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Svegliati e uccidi

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on January 19, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Title: Svegliati e uccidi
Production: Italy 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Cast: Robert Hoffmann, Gian Maria Volontè, Claudio Camaso
Run Time: 117min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV capture
Language: English, German, Italian
Subtitles: English, German

A pipipip composite of the German and Greek VHS tapes.

“Although the poliziotteschi sub-genre would not dominate the Italian box-office until the 1970’s – a period which also saw crime movies in American cinema become distinctly grittier – it’s roots can be traced back to the early work of director Carlo Lizzani. His early work, such as Wake Up and Kill (also known as Wake Up and Die) and The Violent Four (1968), laid the foundations for a rougher crime flick, movies that weren’t afraid be socially aware or show Italy as the haven for crime and corruption it had become. For Wake Up and Kill, Lizzani took inspiration from one of the country’s most popular Robin Hood figures – Luciano Lutring. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Lutring before I was reading up about the film before watching it. I also doubt many people outside of Italy, or perhaps France (where Lutring served 12 years in prison), would have heard of him either, but his story is a familiar one. The likes of Ned Kelly and Jesse James come immediately to mind – criminals who are pardoned of their acts through folk-tales, becoming mythic heroes in the process. Lutring (played with a charismatic swagger by Robert Hoffman) robs jewels in broad daylight by smashing shop windows with a hammer and grabbing what he can. As his fame rises and his reputation hardens, he turns increasingly violent, carrying a sub-machine gun in a violin case which lends him the name “the machine-gun soloist,”. At first, Lizzani draws us into a sexy world of crime where every robbery lacks sophistication but sets the pulse racing, with sexy club singer Yvonne (Lisa Gastoni) soon on Lutring’s arm before she realises what she’s gotten herself into. Led by the determined Inspector Moroni (Gian Maria Volonte), the police are always one step behind Lutring’s crime-spree. A few moments of casual domestic violence aside, Lizzani mainly portrays Lutring in a sympathetic light, being sexed-up by the media and blamed for crimes he didn’t commit. For the crimes he does commit, Lizzani delivers a couple of well-handled and realistic set-pieces, usually in broad daylight. But at just shy of two hours (there are various versions of the movie out there – it appears I saw the longest) Wake Up and Kill feels dragged out, despite closing with a fantastic open-ended final scene.” ~imdb

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Scacco alla mafia

In I fought the law, Paprika Chips on January 19, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Title: Scacco alla mafia
Production: Italy 1970
Director: Warren Kiefer
Cast: Victor Spinetti, Maria Pia Conte, Pier Paolo Capponi
Run Time: 89min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV capture
Language: English, Italian, German
Subtitles: None

A pipipip project, using a rare German TV capture.

“At the Rome airport two men are taken into custody. Inspector Scott Luce thinks their two suit-cases are full of drugs, but the suit-cases contains only white powder. Afterwards the corpse of Susan Palmer is found. She was a drug runner for the Cosa Nostra boss Frankie Agostino. Susan’s friend, Jenny Ryan, meets a mysterious man from America, Arthur Ardigan, supposedly her cousin. In the meantime Inspector Luce is investigating.” ~imdb

Red Headed Corpse

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on January 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Title: Red Headed Corpse (La rossa dalla pelle che scotta)
Production: Italy 1972
Director: Renzo Russo
Cast: Farley Granger, Erika Blanc, Krista Nell
Run Time: 98min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: English
Subtitles: None

A darioargento project. Sources used are the Italian VHS2DVDr and the Private Screenings VHS2DVDr.

“A sickly-looking Farley Granger stars as an alcoholic artist struggling to live off his paintings.He eventually acquires a faceless woman’s mannequin, which after he decides to paint it transforms into a beautiful, apparently living woman. At first the woman is mute, but eventually she talks just enough that Farley’s painter gets abusive with her, while she embarks on a promiscuous lifestyle.” ~imdb

Operazione Goldman

In Save European Home on January 19, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Title: Operazione Goldman
Production: Italy/Spain 1967
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Cast: Anthony Eisley, Wandisa Guida, Diana Lorys
Run Time: 92min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian, English, French, German
Subtitles: None

A pipipip composite project.

Les Cousines

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on October 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

Title: Les Cousines
Production: France 1970
Director: Louis Soulanes
Cast: Nicole Debonne, Danielle Argence, Solange Pradel
Run Time: 82min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Necroplis’ custom of the Italian retail, featuring tailored English subtitles.

“Here’s another terrific, mean-spirited thriller, sometimes vaguely erotic, but mostly just twisted. Nicole DeBonne, who stared in Max Pecas’ “Claude and Greta” (aka “Her and She and Him”) and who looks very much like a young, red-haired Joan Rivers, stars as a probably twenty-year-old girl who lives with her mute sister, her blonde cousin, with whom she cuddles while topless more often than not, and her mother in a relatively large house in the French countryside. Men are in short supply, except for the beefy one who comes to service DeBonne on occasion, and when the cousins see a man they tend to go rather wild.
Most of their time, though, is spent caring for DeBonne’s mute sister who was traumatized by a childhood friend’s death at an early age and has thus been rendered unable to speak, or even feed herself. The cousins slap her around, attach a loud radio to her wheelchair, and force her to observe their marijuana toking. The mother goes away on business for a weekend, and the cousins have a rollicking swingers’ party, which climaxes in something other than an orgy. Fearing exposure from their mute witness to their activities, the cousins try to scare her to death.”

La noche de los sexos abiertos

In Lose the skin, Paprika Chips on October 28, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Title: La noche de los sexos abiertos
Production: Spain 1983
Director: Jesús Franco
Cast: Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Lorna Green
Run Time: 85min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: TV Rip
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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A Suckmysound project.
“The Franco bounty continues with this FULL DVD RIP of one of Jess Franco’s most elusive Golden Films productions, made in 1981 between “El Hotel de los Ligues” and “Macumba Sexual.” It’s so rare, in fact, that no print was available for review at the time the book “Obsession – The Films of Jess Franco” was published, and it’s not discussed in Carlos Aguilar’s book either.

It’s a sequel of sorts to “La Chica de las Bragas Transparentes/Pick-Up Girls” (1980) which introduced Antonio Mayans as private detective Al Crosby, the role he plays here – an inexplicable knock-off of the Al Pereira character that dates back in Franco’s work to Eddie Constantine’s portrayal in “Attack of the Robots” (1965). There were 17 Golden Films productions made between 1981 and 1985, of which “La Noche de los Sexos Abiertos” was the second. Franco produced these films himself and had final cut on them, which explains why they form such an intense and unapologetically original body of work.

Here’s the storyline translated from the video box:

“Moira – a beautiful and erotic cabaret dancer – is hired to impersonate another woman who turns out to be a secret agent and must receive an important message in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In that message is reported and discovered the hidden whereabouts of a very important character from World War II [a Nazi officer named Von Klaus] who once absconded with a vast fortune in gold. Aided by private detective Al Crosby, with whom her relationship goes beyond the limits of pleasure, Moira manages to locate the mysterious character.” Based on the novel by David Khunne, don’t you know.

Of course, Moira is portrayed by Lina Romay – who it must be said looks spectacular here – and the cast also features Eva Palmer (billed in other Franco movies as Lorna Green), Albino Graziani, Mayans’ wife Juana de la Morena (whose vagina is cauterized by a hot curling iron), Tony Skios and Franco himself in a funny bit part.

The movie opens on an melancholy note as Al is shown driving into town at nightfall, accompanied by soft samba music whose spell is periodically broken by cutaways to Moira, performing her erotic stage performance to a more jacked-up, heavy breathing piece of music. The music is credited to Pablo Villa and this is easily one of Franco’s most musical films from this period, the highlight being a rock number whose only lyric is “The taste taste taste taste taste of your sperm! The taste taste taste taste taste of your sperm!” repeated ad infinitum. Even funnier, in the very next scene when we think we’re finally free of it, it turns up on a bedroom radio as Al rapes Moira! The Gran Canaria and Alicante locations are beautiful, and the film’s climax features shots taken in the same structure where the “Perverse Countess” interiors were shot a decade earlier.

Spain was still two years away from permitting hardcore porn and Franco sometimes cleverly teases the boundaries of what was legally allowed. During one of her stage performances (it’s more of a lumpy garage floor than a stage), Moira masturbates while licking the photos in a sex magazine, literally fellating a photo and performing cunnilingus on another. So the content is as hard as you can get in a soft X.”

Empire of Fire

In Exotic Nuts on October 28, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Title: Empire of Fire
Production: Indonesia 1988
Director: Maman Firmansyah
Cast: Mike Abbott, Atut Agustinanto
Run Time: 90min
Circulation: NTSC DVDR
Generation/Source: DVD Custom
Language: English
Subtitles: None

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A Necropolis custom job.

“The rarest of Mike Abbott’s Indonesian films (…) Mike is Bogart, a dictator who attacks a palace along with his mercenaries. They spread terror and decapitate the emperor who is replaced by Bogart. The few survivors are starting to train a small army in order to take over the lost empire again. Mira, the most beautiful surviving girl, is sent to the palace in order to seduce Bogart.”

El latigo contra Satanas

In Exotic Nuts on October 28, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Title: El latigo contra Satanas
Production: Mexico 1979
Director: Alfredo B. Crevenna
Cast: Juan Miranda, Noé Murayama, Rubén Rojo
Run Time: 81min
Circulation: NTSC DVDR
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Subtitles by Spinal.

“Rare movie, the second film in the obscure El Látigo series. Lots of action in this bizarre adventure in which the Zorro-like hero battles a cult of devil-worshippers, a witch, superstitious peasants and an exploding volcano. Like the other entries, this movie was filmed in Guatemala.”

El latigo contro las momias asesinas

In Exotic Nuts on October 28, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Title: El latigo contro las momias asesinas
Production: Mexico 1980
Director: Ángel Rodríguez Vázquez
Cast: Juan Miranda, Rosa Gloria Chagoyán, Marco de Carlo
Run Time: 80min
Circulation: NTSC DVDR
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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“The third and final film of the obscure El Látigo series, about a modern-day Zorro-like character who fights villainy and the supernatural. In this entry, the hero is pitted against a satanic sect of murderous mummies. Although a Mexican production, the movie was filmed entirely in Guatemala. Actor Manuel Leal who portrayed wrestling hero Tinieblas in several films plays the chief mummy in this picture. “

Delitto carnale

In Paprika Chips, Somebody got murdered on October 28, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Title: Delitto carnale
Production: Italy 1982
Director: Cesare Canevari
Cast: Marc Porel, Moana Pozzi, Dirce Funari
Run Time: 84min
Circulation: PAL DVDR
Generation/Source: VHS Master
Language: Italian
Subtitles: None

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“A group of decadent and filthy rich people arrive at the empty hotel where a deceased rich man lived.Soon they are copulating like crazy and the murders begin…Cesare Canevari’s “Sensual Murder” is one of the sleaziest gialli I have ever seen.It’s on par with “Giallo a Venezia”,”La Sorella di Ursula” and “Play Motel” when it comes to graphic sleaze and sexual debauchery.Unfortunately the film fails as a giallo simply because there is not enough murders and violence.Canevari filled “Delitto Carnale” with as much sex and nudity as he could.The film is quite erotic and arousing in places,unfortunately the action quickly becomes dull and uninteresting.6 sleazies out of 10.” ~imdb