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Escape From Hell [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]
Escape From Hell [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sex, violence & sleaze all adds up to Esacape From Hell!, 9 May 2015
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In a remote tropical women's labour camp/prison, the women are abused, tortured, raped & many other indignities until with the help of the camp doctor they make plans to escape.

Sleazy, nasty and somewhat cruel are what comes to mind after watching this. Not that this is unwatchable there is just absolutely no fun or relief from the sleazy downbeat tone of the film. Most of the "inmates" are naked for more than half the film & are subjected to some strong scenes of sex and violence, one particularly nasty scene about 35mins in sees an inmate raped by two guards, then goes to the "good & friendly" doctor (our supposed good guy) who then also forces himself on her, it is quite an unpleasant part of the picture, especially when afterwards she seems to have liked it. Acting wise there's nothing particularly good here, no-one shines through although the material would've hardly inspired the cast, dubbing is awful, transsexual Ajita Wilson is American and they still couldn't match up her lip movements with the dubbing actress. Director Eduardo Mulargia handles pacing quite poorly, for long periods the film just wallows in it's fairly sadistic scenes with no real plot development. The last 25-30mins the film does get much better however with the escape plan moving forward, characters finally start taking shape (at least a little) & even a little bit of excitement in the chase sequences and in the climax scenes.

A film that for some will not be an easy watch, the opening 10mins are a fairly accurate portrait of what's to come so if that's to much you'll probably not make it through, but exploitation or W.I.P. fans may find more to enjoy and the end does compensate a bit for the sleaze. Given what's in the film and the fact the BBFC rejected this for the cinema, this could've been a dead bang certainty for the full DPP video nasty list but it wasn't, it only made the section 3 list as Hell Prison, which is a surprise.


Happy Birthday To Me [DVD] [2004]
Happy Birthday To Me [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Melissa Sue Anderson

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is one brirthday party you don't want invited to., 6 May 2015
When a student at an exclusive high school disappears mysteriously, it starts a series of violent murders that climaxes with an incredible birthday party.

Fun if overlong slasher pic. Story wise this starts off with a decent (if transparent) mystery with the shadowy killer stalking there victims, however the story, after the revelation at around an hour in, becomes more & more implausible before the completely unbelievable (but very enjoyable) final revelations. The killings are really fun, the kebab, weightlifting & many throat slashings are all very impressive and give the pic some good jump sequences, and although never all that scary the creepy atmosphere is good. Performance wise everyone is fine no-one really gives a bad turn, Anderson in her first big screen role is a good presence as is veteran Ford, pace is one of the films issues however, the film goes on just a bit too long, a good 15-20mins could've been shaved off to make the plot a bit tighter and keep the pace up more as it does drag a slightly.

A very good looking slasher, one of the highest budgeted from the period, makes this definitely a far more watchable choice for mainstream audiences & it will certainly keep people entertained well enough, although its length and slightly out there finale may make some less engaged. Considering this was released by a studio, Columbia pictures, this was a strange choice for the Section 3 nasty list, but then the DPP were quite strange.


Friday The 13th Part II [1981] [DVD]
Friday The 13th Part II [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Amy Steel
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Friday 13th again, why are you all going there!!!, 4 May 2015
After the events at Crystal Lake the camp is closed and the following year at a neighbouring camp more councillors arrive and another mysterious killer stalks and kills them.

Rapidly arriving 1st sequel made to capitalise on the apparent hunger for Friday slashers. Although no where near as good as its predecessor this is still a fine easy to enjoy slasher horror. Starting with a long flashback to the 1st film (10mins before we even see the opening credits) and culmination of Alice, we then move onto the new set of young councillors at the (very convenient) next door camp and the killings begin again. The actually awkward crowbarring in of Jason (we get no reason why he's still alive, has he just been hiding away for 20-odd years) comes over fairly seamlessly in actual fact. The rest of the story is basically a standard slasher, stalker plot, however the film is very suspenseful at times and there are some very good shock/jump sequences, particularly the opening 10mins with Alice form the previous film and the climax is a very aspect of the picture and then tension is heightened throughout it. Pacing is great, performances are surprisingly decent and the director Miner keeps everything moving along very well, gore scenes aren't as good as Friday 1 but certainly don't detract from anything in the pic.

Apart from the leap of accepting Jason being alive, this is a very good, and possibly one of the best sequels in the series, enjoyable, fast moving, and even quite scary at times, for the quick turn around in making this, it is a much better movie than could've been expected. The DPP weren't as happy with it obviously as it joined the first film on the Section 3 nasty list, fools.
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Graduation Day [Blu-ray]
Graduation Day [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Christopher George
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.60

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If your graduation's at Midvale High, don't bother, you might not make it., 4 May 2015
This review is from: Graduation Day [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After a teenage girl collapses & dies after a track meet, a killer stalks and kills several members of the schools track & sports team.

Decent if unremarkable campus slasher. Slightly different than some very similarly themed films in that the young characters aren't the focus of attention and is a bit better because of it. Patch Mackenzie, Christopher George & Michael Pataki aren't your usual slasher characters and all give strong and maybe even far better performances than you might expect. The story is fairly standard stalk'n'slash/whodunit stuff, but the lead turns do give it a lot more credibility and strength, the mystery part of it though isn't great and a little transparent from quite early on. Never that scary, but the mystery killer adds a bit of a creepy tension throughout, some of the kills are fun using there own sports equipment to do it & their is some fun in seeing them bumped off. Director Herb Freed does his best to keep the film from stalling too much and in that is quite successful (the original theatrical release is far better in achieving this compared to the extended slightly re-edited version that's been released on DVD/Blu-Ray that does have a little more pacing issues), the climax is a bit longer than it needed to be but is still enjoyable.

Rather surprisingly this quite mild slasher was though obscene enough to be listed as a Section 3 nasty in the UK, even a small glance with prove there were idiots for thinking it, but needless to say this is far more watchable and interesting than a lot of horrors from the period not especially memorable but hardly a bad film. 3.5/5


Friday The 13th [DVD] [1980]
Friday The 13th [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Betsy Palmer
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £3.59

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Friday, it's the 13th, stay away from Crystal Lake!, 4 May 2015
This review is from: Friday The 13th [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
A camp Crystal Lake the councillors are preparing, for the first time in over 20 years, for it to open, unaware that someone is stalking them and picking them off one by one.

Excellent and pivotal 1980 slasher. Producer & director Sean S Cunningham's low-budget independent horror hit the big time when movie major Paramount picked it up for release (& in the process opened the floodgates for dozens of independent slasher pics to get made) then made a fortune with it. The story was nothing overly special, group of people in isolated woods killed off one at a time by a loon, but was done in such a way that it is genuinely thrilling to watch. Everything comes together really well, the brilliant soundtrack by Harry Manfredini is outstanding, one of the very best in slasher film history, the innovative special gore effects by Tom Savini are wonderfully bloody and very realistically done- the knife through the throat & decapitation sequences are only 2 but the film is full of great scenes. Performance wise the young cast of unknowns do a very good job, Adrienne King as Alice in the lead makes a strong and credible victim and Betsy Palmer is excellent as Mrs Voorhees. Although the movie is never what you'd call terrifying there are more than enough jump scenes to satisfy everyone, especially the lake scene at the end (the first time anyone sees this they will wet themselves), and Cunningham keeps the movie moving fast enough so it never becomes dull and lifeless.

Arguably one of the very best slashers ever made and certainly one of the most famous, it stood out amongst a lot of very similar pictures at the time because it was clearly made by people who cared about it. Despite the fact Jason makes only a very small (but terrifying) appearance it would set this franchise off with 10 sequels (& counting) plus a remake all of varying quality. Tom Savini's brilliant effects saw this being put onto the Section 3 list of seizeable titles in Britain, another if you needed one to catch this excellent chiller.
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Final Exam [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Final Exam [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Final Exam: the "final" slasher you need to see, 3 May 2015
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A knife wielding killer stalks and kills the students at a university.

Possibly the most average slasher film in history, not bad just very so-so. The story is quite strange, the first scenes are of a killer stalking & killing a young couple however it takes about 45-50mins for another killing to take place, although we see the killer stalking in the shadows during the mid section the bulk of this part is about the students and there far less interesting activities including a frankly stupid fake mass campus shooting scene. The characters are pretty much a cliché of the slasher genre, the nice girl, the geek, the jocks etc.., none are very memorable & you don't really care that much about what happens to them although by the end the lead girl Courtney, played by Cecile Bagdadi is the one you have any compassion for, in truth the performances are fine, no-one is wonderful but equally no-one is terrible. The one issue with the picture is though is the killer, he just simply turns up stalks & kills for no rhyme or reason, has no name or story just a knife and green jacket, this mystery could've worked but along with the rest of it there is no tension or suspense just some fairy enjoyable & bloody killings towards the decent climax.

All these little things don't add up to a bad film it is actually very watchable it's just never anything more and doesn't have something to make it stand out amongst the slasher crowd. Very surprisingly this ended up on the section 3 list of siezeable titles here in Britain, there's nothing particularly outrageous or shocking here, just, I'll say it again everything's average. 2.5/5


Foxy Brown [DVD]
Foxy Brown [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pam Grier
Offered by Telstar Entertainment
Price: £4.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to get on down with "Foxy Brown", 1 May 2015
This review is from: Foxy Brown [DVD] (DVD)
When her boyfriend is murdered Foxy Brown goes undercover as an escort to get her revenge on those responsible.

Maybe the best of the 70's female blacksploitation pictures. Pam Grier is brilliant in the lead and really goes for it giving the role her all. The vigilante plot isn't all that original but highly entertaining none the less, something is always happening so pacing is actually really good and its 88mins passes quickly enough. Supporting roles are pretty much stick figures, for instance what happened to Claudia, however the boyfriend & brother have a better character arc, all do a very decent job and are easy to watch, the Willie Hutch soundtrack is excellent and really adds the over the top and fun atmosphere, there is also a brilliantly funny scene with the judge in a hotel room. The one issue with the film was the groping scene, when Foxy is tied up with the two sleazeballs at the farm, it just goes on a little too long and a bit uncomfortable in what is a "fun" vigilante picture.

Definitely one of the best of Pam Grier's blacksploitation films, a sassy, fun, enjoyable film that will have the audience cheering on our heroine, except the authorities here in Britain that is, when in the 80's they thought it should taken from the shelves as a section 3 nasty, ah the good old days!


Massacre Mafia Style [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Massacre Mafia Style [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £15.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Duke Mitchell: the one man movie studio, 1 May 2015
The son of a mafia don wants to get back into the business after his father is exiled to Sicily, and does in bloody fashion.

With it's recent re-release on Blu-Ray and several critics reevaluating their negative review I though before reviewing the title myself based on previous viewings I'd get hold of the latest release and base my review on that, sadly though my opinion hasn't really changed. The main problems are what your seeing just isn't keeping or holding your attention. Performances are adequate at best, Duke Mitchell in the lead (&director/producer/music & virtually everything else) is decent but his constant speeches and or stories go on & on & on and really do test your patience, the rest of the cast vary from just about watchable to almost terrible. The story/plot is about as solid as jelly, some of the time its about as clear as mud what's happening, pacing or lack off is another major problem, however the fairly frequent violent sequences are one of the best things in the film and technically don't look that bad including the famous hanging from the eye scene. The soundtrack by Mitchell is different and actually not bad, especially in the opening sequence, and is the one aspect that really wasn't impacted by the budget.

Placed on the British Section 3 nasty list under the Executioner title which is the reason I've watched and reviewed it, however these days with its new releases Duke Mitchell's growing cult status a wider audience is far more possible, and although this Blu-Ray release is packed with brilliant extras the film will have a limited appeal, but his fans & fans of 70's gangster exploitation will have plenty to enjoy.


Evil & Twice Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Evil & Twice Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £11.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Evil: don't look in the basement, 29 April 2015
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THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT THE EVIL ONLY!

A psychiatrist, his wife and a group of eight others go out to remodel an abandoned mansion, the wife immediately senses something is very wrong with the house and soon events turn and people's lives are threatened by a force coming from the house.

A suspenseful, creepy and scary but ultimately silly supernatural horror/chiller. For the first hour or so this contains some very well crafted scare scenes and builds tension very strongly, however when ghostly visions start appearing it loses something and at times becomes a bit silly, and when Victor Buono appears it feels like a completely different film. Cast is good, Crenna, Pettet are both very good in the leads but everyone does a good solid job, director Trikonis builds the tension well and creates some very well staged shock sequences although the Buono scenes at the end let down the earlier strong horror moments. This isn't an exceptionally violent or disturbing film, so its a surprise that it was included on the section 3 nasty list, but because of it some will go get it and might be pleasantly surprised.

Coming in at under 90mins its a brisk picture, the pacing never lets up so it is a very easy, undemanding movie to watch, its just a shame the final 10mins have a silly plot twist. An often scary, suspenseful & well made little 70's haunted house horror that'll surprise with how watchable it really is, just don't expect too much.


Curse of Frankenstein aka Erotic Rites of Frankenstein - Uncut
Curse of Frankenstein aka Erotic Rites of Frankenstein - Uncut
Dvd ~ Lina Romay
Offered by dvd-uncut
Price: £12.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best of Franco?, 29 April 2015
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Just as the monster is being brought to life, Dr Frankenstein and his assistant are killed by a strange birdwoman and her guard under the orders of madman Cagliostro who plans to use the monster to create a perfect master race.

An incredibly surreal and strange monster movie, a very untypical Jess Franco picture. The film starts reasonably well with the deaths of the doctor and assistant and introduces us to some very out-there characters, Cagliostro and the bird-woman Melisa, but the plot as usual for Franco loses its grip about halfway and our attention does start to wane. The performances are surprisingly good, Howard Vernon as Cagliostro is superb (in what many consider one of his best ever roles) & at times quite intimidating with those eyes, Anne Libert as the bird-woman is very enchanting and puts over a convincing turn as the fairy dreamlike Melisa, although the rather silly looking feathers she's wearing on her hands aren't very convincing, neither are the "robed skeletons". The silver monster looks great and his hulking frame means he is a formidable and powerful foe, there is some blood & gore but is most certainly isn't overdone & by no means a negative for the film, also the film does manage a bit of underlying tension throughout. The add on scenes with Lina Romay (filmed a year later) are completely pointless and add zero to the film, in fact they detract from any tension/atmosphere that's been building. The most startling fact about this is, for a 70's Franco effort (that has "Erotic" in some titles) there is virtually no sleazy sex/nudity sequences, there are a couple of shots where women are tied up and the odd other thing but it is refreshing to see that he could do an exploitation piece without the sleaze.

Although this doesn't have the sleaze aspects of familiar Franco that doesn't mean its going to be a crowd pleaser it is still a tough watch with its wondering narrative and fairly slow pace in the middle, but having sat through-Devil Hunter, The Demons, Oasis Of The Zombies and his other DPP/section 3 nasty films this is section 3- this is a welcome change and was far more watchable. Arguably the best Jess Franco movie I've seen, strange, weird but something's always happening to at least try to hold your interest.


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