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  • Plaything of the Devil 1973

    ★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    As has been suggested by others, this is rather disappointing. I've enjoyed all the films of Joseph Sarno, that I've seen and I suppose the most attractive common denominator in the US ones is the normalcy. If not in the characters, necessarily then certainly in the way that the sexual activity is shot, there is a certain frisson for the viewer because we believe into the activity. Here with a vampire tale we are already somewhat distanced and the way…

  • The Lady from Shanghai 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Just caught the restored print of this at my local cinema and can't say I didn't enjoy it but it didn't hit me like I thought it would. A long time since I saw it so I thought it might have more impact. The thing is, I suppose, the story is not that great and all the time spent on the boat, whilst not without incident and smart dialogue is something of a prolonged interlude. With the exception, of course,…

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  • The Punishment 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    Knowing the rough outline of the story. Girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a pimp, things get bad, had me expecting a rather tawdry exploitation flick of dubious quality. Imagine my surprise at the wondrous, decadent and almost psychedelic opening - I thought at first I was watching a trailer for something else. No straightforward narrative, this is a french film of the early seventies, and we do hop back and forth just to complicate things further for…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer 1975

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2013 1

    I didn’t think much of this when I first saw it and don’t think much of it now. It’s terrible really because the girls are great and it looks good most of the time with plenty of sexy kills. The title, salacious though it is, is pretty accurate, but the predictable tale plods along and in the end produces a killer we have not only not seen but did not know existed! Distortion on the soundtrack doesn’t help this one.…