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Film Review: Savage Man Savage Beast (1975)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Film Review: Der Konig der Kannibalen (Cannibal Messiah) (2016)

SYNOPSIS: The King of the Cannibals”, aka “Cannibal Messiah”, the second work in feature film length from the house PSYCHO PRODUCTIONS. Content a continuation of the found footage short film “The Last Cannibal REVIEW: Der Konig der Kannibalen (aka King of the Cannibals or Cannibal Messiah) is a slapstick, goofball splatter film written by Master W and co-directed by Master …

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Film Review: Amicus Mortis (short film) (2007)

SYNOPSIS: A twisted and bloody tale of revenge shown in reverse chronological order. REVIEW: Low budget horror shorts are hard to do well. It’s very difficult to get the necessary plot crammed into such a small time frame, and when you’re trying to make your film jam-packed with gore as well, it’s practically impossible. Amicus Mortis is definitely lacking on the former, …

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Film Review: Legend Of Hell (2012)

SYNOPSIS: An archaeologist finds a relic that supposedly opens the gates of Hell, and is thrown backwards through time and space to fight to keep it closed. REVIEW: Directed by Olaf Ittenbach, German goremeister extraordinaire, Legend of Hell takes a brief tour through history, giving him ample opportunity (and historical weaponry) to showcase his talents. And showcase he most certainly does. …

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Film Review: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (short film) (1971)

SYNOPSIS: Real autopsy footage highlights this short film from Stan Brakhage. REVIEW: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes is a literal Greek translation of the word autopsy. Stan Brakhage gives us a view inside a normally closed off room, where coroners dissect bodies to determine cause of death and various pathologists research disease and its possible cures. By giving …

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