Movie Reviews That'll Put Yer Eye Out, Kid!



The Aeriel (La Antena)


"In Year X in the City Without a Voice, a fascist media regime keeps the population forcibly silent. Plots and counter-plots ensue in this alluring allegory that, ironically, employs the language of silent film to salute the power of free speech. A stunning amalgam of comic books and ’20s-era science fiction."

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Trail of the Screaming Forehead - Official Trailer


"Who can sleep with brows on the prowl?!!" Another Z-movie spoof from the creator of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. Filmed in the new screen miracle of CraniaScope, Trail of the Screaming Forehead also boasts animated extraterrestrial foreheads courtesy of legend Ray Harryhausen!


The Best Hospital Ever


The trailer for an upcoming horror-comedy about a deranged nurse with a very deadly bedside manner.


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BBC Sunday Night Theatre: 1984


Here is a version of Orwell's 1984 that was broadcast live in 1954, starring the incomparable Peter Cushing. It also features Donald Pleasence, Andre Morell, and was adapted by Nigel Kneale.



Dario Argento's La Terza Madre (Mother of Tears)



The conclusion to Dario Argento's Three Mothers trilogy, Mother of Tears, will premiere this Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

La Terza Madre is set in Rome and involves a student named Sarah Mandy (Asia Argento) whose art studies at a museum are put on hold when the seal of an urn is broken and the terrifying powers of Mater Lachrymarum are unleashed. The Mother of Tears, who along with the Mother of Whispers and the Mother of Darkness, comprise the legendary Three Mothers, is believed to be the most beautiful, but also the most merciless of all. As death and chaos surge through Rome, Sarah discovers that a powerful book may hold the secret to silencing the Mother of Tears and ending her unholy reign of death and destruction.

Below are a couple of posters, a few film stills, as well as the trailer for what fans hope to be a fantastic and fitting finale to Argento's famed trilogy.










The Pinky Violence Collection Continues!


Pinky Violence fans rejoice!

As mentioned last year, a second set of films were set to be released as part of The Pinky Violence Collection by the now defunct boutique label Panik House. However, as with this month's much-anticipated release of Teruo Ishii's Horrors of Malformed Men and Nobuo Nakagawa's Snake Woman's Curse, Synapse Films has thankfully stepped in to release the next installment of The Pinky Violence Collection.

The first three films will be released on November 13th as the Legends of the Poisonous Seductress series. Here are the DVD covers as well as brief descriptions of each film.



The stunning Junko Miyazono stars in the first entry of the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series as Ohyaku, an innocent actress wrongly sent to prison and pushed by her tormentors to the point of no return. With a demon tattoo across her back and a sword in her hand, she embarks on a crusade of vengeance against all those who have wronged her, laying waste to man and woman alike in her quest for bloody retribution. More than just a swordplay classic, FEMALE DEMON OHYAKUs relentless cruelty, scenes of graphic torture, and unique mix of sex and sadism mark it as the first true Pinky Violence film, and highly influential on later sexy action series from Toei Studios throughout the 70s, such as the Sukeban and Female Convict Scorpion movies. Co-starring the legendary Tomisaburo Wakayama (LONE WOLF AND CUB).



Junko Miyazono returns as QUICK-DRAW OKATSU, the daughter of a swordmaster who takes on a power-hungry magistrate, in the second entry of the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series, directed by master filmmaker Nobuo Nakagawa (Jigoku, Snake Woman s Curse). Joined this time by Rui (Reiko Oshida), a wild young swordswoman, the two sexy avengers embark on a blood-soaked quest for revenge after Okatsu is raped and her father slaughtered by one of his assistants. Okatsu and Rui slash their way through dozens of evil men in order to settle the score with those who wronged them in this swordplay classic which features some of the best fight scenes of the series. Mixing a standard revenge plot with a healthy dose of modern-day sex and violence, the film proved to be a primary inspiration for some of the best female revenge sagas of the 1970s, including the Female Convict Scorpion and Lady Snowblood series. Co-starring the legendary Tomisaburo Wakayama (LONE WOLF AND CUB).



In the final episode of the LEGENDS OF THE POISONOUS SEDUCTRESS series, Junko Miyazono appears one final time as beautiful swordswoman Okatsu the Avenger, but this time seeking Judayu, a corrupt merchant responsible for the death of her parents. Betrayed by her fiancé, Okatsu finds herself aided in her quest by a handsome stranger (yakuza film star Tatsuo Umemiya) who happens to be as handy with a sword as she is! What is the reason for his kindness, and will Okatsu be able to prevail against Judayu, now a powerful businessman with scores of allies in high places? Whatever the end may be, the restless spirits of her murdered parents drive OKATSU THE FUGITIVE along her crimson-colored road of vengeance. Master filmmaker Nobuo Nakagawa (Jigoku, Snake Woman s Curse) brings audiences the stunning end of the trilogy that inspired countless imitators among Toei s Pinky Violence films of the 1970s.

In addition to these DVDs, sometime next spring Synapse will release the Wandering Ginza Butterfly films - Gincho wataridori (1971) and Gincho nagaremono aka Wandering Ginza She-Cat Gambler (1972) - starring Meiko Kaji and directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi (Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess).



Without a doubt, fans of Japanese cult cinema have a lot to look forward to!

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