Music for a darkened December night!
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Here's a film to darken the days and blight the soul.
The cannibal sub-genre of exploitation films grew out of the Mondo movie genre. The Italian Mondo films were documentary in nature with a focus on taboo subjects that had often been considered too controversial for traditional narrative tales. By using the documentary format, exploitation filmmakers could show sexual acts, nudity, violence and even sprinkle in some racist content all while pretending to be educating it's audience. These movies were usually tasteless exercises in cruelty and caricatures of foreign cultures coupled with occasional sequences that were faked or staged for the camera. Of course, they were highly profitable but the genre waned quickly and by the mid-1970's Italian producers were on to other things.
Enter Ruggero Deodato. Having worked his way up through the Italian filmmaking system he had finally gotten into the director's chair and was hunting for a new project. In 1977 he had made one of the better jungle adventure films that had grown out of the success of Umberto Lenzi's MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (1972). Deodato's JUNGLE HOLOCAUST had upped the intensity of the earlier film and he decided to ratchet things up again for his new movie. He hit upon the idea of taking the cannibal tribe idea further than before and, inspired by terrorist activity in his home country, proceeded to make an unforgettably nasty piece of work that would, in turn, go on to inspire the found footage genre in the late 1990's. He's got a lot to answer for, huh?
When Adrian Smith asked me if I'd be interested in covering CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for the podcast I immediately said yes. And then I started to have doubts! I was familiar with the film from having seen it almost twenty years before but I knew it as a difficult watch. Even though I owned a copy I had only ever rewatched the movie one time since my original viewing in the 1990's and had been disturbed enough by it on my second watch to consider getting rid of the disc. Was I really eager to see this harsh, mean-spirited film again? Would it still be able to worm it's way under my skin and bother me on the deep level it had so long ago? I guess I was going to find out!
Listen in as
and I fight technology, discuss Deodato, praise Riz Ortolani, process this film's
animal cruelty and generally try to keep a good attitude as we follow several
stupid Americans into the Amazonian jungle. If you have any comments or
questions about CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST or anything else we touch on, please contact
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Monday, November 28, 2016
This episode begins with a quick look at Price's excellent TV special from 1970 called An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe and then moves into a discussion of the bizarre main feature. I shouldn't like Scream and Scream Again as much as I do!
Sunday, November 27, 2016
OK. This is far from the kind of thing I would usually post here as I can't really justify it as a normal part of the strange stuff I blog about BUT ....... This is so strange a thing to have discovered (thank you FaceBook!) and I have been completely mesmerized by it for the last 24 hours that I felt I just had to share. It adds to my fascination that I probably wandered around a Tennessee or Alabama K-Mart as a young lad while this soundtrack played in the background. Maybe it burrowed its way into my memory and only now is resurfacing as I listen. Let the holiday season begin!
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
In 1968 westerns were being churned out by the dozens in
Europe. The huge success of Sergio Leone's Dollar films
had stoked a fire for the genre that had been little more than cooling embers.
When those Clint Eastwood star making movies helped turn a samurai film into
Italian gold every European producer with access to horses saw a fortune in
them thar oats. Just sign up an American (or Canadian) star (or two, if cheap
enough), build some clapboard shacks, strap on six-guns and ride, baby! Enter
William Shatner. On a break from shooting Star Trek he travels to Spain to make
WHITE COMANCHE and, from his own accounts, is miserable the entire time. But
did great art come from his suffering? We shall see!
Of course, the reason we are covering this odd Euro-Western is because it is a Spanish production and it stars several actors we have seen before in the films of Paul Naschy. The lovely Rosanna Yanni, the saucy Perla Cristal, the deadly Victor Israel as well as the amazing Barta Barri turn in excellent performances here showing real talent and professionalism. And I'm sure the fact that nearly all of them got to share scenes with the legendary (slumming)
Hollywood actor Joseph Cotton had
to be a career highlight. Cotton plays the town sheriff in what is easily the
best role the script has to offer. Every scene he is in is better off for his
presence and his skill elevates some sequences to a place the director rarely could
manage on his own. And did we mention the inappropriate score? This is a film
with much to talk about.
We close this episode out with a few pieces of mail that come packed with some interesting information. One alerts us to a source for a bootleg NIGHT OF THE HOWLING BEAST disc while another points to some connections between COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE and Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy. The horror geekiness is in high gear in this one, folks! If you have any comments or questions please write us at email@example.com or join us on the Naschycast Facebook page for occasional updates and links to things of interest for Spanish Horror fans. Thanks for downloading and listening!