Archive for the ‘Site Updates’ Category

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway star in this adaptation of the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger. Although the storyline with seems to revolve around a critique of the excesses of the fashion industry, it can never actually bring itself to say a bad word against it. Some good acting and solid production make this watchable and recommended to ‘chick flick’ fans.
The Devil Wears Prada – reviewed.

Sinful Dwarf (1973)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Tim has been missing from the Mondo Esoterica office for two days now, all we found was this review and a note stating that the little people were after him…

Sinful Dwarf review

Joseph Losey Collection

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

I have wrapped up the reviews of the titles in Optimum UK’s ‘Joseph Losey Collection’ boxset, with three of the director’s lesser known works. The Big Night (1951) is a well written Film Noir from his pre-witchunt days. Sleeping Tiger (1954) was one of his first films from after the move to Europe, and a superb early performance from Dirk Bogarde. Mr Klein (1976) is a fascinating wartime drama filmed and set in Paris, starring Alain Delon.

I have also added a page for the Joseph Losey Collection boxset as a whole.

Stay tuned later this year for a Joseph Losey biography and more reviews.


Thursday, February 19th, 2009


As anyone who reads my earlier blog posts will know, I am in the process of updating all of the reviews and pages on the site into a new format (its a technical thing!) and taking the opportunity to update and fix any errors on the reviews as I go. So for the last week I have been updating the Peplum pages and reviews.

I also took the opportunity to add two new reviews – a double bill of Goliath cinema, from Wild East. Goliath and the Barbarians (1959) and the utterly crazy Goliath and the Vampires (1961). Any Peplum fans should certainly pick this set up.

Stanley Baker doublebill

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Stanley Baker is probably one of Britain’s very best actors, and in this pair of films from director Joseph Losey he gets to show off his impeccable acting skills.

Criminal (1960) sees Baker on the wrong side of the law as a thief who tries to screw his fellow criminals out of the pay-off from a robbery, but finds that they can be rather nasty when crossed. One of the most brutal crime films from the era, and certainly one of the best.

Eva (1962) is a completely different film, a romantic tale with a distinctly European twist. Baker is on top form, but sadly the film we see is a mere shell, having been cut to ribbons by the producers, leaving Joseph Losey’s original vision, lost to time. Still of interest.

We’ll be taking a good look at more of Joseph Losey’s work towards the end of the month with an all new biography, so stay tuned…

Get Stone!

Friday, January 30th, 2009

We take a look this week at Aussie Biker cinema, or to be more precise, Stone (1974). No need for any more yik-yak here, read the review then buy the film!


Jess Franco – guts and girls

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Released by Severin at the end of 2008 this double bill catches Jess Franco imbetween his more interesting periods of direction, but still able to put out a solid effort.

Devil Hunter (1980) sees Franco take to the hot steaming jungles of… southern Spain for a cannibal adventure. Nothing too original in the storyline but plenty of nudity make this worth watching for cannibal and Franco fans.

Bloody Moon (1982) is Jess Franco’s slasher film. Sadly the storyline is too restrictive to let the director do anything particularly interesting, but there are some over-the-top gore and some genuinely tense stalking scenes that genre fans might enjoy.

We have returned…

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Its great to be back. If you have not been to the all new homepage, take a look now. I’ve put in a blog style central column to provide more information on each review update and it will also allow me to post any hot DVD news. On the left is an extended list of the most recent reviews. On the right are extracts from the Mondo Esoterica guides to encourage more folk to read these detailed and exclusive biographies.
Take a look at our latest review too. You might notice something different if you using a widescreen monitor – thanks to the power of CSS the text should not sprawl across your screen any more. Obviously any feedback will be welcomed on how these look.

All of our existing pages are slowly being converted into this new format so please bear with us on this as it is a very slow manual process, but does give me time to correct spelling and grammar as well as updating information on the reviews.
What you are more interested in however is the reviews themselves and on that topic I can assure you we are not going to make any changes at all. We have loads more Spaghetti Westerns, Franco, Hammer, Bava and more in the pipeline and in true Mondo Esoterica style, we hope to keep bringing you some hot sneak peeks at upcoming titles as well as reviews of discs not covered by any other review site on the internet.

So bookmark this blog (or subscribe to my RSS feed if you know how) and hold on tight, because 2009 is going to be very exciting…!

In the Folds of the Flesh

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Here is one that you won’t want to miss, if you enjoy your Euro-cult cinema with a good dash of weird… First Review of 2009

Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Part one of our look at Optimum’s new Joseph Losey Collection looks at his three films with Harold Pinter, often considered to be his very best works.

The Servant (1963)

The Accident (1967)

The Go-Between (1970)