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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The African Deal (1973)

  • George Hilton
  • Calvin Lockhart
  • Anita Strindberg
Crooked business deals and meaningful glances aplenty in this Italian production that was filmed to great effect in Ghana. This really is a jewel of a film that is crying out to be discovered, it is at first a very odd and sexy melodrama that plays at times like a soft giallo, a warped love story, and in one totally irrelevant sequence it resembles a strange mondo movie. Calvin Lockhart plays it much the same as he did in The Beast Must Die, George Hilton is excellent as is Enrico Maria Salerno. The women are great, Anita Strindberg is total ice cold beauty, whilst Yanti Somer never looked better. This is a film to hunt down and enjoy. Fantastic.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vampira [a.k.a. Old Drac] (1975)

  • David Niven
  • Teresa Graves
  • Peter Bayliss
In Transylvania, Count Dracula has been reduced to opening his castle up to tourists. A group of Playboy Bunnies come to the castle to shoot a Most Biteable Playmate layout. When his manservant drains their blood, Dracula finds that it contains the rare Triple-O type. With the Triple-O, Dracula can revive his beloved wife Vampira who died after biting an anaemic peasant. But the Playmates blood has been mixed together and the only choice is to give all of the samples to Vampira. But these include samples from a Black model and when Vampira returns to life, she emerges with her skin turned black. And so she and Dracula go to London to find which Playmate has the Triple-O in order to bleach Vampira white again.

The Deadly Art of Survival (1979)

Nathan Ingram, a true-to-life martial arts hero, is unaware of a contract out on his head. He is jumped and beaten bloody by a local street gang. Using his martial arts skills, he sets out to get revenge and is pitted against a group of drug dealers operating from a rival karate school called the "Disco Dojo."