Archive for the ‘Guides pages’ Category

Horst Frank retrospective

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Although never a major player in Euro-cult cinema, Horst Frank is one the better known character actors from the period. German by birth, he got his first start in the late 1950s, and quickly moved across Europe starring in a variety of films from Spaghetti Westerns to Gialli through the 1960s and into the early 1970s when he returned to Germany, working extensively in television and radio there.

I have just posted a brand new review of one of his few starring roles, as an insane scientist in the German sci-fi film The Head (1959) and you can also find out a lot more about the background of this actor in the all new Mondo Esoterica Guide to Horst Frank.

More Spaghetti Western reviews

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Back to basics this week with an all new trio of Spaghetti Western reviews, from the recent Koch Media Halleluja boxset. Alongside two light hearted movies is the excellent gem, Raise Your Hands Dead Man starring Peter Lee Lawrence. Fans of the genre will certainly want to pick up this great looking set:

Hallelujah Italo-Western Collection

I have also added more information to the Spaghetti Western Guide page. Enjoy!

Ferdinando Baldi retrospective

Friday, March 16th, 2007

From his early days directing sword and sandal pepla, to being the only Western director to voluntarily shoot a film in North Korea, Ferdinando Baldi should be one of the best known Euro-cult directors, but has slipped into almost complete obscurity, known now only for his interesting selection of Spaghetti Western titles – which are sadly some of the only titles of his currently available on DVD.

Using some of the few available resources to learn more about this director, we present the all new Mondo Esoterica Guide to Ferdinando Baldi, including all new reviews of Blindman (1971) and Little Rita nel West (1967), as well as updated reviews of his other films…

The Fu Manchu Collection (1965-69)

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Released without much attention outside of Germany last year was this five disc boxset from Kinowelt containing all five of the Fu Manchu films produced by Harry Alan Towers and starring Christopher Lee.

Full review with loads of background information: Dr. Fu Man Chu Collection

You can also check out a brand new Mondo Esoterica Guide, to producer Harry Alan Towers.

The Django Italo-Western Collection

Friday, February 16th, 2007

We’re back to basics with a trio of Spaghetti Western reviews, this time, a rather impressive German Django boxset from Koch Media.


Plus, the Spaghetti Western guide page has had a few new tweaks.

Frankenstein: The Movies – Part 1

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Well, its finally here – 12,000 words of new Guide and reviews.

Editor’s project notes.

Readers will probably notice first the absence of Universal Horror reviews, don’t worry, these are coming later in the year in Part 2 of the Frankenstein: The Movies project. Part 3 is also on the cards, which will feature more exploitation and obscure titles. As with all our guides, updates will be ongoing over time, with new reviews and information being added.

I hope you enjoy the results of this four month labour, and stay tuned for some similar projects later in the year (3 guesses as to the topic of the next Guide!).

Mondo Esoterica Guides…

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

New updates today…

I’ve converted all of the old links pages into swanky new Mondo Esoterica Guides. Although at the moment this largely means new titles and links, you should notice some changes and expansions to several of the pages.

The Mondo Esoterica Guides index.

Throughout the next year I will be adding new People pages, hopefully for all those actors and directors who have more than three appearances in my reviews – I’ve already got a list of 17 people who need pages, and 20 more who will probably get them this year, not to mention any newcomers to the database. A couple of existing entries will be getting extensive rewrites, including Paul Naschy (to coincide with the upcoming BCI DVDs).
As for the popular Genre pages, the Karl May and Spaghetti Western pages are already in the new, chapter headed formats, while the Hammer and Universal pages will be updated when I next add some reviews to them. Watch out for several more big projects this year in this department…

The new guides section of the blog will include any relevant posts, and allow you to quickly see any new additions to the Guides pages, plus leave feedback and view my Editor’s Notes. Don’t forget to bookmark this blog today to stay in touch with all the latest updates!