Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song (1973)

The fourth and final of the first Female Prisoner Scorpion series, this movie has Meiko Kaji coming back to portray Nami Matsushima -- the Scorpion -- one more time. However, director Shunya Ito was replaced by Yasuharu Hasebe, who worked with Meiko on the Stray Cat Rock series. Scorpion remains on the run after the last film,… Continue reading Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701’s Grudge Song (1973)

Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

After the poetically beautiful ending of the second film in the Female Convict Scorpion series, Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41, this film starts with sheer violence. Matsu the Scorpion (Meiko Kaji) is wanted, with her face on every wall in the city, after leading a jailbreak. As she sits silently by herself as every newspaper around her shows… Continue reading Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Warlock Moon (1973)

I always try to think about what movies I'd show together if I did a theme night at a theater. Warlock Moon is the kind of 1970's weirdness that would pair well with 1972's Terror House, a cannibal comedy that predates The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for its depiction of a family that eats human beings together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5tuYkELCFI You may… Continue reading Warlock Moon (1973)

The Vault of Horror (1973)

After Tales from the Crypt, where else can you go? The Haunt of Fear? How about The Vault of Horror? Roy Ward Baker was also the director of Asylum, Scars of Dracula and The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires, so that makes him absolutely perfect for this one. Strangely, none of these stories appeared in The Vault of Horror comic book. They all… Continue reading The Vault of Horror (1973)

Tales that Witness Madness (1973)

This movie may look like an Amicus movie, but make no mistake. It isn't. But I can't blame anyone that thinks that it is, thanks to its cast and director, Freddie Francis. Its wraparound story is all mental hospital, where Dr. Tremayne (Donald Pleasence) tells Dr. Nicholas (Jack Hawkins, Theater of Blood) about four very… Continue reading Tales that Witness Madness (1973)