Naschy Goes Giallo

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

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.

Laura Gemser

November 29th, 2010

All good things must come to an end, even Naughty November, but I hope you have all enjoyed it.

I wanted to wrap things up with probably the most iconic of the 1970s erotic actresses, Laura Gemser. Star of the classic Black Emanuelle series as well as innumerable softcore and sleazy erotic films during the late 70s, she also had quite a long career into the early 90s and you can read all about it in my new Laura Gemser biography.

I finally completed my review of the Black Emanuelle series with reviews of the original Emanuelle Nera (1975), the sleazy Emanuelle in America (1977) and the most unusual Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali (1977) which all but drops the sex from the series in favour of gory cannibal action. Plus I have updated my reviews of the rest of Laura Gemser’s films, so why not re-read these as well.


November 25th, 2010

Just a quick tease today with another November naughty – the Joe D’Amato gem L’Alcova (1984) . Softcore sex with a surprisingly good storyline, this is one for classic erotica fans.

One big update still to come this month…

Marie Liljedahl: the Swedish Cherub

November 17th, 2010

Naughty November continues with a look at probably the most beautiful actress to ever disrobe for the sake of art…

Swedish actress Marie Liljedahl made just seven films in a brief career, but was named Sex Star of 1971 by Playboy and is still enough of a draw to see her films released in two-disc special editions. I’ve taken a look at her two best known films, the Swedish erotic dramas Inga (1968) and Seduction of Inga (1971) although they are certainly more drama than erotic and sadly the sex scenes are all-too-brief. The Retro-Seduction cinema DVDs are currently the only way to see these films and sadly seem to be out-of-print at present.

Equally disappointing for anyone hoping for a straight forward nudie pic is the obscure Swedish film Ann och Eve – de erotiska (1970) – promisingly pitched as an erotic coming-of-age drama with sexual liberation its theme, the film is instead a very weird descent into madness with a self-reflexive cinematic subplot (that makes no sense at all). The Danish DVD is very English friendly despite a quite low quality print.

Don’t forget my old review of the Jess Franco classic Eugenie (1970) which includes probably Marie’s most explicit role, with full frontal nudity, sex and some very sadistic whipping (oh… and Christopher Lee).

If you want to read more about Marie’s short career, check out my exclusive new Marie Liljedahl biography.

Joy & Joy et Joan

November 6th, 2010

Time for something a little different. Naughty November is the first of what I hope will be a number of themed months in which I will review a variety of films within particular genres, in this case the world of erotic cinema from Italy to Sweden, but starting off in France with a duo of erotic dramas.

Joy (1983) was based on the fictional diary of a model and is very well written for the screen, balancing eroticism and storyline most effectively, aided by some very impressive direction, a dash of French surrealism and a stunning lead actress in the otherwise little known Claudia Udy. The sequel Joy et Joan (1985) is rather less effective and never matches the original in terms of storyline but still makes for an effective piece of erotica.

Happy Hallowe’en from 1933

October 31st, 2010

We delve deep into the archives for tonight’s special Hallowe’en horror, the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray. Admittedly it is often more crime/mystery than horror, but it is certainly an enjoyable film and one that comes recommended to classic cinema fans.

The Moment to Kill (1968)

October 12th, 2010

Well, the new computer finally arrived and is now up and running. Got a lot of housekeeping to do with bits of website all over the place, going to try and get everything sorted out before the end of the month so look out for a Hallowe’en special and then some nice treats in November(!)

To keep you going until then, a rather forgettable Spaghetti Western from Anthony Ascott with George Hilton and Horst Frank doing their thing as well as ever – unfortunately the script, although from the writer of the Sartana series, is rather dull and generic making this one for genre fans only. The DVD, from Global Video in South Africa is not the best quality but always watchable.

Computer problems

August 26th, 2010

Just a quick note – this computer I have Frankenstinianly assembled from the remains of the faithful machine that has served me since the first days of this website, has finally given up the fight and is just awaiting the arrival of its replacement before a meeting with a shotgun behind the cattle shed comes a calling.

Mondo Esoterica will return in September as soon as I get the new machine up and running.

Stay tuned…

Encounters in the Deep (1979)

August 26th, 2010


Finding and getting to enjoy a lost cinematic gem is the aim of all film reviewers, unfortunately Tonino Ricci’s Encuentro en el abismo is not by any stretch of the imagination a “gem”. Instead this terminally dull Bermuda Triangle cash-in is all but unwatchably bad, while at the same time lacking enough crummy special effects to make it ironically enjoyable. Even the presence of Spaghetti Western veteran Gianni Garko does nothing to help.

Now quite hard to find on DVD, it is certainly not worth the effort.