Sunday, June 22, 2014

Wide Open (1975)

A philandering cab driver decides to help his girlfriend's attractive sister, who is in trouble with drug dealers.

This is a very odd Swedish exploitation movie with an almost completely random plot, so much so that it's not even clear who the main character is supposed to be. It starts out with a young taxi driver who runs into his drunken father at a horse race. They go back to the younger man's apartment where his girlfriend is wandering around butt-naked, and the father attacks her. Later the taxi driver and the girlfriend go to a swank party, and while he makes it with an attractive blonde in a back room, his girlfriend ends up running into her younger, rather homely but free-spirited sister who is the star of a Warholesque "art" film showing at the party. After a bizarre family reunion/birthday party, the older sister/girlfriend takes off for Copenhagen, while the younger sister pursues a nude modelling career with her much more attractive friend (Christina Lindberg). She also tries to seduce her sister's philandering boyfriend (the taxi driver), but he is much more interested in the Lindberg character, doing her on her living room couch while her own oblivious (or apathetic) boyfriend is passed out a few feet away. The focus then shifts to the Lindberg character who it turns out is being abused by her boyfriend (he screws her in a stable and makes her do housework in the nude for some reason). There's also a "McGuffin" involving a shipment of drugs hidden in a fur coat which eventually results somehow in all three of the leading actresses doing a bottomless can-can dance. . .

You get the idea that this film is all over the place. It does strangely keep your interest though because you never have ANY IDEA what's going to happen next (all the sex and nudity helps a lot too, of course). It also seems to be some kind of strange male fantasy where completely unattractive, unsuccessful, and unambitious guys get to sexually use and abuse gorgeous women, and they love them for it. Actually this might be halfway plausible with the two sisters, who are both pretty ordinary looking, but girls like Lindberg and the blonde at the party are stunning beauties who could obviously do A LOT better. Still who knows what Sweden was like during the 1970's sexual revolution--maybe this film is entirely accurate.

This movie seems at times to be wanting to make some serious comment about the era, but it's lost in the barely competent film-making, the bad English dubbing, and the need to constantly undress the female cast. The whole exercise is a little depressing actually. The problem is that the seriousness takes away from the sex somewhat, while all the sex definitely takes away from the seriousness. Like a lot of movies Lindberg appeared in during this time (and, god knows, I've seen way too many of them) this seems to be inspired by the seminal but overrated Swedish classic "I Am Curious Yellow". It's not any better or worse than that one really, but it ultimately only has Christina Lindberg to recommend it (but then that might just be enough).

Dagmar's Hot Pants, Inc. (1971)

Known to her clients as Dagmar, she's a classy Swedish call girl in Copenhagen. After two years, she's ready quit, and we follow her on what she hopes is her last day in the trade. She wakes at 9 AM, gets her first call and a marriage proposal, checks in with her doctor, pays final visits to various clients, arranges to lease her flat, passes on her black book to a colleague, tries to beg off on an impromptu session with Japanese businessmen, has a quick conversation with her brother, and makes a couple of charitable contributions. All the while, her eyes on the clock, there's the threat of her pimp finding out about her plans. If she pulls it off, what awaits?

"Dagmar's Hot Pants, Inc." is a thoroughly enjoyable sex comedy-drama that often played in theaters and drive-ins on a double bill with "Swedish Fly Girls". "Dagmar" is less topical than her "Fly Girl" counterpart, and thus the contrast between the two films will always make it a terrific double feature. The film tells the story of Dagmar, a very happy hooker on her last day of business, as she is closing up shop and leaving town. Before she goes, she will introduce a teen-age boy to sex, courtesy of his paying father, in a scene that is both funny and touching; service her oddball regular customers one last time; and touch base with all of her call girl girlfriends, one of whom is played by the pretty "Daddy Darling" star, actress Hellie Louise, who rides in and out of the film on a bicycle and has one brief scene (Louise also had a similar cameo, but with almost no lines, in "Swedish Fly Girls"). Finally, after saying goodbye to everyone, Dagmar is off to her new life. . .

Exploitation films either succeed or fail depending on how carefully they are made, and "Dagmar" is a prime example of good work by the cast and crew making the most of a slim budget. The film's script could have easily rehashed the "hooker with a heart of gold" cliché but there is more depth to "Dagmar's Hot Pants." At the same time, it is not so deep that its target audience will get bored. A perfect balance of fun, skin, and drama make "Dagmar's Hot Pants" well worth trying on. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Schoolgirl Report Vol. 12: If Mom Only Knew DVD (NTSC All Region)

Schoolgirl Report Vol. 12: If Mom Only Knew DVD (NTSC All Region)

In this twelfth volume of the German exploitation classic series, the filmmakers explore erotic stories written to the editors of a high school newspaper. As the students read the letters aloud, the sexual vignettes play out onscreen. You’ll be floored by the amazing (and eye-poppingly inappropriate, even for a SCHOOLGIRL REPORT film) story of the young Anne, a student secretly wishing to enter the “mile-high club” with her own brother, an older airplane pilot. During a class trip, Barbara and her young boyfriend sneak away from the “Forester’s Lodge” for some secret forest sex, not realizing that the ENTIRE class has exactly the same idea. The lovely Gaby is mistakenly sent to a doctor on the wrong day, and ends up with a pervy plumber wanting to check her precious pipes! Then there’s the tragic tale of beautiful Etta, a nymphomaniac from a troubled home who sinks into prostitution and drugs from her enabling boyfriend. And, in the final story, a family mistakenly brings a male exchange student into their home, only to have their daughter fall head-over-heels in love with him.

NTSC All Region
Original German Language Version
Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles 

Sadie / Seductress DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region)

Sadie / Seductress DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region) SADIE (1980):
Director Bob Chinn’s adaptation of Somerset Maugham’s classic, ‘Rain,’ stars Chris Cassidy as a beautiful prostitute named Sadie living on an island in Borneo during the Vietnam War. With the arrival of an Evangelical senator, Sadie’s life is pushed into lust-fueled turmoil in this impeccably written and beautifully photographed erotic masterpiece.
Director: Bob Chinn
74 minutes / Color / AR 1.85:1

A mysterious blackmailer is tricking wealthy married couples into having covert erotic liaisons while photographing the action. Who is the sinister blackmailer and what are the deadly consequences of their devious plan?
Director: Bob Chinn
81 minutes / Color / AR 1.85:1

Features Include:
+ Dual Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 1.85:1 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Scanned and restored in 2k (SADIE = 35mm Interneg & THE SEDUCTRESS = 16mm camera original)
+ Original trailers for both films!

NTSC All Region 

Altar of Lust / Angel on Fire DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region)

Altar of Lust / Angel on Fire DVD (Vinegar Syndrome) (NTSC All Region) THE ALTAR OF LUST (1971):
A psychiatrist probes deep into the erotic traumas experienced by a young woman who has turned to lesbianism.
Director: Roberta Findlay
81 minutes / Color / AR 1.85:1

After dumping his pregnant girlfriend, an arrogant chauvinist is hit by a van and reincarnated as a woman.
Director: Roberta Findley
75 minutes / Color / AR 1.85:1

Features Include:
+ Dual Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 1.85:1 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Scanned and restored in 2k (LUST = 35mm camera negative & ANGEL = 35mm archival print)

NTSC All Region

Mad Foxes (LE MediaBook 2 Disc Blu-Ray / DVD Combo)

Mad Foxes (LE MediaBook 2 Disc Blu-Ray / DVD Combo)
Never mess with the bikers!!!!

Hal and his girlfriend are out for a drive and a little fun when they are taunted by a group of bikers. Annoyed by the bikers, Hal causes an accident in which one of the bikers is killed. The bikers then follow them and brutally beat Hal and rape his girlfriend.

Soon Hal and the bikers are caught in a bloody war where each takes revenge on the other again and again - each time raising the stakes just a bit more with their super violent retaliation in this CRAZY and extreme cross between the biker and the revenge film.

LE Mediabook
PAL Region 2 DVD
English Audio Option
Trailer, Interview, Slideshow, Trailershow, Alternate theatrical version

Killer Reserved Nine Seats DVD (Camera Obscura) (PAL Region 2)

Killer Reserved Nine Seats DVD (Camera Obscura) (PAL Region 2) A group of friends find themselves trapped in a theatre where a merciless killer has begun killing them one by one.
An atmospherically dense knitted gothic giallo and an obvious influence for Michele Soavi's stage Slasher Aquarius/Stagefright

PAL Region 2
Original Uncut Version
Picture: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic) / PAL
Subtitles: English, German (optional)
Extras: Featurettes * with Howard Ross and Biagio Proietti, audio commentary with Marcus ** Stiglegger and Kai Naumann, image gallery, trailers, booklet (German / English) by Christian Kessler

* With optional German and English. Subtitles; ** With optional Engl. Subtitles

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Horny House Of Horror

Softcore porn collides with castration anxieties in the Japanese grindhouse quickie "Horny House of Horror." Writer-cum-debutant helmer Jun Tsugita ("Mutant Girls Squad"wink.gif teams here with f/x maestro Yoshino Nishimura to deliver the gory goods, the cathouse setting giving Tsugita ample excuse to undress his cast of porn thesps, including cult fave Asami ("RoboGeisha"wink.gif, as a prelude to fetishistic violence.
Pals Toshida (Wani Kansai) and Uno (Toushi Yanagi) insist on going to a brothel with their betrothed friend Nakazu (Yuya Ishikawa), who has never paid for sex before. Each guy is matched with a nubile prostitute, unaware of the locale's deranged mission to sexually torture customers. Vagina dentata is the yarn's main means of attack, but samurai swords and phallic food games provide plenty of ketchup...

Forbidden Cinema, Volume 1: Classic Blue Movies of the Silent Era

All of the entries in this rare collection of blue movies from the silent age have one thing in common - the beautiful young girls of Hollywood baring all for the movie cameras. Sometimes these films cloak themselves with a threadbare plot - girls practice posing nude to land a job as artist's models or Uncle Si invents a homemade TV receiver that only picks up stations of nude girls dancing. Sometimes titles are a play on words such as "Hollywood Sand Witches." Some have a travel theme - a little Dutch Girl sheds her wooden shoes and clothes and dances naked. The gem of this collection is the aptly named "Buried Treasure." This animated pornographic short still shocks with its hilarity, and its unbridled sexuality.

A Future Venus
A Girl Revue
Betty's Bath
Buried Treasure
Dutch / Egyptian
Hollywood Sand Witches
Hula Hula / Mexican
Sailor / Soldier
The Artist's Dream Model
Cowboy / Indian
The Living Picture
Uncle Si And The Sirens
Why Girls Walk Home

Erotica L.A.

Viewers get a sneak peak at what really goes on inside the world's premiere adult convention with this special report. As host Jefferson travels to L.A. for the erotica event, even a seasoned professional like him isn't prepared for the perversions he will soon encounter. EROTICA L.A. is packed with celebrities like Rob Jeremy, Penny Flame, Pamela Peaks, and more.