UHAW NA DAGAT

UHAW NA DAGAT (“Evaporated Sea”) Production: Philippines, 1981 Director: Celso Ad. CastilloCategory: Island Exploitation/Freaks The most bizarre of all the films made by “alternative cinema” director Castillo, set on a remote tropical island where three sisters live. This paradise slowly turns to nightmare with the advent of various intruders, most notably Continue Reading

CAPERUCITA ROJA

CAPERUCITA ROJA (“Red Caperucita”) Production: Mexico, 1960 Director: Roberto Rodriguez Category: Fairy-Tale/Freaks This attempted kids’ movie is a surrealistic atrocity, suffused with an innate Mexican grotesquerie which makes it unsuitable for its target audience but affords some sick fascination for jaded adults. Promotional picture cards showed Little Red dressed like Continue Reading

PAT, UNA DONNA PARTICOLARE

PAT, UNA DONNA PARTICOLARE (“Pat, A Peculiar Woman”) Production: Italy, 1982 Director: Alberto Cavallone Category: Hardcore Pornography/Freaks One of two horror-tainted hardcore porn movies shot back-to-back by Cavallone after his extreme experimental films of the 70s – inspired by Sade, Lautréamont and Bataille – saw him a virtual outcast from the Continue Reading

LA DONNA SCIMMIA

LA DONNA SCIMMIA (“The Monkey Woman”) Production: Italy, 1963 Director: Marco Ferreri Category: Freaks Based on the real-life story of “Gorilla Woman” Julia Pastrana (born Mexico 1832), a hypertrichosis (excessive body hair) sufferer whose corpse was mummified by husband/promotor Theodore Lent and toured around Europe in a glass coffin. Posted Continue Reading