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  • Napoli... la camorra sfida, la città risponde

    Napoli... la camorra sfida, la città risponde

    ★★★★

    It fascinates me that Mario Merola was a lead in so many action/Eurocrime movies in the late 70's. It's not like he's Franco Nero handsome, or even remotely athletic or intimidating. He's overweight, but not in that boxy Bud Spencer kind of way (although he does punch like Spencer). He doesn't seem to have any kind of particular appeal, yet you always end up rooting for him when he gets his comeuppance on the thugs who've either raped or killed…

  • Il mammasantissima

    Il mammasantissima

    ★★★½

    The prolific team of director Alfonso Brescia and actor Mario Merola made upwards of 10 Eurocrime movies together, of which I've seen a handful by now. These movies are never heavy on the action or violence, but they almost always involve the dignified Merola having a member of his family killed or raped, which sets him off on the path of revenge, always wearing his trademark suit and tie. This may be the best I've seen so far, just because…

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  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

    ★★★★

    Another Sergio Martino sleazefest done with a style and skill that only Argento could top. This one's a bit of a trick because the giallo element only goes about halfway before Martino breaks this movie wide open into something out of Edgar Allan Poe and even Hitchcock. It's totally unexpected and keeps you guessing at what the hell he's going to show you next. Edwige Fenech plays a stronger character than she usually does and that's half the fun of the movie. Definitely one of Martino's best, if not the best of his career.

  • Ghoulies II

    Ghoulies II

    ★★½

    Never thought I'd be 37 years old watching Ghoulies 2 on a Friday night. Somehow, two Ghoulies high-fiving each other was entertaining for me.