Archive for December, 2010

Mondo Esoterica will return in 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I was hoping to wrap up my Paul Naschy series with a final flourish tonight, but I want to get everything done properly so I will be delaying the update by a few days so I can get my new 3000 word (!) biography properly proof-read and all of the Naschy reviews updated.

So have a great new year and see you on the other side!

Dark Dreams

Friday, December 24th, 2010

While his Hombre-Lobo series could never be called comic, the films were often on the lighter side of horror. However, Naschy did have a dark side and so for the latest entry into the Paul Naschy series I have taken a look at two of his darkest films. Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) has a rather simple premise, a look behind the life of the mad scientist’s assistant, making this tortured supporting character into the main attraction. Quite what Human Beasts (1983) is all about is rather harder to say, but for Naschy fans it is well worth watching.

I’ve got more Naschy coming after Christmas including the all new biography page.

School Killer

Monday, December 13th, 2010

It looks like Mr Naschy was not so keen on his review month being hijacked by school kids, so he got some rather bloody revenge.

From the trailer and the DVD case, School Killer looks like it should be nothing more than a generic slasher movie, with an aged Paul Naschy dragged out of retirement to add some name value. It is nothing of the sort. Genuinely scary, well directed and eschewing most of the modern genre clichés, it has a clever and well written script and gives Naschy probably his best role in the 21st Century outside of Rojo Sangre, he plays the ghostly villain part with aplomb and certainly makes this one well worth seeing.

Screwballing around

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Lets take a break from the horror with a couple of classic high school comedies from Roger Corman.

Produced when the legendary exploitation producer heard above the rave reviews coming from audience test screenings of Porky’s, the first film Screwballs takes a very cartoonish approach to its gags, while Loose Screws is a more straight forward sexy comedy.

Naschy Goes Giallo

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Why not? A second entry for the Blogathon – two of Naschy’s often overlooked Giallo films. The first is a subpar film with Naschy in a supporting role – Seven Murders for Scotland Yard (1971) – not recommended except for die-hard Naschy collectors, if you want to see it the Televista DVD is not the best quality and barebones, but at least it is anamorphic widescreen.

Far more effective is Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1973) – Naschy co-wrote this one and it has all of his usual traits. If you can get hold of the BCI DVD, it has a gorgeous print, plus an audio commentary and more.

Some more Naschy reviews coming next week…

The worldwide Paul Naschy tribute

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The legend of Spanish horror Paul Naschy passed away on November 30th 2009. A year on, cult film fans around the world are paying tribute to the horror icon with a series of reviews, comments and more. Visit the dedicated page on the Mad Mad Mad Mad Movies blog for links to the other sites taking part.

Here at Mondo Esoterica I am kicking off an all new series of Paul Naschy reviews with a double-bill. Away from his best known werewolf pics, Naschy made a number of horror films in his trademark style and  Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) and Panic Beats (1983) and undoubtedly among the best.

I’ve got loads more Naschy reviews upcoming throughout December, plus an all new biography page and new rewrites of all the existing reviews of his films.