Jess Franco – guts and girls

January 27th, 2009

Released by Severin at the end of 2008 this double bill catches Jess Franco imbetween his more interesting periods of direction, but still able to put out a solid effort.

Devil Hunter (1980) sees Franco take to the hot steaming jungles of… southern Spain for a cannibal adventure. Nothing too original in the storyline but plenty of nudity make this worth watching for cannibal and Franco fans.

Bloody Moon (1982) is Jess Franco’s slasher film. Sadly the storyline is too restrictive to let the director do anything particularly interesting, but there are some over-the-top gore and some genuinely tense stalking scenes that genre fans might enjoy.

We have returned…

January 23rd, 2009

Its great to be back. If you have not been to the all new homepage, take a look now. I’ve put in a blog style central column to provide more information on each review update and it will also allow me to post any hot DVD news. On the left is an extended list of the most recent reviews. On the right are extracts from the Mondo Esoterica guides to encourage more folk to read these detailed and exclusive biographies.
Take a look at our latest review too. You might notice something different if you using a widescreen monitor – thanks to the power of CSS the text should not sprawl across your screen any more. Obviously any feedback will be welcomed on how these look.

All of our existing pages are slowly being converted into this new format so please bear with us on this as it is a very slow manual process, but does give me time to correct spelling and grammar as well as updating information on the reviews.
What you are more interested in however is the reviews themselves and on that topic I can assure you we are not going to make any changes at all. We have loads more Spaghetti Westerns, Franco, Hammer, Bava and more in the pipeline and in true Mondo Esoterica style, we hope to keep bringing you some hot sneak peeks at upcoming titles as well as reviews of discs not covered by any other review site on the internet.

So bookmark this blog (or subscribe to my RSS feed if you know how) and hold on tight, because 2009 is going to be very exciting…!

In the Folds of the Flesh

January 23rd, 2009

Here is one that you won’t want to miss, if you enjoy your Euro-cult cinema with a good dash of weird… First Review of 2009

The Horror Returns…

January 15th, 2009

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Mondo-Esoterica is not dead… just sleeping

November 13th, 2008

Howdy blog readers. I’m afraid it has been a long time since the last update – I’m not only in the middle of moving house (so there are DVDs everywhere and not very easy to get to), but my computer of 5 years has passed away (it was a very emotional scene as its fan breathed its last in my arms….) and so I am using a spare machine with none of my forum passwords or software.

I have a nice selection of films waiting for review though, including the hot new Severin titles, some of which I hope to get up this month. There will be some new reviews in December but I’m not expecting to get up to full speed until the start of the new year, but I will return with an all new home page and some really cool new topics that are more esoteric than ever before!

Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey

October 28th, 2008

Part one of our look at Optimum’s new Joseph Losey Collection looks at his three films with Harold Pinter, often considered to be his very best works.

The Servant (1963)

The Accident (1967)

The Go-Between (1970)

Yul Brynner double-bill

October 18th, 2008

Coming out this Monday (20th) from Optimum is a double bill of Yul Brynner epics. Released last year in the US but making their first appearance on UK DVD, these two films are enjoyable but not the best epics from the era.

Taras Bulba (1962)

Kings of the Sun (1963)

The Steve Reeves Collection

September 27th, 2008

Released earlier this year by Retromedia this double bill set provides two of Reeves’ historical Pepla in their full widescreen ratios.

The Giant of Marathon (1959) – is one of the genre’s very best titles with some incredibly battle scenes and a good storyline as well. Mario Bava appears to have shot most of the film himself and it looks great. Recommended to all genre fans.

War of the Trojans (1962) is the sequel to the earlier Wooden Horse of Troy (available on German DVD) and is not as impressive – the battle scenes in particular could use a little work, but it is still enjoyable and really you can count it as a bonus as the set is worth getting for ‘Marathon’ alone.

Blacula meets Black Dracula…

September 22nd, 2008

With funky dialogue abound, you might expect Optimum’s latest DVD release (released today) to be pure exploitation, but in fact Blacula and sequel Scream Blacula Scream are more akin to 1960s gothic horrors than their 70s cousins.

Take a read of our super detailed newest reviews: Blacula & Scream Blacula Scream

Optimum Western Classics – American Westerns

September 12th, 2008

I’ve reviewed 4 films from this collection released at the beginning of this week (Hills Run Red, Legend of the Lost, Man of the East and Navajo Joe) and to wrap the reviews up I have completed a summary of all of the American Western titles.

I am going to be reviewing most of these next year as part of a feature into the more obscure American Westerns, so keep your eyes open for that.