• The Drug King

    The Drug King

    ★★★½

    Basically Scarface in Korea, which is objectively better than Scarface in Florida.

    The cinematography is flashy as hell, and as always, Song Kang-Ho gives a great performance in the lead.
    The soundtrack could be better, but a still serviceable selection of British and American tunes score the many unnecessary montages.

  • The Call of Blood

    The Call of Blood

    ★★★½

    Atypical for Suzuki from this time period in that it's filmed conventionally and proceeds towards a logic end point at a steady pace, yet also typical for Suzuki from this time period because I lost the plot half way through and never caught on to it again.

    Despite its lack of flair it looks absolutely great. You can tell that a lot of time and money went into getting this film made as well as possible, but the script they…

  • Strip Nude for Your Killer

    Strip Nude for Your Killer

    ★★½

    An exceptionally sleazy* yet exceptionally forgetable paint by numbers giallo. It's mostly a bore, but it's shot surprisingly well.

    *Despite it's impressive amount sleaze, it isn't the sleaziest giallo I've seen. That distinction belongs to either The New York Ripper or Torso both of which are far better films all around.

  • The Grapes of Death

    The Grapes of Death

    ★★★★

    As haunting as a ghost and as ethereal as Barack Obama's imaginary bisexual crush.

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    Vampyros Lesbos

    ★★★½

    Was the rise of vampire lesbian movies in the 70s a response to feminism? Probably, but Franco seems less interested in social/personal problems and more interested in sex, blood, hazey atmospheres, lush colors, and sexy vampire ladies.

    And you know what?

    I'm ok with that.

  • Killer Nun

    Killer Nun

    A movie about a morphine addicted killer nun shouldn't be boring, but this manages to be a snoozefest anyway thanks to its horrendous pacing that leaves vast stretches were nothing happens. I went into this expecting a slasher, and instead I found...whatever the hell this is.

  • The Shiver of the Vampires

    The Shiver of the Vampires

    ★★★

    Visually, it's a Bavaesque feast for the eyes. Maratively, it's occasionally boring and always messy.

    I'll be sure to watch more Rollin films in the future. This is only his second or third film, and it shows both plenty of promise and plenty of room for improvement.

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Daughters of Darkness

    ★★★★

    Psychosexual lesbian vampire jam blending highbrow with lowbrow while offering a fine example of what makes 70s genre cinema so special.

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    Why would you shoot a noir in Cinema Scope? Seeing the characters in these wide, empty frames works against the actual text of a noir, which should ideally be claustrophobic, anxious, etc.

    It's something different, I'll give it that.

  • Sex Crimes

    Sex Crimes

    Despite the lurid name, Koji Wakamatsu's 1968 film Sex Crimes is a Godard endebted dry run for the following year's Running in Madness, Dying in Love, which also centers on a romantic relationship formed in the wake of manslaughter. There are some major differences - For instance, this one is in black and white while Running... is in color. This one is dull and aimless while Running... feels more vital and melancholic.

    While many of the collaborations between Wakamatsu & Adachi…

  • Savage Three

    Savage Three

    ★★★½

    Two quick things to know about the poliziotteschi sub genre:

    1: It was a sub genre of Italian crime films most popular during the Years of Lead, a period of high crime and social unrest in the 70's notably for frequent terror attacks by political extremists and endless gang wars.

    2: They often weren't very good.

    This one, at least, manages to hold one's interest and lands the concept of a few average guys gradually descending into violent psychopathy better than most other poliziotteschi with a similar premise...And there's more of those than you'd think.

  • California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    California Crisis: Gun Salvo

    ★★½

    The overall anesthetics are great, but the animation itself is kind of clunky. The story is a barely intelligible mix of nostalgia for the old California of myth with a whopping dollop of cold War conspiracies atop it, recalling (probably accidentally) 50's pacific noir films like Kiss Me Deadly.

    All in all an interesting little curio.

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