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Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Just a quick tease today with another November naughty – the Joe D’Amato gem L’Alcova (1984) . Softcore sex with a surprisingly good storyline, this is one for classic erotica fans.

One big update still to come this month…

Marie Liljedahl: the Swedish Cherub

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Naughty November continues with a look at probably the most beautiful actress to ever disrobe for the sake of art…

Swedish actress Marie Liljedahl made just seven films in a brief career, but was named Sex Star of 1971 by Playboy and is still enough of a draw to see her films released in two-disc special editions. I’ve taken a look at her two best known films, the Swedish erotic dramas Inga (1968) and Seduction of Inga (1971) although they are certainly more drama than erotic and sadly the sex scenes are all-too-brief. The Retro-Seduction cinema DVDs are currently the only way to see these films and sadly seem to be out-of-print at present.

Equally disappointing for anyone hoping for a straight forward nudie pic is the obscure Swedish film Ann och Eve – de erotiska (1970) – promisingly pitched as an erotic coming-of-age drama with sexual liberation its theme, the film is instead a very weird descent into madness with a self-reflexive cinematic subplot (that makes no sense at all). The Danish DVD is very English friendly despite a quite low quality print.

Don’t forget my old review of the Jess Franco classic Eugenie (1970) which includes probably Marie’s most explicit role, with full frontal nudity, sex and some very sadistic whipping (oh… and Christopher Lee).

If you want to read more about Marie’s short career, check out my exclusive new Marie Liljedahl biography.

Joy & Joy et Joan

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Time for something a little different. Naughty November is the first of what I hope will be a number of themed months in which I will review a variety of films within particular genres, in this case the world of erotic cinema from Italy to Sweden, but starting off in France with a duo of erotic dramas.

Joy (1983) was based on the fictional diary of a model and is very well written for the screen, balancing eroticism and storyline most effectively, aided by some very impressive direction, a dash of French surrealism and a stunning lead actress in the otherwise little known Claudia Udy. The sequel Joy et Joan (1985) is rather less effective and never matches the original in terms of storyline but still makes for an effective piece of erotica.

Happy Hallowe’en from 1933

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We delve deep into the archives for tonight’s special Hallowe’en horror, the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray. Admittedly it is often more crime/mystery than horror, but it is certainly an enjoyable film and one that comes recommended to classic cinema fans.

The Moment to Kill (1968)

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Well, the new computer finally arrived and is now up and running. Got a lot of housekeeping to do with bits of website all over the place, going to try and get everything sorted out before the end of the month so look out for a Hallowe’en special and then some nice treats in November(!)

To keep you going until then, a rather forgettable Spaghetti Western from Anthony Ascott with George Hilton and Horst Frank doing their thing as well as ever – unfortunately the script, although from the writer of the Sartana series, is rather dull and generic making this one for genre fans only. The DVD, from Global Video in South Africa is not the best quality but always watchable.

Computer problems

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Just a quick note – this computer I have Frankenstinianly assembled from the remains of the faithful machine that has served me since the first days of this website, has finally given up the fight and is just awaiting the arrival of its replacement before a meeting with a shotgun behind the cattle shed comes a calling.

Mondo Esoterica will return in September as soon as I get the new machine up and running.

Stay tuned…

Encounters in the Deep (1979)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010


Finding and getting to enjoy a lost cinematic gem is the aim of all film reviewers, unfortunately Tonino Ricci’s Encuentro en el abismo is not by any stretch of the imagination a “gem”. Instead this terminally dull Bermuda Triangle cash-in is all but unwatchably bad, while at the same time lacking enough crummy special effects to make it ironically enjoyable. Even the presence of Spaghetti Western veteran Gianni Garko does nothing to help.

Now quite hard to find on DVD, it is certainly not worth the effort.

A shot of Tequila betwee the eyes…

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Wild East present another fine Spaghetti Western double-bill, this time featuring a duo of performances from little known Jugoslavian actor Anthony Ghidra. Tequila Joe is the reason to get this set – a well written, solidly directed film with a very good leading performance from Ghidra and looking very good on DVD. A Hole Between the Eyes is rather generic but worth watching once and makes for a nice bonus feature.

And with that Mondo Esoterica hits 60 complete Spaghetti Western reviews! Stay tuned for loads more to come as well…

The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

As if you needed proof that Mondo Esoterica is the most versatile DVD review site on the web, a review of something completely different. Riddle of the Sands is a classic British adventure novel, well adapted for the screen with Michael York in the lead role. Recommended for all fans of period adventure films.

Peplum Pirates Double Bill

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Alan Steel and Rosalba Neri star in a wonderfully daft attempt to combine Peplum and Pirate films Hercules and the Black Pirate (1964) available as a decent if unexciting print from Retromedia. More interesting is the grand scaled  Sandokan the Great (1963) starring Steve Reeves and directed by Umberto Lenzi. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka it is highly enjoyable and would make for a great Sunday matinee.