Film Review: Ultimo Mondo Cannibale (1977)

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SYNOPSIS An oil prospector escapes from capture by a primitive cannibal tribe in the Philippine rain forest and heads out to locate his missing companion and their plane to return home. REVIEW: You already know Cannibal Holocaust, director Ruggero Deodato’s most (in)famous film to date, but did you know that he actually had a “cannibal trilogy,” Cannibal Holocaust (1980) being the middle film? It’s true, I wouldn’t lie to you. Part three of the trilogy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cut and Run (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec’s missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.

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Film Review: Body Count (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Your typical gang of 80’s stereotypes (unwisely) decide to camp at an old campsite in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately for them a curse has been placed on the land and as a result a shaman (who isn’t quite human) roams the woods, violently killing anyone who happens to cross his path. Soon the campers are brutally killed off one-by-one, but is the shaman really behind the murders or is someone else the responsible … Continue reading

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Film Review: Phantom Of Death (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Police Comissioner Datti is investigating the murder of a female doctor whose murderer seems to be a thirty-fivish year old man. Soon another murder follows: Pianist Robert Dominici’s girlfriend is found killed. The killer also challenges Datti on the phone and says he can’t be caught since he has a secret which makes him invulnerable. In the meantime the clues seems to point in strange directions… REVIEW: Day 5 of this misbegotten 80′s experiment … Continue reading

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Video Nasties

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‘Video Nasty‘ was a term coined in Britain around 1982 which applied to certain films distributed on video cassette that were criticised by the media and various religious organisations for their violent content. While cinema violence had been regulated by the British Board of Film Censorship for many years, the lack of regulations for video sales (combined with the claim that any film could be viewed by impressionable kiddies) sparked a massive public debate. Most … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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  SYNOPSIS: Censored in several countries for its gratuitous violence, this controversial faux documentary from director Ruggero Deodato presents footage from a team of New York University filmmakers mysteriously lost in the Amazon jungle. The film, allegedly recovered by Professor Harold Moore, reveals the deplorable treatment of a tribe of suspected South American cannibals and, ultimately, the fate of the crew that initially set out to film the natives. REVIEW: I’m going to go in … Continue reading

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Film Review: House on the Edge of The Park (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Time to party hardy. Hardly! It’s more like time to bail when two psychotics gate-crash a perfectly delightful get-together and turn it into a gore-fest with a huge body count. Directed by Ruggero Deodato, House on the Edge of the Park makes no pretense — it’s an exploitation flick complete with ritualistic torture. REVIEW: Written by: Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannini Directed by: Ruggero Deodato Starring: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Marie … Continue reading

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Update on Cannibal Holocaust II

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Italian director Ruggero Deodato who is known best for his gore filled films is back at it again.  He is working on getting the cast in place for Cannibal Holocaust II and has tapped horror veteran David Hess as his leading man.  It’s been three decades since these two worked together on The House on the Edge of the Park and Body Count. Cannibal Holocaust II is a follow up to the original story of … Continue reading

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