Archive for December, 2007

Steve Reeves: Peplum Icon

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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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!

A Spaghetti Western please, and make it a double…

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

There really is no rest for the wicked. Mondo Esoterica is back in action with two all new reviews.

Sadly neither of these titles comes recommended, but for Spaghetti Western fans it makes another two to add to the list of English friendly DVDs, and both films are more than watchable:

W Django (1972) РAnthony Steffen is the star of this clich̩ genre entry, for years relegated to awful looking bootlegs, it now boasts a beautiful anamorphic 2.35:1 print.

Pistol for 100 Coffins (1968) – Peter Lee Lawrence is the star and Umberto Lenzi directs, but the film simply doesn’t gel with lots of missed opportunities. The print from X-rated is not the best, but at least there are no forced subs.

This takes our Spaghetti Western review count up to 42, and rest assured I have a shelf of genre titles awaiting review in 2008. Don’t forget to check out the Mondo Esoterica Guide to the Spaghetti Western for links to all the reviews and more.

Merry Christmas…!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Well, it looks like a good haul for me this year. A Merry Christmas to all my readers new and old.

Check back before the New Year though for more top quality reviews, and a sneak preview of 2008…

Black Emanuelle’s Second Box…

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

The stunning Laura Gemser with the incomparable smouldering beauty of Ely Galleani in Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade (1978) the last of the Joe D’Amato Black Emanuelle series, and with its recent release from Severin USA, the chance to complete the collection of all five titles.

For more information on this, and two other lesser seen erotic films from the 1970s, check out the all new full review of: Black Emanuelle’s Box Volume 2

Fear not, there will be more from the delectable Ms Gemser next year, with a full review of the ultra-sleazy duo of Emanuelle in America and Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals plus a detailed biography.

Stay tuned to Mondo-Esoterica for some more reviews to round off 2007…!

Lucio Fulci

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

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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.

Nuns and Guns – the early films of Lucio Fulci

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

We know him today for such gory excesses as Zombi 2 (1979) and City of the Living Dead (1981). However, Fulci was making films since the end of the 1950s, and covered many of the popular genres of the day. Most of his early works are comedies that were never released outside Italy, and are sadly unavailable on English language DVD. However, Severin USA in November did release his later comedy The Senator Likes Women (1972), part rude-comedy, part strong political satire, it is very enjoyable and a great looking DVD.

In between the comedies, Fulci directed a Spaghetti Western, Massacre Time (1966). Not boasting the most original plot, it does have some shocking brutality that teases of Fulcis’ later work, not to mention a solid pairing of Franco Nero and George Hilton. The Italian DVD is not great, but it is the best currently available.

Stay tuned next weekend for a Fulci Giallo double bill, with a look at Severin’s other recent release, The Psychic (1978) and the Blue Underground DVD of his grim Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972). I will also be presenting an all new and highly detailed biography of this notorious director.