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  • Blood for Dracula

    Blood for Dracula

    ★★★★

    “You should lose that virginity of yours...before he gets to you.”

    Arch and deadpan, Paul Morrissey’s Blood for Dracula plays Bram Stoker’s vampire as an ailing vegetarian, needing virgin blood to survive. The bloodsucker is a young and handsome Udo Kier, hair dyed black, weak and suffering, led by his manservant Arno Juerging to Italy to find a young wife to sustain him.

    Unfortunately for all, gorgeous Joe Dallesandro has been the fox in the henhouse of the Marchese di…

  • ¡Mátalo!

    ¡Mátalo!

    ★★★★

    In deeper Spaghetti Western circles, director Cesare Canevari’s ¡Mátalo! is known as one of the most unusual in the canon.

    Eschewing dialogue for the most part (apparently at one point Canevari intended the only word in the film to be “Mátalo!”) and employing weird dissonant music alternating with a jamming acid rock soundtrack, this could reasonably fall into the Acid Western subgenre.

    Intently non-conventional, ¡Mátalo! is also quite avant-garde and New Wavey, playin so hard against convention it’s almost an…

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  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★

    From schlockmeister Jim Wynorski and produced by Julie Corman, Chopping Mall is some seriously Eighties biz. I mean, it’s set in a mall. It takes place almost entirely inside a mall (the Sherman Oaks Galleria). But Eightiesness is just one aspect of charm to this fun thriller about killer robots gone amok. In fact, it’s packed with charms.

    Chopping Mall stars Kelli Maroney, a stand-out from Night of the Comet (1984) and one-time Ryan’s Hope star (my mom loved that…

  • Shock

    Shock

    ★★★★

    Vivid, top notch images and imagery, dream sequences and Freudian visions highlight Maestro Mario Bava’s swan song, Shock. It’s not the lurid, lush colors of his Sixties films, and psychosis steps in for psychedelia.

    Daria Nicolodi plays Dora, a freshly remarried mother, also late of the madhouse, returning to the home in which her first husband committed suicide and now possibly haunts and/or possesses her kid Marco.

    “A big boy like you, and you still want to sleep with your…