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The Revenge Fits the Crime in Act of Vengeance; New DVD Release Incoming

Rape is never an easy topic to address in film, as people usually find it extremely difficult to even discuss. Which is why the 1974 film Rape Squad became so hard to find for many years. The title alone clearly… Continue Reading →

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Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80

Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80
Peter Brown, who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.”

On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He
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Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80

Peter Brown, Star of TV Western ‘Lawman,’ Dies at 80
Peter Brown, who played Deputy Johnny McKay on 1960s TV Western “Lawman,” died March 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 80.

Brown played McKay on ABC’s “Lawman” during the entire 1958-62 run of the series, which starred John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop. Brown was also a regular on NBC Western “Laredo,” playing Chad Cooper during the series’ 1965-67 run. This story of the Texas Ranger starred Neville Brand as Reese Bennett.

Brown also guested on a number of other TV Westerns, including “Maverick,” “Cheyenne” and “The Virginian.”

On the big screen during the period he appeared in Disney’s Hayley Mills musical “Summer Magic” (1963), surfing movie “Ride the Wild Surf” (1964) and Ann-Margret vehicle “Kitten With a Whip” (1964).

During the 1970s while continuing his TV career, Brown played the villain in the 1974 blaxploitation classic “Foxy Brown,” starred with William Smith in “Piranha” (1972) and starred in the horror-thriller “Act of Vengeance” (1974). He
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“Game of Thrones” Recap: “Everywhere in the World They Hurt Little Girls”

A few unexpected revelations (Littlefinger is the Mole!), the destruction of the Northern Rape Squad, and the return of the world’s oldest breastfeeding boy were almost enough to distract from the fact that last week’s breakout star – Ser Pounce – was nowhere to be seen this week. Well, let’s get on with it…

Cersei (Lena Headey) visits Mardge (Natalie Dormer) as Tommen tries on his new throne. Cersei admits, “Joffrey would have been your nightmare” and shows her hand just a smidge. Mardge, to her credit, is rather cunning in her guarded responses. But Cersei cuts through the Bs by asking, “You’re still interested in being Queen, I take it?” They will both speak to their dads about it, as though they were getting permission to have a sleepover or sign up for a cheerleading camp. But then Mardge – always having to have the last word, mind – chirps,
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Thoughts on... Rape Squad (1974)

Rape Squad, 1974.

Directed by Bob Kelljan.

Starring Jo Ann Harris, Peter Brown, and Jennifer Lee.

Synopsis:

A group of rape victims form a squad in an attempt to find their attacker and deter other rapists.

With a title that practically screams for attention, it is perhaps surprising that Rape Squad has been somewhat overlooked when compared to The Last House on the Left (1972) and I Spit on Your Grave (1978). All three films adhere to the rape and revenge narrative, although The Last House on the Left is undeniably effective with its shocking brutality and fierce intelligence whilst I Spit on Your Grave simply seeks to aggravate. Rape Squad, however, feels a little more confused.

The story largely follows Linda (Jo Ann Harris), who is assaulted early on by a rapist wearing a hockey mask - an image which shares a striking resemblance to Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III
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Fox and MGM Opening their Vaults and Delivering the Mod Goods! Early Sneak Peek: Quatermass! I Come in Peace! Sugar Hill! And More!

Fans of classic horror and cheesy Eighties movies have just received the green light to shit their pants with joy! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Mod (Manufacturing on Demand) initiative is once again unleashing MGM's vaults with a stellar collection of long gone classics!

In September be prepared to break your banks as we have your first look at some of the upcoming hard to find titles that lay in the not too distant future!

The Living Ghost (1942) - James Dunn stars as Nick Trayne, a retired detective, hired to look for missing banker Walter Craig. During the investigation Craig shows up in a zombie-like state and murders his brother-in-law. But is the banker the killer or is someone controlling him? The trail leads Nick to the real culprit, a mad scientist, who has been conducting experiments on Craig. Stars James Dunn; Joan Woodbury; Paul McVey. Directed by William Beaudine.
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Not Available on DVD: Rape Squad

The titular gang of Rape Squad is not a squad of rapists but rather a group of rape victims who band together to get revenge on their attacker. Released in 1974, Rape Squad is a bad taste bonanza that wants to have it both ways in terms of mixing sexploitation and feminism and the result is a queasy film that’s politically incorrect in a way only possible in the mid 1970’s. Though written by a woman (Betty Conklin), the film’s blatant misogyny is poorly concealed with the most shallow of feminist themes. Sure, the women who comprise the Rape Squad talk the talk about women’s empowerment, but the filmmakers make sure they do so while topless in the hot tub! It’s an interesting look at the sexual politics of its time but Rape Squad is so wrong on so many levels. It’s not an easy film
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