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Sugar Hill (1974)

Director: Paul Maslansky
Starring:Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees, Richard Lawson, Zara Cully, Charles Robinson .USA. 1h 31m

For me this Blaxploitation thriller is a testament to Fulci’s zombie culture, with a strong vibe from a more authentic hoodoo background mixed with a strong black female lead this could be a damned near perfect blend of real gore horror but it just falls short but doesn’t fail to entertain.

Paul Maslansky managed to recreate the pure essence of a woman scorned, by killing Sugar’s lover in the opening scenes, this spurting her on the road to bitter revenge. Spicing the story up with a Fulci’s zombie hoard, the amalgamation almost works but if he had only added a bit more of a dangerous woman about town a la Pam Grier, gun fights and blades this would have been absolutely perfect. However despite its reputation of being a bit of a joke it’s still a wonderful film, just lacking some bite. Let me explain… Continue reading Sugar Hill (1974)

Sweet Movie (1974)

Director: Dušan Makavejev
Starring:Carole Laure, John Vernon, Anna Prucnal, Pierre Clémenti, Jane Mallett, Roy Callender, Sami Frey. France, Germany, Russia. 1h 38m

The film is like a psychedelic socio political nightmare orgy, with some kind of comedy added to cushion the blow.

Following the lives of two women, Miss Mode 1984 and Anna Planeta, both are figureheads for different movements, Miss Mode (Laure) represents modern commodity culture, while on the other hand Anna (Prucnal) is the spearhead of the failed communist revolutionary. The film opens with a glitzy show, where women around the world are aiming to win the Most Virgin competition, the winner is Miss Canada with her golden shiny vagina. Her prize is to marry Mr. Kapital, a milk industry tycoon played by the daring and often enigmatic John Vernon, losing her virginity doesn’t go to plan, despite a golden dick, she soon bribes a servant to smuggle out of the Milk Tycoons mansion after his mother tries to drown her. Miss Mode goes on to join a cult, she gets seduced by a glittery Latin singer called El Macho (Frey). Continue reading Sweet Movie (1974)

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue / Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

AKA Non Si deve profance il sonno dei morti, Don’t Open the Window, the film officially has 15 titles, so take your pick..

Director: Jorge Grau
Starring: Ray Lovelock. Arthur Kennedy, Cristina Galbo. Spain/Italy. 1h 35

There’s a subtle Giallo twist to this unusual but gripping science fiction zombie flick, undead, mystery, giallo, car crash, sci fi horror, pesticides, it’s got so much going on but all to the backdrop of the gorgeous English countryside and littered with the creeping dead.

The film focuses on two protagonists who until their vehicle crash led two totally different lives, there’s Edna (Galbó) Who’s trying to visit her family and the brash George (Lovelock) a hot tempered and pushy individual but his drive really powers the action. Continue reading The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue / Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

House of Seven corpses (1974)

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A low budget and often overlooked horror, all surrounding a creepy old house that is being used to film a horror movie, what could go wrong? Fortunately the director (John Ireland) courts disaster by filming his horror movie in a real haunted house and one of the corpses are missing.

The film starts out quite creepy with an introduction to huge house with it’s on tombstone in the garden and a quirky caretaker Edgar Price played by the ever charismatic John Carradine who tries his best to warn the cast and crew about the occult horrors that have already occurred in the doomed house but he’s just passed off as being crazy.

The acting is dismal but with these low budget horrors it’s often a part of the charm, the most experienced actor would probably be the grouchy caretaker, crafted by Carradine. It’s actually a beautiful house and reminiscent of many a Hammer House of Horror classic or even something like House on Haunted Hill (1959). The crew bumble about the house with little faith in the production of the film and recoiling at the wrath of the aging leading lady Gayle Dorian (Faith Domergue) the fluff which makes up this middle section of the film seems to have forgotten that’s a horror movie as it starts to develop into a melodrama.

A return to the classic gothic ghostly haunted house that was once made great y Hammer film, only a little shabby around the edges but still a gem that shouldn’t be forgotten

Eventually one of the crew stumbles upon real occult books in the library and incorporates the readings into the occult ritual scenes in the movie and strange things start to happen, sadly the unravelling of the “mystery” and the presence of the ghoul all ploughs in at the end, I for one was not really expecting one of the crew/cast to be linked in with the house, if this was made clear it would have been as awesome as The Beast Must Die (1974).

Despite losing the direction the film is pretty entertaining, I’m not sure why I really enjoy it so much, the cheese or the jibes at the leading lady who’s basically called a gold digging whore in one scene and threatened to be left on a street corner, I almost forget that it’s a horror film, but there are a few chills and thrills to be had, basically it’s just a bit of harmless creepy fun (how many times have I said creepy?) and should still be cherished due the atmosphere and the story that you might have to dig deep to find, it arrived at the end of the hammer horror reign of terror, it’s early 70’s and things were stepping from these golden years into the gore filled 80’s, this film simply endeavors to give us a final dose of mansions, capes and black magic, Undoubtedly one for the old nostalgia fans.


Rating 6/10

RA bucket of Blood (1959), House on Haunted Hill (1959) Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972) , The Beast Must Die (1974).
L – House Films, Tibetan Book of the Dead, movies about movies,
A – How accurate do occult movies have to be?
5BJohn Carradine

Abby (1974)

(Horror, Supernatural, 1974) (12D/W : William Girdler W : Gordon Cornell Layne 1h 29. USA

A possession film about a marriage counsellor who becomes possess by a Demon of sexuality.

First five minutes of the movie I’m thinking “doctor dude will you open that fucking present and shut that bitch up” I’m also thinking that I’ve just started watching a black Exorcist (1973) maybe the Ghettocist? I dunno but the doctor dude goes to Nigera and opens some demonic relic with a massive wang and somehow he’s daughter in law gets possessed. Qu : How does that work? Was he thinking about her when he found “the erect penis, what a magnificent find” If the demon was trying to kill him, then why didn’t it bitch slap him them?

Anyway Abby is now possess and has amazing  adventures, her voice changes, she kick her husband in the balls, gives a white lady a heart attack and starts picking up men in bars and is killing them. If the demonic aspect were removed from this movie it would just be a liberating chick flick maybe called Abby and Louise.

Err the doctor comes back from Nigeria and confuses me as people call him father because he’s a priest but then his son also calls him father.. cos he’s his father.. but not the other peoples father.. or is he? His studies into the Yoruba religion allow him to kick some demonic ass.

Q : “Do you ever wonder why God makes these chickens necks to long?”

T : Warner sued AIP claiming that the movie (from Louisville Kentucky) copied the Exorcist (1973) too closely (it doesn’t) and it was withdrawn

R : Exorcist (1973),  The Possession (2012), Possession (1981), Shaft (1971)

I : Abby II, we discover that the demon is now in the “father” who is on his way back to Nigera and he turns into some demonic black Hitler!