Island of the Living Dead (aka L’isola dei morti viventi) (Bruno Mattei, 2006)

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A group of treasure seekers shipwreck on an uncharted island inhabited by the living dead.  Considering this was Mattei’s penultimate work (followed by the equally heinous Zombies: the Beginning) one would naturally keep expectations very low as ill-fated directors in … Continued

Recap! Rewind! Redux! July 2015

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Satan’s Blade (L. Scott Castillo Jr., 1984) – This rambling attempt to capitalize upon the early 80s slasher boom couldn’t be more of a mess. The plot involves a bank robbery which awkwardly leads into some bullshit about an evil … Continued

Exterminators of the Year 3000 (aka Il Giustiziere Della Strada, Death Warriors) (Giuliano Carnimeo, 1983)

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After a nuclear holocaust, earth’s water supply is decimated. A small group of survivors attempt to locate a well in order to replenish their dwindling reserves amidst a war-torn wasteland terrorized by a group of sadistic bandits. This Italian/Spanish ripoff … Continued

Almost Human (aka Milano Odia: la Polizia Non Può Sparare) (Umberto Lenzi, 1974)

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A small-time criminal sociopath grows weary of busting his hump for unsatisfying paydays so he orchestrates a high-profile kidnapping with disastrous consequences. Jocelyn:  I fucking love Tomas Milian (Don’t Torture a Duckling, Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot!). Whether he’s … Continued

Ricco (aka The Cauldron of Death, The Dirty Mob, Mean Machine) (Tulio Demicheli, 1973)

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A young man fresh out of prison discovers that his Mafioso father has been murdered. Embarking on a journey to discover who is behind the slaying, he finds himself entangled in a web of betrayal and violence. Talk about misleading … Continued

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (aka L’orrible segreto del Dr. Hichcock) (Riccardo Freda, 1962)

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In 1885 London, a brilliant doctor with a taste for necrophilia runs into problems when his sexual proclivities leave his wife in a coffin.       It seems a miracle that this could have been released as far back … Continued

Contraband (aka Luca Il Contrabbandiere) (Lucio Fulci, 1980)

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Cigarette smugglers get fucked up when a rival crime boss starts pushing drugs on their turf. The film centers on one of the mafia Capos, Luca (Fabio Testi; What Have You Done to Solange?, Four of the Apocalypse), who has … Continued

Malabimba: The Malicious Whore (Andrea Bianchi, 1979)

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  A sixteen year old girl is possessed by what appears to be the evil spirit of her deceased mother. Her recent lascivious behavior causes all manner of problems for her family as they struggle with financial issues and a … Continued

Madness (aka Vacanze Per Un Massacro) (Fernando Di Leo, 1980)

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A violent escaped convict returns to the place where he stashed a bag of stolen money, only to discover a group of people vacationing at the hiding spot. In this lackluster exploitation entry from Fernando Di Leo (Naked Violence, The … Continued

Giallo in Venice (Giallo a Venezia) (Mario Landi, 1979)

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When a husband and wife are discovered murdered on the shores of Venice, it’s up to a hard-boiled detective to determine who committed the heinous act as the bodies continue to pile up in increasingly deplorable ways. This one surprised … Continued

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