Lady in a Cage (1964) dir. Walter Grauman. A rich handicapped woman ( Olivia DeHaviland) becomes imprisoned in her own elevator during a power black out. Violent hoodlums, A Wino and an old prostitute steal her good while she is trapped. Way a head of it’s time in terms of violence and cruelty. Film was inspired by What happened to Baby Jane and was part of the “Hag-Horror genre”. Years later similar films were produced on a lower budget only replace older women in peril with buxom cuties and then entered the “Roughies” phase.
Don’t Torture a Duckling (1971) Lucio Fulci’s first Giallo in the wake of Argento’s masterpiece Bird with a Crystal Plumage (1970). Fulci’s Gory, Artsy murder mystery follows a young witchcraft savvy woman (Florinda Bolkan) as the culprit for children murdered around a beautiful Italian villa. Starring the gorgeous (and often naked) Barbara Bouchet.
Phase IV (1974) Atmospheric Sci-Fi Horror The only film directed by Saul Bass. I fucking love this film. Two scientists monitor radical intelligence coming from desert ants. Man vs Insect, very psychological and slow burning film. Recommended if you hate fast paced movies.
Frankenstein Created Woman 1967 (dir, Terence Fisher) Peter Cushing and Susan Denberg. Victor Von Frankenstein returns only to work his magic and morbid science on a beautiful woman. This entry is a less popular of the sequels but adds a bit more gore and skin. If you love Hammer sequels will be a crowd-pleaser.
Another Sexy Euro Trash Art Horror from the Master Jean Rollin
4 April 2013
Jean Rollin, French Horror Sexploitation Auteur hits hard with a Zombie- Lesbo love tale about a resurrected woman, Catherine Valmont (Fransoise Blanchard) and her long time girl friend Helene (Marie Pierro) and their exploits of lust-filled murder, kidnapping and the consequences that follow.
Foolish Grave Robbing Thieves, who also dump toxic waste meet their eye- gouging demise with the beautiful Living Dead Girl after a small tremor awakens her from her coffin. After Catherine racks up a 3 man body count, she wanders the beautiful French country side barefoot and only wearing a white gown and is photographed by a tourist and her husband. The tourist woman becomes obsessed that this Living Dead Girl is the young Catherine only back from the dead and confronts her. After a few more naked dead people pile up, Helene unscuccessfully attempts to feed Catherine with a dead bird, then kidnaps a random woman and gives her to Catherine who then tears the victim apart.
Most fans of Rollin expect his films to be loaded with French styled gore and nudity and also are aware of the slow pacing in between scenes. Such is the staple for Euro Sleaze.
The films last 10 minutes kick in to high gear and to honest, it is pretty damn grueling to the degree of saying out loud “what other horror film can offer such goodies”?
(Spoliers) Catherine then frees her next stripped bare victim and sets her loose, realizing that she is evil and hates herself. Then Helene sets a tourist on fire who flees screaming and jumps of a bridge and chops another tourists head with a midieval axe. Catherine attempts to drown herself in a lake but is rescued by Helene. In Catherine’s fury she rips her to shreds and devours her with a slow backwards moving camera shot, leaving the blood-soaked Catherine alone in the dark.