Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Star Hunter, Cheerleaders and Jocks Hunted

Cheerleaders and jocks hunted by an alien! It gets better...this is a straight to video masterpiece by Fred Olen Ray. With a great looking cast and a predator-ripoff antagonist, this film is going to provide a lot of fun. With cheesecake and beefcake in much peril, with some classic science fiction themes, 1996's "Star Hunter" is a film that is perfect for a Saturday evening movie night. Directed by Fred Olen Ray and Cole S. McKay, "Star Hunter" will also add in a couple big names.

Missing the bus after a game, three football jocks and two cheerleaders must take the short bus driven by Mrs. Marsh (Stella Stevens). The bus gets lost in the hood. Uh oh...the hood has been cleared out by an alien hunter and his guide (Roddy McDowell). Now Marsh, two cheerleaders, Carrie (Rebecca Budig) and Leslie (Alexander Keith), and three jocks, the pot smoking Cooper (Zack Ward), Pichel (Kenn Scott), and Spivak (Sean P. Donahue), are lost in a hunting ground. Riecher (McDowell) lures them into his warehouse with the promise of calling them a cab. In reality, Riecher is prepping them for a hunt in which a predator like thing will chase them down and decapitate them.

After false pleasantries, the six are on the run. The predator thing chases them and kills Marsh...and takes her head. Leslie is the more frisky cheerleader and Carrie seems to have the brains. The jocks...well, they're jocks. The great looking prey is hardly a match for this seasoned intergalactic hunter. But wait! The pot smoking Cooper is now possessed by an alien tracker (Ray), who is attempting to capture or kill the predator and Riecher. Now the tracker helps our surviving gang, but he won't be able to save them all from the ruthless alien. As jocks and cheerleaders face decapitation, Carrie man's up to mount an offensive against the hunters.

Is there a chance in Hell that the frisky, and half naked Leslie will survive? Will our intergalactic tracker be of any help to our jocks and cheerleaders? Is a rifle wielding cheerleader too good of a character to die at the hands of a ripoff predator? This is a fun one and the cast is very good looking. For some good cheerleader and jock science fiction action and carnage, see "Star Hunter."   

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Crystal Eyes, Tango Sexploitation

Supermodels shredded with shards of glass! Supermodels shredded with a razor! Supermodels drowned in their own bathtubs! Supermodels shredded as they prepare for lesbian sex! Supermodels drilled and impaled! The beautiful will die so horribly. You might think you are watching a Giallo film from the early 1970s. Not quite. Argentina gives us 2017's "Crystal Eyes." This homage to early 1970s Giallo is blood red striking. The sets will bring you back to the 1970s and the sultry supermodel victims will do more than hint at Giallo horror. Directed by Leandro Montejano and Ezequile Endelman, "2017's "Crystal Eyes" is an uber-erotic Neo Giallo film. Don't cry for Argentina...cry for its sultry babes! 


Sultry supermodel/b***h Alexis (Camilla Pizzo) is the closing model on an artys/erotic fashion show for a Nuevo-trendy line by Lucia (Silvia Montanari). Alexis is filled with drugs and alcohol and everyone hates her...she's that beautiful. A weird accident causes her to go up in flames during her catwalk and die horribly. A year later, even though no one liked her, Lucia and her models decide to do a tribute fashion show in her honor. The deal is the best supermodel will get to wear a line of gowns Alexis wore in her fatal catwalk. Lucia is mean and through flashbacks we realize the reasons the beautiful rivals hated Alexis were justified.

Now the models are in competition to claim top model honors from their dead cohort. Yep...the bloody carnage begins. The super beautiful Irene (Erika Boveri) is chased down in a parking garage by a tall mannequin like fiend, wearing a black raincoat...and drilled to death.  A decapitation will follow, then a wonderfully erotic, horrific, and choreographed scene in which Lucia's two sultry assistants (Augistina Del Rosal and Victoria Del Rosal) will be horribly murdered as they prepare for sex. Eva (Anahi Politi) looks like what she has to be a final-girl and even dyes her hair blonde to look like Alexis. But! She's still breathing halfway through the film so she might also be the killer. As the macabre tribute approaches, the models keep getting pureed. The mannequin like specter in the raincoat wields the razor so well, and our beauties are no match for her...or him? It's Giallo after all!

Might a horribly burned Alexis still be alive? Is one of Alexis' rivals the maniacal, razor-wielding killer? Will Edwige Fenech make a cameo appearance...perhaps in a love or bath scene? This is a wildly erotic slasher film. Stylish and ominous, "Crystal Eyes" will break your heart if you get too attached to any of the beauties in the cast. Oh yes...one of the best death scenes ever put on film is included in this film. When a beauty is impaled on stage, it will be such a beautiful thing...you'll see. Enjoy "Crystal Eyes," and get your fill of Argentinian beauties...albeit, blood soaked Argentinian beauties.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Shark Encounters of the Third Kind, UFO, Aliens, and Sharks

Okay, look at 2020's "Shark Encounters of the Third Kind" as an orgasmic love letter from the Polonia brothers to fans of SHARKENSTEIN . Bikini babes in great peril! UFOs and aliens! Treasure hunters! There will be plenty of shark attack carnage and limbs will go flying. Alas, beautiful babes in bikinis won't fare well, but as a whole, this film is so very edifying.

An alien spacecraft blows away the International Space Station (no great loss) and secretes itself in the ocean beside a resort area. Sloan (Jeff Kirkendall) is a treasure hunter who has an illegal operation going beside Smash-Up Island to recover gold from a sunk U-Boat. Sharks eat his diver and will also eat a snorkeling bikini babe. Also, weird Camilla (Natalie Himmelberger) is burying a cat...don't ask.  The sultry Dr. Kay (Jennie Russo) has taken over her dad's practice. Now she oversees a group of patients who have all been abducted by UFOs and probed. One of her patients, Nesbo (Steve Diasparra), tries to tell Dr. Kay about a current alien invasion.  As another bikini babe is chewed up by sharks, harbor patrol cop Alan (Titus Himmelberger) investigates.

As Dr. Kay begins to see evidence of an alien invasion, Alan takes his boat and goes after the treasure hunters. He'll also come into deadly conflict with mean aliens. Now the sharks, controlled by the aliens, roam beaches and the oceans for human food. Uh oh...Nesbo knows the secret of the lost treasure off Smash Up Island and it is shocking.  The aliens get more aggressive and so are the sharks. Sloan resorts to depth charges and Alan finds an unlikely weapon to fight the invasion. The sultry Dr. Kay and Alan will team up and the conclusion of this film will be wild, bloody, and explosive.

What is the ultimate plan for the aliens? Will Dr. Kay and Alan fall in love or do the aliens have special plans for the nubile Earth-babe? What is the secret of the U-Boat treasure that so many divers have been eaten for? Gritty reality and some nice tips of the hat to "Jaws 2." "Shark Encounters of the Third Kind"  is a couple levels above "Jaws," and the introduction of UFOs and aliens prove that. Directed by Mark Polonia, "Shark Encounters of the Third Kind" is a must see for fans of shark films.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Wicked Lake, Sultry Monsters Eat Men

Demons? Vampires? Werewolves? Witches? Who knows? The important point here is we have four sultry women who turn into some sort of cannibalistic monsters. Even more important...they're sultry, spend much of the film nude, go skinny-dipping a lot, kiss each other and fondle each other a lot, and dance non-stop. Did I mention nudity and skinny dipping? Okay, I did. Gore and eroticism abound in 2008's "Wicked Lake," directed by Zach Passero. 

We begin this film with an elongated shot of Ilene (Robin Sydney)...totally nude. She's a nude model posing in an art class. Weirdo Caleb (Marc Senter) is infatuated with her...too bad for him. He follows her home where he is scared away by Ilene's house mates, the beautiful Jill (Eve Mauro), Helen (Eryn Joslyn), and Mary (Carlee Baker). After Caleb runs away, the four strip nude and have some sort of New Age orgy. After a lot of kissing and fondling, the four go on a road trip to a lake cabin. Uh oh, Caleb's weird family (right out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre) hears about the four babes and follow with the intent to rape and murder. Uh oh, the seductive vixens humiliate some weird rednecks at a gas station on the way. Now the rednecks follow with the intent to rape and murder.

The gals get to the lake and skinny dip a lot. That night, they are readying for another orgy when Caleb's twisted family barges in. They force the gals to do oral sex and begin raping procedures. Oh yeah, Caleb? You won't believe this plot device, so I won't even tell you. Bad news for the rapists...the girls are the aforementioned monsters. Turning the tables on their tormentors, the gals utilize paralysis, torture, knives, seduction, castration, disembowelment, and cannibalism. While naked, the gals exact a measure of revenge. But wait! Now the gas station rednecks barge in. More warfare and disembowelment...and nudity and lesbian kissing and fondling. But wait! A weird cop (Tim Thomerson) is on his way...but why?

This film is an orgasmic orgy into prurient deviant sexual fantasy...times ten. The twisted and depraved will love it...and maybe you will, too. For a year's worth of nudity, gore, deviant sex, and disembowelment...see "Wicked Lake." Go ahead, you don't have to admit to it. Then after you watch it, you don't have to admit to yourself that you enjoyed it.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Terror at Bigfoot Pond, Gritty Terror and Skinny-Dipping

Okay, so this film only got a 1.0/10 rating on IMDB. Yes, I know, when the skinny-dipping scene occurs, we are all yelling, "Put those clothes back on!" Yes, the bigfoot creature looks like a cross between an Ewok and Twiki, from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." But! Who is to say Bigfoot really doesn't look like Twiki? Also, this is a much better film than "Jupiter Ascending" or the new "Wonder Woman" monstrosity. Today we look at 2020's "Terror at Bigfoot Pond," directed by David Rambaldi.

The plot? Fine. A group of college kids go camping in the New Mexico wilderness. They drive off road to Bigfoot Pond (a puddle, really) and immediately go skinny-dipping. No eroticism here, just awkwardness. Of all the college kids, for some reason, we like Kelly (Emerald Albritton) the best. She'll be naked a lot either skinny dipping or in the throes of pre-marital sex. In fact, all our college chums will engage in pre-marital sex. Too bad...if they have seen these kind of movies, they would have refrained from both. Darryl (Tome Trujillo), a percussion maven, will beat a makeshift drum and the gals will all dance topless around a campfire...oh, those college kids!

Then as they place a cooler near the woods, Twiki, I mean Bigfoot (Thomas Vigil) arrives. Tommy (Marcus DeVries) and Karen (Shoshana Gilbert) shun the tent idea and set up an air mattress by the pond (puddle, actually).  As Karen mounts Tommy, both yell out in ecstasy, Bigfoot attacks and kills them. Yes! Now Bigfoot, protecting his pond (puddle, actually) starts a brutal rampage that will leave many of the college kids in horrifying shock. Panicked and on the run, Bigfoot tracks them down and discombobulates them. Those that survive must deal with the remote New Mexico wilderness and a pursuing angry cryptoid.

Christopher Nolan spends hundreds of millions to bore the snot out of us. David Rambaldi entertains us for less that a 100 grand. Haters will hate, but congratulations to David and his cast for having fun, making a horror film, and showing us a good time for 90 minutes. Instead of putting on a preachy and idiotic Marvel or DC superhero film, see "Terror at Bigfoot Pond" (puddle, actually).

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Circus, Blood-Soaked Shakespeare

Shakespeare enthusiasts realize that we are all actors and actresses on the stage we call life. This begs the question, who is directing? Who wrote the play we are performing. Shakespeare? Why not? How about this...what if Tamora, Queen of the Goths, is in some level of control? She might have an axe to grind and tip the themes from frivolity and comedy to dark and tragic. Today we take a look at Alyson Moon's magnum opus, "Circus." Horror fans will recognize motifs from "Resident Evil, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," and "Puppet Master" (to name a few). Shakespeare enthusiasts will see a "Titus Andronicus" influence and be reminded of the literary controversies surrounding Shakespeare's true nature.

Queen Tamora's fingerprints are all over a surreal chain of events that unfold in "Circus." The victim and captive of Titus won't go out quietly and her curse permeates all of Shakespeare's work. Modern day arrives and Shakespeare enthusiasts are at risk. The spirit of the great bard, in all its evil and horrific form, is unleashed. The evil entity seeks to enslave all in the personae of evil Shakespearian clowns. As Gina (Moon) keeps delving into Shakespeare, her life is taken over by the centuries old curse of Tamora. The horrific nature of Shakespeare's most controversial play (...and yes, he did write it) "Titus Andronicus" sets the landscape of Gina's cursed world.

Images of Leatherface, and some horrific settings right out of the "Resident Evil" game will enhance the ghoulish setting.  Disembowelment and torture abound and reinforce Gina's charge...to send the evil Shakespeare nature back to the 16th century so we may enjoy the great author as we are supposed to. Tamora is a vengeful spirit. The witch is bent on eternal curses. Only Gina, the nubile and fanatic Shakespeare maven, is equipped to save the future. Her pristine understanding of Stratford's favorite son just may be enough to battle the witch's curse.  

Surreal and horrific, "Circus" utilizes ghosts, witches, monsters, and theater to deliver a powerful tale. Cautionary? Sure. Western civilization's abandonment of classic theater in favor of mainstream entertainment garbage will eventually doom us. Only the pure at heart (in the sense of real drama) will be equipped to save us. A horror tale? Oh yes...you'll see as you cover your eyes as images of Leatherface doing what Leatherface does jump out at you. Most of all, this Alyson Moon creation is a plea for our society to rekindle the love and appreciation of Shakespeare and all his plays have to offer.  See "Circus," and either be reaffirmed in your love for Shakespeare, or be turned on to his works.

To purchase CIRCUS click on this link: CIRCUS on Gumroad  The trailer for CIRCUS can be seen on YouTube by clicking this link CIRCUS trailer

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Interview of Curt Wiser, Director of Cam-Girl

Back on August 2, 2020 I reviewed Cam-Girl on this blog. Even when Twitter shadow banned me, the hits on this entry made that film one of the most popular blog entries of this year. The maker of the film, Curt Wiser, is interviewed on this blog today. His erotic thriller may tickle our prurient interests and present a cautionary tale that may inspire so many out there to behave in a more pure manner. Or maybe not. Either way, read further and enjoy Mr. Wiser, a sensational moviemaker who tells a story so well.

CJZ:  Back in 2016, you made a terrific horror/thriller, "Cam-Girl." What drew you to the horror genre and led you to write "Cam-Girl."

Curt Wiser:  Well thanks for saying that.  I have always been inspired by the horror/thriller genre.  These types of stories are so impactful and effective when they are done right.  From classics such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Evil Dead II," "The Shining," and modern films "Hard Candy," "High Tension," and "Phone Booth" motivated my decision to write/direct/produce "Cam-Girl."

The tipping point was on New Year's Eve 2007.  I was at a house party, drink in hand, wondering how I could get my first feature made.  I had made a few shorts that played film festivals and written two feature scripts, but nothing was moving my career forward.  I thought about the first films from some of my favorite filmmakers, "Following" (1998), "Clerks" (1984), "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and then it hit me.  Like them, I needed to write the most marketable story I could, that would be set in only a few locations.

It seemed that a good way to come up with a contained story with limited locations would be to center it around a character who worked from home.  The idea of a cam girl came to mind.  At that time camming was not portrayed in movies and I knew it would open up many interesting story possibilities.  So I got to work on the outline and the script immediately after that.

CJZ: "Cam-Girl" is such a fantastic film. You seem to play on the fact that we are now living in a voyeuristic society, filled with social media mediums that enable us to take on alternate identities and build on our most prurient fantasies. Is "Cam-Girl" a metaphor or a warning?  

Curt Wiser:  Interesting question.  I feel it is both a metaphor and a cautionary tale.  The way people create new identities for themselves on both sides of the screens, is a big part of what interested me in a story dealing with a cam girl and her clients.  I get the appeal of it, like any form of fantasy or escapism.  However, as with any vice, this can be taken too far.  That is where the danger and conflict comes from.

CJZ:  Our damsel in "Cam-Girl," Gessica (played by Erin Cline) is hardly pure.  She has a dark side. To many, she may seem abhorrent.  Was it difficult to mold the Gessica character into someone we liked, were cheering for, and desired to prevail over the evil that besets her in the film?

Curt Wiser:  Yes, I gave this a lot of thought.  My favorite main characters are complex and have frailties.  People are far from perfect in life, so this adds realism to the story.  The key for Gessica was making her a single mother.  In a few scenes we see how she is a caring mother and would do anything to care for her infant daughter.

Because of that, and how she is going to college to earn a better life for herself, we are on her side.  It is important to me that Gessica be a strong female character.  She defends her home and fights for her life.  Brick, our killer, on the other hand, commits much more evil than Gessica ever does.  But like any great antagonist, Brick feels justified doing these horrific actions.

CJZ:  Erin Cline did a superb job in a role most actresses would not be comfortable in.  Can you tell us about how you approached Ms. Cline with the role of Gessica.  Did she naturally seize onto it...or did you have to coach her into it?

Curt Wiser:  Erin Cline is an exceptional actor I knew from working in the entertainment industry in Florida when I lived there.  She did an audition of one of the emotional scenes involving voice over.  I saw instantly that she could perfectly capture the internal struggle of Gessica and embody the character as I imagined her.

As a professional, Erin Cline did a lot to inform her character.  I stayed out of the way and let her process work for her.  This made all the difference when it came to the performances we got on screen.  The one thing I did during pre-production was give Erin a paperback copy of Candy Girl, an amazing memoir written by Diablo Cody about her past experience as a stripper.  That book was the biggest part of my research to try to understand how a character like Gessica would think and feel, so I thought it might be helpful to Erin as well.

I must say, I am thrilled with all the actors I got to work with and the bold performances they gave.  Joe Coffey did an incredible job as our male lead and was a perfect match for Erin.  That chemistry really showed in the final cut.  It should be noted that I cast Erin Cline first then cast everyone else around her.  

CJZ:  "Cam-Girl" is one of my most successful entries on my blog in 2020.  This is not a film for the entire family and the subject matter may even turn off many viewers.  Still, I definitely see a following for it.  Erotic and chilling is a nice combination reminiscent of Italian horror of the 1970s.  What were your inspirations to delve into erotic horror?

Curt Wiser:  Erotic suspense films like Brain De Palma's "Dressed to Kill" (1980) and Paul Schrader's "Hardcore" (1979) were prior influences on this subject.  I have noticed that several movies dealing with camming have been made since the release of "Cam-Girl," that is a good feeling, it tells me I had a good idea way back in 2008. 

CJZ:  Are there any plans to bring back Gessica in future films?  The ending did leave room for a sequel and Erin Cline's performance and character deserve more films...in my humble opinion.

Curt Wiser:  Let's just say one of our Executive Producers, Odorico Mendes, was very happy that the ending leaves the possibility for a sequel.  Haha, the saying goes, if the producers or studios could make the sequel first, they would.  At the moment there are no plans to make the sequel or reboot, but I would be open to the idea.

CJZ:  Moving on from "Cam-Girl," are there future projects on the horizon?  I see you write, produce, and direct. What can we look for in 2021 from Curt Wiser?

Curt Wiser:  I have two short films, "Woman" and "Man" that are being submitted to film festivals for 2021.  Making these two shorts were a lot of fun and they fit my brand as a writer, dealing with the relationships between men and women.  After those shorts play festivals I will post them online.

Feature wise, I have a few screenplays I am trying to get produced or sold.  One is "Anxiety," about a manic-claustrophobic woman who loses control when she gets locked inside an office building bathroom after hours, along with a male janitor. 

CJZ:  Speaking of "fantasy"...what would be the fantasy project for Curt Wiser? A horror film I hope.

Curt Wiser:  The answer might change every year.  I enjoy working in the horror/thriller genres.  But right now my dream project would be directing a script I call "Rage Moms."  It is an irreverent action/comedy about four suburban mothers who become fed up and fall into a life of crime. 

To watch Cam-Girl free on TubiTV click on this link: Cam-Girl on Tubi

To watch Cam-Girl free on YouTube click on this link: Cam-Girl on YouTube 

To watch the 30 minute behind the scenes documentary on Cam-Girl click this link: Behind the Scenes of Cam-Girl 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Evil of Dracula, Vampires Bite Japanese Babes

The Japanese take on the Dracula legend! You know this is going to be good. Here's a hint...the Japanese babes that fall to the toothy menace aren't bitten on the neck. Nope, they're bitten on their left breast. Oh yes, this one is set at a Japanese women's college where all the students are quite stunning...and hunger for pre-marital sex with their professors. 1974's "Evil of Dracula," directed by Michio Yamamoto.

Professor Shiraki (Toshio Kurosawa) arrives in rural northern Japan to teach at a women's college. Before he meets his boss, the principal (Shin Kishida), he finds out that the principal is now a widower. The principal's hot wife (Mika Katsuragi) died a few days ago...and yes, we'll meet her soon. Shiraki arrives at the principal's mansion and is invited to spend the night. During his stay, two vampire babes, the dead wife and a missing student, visit him. He'll survive and pass it all off as a dream. The next day he meets his sultry students. A nubile trio, Kumi (Mariko Mochizuki), Yukiko (Mia Ota), and Kyoko (Keiko Aramaki) go all goo goo over him. Still haunted by the happenings at the principal's mansion, he begins his classes.

Uh oh...the principal is a vampire and shows up in the girls dorm and bites Kyoko. Kyoko rooms with Yukiko and Kumi and helps the vampire also bite Yukiko. In a haunting scene, Kyoko commits suicide in front of Kumi and Shiraki. Yep, Shiraki isn't a fool. Not only does he know the principal is a vampire but finds every reason he can to spend time in the girl's dorm. Uh oh for Yukiko, the principal's wife wants her. She'll summon Yukiko and you won't believe what she does to the babe coed. Now Kumi and Shiraki fall in love and the vampire's wife seeks this coed. With Coed Kumi now on the wife's menu, Shiraki finds out he is slated to be the next vampire principal at this girls' college.

The last 15 minutes of this film are as exciting as any ending to any vampire film you have ever seen. The damsels are sultry and so are the vampire brides. Will Shiraki figure out a way to kill the vampires and save Kumi from a fate worse than death? Will the principal vampire and his vampire wife have a fight over the bitten coeds? Will Shiraki be sent to sexual harassment training when it is found out he hangs out in the women's dormitory? This is an erotic story and the fate of the beautiful coeds goes far beyond being bitten. For a gory and erotic Japanese take on the Dracula legend, see "Evil of Dracula." 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Marbles the Cat, Man's New Best Friend {COMIC REVIEW}

My buddy Matthew Myers and an incredibly artistic team have created a new comic book hero which will be coming your way soon. "Marbles the Cat" will have you appreciating your feline companion more than you ever did. Cat lovers will tell you: Their companions are loyal, smart, and ready to protect their territory. Fortunately, all you cat owners, their territory includes you. What's at stake? Earth and the future of civilization as we know it.

It is the year 2089 in New York state. A beautiful family loves their pet cat which they took in recently. The family is kind and exude goodness and purity. The white cat, Marbles, exudes loyalty...and when no one is looking, a knowledge and tact beyond human intelligence. All is not well. Alien invasions threaten mankind and humans are oblivious...not Marbles.

Marbles will sneak into the night and go about saving the planet. The artwork is sensational. The colors in a rural setting, and mostly at night, capture the eye and lead us into a tale of great peril and heroism. We can thank Chloe Milton for the visual vividness. The succinct nature of the drawings help us, instantly, appreciate the goodness of the nuclear family we are introduced to. Their survival is a great metaphor for the reason why our planet must survive and reach further into the future. The cats are familiar and you may even know one or two, yourselves. Gemma and Scott Macniven are responsible for these drawings which instantly familiarize you with the players in "Marbles the Cat."

Matthew Myers has created a science fiction comic hat will appeal to not only cat lovers, but also those who believe there is goodness worth saving on Earth. Sure, there are twists and mysteries. Marbles may be more than a mere cat...we'll wait for the next issue to make that determination. For some incredibly artistic comic fun, read "Marbles the Cat."

NOTE: A portion of the sales of "Marbles the Cat" are donated to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and matched to the ASPCA  to help cats in need.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf, The Monsters and the Euro-Babes They Shred

So many monsters besetting so many Euro-babes. Mr. Hyde and the werewolf will make so many of these sultry damsels into shredded vixens. From Spain and director Leon Klimovsky, we have the Paul Naschy classic "Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf" from 1972. Euro-trash horror at its best...unless you are a beautiful women...then run...fast. 

The sultry blonde Justine (Shirly Corrigan) and her husband Imre (Jose Marco) honeymoon in his homeland...Transylvania. While visiting his parents' grave, Imre is gutted by three thugs. The trio attack and try to rape Justine, but she is saved by Waldemar (Naschy). He brings her back to his castle and with the help of witch Uswilka Bathory (Elsa Zabala), nurse her back to health. No time for mourning as she quickly falls for Waldemar. Meanwhile, the thugs in town mount a counterattack on the castle and behead Uswilka before Waldemar turns into a werewolf and shreds the attackers. Realizing the current love of her life is a werewolf, she turns to Dr. Henry Jekyll (Jack Taylor). Henry loves Justine and Justine loves him...she loves everyone! Uh oh, Dr. Jekyll's assistant, Sandra (Mirta Miller) also loves Henry and she desires to rip Justine's private parts off.

Henry agrees to help cure Waldemar and has him brought to his clinic. This won't go well as he will turn into a werewolf in the elevator and shred a pretty nurse in white (Marisol Delgado). He'll then run amok in London. Meanwhile, Henry, Justine, and Sandra set up a lab in a deserted mansion and get Waldemar back. Uh oh...Sandra wants Henry and catches him kissing Justine. The sultry assistant will arrange for Waldemar to turn into the werewolf, claw Justine's breasts to shreds, and kill Henry. Uh oh for her...Henry isn't dead. Uh oh for her again, Henry has turned the werewolf into Mr. Hyde (Naschy, still). Now Sandra's womanhood is in much danger...as is every skirt in the London Disco scene. As Hyde/werewolf shred and murder beautiful woman, Justine's mangled body is hung up for torture and fondling.

Will a wounded Henry be able to save the now disfigured Justine? Will Justine have the opportunity to choose between Henry, Waldemar, the werewolf, Mr. Hyde, or (since this is Euro-trash) Sandra? The marring of the incredibly beautiful Justine is tough to watch, and we desire Sandra to be similarly disfigured...funny how these films can work on us. For some erotic and gory horror with many monsters and babes in peril, see "Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf."

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Party Night, After Prom Party Massacre

Tommie Vegas is a wonderful young actress who is making so many films we're going to want to see. Beautiful and talented, Ms. Vegas captures our hearts when she sashays onto the screen in 2017's "Party Night." Alas, just like a great Giallo film...she'll die horribly at the hands of a machete wielding maniac. Directed by Troy Escamilla, this modern day slasher film has a lot of throwback references to some of the great 1980s slasher films. Still, the formula of hunks and babes beset by a machete maniac is timeless...and this blog thirsts for these types of films. 

Three sets of hunks and babes are excited about prom night. They are more excited about the after prom party at Nelson's (Drew Shotwell) uncle's lake cabin...secluded and mysterious. Nelson's main squeeze, Amy (Laurel Toupal) will convince her two besties, Molly (Vegas) and Olivia (Destinie Orndoff) to attend. Oh yeah, several young gals have turned up missing and the machete maniac has already begun his rampage. The gals clad in gowns and hunks in tuxes arrive at the cabin. We'll get a gratuitous underwear scene from Molly as her and Olivia spy someone spying on them as they change out of their gowns. No worries...Molly and her guy, Travis (Billy Brannigan), go outside to have pre-marital sex but get into a fight instead...Molly runs off and is subsequently taken apart by machete man.

Andrew (Ryan Poole) and Olivia will enjoy some passionate pre-marital sex. This is never a good way to stay alive in these films. Machete man is relentless and stalks the unfortunate teens...one by one. Machetes will be swung, heads will fly off their torsos, and prom gowns will get blood stained. The handsome and beautiful will die horribly and teens will act stupidly. Pure poetry. Pick your favorite hunk or babe...they will probably die horribly...but will there be a 'Final Girl'?

Straight forward with no twists, this film pleases all of us 1980s slasher film fans. The blood and gore will be plentiful and the great looking cast will have you riveted to the screen. Does the too early death of the sultry Molly act as a metaphor for the misogyny rampant in today's American high school culture?  Is our machete wielding killer, in reality, a sympathetic figure by those who weren't beautiful enough to go to their proms? Okay, these are stupid questions. For some classic slasher plot lines, enjoy "Party Night."  

Friday, November 6, 2020

Serena Waits, Cheesecake vs. Beefcake

College life! Parties,,,Drinking...Drugs...Rape...Revenge! There won't be a whole lot of love for this rape/revenge film, though it does have some nice attributes. A great looking cast, both beefcake and cheesecake, some nice kills, and brutal violence make this one worth while.  The fascinating ending helps, too. Today we take a look at 2018's "Serena Waits," directed by Hunter Johnson.

She looks so sweet. Serena (Brialynn Massie). Of course, she's sober when we first meet her. Through no fault of her own (sure, we'll go with that) she gets wasted at a party. The cute coed tries to walk home. On her zig zaggy walk she is met by two college baseball players, Jack (Colton Wheeler) and Miles (David Marlowe). These two athletes are major league hunks. They don't have to try too hard to get Serena back to their apartment for more alcohol and almost sex. Impatient Jack forces the issue and rapes her...then attacks her. Eventually he slugs her in the noggin with a baseball bat. She's dead...probably. Fellow baseball player Scott (Charles Chudabala) stops by and gets pressured into helping dispose of Serena's corpse.

The collaborative trio all begin having eerie dreams and visions. They are spooked as they all seem to have the same nightmares. Enter their three girlfriends, major league babes. Trini (Lara Jean) is Scott's fawning gal. Sandy (Jennifer Clarke) is Jack's. Wendy (Emily Dahm) is Miles' mysterious gal. After a pool party with some nice bikini shots, the six convene to Jack's apartment. The girls don't hear anything but each boy hears Serena clawing at the door trying to get in. Guess what! Wendy is into the paranormal and does a séance. Convenient? Oh yes! Now the boys are beset by Serena and, well, you'll see. Incredible torture and humiliation await Scott, Miles, and Jack. Oh yes, Serena? Maybe she wasn't a corpse after all.

Did Serena die after her rape and bludgeoning? Who exactly are these three bikini babes that have seduced themselves into Jack's apartment? What will Serena do with the baseball bat when she decides to gain revenge against her rapist/murderers? The acting is pretty good and the actors and actresses are all great looking. There will be some brutal violence and a weird paranormal element to this one. For some neat slasher and ghost thrills, see "Serena Waits." 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Druid Mayhem and Agriculture

Oh, those Druids! They show up and there goes the neighborhood. First pets begin disappearing then all of a sudden nubile babes are abducted. This is easy to understand. Nubile babes are perfect for virgin sacrifices (never mind if they really are virgins), or as vessels for the reincarnated spirit of a long lost druid deity. This happens in the countryside in the United Kingdom all the time. Now, we have a film that brings this horror to America's heartland. Today we look at 1972's "Invasion of the Blood Farmers," directed by Ed Adlum.

A cult of weird druids descends on rural New York. They take over the Whitaker farm and drain the Whitakers of their blood. A town drunk stumbles into a bar and explodes. A beautiful blonde is drained of her blood which is collected by these druids. The nubile Jenny (Tanna Hunter) frolics in the fields with her fiancé, Don (Bruce Detrick).  The romance is interrupted as Don, a blood scientist, collects some of the exploding drunk's blood. He and Jenny's dad, Dr. Roy (Norman Kelly) analyze the blood and find it reproduces. A drop becomes a teaspoon, which becomes a pint, which becomes a gallon, etc. The reproducing blood may be the key to who has invaded the farming community and why.

Meanwhile, weird druids murder the local citizenry. The weird cult loves murdering pretty women (they must be Italian). In one heartbreaking scene, honeymooners are getting ready to have marital sex for the first time. The blonde bride (Lucy Grant) is murdered in her lingerie while her new husband is bludgeoned in the shower. Back to the plot. The druids need to find the perfect donor for their dead queen. Queen Onhorrid (Cynthia Flemming), a blonde babe in a glass coffin, needs blood to come back to life. Yep, the nubile Jenny is the donor. Now the druids set their sights on this pretty blonde as her fiancé and dad remain pretty clueless.

Will Jenny's blood be siphoned out and given to Queen Onhorrid? Will Don and Dr. Roy look up from their test tubes long enough to realize Jenny is in mortal danger? Couldn't the druid weirdos have been more creative when they found the lingerie clad bride in her marital bed? This is classic early 1970s drive-in. Pretty damsels will die horribly even when the deaths have nothing to do with the plot. For some B movie fun, see "Invasion of the Blood Farmers" and reassess your relationships with the pagans in your life.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Werewolf Island, The History of Michigan

Werewolf Island, or as it is known in Michigan...Doglady Island. Yep...no werewolves in this film...a dog lady, instead. Hardly intimidating, but the creature in this film does have some neat Freddy Krueger fingers. Oh yes, though this film is not going to get a lot of love, there is one scene you just have to see. Ariel (Kristin Mellian) is raped by mafiosos after they murder her husband and two children. The ensuing rape scene and its aftermath is a cross between "The Conjuring" and a Bugs Bunny cartoon, you'll see. Anyway, let us look at the definitive film on the history of Michigan, 2020's "Werewolf Island," directed by Michael James Alexander.

There is an island in Michigan with a sordid and bloody history. To this day it is haunted by a werewolf...eh...a dog lady, actually. The spirit of Misu (Calhoun Koenig) occupies the corpses of raped and murdered women to cause carnage on the rapists and their ancestors. As our film begins, Ben (Dennis Marin) and Lilly (Kara Joy Reed) are attacked by the creature after pre-marital sex. Luckily they both survive. Lilly's grandfather, Lucky (Andrew Dawe-Collins), a biker, and Ben's uncle, Detective Mike (Alexander) are horrified. See, both of them have a history at the island and the dog lady has it in for them.

We will be let in on a few backstories that show the island's bloody history. The history is filled with murder and rape and beautiful women don't fare well...until they die. Misu, who was an Indian girl killed by French soldiers, possesses the murdered and raped women and shreds the violators. Mafiosos and biker gangs will die horribly. Now the ancestors are in danger and Lucky and Detective Mike head back to the island to find a way to put an end to the dog lady's wrath. They better hurry, the lives of our two young lovers, Ben and Lilly, are at stake.

Is the dog lady the reason people from Wisconsin make fun of Michiganders? Just how do Detective Mike and Lucky figure on breaking the dog lady's murderous curse on their families? If the Indians had werewolves instead of dog ladies, would they still be ruling America? This is a fun one and B horror fans will find joy in it. For some Michigan fun, with no regard to Minnesota or Wisconsin, see "Werewolf Island." 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

The Fifth Floor, Psychiatric Observation Nightmare

Don't kid yourselves. 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" wasn't the film that changed mental health policy in this country. The wooden and over-rated performances garnered undeserved praise from fawning critics. The real culprit in changing policy was 1978's "The Fifth Floor" (Directed by Howard Avedis). For better or for worse, this drive-in exploitation/horror film opened more eyes than the dull Oscar winner. Federal and state legislation, coupled with lawsuits on behalf of the institutionalized, emptied many psyche wards...sadly, not always for the better.  

Sultry disco dancer, Kelly (Dianne Hull), is poisoned on the dance floor. The doctors insist she attempted suicide and institutionalize her in the fifth floor psychiatric ward for observation. No one believes Kelly, who insists she did not attempt suicide, rather she was poisoned. She is given a lot of therapy and mixed into the loony population. Robert Englund plays one of her fellow patient/inmates. Uh oh...Carl (Bo Hopkins) is a psyche-tech who desires to rape Kelly's brains out. Uh oh again, Julie Adams ("Creature from the Black Lagoon") is an unsympathetic nurse who keeps prescribing more treatment for Kelly. Not even Kelly's fiancé believes her innocence/sanity. Now Kelly is at the mercy of the sexual predator Carl and any meds or therapy the nurse deems necessary.

Kelly decides to fight back and attempt escape. Each time she meets with failure and ramped up therapy. As her fellow patients are given electro-shock therapy, we wonder when Kelly will be victim to it...or even worse...lobotomy. The sexual assaults by Carl continue and Melanie (Sharon Farrell), Kelly's bestie in the ward, will hang herself after Carl rapes her. The harder Kelly fights for freedom, the more extreme her punishment is. We'll see water torture, electro shock torture, and yes...even fry the brain torture. This film's popularity was realized at drive-in theaters  throughout the U.S. and spoke to a wider audience than the hoity and arrogant Jack Nicholson film.

What will be Kelly's fate...and can we say her institutionalization was indeed the death of disco? Will Bo Hopkins and Julie Adams experience the wrath of the so-called loonies on the fifth floor? For some controversial horror/exploitation that drive-in audiences flocked to, see "The Fifth Floor." It should be noted that government legislation, which changed mental health policy in the late 70s, early 80s, was written by a class of people who are psychopaths...our elected officials.      

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Arachnid, Icky Bitty Spider Tale

They don't get ickier than this one! Slimy insects that burrow into people and explode out. Big mutant spiders sucking blood out of other people. Giant centipede things that are actually snake/spider hybrid mutants. Beautiful damsels in much distress who sweat a lot. For spider horror films, they don't get more icky than 2001's "Arachnid," directed by Jack Sholder.

A fighter plane chases a UFO and both crash on a spider infested island. The alien and the pilot survive...but not for long. A huge spider does both of them in. An expedition is put together by Dr. Leon (Jose Sancho) and his hot assistant, Susana (Neus Asensi). She sweats a lot and wears tight halter tops. Also recruited is a grouchy but beautiful pilot, Loren (Alex Reid). Loren sweats a lot and is always losing her shirt. Lev (Chris Potter) is hired for security. The former marine has nice pecs and is always around when Loren loses her shirt. Susana sees this dynamic and plots an ultimate cat-fight with Loren. Something is biting natives on the island and Dr. Leon wants to know what. Bad news...its giant mutant spiders and by the time they get to the island...everyone is sucked dried.

The expedition is under attack as soon as they crash land on the island. Lev's security people, natives, and some of the expedition are caught in the webs and sucked dry to feed spider eggs. Tick like things invade, burrow into flesh and do their exploding out thing...very icky. Loren loses her shirt a few times as she becomes sweet on Lev and Susana also sweats nicely as she bounces through the jungle. Now the big spider decides the expedition crew would be perfect for its offspring to feed off  before hatching. This will result in unimaginable and horrific deaths for some great looking folks. Alas, Loren has personal reasons to be on this island, and her war with the giant mutant arachnid takes on a vengeful tone.

Will the sweaty Susana and the sweaty, shirtless Loren engage in that cat-fight before one of them becomes breakfast for spider babies? Will Lev find romance with the grouchy and shirtless Loren before the monster arachnids do? Just what is the secret of this island and its huge spider problem? This is one that will have the squeamish covering their eyes. For some nice spider horror, see "Arachnid."  

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

White Eagle, No One Leaves

You never leave the family! A threat/advice Don Corleone probably gave a thousand times. Yep...and a babe secret agent never just left the Doll Squad. A sultry Japanese superheroine doesn't 'just' leave The Danger Dolls. Nope! In a new short film (12 minutes) by my buddy Juan Diaz (aka Z Budget Director), he picks up on this theme. 2020's "White Eagle" tells the age old tale of a secret agent/assassin finding a new moral compass and attempting to 'leave an organization.'  

He's done. Yep, killing and blowing things up. Over the years, the line has blurred. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad? White Eagle (Juan Diaz) has a family. He wants to give his child a respectable name. No more killing. Alas, the White Queen (Jen Diaz) demands loyalty. No one leaves the organization...no one! Just like Easy Eddie...he wanted to give his son Butch a good name...he went honest. Unfortunately, Easy Eddie was cut in half by a spray of machine gun fire from Al Capone's henchmen. Is that in store for White Eagle?

If the Queen has it her way...yes. She dispatches White Eagle's best friends and fellow assassins. They're mission, terminate the suddenly noble ex-assassin. White Eagle's home is invaded by the most dangerous henchmen since ...well...since The Doll Squad...though these brutes aren't as sultry. These masked fiends led by White Tiger (Leonel Hyatt) will have the firepower and numbers. White Eagle has the desire for good...and a love for his family. Will that be enough to stave off certain death? White Centipede (Dale Thiel), White Scorpion (Nash Walter), and White Lion (Colin Marx) join White Tiger in this overpowering invasion of the abode of a bad man turned good.

Will White Eagle's attempt at retribution be rubbed out before it ever begins? Are the sins of White Eagle's past too numerous for him to ever live a noble life? Will Juan Diaz ever remake "The Doll Squad"? The themes are age old and pertinent to all of us who haven't led lives pure as the white driven snow. Juan Diaz captures the early 1970s grindhouse experience masterfully in "White Eagle." For some neat grindhouse/drive-in type action, see "White Eagle" on YouTube.

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