The Rapist

August 6, 2017 at 9:19 pm (7 Heads, Rapist) (, , , )

The Rapist – 1994 – Hong Kong

The Rapist is about a serial rapist who prowls the halls of a low-rent apartment complex. A police detective tries to track him down. Cat-and-mouse games ensue. The detective taunts the rapist in television broadcasts, and sets traps for him using an undercover policewoman as bait. Eventually, the rapist is caught when he falls in love with a victim and invites her on a date. She agrees and tips off the police.

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Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America

January 19, 2017 at 2:16 am (8 Heads, Tribulation 99) (, , , , , , , , )

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America – 1991 – United States

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America is a satirical documentary composed entirely of stock footage from sci-fi films, newsreels, advertisements, and training films. In ninety-nine brief chapters (with titles like “Pagan Necromancy”, “Rivers Turn to Blood and Run Upstream”, and “Exterminating Angels”), the film describes how aliens arranged the events of the Cold War by manipulating countries in Latin America. These aliens (called the Quetzalcoatl) are mutant birds who breed with snakes and live in cities of their own excrement in the Earth’s hollow interior. They are responsible for the Kennedy assassination, the rise of Fidel Castro, Howard Hughes’ erratic behavior, the Easter Island Moai, the Bermuda Triangle, and the sinking of Atlantis.

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Suspiria

October 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm (10 Heads, Suspiria) (, , , , , )

Suspiria – 1977 – Italy

Suzy, an American woman, enrolls in a German ballet school. She arrives late at night in a torrential downpour. The door is locked and she is told to go away. She sees a panicked woman flee into the woods. The next day, Suzy returns to school to discover the fleeing woman was murdered later that night. Suzy begins training at the school and the ominous events escalate. Maggots infest the dormitory. A friendly dog goes berserk. Suzy suffers from a mysterious illness. Her friend believes the faculty is a coven of witches. When her friend disappears mysteriously, Suzy investigates the school’s mysteries.

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The Summer of the Massacre

June 5, 2016 at 2:58 am (1 Head, Summer of the Massacre) (, , , )

The Summer of the Massacre – 2004 – England

“Based on real factual occurrences involving a malevolent monster called Hammer Head, whose form of life was cannibalism?” So says the grammatically confused prologue for The Summer of the Massacre. The prologue also describes four “very young teenagers” who are actually college students, one of whom is pregnant. The four drive through the countryside until their “shaggin’ wagon” breaks down. A psycho in a shirt and tie and a Halloween mask stalks them and kills them with a hammer (the small kind—not a sledgehammer). He ties someone to a tree with cellophane. He may or may not be a cannibal.

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Primitives

November 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm (1 Head, Primitives) (, , , , , )

Primitives – 1980 – Indonesia

“This is a true adventure filmed on location in the jungle where the events portrayed actually took place.” Thus opens Primitives, as Kraftwerk’s “We Are the Robots” inexplicably plays on the soundtrack. In a plot similar to Cannibal Holocaust (1980), three anthropology students trek through the Indonesian jungle to find a lost “cannibal” tribe. They are harassed by poisonous flora and predatory fauna, and are captured by grunting, screaming natives. The natives imprison, abuse, and sexually molest the students until they eventually escape.

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Snuff

June 16, 2015 at 12:59 am (2 Heads, Snuff) (, , , , , , , )

Snuff – 1976 – United States/Argentina

A man named Satan leads a cult of deranged hippie women to take drugs, have sex, and commit murder. The premise roughly approximates the real life murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson’s “family” in 1969. However, Snuff (originally released in 1971 as Slaughter) gained notoriety when it was re-released in 1976 and marketed as a genuine snuff film. Without the knowledge of the original filmmakers, an additional scene was grafted onto the end of the film. The scene allegedly depicts the cast and crew of Slaughter dismembering a woman on set. The effects are obviously fake, but the tasteless marketing gimmick captured people’s perverse imaginations and helped popularize the urban legend of the snuff film.

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Hangar 18

December 23, 2010 at 3:25 am (7 Heads, Hangar 18) (, , , , )

Hangar 18 – 1980 – United States

“Now the truth can be told”, claims Hangar 18’s based-on-a-true-story disclaimer. In actuality, Hangar 18 is a speculative yarn providing fuel for UFO paranoiacs’ wild conjecture. Excellent! Beyond that, it’s a well-made flick mixing mystery, humor, and UFOlogy clichés into a rousing thriller. Those uninitiated in the greater mysteries might even learn something.

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I Was a Communist for the FBI

July 25, 2010 at 6:14 am (6 Heads, I Was a Communist for the FBI) (, , , )

I Was a Communist for the FBI – 1951 – United States

Also a magazine serial and radio show, I Was a Communist for the FBI details the (apparently) factual life of Matt Cvetic, who spent a decade infiltrating communist spy rings. I Was a Communist satisfies in two ways: as a taut paranoid thriller and a historic glimpse into the demonizing McCarthy Era.

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