DVD Review – Female Vampire (1975)

Female Vampire, 1975.

Directed by Jesus Franco.

Starring Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jesus Franco, and Luis Barboo.


The last descendant of the evil Karlstein family of vampires lures unsuspecting victims to their doom.

The first release from new Screenbound Pictures imprint Maison Rouge, Female Vampire – a.k.a. Bare Breasted Countess – is something of an erotic classic from the 1970s. Directed by notorious purveyor of sleaze Jess Franco (A Virgin Among the Living Dead/Eugénie), the film is an otherworldly blend of softcore porn and the mildest of vampiric horrors, in as much as the lead character is introduced as a vampire and does indeed suck the bodily fluids of her victims (note – not just the blood) but there is very little gore and no other vampire folklore apart from the mention of her murderous ancestors.

The female vampire in question is Countess Irina Karlstein, played
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‘Bare Breasted Countess’ DVD Review (Screenbound)

Stars: Lina Romay, Jack Taylor, Alice Arno, Monica Swinn, Jess Franco, Luis Barboo, Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, Raymond Hardy, Anna Watican | Written and Directed by Jess Franco

Countess Irina Karlstein (Lina Romay) is as beautiful as she is deadly. She is a bloodthirsty vampire of course. However, unlike most who have fallen foul to the curse, she doesn’t revel in her acts of fatal lust. Her hunger for genuine love is just as strong as the hunger for the bloody stuff (as well as some of the other bodily fluids available.). Her quest for both finds her returning to her ancestral home. Unfortunately, her insatiable hunger claims many victims. From her gardener (Roger Germanes) to the local dominatrix (Monica Swinn), no one is safe. With an inquisitive forensic pathologist by the name of Dr. Roberts (Jess Franco himself) and his blind sidekick Dr. Orloff (Jean-Pierre Bouyxou) on her case, you’d
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Jess Franco’s Marquise De Sade comes to DVD digitally restored and remastered!

Lust, Sex and Death…Sisters Share Everything!” Notorious cult director Jesus “Jess” Franco’s most renowned film is coming to DVD this October! Full Moon Entertainment is re-releasing Franco’s Marquise De Sade on DVD on October 24, digitally restored and remastered. Starring longtime Jess Franco muse Lina Romay opposite globally infamous sexy showgirl Monica Swinn, Marquise De Sade …

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Icons of Fright Chats With Exorcism Of Molly Hartley Director Steven R. Monroe

Having already tackled 2010’s I Spit On Your Grave remake, as well as Grave Halloween, Monika and a slew of other films, director Steven R. Monroe recently returned behind the camera to helm The Exorcism Of Molly Hartley, the sequel to 2008’s The Haunting Of Molly Hartley. Taking place a few years later, the title character of Molly Hartley is now an outgoing party girl who begins to exhibit some interesting traits, all stemming from being possessed by a demon. With Devon Sawa playing a disgraced priest hoping to save Hartley, the newly available film offers some interesting angles to the exorcism/possession subgenre. We recently had a chat with Monroe about the film, so check it out!

What attracted you to take The Exorcism of Molly Hartley on as a director?

I had just recently finished the sequel to the I Spit On Your Grave remake that I had
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‘The Duke of Burgundy’ DVD Review

Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna, Fatma Mohamed, Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso, Kata Bartsch, Zita Kraszkó, Eszter Tompa | Written and Directed by Peter Strickland

Love isn’t easy, we all know this. When two people fall for each other the relationship require a bit of give and take until the two parties find a common place and that comfort that makes the relationship work. The Duke of Burgundy is a movie that looks at this in both a metaphorical and physical way, pushing the boundaries of what two people can tolerate in the name of love.

It’s no surprise to hear that The Duke of Burgundy comes from Peter Strickland, the writer and director of Berberian Sound Studio – the styles are very similar and recognisable. In this film though instead of the focus on sound, the focus is very visual and intense, though never revealing too much. Strickland
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DVD Review – The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

Duke of Burgundy, 2014.

Directed by Peter Strickland.

Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna, Fatma Mohamed and Zita Kraszkó.


A relationship based around mistress and submissive begins to deteriorate as repetition begins to set in.

Peter Strickland is a filmmaker with the uncanny knack of being able to make films that draw from many influences but go off in a completely different, and unexpected, direction. His previous film, 2012’s Berberian Sound Studio, came at you with the pretence of being a giallo, coming from the same stable as the works of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, and whilst it did indeed embrace many of the tropes of those filmmakers and set up a similar atmosphere it ended up being an unconventional but totally unique sensory experience.

The Duke of Burgundy employs a similar method of execution, opening with a simple scene of Evelyn (Berberian Sound Studio’s
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‘Die Marquise von Sade’ Blu-ray Review (Ascot Elite)

Stars: Lina Romay, Monica Swinn, Raymond Hardy, Peggy Markoff, Martine Stedil, Andrea Rigano | Written and Directed by Jess Franco

It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen! We are entering the sordid world of Jess Franco. My previous reviews have always been for the DVD versions of Ascot Elite’s releases. This time however, I have access to a Blu-ray player (yeah, one of those fancy modern contraptions!) and I’m going to use it goddamnit! This release is a joint one between Ascot Elite and Austria’s Illusions Unltd. You see, due to the graphic content of the film, it’s forbidden to be advertised and sold on websites like Amazon within Germany. So, HD Franco with an extra hint of sleaze? It has to be good!

Die Marquise von Sade follows Lina Romay (Ilsa the Mad Butcher) in a dual role as twin sisters. One is a reclusive
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BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

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BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up
Lgbt festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.

The full line-up of this year’s BFI Flare (March 19-29) has been unveiled in London this evening.

As previously announced, the 29th edition of the Lgbt film festival will open with Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It was revealed this evening that the festival will close with the European premiere of documentary Out To Win on March 29.

Malcolm Ingram’s film examines of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world, featuring contributions from Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay and John Amaechi, among others.

It marks Ingram’s return to the festival having previously screened documentaries Small Town Gay Bar and Continental. Out To Win will world premiere at SXSW on March 15.

Gala screenings

The Accenture Gala will be the European Premiere
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‘Wicked Women’ (1977) DVD Review (Ascot Elite)

aka Frauen Ohne Unschuld

Stars: Lina Romay, Nanda Van Bergen, Michael Maien, Esther Studer, Kurt Meinicke, Brigitte Meyer, Monica Swinn, Peggy Markoff, Peter Baumgartner, Dagmar Bürger | Written by Erwin C. Dietrich, Jesús Franco | Directed by Jess Franco

Lina Romay (Downtown, Barbed Wire Dolls) stars as Margarita, a young woman who is discovered by police naked amongst a scene of bloody carnage. Unable to speak due to the trauma, she is sent to a nearby all women asylum. Unfortunately for her, the staff aren’t exactly too interested in her well being or recovery. When they aren’t trying to seduce Margarita or the other patients, they’re trying to figure out Margarita’s dark secret. You see, Margarita was involved in what she believed to be a harmless love triangle with a well to do couple. Unbeknownst to her, they were using her for more than just her looks, they
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'Duke of Burgundy' Trailer Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen

'Duke of Burgundy' Trailer Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen
Tease the senses with a new trailer from director Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy! From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Berberian Sound Studio and Sundance Selects, the official 2014 Toronto International Film Festival selection starring Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D'Anna D'Anna opens in select theaters on January 23, 2015!

Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn's punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn's obsession with erotic spells quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point.

Watch as one woman who loves to study butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover in this mesmerizing, critically-acclaimed drama. The first trailer also features international stars Monica Swinn, Eugenia Caruso, Kata Bartsch and Fatma Mohamed. Will you be able to contain the passion and fury
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‘Jess Franco’s Downtown’ DVD Review (Ascot Elite, Ger)

Jess Franco (99 Women, Vampyros Lesbos) stars as Al Pereia, a private detective who is down on his luck and waiting for that next big job. Thankfully for him, he gets a job from a glamorous young woman by the name of Cynthia, played by the ever lovely Lina Romay (Female Vampire, Lorna the Exorcist). She wants him to photograph her husband Carlos Rivas, a nightclub owner played by Erik Falk (Barbed Wire Dolls) who has an eye for the ladies. Good old Al accepts and begins his newest assignment. Unfortunately, things get a little complicated when Carlos is found dead. Al becomes the prime suspect and on his quest to clear his name, discovers that Cynthia isn’t actually the wife of Carlos. It turns out that she and her lover Lola played by Martine Stedil (Women Behind Bars) are working for Carlos’s real wife Olga, played by Monica Swinn
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58th BFI London Film Festival – The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

The Duke of Burgundy, 2014.

Directed by Peter Strickland.

Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna and Monica Swinn.


A relationship based on sadomasochism slowly begins to unravel.

The Duke of Burgundy…more like 50 Shades of Burgundy – amirite? Up top! Anyone?

That’s ok. This is a highbrow picture. One with credits for ‘Lingere’ and ‘Perfume’ and recurring, heavy-handed butterfly motifs. Crude comparisons to the last sadomasochistic breakthrough to the mainstream is probably a little reductive. At least it wasn’t an Anchorman joke.

You could have thought up a gazillion in that opening half hour, though. What a drag. I like a lesbian sadomasochistic relationships as much as the next guy, but straight-up, one-dimensional erotica, or lazily established relationships, or arty sex for arty sex’s sake (looking at you, Blue is the Warmest Colour) quickly grows tiresome. That’s when the 50 Shades joke first popped up, to cope with immense boredom.
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‘Fury’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Mr. Turner’ headline BFI 58th London Film Festival 2014

Fury (David Ayer)

[via the BFI]

The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.

As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and
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Required Reading: When God Closes a Video Store, Does He Open a Window?

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Passing of a Video Store and a Downtown Aesthetic” — Tom Roston at The New York Times profiles the famous Kim’s Video on the edge of its demise, tying its end to the loss of a cultural tidal pool of appreciation and quirk. It’s a bittersweet read, but the money quote is undoubtedly and without surprise: “I am the loser. Netflix is the winner.” “Lucy is the shot in the arm the superhero genre needs” — Monika Bartyzel at The Week relates Scarlett Johansson’s mind-accessing badass to Dr. Manhattan’s loss of humanity. “Let’s Talk About Sex: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘Love Meetings,’ 50 Years Later” — Daniel Walber at Nonfics attempts to discover why a documentary that shouldn’t feel anywhere close to taboo today still feels fresh and challenging. “How
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The Week in Original Content: 26 Columns and Features

Monday, August 1st Reel Men: Kowalski of Vanishing Point by Brian Salisbury 8 Great "Animals in Revolt" Movies by Peter Martin. The Hobbit Countdown: Films Are About to Shift Into Overdrive by Larry D. Curtis. Do These Real-Life Superhumans Deserve Their Own Summer Blockbuster? by Alison Nastasi.   Tuesday, August 2nd When Can I Watch The Wizard of Oz With My Kids by Sean O'Connell. Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me: From Rio to Stake Land by Robert DeSalvo. The Man of Steel Countdown: Super News Roundup (Summer 2011) by Jeffrey Taylor. Our Favorite Action Scenes: The Evil Dead 2 by Monika Bartyzel. Dialogue: Like Crazy Director Drake Doremus on Audience Expectations, the New Trailer and Working Without a Script by Erik...

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The Original Content Forecast: Body Switches, Animal Uprisings, 'Bellflower' and More

Monday, August 1st Reel Men: Kowalski of Vanishing Point by Brian Salisbury 8 Great "Animals in Revolt" Movies by Peter Martin. The Hobbit Countdown: Films Are About to Shift Into Overdrive by Larry D. Curtis.   Tuesday, August 2nd Best of Body Switcheroos by Jeffrey M. Anderson. When Can I Watch The Wizard of Oz With My Kids by Sean O'Connell. Buy Me, Rent Me, Forget Me by Robert DeSalvo. The Man of Steel Countdown by Jeffrey Taylor. Our Favorite Action Scenes: The Evil Dead 2 by Monika Bartyzel. Dialogue: Like Crazy Director Drake Doremus by Erik Davis   Wednesday, August 3rd DVD Obscura by Alonso Duralde Is This a Bad Movie Summer? What Makes a Good One? (Plus... the Three Best Movie...

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