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  • Three the Hard Way

    Three the Hard Way

    ★★★

    Genocidal white supremacists make the fatal error of tangling with the frankly un-killable trio of Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly.
    Average fare for the genre and all three actors produced superior solo work during the period, but solid stunts and unceasing action make Three the Hard Way an enjoyable enough watch. It also briefly features a bizarre topless torture squad of female bikers.

  • Frankenstein's Bloody Terror

    Frankenstein's Bloody Terror

    ★★★★

    Waldemar Daninsky's lycanthropic curse origin story features no Frankenstein (monster or doctor) that I was aware of, but delivers plenty of Naschy wolfman action, a vampire dandy with a swinging vampire wife and more than enough garish red & green lit gothic castle interiors to keep me satisfied. Fun, atmospheric and slightly unhinged, Frankenstein's Bloody Terror was retrospectively a bold statement of wolfish intent on behalf of both Naschy and Spanish horror cinema in general.

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  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    ★★★★

    A kaleidoscopic Giallogasm, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is every fetishistic quirk and visually arresting Giallo motif ripped from the guts of an already strange sub-genre and spliced into something brilliantly deranged.
    I imagine that watching this film is akin to looking through the eyes of your most twisted Giallo killer and finding it impossible to coherently focus on anything but the mad passions that compel them!
    I get the feeling that The Strange Colour of Your Body's…

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    ★★½

    As a sequel to The Exorcist? - Yes, it's a dismal failure.
    Viewed as a stand-alone, loopy, mystical/sci-fi/horror hybrid dragged along by a manic Richard Burton performance? - It's actually quite fun.
    Somehow I missed out on(avoided...) seeing this until very recently, but finally got my opportunity to view it on the big screen as part of the BFI's John Boorman retrospective.
    Seen in a Boorman context alongside the likes of 'Excalibur' and 'Zardoz', it made a lot more sense…