DVD Review: Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection (2016)

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Female Prisoner Scorpion: The Complete Collection BR CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Shunya Ito, Yasuharu Hasebe

Starring: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yoyoi Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi, Fumio Watanabe, Yayoi Watanabe, Masakazu Tamura, Hiroshi Tsukata

Continuing a run of fantastic limited edition box sets, Arrow Video have finally put together the first four movies in the Japanese women-in-prison/revenge Female Prisoner Scorpion series in a lavish package loaded with extras. Based on a comic, the films – particularly the original – have become notable amongst cult cinema connoisseurs for their depictions of graphic violence, sex and strong female characters, many elements that were copied by hundreds of other exploitation movies throughout the 1970s but never quite captured with the same sense of artistic flair.

The first film in the series is 1972’s Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion, which Continue reading

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Blu-ray Review: Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) – Extreme Uncut Collector’s Edition

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Bloodsucking Freaks BR CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Joel M. Reed

Starring: Seamus O’Brien, Viju Krem, Niles McMaster, Dan Fauci, Alan Dellay, Louie de Jesus

There are certain films that, by their very nature, make it very hard to rate or recommend to people, even if they are such notorious titles that people should actually see before they condemn or condone them. Bloodsucking Freaks is definitely one of those films as is at once both irresistible and repulsive in its pure grindhouse sleaze.

Apparently there is a story but you really won’t care. Sardu (Seamus O’Brien) is the master in the Theatre of the Macabre, a Grand Guignol-style show where Sardu and his dwarf assistant Ralphus (Louie de Jesus) torture and kill people in front Continue reading

DVD Review: Baise-Moi (2000)

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Baise-Moi DVD CoverDistributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 18

Directors: Virginie Despentes & Coralie Trinh Thi

Starring: Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane, Delphine McCarty

After suffering a brutal gang rape Manu (Raffaëla Anderson) bumps into Nadine (Karen Lancaume), who is going through her own traumas brought on by the local scumbags that have just shot her friend. Realising that they share something on an empathetic level the pair take to the road, escaping from the drudgery of their everyday lives and turning to robbery, sexual deviancy and murder to get their kicks.

There are those that say this film is nothing more than sadistic porn that pretends to have an artistic feminist message. There are also others who say that this is a film about female empowerment, a savage take on the Thelma & Louise ideas of freedom, role reversal and fighting back. Which is it? Probably both to some extent, but whatever side of the argument you fall on there’s no denying that Continue reading

DVD Review: Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973)

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Blood Orgy of the She-Devils DVD CoverDistributor: 88 Films

BBFC Classification: 18

Director: Ted V. Mikels

Starring: Lila Zaborin, Leslie McRay, Victor Izay, Ray Myles, Kebrina Kincade

Directed by Ted V. Mikels (The Corpse Grinders), the wonderfully titled Blood Orgy of the She-Devils is a 1973 occult thriller that, on the surface at least, is comparable to many other black magic themed movies of the era by having a provocative title, scantily clad women dancing at a black mass, murder, sacrifice, etc. But where Blood Orgy of the She-Devils differs from other titillating titles like Virgin Witch, Season of the Witch, The Toy Box or even Hammer’s classic The Devil Rides Continue reading

DVD Review: Machete Kills (2013)

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Machete Kills DVD CoverDistributor: Lionsgate

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, Charlie Sheen, William Sadler, Lady Gaga, Tom Savini, Sofía Vergara, Alexa PenaVega, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Demián Bichir

There is something of a trend at the moment for people to build things up and then knock them down; okay, maybe that’s not a new thing but recently there have been several films that were celebrated once they were announced and then shot down in flames once they were released, despite being the exact thing they said they were. Take Pacific Rim as an example – a trailer was released, everyone rejoiced, film was released and then… backlash as it was Continue reading