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Spaghetti for two

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Will this do? A new review of two little known, storyline focused Spaghetti Westerns from Wild East. Hate Thy Neighbour (1968) and Django the Last Killer (1967).

I’ve also thrown in updated biographies of Horst Frank and Ferdinando Baldi – the most detailed English language biographies of these two important players in the Spaghetti Western available on the internet.

Hope that is enough to keep things moving, more updates coming real soon (honest).

Wow… 4 months

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Not quite the frequent updates I was planning. Lets see if I can’t find something in my archives for tonight.

John Drew Barrymore

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

One of the most controversial actors of his day, John Drew Barrymore was born into an acting dynasty and appeared in several films, but his hard living reputation and several spells in jail saw him unable to find work in the US and instead, like many actors during the period, he travelled to Italy to find an industry desperate for imported talent.

He appeared in several adventure films including a few Pepla and I have reviewed one of his most unique entries, the horror themed Roma Contro Roma (1964). If you want to read the full story of the Barrymore family’s black sheep, I have also uploaded an all new biography.

Demofilo Fidani double bill

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

So I take up where I left off in August, with Spaghetti Westerns and a look at Wild East’s recent Demofilo Fidani double bill. Notorious for his low budget Spaghetti Westerns with their alluring titles, this DVD marks the first English language release of the two titles and the first time to really see their charms. Low budgeted, poorly scripted and with terrible music, they have a wonderfully innocent charm to them and Spaghetti Western fans will certainly be interested in this rare chance to see an example of the low budget exploitation films that cropped up in their dozens during the Spaghetti Western era.

The disc includes Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows (1970) and One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970) with their original trailers, plus a forty minute interview with star Hunt Powers which contains loads of interesting stories about making Spaghetti Westerns and is worth the price of admission alone.

I have also uploaded an all new Spaghetti Western guide and an updated biography of Fabio Testi.

Vincent Price

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Getting right back into the world of cult cinema, I take a look at the late, great Vincent Price.

An all new biography is first, but I also have new reviews of the Corman Poe productions Tales of Terror (1962) and Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and the lesser known independent anthology horror Twice Told Tales (1963). There is Price’s solo television play An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1972) and the 3-D horror of House of Wax (1953) which saw Price in his first horror movie leading role.

Mondo-Esoterica Returns!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

It has been far too long in the shadows, but today on March 9th 2010, the monster is reborn.

I won’t bore you with details. 2009 was an annus horribilis, but things are really getting rolling again this year. We start as we mean to go on with an exciting new biography and I will be focusing on building up the core of the website again – great new reviews and lots of interesting and insightful biographies and guides.

Stay tuned for a lot more in the near future.

March 8th

Friday, February 19th, 2010


Bruno Mattei Westerns

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Wild West Summer goes seriously esoteric with a look at two Westerns created by Italian exploitation veteran Bruno Mattei in the late 1980s.

A decade after the Spaghetti Western demised, these two films show a strange mix of influences, combining exploitation gore (and lots of it in Scalps especially) with some surprisingly enjoyable and well paced storylines and good looking direction.

Recommended to Euro-cult fans looking for something different, Bianco Apache (1986) and Scalps, venganza india (1987) are available on good looking Spanish DVDs, with English audio.

Door into Silence (1991)

Monday, August 17th, 2009

With his career slipping away, Lucio Fulci jumped at Joe D’Amato’s offer to make a film, little knowing it would be his last.

Door into Silence is not classic Fulci and in fact is not recognisable as Fulci at all with only the New Orleans setting to bring to mind his classic The Beyond (1981). Still the script does have a few interesting ideas and Fulci collectors will certainly be interested in Severin’s good looking new DVD, marking the film’s first US release.

DEFA Films present the Indianerfilm

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Wild West Summer takes a real esoteric twist with a look at the Westerns with a Twist boxset, three films from the East German DEFA’s studio’s answers to the West German Karl May Western series. Politically influenced with a strong anti-US feel, the films were the first to have Native Americans as the lead characters and were all based on the real stories of the oppressed tribes.

Certainly of interest to fans of obscure cinema and Western fans in general.