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  • Sex of the Witch

    ★★★

  • Rings of Fear

    ★★★★

  • Rancho Deluxe

    ★★★★

  • Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★★★

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  • Sex of the Witch

    Sex of the Witch

    ★★★

    Essentially this film - at least the 95 minute restored version put out by Vinegar Syndrome - is a softcore porn movie, a series of rather explicit and overlong sex scenes stitched together with an inscrutable plot that involves vague elements of giallo, gothic, the occult and even science fiction. The narrative between the sex scenes - most of which seem to have nothing to do with the actual plot whatsoever - wanders around an inheritance split amongst a number…

  • Rings of Fear

    Rings of Fear

    ★★★★

    A truly under-appreciated giallo often unfairly and unfavorably compared to the earlier films in the loose “schoolgirls in peril” trilogy. This film stands up quite well on it’s own with much to offer lovers of giallo cinema. Admittedly a bit slim on story for much of the running time, but still never dull for a second and the wild twists in the finale more than make up for the wandering narrative of the first two acts. Despite this being Alberto…

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  • Rica

    Rica

    ★★★★

    Despite the exploitation elements of rape, gore, nudity and violence being cranked up pretty high, Rica manages to maintain a sense of fun, never taking itself too seriously, and letting Rika Aoki just chew up the screen with her badass persona. Aoki is not the most seasoned actress, but the film almost seems to play off of that fact - particularly in the scenes where she performs awkward bikini-clad song and dance routines in a strip club and we all…

  • Rancho Deluxe

    Rancho Deluxe

    ★★★★

    Sublime 70’s stoner western that manages to be both light entertainment and a deeply subtle exploration of the death of old-time America in Big Sky country. Like a celluloid equivalent of the Flying Burrito Brothers Gilded Palace of Sin album. I wonder if 70’s casting agents knew how spoiled they were to have such an endless crop of incredible actors available at every level - this cast is so stacked with talent it’s almost absurd. I do know for a…