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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Marquise Dracula, 17 July 2009

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Here the infamous Elizabeth Bathory is aided by her husband Karl in acquiring virginal blood to help preserve her youth and beauty. Karl fakes his own death and masquerades as a vampire to fool the ignorant and superstitious villagers about who is real blood fiend is. There is an odd and uneasy alliance between Elizabeth and Karl, because Karl doesn't love Elizabeth, but rather it's his own sadistic indifference towards the mob which fuels his cruel abductions. Mean spirited and bleak, Grau's film treads the same Gothic landscape as Witchfinder General and Mark of the Devil, where the downtrodden are at the whim of the wealthy and powerful, preying on their fears and superstitions. Gothic horror fans will delight to the attention of realism and detail and perhaps it's total lack of camp, however this comes at a price as so much of it takes a serious approach that the shocking scenes happen matter of factually. It is paced rather slow, dreadfully so for modern viewers I might imagine.

2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Don't fear the Reaper, 16 July 2009

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At the turn of the century, doctor's prescribe the drinking of ox blood to put the rose back in the cheeks of anemic ladies. Of course these wealthy women have developed a taste for something more, human blood. Once each year, a coven of elite women gather at a remote castle dwelling, and sacrifice a man to slake their blood thirst. Two women are sent first to find an unwary victim, who here happens to be a well dressed bandit on the run seeking shelter from other bandits. What follows is a series of seductive cat and mouse games between the sexes until the coven arrives at night so a proper ceremony can be made at midnight. Bridgette Lahaie ignites the screen with her seductive feminine charm. With either a knife, scythe, or simply a smile, she is deadly. Rollin's obsessive view of lesbian eroticism is perverse in just the right way, his camera loves everything about women, titillating us with glimpses of flesh seen here and there, all juxtaposed amidst the finest fairy tale like setting one could imagine. His locations are indeed as unique and delightful as the dream like worlds he creates.

Witchcraft (1964)
5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
"She's Crafty", 12 September 2007

A 300 year long feud between a a coven of witches and a family of wealthy land developers comes to a head when an old cemetery plot is disturbed, unearthing the grave of a witch once buried alive. Morgan Whitlock, head of the coven , now has his means to take revenge on the usurpers of his land and sets the resurrected witch upon them.

A rarely seen and almost forgotten horror, Witchcraft is now available on the MGM / Fox "Midnight Movies" label, paired as a double feature with Devils of Darkness. The big draw for me is that it's one of the last legitimate horror films in the career of Lon Chaney Jr., so seeing it nearly pristine on DVD is a treat I never thought I might indulge in. To my surprise, Chaney's part wasn't quite as big as I hoped, but this is okay as the rest of the cast is made up of mostly British actors, and the Brits rarely disappoint in the realm of horror. Better still is that Hammer Film veteran Don Sharp is at the helm, who has given us Kiss of the Vampire, and Rasputin the Mad Monk, among other genre pictures. Handsomely shot in black and white, Witchcraft has all the atmosphere that both Gothic and 60's contemporary horror fans crave. The mute witch makes for an eerie apparition as she silently stalks her prey, I might liken the scenes of her on the prowl to scenes in A Drop of Water from Bava's masterful anthology.

While it's true that the plot is nothing new I do feel the film has style to burn. Modern viewers will likely doze off as it is bloodless and the pacing is a bit lethargic, however in many scenes this deliberate pacing works very well. 7/10

Sugar Hill (1974)
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Give me some Sugar baby,, 20 May 2007

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A beautiful woman named Sugar who has ties with Hatian voodoo practitioners seeks supernatural vengeance after her boyfriend is beaten to death by the local mob boss and his gang of thugs for refusing to sell his bar and nightclub. Barganing with the undead voodoo priest Baron Samedi, Sugar resurrects her own mob of zombie slaves and methodically takes her revenge. For fans of blaxploitation this is a must see film. Marki Bey is stunningly beautiful, and though Sugar has made an evil pact with the devil we still want to see justice carried out. For zombie fans used to gut munching and gore, these traditional voodoo zombies might seem a bore, however they are effective and creepy here. Don Pedro Colley's Baron Samedi is a wonderfully over the top voodoo man, while Robert Quarry and Richard Lawson help round out a familiar cast of early 70's film stars.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Notoriously Naschy, 14 May 2007

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Vengeance of the Zombies is a head on collision of seven different horror genres. A hodge podge of gore, nudity, black gloved killers, voodoo, Satanism, surrealism , and unintentional camp. Naschy plays a dual role as the good Indian Guru Krishna,and his evil twisted and deformed voodoo doll making, Satan worshiping , masked killer of a brother. Obviously the plot is muddled. It reminds me of the old poverty row horror films but filtered through the distorted mind of Jess Franco. The most Franco like aspect of the film however is the jazzy score, which remarkably made the film a lot more tolerable for me. Naschy tosses in a few homages here, he's doing Blood and Black Lace in one scene, Curse of the Crimson Altar in another, things that are fun to spot. If you are in search for a good "bad" horror film with everything but the kitchen sink tossed in then you won't do much better than this.

4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Werewolf vs Vampire Women, 12 May 2007

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The Night Of The Werewolf aka El Retorno Del Hombre Lobo aka The Craving is a revamped update on Paul Naschy's original film, Werewolf vs Vampire Woman.

The film is a visual feast for Gothic horror fans. It's most memorable scene takes it's inspiration from the resurrection shown in Dracula Prince Of Darkness , while rendering it in a seductive if slightly misogynistic fashion. It's opening credit scene is reminiscent of Black Sunday, as an iron mask is used as a means of torture. And so it goes, until the climactic battle with Elizabeth Bathory herself.

Horror fans that have found their way into the world of Naschy's Waldamar Daninski already know that they have ventured so far into the genre that there is no turning back. You can throw plot and logic out the window, it's really not what matters here. The eccentric Daninski is a Wolf Man chick magnet displaced out of time who is in an eternal struggle with the blood Countess Bathory, the stuff of Warren's old Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella comic books genuinely realized on screen. While at times some scenes begin to slow with romantic interludes it never takes long for something interesting and horrific to happen.

Very much a throwback to 60's Gothic Euro and Hammer horrors, The Night of The Werewolf might still delight the more modern fan with it's pounds of flesh tearing, buckets of bloodletting, and it's sexy vixen vampires.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Cowboys and Crying Women, 6 May 2007

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The Living Coffin combines elements of the Mexican legend of "La Larrona" , Poe's Premature Burial , and oddly enough a Scooby Doo mystery. Cowboy and sidekick / comic relief Crazy Wolf are thrust into action against the ghost of a woman who wails over the loss of her children who drowned in Skeleton Swamp. Is the ghost a true Phantom, or are other more corporal desires at play ? The Living Coffin is a hard sell to recommend, as more often than not Gothic horror and cowboy westerns rarely mix well. Director Fernando Mendez is perhaps the premiere director of Mexican Gothic horror with The Black Pit of Dr.M and El Vampiro among others to his credit, so fans of his work might still want to check this out. I would also urge fans to support these smaller independent DVD companies so that we can continue to see these once very rare films.

4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A Faustian Werewolf In The Concert Hall, 5 May 2007

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An overly ambitious pianist sells his soul to the devil in exchange for musical virtuosity. Of course all deals with the devil come at a high price, every time Samuel plays his famous composition he transforms into a satanic "Hombre Lobo". Samuel's domineering mother keeps him locked away, even concealing his rival's corpse and covering the beasts tracks when he manages to get loose. Will the Maestro's charming understudy undo Samuel and play Satan's song that will reveal a hideous man-beast?

The Man and The Monster should appeal to most fans of both Gothic and psychological horror thrillers. Handsomely shot and scored with a piece from Romeo and Juliet, it mirrors and perhaps anticipates the masterful Gothic style of film Maestro Mario Bava. The cast is excellent, Abel Salazar plays the likable hero while Enrique Rambal plays the rather complex Jekyll and Hyde like composer. Deelia Guilmain steals many scenes as the domineering and protective mother of the beast. Curse of the Crying Woman Director Rafael Baledon is proving to be one of the unsung heroes of the horror genre.