole (giallo queen Nieves Navarro) about diamonds that are missing. Her life turns upside down, as she begins to receive disguised phone calls asking about the diamonds and a blue-eyed masked man attacks her in her boudoir. She then remembers that her jealous lover Michel owns contact lenses in… Continue reading Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

BAVA WEEK: A Bay of Blood (1971)

Also known as Ecology of Crime, Chain Reaction, Carnage, Twitch of the Death Nerve and Blood Bath, Last House on the Left – Part II and New House on the Left, this is the most violent and nihilistic of all of Mario Bava's films. It started as a story idea so that Bava could work with Laura Betti (Hatchet for the… Continue reading BAVA WEEK: A Bay of Blood (1971)