Esben Cliff Gerdsen

Esben Cliff Gerdsen

Connoisseur of Maniac Cop, The Seventh Seal and everything in between.

*Note* I change my top movies on a regular basis to feature some fun titles. So the…

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  • Blastfighter

    Blastfighter

    ★★½

    Objectively awful, this still manages to bring a bit of charm with its outrageous Italian exploitation take on "First Blood" and "Deliverance". The real hero of the movie is Eastman. Not only is he the only half decent actor, but even though playibg a villain, with a brother that annoying, he becomes pityable and the defacto hero of the film.

    I like a lot of Lamberto Bava films, some against my better judgement. But it's becoming very evident that his father he ain't...

  • The Vampire Doll

    The Vampire Doll

    ★★★★

    Highly enjoyable Japanese vampire flick plays and feels like a British gothic horror film of the Hammer ilk, but it's set in contemporary (for 1970) Japan and has a very original and intriguing take on vampirism. There are striking, horrifying visuals and a thick atmosphere of dread throughout, making it easy to look past minor problems with heavy handed use of music and minor logic lapses.

    And at a cool 71 minutes there is no filler here; we get into the meat of things straight away and when it's done it's done and it's straight to credits. Perfection. (Are you listening Mike Flanagan?)

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  • Murder-Rock: Dancing Death

    Murder-Rock: Dancing Death

    ★★★

    Later era Fulci is always a bit of a crapshoot. Sometimes you get something decent, but more often you get "Demonia".

    But "Murder Rock" is actually decent. Less a giallo and more of a slasher by way of "Flashdance". Lots of sweaty women dancing in various degrees of undress and getting picked off one by one by an unseen killer. There's ropey acting and the kills are a bit dull, but the biggest problem is that the identity of the culprit is obvious from very early on. Still, it's got style, gorgeous women and an Al Cliver cameo. So you could do worse.

  • In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror

    In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror

    ★★

    I have no idea what the point of this is. It mostly feels like one of those cabel shows where they list "the scariest films of all time!" with a cast of minor celebrities, talking about each film in a very scripted way for 3 minutes. There's no real insight, no rhyme or reason to the selections (which means it's likely just the director's, like, favorite movies, man!). Some of them are clearly just picked because of the celebs they…