“I Made A Film With George Peppard, you know!” The Extremely Grumpy UMBERTO LENZI Interview

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It was 20 years ago (and then some), in May 1997 that the boy Freudstein interviewed Umberto Lenzi. I’d been avidly anticipating our encounter and surely all those warnings about what a hard-ass he was were, for the most part, hyperbole? Read on and weep…

Signor Lenzi, I was speaking to Sage Stallone and his partner Bob Murawski recently, about their definitive laser disc release of Cannibal Ferox… are you surprised that these films still have a large international cult following, so many years after their release?

In the case of Cannibal Ferox, yes, because for me that one is a very minor movie. I don’t like it so much… in my opinion, I made other movies that were much better. I like Paranoia very much, with Carroll Baker, and also some of the action movies that I made were better movies, like Violent Naples and Roma A Mano Armata……

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Jess Franco’s Forgotten Films: Vol. 1

EL FRANCONOMICON / I'M IN A JESS FRANCO STATE OF MIND

This HD double bill, JESS FRANCO’S FORGOTTEN FILMS: Vol. 1 from Dorado Films, is another welcome addition to the growing list of Blu-ray releases of the the films of the prolific director. This set contains two of his first MANACOA FILMS productions, LOS OJOS DEL DOCTOR ORLOFF/THE SINISTER EYES OF DOCTOR ORLOFF (1973) and UN SILENCIO DE TUMBA (1972).img_3341968679648.jpeg

This is a review of The Ultimate Edition of this Dorado Films release, which contains 4k scans from 35mm elements of both features. Also included in the edition is THE MANACOA EXPERIENCE, a 14 page history of Films Manacoa P.C., the production company which Franco founded in late 1972. The Manacoa company lasted until the very end of his career, including his last two features, AL PEREIRA VS THE ALLIGATOR LADIES and REVENGE OF THE ALLIGATOR LADIES (2012 and 2015, respectively). One of my favorite Franco films LOS BLUES DE LAS…

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MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE–Mondo Macabro Blu-ray

EL FRANCONOMICON / I'M IN A JESS FRANCO STATE OF MIND

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A delirious exercise in horror y sexo this pitch black Film Noir is one of Jess Franco’s most visually arresting entries from his early 1980s Spanish period. MIL SEXOS TIENE LA NOCHE is one of the series of films he made for Emilio Larraga’s GOLDEN FILMS INTERNACIONAL S.A., Barcelona. These productions were low budget films in a variety of genres, including the follow up to GRITOS EN LA NOCHE (1961), EL SINIESTRO DR. OFLOFF, softcore romps like LAS ORGIAS INCONFESABLES DE EMMANUELLE erotic crime-thrillers BOTAS NEGRAS, LATIGO DE CUERO, and Sade adaptations GEMIDOS DE PLACER (all 1982). There were also Poe adaptations EN BUSCA DEL DRAGON DORADO and even martial arts adventures LA SOMBRA DEL JUDOKA CONTRA EL DOCTOR WONG (both 1983). What locks all these films together, good, bad, not completed, was that they are all 100 percent undiluted Jess Franco, both in terms of style and content. They…

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