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Melek Yüzlü Cani

In Cüneyt Arkin, Raki Randale on September 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Title: Melek Yüzlü Cani
Production: Turkey 1986
Director: Aram Gülyüz
Cast: Cüneyt Arkin
Run Time: 104min
Circulation: AVI
Generation/Source: VHS
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: None

Ripped from the Arsel Video VHS release but the quality is rather so so.

La Notte Dei Dannati

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Title: La Notte Dei Dannati (Night of the Damned)
Production: Italy 1971
Director: Filippo Walter Ratti
Cast: Pierre Brice
Run Time: 96min
Circulation: AVI
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Fully uncut version courtesy of bubikoglu. With English fansubs by Merlin.

“Jean Duprey and his wife Danielle are famous journalists with a special interest in unsolved mysteries. They receive a request of help by an old noble friend of Jean, Guillaume de Saint Lambert, who is about to die by an unknown illness. He lives, obviously, in ancient castle with his wife and the servants. Soon Duprey discover that his friend’s wife is a witch (originally burnt in the 18th century) and that Guillaume is under her wicked influence. She practices the art of black magic and by making die slowly all members of the Saint Lambert family she gains eternal beauty. When Duprey breaks the marble casket containing the ashes of the witch she shows her real aspect before dying.” [imdb]

A tutte le auto della polizia

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Title: A tutte le auto della polizia (Calling all Police Cars)
Production: Italy 1975
Director: Mario Caiano
Cast: Antonio Sabato
Run Time: 96min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Sourced from an Italian print, with added English subtitles. Courtesy of lordretsudo

“A teenage girl from a wealthy family mysteriously disappears. After her body is found at the bottom of a lake the police begin an intense investigation that leads to a teenage prostitution ring and several more bloody murders, but the actual killer may be someone much closer to the home.
This was one of the Italian films from the 1970’s that were inspired by Massimo Dallamano’s “schoolgirl gialli” where dissipated, middle-class schoolgirls become involved in drug orgies, prostitution, back-alley abortions, and other sordid goings on, and eventually meet a sticky end. These films were at once sleazy and hypocritcally moralistic. They range from the Dallamano’s relatively classy “What Have You Done to Solange?” (loosely based on an Edgar Wallace novel)to Alberto Negrin’s irredeemably trashy “Trauma” (with its infamous death-by-dildo scene). This movie most resembles Dallamano’s second film “What Have They Done to Your Daughters?” in that it tries to mitigate the sleaze a little by putting straight-arrow cops at the moral center and focusing on police procedure rather than the sexual intrigue. In a way though, this makes the movie even more objectionable. The most disturbing thing about it isn’t really the tender age of the victims (the actresses, at least, all look like they’d long since blown out the candles on their 18th birthday cakes), but the way their characters are almost literally reduced to pieces of meat: It really doesn’t matter whether they are alive, lying unconscious on abortionist’s table, or lying dead on a slab–it’s all pretty much just an excuse to get them nice and naked.
Like “Daughters?” this film tries to include a feminist angle by including former Bond girl Luciana Paluzzi as one of the investigating detectives, but they really manage to waste her. Still, it’s not all bad. The director Mario “Nightmare Castle” Caiano was certainly visually talented and the film is stylish and nowhere near as sleazy as by all rights it should be. And if you think about it, aside from the full-frontal nudity, these films anticipated (if probably not inspired) a lot of more recent American television like the “who-killed-Laura-Palmer?” intrigue of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” or the morbid forensic intrigue of the “CSI” series. …” [imdb – lazarillo]

L’assassino… è al telefono

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Title: L’assassino… è al telefono (The Killer is on the Phone)
Production: Italy 1972
Director: Alberto De Martino
Cast: Telly Savalas
Run Time: 99min
Circulation: PAL DL-DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

The Italian CineKult release with added English subtitles. Courtesy of lordretsudo

“A theater actress (Anne Heywood) recognizes a thuggish hired killer (Telly Savalas) on the street and faints. When she comes to, she is suffering amnesia, having forgotten that has happened for the last five years since right before she witnessed her wealthy former boyfriend being murdered. This is a problem both for her husband of the past three years and for her theater company since she has the lead in their latest play (“Lady Godiva”, quite convenient, of course, for a cheesecake-happy giallo film). The amnesia plot has obviously been done to death both within the giallo genre (i.e. “Eye in the Labyrinth”, “Puzzle”)and certainly outside it. Still this manages to add some new twists. At one point, the heroine has vague memories of being in bed with one of her male co-stars. Thinking they were lovers, she agrees to go to bed with him again in order to jog her memory, only to realize at the last moment (and to the poor guy’s chagrin) that the memory is actually that of a scene in play they did together earlier! Meanwhile, the killer has also recognized her. He accidentally kills her sister, and he then comes after her…” [imdb – lazarillo]

Cosi’ Dolce… Cosi’ Perversa

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Title: Cosi’ Dolce… Cosi’ Perversa (So Sweet… So Perverse)
Production: Italy 1969
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Cast: Carroll Baker
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: None

The source for this custom dvd was an Italian print. An additional resyncronized English fandub was added.

“Umberto Lenzi Giallo’s range in quality from sublime to trash, but his earlier genre entries tended to be the best; and So Sweet…So Perverse is certainly at the higher end of Lenzi’s Giallo achievements. One of the trademarks of Giallo is a high dosage of sex scenes; but despite the fact that this film has the word ‘perverse’ in it’s title; So Sweet…So Perverse is actually not all that perverse at all, especially not by Giallo standards. Rather, the film focuses more on the plot details than perversity, and it just about serves it well. Italian directors were famous for ripping of successful films from other countries, and the plot here is clearly lifted from the French classic ‘Les Diaboliques’. We focus on a couple with marital problems; Jean and Danielle. When Jean hears a woman screaming in the upstairs apartment one day, he immediately decides to investigate. There he finds Nicole; a woman frightened of her boyfriend Klaus. The pair soon begin to fall in love, but it later transpires that this was just a trap set to snare Jean…
So Sweet…So Perverse is a classy little thriller and much unlike later Lenzi Giallo’s such as Eyeball, almost everything about the film is well done. The film benefits from a good cast, which feature early Lenzi muse Carroll Baker in the central female. Baker’s role here initially appears to be a lot like her role in the earlier ‘Orgasmo’, but she soon gets to switch to a more interesting character. Baker is joined by the sexy Erika Blanc, and like most Giallo’s with two sexy leading women; the pair do get to get it on, although you shouldn’t go in expecting a full blown lesbian sex scene. Jean-Louis Trintignant rounds off the cast, but isn’t given as much to do as the ladies. The plot does get a bit slow at times, but the film never slows down to the point of becoming boring. The second half is much more exciting than the first as that is when the plot gets into full flow. When the twists start to come into play, So Sweet…So Perverse really is an intriguing thriller and unlike many Giallo’s, this one also features an ending that wraps most of the plot up nicely. This film is highly recommended to Giallo fans!” [imdb]

Il Dolce Corpo Di Deborah

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Title: Il dolce corpo di Deborah (The Sweet Body of Deborah)
Production: Italy 1968
Director: Romolo Guerrieri
Cast: Carroll Baker
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: English

The source for this custom dvd was a Swedish print. Italian audio and English subs were added. Courtesy of darioargento.

“Deborah, a wealthy American, and her Italian husband, Marcel, are honeymooning in Geneva when they meet Marcel’s friend Philip, who belligerently informs them that Susan, Marcel’s former fiancée, has committed suicide. The couple stop at Susan’s deserted villa, where Marcel receives a death threat over the telephone. In Nice, he continues to receive menacing phone calls, and Deborah begins taking tranquilizers; one evening she accidentally takes too many and is revived by Robert, an artist who lives in the adjacent villa. Later, Philip attempts to murder her to avenge Susan’s suicide, but Marcel appears, stabs Philip, and buries his body in the garden. The next morning, when Marcel leaves to buy two plane tickets to the United States, Philip and Susan suddenly appear; when the terror-stricken Deborah faints, the couple drug her, slash her wrists to make her death look like suicide, and drive away.” [imdb]

Prostituzione

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Title: Prostituzione (Love Angles / Red Light Girls)
Production: Italy 1974
Director: Rino Di Silvestro
Cast: Maria Fiore
Run Time: 106min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

Sourced from the German VHS release and synced English audio from the longer swedish print . Extra footage was spliced in from the French hardcore print and the Italian tv print. Courtesy of darioargento.

“They’re Italy’s notorious “Ladies of the evening” catering to the strange cravings of their kinky, high-paying clients. But suddenly, the girls of the street find themselves being stalked by someone with desires even they can’t satisfy. After a series of shocking crimes, the clues lead police to a pornographic film maker and his stable of lovely models and starlets. But can the authorities track down the “Hooker Maniac” before he strikes again?” [imdb]

Rivelazioni Di Un Maniaco Sessuale Al Capo Della Squadra Mobile

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Title: Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile (So Sweet, So Dead)
Production: Italy 1972
Director: Roberto Bianchi Montero
Cast: Farley Granger
Run Time: 97min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: Italian, English
Subtitles: English

Custom DVD based on the Austrian “Camera Obscura” release, but now with fansubbed English audio and stripped of all the German language options.

“Inspector Capuana investigates serial murders where the victims of unfaithful wives were get killed as they were having sex with their husbands. A naked woman is found murdered and mutilated in a prosperous small province town in Southern Italy. But who is murdering her? After a while, the killer who wears black fedora, gloves, and trench coat starts photographing unfaithful wives as they start having sex with their lovers and also killing them.” [imdb]

Un Officier De Police Sans Importance

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Title: Un officier de police sans importance
Production: France/Italy 1973
Director: Jean Larriaga
Cast: Marc Porel
Run Time: 98min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: DVD Master
Language: French
Subtitles: English

French release, fansubbed with removable English subtitles.

“Camille, Dov and Joëlle live on the edge of society and are involved in petty theft helping them to buy their drug doses and to survive as best they can. One day, while attempting to rob a movie theater, they activate the alarm signal and it is Pierre, Camille’s brother, who is doing a heist in the same building, who is arrested red-handed. The three young people decide to kidnap a police officer and exchange him for Pierre.” [imdb]

Giallo A Venezia

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on September 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Title: Giallo A Venezia
Production: Italy 1979
Director: Mario Landi
Cast: Leonora Fani
Run Time: 99min
Circulation: PAL DVDr
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Unofficial restauration, composite version 2, courtesy of Marc Morris, with removable English subtitles by Merlin. Sourced from a master copy of the Italian “Star Video” VHS release . Missing scenes were added from a lower quality source. This is the most complete and best looking version available.

“ “Giallo a Venezia” is, without a doubt, one of the sleaziest movies ever produced in Italy. Along with “The New York Ripper”(1982,Lucio Fulci) and “The Killer Is Still Among Us”(1985, Camillo Teti) this is possibly the nastiest giallo ever made. The film begins with a double murder on the Venetian docks: architect Fabio (Gianni Dei) is stabbed with a pair of scissors, while his wife Flavia (Leonora Fani) is drowned. The fact that Flavia was pulled back from the water by the killer after being drowned, intrigues inspector DePaul (Jeff Blynn) and his assistant Maestrin. As they begin investigating friends of the couple, such as Marizia (Mariangela Giordano from “Burial Ground” and “Malabimba”), they soon discover that Fabio was in fact a sex crazed cocaine addict, who could only achieve sexual gratification by violence and sick voyeurism put upon his wife. During the investigation Marizia begins to receive threatening phone calls from ex-lover and soon after that a series of brutal murders is set in motion. Director Mario Landi (“Patrick Still Lives”) fails to create any suspense or mystery. What Landi looses in mystery he more than makes up for with some of the most brutal violence and sex ever put on the screen. The violence in “Giallo a Venezia” is truly shocking. A prostitute is stabbed repeatedly in the crotch in one of the most sickeningly audacious murder sequences ever filmed. Another gory highlights include Giordano being tied naked to her kitchen table and having her leg cut off with a handsaw by the killer and Marizia’s lover being doused in gasoline and set alight. The long sex scenes are pretty explicit and it’s quite obvious that Landi’s intentions were only to show as much sex and blood as he could. To sum up, if you like sleaze and extreme gore then you should check this one out…” [imdb – HumanoidOfFlesh]