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  • Red Roses of Passion

    Red Roses of Passion

    ★★★★

    Carla (Patricia McNaire) is tired of her prudish aunt and cousin cramping her style when she brings men home. A friend takes her to meet Martha (Helena Clayton), a fortune teller who runs an all-female cult that worships "the spirit of Pan" out of the back room of her storefront. Martha suggests a way for Carla to put Tracey (Laura London) and Julie (Bella Donna) in their place, and at first Carla is pleased with the results. Her aunt and…

  • Seeds

    Seeds

    ★★★★★

    In Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker, a small group of hardcore cinephiles and one poor date who happened to be along for the ride watch a newly-unearthed film by the mysterious director Max Castle. It is described as a black and white nightmare, not overtly horror-themed but oppressive, bleak, and disturbing. When discussing the film afterward, the young woman whose primary interests lie outside cinema flatly states that the film was "enough to put you off sex for life."

    Vinegar Syndrome's…

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  • Kinky

    Kinky

    Joyce (Dawn Richard) is a successful surgeon who has it all. All, that is, but a man to help fulfill her sexual needs, which have lately been manifesting as vaguely S&M-related dreams. While having dinner with some girlfriends, Joyce crosses paths with Darrin (Robert Ri'chard), a fantastically wealthy and successful businessman who is as withdrawn as he is rich. But there's a spark, and soon Joyce and Darrin are exploring new sexual territory. And... that's pretty much it.

    If Fifty…

  • Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures

    Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures

    ★★★

    From my Film Monthly review of Film Movement's Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series Volume 4:

    Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures is a much more traditional early-60s sexploitation film than Sin in the Suburbs. It follows three young women who leave their dull college town to make a run at success in show business in New York City. Cathy (Marla Ellis) has studied acting and talks her friends Vivian (Sheila Britt) and Marsha (Eve Harris) into joining her, but their enthusiasm…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★★

    After seeing a lot of people inexplicably claiming that this movie--in which a supernatural evil terrorizes a family isolated in an unforgiving wilderness--is "not a horror movie," I felt compelled to write a piece on horror gatekeeping: medium.com/@rabbitroom/this-is-why-we-can-t-have-nice-things-the-witch-and-horror-fandom-s-gatekeepers-b2c0bb0d8f9a#.qhrribivj

  • Song of the Blind Girl

    Song of the Blind Girl

    A list of 20 things filmmaker Tom Charley ("ctom") does not appear to know, understand, or believe, based on the content of this film:

    1. Generally speaking, night is the part of the 24-hour cycle when it is dark outside.

    2. The human gestational period is 9 months.

    3. Waterboarding.

    4. Hospitals.

    5. Fall and Winter are the seasons when the weather is coldest.

    6. Props.

    7. Abortion.

    8. The difference between "thousands" and "millions."

    9. It is considered poor…