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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Tangerine Dream – Caleb’s Blues (from Near Dark)

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by goregirl

I have no more music or trailers for Something Weird Video films so it is back to posting various soundtrack stuff! That is not bad news; I have a lot of fantastic new soundtracks I am VERY excited about sharing with ya’ll! First up a little Tangerine Dream and Caleb’s Blues; music and images from Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987). Thanks to David for gifting me this soundtrack!

The Stepping into Something Weird madness continues tomorrow night with my review for Michael Findlay’s The Ultimate Degenerate.

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The Weirdness Continues! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2013 by goregirl


sisw-resizedHear Ye! Hear Ye! Stepping into Something Weird will continue through the month of January! I have far too much to cover still! Coming Soon to the Dungeon! Andy Milligan! Ray Dennis Steckler! Joseph W. Sarno! Joseph P. Mawra! My favourite five Doris Wishman films! My Favourite five Something Weird Double Features! And MUCH MUCH more! Also upcoming! My co-host David’s fabulous feature on the man who put the “rough” in “rougie” the multiply talented Michael Findlay; director, actor, writer, cinematographer, producer and editor. David is awaiting on a bit of information that may prove to be essential to the project! Stay tuned!

I hope you will step into 2014 with me and discover more of the hidden gems in the treasure trove that is Something Weird Video’s library!

Just a note, I will be back to posting five days a week (Sunday night to Thursday night); Goregirl needs some rest!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and THANK YOU for supporting what I do here with your kind, funny and clever comments, your reblogs and likes on Tumblr, your retweets and favourites on Twitter and your likes on YouTube! I am passionate about what I do and I appreciate immensely each and every one of those nods you give. All the best to you and your families in 2014 and always!

With Gory Gratitude,
Goregirl (aka Terri)

THE PSYCHO LOVER (1970) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movie, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2013 by goregirl


“I’m like the proverbial bloodhound. I can smell him in this room and the hairs on my ass stand on end every time I catch his scent.” -Lieutenant Morlock

Before embarking on this Stepping into Something Weird project I had thoroughly perused the Something Weird website and read the synopsis for almost every film they have and watched clips and or trailers if they were available. I made a list of top priorities; these were the films that I was particularly excited to check out. Although The Psycho Lover was in my top three in my zip queue, the DVD service sends what is available first and The Psycho Lover was getting skipped over week after week. Besides the Herschell Gordon Lewis films I had not seen a lot of straight up horror titles from the Something Weird catalog and I was starting to feel anxious as the feature was coming to its end. The Psycho Lover which was on a DVD double feature with Heat of Madness finally arrived a few days ago and it was better than I could have possibly anticipated! I can not wait to check out more of the films of Robert Vincent O’Neill! Unfortunately O’Neill only has one other film on the Something Weird label called Wonder Women which I will be watching in the next week. Hold on! Watching in the next week? But Goregirl, won’t Stepping Into Something Weird be over next week? I am having far too much fun and have not covered nearly everything I wanted to so I am extending Stepping into Something Weird through January! No more of this posting everyday business though! I will be back to posting five days a week. Now back to The Psycho Lover; one of my favourite new horror film discoveries of the year!

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Before the credits start we get our first beautifully executed murder sequence. For more images from this scene click here. Beautiful, creepy, intense; the perfect start to any horror film.

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The Psycho Lover aka The Loving Touch directed by Robert Vincent O’Neill (Blood Mania, Wonder Women, Angel).

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After we witness the violent death of a woman we are taken to a serene lake where a motorboat is being driven by a handsome middle-aged man. We learn immediately through a bitter conversation between he and his wife Valerie that the man is Dr. Kenneth Alden; a psychiatrist with a mistress named Stacy. Dr. Alden is clearly a man of prestige and wealth with his home on the lake, motorboat and that crazy car! By the way, does anyone know what kind of car that is? Dr. Alden receives a call from a Lieutenant Morlock. Alden’s assistance is required on a case involving a young man named Marco Everson who has vivid dreams of killing women that match the facts in some actual crimes.

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Dr. Alden speaks to Marco who relays to him his most recent dream. The woman was an artist who he kills in the shower and rapes after she is dead.

“When I woke up I was laughing. Yeah laughing. The first time she ever had a man, I mean a real man and she couldn’t feel it.”

In my books you absolutely can not beat a killer who wears a stocking over his head; so effectively ugly and disturbing the way it distorts the facial features!

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Dr. Alden with his 25-year-old mistress Stacy; they have a very lengthy scene with the two of them being romantic and lovey. It is well-filmed like every scene in The Psycho Lover but I found it a little gag-inducing. When all was said and done I could see how it was a necessary evil that needed to be included. It still could have been a little shorter though.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum we have Dr. Kenneth Alden and his wife Valerie. Valerie is a bitter woman with a drinking problem. Valerie was still in love with Kenneth when he started his affair. Valerie refuses to give Kenneth the divorce he desires.

“Do you get some perverse sense of enjoyment out of this relationship?” -Kenneth

“Yes. That is exactly the answer.” -Valerie

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Marco follows a woman carrying groceries home. He kills her under the glowing light of the fluorescent signs outside the victim’s window. Another absolutely stunning looking murder sequence.

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Another romantic love scene between Kenneth and his young mistress; this one was a more reasonable length.

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Marco is now under the care of Dr. Alden on a full-time basis. Marco relays the story of one of the women found dead who we do not see being killed. The woman is found on her coffee table with a ketchup bottle inserted into her vagina. There is little doubt that Marco is the killer. He has definitive psychopathic symptoms, he hates women and he has spoken about facts in the case that only the killer would know. There is however no physical proof.

“I saw her blood turn to water. I was all wet, and she was too. And then she died.” -Marco

“What about the ketchup bottle Marco?” -Dr. Alden

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Lieutenant Morlock meets with Dr. Alden and his mistress Stacy to discuss the case over some lunch. Note ketchup bottle on table.

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In a film full of esthetically pleasing scenes this one was the best of the best. Marco has a dream sequence that is a stunning mind fuck. What an imaginative, surreal and sinister portrait of a man’s psychotic mental state!

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Marco makes a call to the home of Dr. Alden to inform him of what the voice in his head has asked him to do. Valerie answers the unsettling phone call.

I am going to leave the rest of the story for you to discover on your own. The Psycho Lover insinuates early, or at least mid-film of the potential finale for its story. There are however many variations on how this finale might go down. Knowing what could happen does not soften the impact at all. The cast were well-chosen. Lawrence Montaigne looks the part of the respected psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth Alden and has a confidence bordering on arrogant that suits the role well. Despite having a speed boat, a sports car and a young mistress he is a rather uptight and overly serious guy. Jo Anne Meredith looks like a woman who goes to the beauty salon regularly and has an elegance about her but at the same time a touch of tackiness. Her character is a lush but Meredith plays it in a proper “keeping up appearances” fashion that sees her stewed and mildly vulgar but never falling on her face drunk. Lieutenant Morlock is a bit of a goofy character; he is the film’s comic relief. John Vincent as Morlock gets some pretty amusing lines including the quote at the top of this review. Elizabeth Plumb as Stacy is a sweet, likable, bubbly gal; although a touch too sweet and bordering on air-headed. It is easy enough to see why the anal retentive Kenneth would fall for her though. Frank Cuva is excellent as Marco Everson. The Marco character has the perfect balance of everything that makes a good horror film antagonist. He is reasonably intelligent and unassuming in appearance and when unprovoked is your next door neighbor who seems like a decent enough guy. Needless to say, he can not always hide the anxiety and threat bubbling just below the surface waiting to boil over. When Marco goes into killing mode he is cruel, brutal, relentless and frenzied to the extent that he literally foams at the mouth. A well drawn character and a spot on performance. The Psycho Lover is an extremely well made horror film. The Psycho Lover has intense well-executed murder sequences, an excellent story, strong performances and it is one of the most visually stimulating and pleasing horror films I have had the pleasure of watching during this feature; or in recent memory for that matter. When I stumble upon a horror film as solid as The Psycho Lover I get all giddy with excitement. There is no doubt about it, this would have gotten the number one spot on my top ten for 1970 hands down had I seen it when I completed that feature. Although I did have a minor complaint about an overly long love scene this film was far too outstanding overall to give it anything less than perfect marks. The Psycho Lover gets my highest of recommendations; a perfect score.

For more images from The Psycho Lover click here.

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Robert Vincent O’Neill

Starring: Lawrence Montaigne, Jo Anne Meredith, Elizabeth Plumb, Frank Cuva, John Vincent, Sharon Cook, Diane Jones, Luanne Roberts, David Astor, Lynn Lyon, Judy Lang, Charles Victor

Fun with GIFs: The Double Feature Edition

Posted in Fun with GIFs, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2013 by goregirl


Something Weird Video offers several of their films in a double feature package. In many cases it is the only way the film is offered. This particularly outstanding double feature The Psycho Lover and Heat of Madness both highlight men with serious psychological damage. Review for The Psycho Lover coming soon!


This is the beautifully executed death scene that opened Robert Vincent O’Neill’s The Psycho Lover (1970).

For images from The Psycho Lover click here.


Kevin Scott as the disturbed photographer and artist John Wilright in Harry Wuest’s Heat of Madness (1966).

For images from Heat of Madness click here.

BLOOD FEAST (1963) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by goregirl

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In the past I have referred to Blood Feast as a “guilty pleasure”. Where ever did I pick up that miserable bit of lingo? I don’t feel guilty about loving Blood Feast at all! I’ve seen Blood Feast no less than a dozen times over the years and it never gets old. I’ve never seen Blood Feast look better than it does on Something Weird Video’s Special Edition DVD! It comes with outstanding supplements including rare outtakes, the theatrical trailer, commentary from Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman, an impressive collection of promotional material and lobby cards for Herschell Gordon Lewis films with a heavy emphasis on Blood Feast and an entertaining instructional film called Carving Magic; Swift and Company’s “how to” on carving various meats with home economist Martha Logan! It features a young Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) and William Kerwin (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood)! This DVD and Herschell Gordon Lewis’ tremendously fun and gory feature are an absolute treasure!



Blood Feast’s first victim is killed prior to the credits rolling. Nudity and gore seconds in! The poor gals eye is gouged out and her leg is removed below the knee!



We are taken to the office of the Homicide Bureau Chief of Detectives. They have quite the case on their hands with seven killings in two weeks! The D.A.’s office is getting hot and they have no clues. All the women have been found badly mutilated with various limbs removed.

“Well Frank, this looks like one of those long hard ones.” -Detective Pete Thornton


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“Are you Mr. Ramses? I’m Dorothy Fremont. I heard about you from a friend of mine; Annette Dupuis.” Mrs. Fremont is looking for something unique for a birthday party she is throwing for her daughter Suzette.

“Have you ever had an Egyptian feast?” -Fuad Ramses


Fuad Ramses pays his respects to the Goddess Ishtar with a large shrine in the back room of his store. Ramses will pay her the ultimate respect when his Blood Feast awakens the Goddess from her 5000 year slumber!





Marcy and Tony are making out on the beach and it is getting late. Needless to say the recent brutal killings of young women has everyone frightened and Marcy would like to go home. Tony convinces Marcy otherwise; “Hey baby, I’m here. I’m not going to let anyone hurt you. Now prove you love me.” Tony gets his ass knocked out cold and Ramses helps himself to Marcy’s brains. Tony is pretty torn up and can barely hold it together when the police question him. Feeling guilty Tony? You stupid dumbass! It is entirely your fault Marcy’s brains are all over the beach asshole! Marcy’s folks are pretty upset too.

“I made her a white dress and now she’ll never wear it.”



Another victim; this one had her tongue ripped out!






Detective Pete Thornton and girlfriend Suzette Fremont attend a weekly lecture by Professor Flanders on ancient Egyptian history. This particular week they are learning about Ramses and the Cult of Ishtar. The Cult of Ishtar was a blood-thirsty cult who held a yearly festival that took place at the beginning of spring. For six days and nights the people would party lustfully and on the seventh night the young women would be slaughtered; their blood drank and their limbs eaten!



Suzette and Pete share a kiss but are interrupted by the radio announcing that another young woman has been attacked. The woman; Janet Blake lay in critical condition in the hospital. The doctor tells the detectives that it is the most brutal attack he had ever seen. Apparently the woman’s face was hacked away to the bone and both of her eyes were gouged out. They speak to Janet who tells them that he was an old man with crazy eyes and mentions the name “Itar”. Despite just coming from a seminar on “Ishtar” about a blood thirsty cult that removes and eats the limbs of young women Detective Thornton does not make a connection.


Suzette and friends hanging out by the pool. In the commentary Lewis and Friedman called this scene “padding”. Yep. But Oh! What joyful padding it is! The segment ends with the snatching of Suzette’s friend Trudy Sanders.


Pete calls to check in with Suzette and informs her that they have not yet located her friend Trudy. She tells Pete about her mother’s surprise of an Egyptian feast hosted by Fuad Ramses. Ramses? Egyptian feast? The wheels finally begin to turn! Pete calls Professor Flanders to ask if he was familiar with a Fuad Ramses. Flanders tells Pete about Ramses book Ancient Weird Religious Rites.



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Meanwhile Frank and Pete pay a visit to Fuad Ramses place of business where a horrific scene awaits them.

“For Pete’s Sake tell them not to eat anything!”



The feast is about to be served but there is one last thing Fuad needs. He must have the guest of honor give herself to Ishtar. “Oh my Ishtar. Take me unto yourself.” She must, of course keep her eyes tightly shut while she says this.


“Lust, Murder, food for an ancient Goddess who received life through the perverted death of others.”


Now look what you’ve gone and done! You made Ishtar cry! She may just be a store mannequin painted gold but she’ll always be a blood-thirsty Goddess in my eyes!

Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman were best known for Nudie Cuties when they decided to make Blood Feast. Nudie Cuties were generally light on story with the express purpose of showing a lot of naked or partially naked dames. The Nudie Cuties were travelling a path that Lewis did not want to go down. Always looking to break new ground and go in directions that the big film companies would not, Lewis and Friedman discovered gore. Not surprisingly Blood Feast received terrible reviews when it was released but always the showman, Mr. Lewis knew that even bad press was good press. No one had really seen anything quite like Blood Feast before; its graphic violence and gore was ground-breaking in North America. Color in film was still a relatively new concept in 1963. There was never a need to be concerned about whether blood looked realistic in the past and the standard stage blood was an oddly unnatural color. To make the blood more realistic Lewis added Kaopectate to the mix. Many theatres showed Blood Feast with the gore scenes cut out much to the filmmakers dismay. If it wasn’t for fearless low-budget filmmakers like Herschell Gordon Lewis there may have never been a Friday the 13th, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre or a Nightmare on Elm Street. Blood Feast was my first foray into the wonderful world of Herschell Gordon Lewis and it is still one of my very favourites. There are no surprises in Blood Feast whatsoever. The viewer is aware of the killer from the get go and what his motivation is. We have no attachment at all to any of the victims with the exception of Trudy; who we meet for all of about three minutes while she frolics in the pool. The fun comes in watching it all unfold while the daft detectives attempt to solve the case. I mean really?! How could Detective Thornton not have had a revelation at the ancient Egypt seminar when it was mentioned that young women were sacrificed and their limbs were removed for the feast of Ishtar? Immediately afterwards he speaks to a victim who leaves the “s” out of Ishtar and he makes no connection?! Just the same, William Kerwin who plays Detective Pete Thornton is actually not a bad actor at all and is a likable fella. Kerwin has made appearances in several Lewis flicks and I always enjoy his presence. Mal Arnold who plays Fuad Ramses is really the show-stopper though. His quirky, over-the-top performance is one of a kind and is completely unforgettable. They added grey to Arnold’s hair in an attempt to make him look like an old man which he clearly was not. Just to make sure we knew they intended Fuad Ramses to be an old man it is mentioned verbally several times that Fuad Ramses was in fact an old man! And what was with those crazy eye brows?! Lewis does not have a lot of love for his star Connie Mason and it is clear at times that she did not know her lines. That said, I have seen far worse performances and actually found her quite inoffensive and likable. Now be nice Mr. Lewis! Blood Feast is a film I have watched multiple times and will continue to watch in the years to come. It is an extremely efficient film without a second of downtime. Even the “filler” scene with Suzette and her friends at the pool does not trip the film up for a second. It flies by far too fast for my liking! Blood Feast has ground-breaking gore, a wild and imaginative premise and an outrageous Killer you will never forget! “Nothing so appalling in the Annals of horror.” And Nothing so entertaining! My highest of recommendations; a perfect score!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall, Christy Foushee, Ashlyn Martin, Astrid Olson, Sandra Sinclair, Gene Courtier, Louise Kamp, Hal Rich, Al Golden