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

Cut-Throats Nine (aka Condenados a Vivir) (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, 1972)

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A military sergeant and his daughter are tasked with marching a chain gang of convicts though a desolate mountain pass, with tragic results. Billed outright as a violent exploitation film (complete with a “terror mask” gimmick being distributed to audiences … Continued

The Love Cult (Barry Mahon, 1966)

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A down on his luck television hypnotist starts a sex cult to bilk people out of their hard earned cash and bang sluts.  American war hero turned director Barry Mahon was definitely no stranger to sleazy cinema, having been behind … Continued

The Candy Snatchers (Guerdon Trueblood, 1973)

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A trio of miscreants kidnap a schoolgirl intent on ransoming her back to her family. A nosy autistic boy becomes the only witness to the crime. Heralded by many as one of the greatest exploitation films of all time, Guerdon … Continued

Emanuelle e Françoise (le sorelline) (aka Emanuelle’s Revenge) (Joe D’Amato, 1975)

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When a woman’s sister kills herself after suffering an abusive relationship, she decides to take revenge on the man responsible. By now, Joe D’Amato (Anthropophagus; Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals) should be a household name, especially to those of … Continued

Class of 1984 (Mark Lester, 1982)

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A new teacher arrives at an out-of-control school that is overrun with gangs, drugs and violence. It’s punks vs. authority in a psychotic fight to the death! Duane: Ah, Class of 1984. How many times have I enjoyed you over … Continued

Emanuelle Escapes from Hell (Emanuelle fuga dall’inferno) (aka Emanuelle in Prison, Women’s Prison Massacre, Blade Violent) (Bruno Mattei, 1983)

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Intrepid reporter Emanuelle finds herself incarcerated in a women’s prison after threatening to expose a corrupt official. Humiliated and tortured by the sadistic penal staff, things take a turn for the worse when the prison is taken over by a … Continued

House on Straw Hill (aka Trauma, Exposé) (James Kenelm Clarke, 1976)

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A reclusive writer struggling to piece together his second novel enlists the help of a young female secretary to assist him. He soon falls into a quagmire of lust, debauchery and murder. Here’s yet another film to have landed on … Continued

Killing American Style (Amir Shervan, 1990)

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Robert Z’Dar stars (that’s really all we need to say here) as the leader of the most idiotic gang of thugs to ever rob a payroll, plan a prison-bus breakout and take a family hostage. You can actually taste the … Continued

Mark of the Devil (Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven, 1970)

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A Witchfinder’s loyal apprentice finds himself conflicted when his mentor and fellow inquisitors take things too far, accusing the innocent. As far as witchsploitation films go, Mark of the Devil is still revered as one of the greatest, no doubt … Continued

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