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)

The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave (1971)

Emilio Paolo Miraglia created two giallo -- this film and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. This one goes more into the horror realm than the typical themes of the genre. Lord Alan Cunningham starts this movie off by running away from an insane asylum, a place he's been since the death of his redheaded… Continue reading The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave (1971)

Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Loosely based on the Parker–Hulme murder case of 1954 (which also inspired Heavenly Creatures), Don't Deliver Us from Evil is about Anne de Boissy and Lore Fournier, two post-pubescent Catholic schoolgirls that come from rich, conservative families. They're both growing up to be maniacs, thanks to a love of death poetry, mocking people, pranks, petty theft and one another. They… Continue reading Don’t Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)

I promised to get to another Sergio Martino movie this week and I hope that I have not betrayed your trust, dear reader. While she makes love to someone else, Lisa's husband dies in a jet crash. She stands to inherit all of his money, despite them being basically separated. An ex-lover has a confrontation… Continue reading The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail (1971)

The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Sergio Martino's directorial efforts have run the gamut -- from straight exploitation (Mondo Sex and Mountain of the Cannibal God, which features Stacy Keach and Ursula Andress, as well as real animal mutilation which we'd never endorse) to horror (Island of the Fishmen, which in addition to starring Barbara Bach and Joseph Cotten, was re-edited by… Continue reading The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

DANGEROUS WOMEN: Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Sometimes, when you watch a horror film, you're lied to by a title which promises you something that the film cannot or will not deliver. Not so with Jess Franco's Vampyros Lesbos. Franco promises you lesbians and vampires and he delivers. He also delivers plenty of late 60's style and a space age jazz soundtrack that threatens… Continue reading DANGEROUS WOMEN: Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

DANGEROUS WOMEN: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

If you were a well-to-do woman in Italy in the 1970s, chances are -- based on the movies that I have seen -- that you are about to killed, have killed someone, are having a lesbian affair, are on drugs or all of the above. Carol (Florinda Bolkan, Don't Torture a Duckling) is one of those… Continue reading DANGEROUS WOMEN: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971)

GEORGE ROMERO TRIBUTE: There’s Always Vanilla (1971)

Over the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing several of George Romero's most well-known -- and in this case, least known -- works. As a filmmaker that came from Sam's hometown, as well as one of most interesting voices in American genre filmmaking, there's plenty to celebrate. Rather than focus on a film like Night of… Continue reading GEORGE ROMERO TRIBUTE: There’s Always Vanilla (1971)