Zibahkhana aka ذبح خانہ aka Hell’s Ground (2007)

directed by omar ali khan bubonic films/boum productions ltd/mondo macabro movies All right now, this is what I’m talking about. A terrific little number with barely an original idea in its head – though that appears to have been the filmmaker’s intent – this Pakistani flick ultimately surpasses its bare-bones budget and its bare-cupboard storyline … Continue reading Zibahkhana aka ذبح خانہ aka Hell’s Ground (2007)

Evil Ed (1995)

directed by anders jacobsson smart egg pictures “An evil ed production” An over-the-top satirical spoof, this Swedish production ladles on the cartoonish violence and gore to an extent its most obvious influence, Evil Dead 2, scarcely dared dream. A multilayered, multi-level meta statement about cinematic sex and violence and censorship thereof, it could just as … Continue reading Evil Ed (1995)

Baba Yaga aka Baba Yaga, The Devil Witch aka The Devil Witch aka Kiss Me, Kill Me aka Black Magic (1973)

directed by corrado farina 14 luglio cinematografica s.r.l./simone allouche productions Definitely the first film I’ve seen based on the erotically charged comics of Guido Crepax, this Italian tale of intrigue – and, you know, deadly puppets dressed in S&M gear that can manifest in fleshly human form – is, first and foremost, an examination of … Continue reading Baba Yaga aka Baba Yaga, The Devil Witch aka The Devil Witch aka Kiss Me, Kill Me aka Black Magic (1973)

Sebelum Iblis Menjemput aka May The Devil Take You (2018)

written and directed by timo tjahjanto screenplay films/legacy pictures An Indonesian fright flick from one of the Mo Brothers – the one who also co-directed the bonkers “Safe Haven” segment of V/H/S/2 – this number doesn’t exactly charge out of the gates with much subtlety. Infused with some severe family drama, hinted at during the opening-credits montage of … Continue reading Sebelum Iblis Menjemput aka May The Devil Take You (2018)

Death Dorm aka The Dorm That Dripped Blood aka Pranks (1982)

directed by jeffrey obrow and stephen carpenter jeff obrow productions Sloppy and unfocused, this run-of-the-mill affair struggled to hold my attention. The debut offering from Obrow and Carpenter, made a few years before their much more accomplished The Power, it reminded me why I find The Evil Dead so interesting as a filmmaker’s initial effort … Continue reading Death Dorm aka The Dorm That Dripped Blood aka Pranks (1982)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

directed by charles e. sellier, jr. slayride, inc. Okay, cancel your bets and shelve your arguments, because this is officially the greatest Christmas movie ever made. Notorious for its long career of being protested, reviled, censored and blackballed, this picture hardly deserved the denigration. So what if it portrays a murderous Santa who shoots dad … Continue reading Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)