Film Review: Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: Industrialist George Stark invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell who has invented a new chemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of the potential investors goes behind each other’s back, fear and mistrust grow, particularly once the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kidnapped (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment, Kidnapped involves a gang of criminals who, when their robbery goes wrong, take a woman, man, and sick child hostage and embark on a tension-fueled getaway. In a departure from his more audacious visual style, Bava keeps the action claustrophobic and the tension wound tight, building to an unexpected (and unforgettable) finale. REVIEW: In Mario Bava’s distinguished career, Kidnapped may stand out more than any other … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Sabbath (1963)

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SYNOPSIS: A beautiful woman is terrorized by call from an ex-lover who has escaped from prison for the pleasure of killing her… A family becomes a feeding ground when their father returns home wounded after ridding the countryside of a hideous vampire… A nurse is haunted by reproaches from the Beyond after stealing a ring from the finger of a dead medium! Join Boris Karloff as he hosts (and stars in) this trilogy of terror … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baron Blood (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: In director Mario Bava’s sumptuous Technicolor Gothic horror classic, an American student Peter Kleist travels to Austria on summer holiday to learn more about his family roots. By reciting an incantation on a piece of ancient parchment, he succeeds in scaring up a genuine ancestor – Baron Otto von Kleist, a 16th century sadistic nobleman whose appetite for cruelty earned him the nickname ”Baron Blood’.’ Before Peter can reverse the incantation, the parchment burns. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: John Harrington and his wife, Mildred, run an exclusive salon devoted to wedding apparel for women. Although he seems a harmless fashion designer, John is actually a serial killer, doing in his young customers on their wedding nights. With each murder, John is able to see a bit more of the long-repressed memory of his mother’s death. When he murders his wife, she returns to haunt him. REVIEW: Filmmaker extraordinaire Mario Bava changed the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mario Bava’s gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers’ family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava’s credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Barbara Steele and him to stardom. REVIEW: Mario Bava needs no introduction … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond the Door II (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman’s former husband who possesses her young son. REVIEW: For those expecting the storyline of the 1977 Italian made film Beyond the Door 2 (originally titled Shock) to be similar to the devil possession storyline based in Beyond the Door 1, prepare to be disappointed. However, don’t let this dissuade you, for it is still a possession tale, just … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lisa and the Devil (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: Lisa is a tourist in an ancient city. When she gets lost, she finds an old mansion in which to shelter. Soon she is sucked into a vortex of deception, debauchery and evil presided over by housekeeper Leandre REVIEW: AAh, the 70′s. It often brings out films that invoke special qualities in themselves. Not always the most engaging or active but wildly bizarre in their own skin. This little ditty features the talents of … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve)

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  SYNOPSIS: The wealthy Countess Federica (Isa Miranda) is brutally murdered and the crime is made to look like a suicide. Someone has conspired to take control of her beautiful bayside estate and turn it into a resort to reap the monetary benefits. Little do the conspirators know that death is stalking them. Their greed is soon rewarded with absolute carnage. Brutal death awaits all who threaten the integrity of the bay. Who is responsible … Continue reading

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Film Review: Planet of the Vampires (Terrore nello spazio) (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero’s “One Night of 21 Hours”. The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored … Continue reading

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