Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

This movie is also known as House Of Psychotic Women, which is an edited version for U.S. audiences. There's also an even further edited TV version called House of Doom. I'll tell you, this is the only movie I can think of where the children's song "Frere Jacques" plays during murders. It was directed by Carlos Aured,… Continue reading Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

The Killer Wore Gloves (1974)

I am consumed by near-constant nerves and worries, pains that can only be assuaged by late-night viewings of only the rarest and most deranged examples of film. So when I see a movie with the titles of Hot Lips the Killer, Le Calde Labbra del Carnefice (The Hot Lips of the Executioner), La Muerte Llama a las 10 (Death Calls… Continue reading The Killer Wore Gloves (1974)

The Perfume of the Lady In Black (1974)

I wish that Francesco Barilli had made more giallo. His two additions to the genre as a director, Hotel Fear and The Perfume of the Lady In Black, are both movies that descend into insanity and grapple with the issues of their female protagonists being abused until they violently turn the tables on their tormentors. He also… Continue reading The Perfume of the Lady In Black (1974)

Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1974)

Known in Italy as Terror! Il Castello Delle Donne Maledette (Terror! The Castle of Cursed Women), this movie was released as Terror Castle, The House of Freaks, The Monsters of Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks in the U.S., while it was named Frankenstein's Castle in the UK. According to Roberto Curti's Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1970–1979, no one can… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1974)

The Devil’s Possessed (1974)

Leon Klimovsky -- The People Who Own the Dark, The Dracula Saga, The Vampires Night Orgy -- teams with Spain's resident horror movie bad guy, Paul Naschy, to deliver some medieval torture and Satanic slaughter which is in no small way influenced by Ken Russell's The Devils. Written by Naschy himself, here the actor plays Baron Gilles de Lancre, who… Continue reading The Devil’s Possessed (1974)

Magdalena, Possessed by the Devil (1974): A Second Look

“Eh, you’ve seen one exorcist flick, you’ve seen ‘em all,” scoffs the B&S Movies surfer. Oh, how wrong you are, you wee demon-possession babe in the woods. There’s nothing in the post-William Friedkin horror oeuvre that will prepare you for this German rip-off. . . . Not Assonitis’s Beyond the Door. Not de Ossorio’s Demon… Continue reading Magdalena, Possessed by the Devil (1974): A Second Look

The Killer of Dolls (1974)

Miguel Madrid -- credited here as -- only has directed three films: The Butcher of Binbrook, Bacanal en Directo and this completely insane entry. He also wrote The Feast of Satan and Del Amor y de la Muerte. He's credited as Michael Skaife on this movie, the same name he used on The Butcher of Binbrook, which was released in the… Continue reading The Killer of Dolls (1974)

Before Star Wars: Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), and Strange New World (1975)

Author Note: This review was previously posted on September 28, 2019, as part of our September Post-Apocalypse Month. You can catch up with all of those reviews by visiting our Atomic Dustbin recap. * * * Okay. Let’s get this out of the way: This is the movie were you video fringe horndogs lose it… Continue reading Before Star Wars: Genesis II (1973), Planet Earth (1974), and Strange New World (1975)