A shot of Tequila betwee the eyes…

August 3rd, 2010

Wild East present another fine Spaghetti Western double-bill, this time featuring a duo of performances from little known Jugoslavian actor Anthony Ghidra. Tequila Joe is the reason to get this set – a well written, solidly directed film with a very good leading performance from Ghidra and looking very good on DVD. A Hole Between the Eyes is rather generic but worth watching once and makes for a nice bonus feature.

And with that Mondo Esoterica hits 60 complete Spaghetti Western reviews! Stay tuned for loads more to come as well…

The Riddle of the Sands (1979)

July 22nd, 2010

As if you needed proof that Mondo Esoterica is the most versatile DVD review site on the web, a review of something completely different. Riddle of the Sands is a classic British adventure novel, well adapted for the screen with Michael York in the lead role. Recommended for all fans of period adventure films.

Peplum Pirates Double Bill

July 19th, 2010

Alan Steel and Rosalba Neri star in a wonderfully daft attempt to combine Peplum and Pirate films Hercules and the Black Pirate (1964) available as a decent if unexciting print from Retromedia. More interesting is the grand scaled  Sandokan the Great (1963) starring Steve Reeves and directed by Umberto Lenzi. Filmed on location in Sri Lanka it is highly enjoyable and would make for a great Sunday matinee.

Spaghetti for two

July 15th, 2010

Will this do? A new review of two little known, storyline focused Spaghetti Westerns from Wild East. Hate Thy Neighbour (1968) and Django the Last Killer (1967).

I’ve also thrown in updated biographies of Horst Frank and Ferdinando Baldi – the most detailed English language biographies of these two important players in the Spaghetti Western available on the internet.

Hope that is enough to keep things moving, more updates coming real soon (honest).

Wow… 4 months

July 15th, 2010

Not quite the frequent updates I was planning. Lets see if I can’t find something in my archives for tonight.

John Drew Barrymore

March 23rd, 2010

One of the most controversial actors of his day, John Drew Barrymore was born into an acting dynasty and appeared in several films, but his hard living reputation and several spells in jail saw him unable to find work in the US and instead, like many actors during the period, he travelled to Italy to find an industry desperate for imported talent.

He appeared in several adventure films including a few Pepla and I have reviewed one of his most unique entries, the horror themed Roma Contro Roma (1964). If you want to read the full story of the Barrymore family’s black sheep, I have also uploaded an all new biography.

Demofilo Fidani double bill

March 18th, 2010

So I take up where I left off in August, with Spaghetti Westerns and a look at Wild East’s recent Demofilo Fidani double bill. Notorious for his low budget Spaghetti Westerns with their alluring titles, this DVD marks the first English language release of the two titles and the first time to really see their charms. Low budgeted, poorly scripted and with terrible music, they have a wonderfully innocent charm to them and Spaghetti Western fans will certainly be interested in this rare chance to see an example of the low budget exploitation films that cropped up in their dozens during the Spaghetti Western era.

The disc includes Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows (1970) and One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana! (1970) with their original trailers, plus a forty minute interview with star Hunt Powers which contains loads of interesting stories about making Spaghetti Westerns and is worth the price of admission alone.

I have also uploaded an all new Spaghetti Western guide and an updated biography of Fabio Testi.

Vincent Price

March 9th, 2010

Getting right back into the world of cult cinema, I take a look at the late, great Vincent Price.

An all new biography is first, but I also have new reviews of the Corman Poe productions Tales of Terror (1962) and Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and the lesser known independent anthology horror Twice Told Tales (1963). There is Price’s solo television play An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1972) and the 3-D horror of House of Wax (1953) which saw Price in his first horror movie leading role.

Mondo-Esoterica Returns!

March 9th, 2010

It has been far too long in the shadows, but today on March 9th 2010, the monster is reborn.

I won’t bore you with details. 2009 was an annus horribilis, but things are really getting rolling again this year. We start as we mean to go on with an exciting new biography and I will be focusing on building up the core of the website again – great new reviews and lots of interesting and insightful biographies and guides.

Stay tuned for a lot more in the near future.

March 8th

February 19th, 2010