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  • Vampyres

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  • Hotel Fear

    Hotel Fear

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    โ€œFatherโ€ฆI feel sick without you.โ€

    After The Perfume of the Lady in Black, director Francesco Barilli went silent. He had projects in mind but they never came to fruition. In an interview on the special features for that disc, Barilli talks about his career. It's obvious that he had trouble working within the parameters of the studio system (โ€œIโ€™m a capricious director, for better or worseโ€). He was a bit cocky. Not keen to take direction. Hotel Fear apparently cameโ€ฆ

  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black

    The Perfume of the Lady in Black

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    โ€œWeโ€™ve changed too. We used to eat our enemies, now we study engineering.โ€

    โ€œI can save herโ€ cinema. 24 roses and 2 lilies. On rewatch you can see it all laid out from the start. Evil rites and sadistic games as โ€œa test of manโ€™s mental strength over his weaknesses.โ€ Still incredibly cryptic, but the clues are all there. A cut to the hand and allusion to Nosferatu licking the wound. But this isn't Transylvania. Silvia is in Technicolor Wonderland,โ€ฆ

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  • Vampyres

    Vampyres

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    โ€œAn ode to violence, really. Just like Fascinationโ€ฆwhere women kill for the hell of it.โ€

    Watched with audio commentary by Kat Ellinger.

  • Girls Nite Out

    Girls Nite Out

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    โ€œWeโ€™re just typical victims of a society gone berserk.โ€

    1982 slasher soundtracked by some golden oldies. Consider me not turned on. The hook here is the killer is dressed in a furry college mascot suit. Cool. Thereโ€™s not much else to sink your fuzzy bear claws into, unfortunately. โ€œRegional horrorโ€ is usually code for: shitty, no-budget independent film with actors pulled off the street. In this case, weโ€™re at Upsala College in New Jersey (which, for some reason, has aโ€ฆ

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  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

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    โ€œCome! Itโ€™s time to give the Machine-Man your face.โ€

    When people talk about โ€œbad bitches,โ€ they often fail to mention Futura, the Maschinenmensch turned human form gynoid from the film Metropolis.

    *I watched this in 15 minute chunks before bed over the course of several weeks as it has a hypnagogic effect on me. Metropolis plus 10mg of Melatonin, try it sometime!

  • Shogun's Joy of Torture

    Shogun's Joy of Torture

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    โ€œWe should not forget that dark age.โ€

    Edosploitation. Erotic grotesque nonsense (โ€œero guro nansensuโ€). An early โ€œeroductionโ€ (โ€œerotic productionโ€) from the Toei Company. Toei Porno. Pinky Violence. Whatever you want to call it, weโ€™re off to the red races. Nikkatsu was still three-years away from their Roman Porno turn when Toei released Shogunโ€™s Joy of Torture, what is considered the first pink film produced by a major studio, and what would be the start of an insane run of nineโ€ฆ