Archive for December, 2006

The Girl Slaves of Morgana le Fay (1971)

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

The last review of 2006, and a beautiful piece of French erotic cinema, given the full special edition treatment by Mondo Macabro.

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2006 and 2007…

Friday, December 29th, 2006

Well, its that time of year when everyone does their “best DVD of the year” lists. Well I have no plans to bore you with a complete rundown of the best and worst of 2006, so here is a quick (and fully linked summary) of good news for cult DVD fans:

Some of our reviewed titles from 2006

In the USA, it has been a very good year for fans of obscure and cult cinema, with NoShame and Blue Underground continuing to put out plenty of Italian genre cinema, newcomers Severin have really impressed with their Jess Franco discs. Meanwhile in the UK, Optimum have done decent (if rather inconsistent) work with their re-issuing of the Wickerman, Dalek and Hammer DVDs. More Spaghetti Westerns from Germany, and cult films from Italy have also been the order of the day. Ultimately, cult fans are getting it great. If I was asked to pick a single best DVD of the year, I think Mondo Macabro might take it for Lifespan – an incredibly obscure film, given the sort of special edition treatment that even most Hollywood films don’t get.
What does 2007 hold though? While the introduction of HD might be confusing the markets, 2007 is likely to bring some sort of sanity, hopefully in the form of a dual format player, at an affordable price – although HD as a widespread medium is probably not likely until 2008. Meanwhile for the cult fans, news is already good, with the Paul Naschy collection hopefully due to impress fans from March, and a good list of other titles already announced from various companies.
We review a varied selection here at MEs!

For Mondo Esoterica, 2006 has been a very big year, the site has exploded, now boasting 150 reviews and top billing on several search engines. In 2007 I hope to more than double the review archive and expand the outlook of the site even further, from the heights of European arthouse, to the grimy depths of exploitation. The most popular feature on our site this year has been the Complete Guide to the Karl May Westerns and I plan to write several more Guides in the next year, packed full of information that you can only find here at!

Merry Christmas…!

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

and we’ll be back before the new year with more of the insightful comments and obscure reviews that you all love!

Spaghetti Westerns reviewed….

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

The last reviews before Christmas, and its a triple bill of seasonal films (?!):

Spara, Gringo, Spara (1968)

I Giorni Della Violenza (1967)

Ringo: The Face of Revenge (1966)

All three are available in English friendly editions from Germany, see the reviews for more…

Paul Naschy… legend?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

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The hero of cult cinema or a talentless hack? We’ve got reviews of 5 Paul Naschy films with loads more to come in the new year, but for now enjoy this rare clip of Naschy in action in a dual role as Waldemar Daninsky and Frankenstein’s monster!

The Virgin of Nuremberg (1963)

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

New today, a review of this interesting Italian gothic horror. Available on a decent DVD from Shriek Show, Virgin of Nuremberg is a well directed but rather muddled film, with a brief appearance by Christopher Lee. Worth seeing if you are a gothic horror fan.

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Book reviews and new upcoming…

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Just a summary of some of the new stuff to the site recently:


Book Reviews:With Christmas almost here there’s bound to be a few book tokens coming your way, and we’ve got a set of reviews of film related books that might be worth picking up. I’ll be updating this section and adding more book reviews over the next year.

Plus, I’ve got more details of early 2007 releases from Blue Underground, BCI and Severin on the upcoming page.

All new Blog!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Howdy Mondo Esoterica readers! Welcome to our all new blog, now with more frequent posts (honest), including latest DVD news from around the web, some interesting discussion points – plus blog exclusive mini-reviews and more! I will be allowing comments on all posts, but as an anti-SPAM measure, all comments will have to be approved first (don’t worry, there will be no censoring).

For anyone wondering why there have been no new reviews for a while, here is the reason:

An all new 26″ Samsung LE26R74BDX HD LCD TV, with an Oppo OPDV-971H player. A fantastic combo, and SD discs look amazing upscaled.

Don’t worry, there will be more reviews coming later this month and we hope to more than double Mondo Esoterica‘s review base during 2007, more on that later….!

Castle of the Walking Dead (1967) – German Gothic Horror

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Here’s one for fans of Hammer, AIP Gothics or Mario Bava and his ilk. Castle of the Walking Dead is a German made gothic horror film, from the director and cast of the Karl May Westerns. It stars Christopher Lee as the evil Count Regula with Lex Barker (La Dolce Vita (1960)), and the attractive Karen Dor (You Only Live Twice (1967)) as the heroic leads and is very impressively directed by Harald Reinl (Treasure of Silver Lake (1962)) with some of the best gothic sets and locations ever committed to film.

Read the new Mondo-Esoterica review

Available on a very good German DVD with English soundtrack and a variety of interesting special features