Painful Bliss: Final Twist, 1977 - ★★★½

Painful Bliss: Final Twist, 1977 - ★★★½

REVIEWED



"You know what they do in Hong Kong? they scoop out their eyes, because a prostitute doesn't need them."

- Kawasaki (Seiji Endô)



Mild mannered office supervisor Toshio Kitayama's well ordered lifestyle gets thrown out of whack, after he picks up an hooker named Midori in a titty bar. Midori happens to have a psychotic lover stroke pimp named Kawasaki, that takes a peculiar shine to Kitayama.


Just pretend I'm a woman and lets see what happens... hehe wtf can you say about Monzetsu!! Dondengaeshi aka 'Painful Bliss, Final Twist'. Its another wickedly wild sexual oddity from the clown prince of pinku perversion 'Tatsumi Kumashiro'. This one he takes an hilarious stab at gender bending, when our hapless protagonist becomes a pimps new bitch and ends up exploring his feminine side. Both Osamu Tsuruoka & Seiji Endô give great performances, as do Reika Maki, Gô Awazu and Naomi Tani as their support. One of several Tatsumi Kumashiro Nikkatsu movies I've caught this month, and he's fast becoming my goto director for guaranteed entertainment, and proves yet again here that theres far more to him than just a bit of the old in-out.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Party blower vagina trick. Lots of seedy nightclubs and redlight districts. The hilarious gallows music that plays everytime they off someone. Best fake boobs in cinematic history, maybe until MeatLoafs FightClubs set... tbh theres a bit of a Narrator & Tyler Durden feel with Kitayama & Kawasaki's character dynamics.






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A Necklace for my Beloved, 1971 - ★★★½

A Necklace for my Beloved, 1971 - ★★★½

REVIEWED



"Spawn of Sheitan! Silence!"

- Daud (Ramaz Chkhikvadze)



Bahadur Magomedov tells us of his life from being born on a dusty road through to the courtship of his beloved. And how he had fight for her, against two other villagers.


Quaint episodic Georgian fairy tale featuring lots of amusing sight gags, quirky folklore and genuine feel good moments. Ramaz Giorgobiani is knockout as Bahadur, the man who needs to provide a luxurious gift to win the hand of his love.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

The unique Dagestan village scenery including an amazing local circus. Gotta love the baby being thrown into the world scene, ohh and the flying flatcap.






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Rapture, 1980 - ★★★½

Rapture, 1980 - ★★★½

REVIEWED



"But the thing is, it was the rabbit who ate the mushrooms... not us."

- Marta (Marta Fernández Muro)



Driven filmmaker and psychonaut Jose's anxious over his inability to perfect the edit on his latest wolf man picture. He receives a strange film and audio tape by Pedro, the cousin of a former girlfriend he'd only met on two occasions. Which lures Jose into an experimental filming process Pedro had been going crazy perfecting.


Iván Zulueta's 'Arrebato' aka 'Rapture' is an interesting headfuck movie that challenges conventional filmmaking. It's core theme is an artist pushing himself to the outer limits to achieve his goals. For 2 3rds of the movie Zulueta succeeded nobly in keeping me surprised and captivated, but then totally fluffed it in the final 3rd, during Pedro's overly long rapture finding moments which lower the tone to gimmicky horror, that I felt far more resemblance to Willie Wonka's Mike TV, than it ever did to Cronenberg's Max Renn. Eusebio Poncela's was great as Jose, but Will More failed to impress me as Pedro. That aside it does feature some impressive avant garde moments that phase time, in the same way Maya Deren's 'Meshes of the Afternoon' did.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Betty Boop, stop motion penis, elevator amyl nitrate.






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Seed 2: The New Breed, 2014 - ½

Seed 2: The New Breed, 2014 - ½

REVIEWED



"He's your father, show some fucking respect. He can do things beyond your imagination."

- The Officer (Manoush)



After a wild bachelorette party in Las Vegas, bridesmaid Christine and her friends head back home through the Nevada desert. Only they stumble onto the seed of evil cult who have started worshiping dead serial killer Max Seed, possibly even being his own kin.


Viewed Ass2ass with Uwe Boll's original Seed (insert your own Aronofsky gag here) whose only credited here as exec-prod and original character story. Seed 2: The New Breed written (although shats a better description) and directed by fellow kraut Marcel Walz, throws away any semblance of plot the original had built. Walz then spits in the face of conventional film story continuity by having the plot phase between whats going to happen, whats imagined and erm whatever the fuck else he chooses, because hey hes the boss. Basically its a crude collection of torture segments featuring suicide girl rejects, haphazardly strung together by a Manson Family styled cult built on Max Seed of the original movie. One of the years worst, you can't even enjoying it on a 'soooo-bad' level.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Taking a Winnebago around Nevada seems bags of fun, sadly this piece of shit never captured that. Granted poor actresses in low budget horror sequels I expect little of outside of looking OK and maybe a glimpse at boobage, but this set of trashy airheads could barely fucking speak.






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Seed, 2007 - ★★

Seed, 2007 - ★★

REVIEWED



"You will see me again."

- Max Seed (Will Sanderson)



Cold bloodied emotionless serial killer Maxwellian Seed the III (who had a penchant for sending the FBI tapes of his victims decaying) as finally been captured by the law and sits awaiting his big send off. Only something goes wrong with the electric chair and hes granted an extended stay of life, indefinitely.


Firstly fuck you Boll for using the lazy shock tactic of real animal killings to heighten the disturbing mood, that was cheap back in the 70's video nasties era, its a fucking disgrace this day and age. I reviewed this purely to reacquaint myself with Mr. Seed before viewing Seed 2 Electric Boogaloo. As Ewe Boll shitaculars go Seed isn't too bad, its gory and features OK performances, sorta resembles an episode of Chris Carters Millennium for most part, though admittedly not as good.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Lots of gore only its such a dark movie, viewing it on a sunny day wasn't a great idea.






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Celluloid Nightmares, 1988 - ★★

Celluloid Nightmares, 1988 - ★★

REVIEWED



"Shush, shush and watch the bideo."

- Akio (Masae Abe)



A female reporter investigates an apparent murder found on a video cassette. Only are the tapes just bread crumbs to lure her into a shady world of snuff movies.


I really like Hisayasu Satô, even his low key throwaway stuff, which Celluloid Nightmares aka Abnormal: Ugly Abuse Re-wind most certainly is. But this ones pretty crap, obviously shot in a day or two with next to no budget. It didn't help I'd sandwiched it between far superior Nikkatsu productions. Its basically a cheap ripoff of Michael Powell's Peeping Tom right down to the tripod death, with our killer shooting gory sex tapes on a camera with a built in flick-knife.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Yum, yum, maggot noodles, nail ripping and cool looking smutty Jap adult bideostores.






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The Watcher in the Attic, 1976 - ★★★½

The Watcher in the Attic, 1976 - ★★★½

REVIEWED



"Animals are better than men."

- Minako (Junko Miyashita)



Saburo's a perverted landlord who spies on his guests with the aim of slowing killing the ones he despises with poison. When he chance witnesses a prostitute killing a customer in the same manner he knows hes found the woman of his dreams.


Based on Rampo Edogawa's story 'Yaneura no Sanposha' aka The Watcher in the Attic' is an interestingly quirky, skillfully made pinku from Noboru Tanaka. Renji Ishibashi (Who I'd just caught earlier as a mad porno director) is perfectly cast as the asian Norman Bates-like, creepy voyeuristic hotelier Saburo, and Junko Miyashita's ideal as the killer prostitute he becomes obsessed with. Such a unique movie from Nikkatsu it almost borders on an horror movie at times, theres lots of fun to be had in this house of sin.


[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Clown sex always raises a smile but the furry sex bit had me in tears. hehe and such an odd natural disaster ending.






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