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Collins' Sex Novels Have Enjoyed Unexpectedly Few Film Versions (The Stud, The Bitch)

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and for being the younger sister of film and TV star Joan Collins, died of breast cancer on Sept. 19, '15, in Los Angeles. The London-born (Oct. 4, 1937) Collins was 77. Collins' tawdry, female-centered novels – much like those of Danielle Steel and Judith Krantz – were/are immensely popular. According to her website, they have sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries. And if the increasingly tabloidy BBC is to be believed (nowadays, Wikipedia has become a key source, apparently), every single one of them – 32 in all – appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list. (Collins' own site claims that a mere 30 were included.) Sex
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Blu-ray Review - Baron Blood (1972)

Baron Blood (Italian: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga), 1972.

Directed by Mario Bava

Starring Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Antonio Cantafora, Massimo Girotti and Rada Rassimov.

Synopsis:

Newly graduated Peter travels to Vienna to explore his Austrian heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, the murderous Baron Otto von Kleist. While playfully flirting with a new acquaintance, Peter reads aloud an incantation causing the Baron - and the killing - to return...

Often credited with instigating the modern Italian Giallo movement, especially films belonging to that sub-genre that have a heavy supernatural element, Bava's best known work (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, The Evil Eye) hails from the heady gothic horror of the 1960's. Later work, such as Baron Blood, has often been overlooked.

This is something of a shame, as it contains plenty to recommend it to fans of European Horror, particularly those that are keen to make the
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‘Baron Blood’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov, Antonio Cantafora, Umberto Raho, Luciano Pigozzi | Written by Vincent Fotre | Directed by Mario Bava

Italian director Mario Bava was responsible for some truly great horror movies of the 60s and 70s, including The Mask of Satan, Black Sabbath, Blood and Black Lace, Lisa and the Devil and proto-slasher A Bay of Blood. However some, whilst a success at the time, haven’t aged quite so well… like Baron Blood.

The film is yet another gothic horror from Bava that, like Black Sunday before it, features a witch’s curse – this time placed on Baron Otto von Kleist, Austria’s legendarily murderous ‘Baron Blood’, whose corpse is inadvertently revived when an ancient incantation is read out as a joke by a descendant and his girlfriend. Naturally, the Baron decides to carry on where he originally left off, with the help of an
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'Demons 2' (1986) Review

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

'Demons 2' (1986) Review

Directed By: Lamberto Bava

Written By: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti

Starring: David Edwin Knight (George), Nancy Brilli (Hannah), Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni (Sally Day), Bobby Rhodes (Hank), Asia Argento (Ingrid Haller), Virginia Bryant (Mary the Prostitute), Anita Bartolucci (Woman with Dog), Antonio Cantafora (Ingrid’s Father), Luisa Passega (Helga), Davide Marotta (Demon Tommy), Marco Vivio (Tommy), Michele Mirabella (Hooker’s Client), Lorenzo Gioielli (Jake), Lino Salemme (Security Guard), Maria Chiara Sasso (Ulla)

If you feel Demons (1985) was a good movie, you will certainly be entertained by its sequel. “Demons 2” is just as over the top as the original with plenty of gore and thrills. Lamberto Bava does a good job carrying a similar plot over from the first film in a slightly different setting for this one. Argento and Bava make a good film duo
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Blu-ray Review: 'Baron Blood' (rerelease)

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ Spooky, cavernous castles; rolling, all-engulfing perma-mist; a deranged, deformed aristocrat impaling all the serfs to ease his crippling ennui...Giallo master Mario Bava's camp schlockfest has more classic Gothic tropes than you can shake a Brontë sister at. Here given a beautiful restoration for Blu-ray and DVD by Arrow Video, Baron Blood (1972) provides a good bit of fun and a great deal of crash zooms, but maybe not quite enough shocks given his past history. Immaculately coiffured 70s Ken Doll Peter (Antonio Cantafora) has travelled to Austria from the States in an effort to rediscover the family roots.

Taken by his Uncle Karl (Massimo Girotto) to the castle which belonged to ancestor Baron Otto von Kleist, Peter there meets Eva Arnold (Eike Sommer), an architect charged with restoring the building for use as a luxury hotel. But Old Otto had some faults back in the day. The nefarious nobleman's
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Baron Blood (DVD Review)

  • Fangoria
Baron Blood (DVD Review)
Another trip down memory lane from the good folks at Cheezy Flicks.

Legendary director Mario Bava's 1972 gothic chiller about a 300-year-old sadist is not as scary as Black Sunday or as graphic as Twitch Of The Death Nerve. Instead, Bava’s Baron Blood relies on rich colors and spooky castle sets to grab the viewer's attention. (That, and also placing heroine Elke Sommer in mini-skirts whenever possible.)

The plot involves Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora) a descendant of the evil Baron Otto Von Kleist returning to Austria to seek his heritage. He finds a group of architects renovating the Baron's castle into a hotel. Among them is Ms. Sommer who he immediately flips over.

He somehow convinces her it would be great fun to resurrect the Baron using a parchment with scary sounding words Peter happens to have with him. They were written by a witch who cursed the Baron for eternity.
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