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  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★★

    Dario Argento shows, relatively uncharacteristically, an unbridled nihilistic savagery in this ultra-visceral giallo.

    Opera gives off an unshakeable feeling of anger from Argento. The heavy metal cutting through the grandiose score of opera and classical music with pure malice as the black leather gloves stab incessantly and indiscriminately. Argento's camerawork emulates the ravens, swooping and circling and tying you into place, forcing you to take in the brutality. Absolutely vicious from Argento, who usually adorns his murder in stylish appeal.…

  • The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

    The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

    ★★★★½

    A sinister evil is growing in the English countryside. Ultra-sonic radiation is being used as a pesticide, and in the nearby river, cemetery and Manchester Morgue linked hospital, the dead aren't staying dead.

    The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue is wonderfully smooth blend of gothic Hammer horror, counter-culture cinema and Italian zombie and poliziotteschi films.

    Ray Lovelock's George has his trip to the Peak District cut short when Edna hits his motorbike with her car. He demands she takes him…

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  • Cold Eyes of Fear

    Cold Eyes of Fear

    ★★★

    Cold Eyes of Fear is Enzo G. Castellari on full 70s Italian charm offensive mode.

    A London-set home invasion/hostage situation at it's core, but with big sprinkles and dollops of eurocrime and stylish giallo stirred into the mix.

    The mid section often tries its best to push itself into the realm of tedious, but that oh so powerful Italian charm I love so much acts as a gatekeeper and pushes it back at the last minute with everything at its…

  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe

    ★★★★½

    Friedkin's grimey, grotty and sleazy tale of murder, betrayal, debts and misplaced trust in a class of scum.

    In a bid to earn the money to get vicious debt collectors off his back, Chris pitches the idea of having his estranged mother killed for her life insurance to his dimwitted, oblivious and broken beyond caring father, Ansel. They inlist the services of Joe, a slick with grease detective moonlighting as a hitman, tp commit the murder. Upon finding out that…

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  • Cannibal Holocaust

    Cannibal Holocaust

    ★★★★★

    The absolute pinnacle of exploitation cinema, and so much more besides that.

    Dismemberment, real execution footage, real animal killings, rape, murder, genocide, drugs and a disgusting lack of morality are all on show, without even thinking about the actions of the tribe of cannibal savages the film shows.


    Cannibal Holocaust trancends exploitation, Italian cannibal films, video nasties and found footage films and becomes something luridly beautiful.

    This is because, whilst being complete exploitation in its purest form, it goes beyond…

  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★★★

    "Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you're bowing."

    Fuck it, 5 stars. Bruce Lee in his tragic prime, wingmanned by John Saxon and Jim Kelly to create the deadliest spearhead in the world, sharpened by the coolest of the cool. Enter the Dragon.

    Hong Kong Kung Fu, American exploitation and blaxploitation weave and bob around each other to make a perfectly smooth aura of one of a kind perfection.

    Han hosts a tri-annual karate tournament on his…