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MY TALE IS HOT (1964) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2013 by goregirl

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Peter Perry Jr. (aka Peter Perry, A.J. Gaylord, Seymour Tokus, Seymour Tuchus, Arthur P. Stootsberry) directed thirteen films of which I have seen three thus far; The Joys of Jezebel, Kiss Me Quick and today’s subject review My Tale is Hot. At this point I have watched fourteen Nudie Cuties from various directors for this feature; I decided I should do a review for at least one of them. I have mentioned in previous posts, the Nudie Cutie’s main objective is to show a lot of naked or partially naked broads. They are always light on story and usually loaded with cheesy humor. Many of the early Nudie Cutie flicks were set in nudist camps/resorts/colonies. Apparently in the early part of the sixties you could show nudity if you set your film in a nudist resort; there were exceptions to that rule. Doris Wishman claimed in an interview that she was not allowed to show nudity in her film Nude on the Moon (1961), which was about a nudist colony on the moon. Despite being set in a nudist colony it had a science fiction theme and therefore could not contain nudity?! Censorship loosened up considerably as the decade wore on. There was no doubt in my mind which Nudie Cutie I would be reviewing. My Tale is Hot has been my favourite by far thanks to the fact that it actually made me laugh regularly and the sets and costumes were absolutely out of this world! Also I am a total sucker for a man in a devil costume!

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My Tale is Hot aka Always on Monday (1964).

Filmed in LIVING SKIN-A-SCOPE!

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Lucifer is reading his favourite magazine The Ladies Book Companion while his wife Saturna prepares dinner. He reads the following text…

“Ben-Hur Ova the wealthy Arab leader in the United States on a business mission has been chosen by the editors of Ladies Book Companion as their man of the year. Ben, a model husband has been happily married for over twenty years. A successful tycoon in his forties, Ben always finds time for his home life as witnessed by the fact he has sixty-three grandchildren. But most important, Ben has won this award because in the unanimous decision of the selection board he is undoubtedly the world’s most faithful husband. No earthly temptation could possibly sway Ben-Hur Ova from his loving home. His beautiful…”

He stops here because the next page has been torn out. Saturna used it for kindling to get the fire under Hitler re-started.

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Business has not been good for Lucifer and he needs a new sinner badly. He can not resist the challenge of tempting Ben-Hur Ova to come over to the dark side. Saturna’s taunts only spur him on.

“You haven’t had a faithful husband down here since Henry the Eighth.” -Saturna

“You know Henry the Eighth got a bad rap. Any man smart enough to cut off his wife’s head should be sainted.” -Lucifer

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Lucifer pops up in Ben-Hur Ova’s backyard as Ben’s wife Miasis-Ova is doing some gardening. Just before Lucifer makes his appearance it gets extremely hot and Ben-Hur Ova’s wife strips down to her panties. Alarmed by the appearance of Lucifer in her backyard she runs to tell Ben.

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Ben-Hur Ova and Lucifer meet. Lucifer hands him his hot to the touch business card made of asbestos:

Lucifer U. Devil
Collector of souls
Garbage disposal specialist
Furnace engineer
Evil Spirit
Magician
Short Order Cook
Undertaker
Caretaker
Takerunder

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Lucifer begins his parade of temptation by materializing a swimming pool complete with a bathing beauty. “This is the pear-shaped model.” Another pair of women follow and Ben-Hur Ova refuses to make a deal with the devil. “How about putting my backyard back into a flower garden!”

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Lucifer refuses to give up tempting Ben and introduces him to “Sinner-Vision” starring no other than the new French maid Ben-Hur Ova just hired.

“Where you going?” -Lucifer
“For a walk; and don’t follow me, I want to be alone.” -Ben-Hur Ova

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Of course Lucifer has no intention of giving up on Ben-Hur Ova and the parade of women continues.

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Lucifer and Ben-Hur Ova stop for a devil dog with some girly relish. Girly relish allows you to see through walls and get a glimpse of naked dames like this gal.

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The girly relish upsets Ben-Hur Ova’s stomach and Lucifer gives him some Sexlax. The Sexlax causes Ben to blow a hole clear through the wall and get a gander at this bird. Just look at those feathers!

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Ben-Hur Ova is parched from the Sexlax and Lucifer takes him to get a drink. Of course Lucifer continues his fruitless attempts to woo Ben with his sinfully lovely ladies.

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Candy Barr’s Burlesque act interrupts Ben-Hur Ova’s favourite show; The Wonderful World of Disney. The Wonderful World of Disney is Ben-Hur Ova’s favourite show which he always watches on Monday; hence My Tale is Hot’s alternative title Always on Monday. To check out the rest of the images in this set click here.

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There is a very good reason that Ben-Hur Ova was not tempted by Lucifer’s parade of Nudie Cuties.

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Lucifer fails at his attempt to win Ben over to the dark side. He decides to pack a bag and invite himself to stay with Ben-Hur Ova. Saturna catches wind of this and goes to Ben’s to collect Lucifer much to his chagrin.

There are loads more Nudie Cuties to be found in My Tale is Hot! This is just a small sampling of the chicks, dames, babes and broads that offer up an eyeful! As you can see from the images I included the Something Weird Video print of My Tale is Hot is considerably less than perfect. There were multiple green lines that appeared regularly through the film and at no point is the picture sharp but it was watchable enough; it is never so blurry as to have you questioning what an image is. The colors are surprisingly vibrant considering the picture quality and the visuals are too spectacular not to admire. Every single set in the film is hand-painted. I am a huge fan of homemade set pieces and My Tale is Hot is packed full of them! The humor is definitely cheesy and there are more silly one-liners than you can shake a stick at. What can I say? A lot of it did make me chuckle. If it was not for the copious amount of nudity this film would by very PG. But of course there is copious nudity! There is an excessive amount of nudity that would have the prude in your house running from the room screaming. My Tale is Hot came as a double feature with a second Perry flick The Joys of Jezebel. I did not enjoy Joys nearly as much but it is definitely a visually pleasing film with its highlights. The package overall with the fabulous Something Weird special features which included a ton of Devil-inspired trailers (The Devil’s Garden, The Naked Witch, Olga’s Dance Hall Girls, The Soul Lover, Touch of Satan, and Up in Smoke), Strip Short boudoir Belle featuring Candy Barr, A wacky animated short called Satan in Church, A full length feature called Go Down Death (1944) and a gallery of David F. Friedman Exploitation Art. Overall a package I am very pleased I added to my collection! I actually have a few more Peter Perry Jr. films in my queue as my DVD rental outlet Zip had a number of them available. Some were added intentionally like The Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill which I rented because it featured Stacey Walker who gave one of my favourite performances during this Something Weird Video feature in A Smell of Honey A Swallow of Brine. I also added Perry’s Mondo Mod; a rare Something Weird Video documentary. The third feature in my queue Revenge of the Virgins was quite by accident as it comes as a double feature with Ramrodder. Peter Perry Jr.’s My Tale is Hot is one of the most entertaining of the Nudie Cutie films and comes highly recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Peter Perry Jr.

Starring: Candy Barr, Max Gardens, Ima Ghoul, Jack Little, Bea Reddy, Carol Baughman, Monica Liljistrand, Gaby Martone, Barbara Nordin, Adele Rein, Karen Wyatt

VEERANA (1988) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, India, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2013 by goregirl

In my never-ending quest to seek new cinematic paths I thought it was long past due to delve into the world of Bollywood. Being Goregirl and all I thought I would begin with the Bollywood Horror sub-genre. What makes this a “Bollywood” horror versus just horror? Well, that would be the musical numbers. Not being much of a fan of musicals I wasn’t entirely sure I would enjoy Bollywood Horror. Veerana is by no means a non-stop barrage of musical dance numbers and one in particular works quite well. There is one ditty that goes on far too long but otherwise these interludes were kind of charming, If Veerana is representative of the sub-genre than I can not wait to dig into more! Veerana really is a ton of fun! Thanks to Alex Megaro over at Trash Film for the recommendation!
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:07:35Veerana’s opening segment is a bona-fide humdinger! We are introduced to the film’s antagonists immediately; The powerful Mahakal, the witch Nakita and Satan’s slave Baba. Nakita kills a man who is later found by the residents of Chandan Village. The residents believe the woods in the area are stalked at night by a witch. The small community is sustained by a sawmill owned by Thakur Mahindra Pratap whose brother Sameer volunteers to seek out the witch and bring her to justice. The witch Nakita is indeed brought to justice and is executed as the villagers look on. This will not be the last the villagers will see of Nakita however. Baba intends to transfer her spirit to Thakur Mahindra Pratap’s daughter Jasmin.
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:26:58Veerana was directed by brothers Shyam and Tulsi Ramsay who directed several Bollywood Horror films including Bandh Darwaza, Purana Mandir and Tahkhana.
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:09:30“Behold Mahakal! The master of all who seek evil in this world. Forsaking the virtuous path, they choose the path of evil. They forsake god and seek succor with the devil.”
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:11:23“Behold Nakita! Her lustful body infused with black magic! To fulfill her evil desires she wanders the black nights of death searching for the light of life.”
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:11:41“Behold Satan’s Slave! A wizard who practises black magic to ruin innocent lives and bring destruction.”
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:13:29“Hail Mahakal!”
Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:29:43The residents of Chandan Village find the dead body of an unfortunate stranger travelling through the area.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:32:39Nakita’s digs.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:34:12Sameer lures the seductive Nakita into the tub. “I want to explore every inch of you.”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:36:12Baba is a servant of the Pratap household. Thakur believing Baba saved his daughter Jasmin’s life makes him her guardian. Little do they know that Baba is also a servant of Satan!

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:38:34A ten-year old Jasmin is possessed by the evil spirit of Nakita.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:44:07Jasmin stares at a picture of her Uncle Sameer and causes it to bleed.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:47:35Jasmin is definitely not feeling like herself today! “Today you shall die!”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:56:55Jasmin all grown up and still not feeling like herself. “Get away from here!”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 17:59:18Nakita shows herself.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:07:21Jasmin possessed by Nakita wanders the night looking for male victims and occasionally picks them up at gas stations. She agrees to meet the gas station attendant later that evening. “Tonight is your lucky night. Down by the lake…”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:09:56A little musical interlude “Beloved where are you?”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:12:18Once again men are being found dead in Chandan Village. “Sir, your daughter is linked with these deaths.”

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:15:36Sahila was sent away as a child after the death of her parents. She has come to stay with her Uncle Thakur and cousin Jasmin.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:17:52The psychiatrist hypnotizes Jasmin.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:21:10Sahila and her cousin Hitchcock are attacked by a big goon sent by Baba to prevent their arrival to the Pratap household. Fortunately for them Hemant is driving by and comes to their aid. They invite Hemant to join them on the trip. Hemant proves to be a real asset.

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:25:35Mighty Mahakal!

Screenshot from 2013-06-16 18:29:06Sahila looks on from behind a web in Nakita’s lair.

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Veerana’s fantastic opening title sequence had me very excited about what I was about to see. The film is pretty action packed with supernatural shenanigans at regular intervals. The first forty minutes are jammed packed full of goodness! The pace does get a touch muddy for a spell with a segment in a guest house added for humour; it had a chuckle or two but it was unnecessary. With a runtime of two plus hours the film would not have suffered having lost this ten minutes. It picks up quite nicely afterwards and has one hell of an ending too. The performances are decent and the characters are likable enough but Veerana’s best feature is its visuals. It is a really cool looking film with some truly inspired imagery. Beautiful use of color, outstanding sets and props, top-notch effects (Nakita’s makeup is especially noteworthy) and a great score. Veerana is thoroughly entertaining and comes highly recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Shyam and Tulsi Ramsay

Starring: Hemant Birje, Jasmin, Sahila Chaddha, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Satish Shah, Vijayendra Ghatge, Gulshan Grover, Rama Vij, Rajesh Vivek,

A WEAK WEEK AND SIX WEEKS OF SATAN

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , on April 9, 2010 by goregirl

Sorry about this lame duck week! One review and a trailer that popped up 10 months ago! Weak! Between life and laziness I just couldn’t get my shit together! There will definitely be more action in the Dungeon next week!

For some sweet, sinful fun I highly recommend you go check out Basement Screams ‘SIX WEEKS OF SATAN’. No one knows how to throw a party like the dark lord! And yours truly has contributed a review for ‘The Devil Rides Out’. Bow down to Beelzebub by clicking here.

Have a Fantastic weekend!

Cheers,
GoreGirl