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Lifespan (1974) – Science, immortality and Klaus Kinski…!

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Starring Klaus Kinski in a small role, and with a very intellegent and thought provoking plot, Lifespan (1974) is one of the most unique movies ever released. A dark, documentary-like sci-fi film it is almost incomparable to any other picture – too real to be a Herzog/Franco film, too strange to be a neo-realist picture, too dark and action free to be a mainstream film. Seemingly without a target audience, and very hard to promote, the film was almost forgotten upon initial release, but is now available on a good looking DVD from Mondo Macabro, with a good set of bonus features.

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Editor’s notes: Don’t worry, the Bava reviews are still coming, but since they are taking slightly longer than expected, I decided to watch and review this DVD to keep the fans happy! Expect more random reviews of the exceedingly random Mondo Macabro DVDs over the next few months – stay tuned to this blog for more.

Spaghetti Western reviews here….

Monday, July 31st, 2006

We take a look at the genre classics, Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965) on the amazing new German special edition DVDs.

We’ve also taken a look at the decent Gunmen of Ave Maria (1969) and the bizarre Shakespearian/Western fusion film Johnny Hamlet (1968) – both on decent German DVDs, with English options.

Stay tuned this coming week for Mario Bava reviews…

Spaghetti Western Week #2

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

The first reviews of our latest review week are here, and its Spaghetti Westerns again. This week we are taking a look at some German SW DVDs, all with English soundtracks:

First up The Bounty Killer (1966) a.k.a The Ugly Ones, the debut SW appearance of Tomas Milian. Plus as a bonus, Massacre at Grand Canyon (1965), the first SW from director Sergio Corbucci.

Stay tuned for reviews of the rarely discussed Karl May Winnetou films, some of the earliest European Westerns, plus a double-bill of Westerns from 1968 and 1969.

Hammer Week conclusion…

Friday, July 21st, 2006

For the final reviews of Hammer week we take a look at the studio’s first moves into… HORROR!

Four Sided Triangle(1953)

A clever little sci-fi film with hints of the later Frankenstein pictures. Boasts some good acting, and very nice camerawork by Terence Fisher.

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Based on the highly popular TV serial, this film marked Hammer’s first moves into X-rated, horror themed cinema, and they never looked back. An often tense film is well directed by Val Guest.

X the Unknown (1956)

Hammer’s thematic sequel to Quatermass, this often quite gory picture is a solid monster B-movie, that avoids falling into many of the cliche traps of many American pictures. Featuring the first full script from Jimmy Sangster.

Quatermass 2 (1957)

This much larger scale sequel goes from monsters to government conspiracies. A very grim tone and some rather brutal scenes, especially for the time, make this a very impressive film.

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

More early Hammer reviews:

A double-bill of early Terence Fisher – the motor-racing movie Mask of Dust (1954) and sci-fi/detective film Spaceways (1953).

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The Mondo Esoterica Early Hammer Week is here. This week we’ll be reviewing several of the lesser known early films from the British studio, including Spaceways (1954) and Mask of Dust (1954) and finishing the week off with the exciting science fiction of Quatermass that marked the studio’s first moves into horror…. keep your eyes on this blog for more.
But first, we have reviews of the Dick Barton Trilogy – a series of spy films based on a popular BBC radio play and available in a decent boxset from DD-Video in the UK.

Four new SW reviews…

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

We’ve got the rest of the SW week reviews posted now:

Death Rides a Horse – UK DVD

Django Kill… If you Live Shoot – USA DVD

Keoma – USA DVD

Run, Man, Run – USA DVD

Next week we take a look at some early Hammer films, before returning to the Spaghetti West at the end of the month to look at some of the exciting German SW DVDs out there.

Spaghetti Western Double-Bill!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Its Spaghetti Western week here at Mondo Esoterica, and the first of our exciting double-bills is here:

The main feature is Sergio Corbucci’s impressive and dark The Great Silence (1969) and stick around for our B-picture, the enjoyable Django Shoots First (1966).

More double-bills to come later this week.

Jess Franco film reviews:

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Finally, we got your Franco reviews for you:

Venus in Furs (1969) – Franco’s masterpiece.
Eugenie (1970) – An impressive De Sade updating.
Jack the Ripper (1976) – a very dull picture with no identity.
Faceless (1988) – modern picture, full of missed opportunities.

We’ve got a detailed new biography of Jess Franco, and don’t forget our archive review of Franco’s Diabolical Dr. Z (1966).

Enjoy, and watch out for our upcoming Spaghetti Western week…

Black and White movie week

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Good day to you all.

After a lengthy hiatus (due to University finals exams and moving house), Mondo Esoterica is back in business. During the time, we have sorted through all our existing reviews, correcting spelling errors etc., plus we have a new domain name –, but don’t worry – all existing links will still work.

This week we present a complete review of the Bela Lugosi collection, including:
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936) and Black Friday (1940). Plus, we have new links pages for Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Edgar Allan Poe and Universal Horror.

Plus, a bonus review: The Last Days of Pompeii (1935), from the creators of King Kong (1933) and recently released on R1 DVD by WB.

Its a Euro-cult week coming up, so watch for plenty of Jess Franco this time next week.