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Harry Alan Towers (1920-2009)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

We take a break from the Wild West to pay tribute to one of the unsung icons of Euro-cult cinema.

British born producer Harry Alan Towers, who died last week, was behind a huge number of films, from the Fu Manchu series starring Christopher Lee, to a number of classic soft-core cable porn films in the 1980s. His most important contribution to cult cinema however came in 1968 when he ‘discovered’ the Spanish director Jess Franco and hired him for the four Fu Manchu film.

That film was not to prove a success, but together, Franco and Towers began to explore the limits of film making at the time, looking to the works of the Marquis de Sade to make unprecedented films like Eugenie: The story of her journey into Perversion (1970). Franco only worked with Towers for a few years, but this time set him on the course that he would follow for the rest of his career.

As a tribute to Towers, I have taken a look at Skeleton Coast, a typical example of his 1980s output and a clear demonstration of his key philosopy – that having big names in the cast, even in tiny roles, will sell a film far better than money spent on scripting or effects.

You can also read more in our guide to Harry Alan Towers

Another Spaghetti double from Wild East

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The summer burns long and the Westerns just keep on coming.

The latest double bill release from Wild East is an incredibly obscure pairing, but one well worth tracking down for genre fans. Made in the same year, by the same director and with many of the same cast, Kill or be Killed is a very traditional film, clearly showing its American influences – Kill the Wickeds is however a pure dose of Spaghetti – harsh, brutal and horror tinged. The pairing provides a fascinating look at how the genre evolved in the mid-1960s.

Wild East have done a good job with the prints here, although sadly KobK does have some audio problems – certainly not enough to stop this set being recommended to Spaghetti Western fans though.

Gianni Garko is Sartana

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Wild West Summer continues with two new Spaghetti Western reviews – a look at Gianni Garko’s ‘Sartana’ series:

Buon funerale, amigos!… paga Sartana (1970)

Light the Fuse… Sartana Is Coming (1971)

Plus, the first of several exclusive biographies coming during the summer – Gianni Garko.

Don’t Turn the Other Cheek (1971)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Wild West Summer begins with our 50th Spaghetti Western review, the Franco Nero comedy Don’t Turn the Other Cheek

Stay tuned throughout July and August for all new Western reviews and features.

Amanti d’oltretomba (1965)

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Severin’s latest is a classic of the Gothic Horror genre – not the most original title by far, but so well written and directed that it hardly matters.

Severin’s DVD includes a revelation of a print, fully restored from the original negative (see the comparison pic. in the review) and with an all new 30 minute interview with Barbara Steele.

Read the full review of Nightmare Castle

Mummy Madness

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


New today, a look at three of Hammer’s Mummy films:

Lets get this train rolling

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Howdy blog readers.

It has been far too long since the last update, so lets get this train rolling again.

I’ve got three newly published reviews for you today and this weekend I’ve got two hot newly released titles, freshly reviewed.

We’ll be getting back into the flow during July and August, building up to the return of Horror September with a very cool theme this year. So stay tuned…

Matalo (1971)

Monday, June 1st, 2009

I return again from the strange and weird land that is the real world, to deliver a review of a strange and weird Spaghetti Western.


The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


Severin Films have brought us a world of depravity and sleaze, but with this latest DVD release they present one of the most poetically beautiful romantic films ever made.

I was rather skeptical at first, but I can assure you that this is not another forumulaic “romantic comedy” from the Hollywood cookie cutter, instead it is a heartfelt, emotional and genuine romantic film but with that wonderful surrealism that comes naturally to French cinema. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting a good film to watch as a couple but not wanting yet another “rom-com”.

Hairdresser’s Husband

The Witches (1966)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

How embarrasing, I asked my staff yesterday to upload the review of the film about the witches… Don’t worry, they have been suitably disciplined.

The review you were meant to see is this one – a lesser Hammer film that tries to be a cross between the horror films and their thrillers, but one that doesn’t really work as either.  One for Hammer completists only.

A full review of The Witches (1966)