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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £17.13

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmie's brutal revenge is unmissable., 19 April 2015
At the turn of the 20th century Jimmie Blacksmith a young Australian half-cast tries to fit in with white society but is treated with hatred and racism even when he marries a white woman. Eventually Jimmie explodes with violence against the people he feels responsible for the he's been treated.

Fantastic drama about what happens when someone has had enough and takes it out on everyone. Fred Schepisi directs with real skill from Thomas Keneally's superb non-fiction novel into a masterpiece of intolerance and injustice. The first hour of the movie builds the tension scene after scene until the inevitable explosion of violence, the second hour see's Jimmie on the run with escalating violence and tension. Acting from unknown Tommy Lewis in the lead is fairly understated but no less powerful, the entire cast deliver strong and credible performances. There is a lot of racist language and characters but most certainly this is not a racist film, some may find the language too strong but what those scenes are doing is adding to the atmosphere of the film and all subsequent events within the picture. The beautiful cinematography is another major bonus, the shots and locations look stunning and are most definitely a character of there own, as is the understated score making its presence heard but never being intrusive.

Absolutely outstanding movie about a controversial subject rarely seen on screen. One of the very best Australian films of all time, and also a film never really given the credit it deserves.

This is a movie that really shows how stupid the DPP and police where in the 1980's, to think an incredibly serious, important and frankly excellent picture like this could have been linked as a possible video nasty (it was eventually a section 3 title) is utterly ridiculous and shows the complete nonsense at the time.


Cannibals [DVD]
Cannibals [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jess Franco

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars White Goddess, White Goddess!, 19 April 2015
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A family is attacked on their boat by cannibals, the wife is killed & eventually the husband & daughter escapes but she is captured and kept by the cannibals as there White Goddess, years later he returns to rescue his daughter but is again attacked by the tribe.

Jess Franco returns with an utterly ridiculous yet somehow fun cannibal hokum. Dialogue, dubbing, gore, locations (Spanish countryside trying to be jungle) & some very strange shots, are all just bad and should make this unwatchable but it does have a few slight charms. Al Cliver does a decent job in the lead, although most of the others in the cast are around school production level, the story is shaky (to say the least) but for once for Franco holds up and is fairly coherent. The one thing that really does surprise however is the pace, usually Franco films are painfully slow almost standing still, this bucks the trend though and does a decent job at holding your attention.

Made alongside the awful Cannibal Terror DDP 72 Video Nasty, this section 3 title shares some of the same footage but its used far better here and is a far more entertaining film (I know there will be some people who disagree). Silly but in the right mood this can be fun.


Last Cannibal World [DVD] [1979]
Last Cannibal World [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Massimo Foschi
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What to do with an unwanted baby?, 19 April 2015
A group of people fly into the jungle looking to meet up with some people already there, however upon landing the planes wheel gets damaged and they find evidence that the group they were looking for have been butchered. They continue searching and come face to face with some of the most shocking sights of there lives.

Graphic, shocking, brutal are probably the three words to describe your first viewing of this, one of the highpoints of the cannibal genre. Although the story is neither original or outstanding is does enough to hold your interest, it's the visual aspects of the scenes themselves that keep you watching. Some of what you see will take your breath away including a native giving birth and throwing the newborn into the jaws of a crocodile, a woman being ripped open and cooked & the controversial scene of a croc being skinned alive, all these and in fact all gore and violent scenes are done very realistically and are well put together. Massimo Foschi gives an outstanding performance as the captive westerner (even though he's naked for a large part of the film), most of the film does rely on him and he delivers it very well indeed. Deodato does a decent job at keeping the film moving, it does at times wallow in some of its unpleasantness, but the action and the climax are entertaining and the creepy tension is held up throughout. Sadly the weakest part of the film will alienate much of the audience, the animal killings (especially the croc being skinned) are gruesome, in fact they are very unpleasant to watch, and because they do go on a bit it does kill (no pun intended) the pace.

One of, if not the best of the Italian cannibal films, and one that kick started Deodato's horror/exploitation career. A must if you like this kind of picture or if you interested in the early 80's video nasty/section 3 films of which this is one. The UK dvd is cut so to see the full film, and if you are going to watch you really should, the American or Euro release should be what you go for.


Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You may have to keep your Red eyes open watching this Broken Doll, 18 April 2015
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An ex-convict gets hired as a handyman on a French estate owned by 3 strange sisters. After his arrival however several killings take place by a serial killer who removes there eyes but just who is responsible.

A Spanish take on the Italian giallo pictures with some but not complete success. Starting with the positives, the creepy atmosphere is really good throughout director Carlos Aured builds the tension very well particularly with many of the stalking scenes. Star Paul Naschy not known for his "amazing acting" does do a very credible job here, there are possibly too many bedroom scenes but his performance and most of the acting in surprisingly good, the mystery element isn't brilliant but the finale is well handled and satisfying. However there are a few issues with the film, the story takes an age to move, it's about halfway in before the killings begin and even when they do the pace stalls straight after, the soundtrack doesn't help either, a lot of the background music just feels out of place and inappropriate for the scene its being used (but at the end one of the pieces of music we are told is crucial to the plot). Some of the gore is also poor and looks quite fake, a lot of blood is splattered, which is a bit too red, and you don't really see anything else, and then there is the completely unnecessary and very uncomfortable real pig slaughter, it adds nothing and means even less to the film.

A film that many people will have on there watch list, because of its reputation as a section 3 nasty, or as a Spanish giallo, but its also a film that may and will disappoint with its far too stretched out story and hence some might struggle to get through. 2.5/5


Exploitation Cinema: Mausoleum / Blood Song [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Exploitation Cinema: Mausoleum / Blood Song [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BLOOD SONG REVIEW!, 18 April 2015
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A psychotic mental patient escapes from his institution and immediately begins killing, meanwhile a high school student starts to have visions of what the killing is doing and hearing a weird tune he keeps playing on his flute.

A strange premise for a slasher movie which mixes in many different elements from films in the genre. The film starts off well with our killer escaping, and creating & building the tension, the chase sequences are also very good especially at the end. Performance wise this is good, Avalon & Wilkes in the lead roles do a credible job as killer/victim, however some of the lesser roles are a little weak. The weaker aspects of the picture do let it down badly though, firstly the story is dreadful and goes nowhere, we never really find out why she's having these visions and in the end it just becomes totally pointless. The very last 2 scenes are also a bit strange, the film seems to be implying one thing but does something completely different (after the water sequence if you don't watch further it won't make the slightest difference). The violence was done well though particularly the father scene and the leads confrontation.

A slasher that thematically sits between Halloween and Nightmare On Elm Street but nowhere near even some of the sequal's to those films. A watchable but very ordinary section 3 nasty, don't have high expectations and you may enjoy.


Bloodlust
Bloodlust
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £20.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The (downbeat) Vampire Of Nuremberg, 17 April 2015
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A deaf and dumb office worker, who is teased & tormented because he collects dolls, mutilates corpses and starts to kill & drinks their blood.

A truly bizarre and somewhat unknown quantity of a film. Werner Pochath (Terror Express, Devil Hunter) plays the mute man who doesn't utter a single word throughout and in fairness is the best thing about the picture, he delivers a very good performance despite his characters limitations, his facial expressions expressing many different qualities. The corpse mutilation scenes are gruesomely realistic, the scene where the head is cut off was especially good but most of the violence/gore was done well. The major problems here though are the pacing it's just far too slow to be enjoyable, the first half drags along from scene to scene, the flashback sequence is the standout but it is dragged down by some truly depressingly slow parts, the last 10mins are better but its a long haul.

The cut X Cert cinema version released by Derann Video was placed on the section 3 list despite the fact most of the strong scenes were trimmed out. If downbeat Euro vampire movies are your thing this maybe for you, but it will be just to slow moving for most audiences.


Aftermath [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Aftermath [DVD] [1982] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Price: £16.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aftermath: The day the Barkett family came together, 15 April 2015
3 astronauts return to Earth and discover it destroyed by a Nuclear war and a gang of ruthless outlaws are taking over what is left of the planet killing and abusing everyone who the meet.

Entertaining low budget Post-Apocalyptic hokum by actor/producer/director/editer/writer Steve Barkett (and according to the credits most of his family). For such a low budget the film actually looks very good, there are obvious matte paintings and miniatures but neither detracted from the overall bleak atmosphere that penetrates the entire film. Acting is surprisingly good Barkett and his real son Christopher are a real highlight, the story is nothing new but the action and pace stop the film from ever being boring and the story does hold your interest throughout, Sid Haig makes for a chilling gang leader. The soundtrack is a bit of a distraction at times as it seems to play constantly, as is the narration which goes on a little too much at times.

Very similar to later film Def-Con 4 although this does play better. The violence/gore in this picture is not that bad, there is an exploding head and more gunshot wounds than you can count but it isn't too graphic, there is a fairly violent sexual attack sequence that must have made sure of its inclusion on the section 3 nasty list. Overall a decent watchable little sci-fi/chiller that just doesn't have enough to make it a cult classic.


School Girls in Chains [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
School Girls in Chains [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Gary Kent

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Abducted In Chains, 15 April 2015
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Two deranged brothers abduct beautiful young women and lock them in their basement where they torture, sexually abuse and torment them.

A true 70's exploitation piece that isn't as bad as you may think. Firstly the original title- Schoolgirls In Chains- and DVD cover are massively misleading, there are no schoolgirls all are young women, neither are they locked up in chains, not to say this a isn't grim or shocking picture. For a low budget exploitation film this is actually quite well made, acting is surprisingly decent, the two brothers-Frank & John- who are dominated by there women hating mother and have their own psychological issues, are played very well and are fairly believable in the roles as are most of the "girls". Although there are a couple of lulls in the story mostly around middle of the film, the pace is good director Don Jones keeps enough happening to hold your interest. The Psycho influence mother storyline is a problem though as its obvious from the start what's going on with her and the ending is a real anti-climax and does feel a bit rushed.

This is a much better film than the exploitative title would suggest, yes it has some sleazy scenes and probably isn't for every audience but is far from awful. Known as Abducted here in Britain where it was on the section 3 nasties list meaning it could seized/removed from the video shelves but not prosecuted, which considering some of the films that ended up on the original video nasty list it must be a real surprise that this didn't.


Zombie Flesh Eaters [DVD] [1979]
Zombie Flesh Eaters [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Tisa Farrow
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dead & Fulci rise from the ground!, 14 April 2015
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An unmanned boat cruising into New York is discovered to be carrying a zombie who attacks an officer checking the boat, meanwhile the daughter of the boats owner and a journalist head to a tropical island to check on her father, to there horror they find hoards of the undead attacking everyone and everything in there path.

One of the very best Zombie films ever! The film that brought Lucio Fulci to an international audience is also one of his very best. Unlike Fulci the plot is actually fairly coherent, in fact the plot is a strength of the picture, it has pace always something interesting happening and the open ended finale is excellent. The zombie make-up is brilliant as are the bloody gory effects by De Rossi, acting by the cast is also much better than expected, leads Farrow & McCulloch are really good but the whole cast does a good job. Some of the set pieces are outstanding, the underwater shark scene is one of the most iconic in horror film history it's that impressive, the splinter in the eye, the unstoppable zombie attack at the end etc.. in fact there are many great sequences in the film far too many to list here. The atmosphere of the film is great, there are some genuinely scary moments including the opening scene in N.Y. where a zombie bursts out of the closet but there are many more, the creepy tension and suspense are maintained throughout and in this as in many other ways Fulci does an impressive job.

An infamous video nasty but also one of the top 3 very best, one for every not just nasty collector but every horror film fan.
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Zombie Creeping Flesh [DVD] [1982]
Zombie Creeping Flesh [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Margit Evelyn Newton

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombie contamination fun!, 13 April 2015
At a high-tech scientific plant a toxic gas is accidentally released turning everyone who breathes the fumes into a flesh eating zombie, but can a team of mercenaries who meet up with a group of filmmakers stop the zombies.

Awful but brilliant Euro splatter. Acting is shocking, the dubbing is even worse & the writing is atrocious but somehow this is incredibly entertaining. The film moves at a wonderfully fast pace with something happening at almost all times, within 10mins the gory fun begins and it sets the scene for the rest, the gore is surprisingly good with the gut munching, flesh ripping happening on a regular basis. The soundtrack (ripped off from other films- Contamination, Buio Omega, Dawn Of The Dead) by Goblin is excellent and keeps the excitement going. The one thing that isn't so great however is the incredibly stupid stock footage shots of animals & ethnic communities it looks completely out of place.

A completely ridiculous, over the top and frankly hilarious piece of camp Euro horror, the fact that the DPP thought this was a serious horror picture worthy of banning as a nasty is just another aspect to enjoy whilst watching this camp classic.


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