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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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 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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Panic

July 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm (3 Heads, Panic) (, , , )

Panic – 1982 – Italy/Spain

An experiment goes awry and a scientist is infected by a deadly bacteria. He degenerates into a freakish mutant and stalks the streets of a small Italian town. A corporation and the government try to conceal the accident. They quarantine the town and debate whether to kill all the inhabitants with nerve gas. A special agent for the military (named Captain Kirk of all things) is sent in to find and kill the mutant before the creature can spread its infection. He teams up with a sexy lady scientist, but surprisingly, they don’t hook up unless I fell asleep and missed it. In the end, the mutant is killed and the town is spared the horrors of nerve gas. After the credits, a message says, “What you have seen might really happen… Perhaps it already has.”

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The Ghost

May 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm (6 Heads, Ghost, The) (, , , )

The Ghost – 1963 – Italy

Scotland, 1910: In a Gothic mansion, a doctor (Dr. John Hichcock) researches a treatment for his own crippling injuries. His questionable cure involves injecting himself with a cocktail of lethal poisons. He is depressed and suicidal, and constantly seeks pity from his assistant (Dr. Charles Livingstone) and his wife (Margaret Hichcock). When Margaret stops him from committing suicide, he says “Let me do it. I’m just a living corpse.” Eventually, Margaret and Charles hook up. Margaret nags her lover to kill her pathetic husband, so Charles gives the old man an extra helping of poison.

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The Ark of the Sun God

November 29, 2016 at 3:55 am (6 Heads, Ark of the Sun God) (, , , )

The Ark of the Sun God – 1984 – Italy

Rick Spears is a professional burglar. While traveling in Turkey, he is hired to break into the lost Temple of Gilgamesh and retrieve Gilgamesh’s legendary scepter. Also competing for this prize is a Turkish prince and a mysterious cult.

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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 Blancheville Monster

September 19, 2016 at 3:27 am (4 Heads, Blancheville Monster) (, , , )

The Blancheville Monster – 1963 – Italy/Spain

France 1884: After attending college in England, a young woman returns to her ancestral castle. Since her father recently died (under mysterious circumstances) and her favorite servants have left, the castle is now a foreboding place. Furthermore, she learns of a family prophecy indicating that her family will die if a girl child ever reaches the age of 21. Predictably, the young woman’s 21st birthday is in 5 days. Also predictably, her father is not really dead. Disfigured and insane, he stalks the castle, trying to prevent the prophecy by killing his daughter with the power of hypnosis.

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Murder Mansion

September 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm (4 Heads, Murder Mansion) (, , , , )

Murder Mansion – 1972 – Spain/Italy

A disparate group of people (including a biker, a hitchhiker, a lawyer, a socialite, and a womanizer) get lost in a foggy mountain valley. They arrive at an abandoned mansion next to a graveyard and decide to stay the night while the fog clears. Some of the people know each other and appear to be involved in a criminal business. The various characters bicker and have sex. Local legends suggest vampires once lived in the mansion, and before long, a creepy old woman and her disfigured chauffeur appear and begin killing people. In actuality, the old woman and the chauffeur are two of the stranded travelers in disguise. Their plot is to drive the others insane with fear to prevent some kind of business deal. Maybe. The plot is a little unclear.

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The Island Monster

May 10, 2016 at 1:10 am (3 Heads, Island Monster) (, , , )

The Island Monster – 1954 – Italy

On an island resort in southern Italy, gangsters smuggle drugs. Their leader is Don Gaetano (played by Boris Karloff), a kindly old man who runs a “home for sick babies” as a front for his drug operation. A police detective comes to the island. To infiltrate the smuggling gang, he kindles a romance with one of the female gangsters (a sultry nightclub singer). The detective’s cover causes friction with his wife. Things get even more personal when the gangsters kidnap his daughter. After the child is kidnapped, the nightclub singer has a change of heart and quits the gang. She and the detective (with the help of an impossibly smart dog) bust up the drug operation.

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