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10 Great films from 1975 Volume 1

01.Jaws (1975)

Cult Creature Feature that really struck the fear of sharks into modern man. This delightful story of man vs beast see’s three very different characters with diverse agendas having to club together to defeat an unusually large and cunning Great White Shark, as if they aren’t dangerous enough, Jaw’s ups the game toppling man down the food chain. Without all the drama and love affairs from the book by Bletchley , Spielberg managed to craft a lengthy adventure film with lots of horror. 10/10

02.One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (1975)

An interesting insight into the world of mental health care in 70’s America. Jack Nicholson tries to find an easy route back to world via a mental institution where he insists that the crazies should take over the asylum. And if it wasn’t for his arch rival Nurse Ratchet, he might have got away with it.  Dark undercurrents run wild in this engrossing drama with lots of comedic antics. 10/10 Continue reading 10 Great films from 1975 Volume 1

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The Sweet Body of Deborah/The Body/Married to Kill (1968)

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Director: Romolo Guerrieri.
Starring: Carroll Barker, Jean Sorel, Luigi Pistilli. Italy/France. 1h 35m.

A couple return to Geneva from their honeymoon flaunting around various parts of Europe, the rich Deborah (Barker), and beautiful lover Marcel (Sorel) are only in town for one night before things start to become strange. Marcel notices an old friend, Philip, who totally blanks him in a nightclub, after catching up with him again during the evening, Philip announces that Marcels former fiance Susan is dead and it’s all his fault, despite her death being a suicide Philip still strongly blames Marcel for her death. Continue reading The Sweet Body of Deborah/The Body/Married to Kill (1968)

L’assassino e costretto ad uccidere ancora/The Killer Must Kill Again (1975)

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Director: Luigi Cozzi.
Starring: George Hamilton, Antoine Saint-John. Italy. 1h 28m.

This nifty little Giallo film is actually quite intriguing if not totally underpowered. A juggalo boyfriend, Giorgio(Hamilton) is about to be cut off from his stunning rich girlfriend and her fortune after she’s had enough of his player ass, so he storms out and witnesses a man dumping a woman’s body into the river…instead of calling the police he confronts the man, invites him out, get his prints on his lighter and blackmails him into killing his girl, a similar setup is manufactured in Strangers on a Train (1951), but starts spinning his own web of deceit by claiming that she has been kidnapped and asks her father to pay up a million for her, which is about the figure the two haphazard dial a crooks got in Fargo (1996), the local police aren’t ready to buy that bullshit so keep on digging,  the only minor problem is that the killer has lost the body, a couple of hipster kids managed to steal his car with the body in the trunk so the killer (who is only known as “the killer throughout the film) must chases them down and must kill and kill again until he can put things to rights… Continue reading L’assassino e costretto ad uccidere ancora/The Killer Must Kill Again (1975)

Profondo Rosso / Deep Red / The Hatchet Murders (1975)

 

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Director : Dario Argento
Starring :  Macha Meril David Hemmings Daria Nicolodi Gabriele Lavia Giuliana Calandra Glauco Mauri Clara Calamai Piero Mazzinghi. Italy. 1h 46m.

Giallo films are one of the more iconic and unusual forms of horror, terror and suspense, a genre that’s easy to define but not very easy to predict, when I was first introduced to the eccentric brand of Italian slasher, in the weekend marathon I pretty much watched all the biggest names from Dario Argento and Lucio Fulchi. But only a few stood out, this was an instant favourite, not only because of the extensive nightmarish story, but the variety of violence that everyone can identify with. Continue reading Profondo Rosso / Deep Red / The Hatchet Murders (1975)

One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest (1975)

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An amazing insight into the American mental health system as its being exploited by a comically sharp and hyper character, McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) who’s often at loggerheads with the head nurse Rached (Louise Fletcher).

The basic premise it that Mc Murphy is attempting to wait out his last few days of a prison sentence in a mental hospital as there is more freedom, his energetic approach to life often lands him in trouble with the nursing staff and he is often puzzled by the actions of the inmates and their “treatment” while being blind to how far into the system he had landed himself.

So much of this story revolves around authority and fucking with it, what’s not to love about that?

Bases on Ken Kesets 1962 novel Cuckoo’s Nest, the film tells a similar story about the hell raising McMurphy, and this fabulous remake of a dated story still rings a few bells today in various asylum scenes in films such a 12 Monkeys (1995), and tons of spin of scenes in TV shows such as the SImpsons etc. And there is no question why, from the opening scene with the plastic countryside to the “water fountain” ending this film is packed with brilliant cinema and especially outstanding characterization of ultimate asylum anti-hero and he clashes through the white corridors of this grim mental hospital and ends up stealing a boat as he propels the crazies out into the world and through various comic antics.

The arch nemesis is nobly performed by Louise Fletcher and strangely won her an Oscar, don’t get me wrong her performance was stunning but nowhere near as detailed as the legendary performances from the inmates such as Danny Devito, Brad Dourif (his acting debut should have been a warning to us all) and Christopher Lloyd, and not least to forget Will Sampson who played Chief and gave us some of the most impressive moments in cinema history. Nicholson was literally born to play McMurphy, he’s slick and feeds off the character in this impressive release.

As the movie picks up and the compelling byzantine backstories are plucked from the characters, the tables start to turn, the “fun” ebbs away, McMurphy finds himself “In the system” and his attempts to escape become more desperate but he’s now emotionally attached to the other inmates, this is when the movie gets darker and eventually there is a horrifyingly poignant finale.

Handsomely produced by Saul Zaentz, and expertly directed by Milos Forman nothing is really at fault with this cult movie, it’s brave and deserves the critical and commercial success, and hopefully a reminder that we should all question the rules.

 

Rating 10/10

RMadhouse (2004), Midnight Express (1978) Spider (2002)
L – Asylum Movies, Movies that deal with MADNESS!!!, Mental Health Movies,
5B – Jack Nicholson, Brad Dourif, Louise Fletcher, Christopher Lloyd,

RollerBall (1975)

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A poignant dystopian science fiction drama based around a vicious game called Rollerball (if you didn’t guess already). The danger isn’t reserved for the killer game, the world is an oppressed, cold and calculated place controlled by giant corporations in this mindless future.

Jonathan E (James Caan) is the premier Rollerball superstar who has outgrown his usefulness, the corporation that pretty much owns him, and the one who runs this game have plans and their star boy is too rebellious to play along. These big brother networks  control the smallest things and even go as far as summaring books and controlling all knowledge, history and trade women around as
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Soylent Green (1973) or Logan’s Run (1976) and  Nineteen Eighty Four (1984). The more they want him out of the game the harder he fights to stay in it. Continue reading RollerBall (1975)

L’ultimo Treno Della Note -Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)

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Day 18 of 31

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L’ultimo Treno Della NoteDon’t Ride on Late Night Trains  (Horror,  1975) (Banned) D: Aldo Lado W: Roberto Infascelli (story) Renato Izzo + P:  C: Flavio Bucci, Mache Meril, Gianfranco De Grassi. 1h 34m. Italy.

Synopsis : A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

TAGLINE : Most movies hast less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment.

A turbulent nightmare ride of pain and pleasure. Amplified by a past pace, daunting cinematics and a host of uncomfortable and grotty scenes. Seemly inspired by various other video nasties of the time, namely Last House on the left (1972) and Who saw her die? (1972). The film is more of a gore scare than anything really steeped in horror, it’s got that psycho edge as in Trip with Teacher (1975) where the crazy culprits have a lot of deep issues and sexual tension.

wpid-night-train-murders.png.pngThe film starts off so fucking happy, it’s Christmas time in Germany and school is out! Margaret and Lisa, high school friends, take the night train from Germany to Verona to spend Christmas with Lisa’s family. They flirt mildly with male passengers, including two randy delinquents in their 20s, Blackie and Curly. The four of them end up in a first-class cabin with a well-dressed woman of about 30 who has pornographic photographs in her valise. Egged on by the woman, the thugs and a male visitor to the cabin menace and then assault Margaret and Lisa. Meanwhile, we also see Christmas Eve and morning scenes at Lisa’s home, where her parents are polite to each other while discussing divorce. On Christmas morning, they go to the station to meet the girls. Will they be on the train?
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Jaws (1975)

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Day 9 of 31

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Jaws  (Horror, Thriller, Adventure, Drama,  1975) (15) D: Steven Spielberg W: Peter Benchley (book) C: Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfus, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton. 2h 04m. USA.

Synopsis : When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

TAGLINE : It was the perfect feeding ground.

The ultimate watery creature feature,  breaking water on new waves of giant animal horror movies. Without this classic gem we honestly wouldn’t have Sharknado (2013) and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing? It’s pretty impressive that Jaws does manage to still hold up even though lots of the inspired films do not. It kicked off Spielberg’s career in monster creatures and in a host of summer blockbuster movies. Continue reading Jaws (1975)