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Favourite Five Series: Something Weird Video Triple Features

Posted in Favourite Five Series, movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by goregirl

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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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Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

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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Taken from the Something Weird Video Website:

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

Help Fund Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Zombificador!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by goregirl

I have long been a fan of Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis! His film The Gore Gore Girls was the inspiration for my moniker and the man’s nickname is the Godfather Of Gore! How could I not love a director whose nickname is the Godfather of Gore? Mr. Lewis’ films Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs made my top ten lists for 1963 and 1964 respectively. I am also particularly fond of Something Weird (1967), Scum of the Earth (1963), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), Wizard of Gore (1970) and Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat (2002)! Needless to say, I was beside myself with excitement when I learned Lewis was working on a new film! Zombificador is an anthology of five stories featuring among other oddities mutant insects, talking puppets, psychos and monsters. Actors Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman are already lined up for roles! Most of my favourite directors have already shuffled off this mortal coil. It is a big deal to me when a director I love releases a new film; especially when I can help fund it! Lewis is running a crowd-funding campaign for Zombificador! Yep! You can help fund the Godfather of Gore‘s next film! I contributed and received a 2000 Maniacs perk! The perk comes with a private link to see a rough cut of the film before anybody else and a DVD of my favourite Herschell Gordon Lewis movie and more! I am genuinely thrilled to have a chance to help one of my favourite directors get his film made! Mr. Lewis has given me countless hours of entertainment! You can read about the production plan and other details by going to Indiegogo and checking out the funding page here. I am excited and frankly honored that I helped fund a H.G. Lewis film…I can now die happy!

Taken from the Campaign page:
“Thank you in advance for visiting our campaign. Any help will be very much appreciated, from a donation to a shout-out in a social network. Tell everybody about our project if you like it, and remember you can be a part of legendary Herschell Gordon Lewis goriest, wildest and grossest movie!”
-HGL and Marc Fernandez

Happy Friday by the way!! I do apologize for the lack of reviews this week! It was entirely my intention to review three films; but alas the path to good intentions was paved with liquor and I slipped and fell! For your viewing pleasure here are trailers for a few of my favouritest Herschell Gordon Lewis’ films!

BLOOD FEAST TRAILER

TWO THOUSAND MANIACS TRAILER

SOMETHING WEIRD TRAILER

SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS TRAILER

THE GORE GORE GIRLS TRAILER

Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1964

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by goregirl

IMDB listed 194 titles for 1964; 68 of which were full-length feature films. I seen 33 of the 68 films listed. There were multiple television shows listed including; The Twilight Zone, The Munsters, The Addams Family, The Outer Limits and Estudio 3. 1964 was a solid year with an interesting range of titles. I gave the top three films on this list a 5/5, spots four and five rated 4.5/5 and the final five were rated 4/5. I also rated two other films 4/5 which were Lady in a Cage and Mothra Vs. Godzilla.

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#10 THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Directed By: Roger Corman

I will be most curious at the end of this project to see if any actor has more entries on the top ten 60s lists than Vincent Price. He already has five titles and there are three more on this list! Bloody Hell!! Will Peter Cushing or Christopher Lee give him a run for his money? Stay tuned! In The Masque of the Red Death Vincent Price plays a devil-worshipping Italian Prince by the name of Prospero. A woman in a small village has died of the Red Death and the prince orders the entire village burned. He takes with him an innocent and striking young woman and imprisons her father and lover. It is the prince’s intention to corrupt the young woman and win Satan’s favour. Within the castle walls cruelty and debauchery abound but are they safe from the Red Death? Those gorgeous, good enough to eat sets, props and costumes are here in abundance. The film is not without the odd campy moment but is generally a serious affair. Prince Prospero is an insidious, power hungry tyrant who rules with an iron fist. He is lacking morality and is devoid of compassion for any human being. Vincent Price gives the evil prince a subtle flair. Hazel Court is great as Juliana. She is ready to give herself over to the devil and is in the films nastiest and trippiest scene. Patrick Magee and Skip Martin also give formidable performances. The Masque of the Red Death is packed with memorable scenes full of delicious cruelty, amazing sets and costumes and superb performances. The Masque of the Red Death’s richly decadent world full of depravity and evil will keep you enthralled to the final credits.

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#9 DANZA MACABRA

Directed By: Sergio Corbucci & Antonio Margheriti

Danza Macabra was directed by Sergio Corbucci and Antonio Margheriti. I know Corbucci for his Westerns; he did one of the best with his 1966 entry Django! Margheriti has directed a real mixed bag of bizarreness, but I have certainly enjoyed some of his stuff particularly Naked You Die and Cannibal Apocalypse. I wanted to give a special mention to his film Long Hair of Death which was also released in 1964 and like Danza Macabra stars Ms. Barbara Steele. Although it didn’t make the shortlist (I rated it 3.5/5) it is definitely worth seeing. Of Margheriti’s library Danza Macabra, also known as Castle of Blood is my favourite. Danza Macabra is about a writer who accepts a wager to spend All Souls Night in an allegedly haunted castle. If you are following this project than the name Barbara Steele should already be familiar to you; this is the fourth film in which she stars to make a top ten list. Steele’s character is one of the dead that comes back on All Souls Night and she chews up the screen. The equally sultry Margarete Robsahm although not afforded nearly enough screen time also shines brightly in Danza Macabra. Both women are fascinating and gorgeous; unfortunately the men are not their equals. The brawny groundskeeper dude is literally laughable! Georges Rivière who plays the man who accepted the wager did not have particularly good chemistry with Steele. Rivière wasn’t selling it in his love scenes with Steele, although he was quite acceptable otherwise. Danza Macabra is heavily visual and was captivating enough to overcome this lesser attribute. It is slower paced but I never found it dull. Its cadence was quite hypnotizing actually. There is a lesbian subtext and some brief nudity in the version I watched; rare qualities for a film from 1964! It also has one hell of a killer score by Riz Ortolani! Danza Macabra is loaded with atmosphere and chills and has an absolutely fantastic finale. A gorgeous gothic treat!

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#8 HUSH…HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE

Directed By: Robert Aldrich

Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte features a cast of legendary actresses; Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland and Agnes Moorehead. Bette Davis plays the titular Charlotte but it is Olivia de Havilland that owns Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte! She is polite, classy and refined which makes her so much more interesting when she goes bitch-o-rama! She really is a great character and steals every single scene she is in! Joseph Cotton really stands out also; I just loved that accent (which I am badly imitating as I type this out) and he has great chemistry with Ms. de Havilland; I really enjoyed their scenes together. Of course Davis and Moorehead are great also, although I did find Moorehead’s character a little over the top. The story is solid and most intriguing with a finale that definitely did not disappoint! Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte opens with Charlotte as a young woman and relays to the viewer the horrific and grisly death of her married lover. We meet Charlotte again as a reclusive elderly woman haunted by the past and being threatened with eviction. I certainly would not qualify Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte as gritty by any means, but it was grimmer than I expected it to be. The film suits its black and white photography and has an effective moodiness throughout. Hush…Hush Sweet Charlotte is a nifty sordid little affair with an outstanding cast and a well-executed story expertly shot by the talented Wise. Bitch-slapping fun and frights!

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#7 THE TOMB OF LIGEIA

Directed By: Roger Corman

The Tomb of Ligeia is yet another Roger Corman-Edgar Allan Poe adaptation starring Vincent Price! There has been at least one on every single year’s top ten list thus far! I think it is safe to say I am a fan. Vincent Price sure has an interesting look going on in this one…I rather dug it man! Price plays Verden Fell who still mourns the death of his long dead wife Ligeia. He catches the eye of The Lady Rowena Trevanion and the two are eventually married. When their honeymoon is over…boy is it over! Once they get back to Fell’s dilapidated mansion in the Abbey crazy disconcerting events begin to happen immediately. Fell’s cool crumbling manor in the Abbey is just the absolutely most perfect setting! I love so many of the little details Corman includes in The Tomb of Ligeia. The beautiful black cat used to excellent eerie effect, the freaking fantastic dream sequence, and the weird little hypnotism scene are particularly memorable visuals that really dazzle! The lush sunniness of its many daylight outdoor scenes is almost overwhelming in contrast with the spooky dark shadows of the inside of the manor. The Tomb of Ligeia also has an excellent story based loosely on Edgar Allan Poe’s story Ligeia. Elizabeth Shepherd plays dual roles as both Lady Rowena Trevanion and Lady Ligeia and is enchanting. I really like the duality of the Fell character; sinister and intense, sad and almost a little pitiful. The Tomb of Ligeia is a neatly-paced, beautifully-acted, well-filmed chillingly enchanting tale!

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#6 TWO THOUSAND MANIACS

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

This is the second film from Herschell Gordon Lewis to make a top ten list. His horror features have an undeniable trashy vibe with cheap, ugly, simple sets, scantily clad women and of course the gore he is so famous for. While I would still call Two Thousand Maniacs trashy, it is without a doubt the cleverest of Lewis’ stories. A tiny Southern town of 2000 citizens lure tourists to their yearly centennial celebrations where the tourists are made unwilling participants of the event. You see, the townsfolk are pretty steamed about some union troops who once decimated their town. The story, although not without its plot holes is engaging but of course the best thing about Two Thousand Maniacs is its creative deaths and gore! Every victim dies a unique and quite dastardly death. I won’t spoil all the fun for you, but can you imagine being rolled down a hill in a barrel that has been hammered full of nails? That has gotta smart! I love it! I thought the gore was quite well done for the most part. I thought the wacky twist ending was great! The acting is almost as painful as those aforementioned nails, but some of it sure is funny! The townsfolk are all pretty over the top and the victims don’t react in the horrified manner they should. Two Thousand Maniacs has a decent pace, a unique story, inspired deaths, nasty gore and laughs!

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#5 AT MIDNIGHT I’LL TAKE YOUR SOUL

Directed By: José Mojica Marins

No horror fan should go without seeing the exploits of Coffin Joe! You are warned by an old gypsy woman not to watch At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul! She tells you to go home before it is too late! Don’t listen to her! Ignore her mad cackling! Be brave my friends and take the strange, depraved and entertaining journey into the wondrous world of Coffin Joe! Coffin Joe is an undertaker who wears a cape and top hat and sports gnarly razor-like fingernails. Embittered with life, he is arrogant, depraved, and violent and is an all around nasty guy. He scoffs at society’s laws and is willing to rape, steal and kill to get what he wants. A run in with Coffin Joe could result in a severe beating, loss of fingers, gouged-out eyes and possibly death! This misanthropic character full of disdain and malevolence is one of the most unique horror villains out there. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul is quite violent and graphic for its time. Its visuals are pretty ingenious considering the budget Marins had to work with. The black and white photography and the use of shadows help set the beautifully oppressive mood. But the real cherry is the film’s climax. Admittedly At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul is a little light on plot, but Coffin Joe and his theatrics are more than interesting enough to carry the film. José Mojica Marins is both director and central character Coffin Joe and creates a truly dastardly villain and an extremely effective atmosphere. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul is a cult cinema classic from Brazil that is not to be missed!

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#4 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

Directed By: Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow

The Last Man on Earth is based on Richard Matheson’s book I Am Legend; the story of one man’s survival in a world where everyone is dead or has been transformed into a blood-thirsty monster. We watch as Dr. Robert Morgan awakes to another day three years in to his solitary existence. Morgan is driven solely by the instinct to survive. His day to day existence involves discovering where the creatures that stock him at night lay during the day. Although they look an awful lot like zombies Morgan stakes them to death and burns their bodies. Sometimes he picks up supplies; fuel, food, mirrors, wood for stakes. We also learn through flashbacks the terrible circumstances of his family’s demise. This beautifully filmed black and white creeper drips with atmosphere and desolation; roads littered with dead bodies and abandoned cars as far as the eye can see. And there is the night. The vampires come to Morgan’s door in droves, moaning incessantly and hungrily banging to get inside. It is hard to ignore some of the similarities visually to Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. Every last minute of The Last Man on Earth is eerie and perfectly executed with just one ever so brief scene that was a bit clumsy. The Last Man on Earth is an absolutely superb film with a wonderful, hopeless, and understated performance from Vincent Price.

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#3 KWAIDAN

Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi

 Kwaidan is an anthology of four supernatural tales; Black Hair, The Woman in the Snow, Hoichi the Earless, and In a Cup of Tea. It is hard to choose which of the segments my favourite is as all four are brilliant. Kwaidan is three hours long so if you can’t get down with a leisurely pace you might want to pass. You would be missing out on a hell of a film though! Black Hair is the story of a man who leaves the wife he loves for a wealthy woman. He is unhappy in his new marriage and returns to his former wife; but not without consequences. The Woman in the Snow is about a woodcutter who becomes stranded in the snow and is visited by a malevolent spirit who spares his life if he agrees never to speak of their meeting. Hoichi the Earless is about a blind musician living in a monastery who is forced to play a ballad for ghosts who are draining his life energy with every performance. In a Cup of Tea a writer tell us about the mysteries found reflected in a cup of tea. All four of Kwaidan’s segments are wonderfully unique, stylish and well-acted. Kwaidan’s imaginative use of color really stands out among the films of this period. The sets, props, costumes and effects are quite astonishing! As I said, it is difficult to choose a favourite from the quartet, but I think I would have to go with The Woman in the Snow. While nothing in the quartet can top the visuals of the Hoichi the Earless segment, there is a poetic and lyrical vibe about The Woman in the Snow that I find utterly captivating. Kwaidan is without a doubt one of the best anthologies ever made. It is one of the most beautiful and haunting films I have ever seen. Kwaidan is an incomparable masterpiece.

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#2 BLOOD AND BLACK LACE

Directed By: Mario Bava

The maestro of the macabre Mario Bava has yet another entry in the top ten. Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much came out the previous year and is considered to be an influential predecessor to Italy’s Giallo period of the 1970s. In Blood and Black Lace Bava fine-tunes the idea. Blood and Black Lace is a straight-up Giallo y’all! Drug dealing, blackmail and murder in the world of Haute Couture with copious suspects, red herrings, and twists galore! Blood and Black Lace is heavy on style. Even the opening credits are spectacular! The heavy use of mannequins on the set is brilliant and unsettling. Unmoving eyes witnessing daily depravity! The deaths are effectively grisly and creative. It serves up its share of intense moments and suspense. The performances are solid, especially Eva Bartok! A unique and wonderfully trashy soundtrack compliments it all perfectly. Blood and Black Lace is my plastic fantastic lover! I really dig this film’s groove and its delectable 60s fashions! I could watch Blood and Black Lace with the sound off and love it just as much! If you have never seen a Giallo Blood and Black Lace is a great place to start. A classic.

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#1 ONIBABA

Directed By: Kaneto Shindô

Onibaba was included in a video I did recently of my ten favourite Japanese horror films and has long held a position on my top 100 best of all time. It is somewhat misleading to call Onibaba a horror film. Onibaba takes place in 14th century feudal Japan and focuses on the hardships of those left behind. Specifically a mother and daughter-in-law who eke out a living by killing soldiers and selling their possessions to the local trader. While certainly an unsavoury way to make ends meet the horror doesn’t really surface until the final quarter of the film. Onibaba is a stunning visual experience with sexual, surreal and haunting imagery that nibbled away at my brain, burrowing deep into my subconscious. The frank nudity, the night time walks through reeds, the heartless killing of the soldiers, the sleazy lair of the trader and the quirky but perfect complimentary score; Onibaba is special for those reasons and so many more! And when the film goes all horror on my ass in that final quarter it is absolutely sublime. Onibaba is definitely slow-paced but is not tedious for a second. It is masterfully acted with spare dialog and fascinating characters. Onibaba is a beautiful, bleak, chilling tale full of symbolism and unforgettable imagery that completely and utterly kicks my ass!

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