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Favourite Five Series: Something Weird Video Triple Features

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sisw-resizedThis is it, my final Stepping Into Something Weird and The Films of Michael Findlay post! This has genuinely been the most fun I have ever had doing a feature for Goregirl’s Dungeon! Seventy-five Something Weird titles watched and nineteen Something Weird DVDs added to my personal collection; a collection I intend to grow. I look forward to continuing my journey through the rest of Something Weird Video’s catalog in the months and years to come. I hope I was able to turn you on to some of these gorgeous grindhouse gems and early exploitation extravaganzas!

Thank you to my good friend and Co-host David Arrate over at My Kind of Story and My Kind of Story Images for his contributions and assistance during Stepping into Something Weird and The Films of Michael Findlay.

Let us just get right down to business here shall we? Here is My Favourite Five Something Weird Video Triple Features! All five of the triple features on this list should be in every single exploitation fans collection!

The Touch of her Flesh/The Curse of her Flesh/The Kiss of her Flesh

Michael Findlay’s Flesh trilogy received my highest combined rating of all the triple features on this list. The Curse of Her Flesh received a perfect rating and made my favourite five something weird films (part two), The Kiss of Her Flesh was not far behind with a 4.5/5 and The Touch of Her Flesh a 3.5/5 for a combined 13. The trilogy follows weapons expert Richard Jennings who flips a switch after catching his voluptuous wife in bed with another man and goes on a three film killing spree where numerous broads (and a few men too) are killed in a number of creative ways that include various weapons, poison and a booby-trapped dildo! The Touch of Her Flesh seems so conservative in comparison to The Curse of Her Flesh and The Kiss of Her Flesh but all three are an absolute shitload of fun! I can say the same thing about this entire trilogy that I said about The Curse of Her Flesh; outrageous, nasty, hilarious, naughty, sleazy, entertaining brilliance! Having seen six Findlay efforts offered through Something Weird Video I can say with confidence that Findlay is one of the most outrageous and entertaining directors in their library! I said it before and I am going to said again right freaking now; every film on this list is a must have for exploitation fans but none of them more so than Michael Findlay’s Flesh trilogy!

THE TOUCH OF HER FLESH

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THE CURSE OF HER FLESH

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THE KISS OF HER FLESH

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Get ready to be Shocked and Appalled with an All Out Assault on Humanity! Here’s the infamous “Flesh Trilogy,” three of the most outrageously insane Sexploitation Sickies of the 60s from husband and wife filmmakers Michael and Roberta Findlay which mix sex and violence into a malignant cocktail still potent today.

The madness starts with The Touch of Her Flesh where Richard Jennings discovers his wife Claudia in bed with another man, goes berserk, and is promptly hit by a car. In a classic case of overreaction, the now-crippled Jennings not only vows revenge on his wife but on all women everywhere, slaughtering strippers, hookers and go-go girls in a series of psycho killings which climax with a lovely little buzzsaw beheading.

Next Jennings extends The Curse of Her Flesh to the man he caught with Claudia as well as “everyone connected with him,” leading to murders by machete, a poisoned cat’s paw, and even a lethal G-string!

Finally in The Kiss of Her Flesh, Jennings fights the ultimate Battle of the Sexes with a tire iron, blowtorch, and, believe it or not, a lobster claw. Yipes! Hilariously depraved, deranged, disturbing, and definitely not part of our PC-world, here are three gruesome gems sure to make your jaw hit the floor!

Special Features
• Original Findlay Trailers for The Curse of Her Flesh, Satan’s Bed, The Touch of Her Flesh and The Ultimate Degenerate
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities

Submission/Vibrations/Fluctuations

This triple feature was a no-brainer for the list. It contains two films that I gave a perfect rating to and made my favourite five Something Weird Video lists part one and part two! Submission is a little tale about an infantile woman named Vickie and her violent criminal boyfriend Barry who keeps her submissive with toys, candy and sex while bumping off and robbing rich broads. The unique and spellbinding Submission also received the full review treatment. Vibrations is about the complicated relationship between two sisters with an incestuous past; a sexy, well-acted masterpiece! The weak link in this trilogy being Fluctuations. Fluctuations had me hypnotized for the first 15 minutes, than it started to get tedious, and tedium turned to irritation and irritation turned to anger and then I wanted to take the disk out and stomp on it 40 or 50 times and then set it on fire. And then I remembered that Submission and Vibrations were on the same disc so I didn’t. It has a sound loop of two people having sex and the woman sounds like she has asthma and every 8 or 9 minutes or so a male voice says “I’m cumming”. It is the sort of thing you would put on to torture someone. In fact, the only reason I would ever put Fluctuations on ever again is if I was torturing a man in my apartment. And I’ll tell ya one thing, I’d be taping headphones to the bastards ears so I didn’t have to listen to it. On the plus side some of the imagery is interesting briefly and Findlay favourite Kim Lewid is in it. Submission and Vibrations are so freaking brilliant I could not possibly leave this trio off the list; despite the inclusion of Fluctuations. You can look at Fluctuations as a historical curio, or endurance test; whatever. You are buying this set for Vibrations and Submission. Do it now! SUBMIT! SUBMIT! SUBMIT!

SUBMISSION

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VIBRATIONS

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FLUCTUATIONS

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It’s a triple bill of sexploitation skin and sin mixing Joe Sarno sophistication with sleaze and schlock, exactly as they played Times Square back in 1970!

Good VIBRATIONS go in ultra-kink when sex-happy Julia moves in with her uptight young sister and becomes irresistibly drawn to a next-door storage room where mistress Georgia holds nightly orgies with an oddball sex cult. Armed with a giant joy buzzer, Georgia likes to turn herself on, turn her fiends on and, ultimately, turn Julia and her sister on: “I specialize in pleasure. Pleasure so intense, it’s akin to torment, exquisite torment…” An offbeat, psychologically twisted skinflick from the always excellent Joe Sarno!

Plus: The kink-a-thon continues with FLUCTUATIONS, a Bizarre don’t-even try-to-make-sense-of-it bombardment of sexual imagery that plays like stream of-consciousness from a degenerate: threesomes, foursomes, lesbians, bondage, hair-whipping(!) and, believe it or not, even kung-fu. Avant garde masterpiece or pure gutter trash? Perhaps both…

AND: A psycho sex-fiend keeps his infantile girlfriend Vicky (Jennifer Welles) in SUBMISSION with candy bars, toys and, yes, hot wax. But when they plan on killing a wealthy lesbian, Vicky discovers she likes a woman’s touch and plans a nasty surprise for her boneheaded boyfriend.

Special Features
• Digitally Remastered!
• Bonus Deleted Scenes: 7 minutes of never-before-seen footage deleted form the final cut of SUBMISSION
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities!
• Total running time: Over 3 1/2 hours of Grindhouse guignol!

Olga’s House of Shame/White Slaves of Chinatown/Olga’s Dance Hall Girls

Olga’s House of Shame is one of those films I always instantly associate with Something Weird Video. For years I have meant to watch it and for some unexplainable reason just never did. It was the first set during this feature that I added to my personal collection and it was worth every last penny too! I enjoyed the hell out of all three of these films. I actually re-watched the entire trio a week back. On my initial watch I was all about Olga’s Dance Hall Girls. It does after all have a Satan worship subplot and two of my favourite goddesses of exploitation; Uta Erickson and Linda Boyce! What it is missing; and this is important, is Audrey Campbell who plays Olga in all three of Joseph P. Mawra’s films. Dance Hall Girl’s director is unknown and for some strange reason this unknown director decided not to use Ms. Campbell. I didn’t mind Lucy Eldredge as Olga but she is certainly no Audrey Campbell! I still enjoyed the film but on a re-watch I felt even more warmly towards White Slaves of Chinatown and Olga’s House of Shame. Audrey Campbell is a solid actress as she proves in both Sin in the Suburbs and One Naked Night (not an SWV film) and she brings something special to this series that should not have been replaced by anybody. The three films are done in a sort of documentary style with narration and in some cases a wee bit of improvised dialog. The series is exploitative to be sure, but didn’t entirely live up to its bad-ass reputation; the idea and themes are nastier than the actual execution. That said the imagery is incredibly memorable. Some of my most popular tumblr posts have been for these films. I must give a thousand thanks to my tumblrgasmic friend over at the aptly named Olga’s House of Shame who generously reblogged many of my Olga sets. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME! The bad-ass Olga tortures, blackmails, hooks on drugs and prostitutes countless young damsels over the course of the films. So many of my favourite exploitation godesses turn up like the aforementioned Erickson and Boyce and my girl Gigi Darlene is here getting her blonde ass in trouble again! Audrey Campbell’s co-star Judy Young who plays her daughter Kathy in Sin in the Suburbs has a feature role in Olga’s House of Shame! Young’s character Elaine is tortured mercilessly before Olga molds her into her Doppelganger! How could you Olga?! She’s your own daughter! Another absolutely positively must own trio that also features my very favourite supplements of any of the triple features listed here!

OLGAS HOUSE OF SHAME

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WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN

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OLGA'S DANCE HALL GIRLS

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Meet Olga: a woman who “possessed a mind so warped she made sadism a full-time business,” and the maniacal character in five of the most notorious, hilariously twisted sexploitation films from the sic, sick sixties.

In the first of the series, Olga uses pot parties and comic-book violence to turn Gigi Darlene and other female captives into her WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN before putting them to work as drug-addicted hookers. But Olga has her tender side too and, in the mood for romance selects an occasional slave for a little lesbian loving: “The disease called Olga cannot be fought!”

Then, after relocating to New Jersey, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME is open for business! With the help of Nick, her malignant brother and a sweet-faced Elaine, a victim-turned-protégé, Olga runs a crime syndicate while gleefully engaging in such extracurricular activities as bondage, torture, and the always popular “horse discipline.” The most outrageous of the series, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME also features a surprise announcement for an unmade Olga with a truly mind-boggling title…

Finally, things take a bizarre turn with the most obscure Olga of them all, OLGA’S DANCE HALL GIRLS, in which a new brat-faced Olga recruits suburban housewives as “hostesses” for a dance hall which is really just a front for – are you ready? – a satanic cult!

SPECAIL FEATURES:
Digitally Remastered!
Olga Trailers for the entire Olga series: WHITE SLAVES OF CHINATOWN, Olga’s Girls, OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME, Madame Olga’s Massage Parlor, and OLGA’S DANCE HALL GIRLS!
The Olga sequence from Mondo Oscenita featuring rare footage from the “lost” Olga film, Madame Olga’s Massage Parlor!
Special Booklet Interview with Olga star Audrey Campbell!
A pre-Olga Audrey poses for Byron Mabe in the Nudie-Cutie Shortie, Audrey Campbell, Art Lover!
Gallery of Sexploitation Ad Art with Exploitation Audio!
Total Running Time: Over 3 1/2 Hours of Pain & Pleasure!
OUCH! For maximum effect, view while shackled.
Warning: This program contains nudity, violence, and bullwhips.

Aroused/Help Wanted Female/Rent-a-Girl

This one is a real mixed bag of nuts! Extra salty nuts! Aroused made my top ten favourite horror films of 1966;a feature I did November 2012. I felt much warmer towards Aroused on this re-watch and upped its score a full point to a 4.5/5! This is a must see for fans of William Lustig’s Maniac as I pointed out in my short blurb I wrote for the film. Look at the shot I posted below that David included in a tumblr post he did! Almost identical to a shot Lustig included in Maniac. It also features mannequins and a killer who offs prostitutes! Aroused is one of Something Weird’s best horror films and one of their best films period; it is sleazy-creepy perfection! The wacky Help Wanted Female is a charming companion piece to Aroused. Help Wanted Female is funny and quirky with a touch of violence and a few surprises as well as a very appealing group of characters and performances. Friends Jo-Jo and Luana are a couple of hustling babes; Jo-jo a Kung Fu master and Luana a prostitute. Luana doubles her price for regular customer Sebastian Gregory but ends up getting more than she bargained for. I did a full review of Help Wanted Female so you should read it and it has lots of pretty pictures to go along with it. Unfortunately I found Rent-a-Girl to be a bit of a weak link in the set. It certainly isn’t Fluctuations but it has a pretty muddy pace and some unnecessary and exceptionally long and dull scenes. There was a scene of two people painting a woman that was especially dull. I wonder if whoever came up with the expression “It was like watching paint dry” came up with that after watching Rent-a-Girl. It isn’t completely without some charm however. Rent-a-Girl had a great opening scene that got me really excited for the film and it has a game of strip billiards featuring Darlene Bennett, June Roberts and Judy Adler (I “think” that is Judy Adler in that scene). I’d actually probably squeeze this film in for a pass for having just enough memorable moments. The trio is certainly worth owning for Aroused, Help Wanted Female and the bonus features.

Aroused

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HELP WANTED FEMALE

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RENT-A-GIRL

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Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

RENT-A-GIRL
Pretty New Yorker Karen Anderson becomes involved with a shady modeling agency. She is easily persuaded to do cheesecake poses and soon asked to reveal all. Little does she know, in her infinite innocence, that her employers actually procure young nymphets as sexual playthings for their wealthy clientele. The girls are whipped, beaten, painted, sprayed and burned. Poor Karen eventually gains first hand knowledge of the gang’s sick practices and flees (with a newly-branded buttock) to the cops.

AROUSED
“There’s a maniac loose out there! He’s gonna kill again! He’s probably ripping some girl apart right now!”

Fact of Life: you can’t go wrong with any film that features the two major cornerstones of big-screen entertainment — hookers and a psycho killer. Which means, of course, that you can’t go wrong with Aroused, a grim and gritty little piece of primo Sixties exploitation — nestled somewhere between a skinflick and a horror film — that still holds up remarkably well today.

A “sex killer” prowls the streets of Manhattan preying on prostitutes. “This guy’s a nut! He’ll grab any woman he thinks is a whore!” And why exactly does he pick on hookers? Because — “Nya, nya,nya, nya.nya…” — his mama was a ho! Now, as another deeply disturbed resident of The Big Apple, the killer — whose identity is slowly revealed during the course of the film — sits on a fire escape silently watching working girl Pat Wilson turn a trick. Finally, when she’s finished, he climbs in the window, attacks Miss Wilson while in the shower, wraps the shower curtain around her head, and strangles her. Then he…well…yeah. He does. He climbs on top of her….

Young Detective Johnny (STEVE HOLLISTER, who also plays the doomed young man in the color inserts added to Love Hunger) is so upset by the crime — “What a way for a human being to die!” — that he tries to catch the killer by joining forces with Ginny Smith (JANINE LENON, whose first name is billed as “Djanine”), the seen-it-all, done-it-all, knife-wielding hooker-without-a-heart-of-gold-slash-lesbian-lover of Pat: “We’re just pieces of meat hanging on a hook waiting for a butcher!” But when one of Ginny’s galpals agrees to act as psycho bait — oops! — it all goes wrong and she gets hacked up before Johnny can get to her.

Ginny, meanwhile, is suspicious of one of the lugs who work at Gus’ Bar, the Official Hooker Hangout, sneaks into his loft, and finds it decorated with mannequin parts! In an ending that bears a striking resemblance to the climax of Bill Lustig’s Maniac, Ginny returns to the creep’s apartment with some of her prostitute pals, surrounds the screaming loon on his bed and, with her trusty knife, turns him into “a boy soprano….”

Set in a New York that’s eternally at night and choking in sleaze. Aroused is a surprisingly fun piece of filth: the murders are nasty, there’s plenty of skin and, believe it or not, we actually care about the characters — especially when Johnny’s dutiful wife finds herself unwittingly sipping coffee with the killer: “You’re a whore like all the others….” Sure, they’re all cardboard cliches spouting crime-magazine dialogue but, hey, that’s what B-movies are all about. You’ll also recognize most of the music as library cues used endlessly by Doris Wishman. lt’s a shame director ANTON HOLDEN didn’t make more like this. Though Something Weird has sold Aroused from day one, it’s now finally been digitally remastered from a crisp 35mm print.

“And the moral is…no moral.”

HELP WANTED FEMALE
Don’t be fooled by the innocuous title. Happily hiding behind it is a delightfully demented, luridly loony, off-kilter sexploitation gem that mixes LSD and murder with two sexy mankillers.

Jo-Jo runs a karate school — “Jo-Jo’s Kung Fu” — and robs middle-aged men in her spare time. Her galpal, Luana, is a high-priced hooker who goes on a 5200 date with SEBASTIAN GREGORY who stars as… well… Sebastian Gregory. She strips and dances as Gregory gobbles down a sugar cube: “LSD? Say, you won’t start going ape on me, will you, Daddy?” Ape, no; babble, yes. “I might start talking too much. I might tell you things I don’t want you to hear….’ And talk he does, telling Luana what happened to his ex-girlfriend Barbara as the film takes a definite turn for the weird….

“Barbara had a wild erotic imagination,” says Gregory by way of explaining why cat-eyed Barbara deliberately burns him with an ember from the fireplace: “My pain aroused her!” She then takes out a knife and asks him to slice her thigh. “To inflict pain with pleasure only led to the inevitable: to kill for pleasure!” Next thing you know, the two pick up a high-school hitchhiker and have her pose for nude photos before Barbara stabs her in the gut and Gregory slits her throat. On a roll, Gregory then strangles Barbara with a plastic bag over her head and cuts up her body. All of which he calmly relates to Luana who doesn’t believe a word he says. Until she sees blood in the bathroom, an aluminum-wrapped “head” in the fridge, and a trunk full of bones. Oops.

Freaking, Luana bonks him on the noggin and runs home to Jo-Jo, but Gregory follows, leading to a karate-chopping battle of the sexes (“I could rip your arm off if I choose but instead I’ll just rip the back muscles a little!”) and a wacky twist ending….

The sexploitation market of the Sixties was aimed primarily at middle-aged men, and Help Wanted Female is both a cautionary tale warning that audience of the perils of predatory females, and a victory by one of their own over such women — sort of a instruction manual and dream-fantasy all in one. As the ultimate surrogate for that audience, Sebastian Gregory is perfect as the man who’s both the mark and the menace. With his gruff looks and the tough-guy attitude of a barroom brawler, Gregory starred in such skinflicks as Hollywood After Dark (’68). Like Mother like Daughter (’68), and The Hangup (70). Like contemporaries John Alderman and William Kerwin, Gregory is very much a “real” actor giving very much a “real” performance, though one that requires him to be more silly than scary. At one point, he’s underneath the sheets with Luana — meaning they both have the bedsheets pulled over their heads — as he frantically jabbers on about World War II in a voice that sounds like a parody of Richard Burton!

With an offbeat sense of humor, a couple of luscious bodies, and a smattering of the macabre. Help Wanted Female is a kookie cult film just waiting to be discovered — with or without acid. From an original 35mm theatrical print.

Special Features
• Digitally Remastered!
• Original Theatrical Trailer for Aroused!
• Bonus Kink-O-Rama Short: Lesson of the Strap!
• Gallery of Sick Sixties Sex Stills with Audio Oddities!
• Total Running Time: Over 3 and 1/2 Hours of Sex and Psychological Sickness!

Warning: This Program Contains Nudity, Sexual Situations and a Unique Way of Bathing Darlene Bennett!

Blood Feast/Two Thousand Maniacs/Color Me Blood Red

Well…duh? You can’t have a Something Weird Video collection without Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Trilogy! Yeesh! Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red; three Gordon horror classics! The infamous Blood Feast which has made appearances all over the place in the Dungeon including my top ten horror films for 1963 and my favourite five Herschell Gordon Lewis films not to mention getting the full review treatment. Blood Feast is a long time favourite of mine! A caterer is murdering women all over Miami and swiping body parts to prepare for a feast to honor his goddess Ishtar. Blood Feast is good old-fashioned hilarious gory fun! Two Thousand Maniacs is a personal favorite of Lewis himself and another film from the director that made a top ten list, this time for my favourite horror films of 1964! A Southern town, population 2000 lures tourists to their yearly centennial celebrations where they become unwilling participants. Each death is a creative and unique masterpiece and its got Blood Feast’s William Kerwin and Connie Mason! Hee Haw! Rounding out the trio is Color Me Blood Red. Unhinged artist Adam Sorg discovers human blood makes great paint after his girlfriend cuts herself. When his blood-red painting is a hit he starts slicing and dicing to get more supplies. Lewis’s leads are usually a lot of fun and Gordon Oas-Heim’s Sorg is no exception. He is crazier than a rabid weasel! Color Me Blood Red is an enjoyably gory and darkly humorous Gordon offering. This ain’t called The Blood Trilogy for nothing! When the Godfather of Gore puts the word blood in the title you know he is going to deliver! Go buy this now.

Blood Feast

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Two Thousand Maniacs

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Color Me Blood Red

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THE BLOOD TRILOGY Blu-ray

Three Time the Gore for One Low Price! In High Definition!
See the world’s first three gore films from legendary exploitation film pioneers Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman – Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Color Me Blood Red! Experience every splat, every slice and every drop of fake blood and guts in full 1080p glory!

BLOOD FEAST
Most people think America lost its innocence when JFK was assassinated. Actually, it happened four months earlier when BLOOD FEAST opened at a Peoria, Illinois, drive-in. With its bright colors, bubbly babes, and minimal production values, Blood Feast resembled the average nudie flick. However, the pretty young beauties in Blood Feast didn’t get naked. They got dismembered. Yes, folks, the infamous, notorious, ultra over-the-top Blood Feast is the world’s first “gore” film. Less a horror movie than extreme exploitation, it may even be argued that Blood Feast is the first horror roadshow since 1934’s Maniac.

Shot in five days in Miami for under $25,000, Blood Feast’s simple-minded script and wildly overwrought Amateur Night theatrics also helped transform it into the world’s first gore comedy. Blood Feast is, in fact, simultaneously disgusting and hilarious. It’s as if the local loony bin had made a home movie and got a little carried away with the killings.

TWO THOUSAND MANIACS
The TWO THOUSAND MANIACS of a small town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as “guests” for a variety of macabre, blood-crazed fun and games.

The festivities include a screaming man placed in a rolling barrel lined with nails, a hit-the-bull’s-eye carnival game with a pretty gal and a boulder, and a blonde sexpot whose arm is hacked off and barbecued! But before they can slaughter the only smart Yank (Thomas Wood), he and the lovely Terry Adams (Connie Mason, “Playboy’s Favorite Playmate”) try to escape…

A marvelously perverse cult classick, TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! is also the second of the infamous “blood trilogy” (which includes Blood Feast and Color Me Blood Red) from producer David F. Friedman (Trader Hornee) and director Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Wizard of Gore). Yeeeee-Ha! Oh, the South’s gonna rise again!

COLOR ME BLOOD RED
When his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special – human blood!

He stabs her in the head and smears her face on a canvas and – voila – a macabre masterpiece is created. His bloody new painting causes a sensation on the local art scene, a crazed Adam continues creating sanguine specialties by extracting art supplies from victims outside his beach house. It all goes bad, however, when he zeros in on April (Candi Conder) whose scarlet pugment he plans to remove with an axe…

A witty mix of dark humor and gory horror, COLOR ME BLOOD RED is also the third installment of the Blood Trilogy (following BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!) from director H.G. Lewis (THE GORE GORE GIRLS) and producer David F. Friedman (SHE FREAKS). Starring Don Joseph and Candi Conder.

Special Features:
Original Theatrical Trailers!
Audio Commentaries by HG Lewis and D.F. Friedman!
Rare Outtakes!
Campy Classic Carving Magic, with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman!
Rare Gore Short Film from 1964, Follow That Skirt!
Lewis and Friedman Exploitation Art Galleries!

HAVE A GORETASTIC WEEKEND ALL!

Cheers,
GG

Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1965

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by goregirl

IMDB listed 185 titles for 1965 and 62 of those were full-length feature films. 1965 was one bumpy ass ride; it kinda sucked actually! A rough patch is a bit of an understatement. I seen 29 of the 62 films listed. I rated the top two films 5/5, spots three and four were rated 4/5, five through nine were rated 3.5/5, and the final film on the list was rated 3/5! I loathe putting a film I rated 3/5 on a list, these films tend to be plagued with issues and are usually borderline recommends. There were six other films I rated 3/5; I Saw What You Did, Terror Creatures from the Grave, Dark Intruder, Color Me Blood Red and Bloody Pit of Horror. Needless to say a disproportionate amount of titles received a 2.5/5 or an outright fail! I feel as though I should make a special mention of Monster a-Go Go, The Beach Girls and The Monster and Orgy of the Dead (in Gorgeous Astravision and Shocking Sexicolor); three of the most ridiculously bad films I seen for this feature. If you are looking for films that are so epically bad they must be seen to be believed the aforementioned are a nice little trio of craptacularness.

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#10 DIE MONSTER DIE!

Directed By: Daniel Haller

Die Monster Die! is a very enthusiastic name for a rather uninspired story. It is hard to believe that this film was based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space! This film is about as Lovecraftian as Schindler’s List. Okay, that may be a wee bit exaggerated. Boris Karloff plays Nahum Witley a wheel-chair bound scientist who makes a discovery that endangers everyone who comes in contact with it. His daughter Susan has invited her fiancé Stephen for a visit which provides an unwelcome complication for the scientist. The story is incredibly silly, although the first half of the film is somewhat intriguing it falls apart rather badly in its second half. There are two reasons you might want to bother with this one; Boris Karloff and an attractive visual presentation. The cast consists of Boris Karloff, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer and Patrick Magee!! That is one hell of a cast! Boris Karloff is without a doubt one of my favourite actors of all time ever and I would see absolutely anything he is in. He is as charming as ever in Die Monster Die! I am not terribly familiar with Nick Adams but he actually does a decent job as fiancé Stephen. Unfortunately the rest of the talented cast is largely wasted with Farmer and Jackson given limited character arcs and iffy dialog. Patrick Magee is actually quite watchable in his role but the inclusion of the character seemed wholly unnecessary. Besides Karloff Die Monster Die’s best asset is its appearance. I thought the name Daniel Haller seemed awfully familiar! Haller did the art direction for just about every Corman horror film from 1959’s A Bucket of Blood to 1964’s Tomb of Ligeia. Clearly the man learned much about making a beautiful film on a small budget! The home of Nahum Witley is properly spooky and claustrophobic and the widescreen color photography is quite pleasant on the eyes. Little touches like the otherworldly glow of a forbidden greenhouse at night, the obscured shots of potential scarred family members, and disappearing servants all provide a great sense of foreboding. Die Monster Die! certainly has its issues and although somewhat of a borderline recommend you can certainly admire its good looks and a wonderful performance by the legendary Boris Karloff.

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#9 TWO ON A GUILLOTINE

Directed By: William Conrad

When I spied Connie Stevens and Cesar Romero’s names at the top of the cast list for Two on a Guillotine I was expecting something silly and comedic. I have to admit I was not in a big hurry to check this one out. Two on a Guillotine, although very “PG” is actually a fun little mystery-thriller with a hearty helping of camp. Cassie Duquesne comes home for the funeral of her eccentric magician father Duke only to be told she must stay a week in his creaky old mansion in order to receive her sole inheritance. Connie Stevens isn’t bad at all playing dual roles of both daughter Cassie and Melinda her mother whom was killed in a magic trick gone horribly wrong. There is a nice mood and a great creepy old house setting but its scares which consist of lots of screaming and surprises behind doors made me think of William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill with a touch of 13 Ghosts. Or perhaps it was the fact that Two on a Guillotine seems to be a film made for kids that put me to mind of William Castle. Two on a Guillotine with its gentle but charming disposition is certainly not going to be tense or scary for most of us, but it is quite fun; and I loved the anticipation of daddy Duke Duquesne potentially showing up from the grave at any moment. I can’t really think of a better descriptor for Two on a Guillotine than cute, it rather nicely sums up my feelings.

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#8 FANATIC

Directed By: Silvio Narizzano

Fanatic is a joint effort of Columbia Pictures and Hammer Films. I had not seen Fanatic for years and had no recollection of a Hammer association. There is one very good reason to give Fanatic a watch and that is Ms. Tallulah Bankhead. This was Bankhead’s last on-screen appearance for a feature film and she really gives a no holds barred performance as Mrs. Trefoile a fanatically religious, insanely devoted mother. Mrs. Trefoile receives a visit from her son’s former fiancée Patricia; former due to the fact that her son was killed in a car accident. Despite the fact that Patricia has moved on with her life; in Mrs. Trefoile’s twisted mind she believes Patricia belongs to her dead son. She takes it upon herself to purify Patricia’s sin. She is going to purify those sins but good! You gotta appreciate the imagery of a religious fanatic with a bible in one hand and a gun in the other!! I can’t say enough good things about Bankhead’s performance bouncing around from frightfully polite and sugary to seething jabs and growling commentary! She is just a treasure! I don’t usually root for the fanatically religious character; but I definitely rooted for Mrs. Trefoile! Patricia the former fiancée is an annoying character I didn’t care for much at all. Stefanie Powers is forced to be far too over the top to match wits with the plucky Bankhead. And I must admit, I just am not a fan of Stefanie Powers. Her performance and presence left little to be desired for me personally. The other supporting characters all do a fine job, especially Peter Vaughan and Donald Sutherland. This is really borderline as horror and definitely has more thrills than chills; it is also a touch campy but it is awfully fun seeing Bankhead slap Powers but good! Seriously, Fanatic is absolutely worth seeing just for Bankhead!

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#7 NIGHTMARE CASTLE

Directed By: Mario Caiano

Yet another appearance for Barbara Steele on the top ten lists. In Nightmare Castle Steele once again plays dual lead roles. As cheating wife Muriel, she is full of seething hatred for her husband and as Jenny she is sweet but unstable. Nightmare Castle is the story of Dr. Arrowsmith who upon learning his wife Muriel has been cheating, tortures and kills Muriel and her lover. Before Muriel dies she tells her husband she has changed her will and has left everything to her stepsister Jenny who currently resides in a mental institution. The diabolical doctor will do anything to secure his fortunes and he is soon married to the unstable Jenny. You might guess things do not go smoothly. Nightmare Castle is a gothic tale of obsession, madness, greed and revenge. Its ideas are grand enough, but the story does tend to wander. Some of the dialog is also a bit sketchy. Fortunately it makes up for this with its presentation. Its moody black and white cinematography is excellent, the sets and costumes are stunning and Ennio Morricone’s low-key score is lovely. There are some delightfully diabolical and unsettling moments also including a torture scene that was particularly racy for the time, and a twisted subplot involving Dr. Arrowsmith and the maid. Paul Muller is solid as Dr. Arrowsmith and the small supporting cast are all decent. It is really Steele’s performance that elevates this one to a higher tier however. Nightmare Castle is deliciously gothic fun!

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#6 A STUDY IN TERROR

Directed By: James Hill

When I was a kid I was a huge sucker for Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, just about any character that did “detecting”. I remember begging my dad to buy me a detective kit from the back of a magazine which after much persistence on my part he eventually relented. I remember like it was yesterday when that thing arrived in the mail. I thought my little blond head was going to explode with anticipation! I excitedly tore at the brown paper to find what turned out to be my biggest disappointment of my seven years of life! The detective kit was a cardboard box that was shoddily painted to look like a briefcase and already boasted a large dent from its journey in the mail. The kit consisted of an ink pad, a tiny notebook of blank paper, a plastic magnifying glass and a detective license. It didn’t take a detective to deduce this kit was a load of shite! After the Sea Monkey debacle that followed I lost my enthusiasm for ordering junk from the back of magazines. The well-known detective investigates the equally infamous Jack the Ripper/Whitechapel murders in A Study in Terror. The detective this time around is played by John Neville who I think makes a grand Holmes! The acting is good across the board, aided by some solid writing and dialog. They do a real nice job of capturing the period and add some unique touches like a real nice POV murder shot from the killer’s perspective. I must admit that at this point in my life having seen copious amounts of both Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes interpretations to last me a lifetime it was difficult to get too terribly excited about this one. A Study in Terror is a great-looking, well-written film with an applaudable performance from John Neville as everyone’s favourite detective Sherlock Holmes.

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#5 THE SKULL

Directed By: Freddie Francis

I chose to review Amicus Production’s The Skull thinking it was unlikely to make a list with its 3.5/5 rating! I guess I should have looked ahead more thoroughly! This is one of two Amicus Production films directed by Freddie Francis to make this list. The Skull is an enjoyable little romp based on Robert Bloch’s The Skull of the Marquis de Sade. For a film about a possessed skull it is quite coherent, well-written, well-paced, solidly acted and a nicely filmed bit of fun! To read my full review click here.

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#4 PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

Directed By: Mario Bava

This is the sixth film directed by Mario Bava to make a Psycho-Delic 60s list! Two spaceships receive a signal from an unchartered planet called Aura. One ship lands and when the crew are exposed to the atmosphere go berserk and begin attacking each other. Soon after the second ship lands and explores the area eventually finding their sister ship with its crew dead. With their ship incurring some heavy damage when they landed the crew are forced to wait on the repairs with deadly consequences. Regardless of what its name might suggest, Planet of the Vampires is not about a planet of vampires. It is a planet of incorporeal alien creatures that plan on using deceased human bodies to escape their dying planet. It is a fairly clever little story with a surprisingly chilling atmosphere. The film is colourful and stylish and despite its cardboard sets manages to look quite alluring. I love how Bava uses the fog and sound effects! But the real payoff is the most outstanding finale! Planet of the Vampires is moderately paced with an engrossing story and a hypnotically claustrophobic and chilling vibe. It definitely has its campy elements, but I rather loved those space ships with all their flashy lights! I have mentioned in other reviews that Mario Bava’s work has been highly influential and Planet of the Vampires is yet another example; apparently the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Alien! Planet of the Vampires is solid entertainment!!

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#3 DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS

Directed By: Freddie Francis

This is the second Amicus Production flick directed by Freddie Francis to make the list. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is a five story anthology as told by a mysterious fortune teller. The wraparound story in anthologies can sometimes really be bunk; Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors however is one of my favourites! Five strangers board a train and are joined by a fortune teller by the name of Dr. W. R. Schreck played by Peter Cushing. Dr. W. R. Schreck reads each man’s tarot cards and we are told the story of what the cards foretell. Cushing is super fantastic as the fortune teller and gives the character mysteriousness without resorting to hokiness. The themes covered include werewolves, vampires, a ravenous house plant, voodoo and a disembodied hand. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors is certainly efficient with its five stories told over 90 minutes. I enjoyed all five segments although the two comedic ones about the killer plant and voodoo were less enjoyable than the other three. My favourite by far is the Christopher Lee segment about the disembodied hand! Absolutely, positively love the story’s finale and it is great fun seeing Lee’s character get his comeuppance. The vampire story featuring a young and handsome Donald Sutherland has a neat twist, the werewolf story is all around top notch and Dr. W. R. Schreck’s story that ties it all together ends with panache! Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors was the first of several anthologies Amicus would release and is one of the best of the bunch!

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#2 THE COLLECTOR

Directed By: William Wyler

Like Cape Fear (which made my 1962 list), I’ve never thought of The Collector as a horror film but it showed up on the IMDB list under the horror tag. I love The Collector so I am quite happy to include it on this list. Freddie is a bank clerk and lepidopterist who kidnaps art student Miranda Grey believing if she spent time with him she would come to love him. A twisted, far-fetched idea to say the least and a particularly troubling one from a man who appears to be very intelligent. It is made clear to us that Freddie is an outcast and despite his intellect is past concerning himself with consequences. Miranda is a pretty smart cookie herself and handily matches wits with Freddie at least until the desperation begins to set in. The roles of Freddie and Miranda are played by Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar who could not have been better cast; both give smashing performances! Freddie is not your run of the mill kidnapper. He is neatly dressed and terribly proper which makes his steely intensity that much creepier. Stamp also brings a certain pathos to Freddie which made me feel just a little bit sorry for him. Miranda is strong and sexy but as the days pass her desperation mounts. Samantha Eggar is fresh-faced and lovely and brings both strength and vulnerability to the character. She refuses to be the victim but her resolve is inevitably weakened as time wears on. The Collector’s title refers to Freddie’s hobby of butterfly collecting. The idea of catching butterflies to pin to a board is a little unsettling to me. I don’t care if it is for scientific purposes or not, I think it is a grim hobby. I must say however, that it certainly adds an interesting subtext to this particular story! The Collector is a smart, well-written, beautifully-filmed compelling thriller with two unforgettable performances from Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar.

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#1 REPULSION

Directed By: Roman Polanski

Bloody Hell! No matter how many times I see Repulsion it crawls under my skin. I was fortunate enough to see this brilliant film in the theatre a year or two ago. If you are as lucky as we are here in Vancouver to have a killer theatre like Cinematheque that screens these older films I seriously can not recommend enough checking Repulsion out! It was a mind-blowing experience! The film is about Carol, a young manicurist living in London with her sister Helen. Helen accepts an invitation from her boyfriend to travel abroad leaving Carol to fend for herself. Carol is sweet and soft-spoken with obsessive compulsive tendencies, but when left to her own devices begins to slowly descend into madness. Repulsion is one of the greatest psychological horror films ever made and has long held a place on my 100 best horror films of all time. Repulsion is an exercise in delusion, unease and paranoia that is as powerful now as it was when it was released back in 1965. Repulsion is as much Catherine Deneuve’s film as it is Roman Polanski’s. She is absolutely magnificent! As Carol, Deneuve is silent and alone for much of the film and her state of being is constantly a focus. Every minute of her crumbling sanity caught in all its hallucinatory, haunting, disturbing glory! Filmed in delicious Sexual Repression-O-Vision masterfully executed by Mr. Polanski! All of the performances in Repulsion are top drawer but it is Deneuve’s Carol that will chill you to the bone; in my opinion it is one of the best performances to ever grace a horror film (or a film of any genre frankly)! Repulsion is a masterpiece of the first order!

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