Archive for the ‘Guides pages’ Category

Sergio Corbucci Retrospective

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Its a special week of Spaghetti Westerns this week as we look at the career of one of the genre’s real legends, Sergio Corbucci

I’ve got three all new reviews:

Hellbenders (1967)

Navajo Joe (1966) – released next week in the UK by Optimum

The White, The Yellow and the Black (1975)

Plus, the Sergio Corbucci page has had an update – and I’ve updated all five of the other reviews, including an almost completely new review of Django and The Great Silence.

Stanley Baker

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Born in Wales in 1928, Stanley Baker grew up to become one of Britain’s best loved actors but his career declined and he died tragically young in 1976.

We pay tribute this week to this most manly of British actors with a complete new Stanley Baker biography which includes four new film and DVD reviews.

This includes Robbery (1967) – produced by and starring Baker, retelling the story of the Great Train Robbery. It is released next Monday in the UK by Optimum, the first DVD release of the film. We’ve got a first peak at the good quality (but sadly open-matte) release.

Reg Park

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The only Yorkshireman to play Hercules, Reg Park was a three time Mr Universe, who like many well known body-builders during the 1960s found himself acting in Italian adventure films. In the case of Reg Park, a duo of very popular titles in 1961 saw him called back to make three more before the genre decline in the middle of the decade.

Amazingly, all five of the titles are now available on DVD, although the quality, both of films and prints, varies heavily. So the complete filmography is now reviewed, along with a complete guide to the man himself at our all new Reg Park biography.

Hazel Court 1926-2008

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


Despite only starring in two Hammer films and a trio of Roger Corman productions, Hazel Court has become a fan favourite actress from the gothic horror era.

As a tribute I am pleased to present an all new biography of the English born actress as well as new reviews of two of her AIP Horror pictures, Masque of the Red Death (1964) and Premature Burial (1962).

Steve Reeves: Peplum Icon

Sunday, December 30th, 2007


Stunningly handsome, amazingly muscle-bound Steve Reeves is without a doubt the hero of the Peplum and our guide to the genre would be useless without a biography of the actor.

So, to round off 2007 in style, here is the all new Mondo Esoterica Guide to Steve Reeves.

We also have all brand reviews of three of Reeves’ best performances:

Throw away your PD discs, all three titles are available on great looking German DVDs and look out for even more Peplum entertainment in 2008!

Lucio Fulci

Sunday, December 9th, 2007


Many people dismiss Fulci as a mere gore loving hack, but it is clear that they have not seen his early Giallo films. Between 1969 and 1977 he shot 4 of these murder mystery films.

Severin have recently obliged by releasing Seven Notes in Black (1977), while Blue Underground have recently re-released Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972). Read the all new full reviews. Nothing more to say about these films here, except that for Giallo and Fulci fans, they are both must haves.

If you want to learn more about Fucli himself, I have written an all new, and thoroughly exclusive 2,500 word biography of the director: Lucio Fulci

Watch out for more Fulci reviews, including the rest of his Gialli, his classic horror titles, and some of his lesser later work early next year.


Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Peplum part 1

Well, its been a while, but I’ve been working on something big – and here is the first part of an all new Mondo Esoterica guide, with four all new reviews.
The guide itself is going to be greatly extended over the next few months, as are the reviews, but for now, take a look and enjoy:

The Mondo Esoterica Guide to THE PEPLUM

Amicus Retrospective

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

It is finally here! 3 weeks of hard writing and research, and lots of late night film-watching have produced an all new, 2500 word Complete Guide to Amicus.

That includes 8 all new film reviews:

Not to mention all new, two exclusive and extensive biographies of Amicus’ top directors, Freddie Francis and Roy Ward Baker, check those out.

And it doesn’t stop there, we have more Amicus reviews coming this month, including the impending WB US release of From Beyond the Grave (1973), not to mention more Horror Movie reviews for the rest of the month, all part of Horror September 2!

Special edition: Ingrid Pitt

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Ingrid Pitt

It has been a long time since we had any Hammer reviews on this site, so here are two new titles for your delectation, both starring that voluptuous Polish beauty, Ingrid Pitt.

The Vampire Lovers (1970) – the first, and certainly the best of Hammer’s female vampire movies is this close adaptation of the original Carmilla novel. An Italian DVD release that is a good substitute for the OOP US disc.
Countess Dracula (1971) -  not so good this time, but a relatively enjoyable film, an adaptation of the classic Countess Bathory legend. A recent R2 special edition DVD with lots of great features, might even tempt a double dip.

Of course to tie these together we’ve got the first new guide of Horror September 2, the complete Mondo Esoterica Guide to Ingrid Pitt – and there is more Pitt coming later this month (no prizes for guessing which one)!

Mondo Esoterica Historybook – THE VIKINGS

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Another all new project for Mondo Esoterica, I call it the Historybook. Basically it is a mix of real facts and film reviews, for a selected period of history. This is a trial run of the format, centered around the legendary Norsemen. If successful, I will be going on to explore lots more periods of history and their cinematic representations (suggestions welcome!)
I’v reviewed 6 new films, plus updated one existing review, and there will be more added to this Guide over the next few months:

13th Warrior (1999) – enjoyable but rather rushed.
Erik the Conqueror (1961) – a great adventure film.
Knives of the Avenger (1966) – a very interesting film, more plot than action.
The Long Ships (1964) – an enjoyable adventure film, mix between Vikings and Sinbad.
Tarkan versus the Vikings (1971) – utterly daft Turkish film.
The Viking Sagas (1995) – the best of the bunch, a very good film, shot in Iceland.
The Vikings (1958) – the Hollywood classic, enjoyable, but flawed.

So hurry and read reviews of all these and more at The Mondo Esoterica Historybook Guide to The Vikings