Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Director: Terence Fisher
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris
Storyline: A madman scientist brings back the soul of his assistant into the body of a woman
Review (Spoils): Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing ) plays with the object of death and he and Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters )have a plan to bring someone back to life as they have found a way to trap ones soul. When the young man Hans (Robert Morris) is framed for murder and put to the death they use his soul and place it into a body of young woman found dead in the river. What is not known is that young Hans and the woman known as Christina (Susan Denberg) were secret lovers. When she is brought back to live she goes on a rampage of revenge.
Another Hammer film for the review and as usual we have Peter Cushing, heaving bosoms, red blood, kills off scene and amazing scenery. The story is actually well written and we have a few plots at play here in this storyline. Some bright red blood, hatchets and nice bloody head makes this film very enjoyable.
Rating: I personally actual liked this film a lot. It was a fun film and it had some funny moments and some creepy moments. Susan Denberg was great and I love how she played both the victim and the monster. This film would be great drinking film if you drank every time someone had a glass of wine.
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Main Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Daniel Henshall
Storyline: A single mother battles the lost of her husband and the struggles of her son and his fear of a monster in the closet.
Review (Spoils):Amelia (Essie Davis) is struggling through life ever since she lost her husband who died in a car accident when she was delivering her son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). On top of that she has to deal with Samuel’s consent fear of the boogeyman in the closet and his erratic behavior. This drives her to the edge of insanity and then she crosses the line and visions of the creature known as the Babadook herself.
The film plays on the struggles of being a single parent (or any parent actually) and the haunting of what is real and not. This film is pretty damn dark and at many times your not sure who your cheering for the son, the mother or none of them! The film is not heavy on cast and lots of jumps but instead it really gets under your skin and you have a bit of sick feeling watching it. The movie is not gory or bloody but instead very emotional and the topics that is battles is more frightening then the creature itself (maybe that’s the whole damn point!). Jennifer Kent brought something that is differently different with this one.
Rating: Ever watch a film and for no god damn reason you feel icky inside while it is happening. This is one of those films! Its not over the top scary, its not gory, its not bloody and there is no real sexuality in it. But being a parent myself this film it something inside me and that drove me nuts. For that alone Jennifer Kent was successful with this film. Horror is not about blood and guts all the time, sometimes it is just the little things that are not right….
Isla: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Director: Don Edmonds
Main Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx, Nicolle Riddell, Jo Jo Deville, Sandy Richman
Storyline: An evil female Nazi warden is torturing people for medical reasons but it is more for pleasure.
Review (Spoils): Isla (Dyanne Thorne) is one nasty bitch, first she is a Nazi warden of a death camp and second she gets off in a weird way with the torturing of prisoners (male or female). She is running the show at the camp until she comes across a German American by the name of Wolfe (Gregory Knoph). He is like something she has never had in bed before (lasts forever) and he uses this to get his way and survive in the death camp causing an up rite over her.
This film is nasty (in a good way) we have lots of red blood and torture. Everything from finger nails being pulled, burning, drowning, poison, hanging, sexual insertions, nudity (lots!), gun shots and some of the bodies are such a gory bloody mess you have no idea what happened to them. Isla is violent sex addict and she takes the role of madwoman very well. Yes the topic of the Nazi’s and SS should not be taken lightly but this film is cheesy /over the top gory it is hard not to this round.
Dyanne Thorne steals the show in this one as the head woman and usually gets other hot ladies to help her with the torture plus we have many scenes of her well known large breasts.
Rating: I personally was lucky to have found an uncut nasty version of this film. I’ve heard about this film for many years but never checked it out as I thought it would just one of those cheesy knock offs but man this one did not disappoint.
I’m sorry…. I over looked this one for so many years and yet I’m glad I found the version I did.
Isla just might be one of the nastiest ladies of horror….drink to that!
Country: New Zealand
Director: Gerald Johnstone
Main Stars: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen Paul Waru, Ross Harper, Cameron Rhodes, Ryan Lampp
Storyline: A young teenager gets sent back home at house arrest. While there she feels that her family home is haunted.
Review (Spoils): We have that rebellious teenage Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly ) who has never learned. She likes to drink, do drugs; cause shit and rob bank machines. She gets caught and she is sent to her family home under house arrest. She does not try to connect with her mother or her father and pretty much uses them until she starts to go nuts that there is an evil presence in the family home. Toys start to talk to her and she loses her mind till she finds out she not living in there alone.
This movie was sold as a funny yet scary horror film so I held low hopes for it and I was kind of proven right. This movie started out okay and then it fell flat boring with the talking toys and the back and forth between herself and the creepiness of the house. The plus side of the film was that it did not shine on the blood and gore when it was time but by that time I was lost and just tried to keep focused. We have spraying blood, choking, haunting toys; exploding heads, a semi rip off from the People Under the Stairs and at least some good acting.
Rating: This film from what I have read has a huge following but personally I don’t get it. The film was not horrible but at the same time it was not great. The blood and gore was there and with Morgana O’Reilly I could not decide if she was attractive or not as it depended on the scene. I was really leaning on for a ghost story and instead of got something that was neither lacking nor not that funny.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Director: Takashi Miike
Main Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun
Storyline: A yakuza enforcer trying to find is boss and a madman killer with bladed boots meet head on.
Review (Spoils): A yakuza enforcer with massive scars on his face and love for torture named Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano) is trying to find his missing boss. He goes through a ton of people by beating them and torturing them to find out what has happened. During this search they come across a killer named Ichi (Nao Ohmori). Well Ichi is different he gets off on blood (literally) and he wears these fancy blade boots which he roams around slitting and cutting people up. Ichi starts to take out the yakuza till they finally have a showdown at the end. Who will win?
This film is very over the top for blood, gore and special effects. Some of them are really good and some of them are cheesie. But this film is not lacking in action and body parts. We have the blades of Ichi cutting everything up in a million pieces and slitting some nasty throats and we have Kakihara torturing people to the point that it makes Saw look like a child’s game.
There is so much death and blood in this film I can’t name of the deaths but man we have everything from nipple slicing, to throats gashed, pulled off arms, faces lifted off, looks of chains and hooks, women beatings, sex and even some good old fashion getting off from killing people. Nothing is lacking or forgotten in this film. Oh and we have the very long legged and beautiful Paulyn Sun.
Rating: The above film is not for everyone! This is over the top graphic gore, sex and torture. Exploitation is not lacking in this gem and now I can see why horror fans rave about this being one of the bloodest films very made.Do not expect jumps and scares in this film instead prepare yourself to cringe and feel disgusted……. definite and oddball for sure.
The Last House on the Beach (Le Settima Donna) (1978)
Director: Franco Prosperi
Main Stars: Florinda Bolkan, RayLovelock, Flavio Andreini, Sherry Buchanan, Stefano Cedrati, Laura Tanziani, Laura Trotter, Karina Verlier, Luisa Maneri
Storyline: A small group of armed men invade a beach house that is occupied with a group of ladies and takes them hostage.
Review (Spoils): A small group of men shot up a place and rob it. They escape and run off to an area where they just happen to find that is loaded with young women and ran by a nun. The men drink, have their way with the girls as they enjoy the location till the final end when the women have their revenge and escape.
Does this movie ring a bell? It should as it is another exploitation film along the lines of the classics The Last House on the Left and The Last House on the Edge of the Park. We have some not so great acting, some beautiful ladies, a group of men that never had a chance, some scenes that don’t who much but leave it for the imagination on what is actually happening, gunshot wounds, a nasty stick scene and some weird camera work on emotions.
Rating: Not as good as the films mentioned above but it still fits the same group with title and storyline. We have the beautiful Sherry Buchanan, Florinda Bolkan and Karina Verlier being tortured and the final scene is actually memorable as the girls lay down the beats! Not a classic like the others but it still fits the horror exploitation list.
Country: New Zealand
Director: Jason Lei Howden
Main Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberly Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell, Delany Tabron, Stephen Ure
Storyline: Two death metal teens play music and resurrect the devil himself, leading demons to walk the town as they jam to a hidden message.
Review (Spoils): Misfit Brody (Milo Cawthorne ) never fit and when he gets sent to his uncles in a small town as a metal head it becomes even worse. After dealing with some dick bullying he finds a new friend Zakk (James Blake) and they becomes friends and start a band. With all this they come across a long forgotten metal singer killer Rikki Daggers (Stephen Ure) in which they get hold of some lost lyrics. The sound actual becomes a ritual that unleashes an evil entity called the Blind One. Demons start to walk the town as they music is unleashed.
The film delivers metal, babes, some nudity, some corpse make up, demons and some serious over the top blood. We have chainsaws, axes and all kinds of weapons even dildos. Lots of blood and gore to go with the music on this one.
Rating: If you like your horror with a cup of laughs this one is for you. If you do not understand the metal cultures (totally get it and actually could relate on some levels) then this might not be for you. If you have a weak stomach for blood then just leave the site….hahahahaha. We have a fun tale of two young metalheads , the beautiful Kimberly Crossman and Delany Tabronand lots of blood to share with this one.