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Film Review: Titicut Follies (1967)

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  SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman exposes conditions at a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane. REVIEW: Frederick Wiseman is a highly accomplished documentarian, with over 40 films to his credit (and still counting). His approach is very much a “fly on the wall” method, where he steps back and out of the way and just films, capturing as close to …

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Film Review: Malabimba (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: Bimba’s mother has just been murdered mysteriously and the family is holding a seance to contact her spirit. As soon as the mystic finds her spirit things go crazy REVIEW: A group of people gather in the family castle for a séance, hoping to contact Andrea’s (Enzo Fisichella) recently deceased wife, Daniela. The medium (Elisa Mainardi, who is more …

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Film Review: The Life and Death of a P*rno Gang (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Young director Marko, after several unsuccessful attempts to shoot his first feature film, makes an acquaintance with a p*rn director Cane and starts making films with him, showing his anger towards the society he lives in. After the conflict with Cane he starts his own p*rn cabaret club in which the socio-political shows are frequently performed. He gathers p*rn …

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Film Review: Guinea Pig 5: Android of Notre Dame (1989) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: By the time of Android of Notre Dame, the fifth installment in the Guinea Pig Series, any mondo factualization of the fictional has disappeared. Instead, we have a typical cyberpunk narrative as if focalized through the fevered imagination of Manfred Clynes who posited in the 1960s that the body would become redundant at the interface of new cybernetic technologies. …

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Film Review: Collar (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A rookie cop starts her shift like any other but soon it will all change for the worse. A derelict with a reputation of satanic violence, attacks the officer and collars her with a dog leash which is just the start of his abusive ritual. REVIEW: If you’ve seen anything by writer/director Ryan Nicholson (for example, maybe Live Feed, …

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Film Review: Regoregitated Sacrifice (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A girl with disturbing hallucinations continues her downward spiral into hell. Not for the faint of heart. REVIEW: Written by: Lucifer Valentine Directed by: Lucifer Valentine Starring: Ameara Lavey, The Black Angels of Hell, Isabelle Styles, Honey, Amy Lee, J.J., Belle, Cinderella Valentine and Hank Skinny Hell-o, vomit mongers and Kurt Co-BANG! Fans. Here, we have the second installment …

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Film Review: Savage Man Savage Beast (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: Bizarre rituals, animals being killed, and people being killed and eaten by each other and animals REVIEW: Savage Man Savage Beast, aka Zumbalah, aka Ultime Grida Dalla Savana, aka Savage Temptation, aka The Great Hunting, aka (simply and appropriately) Deathshow, is one of the more influential early “shockumentary” films. Seen as a nature documentary in which the cyclical food …

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Film Review: Snuff Trap (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: When the daughter of a politician suddenly disappears, her step-mother investigates the porno industry in search of her. REVIEW: Snuff Trap (aka Snuff Killer – La Morte in Diretta) is one of the later films of Italian writer/director Bruno Mattei (this time working under the pseudonym Pierre Le Blanc), released in 2003. After arguing a bit with her mother, …

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Film Review: Glowing Eyes: La Chatte a Deux Tetes (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: The inner workings of a p*rn theater exposes a love triangle between a cashier, her interested boy toy, and an elderly gay gentleman. REVIEW: Glowing Eyes: La Chatte a Deux Tetes (The Pussy With Two Heads) is an interesting film. Directed by Jacques Nolot, who also cast himself as the elderly gay gentleman in the synopsis, Glowing Eyes is a French …

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Film Review: Belcebu: Tomame, soy tu Puta del Infierno (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Belcebu, legendary rock star, builds up his drug empire until the Devil offers him eternal life. REVIEW: Made in Spain and distributed by Troma Team Video worldwide, Belcebu: Tomame, soy tu Puta del Infierno (translated to Belcebu: Take me, I’m Your Whore From Hell, which is certainly an interesting title) very much fits the mold for something that is distributed …

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Film Review: Brutal (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of criminals kidnap a woman for ransom, hoping for a big payday. Unfortunately, they discover that crime doesn’t pay. REVIEW: Brutal is from director Filip Chalatsis, and is a Greek horror film. This, by itself, was interesting to me, because I can’t for the life of me think of another Greek horror film I’ve ever seen. I love …

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Film Review: Sick The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan Supermasochist (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: This documentary chronicles the life and art of Bob Flanagan, who was diagnosed with the disease cystic fibrosis. Director Kirby Dick examines how Flanagan began routinely maiming his own body to deal with and overcome the acute physical pain he felt every day. Flanagan’s self-torturing habits are the basis for his avant-garde live performances, which are featured prominently in …

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Film Review: Sadomaster Locura General (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Mauricio Beccar Varela is now the president of Argentina, this means the triumph of a savage and oppressive capitalism, which reaches unsuspected extremes of torture, but the anarchists always be there to meet them, perhaps using the same methods questionable REVIEW: Picking up right where 2005’s Sadomaster left off, German Magarinos’ 2011 film, Sadomaster Locura General (aka Sadomaster Total …

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