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Another Midnite Movie double-bill

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Two more classics from Corman and Price, a Lovecraft story disguised as Poe, and a Shakespearian production that looks like an AIP Gothic… A nice double film set from MGM.
The Tower of London (1962)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

Mondo Esoterica Guides…

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

New updates today…

I’ve converted all of the old links pages into swanky new Mondo Esoterica Guides. Although at the moment this largely means new titles and links, you should notice some changes and expansions to several of the pages.

The Mondo Esoterica Guides index.

Throughout the next year I will be adding new People pages, hopefully for all those actors and directors who have more than three appearances in my reviews – I’ve already got a list of 17 people who need pages, and 20 more who will probably get them this year, not to mention any newcomers to the database. A couple of existing entries will be getting extensive rewrites, including Paul Naschy (to coincide with the upcoming BCI DVDs).
As for the popular Genre pages, the Karl May and Spaghetti Western pages are already in the new, chapter headed formats, while the Hammer and Universal pages will be updated when I next add some reviews to them. Watch out for several more big projects this year in this department…

The new guides section of the blog will include any relevant posts, and allow you to quickly see any new additions to the Guides pages, plus leave feedback and view my Editor’s Notes. Don’t forget to bookmark this blog today to stay in touch with all the latest updates!

Blood of the Vampire (1958) and Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Arriving on Monday (15th) from DD-Video UK, a double-bill of British horror titles.
Blood of the Vampire (1958) is an interesting Hammer style gothic horror film written by Hammer’s own Jimmy Sangster. Rather more Frankenstein than Vampire, it is a rather good and enjoyable film – unfortunately DDHE’s DVD is rather poor, blurry and cropped it is noticeably worse than the recent US release from Dark Sky films, and we’ve got some comparison pictures in the review to demonstrate this.

Daughter of Darkness (1948) is an early British psycho-horror, or at least it tries to be, but the psychology is notably absent in what amounts to little more than a slasher film, without any of the excitement of that particular genre. A decent print on this release, and more than watchable.

The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Bill…!

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

A triple bill of Sunday afternoon television classics from Britain:

The from Cinema Club UK contains:

With generally good transfers all round, all of the films are available as single disc releases too, and Warlords of Atlantis is only available on DVD in this collection.

Editor’s notes: Some reviews from the archives to keep you busy while I complete work on the latest big project! You might notice the absence of People that Time Forgot (1977) here. Rest assured I will be reviewing the British MGM disc as a one-off title in the next month. Sadly Arabian Adventure, the fifth and final film in this series seems to be MIA on DVD (except for a now OOP r4 disc), lets just hope that it will find its way onto disc soon.

You might also notice a new feature debuting with this trio of reviews – every review page now links back to its blog post allowing you to leave comments and feedback, plus read my exciting editor’s notes!

2007 eh?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

What no updates yet? No I’ve not just been recovering from a particularly impressive party, I’ve got something big brewing for the middle of the month, and its going to take quite a bit more work. Until then, there will be some new reviews posted at the end of this week for you all to enjoy, so stay tuned for that…

Some other news, in order to further integrate this blog with the site, all the new reviews will have links back to their blog announcement posts – giving you a chance to comment directly and discuss the reviews. Meanwhile, the Guide pages are going to be linked to their own blog catagories, allowing you to comment on the section, and to look out for updates. Over the next few months, all of the Actor and Genre pages will be upgrade to the new look Guides (the first of these coming up soon…).

The Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay (1971)

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The last review of 2006, and a beautiful piece of French erotic cinema, given the full special edition treatment by Mondo Macabro.

Read the Review

Spaghetti Westerns reviewed….

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

The last reviews before Christmas, and its a triple bill of seasonal films (?!):

Spara, Gringo, Spara (1968)

I Giorni Della Violenza (1967)

Ringo: The Face of Revenge (1966)

All three are available in English friendly editions from Germany, see the reviews for more…

The Virgin of Nuremberg (1963)

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

New today, a review of this interesting Italian gothic horror. Available on a decent DVD from Shriek Show, Virgin of Nuremberg is a well directed but rather muddled film, with a brief appearance by Christopher Lee. Worth seeing if you are a gothic horror fan.

Read the review.

Book reviews and new upcoming…

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Just a summary of some of the new stuff to the site recently:


Book Reviews:With Christmas almost here there’s bound to be a few book tokens coming your way, and we’ve got a set of reviews of film related books that might be worth picking up. I’ll be updating this section and adding more book reviews over the next year.

Plus, I’ve got more details of early 2007 releases from Blue Underground, BCI and Severin on the upcoming page.

All new Blog!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Howdy Mondo Esoterica readers! Welcome to our all new blog, now with more frequent posts (honest), including latest DVD news from around the web, some interesting discussion points – plus blog exclusive mini-reviews and more! I will be allowing comments on all posts, but as an anti-SPAM measure, all comments will have to be approved first (don’t worry, there will be no censoring).

For anyone wondering why there have been no new reviews for a while, here is the reason:

An all new 26″ Samsung LE26R74BDX HD LCD TV, with an Oppo OPDV-971H player. A fantastic combo, and SD discs look amazing upscaled.

Don’t worry, there will be more reviews coming later this month and we hope to more than double Mondo Esoterica‘s review base during 2007, more on that later….!