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NIGHT AFTER NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (1969) British horror from director Lindsay Shonteff. A Jack the Ripper-type serial killer is loose in London. Suspicion falls on a transvestite judge. Starring Jack May, Justine Lord, Gilbert Wynne, Linda Marlowe, Terry Scully, and others. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
NIGHT KILLER (1990) Original title: "Non Aprite Quella Porta 3." Claudio Fragrasso directs this horror/ slasher/ giallo flick starring Peter Hooten, Tara Buckman, Richard Foster, Mel Davis, and others. Woman is kept prisoner by a sadist who may or may not moonlight as a masked psycho with claws responsible for a string of murders. Dubbed in English, with Portuguese subtitles. (A-/B).
NIGHT OF THE DEVILS, THE (1972) Original title: "La Notte dei Diavoli." Disturbing horror from director Giorgio Ferroni. Gianni Garko plays an insane man admitted to a psychiatric institution. While in ward, he has flashbacks of what brought him there. When his car broke down he was forced to spend the night with a macabre backwoods family. This film contains an amount of gore and violence surprising for Ferroni, who is generally regarded as a more 'high end' director. Also stars Agostina Belli, Maria Monti, Umberto Raho, and others. Dubbed in English, with Japanese subtitles. (A/A-).
NIGHTMARE IN A DAMAGED BRAIN (1981) Completely uncut English-language print of this horror flick from director Romano Scavolini. A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets he can´t help killing innocent people. Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cook. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
NIGHTMARE MAN (1981) Powerful and atmospheric British horror. A lonely Scottish island is stalked by a brutal killer who may be from another world. Starring James Warwick, Celia Imrie, Maurice Roeves, and others. Directed by Douglas Camfield. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
NINE GUESTS FOR A CRIME (1976) Original title: "Nove Ospiti per un Delitto." Bloody and suspenseful giallo from director Ferdinando Baldi. While vacationing on a remote Mediterranean Island, a group of people are stalked and killed one by one by a mysterious killer. Stars Arthur Kennedy, John Richardson, Silvia Dionisio, Venantino Venantini, and Massimo Foschi. Letterboxed. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (A/A-).
NOTTI DELLA VIOLENZA, LE (1966) Also known as: "Call Girl 66." Early example of the giallo genre from veteran exploitation director Roberto Mauri. Killer is targeting girls of a ritzy escort service. Unusually violent and sleazy, this print is better than most of the ones we've seen. Stars Alberto Lupo, Marilu Tolo, Lisa Gastoni, Cristina Gaioni, Helene Chanel, Nerio Bernardi, and others. Letterboxed. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
OLD DRACULA (1974) Also known as: "Vampira." British horror comedy. A faulty transfusion turns a beautiful princess into a vampire. Starring David Niven, Teresa Graves, Peter Bayliss, Jennie Linden, Linda Hayden, and others. Directed by Clive Donner. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
ORGASMO (1969) Also known as: "Paranoia." Great Umberto Lenzi giallo, which stars Carroll Baker as a rich widow who begins slowly losing control after her husband's death. Soon, a pair of hippie youths crash at her house, and it doesn't take long before they form a plan to drive her insane. The plot works- but who's behind the whole scheme? Also starring Lou Castel, Colette Descombes, Tino Carraro, and others. Letterboxed. Dubbed in Italian, with English subtitles. (A-/B).
OUIJA (2003) Great new horror from Spain. Gamesters are lured into darkness and death by an accused Ouija board. Starring Ricard Sales, Monste Mostanza, Carlos Olivella, and others. Directed by Juan Pedro Ortega. Dubbed in Spanish, with English subtitles. (A/A-).
OVAL PORTRAIT, THE (1972) Also known as: "One Minute Before Death." Mexican-produced shocker based on (but not really!) a story by Edgar Allan Poe. A woman finds herself possessed by the soul of another woman trapped inside a painting. Starring Wanda Hendrix, Barry Coe, Gisele MacKenzie, and others. Directed by Rogelio A. Gonzalez. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
PAPAYA (1978) English-subtitled print of this voodoo horror flick starring Melissa Chimenti, Maurice Poli, Sirpa Lane, and others. Tropical enchantress seduces men and kills them. Contains authentic voodoo footage. Directed by Aristide Massaccesi (alias Joe D'Amato). Dubbed in German, with English subtitles. (B/B-).
PEOPLE, THE (1972) A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers. Made-for-TV horror starring Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsy, and others. Directed by John Korty. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
PERFUME OF THE LADY IN BLACK (1976) Original title: "Il Profumo della Signora in Nero." Interesting giallo from director Franesco Barilli, which stars Mimsy Farmer as a girl who seems to be slowly going insane, while a series of puzzling events happen around her. Also stars Maurizio Bonuglia, Mario Scaccia, Lara Wendel, ad others. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
PERVERSION STORY (1969) Original title: "Las Trompetas del Apocalipsis." Brett Halsey plays a police inspector hired to investigate a series of bizarre killings in this crime/giallo entry from Spain. Also starring Marilu Tolo, Fabrizio Moroni, Gerard Tichy, and others. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
PIACERE DI RIVEDERLA, AL (1976) Rare giallo starring Ugo Tognazzi, Francoise Fabian, Miou-Miou, Claudio Bigagli, and others. Directed by Marco Leto. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE
POLIZIA BRANCOLA NEL BUIO, LA (1975) Seedy and low-budget giallo about a series of deaths occurring at a country motel. Starring Joseph Arkim, Halina Zalewska, Erika Fisher, Elena Veronese, and others. Directed by Helia Colombo. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
PSYCHOUT FOR MURDER (1969) Rare giallo directed by Rossano Brazzi. A young heiress (played by Adrienne Larussa) is committed to an insane asylum after being caught in a brothel with her sleazy boyfriend (Nino Castelnuovo), who actually set the whole thing up in order to blackmail Larussa's rich father. Upon her release, she seeks very twisted revenge. Also starring Rossano Brazzi, Alberto de Mendoza, and others. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
PYJAMA GIRL CASE (1978) Also known as: "Case of the Girl in Yellow Pyjamas." Stylish and suspenseful giallo about the tragic murder of a young woman, and the events leading to it. Ray Milland, Mel Ferrer, Dalila Di Lazzaro. Directed by Flavio Mogherini. Dubbed in English, with Dutch subtitles. (A-/B).
QUEENS OF EVIL
RAPE (1976) Original title: "Desnuda Inquietud." Good Spanish giallo with a lame and misleading title. Two French journalists, investigating a friend's death, end up in a small Spanish village, where they are told that their friend was seen with a woman believed to be a witch. She now lives out in the forest, together with her deranged stepfather. Strange things soon begin to happen. The movie is drenched in hypnosis, spiritual healing, and general weirdness. Starring Gaspar "Indio" Gonzalez, Luis Induni, Nadiuska, Enric Majo, and others. Directed by Miguel Iglesias Bonns. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
REFLECTIONS IN BLACK (1975) Original title: "Il Vizio Ha Le Calze Nere." Violent giallo, involving some attractive females who appear together in a certain photo. A murderer starts killing them one by one, and the police investigate. Stars John Richardson, Dagmar Lassander, Magda Kanopka, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, and others. Directed by Tano Cimarosa. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
REFUGE OF FEAR (1974) Original title: "El Refugio del Miedo." Excellent horror/ thriller starring Craig Hill, Patty Shepard, Teresa Gimpera, and others. What happens when two ordinary couples find themselves caught inside a bomb shelter as nuclear destruction ravages their civilization. Their emotions, once suppressed, explode in the sweaty confined quarters, and they begin to viciously attack each other. Directed by Jose Ulloa. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
RINGS OF FEAR (1978) Also known as: "Trauma." Spanish giallo starring Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Jack Taylor, and others. A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables." Alberto Negrin directs. Original title: "Enigma Rosso." Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
ROAD BUILDER (1971) Also known as: "Night Digger." British psychological horror. The dreary existence of middle- aged spinster Maura Prince takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of young handyman Billy Jarvis, but there is more to Billy than meets the eye. Starring Patricia Neal, Pamela Brown, Nicholas Clay, and others. Directed by Alistair Reid. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
ROOM NEXT DOOR, THE (1994) Dark and atmospheric horror/ giallo from director Fabrizio Laurenti. Starring Mark Benninghoffen, Thomas Patrick, Mary Sellers, and others. Dubbed in English, with Spanish subtitles. (A/A-).
SATAN'S BLOOD (1977) Also known as: "Don't Panic." One of the most effective Spanish horror films we've seen, this tells the tale of a young couple who are lured away to a remote mansion by a pair of Satanists, under the pretext that they were old acquaintances. When they get to the mansion, however, the couple realizes they are trapped, and that escape is impossible. That's when the horrors begin. Stars Angel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr, Manuel Pereiro, and others. Directed by Carlos Puerto. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
SATAN'S SLAVE (1976) Also known as: "Evil Heritage." A young girl gets caught up in a devil cult run by her evil uncle and cousin. She can trust no one and even people she thought were dead come back to haunt her. Starring Michael Gough, Martin Potter, Barbara Kellerman, Candace Glendenning, and others. Directed by Norman J. Warren. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
SCHOOL OF FEAR (1989) Original title: "Il Gioko." Made for TV horror from director Lamberto Bava. Teacher tries to find out something about "the Game" that her pupils are playing. Starring Daria Nicolodi, Jean Hebert, and others. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
SCHOOLGIRL KILLER (1968) Also known as: "Nude Si Muore." Creepy giallo very much like an early Dario Argento film, about a mad killer stalking a girls' school. Well photographed and very atmospheric. Stars Mark Damon, Eleonora Brown, Michael Rennie, Luciano Pigozzi, and others. Directed by Antonio Margheriti. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
SCREAM... AND DIE! (1973) A young model and her petty thief boyfriend find their way through the English fog to a backwoods manor in hopes of looting it. What they find instead is murder, and when the model attempts to find the house again, her efforts come to naught. Horror/ thriller starring Andrea Allen, Karl Lanchbury, Maggie Walker, and others. Directed by Jose Larraz. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
SCREAMING WOMAN, THE (1972) A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has been buried alive. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman's mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Made-for-TV horror starring Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Ed Nelson, and others. Directed by Jack Smight. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
SECRET OF THE BLACK TRUNK (1961) Edgar Wallace mystery. A killer who uses a knife is knocking off guests at a hotel in London's Soho district. A police detective is sent to investigate. Starring Joachim Hansen, Senta Berger, Hans Reiser. Directed by Werner Klingler. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
SECRET OF THE RED ORCHID (1962) Also known as: "Puzzle of the Red Orchid." Christopher Lee plays a FBI agent sent to London to investigate a sinister gang. A supposedly dead leader is rumored to be alive and well. Also featuring Adrian Hove, Marisa Mell, Pinkas Braun, and others. Directed by Helmut Ashley. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
SECRET OF SEAGULL ISLAND (1980) Original title: "L'Isola del Gabbiano." Decent giallo about a blind woman who attempts to find her missing sister, only to discover that she's fallen victim to a sadistic playboy living on an isolated island. Prunella Ransome, Jeremy Brett, Gabriele Tinti, Vassili Karis, and others. Directed by Nestore Ungaro. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
SENZA VIA D'USCITA (1970) Rare giallo starring Marisa Mell, Philippe Leroy, Lea Massari, Roger Hanin, Georges Rigaud, Nando Favella, and others. Directed by Piero Sciume. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
SESSO DELLA STREGA, IL (1973) An archaeology student discovers a strange medallion. It turns out that the medallion is inhabited by a female succubus, who takes possession of him and forces him to commit a series of murders. Rare horror starring Susan Levi, Jessica Dublin, Camille Keaton, Marzia Damon, Franco Garofalo, and others. Directed by Angelo Pannaccio'. Dubbed in Italian, with Dutch subtitles. (A-/B).
SEWER RATS (1974) Also known as: "Una Donna Per Sette Bastardi." Richard Harrison plays a crippled "man with no name" who stumbles into a trashy little town in the middle of nowhere. The town is inhabited by a bunch of low-lifes, as well as one woman married to a sadist, who along with another guy, hold the few people in their iron fist, since they own the only car in town and are the only connection to the rest of the world. Low-budget exploitation also starring Gordon Mitchell, Dagmar Lassander, Luciano Rossi, and others. Directed by Roberto Bianchi Montero. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
SHADOW OF ILLUSION
SKULL, THE (1965) Also known as: "The Skull of Marquis De Sade." A collector of curiosities buys an unusual skull from his ordinary source of artifacts. The skull is what remains of marquis De Sade. Much too soon he discovers how the skull affects him: by turning him into a frenzied killer. Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green, and others. Directed by Freddie Francis. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
SLAP THE MONSTER ON PAGE ONE
SNUFF TRAP (2003) Also known as: "Snuff Killer." New horror from director Bruno Mattei, which is an Italian version of the film "8mm." After her daughter gets abducted, a mother enters the dark world of underground films, because the kidnappers belong to an international organization that direct snuff films as long as the exclusive clients pay well. Starring Carla Solaro, Gabriele Gori, Carlo Mucari, and others. Letterboxed. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
SOMETHING CREEPING IN THE DARK (1971) Original title: "Qualcosa Striscia Nel Buio." Excellent giallo with supernatural currents. A group of stranded travelers takes refuge in an old abandoned house, only to find out that they are not the only residents of the building. Soon, deaths begin to occur. Starring Farley Granger, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Stelvio Rosi, Lucia Bose', Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, and others. Directed by Mario Colucci. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (A-/B).
SON OF DRACULA (1974) This cheap British-made horror outing has been categorized as a "musical vampire comedy." In reality, it is a semi-serious shlockfest with some rock music thrown in. Harry Nilsson plays a half-human, half-vampire count who wishes to undergo an operation to make him fully human. Dr. Van Helsing is willing to perform the surgery, but the evil Baron Frankenstein has other plans for him. Also featuring Ringo Starr, Dennis Price, Suzanna Leigh, Freddie Jones, and others. Directed by Freddie Francis. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
SO SWEET, SO DEAD (1972) Original title: "Rivelazioni di una Maniaco Sessuale al Capo della Squadra Mobile." Violent and suspsenseful giallo from director Roberto Bianchi Montero. A serial killer is on the loose. His victims are unfaithful wives and he always leaves compromising photographs at the crime scene. Stars Farley Granger, Sylva Koscina, Annabella Incontrera, Silvano Tranquilli, Cristea Avram, and others. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (A-/B).
SO YOUNG, SO LOVELY, SO VICIOUS
SPIDER LABYRINTH (1988) Original title: "Il Nido del Ragno." Strange horror about a professor who uncovers the worship of an ancient spider-god cult in Budapest. Starring William Berger, Stephane Audran, Roland Wybenga, and others. Directed by Gianfranco Giagni. Dubbed in English, with Japanese subtitles. (A/A-).
STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE (1974) Rare made-for-TV horror, based on some real haunted house phenomena. Family moves into a new home in an isolated area, and soon realizes that someone--or something--doesn't want them there. Starring Robert Stack, Vera Miles, L.Q. Jones, and others. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxley. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM (1976) Also known as: "Blazing Magnums." Alberto de Martino directs this crime/giallo hybrid, which is really among the best in both genres. A Canadian police captain searches for the person who poisoned his sister, while she was attending the university of Montreal. So desperate is he for revenge that he begins to use his own brutal methods to track down the killer. But soon he discovers that not everything is what it first seemed. A highly recommended entry, which contains probably the longest car chase ever shot by an Italian film crew. Starring Stuart Whitman, John Saxon, Tisa Farrow, Martin Landau, and others. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
STRANGER WITHIN, THE (1974) Also known as: "Trespass." Rare made-for-TV horror starring Barbara Eden as a housewife who finds that her strange behavior is caused by an unborn baby, who is possibly an alien being attempting to control her. Also starring George Grizzard, Joyce Van Patten, and others. Directed by Lee Philips. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
STRANGLER OF BLACKMOOR CASTLE (1963) Edgar Wallace mystery. A strangler is loose on a British estate, and he not only strangles his victims but brands an "M" onto their foreheads before he decapitates them. On the fortnight of his Knighthood, Lucius Clark is confronted by a black masked terror. The man demands a fortune in stolen diamonds as his just due or Clark and all around him will die.. There is a great use of fog and backlighting in this film. The score is electronic which sets a creepy mood. The grounds of the estate look a bit scary even in the daylight! Great fun on a chilly late night with the lights down low. The best of the series. Stars Karin Dor, Harry Riebauer, Dieter Eppler, and others. Directed by Harald Reinl. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
STUDENT CONNECTION (1973) Also known as: "Naked Horror." A sinister headmaster kills some of his young students to cover up a crime. Rare Spanish giallo/ thriller starring Ray Milland, Sylva Koscina, Romiro Oliveros, Charly Bravo, and others. Directed by Rafael Romero Marchent. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
SUPERNATURAL (1981) Original title: "Sobrenatural." Eugenio Martin directs this horror tale about a woman whose abusive husband was killed in an auto crash. While she thinks she's rid of him, his ghost comes back to haunt her. Good early-80's fare starring Cristina Galbo, Maximo Valverde, and others. Letterboxed at 1.66:1. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH (1968) Original title: "Il Dolce Corpo di Deborah." On a honeymoon in Switzerland, a young couple is terrorized by the husband's old friend, who considers him the killer of a previous girlfriend. Suspenseful giallo starring Carroll Baker, Jean Sorel, Ida Galli, and others. Directed by Romolo Guerrieri. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
SWEET, SWEET RACHEL (1971) An ESP expert uses his powers to try to track down a psychic who uses telepathy to commit murder. Made-for-TV horror starring Alex Dreier, Pat Hingle, Louise Latham, and others. Directed by Sutton Roley. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS (1973) Freddie Francis directs this effective British horror anthology, concerning an enigmatic psychiatrist running a futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague, the doctor explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad. Starring Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Georgia Brown, Suzy Kendall, and others. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
TAROTS (1973) Also known as: "The Magician." A beautiful young woman marries a blind old man for his money. She carries on an affair with her husband's valet, but soon finds herself in the middle of a murder-for-money plot involving the household servants. Rare giallo starring Gloria Grahame, Fernando Rey, Sue Lyon, and others. Directed by Jose Maria Forque. Dubbed in English, with Spanish subtitles. (B/B-).
TASTE OF EVIL, A (1971) On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane. Rare made-for-TV horror starring Barbara Stanwyck, Roddy McDowell, Barbara Parkins, and others. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
TERROR (1978) Now in English!! Also known as: "Last House on the Beach." Sister Cristina (Florinda Bolkan) plays a nun who takes the teenage girls in her care to a remote house, where they rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream. Three thugs show up, terrorizing the girls, until Bolkan renounces her teachings and seeks bloody revenge. Also starring Ray Lovelock, Sherry Buchanan, Flavio Andreini, and others. Directed by Franco Prosperi. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
THAT CERTAIN ENCOUNTER
TO THE LIMIT (1997) Original title: "Al Limite." Semi-recent Spanish giallo. During a late night radio program with telephone call-ins, a sinister type announces he is about to kill a girl. Through more telephone calls leaving `clues' as to what he is going to do next, the police try to track him down. Starring Bud Spencer, Lydia Bosche, Beatrice Dalle, and others. Directed by Eduardo Campoy. Dubbed in Spanish, with English subtitles. (A-/B).
TOO MUCH FEAR (1976) Original title: "E Tanta Paura." A group of wealthy men and women are being murdered one by one. No motives or clues can be found. Inspector Lomenzo (Michele Placido) attempts to find a connection between the victims. A mysterious fashion model (Corinne Clery) becomes his informant and leads him to the connection he needs. Directed by Paolo Cavara. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
TOWER OF SCREAMING VIRGINS, THE (1968) Original title: "Der Turm der Verbotenen Liebe." German-French-Italian horror outing based on a story by Alexandre Dumas. Starring Jean Piat, Teri Tordai, Marie-Ange Anies, Uschi Glas, and others. Directed by Franz Antel and Fritz Umgelter. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
TOWER OF THE SEVEN HUNCHBACKS (1944) Rare Spanish horror shot in black-and-white. A mysterious character helps a young man play roulette by pointing with his walking stick the next number where the ball is going to fall. The mysterious man turns out to be the ghost of a murdered archaeologist who asks the young man to defend his daughter from a gang of hunchbacks. Starring Antonio Casal, Guillermo Marin, and others. Directed by Edgar Neville. Dubbed in Spanish, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
TRAGIC CEREMONY AT VILLA ALEXANDER (1972) Original title: "Estratto dagli Archivi Segreti della Polizia di una Capitale Europea." Excellent horror/gore shocker from director Riccardo Freda. While on a camping trip, a group of hippies find themselves the prey of Satanists. Stars Camille Keaton, Tony Isbert, Maximo Valverde, Luigi Pistilli, Luciana Paluzzi, and others. Dubbed in Spanish, with English subtitles. (A/A-).
TUTTE LE AUTO DELLA POLIZIA, A (1976) Interesting mix of giallo and police thriller. Cops try to solve a series of brutal killings. Starring Antonio Sabato, Luciana Paluzzi, Enrico Maria Salerno, Gabrielle Ferzetti, and others. Directed by Mario Caiano. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
TWISTED NERVE (1968) British horror. A troubled young man reverts into the alternate personality of Georgie, a six-year-old child. Georgie befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Starring Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, and others. Directed by Roy Boulting. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
TWO MASKS FOR ALEXA (1971) Good Spanish-Italian horror, about a young woman who marries the wealthy father of a university friend, but quickly falls in love with a younger man. The jilted husband hatches an unusual plan for revenge by framing the adulterous couple with his own murder and sealing them in a room in his isolated villa with his dead body. Curd Jurgens, Rosalba Neri, Juan Luis Galiardo, and others. Dubbed in French, with no subtitles. (A-/B).
UNCLE WAS A VAMPIRE (1959) Original title: "Tempi Duri Per I Vampiri." Nice blend of horror and comedy from Italy. Count Osvaldo Lambertenghi is an impoverished noble who has turned his castle into a hotel. But since the count has been bitten by a vampire, to spend the night there might be very dangerous. Stars Renato Rascel, Sylva Koscina, Lia Zoppelli, and others. Directed by Stefano Vanzina. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
VACACIONES DE TERROR (1989) Rene Cardona III directs this Mexican-produced horror flick, about a family going on vacation to their new bought country house, unsuspecting of the horrible things which are going to happen. Stars Pedro Fernandez, Julio Aleman, and others. Dubbed in Spanish, with no subtitles. (A-/B).
VAMPIRISMUS (1982) Giulio Questi directs this rare made-for-TV vampire film. Count marries a woman with illness that makes her suffer attacks of vampirism. Starring Antonio Salines, Roberto Tesconi, Gino Maringola, Mariagrazia Marescalchi, Francesca Archibugi. IN fair/ poor quality. Dubbed in Italian, with no subtitles. (C/C-).
VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES
VENOM: SPIDER FOREST (1971) British horror tale. A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a "spider goddess" attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom. Starring Simon Brent, Neda Arneric, Sheila Allen, Derek Newar, and others. Directed by Peter Sykes. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
VERITA' SECONDO SATANA, LA (1972) Also known as: "The Truth According to Satan." Bizarre and subversive psychological horror outing from director Renato Polselli. A man (played by Isarco Ravaioli) attempts to commit suicide, and fails. When his fiancée (played by Rita Calderoni) kills him in self-defense, she then tries to get rid of the body, with some unexpected results. Title also includes print of "Riti, Magie Nere e Segrete Orge nel Trecento." Dubbed in German and Italian, with no subtitles. (B/B-).
VIRGIN WITCH, THE (1972) Very effective horror from Great Britain. Christine gets her big chance at modelling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a castle for the weekend for a photo shoot. Sybil has lured Christine to the castle for more than modelling: she is recruiting a virgin for induction into a witch's coven, led by the owner of the castle, Gerald. To their surprise, Christine is more than eager to join the coven, but begins her own secret battle for control. Starring Anne Michelle, Vicki Michelle, Keith Buckley, Patricia Haines, and others. Directed by Ray Austin. Dubbed in English. (A/A-).
WAILING, THE (1981) Also known as: "Murder Obsession." Euro print of this violent giallo from director Riccardo Freda. Michael is a successful actor, but he has a scandal in his past: at a tender age he knifed his father to death. He and his girlfriend Deborah go to his mother's for the weekend, and are joined by the director and others from a recent film project, who are given a rather cool reception by the superstitious housekeeper Oliver. Soon rude things begin happening to some of the guests, and Michael fears a repeat of his nightmare past is in progress. Stars John Richardson, Laura Gemser, Anita Strindberg, and others. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (A-/B).
WANTED: BABYSITTER (1975) Also known as: "L.A. Babysitter." A naive young girl is forcefully kidnapped while babysitting the son of a wealthy movie producer. Great crime thriller starring Maria Schneider, Vic Morrow, Robert Vaughn, and others. Directed by Rene Clement. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (A/A-).
WEEKEND MURDERS (1970) Original title: "Concerto Per Pistola Solista." Highly sought-after giallo from director Michele Lupo, which takes place in England, at an aristocrat's estate. After the reading of a will, several family members begin turning up dead. A bumbling police sergeant (played by Gastone Maschin) begins piecing together the clues, and at last narrows in on the killer. Also starring Anna Moffo, Ida Galli, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Orchidea De Santis, and others. Upgrade!! Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
WHITE SPIDER, THE (1963) Original title: "Die Weisse Spinne." Widow is terrorized by a mysterious blackmail organization. Edgar Wallace thriller starring Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Horst Frank, Werner Peters, and others. Directed by Harald Reinl. Dubbed in English. (B/B-).
WHO KILLED THE PROSECUTOR, AND WHY? (1972) Original title: "Terza Ipotesi su un Caso di Perfetta Strategia Criminale." Giuseppe Vari directs this highly-interesting giallo with some heavy crime elements. Series of gruesome murders surrounding a packet of blackmail photos. Starring Lou Castel, Beba Loncar, Adolfo Celi, Massimo Serato, and others. Dubbed in English, with Dutch subtitles. (A-/B).
WHO WOULD KILL A CHILD?
WIDE-EYED IN THE DARK (1974) Also known as: "Eyeball." Longer import print of this violent Umberto Lenzi giallo, about a group of Spanish tourists stalked by a raincoated killer in Madrid. The killer gouges his victims' eyeballs out in a variety of gruesome ways. Contains much additional footage not found in Joseph Brenner's U.S. release. Stars Martine Brochard, John Richardson, Silvia Solar, Ines Pellegrini, and others. Letterboxed. Dubbed in English, with Dutch subtitles. (B/B-).
WITCH, THE (1966) Original title: "La Strega in Amore." A historian goes to a castle library to translate some ancient book. While there he discovers what he believes to be supernatural forces at work. Eerie horror outing starring Richard Johnson, Rosanna Schiaffino, Gian Maria Volonte, and others. Directed by Damiano Damiani. Dubbed in English. (A-/B).
WITHOUT APPARENT MOTIVE (1971) Original title: "Sans Mobile Apparent." Suspenseful French giallo/ thriller. A series of murders is committed in Nice on the French Riviera. The Commissioner Carella is placed in charge of an investigation, and tries to find a missing link between the killings. Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominque Sanda, Carla Gravina, and others. Directed by Philippe Labro. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (A-/B).
YOUNG DRACULA (1975) Also known as: "Dracula in the Provinces." Oft disregarded film from horror master Lucio Fulci. A man is bitten by a vampire and tries everything he can to destroy the curse. This is a comedy vehicle for Italian funny man Lando Buzzanca, but of most interest for its offbeat humor, and a nice and very substantial cameo from John Steiner as the gay Romanian vampire called Count Dragulescu, it is he who puts the bite on the hapless Buzzanca. Sylva Koscina looks good, Rossano Brazzi is wasted, and the rest of cast performs admirably. Also stars Moira Orfei, Ciccio Ingrassa, Valentina Cortese, and others. Dubbed in English, with Greek subtitles. (B/B-).
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