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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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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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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Something Weird

September 14, 2017 at 11:44 pm (5 Heads, Something Weird) (, , )

Something Weird – 1967 – United States

Cronin Mitchel is electrocuted by a downed power line. The nearly fatal injury leaves his face badly scarred, but also gives him ESP. As he recuperates, he becomes cynical and cruel. He pursues a career as a masked fortune teller until he is visited by an ugly old witch. She offers to heal his scarred face if Cronin becomes her lover. He hesitantly agrees.

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Kimera

September 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm (5 Heads, Kimera) (, , , , , )

Kimera – 1997 – Japan

Three pod-like spaceships crash in an isolated forest in America. Scientists capture one of the three pod-people. She is Kimera—an androgynous, green-haired, hermaphroditic, nymphomaniac vampire. She can breed with creatures of any gender or species. An ancient alien legend claims that her children will destroy mankind. The other two pod-people are also freakish vampire mutants. One wants to destroy Kimera and save mankind. The other wants to save Kimera and destroy them. Caught in the conflict is a young Japanese man who falls in love with Kimera. The plot climaxes in a bloody showdown inside a church. There are tentacles, cocoons, and giant snakes all over the place, plus an alien gray. In the end, the Japanese man spares Kimera, and they drive into the sunset. He says: “Kimera, I know what you feel for me isn’t love as I know it, but my love for you is real even if the cost is my own soul.” That’s a surprisingly strong sentiment, especially since Kimera never says a word the whole movie.

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The Vampires Night Orgy

September 4, 2017 at 11:27 pm (5 Heads, Vampires Night Orgy) (, , , , , )

The Vampires Night Orgy – 1973 – Spain/Italy

A bus full of travelers gets stranded in the rustic mountain village of Tolnio (in Spain). The village’s inhabitants are a strange lot. There is a beautiful countess who loves Shakespeare, the village’s charismatic mayor whom everyone calls The Major, and a giant axe-wielding man with an Afro. They treat their guests well by letting them stay for free, giving them money, and cooking them a sumptuous feast of human flesh. You see, the villagers are actually vampires. One by one, they convert the travelers to vampirism. One couple manages to escape, but when they return with the police, the village has disappeared.

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Haunts

August 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm (5 Heads, Haunts) (, , , , )

Haunts – 1977 – United States

Haunts takes place in a small mountain town where there is nothing to do but gossip, go to church, and drive around drunk. A maniac in a ski mask starts raping women and stabbing them with scissors. Ingrid is a Swedish woman who lives on an isolated farm. She believes the maniac has a vendetta against her and suspects every man in town at one point or another. As the plot progresses, evidence suggests that Ingrid might be delusional. She has traumatic childhood memories of being sexually abused and witnessing the death of her mother. In the present day, many of the characters she interacts with might be figments of her imagination. As the maniac closes in on Ingrid, it becomes less and less clear if there is a maniac at all. By the film’s ending, fantasy and reality have been thoroughly blended and nothing makes much sense.

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Dragon Princess

July 31, 2017 at 12:36 am (5 Heads, Dragon Princess) (, , , , , )

Dragon Princess – 1976 – Japan

Kazuma (played by Sonny Chiba) is a karate instructor in Tokyo. Assassins, hired by a rival instructor, attack Kazuma in front of his young daughter, Yumi. He survives with a crippled arm and a missing eye, but flees Japan to protect Yumi. Living in a seedy Manhattan apartment (these probably don’t exist in real life), Kazuma is a drunk who only cares about getting revenge and training Yumi in karate. He berates her, beats her, and makes her stand in the snow with bare feet. When Yumi writes in her diary, “I hope I never hear the word ‘karate’ again!”, Kazuma is somehow surprised.

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