Death Rage

December 11, 2017 at 12:38 am (5 Heads, Death Rage) (, , , , , )

Death Rage – Italy – 1976

Peter Marciani is a New York hitman who comes out of retirement for one last job. On a mission to assassinate the mobster who killed his brother, Peter travels to to Naples, Italy. There he joins forces with a small time crook and shacks up with a stripper. In pursuit of his target, Peter kills various mobsters and has hallucinatory visions of his brother’s death. To stop the visions, he visits an optometrist and insists on a prescription for eye drops. The doctor gives Peter the drops, even though the hallucinations are obviously psychotic in nature. Eventually, Peter gets revenge by sniping his brother’s killer, but is killed in the resulting shootout.

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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

December 7, 2017 at 1:13 am (6 Heads, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women) (, , , , , , , )

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women – 1968 – United States/Russia

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women begins with a documentary-like primer on the future of space travel. Models of cool and outlandish prototype spaceships are seen.

In the year 1998, an international crew of astronauts lands on Venus. They explore the rocky, swampy landscape with their robot John. They fight off dinosaurs and a killer flower with tentacles, find ruins of an undersea civilization, and survive a volcanic eruption. One of the astronauts hears siren-like singing and concludes that women must live on the planet. It turns out that he is right. The women are a tribe of beautiful blondes in seashell halter tops. They are telepathic, eat live fish, and worship a giant pterodactyl. When the astronauts kill their pterodactyl god, the women worship the astronaut’s robot instead.

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Vaastu Shastra

December 7, 2017 at 1:09 am (4 Heads, Vaastu Shastra) (, , , )

Vaastu Shastra – 2004 – India

A young family moves into a new house. The beautiful modern mansion is their “dream home” at a “dream price”. They should have known that any house selling for way below market value is certainly haunted. Upon moving in, Rohan (a toddler) begins talking to imaginary friends. He develops an obsession with a dead banyan tree in the yard, which looks like a gnarly skeletal hand and is definitely evil. Rohan’s family assumes he is just having trouble adjusting. His nanny and aunt die mysteriously before anyone takes him seriously. Eventually, the ghosts kill everyone but Rohan and his mom. Trying to flee the specters, Mom wrecks her car into the evil tree. The car and tree explode in a massive fireball. With the tree obliterated, the ghosts are consumed by magical fire.

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The Devil (Xie mo)

December 7, 2017 at 1:06 am (4 Heads, Devil, The) (, , , )

The Devil – 1981 – Hong Kong/Taiwan

A hotel is haunted by a female ghost with a shattered, disfigured face. Whoever sees her becomes possessed, develops oozing boils, and vomits black slime and worms until they die. The ghost takes a special interest in a handsome man named Mr. Coo (I’m not actually sure how his name is spelled). Mr. Coo is a conman and murderer who marries the hotel owner’s daughter to steal her family’s fortune. He also murdered the ghost, before she was a ghost. With the help of a kind witch, the ghost gets her revenge and Mr. Coo dies in a lengthy worm vomiting scene.

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Goth

December 7, 2017 at 1:02 am (5 Heads, Goth) (, , , )

Goth – 2003 – United States

In Goth’s opening scene, a young woman named Crissy wakes up amid the remains of a frat party. She is covered in blood and everyone is dead. The rest of the movie is a flashback. Crissy and her boyfriend Boone go to a metal concert at a goth nightclub. There they meet a woman named Gothe (pronounced “goth”) who offers them a drug called “white light”. Gothe is scantily dressed, covered in tattoos, and possibly deranged. Crissy and Boone take the drug, which is supposed to induce a near death experience. They awake in the back of Gothe’s van surrounded by candles, concert posters, and plastic skulls.

Driven by an unseen driver, Crissy and Boone ride around the city with Gothe in her van. Boone wants to leave, but Crissy insists on staying. Meanwhile, Gothe imbibes massive quantities of booze and drugs. She rants about the three rules of being goth. “One: Embrace the darkness. Two: Kill your fear. Three: Live for death.” It soon becomes apparent that she is totally insane and Crissy and Boone are her hostages.

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The Long Hair of Death

November 20, 2017 at 3:04 am (5 Heads, Long Hair of Death) (, , , )

The Long Hair of Death – 1964 – Italy

The Long Hair of Death is set in 16th century Italy. In its dramatic opening scene, a woman named Adele is accused of committing murder by witchcraft. She curses her accusers as she is burned to death in front of her young daughter Lisabeth. Meanwhile, Adele’s older daughter Mary tries to gain her mother’s freedom by sleeping with a noble. After she does, the noble murders her to keep her quiet.

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Murder in the Red Barn

November 13, 2017 at 2:58 am (7 Heads, Murder in the Red Barn) (, , , )

Murder in the Red Barn – 1935 – England

Murder in the Red Barn is based on a real murder committed in England in 1827. A man named Squire is the conniving, degenerate magistrate of a small village. He seduces a young woman named Maria and promises to marry her but never does. To pay his excessive gambling debts, he marries a rich widow instead. When Maria discovers she is pregnant, she threatens Squire, promising to reveal their sordid affair. In response, Squire takes her to the titular “red barn”, shoots her, and buries her corpse in the floor. The racist villagers blame a young gypsy named Carlos and organize a manhunt for him. Squire and his gambling buddies lead the mob, wagering on who will fire the killing shot. They find Carlos and chase him to the red barn. As he is about to be killed, one of the hunting hounds digs at the floor. He uncovers Maria’s body along with the murder weapon: Squire’s monogrammed pistol. On the day of Squire’s execution, the hangman calls in sick. Carlos volunteers to take his place.

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The Snow Creature

November 13, 2017 at 2:53 am (5 Heads, Snow Creature) (, , )

The Snow Creature – 1954 – United States

A botanist, a photographer, and their Sherpa guide explore the Himalayas. When the guide learns of his wife’s abduction by a yeti, he forces the explorers at gunpoint to rescue her. They trek for days through the frozen mountains as the yeti harasses them by causing avalanches. They reach the yeti’s lair too late. The guide’s wife is dead, although no one seems too concerned. However, the explorers catch the yeti and take him to America for study.

The yeti flies to Los Angeles in a refrigerated box that injects him with drugs. He is detained by the Department of Immigration. They insist that the yeti is human-like and shouldn’t be allowed to enter the U.S. without a passport. In the meantime, the yeti escapes. He stalks the sewer system with the police in pursuit. They eventually shoot him dead. In the last scene, one of the policemen becomes a father. Congratulations!

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The Monster Walks

November 13, 2017 at 2:48 am (5 Heads, Monster Walks) (, , , , )

The Monster Walks – 1932 – United States

On a dark and stormy night, a young woman named Ruth returns to her family’s mansion for the reading of her father’s will. Ruth inherits her father’s fortune, upsetting the other potential heirs, including her uncle, her father’s housekeeper, and her father’s housekeeper’s son. The night after the reading, her father’s ape Yogi escapes from his basement cell. Stalking through the mansion’s secret passages, he sneaks into Ruth’s room and tries to strangle her in her sleep. Or does he? In the predictable finale, it turns out that the ape is the housekeeper’s son in disguise. Trying to kill Ruth for her inheritance, he accidentally strangles his own mother to death.

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Dirt Boy

October 28, 2017 at 8:55 pm (6 Heads, Dirt Boy) (, )

Dirt Boy – 2001 – United States

Dirt Boy is the movie’s title, but it’s also the title of a novel within the movie.

Atwater Commons is a Cape Cod town named after Atwater Bridges. Bridges is the beloved author of the bestselling novel “Dirt Boy” about a serial killer who brutalizes people with a garden rake. Matthew “Matty” Matthews is a forensic psychology student visiting Atwater Commons. He explores the town while listening to an audio book of “Dirt Boy”. One day, in a seemingly hypnotic trance, he visits a murder site described in the novel. After uncovering a corpse, he begins to suspect the novel is real. Matty reports his find to the police who behave with cryptic animosity. Possessed by curiosity, he explores more and uncovers more bodies. The people of Atwater Commons respond to his snooping with paranoia and hostility. They spy on Matty, vandalize his car, and broadcast threats (disguised as gardening advice) on the town radio station. As Matty delves deeper into the secrets of Atwater Commons, he uncovers the idyllic town’s dark history. In doing so, he is also forced to confront his own past as a heroin addict.

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