THE MUTATIONSProduction: UK, 1974Director: Jack CardiffCategory: Science Fiction/Freaks/HorrorA great cinematographer, Cardiff proved how bad a director he could be with the monumentally tedious Girl On A Motorcycle. The Mutations on the other hand is in monumentally bad taste, using real freaks to embellish a repulsive tale of human experimentation set in Continue Reading


MANDINGOProduction: USA, 1975Director: Richard FleischerCategory: Sex/SlaveryMandingo is the notorious big-budget sex-and-black-slavery epic of sadism and miscegeny, which was never re-released by Paramount after its controversial first run. The film contains frontal nudity, flagellation, the auctioning of naked slaves, death by bitten-out jugular vein, black females used as concubines, black slaves Continue Reading


QIAN HUO MEIGUI(“A Thousand Burning Roses”)Production: Hong Kong, 1992Director: Lee Tin-HoCategory: Women-In-PrisonA Chinese jungle prison film featuring excessive brutality and cruelty to women. In a remote incarceration camp, where the females are used for sexual gratification and the males for target practice, the Commander amuses himself by pissing on crucified Continue Reading


RYOMA ANSATSU (“The Assassination Of Ryoma”)Production: Japan, 1974 Director: Kuroki Kazuo Category: Samurai Ryoma Sakamoto was a notorious rogue samurai, an imperial loyalist who tried to unite the Choshu and Satsuma clans and prepared the way for the Meiji Restoration (1868). He was assassinated just before his plans came to fruition, Continue Reading


LE VIEUX FUSIL (“The Old Rifle”) Production: France/Germany, 1975 Director: Robert Enrico Category: Nazi/Violence Enrico was not an exploitation director, but there are enough elements in this film – starting with atrocity as a man’s wife is burned alive by Nazi flame-throwers – to qualify it as being amongst the ranks of Continue Reading

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AROUSED Production: USA, 1966 Director: Anton Holden Category: Serial Murder/Sex-Psycho From the same NY grindhouse scene as the films of Michael and Roberta Findlay, Holden’s “roughie/ghoulie” is one of the best of the period, featuring a psychopathic killer with a grudge against hookers (his mother was a prostitute who neglected Continue Reading


SZEGÉNYLEGÉNYEK (“Outlaws”) Production: Hungary, 1965 Director: Miklós Jancsó US release title: The Round-Up Category: War Atrocity In the desolate aftermath of Kossuth’s 1848 rebellion against the oppressive Hapsburg Austrian Empire, the last remaining nationalists are imprisoned and subjected to physical and psychological torture. Framed in stark black-and-white images of devastation, Continue Reading


ARCANA Production: Italy, 1972 Director: Giulio Questi Category: Occult The third, and least known, of the unconnected triptych of enigmatic features made by Questi at the end of the 1960s/early 70s. Whereas Se Sei Vivo Spara was a horror-tinged homo-erotic western and La Morte Ha Fatto L’Uovo a perverse, psychedelic Continue Reading