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FUN WITH GIFs: Venus in Furs

Posted in Film, Fun with GIFs, jess franco, movies with tags , , , , on July 15, 2017 by goregirl

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Opening credits for Jess Franco’s 1969 film VENUS IN FURS.

The Goddesses of Underground Cinema: MARIA ROHM

Posted in Film, jess franco, movies, The Goddesses of Underground Cinema with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2017 by goregirl

venus_in_furs_lc_07Maria Rohm started her acting career at the age of four and worked in theatre until she auditioned for Harry Alan Towers at the age of 18. Rohm would go on to play roles in several films written by Towers including nine directed by Jess Franco. The Franco/Towers years were solid entertainment. I would argue the most coherent and aesthetically pleasing in his resume. If I was going to introduce the uninitiated to Jess Franco I would likely recommend a film from this period.  That said, I do have a special appreciation for the hysterics and sleaze of the Franco films that would follow; many of which are sure to make my Favorite Five Franco list. Maria Rohm and Harry Alan Towers were married in 1964 and remained together until Towers death in 2009. Rohm worked with directors Massimo Dallamano, Peter Collinson, Andrea Bianchi and Lindsay Shonteff among others but since this is part of my Jess Franco project I will be focusing on her Franco titles. Rohm retired from acting in 1976 but together with her husband continued to produce films. With only 27 credits listed on IMDB; this talented, beautiful and versatile actress, in my opinion, retired way too early. The sweet, sexy and stunning Maria Rohm will always be remembered as one of the Goddesses of Underground Cinema.

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In The Blood of Fu Manchu, Fu Manchu (played by Christopher Lee) discovers a poison that only affects men. He inoculates a group of women who are brainwashed into seducing Fu Manchu’s enemies; hence the film’s alternative title Kiss and Kill. It is all in the name of world domination of course! Maria Rohm plays cowgirl Ursula Wagner who along with Naylen Smith, Dr. Petrie and soldier Carl Jansen aim to foil Fu Manchu’s plans. A great female army setup is swallowed up by the less interesting subplots. It is not without some charm, but it is my least favourite of Rohm’s nine Franco flicks. No fault of hers, she is adorable in her cowgirl hat!

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In 99 Women Maria Rohm plays Marie a new arrival at an Island Prison. Torture, rape and lesbianism runs rampant thanks to a corrupt warden. 99 Women is one of the earliest in the women in prison subgenre and still one of the best. A solid cast that includes Maria Schell, Mercedes McCambridge, Rosalba Neri, Herbert Lom and of course Rohm. Rohm is the empathetic character but to be honest, Rosalba Neri sort of steals every scene she is in.

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In The Girl from Rio Maria Rohm plays Leslye, a manicurist who has sex with a rich douchebag named Jeff Sutton. Jeff is transporting a suitcase full of money to the tune of ten million dollars. Jeff and Leslye unwittingly become involved in a war between Sumuru the leader of an all female city and gangster Sir Masius. Fabulous costumes and groovy cinematography kept me watching despite inept action sequences and a seriously awkward Shirley Eaton in the lead role. The Girl from Rio will definitely not be making my favorite’s list but Maria Rohm is completely at ease as the likable Leslye.

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In Marquis de Sade’s Justine Maria Rohm plays Juliette; sister to the titular Justine. After their father’s death the sisters are forced to leave the convent where they had been living. The duo are taken in by a madame where they are expected to prostitute themselves in return for accommodation. Justine refuses and sets out on a journey where she encounters a myriad of perverts, thieves and others degenerates. She is used, abused, thrown in prison and eventually sentenced to death. Meanwhile sister Juliette has embarked on a successful life of crime. This is the meaty sort of badass roles that fit Maria Rohm like a glove. Sexy and fearless; and goddamn she looks brilliant in period piece costuming! I felt lukewarm about certain aspects of Justine on my initial watch; specifically the choice of Romina Power as Justine. Despite these feelings it did make my top 10 horror film list for 1969. On subsequent watches (I now own the DVD) I have warmed up to Power in the role. Marquis de Sade’s Justine is absolutely a contender for my favorite list.

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In Venus in Furs Maria Rohm plays Wanda Reed. At the beginning of the film Wanda’s dead body is found on the beach by musician Jimmy Logan; flashbacks take the story full circle. Venus in Furs is a trippy, sexy, supernatural thriller; one of Franco’s most attractive films. Practically perfect despite the sketchy casting of James Darren as Jimmy Logan. Seems to me that there are actors and actresses that just are not comfortable in the Franco fold. Rohm has major screentime in this one and is definitely the star attraction. Sexy and sassy but also sweet and full of sadness. She gets solid support from Barbara McNair, Margaret Lee, Klaus Kinski and Dennis Price. Venus in Furs is another favorite list contender.

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Corrupt and power-hungry Judge Jeffreys is a 17th century chief justice (Christopher Lee) known for his harsh verdicts. The Bloody Judge is infamous for condemning women as witches which his lackey dogs torture confessions from. Maria Rohm plays Mary Gray whose sister Alicia is accused of witchcraft. She pleads her sister’s case to no avail but does get the unwanted attentions of the judge who is determined to have her or ruin her. The judge however has other things to worry about, specifically the overthrow of the government that continues to give him too much authority. While Maria Rohm is simply engaging and perfect The Bloody Judge belongs to Mr. Lee. Definitely Christopher Lee’s best Franco appearance and a solid one in general among his 200+ filmography. Good stuff, but not favorite list good.

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In exchange for a role in the hay with Madame Saint Ange, Mistival agrees to send his daughter Eugenie to spend a weekend at the woman’s secluded island home. Eugenie, as the titles suggests, takes a journey into perversion and beyond. Eugenie… The Story of her Journey into Perversion is a naughty, delicious, twisted, psychedelic, sexy and sadistic treat. The lovely Marie Liljedahl, no stranger to sleazy cinema joins Franco regulars Maria Rohm, Jack Taylor and Paul Muller and is well-suited for the role with her baby face and starry eyes. Paul Muller is fun as douchy dad Mistival, I love Jack Taylor, he can do no wrong and Christopher Lee makes a brief but memorable appearance. But this one is all about Maria Rohm who spanks this baby and puts it to bed as Madame Saint Ange. Completely at ease with her savagery and perversion she wears it like a technicolor fucking dreamcoat. A stunning film visually with an arresting soundtrack and a fabulous plot twist; in fact, more than one plot twist! Spoiler; Eugenie… The Story of her Journey into Perversion  is guaranteed entry on my favorite Franco list.

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Franco directs his version of the Bram Stoker story and keeps it pretty true. Count Dracula has a fantastic cast with Christopher Lee as Dracula, Klaus Kinski as Renfield, Herbert Lom as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda as Lucy Westenra and Maria Rohm as Mina Harker. As you can see from the above image, Rohm is a striking Mina Harker. Everyone is perfectly cast. I love this version! Count Dracula is definitely a contender for my favorite five.

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Sneaking in this one non- Franco Title. Maria Rohm has a small but memorable role as Alice Campbell in Massimo Dallamano 1970 film Dorian Gray. In this scene she is seduced by Helmut Berger’s Dorian Gray character. Seeing a naked Helmut Berger is probably one of the top 3 best possible things I could see after putting on my glasses!

Maria Rohm’s Filmography

Annie (1976)
Closed Up-Tight (1975)
The Killer is Not Alone (1975)
Ten Little Indians (1974)
The Call of the Wild (1972)
Treasure Island (1972)
Sex Charade (1972)
Black Beauty (1971)
Dorian Gray (1970)
Count Dracula (1970)
Eugenie (1970)
The Bloody Judge (1970)
Venus in Furs (1969)
Marquis de Sade’s Justine (1969)
Rio 70 (1969)
99 Women (1969)
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
Eve (1968)
House of 1,000 Dolls (1967)
Five Golden Dragons (1967)
The Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)
The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967)
Bang! Bang! You’re Dead! (1966)
City of Fear (1965)
24 Hours to Kill (1965)
Teufel im Fleisch (1964)
Mozambique (1964)

Goregirl’s TOP 10 Favourite Horror Films From 1969

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2012 by goregirl

IMDB listed 358 titles for 1969; 64 of those were full-length feature films. I seen 35 of the 64 films listed for the year. The number one and two spots earned a 5/5, films three through five received a 4/5, six through nine earned a 3.5/5 rating and spot ten received a 3/5. I gave five other films from 1969 a 3/5 rating; Inferno of Torture, The Mad Room, The Oblong Box, Malenka and Book of Stone. It is a bit of a bummer that the decade ended on a bit of an uninspired note, but it sure has been a fascinating trip! The decade provided its share of ups and downs. I found some great new gems that I look forward to re-watching and re-discovered some forgotten nuggets! I will have a Psycho-Delic 60s summary tomorrow!

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#10 MARQUIS DE SADE: JUSTINE

Directed By: Jess Franco

This is Jess Franco’s third film to make a top ten list for the 60s! While Marquis de Sade: Justine is certainly more conservative than Franco’s titles that followed, it is still a touch racy for 1969. Marquis de Sade: Justine is like a fairy tale, except instead of being tempted by a house made of gingerbread the characters are tempted by Justine’s innocence, and instead of a witch they are perverts and creeps. It even comes with a lesson about being rewarded for a virtuous life! Justine our titular character gets booted from a nunnery and is taken to a brothel from which she escapes and becomes a maid briefly. Later she is framed and sent to prison from which she escapes. She is almost gang raped (and escapes) and takes refuge with an artist whom she models for. Again she is forced to flee and is offered refuge by yet another man who needless to say does not have her best interest in mind. Again she is forced to flee and is drawn to a quartet of religious men who appear to be living a life of meditation but she learns they are actually sexual deviants. She again escapes, this time from being tortured to death! This broad is like the great Houdini or something! Marquis de Sade: Justine has a stellar cast that includes Klaus Kinski, Jack Palance, Maria Rohm, Rosemary Dexter and Mercedes McCambridge. Romina Power is very pretty but drifts rather aimlessly about as Justine; alas all I can really say about her, is at least she looked good while doing so. Jack Palance as one of the film’s sexual deviants is without a doubt the weirdest role I have ever seen him play! Kinski gets top billing as Marquis de Sade but I don’t recall him speaking; he paces a lot! Technically speaking the film looks great and has a nice slick richly colored appearance, the pace is better than most of Franco’s efforts and there is a fair amount of bare skin and a dabbling of the kinky but nothing that is going to rock your average exploitation fan much. To say Jess Franco has a free style directing approach seems like the understatement of the year. Marquis de Sade: Justine is flawed but I must admit, I find it an intriguing watch just the same.

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#9 THE WITCHMAKER

Directed By: William O. Brown

Witchcraft was a pretty popular subject for horror flicks through the 1960s. Seems to me I seen at least a dozen films about witches and witchcraft through the decade. The Witchmaker clearly had budget limitations and does look a little rough at times, but they manage a lot of creativity with what they have to work with. The excellent Louisiana backdrop is the perfect setting for a film about witchcraft! A group travel to an area deep in swamp country where the ritualistic murders of several young women have occurred. They soon meet Luther the Berserk and a coven of witches. Luther the Berserk is a warlock, or is he a berserker? I wish I had taken better notes. Luther the Berserk is part of a coven of witches who drink blood to stay young. There is a lot of mixed folklore here. There was something about garlic keeping witches away, or it made you invisible, I don’t remember. There is sex and nudity although neither is graphic but the violence surprisingly is. Well, you know, graphic for 1969 anyway. It also has a particularly grim ending which I loved! The foggy swamps are great and truly a better location could not have been chosen; it makes for a great chilling atmosphere. Luther the Berserk is well worth watching this film for! I never got tired of his chanting and carrying on and his crazy Satan talk! It was an absolute freaking riot! John Lodge gives an inspired performance as Luther!! Anastasia, one of the film crew is the descendant of a witch and is of great interest to the coven. Thordis Brandt was decent enough as Anastasia and if you enjoy slow motion shots of women running naked, look out! The acting in the film is not exactly good, but it didn’t really matter much. Luther the Berserk chews up every bit of scenery anyway! The Witchmaker is a fun, mildly exploitative witch flick with some surprising violence, a great atmosphere, a little weirdness and ritualistic high jinx that made for an entertaining watch.

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#8 EYE OF THE CAT

Directed By: David Lowell Rich

I have run in to a few cat-themed films through the 1960s and some of them have landed on these top ten lists. More than a few of them of course have been Edgar Allan Poe inspired! Eye of the Cat is a fun film that features a crapload of cats! Eye of the Cat is about some greedy people who would like to get their mitts on the fortune of an eccentric old woman with a house full of cats. When will people ever learn not to mess with a cat? Never mind a fecking army of cats! I am not going to lie to you; my favourite thing about Eye of the Cat is the cats! Eye of the Cat is well-filmed, made me laugh and even surprised me a few times. There is a mildly incestuous thing going on between two of the film’s characters that I found pretty amusing. The performances from Gayle Hunnicutt and Eleanor Parker are great. Gayle Hunnicutt who plays opportunistic Kassia is cold and calculating and a real treat with her big chic 60s hair and those sassy outfits! Eleanor Parker is also an awful lot of fun as rich old Aunt Danny. Michael Sarrazin who plays another one of the greedy characters Wylie was a little mediocre. The story is decent enough but seemed a little familiar. I don’t know if I seen the movie years ago or it borrows from another movie. It is still driving me nuts! In any case, Eye of the Cat is a beauty looking film with some good performances, a few laughs and a chill or two; but come for the cats! Eye of the Cat is all about the cats!!

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#7 THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED

Directed By: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

After watching Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s excellent Who Can Kill a Child? I added his only other film credit La Residencia aka The House That Screamed to my queue. The man made two pretty entertaining horror movies, it is a shame he didn’t make more! Teresa is the newest student at Ms. Fourneau’s boarding school for girls. Ms. Fourneau questionable disciplinary methods are enacted by pet student Irene who relishes the power and has her own special methods for keeping her peers in line. Principle and proprietor Fourneau has her own issues including an uncomfortably intimate relationship with her teenage son Luis. She reminds Luis regularly that these girls are no good and one day he will meet a good woman like his mother. Meanwhile the list of runaways from the school is growing and it would appear that they may have never left the school at all. The school itself is an impressive building full of shadowy halls to explore and rooms to investigate. The sets and costumes are terrific and the film has this lovely lushness about it that makes it extremely easy on the eyes. Visually La Residencia is primo. Nudity and lesbianism are pretty much par for the course in girl’s school fare; the girl’s school girl fare I watch anyway! Nudity and lesbianism are promised but never delivered; in fact, it is really only hinted at. The film’s requisite shower scene sees the girls covered in long nightie things. Although one girl rebelliously strips for her shower and taunts Ms. Fourneau. Again, you don’t really see anything. Naughtiness is definitely of the PG variety. They are a little looser with the film’s violence, but there is very little of it. The trio of scenes you do get are not graphic but they are intense and well-executed. Despite a low body count and lack of sex La Residencia definitely has its share of memorable scenes. A disciplinary whipping for one of the girls as Ms. Fourneau supervises, the humiliation of new student Teresa, forcing her to put on her mother’s bustier and sing a song, and an orgasmic sewing circle. The students have no idea their peers are not running away but are in fact being stalked and killed. Only the viewer is let in on the secret. Who is the killer and who will their next victim be? While I can’t say the culprit was much of a surprise I nonetheless enjoyed the wonderfully energetic and demented reveal! The cast are great fun featuring Cristina Galbó, Maribel Martín, Lilli Palmer, John Moulder-Brown and Mary Maude. Lilli Palmer is a real stand out as Ms. Fourneau which she plays with such graceful severity. There is a smidge too much unnecessary chatter between the girls but otherwise I found La Residencia quite entertaining. La Residencia is well cast, beautifully filmed, with great sets and costumes, and enough memorable and unique scenes to make it well worth a watch.

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#6 WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?

Directed By: Lee H. Katzin & Bernard Girard

I had never heard of What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? before I compiled the films for this list from IMDB. The film is jam-paced with matriarch types with Geraldine Page being the mother of them all. Geraldine Page plays widow Mrs. Clare Marrable. Mrs. Marrable’s husband dies, and she becomes infuriated when she learns he made bad investments and left her nothing but a butterfly and stamp collection; she doesn’t even inherit their house and furnishings! A few months down the road we see Mrs. Marrable nicely set up in a rancher adorned with lovely pine trees. The resourceful Mrs. Marrable has concocted a way to extort money from her house keepers. What could be keeping those pine trees so healthy and beautiful in the desert? Life is going just swimmingly for our Mrs. Marrable until she meets her newest housekeeper Mrs. Dimmock who threatens to foil her murderously profitable gig. What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? is certainly lively with some amusing dialog, but what elevates this one is definitely Geraldine Page’s performance. Geraldine Page who plays Clare Marrable oozes class and sophistication, which makes her actions seem so much more devious. Her wonderful unique voice and well-mannered style is perfectly suited to the role. The fabulous Ruth Gordon shows up in a supporting role as Mrs. Dimmock who gives her regular spirited and charming performance. What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? is a pretty plain looking film visually and had a grating score but otherwise I found it very entertaining! What Ever happened to Aunt Alice? is worth the price of admission just for Geraldine Page’s performance that really is brilliant and although Ruth Gordon’s appearance is brief she always leaves a grand impression. What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? is charming fun!

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#5 VENUS IN FURS

Directed By: Jess Franco

This is Jess Franco’s fourth film to make a top ten list for the 1960s. I am really taking liberties including Venus in Furs on a list of horror films. Venus in Furs is in fact a fantasy thriller, but since it has a supernatural angle I am including it anyway. Besides which, I think this is one of Franco’s best films from the period. Venus in Furs is dream-like and trippy; a place where logic seems unimportant. The Venus in Furs of the film is Wanda played by the delicious Maria Rohm whose dead body is found washed up on the beach by musician Jimmy Logan played by James Darren. Logan becomes enamored with the fur clad Wanda to the point of obsession. Franco’s strange and surreal supernatural thriller has a hearty helping of eroticism. This is the Franco I know and love! This is an instance where Franco’s free wheeling style works very well. The storyline, though vague is decorated with sexy, dreamy and nightmarish visuals that are well accompanied by a cool jazzy score. The exotic locales are really lovely, almost as lovely as its trio of actresses Maria Rohm, Barbara McNair and Margaret Lee. James Darren doesn’t seem completely comfortable in his role as the jazz musician; he doesn’t hamper the vibe but a better choice could have been made. Klaus Kinski and Dennis Price both make appearances which leave an impression. Venus in Furs is pure Psycho-Delic 60s beauty and makes for a compelling watch. Venus in Furs is bizarre, kinky, sleazy, sexy, mysterious, and trippy; let its vibe wash over you.

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#4 FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED

Directed By: Terence Fisher

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is Terence Fisher’s sixth film to make a top ten list! Baron Frankenstein just can not leave shit be and is back with his precarious experiments on human life. This time he is blackmailing Karl a young doctor and his fiancée Anna so they might aid him in his quest to save his friend Dr. Brandt who is currently residing in a mental institute. Baron Frankenstein performs a successful brain transplant but to what end? Man alive do these Hammer Frankenstein films have some outrageous plots! I love how cold and ruthless Baron Frankenstein becomes in this one. Of course, it is all in the name of science! Not his problem if some people happen to get murdered along the way! It goes without saying Peter Cushing is superb! Although Frankenstein is totally screwing with people’s lives you still have a little sympathy for the man. He simply must do these things in the name of science; his conviction is hard to argue with! Simon Ward is good as Karl and gorgeous Veronica Carlson is also strong. There is a bit of romanticism and sexy here, at least for a Hammer Film. The studio would up the ante (ever so slightly) once the 70s kicked in. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed has its share of well-executed action sequences, a nice steady pace, beautiful sets, set pieces and costumes and strong performances! Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed rocks!

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#3 HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN

Directed By: Teruo Ishii

Horrors Of Malformed Men falls under the unique sub-genre “erotic-grotesque” (Ero guro), a tag that certainly evokes all manner of strange, sexual and horrifying images. It is certainly a quirky film that does indeed touch on a number of taboo topics like incest, torture and bestiality and there are more than a few bizarre and occasionally disturbing visuals. Horrors of Malformed Men is based on the writing of Edogawa Rampo and borrows from several different stories. This probably explains why the film is so disjointed and downright illogical at times. Horrors Of Malformed Men features a complete madman named Jogoro who inhabits an island where he has surrounded himself with deformed men, women, and creatures; deformed by his own hand. Jogoro is completely insane but he is an intelligent, passionate psycho. The film’s central character is medical student Hirosuke. Hirosuke escapes a placement in a mental institute and assumes the identity of his twin brother, eventually traveling to the island in pursuit of Jogoro his father. There are plenty of strange and interesting twists and oddities among its wandering plot. The film’s story does come together in the end and is tied up with an absolutely perfect finale. The film is a bit of a slow-boil and the pace won’t be to everyone’s taste but it definitely adds to the films dream-like mood. I was impressed with the shots of the mad doc scurrying about the rocks looking like some human-crab hybrid against a backdrop of roaring waves. The makeup and effects are simplistic but decent and there is a lot of creativity used in the various “malformitites”. There are some pretty twisted little bits that will certainly get your attention such as a woman eating the crabs feeding off of her dead lover’s body. There isn’t much in the way of a body count or graphic violence but there are certainly some truly bizarre and original visuals that deserve to be celebrated! Horrors Of Malformed Men is a little oddity that is both grotesque and beautiful. It has a dream-like feel that cast a spell over me with its strange and horrible images. It’s a circus side-show, full of perversity, a disturbing family drama and a completely unique experience. Highly recommended!

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#2 BLIND BEAST

Directed By: Yasuzô Masumura

Blind Beast is a fabulous and unique Japanese horror film that definitely fits in the psychosexual category. Aki is the subject of an artist’s exhibit. Aki’s naked body is featured in several photos and in a life-size sculpture. Aki watches on as a blind man gropes her nude likeness. Once home, Aki orders a massage. They send a new masseuse named Michio who is revealed to be the blind man who was groping her sculpture. Michio drugs Aki and with his mother’s assistance they kidnap the model. Most of Blind Beast takes place in one room, and boy is it one hell of a fecking room! The room features a giant naked sculpture of a woman and each wall reveals a different body part; eyeballs, breasts, legs, lips, ears, noses and arms! It is truly nothing short of phenomenal! You really must get a load of this funky-ass set; words truly can not justify! The performances from the film’s three actors are all strong. The smashing Mako Midori plays kidnapped model Aki. Aki goes through a range of emotions before she comes to terms with her true nature. Eiji Funakoshi plays the blind sculptor Michio. Michio is awkward, naive, morose and occasionally pitiful. Despite the premise, the two characters; have strong chemistry together. Noriko Sengoku is solid as Michio’s tough but frighteningly dedicated mother. Blind Beast is a well-filmed, hypnotizing trip with tight performances and an unforgettable finale. To give away Blind Beast’s finale would be a sin. The ending is truly a taunt and disturbing bit of marvellous! The finale, while twisted, seemed logical enough, particularly considering the highly sensory theme throughout. While bloodless, it nonetheless packs a punch. Blind Beast is a wonderfully weird masterpiece; go buy it right now!

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#1 THE CREMATOR

Directed By: Juraj Herz

The Cremator is a black and white Czech film that is a surreal journey through one man’s descent into madness. It is a horror film with the most subtle of intentions. It doesn’t really become violent until well towards the end, but there is something sinister lurking underneath that definitely gets under your skin. The Cremator is truly one of the most unique films I have ever seen! Karel Kopfrkingl is a crematorium operator working in Czechoslovakia. He is obsessed with his work and believes cremation purifies the soul. He carries about a book on Tibetan Spiritualism and embraces the idea of reincarnation. He is visited by a friend whom he fought alongside during World War I. His respected friend is a member of the Nazi party and is doing his best to enlist Karel. With membership comes privilege, but will Karel give up his comfortable existence? The minute the film begins we are treated to weird camera shots as we follow the family around the zoo. Afterwards, they visit a fair, stopping to watch the happy people riding the merry-go-round. Karel has no interest in happy people, and instead brings the family to a chamber of horrors exhibit. As his family looks on aghast, Karel smiles contently. Karel Kopfrkingl seemingly has a reason for everything he does, and is always happy to offer you an explanation for it. He is a man of conviction who abstains from liquor and tobacco. He regularly has his blood checked to be sure he has not acquired some manner of infliction from his corpses. His true passion is really the art of cremation. His family is little more than furnishing in the film, and barely utter a word. Rudolf Hrusínský plays Karel brilliantly! For a man of conviction he is rather easily led down a very dark path; true to his character’s nature he finds a way to justify it. The look and feel of this film is perfection. It is absolutely seamless with one scene pouring into another. The steady and unwavering pace makes you feel like you are travelling with Karel on his journey into madness. Sometimes it is difficult to tell where Karel’s visions end and reality begins. The black and white photography adds a great deal to the mood. Although The Cremator is deeply disturbing, there is a dark humour that lies just underneath. There are comments made by Karel that will make you smirk, but on closer inspection add an ominous irony when the credits role. The Cremator is an engaging, disturbing and completely surreal trip that knocked my socks off!

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1960’s Horror Movies – Music by The Velvet Underground & Nico (Venus In Furs)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 8, 2011 by goregirl

A chronological slideshow of horror movies from the 1960’s (note the tie-in with the last film from 1969). Music by The Velvet Underground & Nico. Venus in Furs from their 1967 self-titled album. Damn I love this album!

“Taste the whip, in love not given lightly. Taste the whip, now plead for me.”