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84C MoPic

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

So Forgotten ‘Nam takes in an American film today with 84C MoPic (1989), a little known war film but an incredibly fascinating and unique one – offering an amazing first person perspective of the war. A must see film.

Just one more film to go in this series, coming Monday morning…

Jungle Rats 2 – Black Warrior

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Marketed in Germany as the sequel to yesterday’s Teddy Page film, this Hong Kong production certainly seems to borrow a lot of ideas, or might well lend them as no production date or any other information at all seems to be available for this incredibly obscure production. Unfortunately obscurity does not a good film make and this is a poorly edited mess without even the action packed climax of Page’s film to make it worthwhile. Read the review of Black Warrior aka Super Platoon and then never bother to track down the limited edition German DVD.

Still two days of Forgotten ‘Nam to go, but this marks the end of the Filipino/HK productions, tomorrow I bring you a forgotten American film and on Sunday a production from Down Under, a reminder that many other countries were also involved in the conflict. If you want to learn more about the Far Eastern takes on the Vietnam war, check out this excellent blog – When the Vietnam War raged… in the Philippines.

Jungle Rats

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

And so onto Jungle Rats...

Commander Lawin (1986)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Time to get a little more obscure with a low budget Filipino Rambo rip-off Commander Lawin.

Eye of the Eagle Trilogy

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

So we kick off Forgotten ‘Nam season with this trilogy of American produced, Filipino lensed war films.

The original Eye of the Eagle is an absurdly action packed and OTT war film, with more gunshots and explosions per minute of film time than any other. The sequel Inside the Enemy is completely affair, with a strong, dark storyline about forced prostitution of captured Vietnamese women by American officers. The final film Last Stand at Lang Mei is a classic war movie setting, with a decent storyline and the wonderfully absurd action scenes of the original.

Forgotten ‘Nam week

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

This week, Mondo Esoterica is getting the call up and shipping out to Vietnam for 5 days of war films, but don’t expect any Sheen starring classics, this is Forgotten ‘Nam, home of the Vietnam movies no-one has heard of.

Click on the Forgotten ‘Nam link to see all the reviews in this series.


Sunday, November 6th, 2011

All good things must come to an end as just as Mario Bava’s cinematic career did, so does our Bava, Bava and Freda season, with Shock. Written and partly directed by Lamberto Bava, this is a well made but rather forgettable horror film.

Lamberto Bava, the Ghost Son

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

For some reason Lamberto Bava’s big return to horror directing in the mid 2000s has completely slipped under the radar, no doubt leading most people to assume that it is not worth tracking down. However, nothing could be further from the truth and Bava’s ghost story is an incredibly effective horror, well worth watching – the full review of Ghost Son.

And of course, here is an all new Lamberto Bava biography.

Lisa and Mario Bava

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

And so we are coming to the end of the Bava, Bava and Freda season. I look today at a film that could probably be considered Bava’s best, his very personal project – Lisa and the Devil. Unfortunately in an era of exploitation this beautifully dreamlike film did not stand a chance and so producer Alfredo Leone added in an Exorcist rip-off subplot and re-edited the film to create the rather less than impressive House of Exorcism.

I have also finally completed work on the 4,300 word Mario Bava biography with links to all the reviews and loads of information about the director.

Just one more bio and two more film reviews to go…

Riccardo Freda & Tragic Ceremony

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

And so the last entry for Riccardo Freda in this season of films. Tragic Ceremony is an admirable attempt to make a gothic horror film targetted at the youth market, something that few Italian horror films managed to do. However all the gore and hand-held camera work cannot disguise a horribly drawn out plot and tired pacing.

I have also taken to the time to write up an all new biography of Riccardo Freda.