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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:

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)

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