Archive for January, 2007

News, updates and more…

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Nope we’re not asleep here, honest and here’s three bits of news for my loyal blog readers!

1) My latest project is almost complete, 11,000 words of Guide and Review (and this is just part 1 of the guide!), due by the end of the week, plus I’ve got a load of reviews ready to follow in February.

2) New updates to the upcoming page, with good news – a collection of British horror titles from Optimum UK, including two new-to-DVD films, and some bad news, another delay to the Paul Naschy titles from BCI. I will also be updating with news on the impending (and exciting) Anchor Bay US Mario Bava and Hammer collections, as soon as details are confirmed.

3) And finally…. I’ve just spent over €300 on DVDs from Italy and Germany, including a trio of Mario Bava titles, a dash of Hammer, some 1960s Oriental adventures and a dozen new Spaghetti Western DVDs, including the brand new W Django (1971) release, a duet of Sartana and even a musical. Keep your eyes open for reviews of these over the next few months…!

New upcoming titles, and a new look upcoming page…

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

We’ve got news on new upcoming titles from Dark Sky Films and Mondo Macabro and a new look upcoming titles page that I’ll be keeping updated with all the latest news (and rumours) from the cult DVD world.

Another Midnite Movie double-bill

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Two more classics from Corman and Price, a Lovecraft story disguised as Poe, and a Shakespearian production that looks like an AIP Gothic… A nice double film set from MGM.
The Tower of London (1962)

The Haunted Palace (1963)

More Franco from Severin…

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Now here’s some more good news – Severin Films have just confirmed their April release will be this very exciting duo of Jess Franco’s 1980s works. After their very nice looking previous DVDs, these two will hopefully be highly recommended purchases for all Franco and euro-cult fans.

Details on these discs, plus the rest of Severin’s catalogue on our Upcoming Pages.

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!

Blood of the Vampire (1958) and Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Arriving on Monday (15th) from DD-Video UK, a double-bill of British horror titles.
Blood of the Vampire (1958) is an interesting Hammer style gothic horror film written by Hammer’s own Jimmy Sangster. Rather more Frankenstein than Vampire, it is a rather good and enjoyable film – unfortunately DDHE’s DVD is rather poor, blurry and cropped it is noticeably worse than the recent US release from Dark Sky films, and we’ve got some comparison pictures in the review to demonstrate this.

Daughter of Darkness (1948) is an early British psycho-horror, or at least it tries to be, but the psychology is notably absent in what amounts to little more than a slasher film, without any of the excitement of that particular genre. A decent print on this release, and more than watchable.

The Doug McClure Fantasy Adventure Triple Bill…!

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

A triple bill of Sunday afternoon television classics from Britain:

The from Cinema Club UK contains:

With generally good transfers all round, all of the films are available as single disc releases too, and Warlords of Atlantis is only available on DVD in this collection.

Editor’s notes: Some reviews from the archives to keep you busy while I complete work on the latest big project! You might notice the absence of People that Time Forgot (1977) here. Rest assured I will be reviewing the British MGM disc as a one-off title in the next month. Sadly Arabian Adventure, the fifth and final film in this series seems to be MIA on DVD (except for a now OOP r4 disc), lets just hope that it will find its way onto disc soon.

You might also notice a new feature debuting with this trio of reviews – every review page now links back to its blog post allowing you to leave comments and feedback, plus read my exciting editor’s notes!

2007 eh?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

What no updates yet? No I’ve not just been recovering from a particularly impressive party, I’ve got something big brewing for the middle of the month, and its going to take quite a bit more work. Until then, there will be some new reviews posted at the end of this week for you all to enjoy, so stay tuned for that…

Some other news, in order to further integrate this blog with the site, all the new reviews will have links back to their blog announcement posts – giving you a chance to comment directly and discuss the reviews. Meanwhile, the Guide pages are going to be linked to their own blog catagories, allowing you to comment on the section, and to look out for updates. Over the next few months, all of the Actor and Genre pages will be upgrade to the new look Guides (the first of these coming up soon…).