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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2007, 02:30:13 PM »

COMING SOON, A DIABOLICALLY DEMONIC TRIPLE THREAT FROM THE DEVIL'S DUNGEON OF DEATH!

                              A TRIUMVIRATE OF TERROR TALES FROM THE SATANIC 70'S!

                                        RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)
                                        MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970)
                                        THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975)

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« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2007, 11:20:04 AM »

RACE WITH THE DEVIL (1975)

"IF YOU'RE GOING TO RACE WITH THE DEVIL, YOU'VE GOT TO BE FAST AS HELL!"  "GOD HELP YOU WHEN THE DEVIL WANTS YOU!" (Promotional taglines)

Professional bike racers, Frank (Warren Oates) and Roger (Peter Fonda) along with their two wives, Alice and Kelly (Loretta Swit;M*A*S*H* and Lara Parker;DARK SHADOWS, respectively) head off on a vacation in their new RV. They stop off at a secluded spot and at night the two friends see a group of "kids" apparently having a party and drinking a bit much as one of them disrobes. It turns out it's not a party but a satanic Mass concluding with a human sacrifice.

The two are discovered and are attacked by the devil worshippers. The group barely manage to escape with just a busted rear window. The following day Frank and Roger see the sheriff played by R.G. Armstrong. Meanwhile the girls find a note with indecipherable writings on it. They go to a library and find out it's a threat should they not leave quietly.

They ignore the warning and are terrorized again and again with each subsequent attack more and more deadly. At one point they re-enter the RV after enjoying an evening in a local bar to find two rattlesnakes hidden inside. After this they buy a shotgun and carry on. Of course the satanists are not about to let them go as they show up at every turn and the final 15-20 minutes is filled with car stunts as the devil worshippers come out of the wood work to take out the vacationers.

After the big demolition finale the satanists show up for one more go round.

RACE WITH THE DEVIL is an exciting action-horror vehicle that, for the first half anyways deals with the horror and suspense aspects of the story and the last half, the action set pieces reserving one last jolt for the conclusion. It's an interesting picture as it is, to my knowledge, Warren Oates only horror picture (not counting THE TWILIGHT ZONE although he did turn in one helluva performance in the super sleazy 1976 film DRUM) but not Fonda.

In an interview Fonda recalls the film noting the main reason he did it was to work with Warren again as the two were great friends.

One of the more terrifying, but a bit unbelievable, aspects of the film is that everywhere the four vacationers go they find it populated by the creepiest people who watch and stare with threatening gazes giving the impression (and ultimately true revelation) that the devil worshippers are everywhere, at every turn just waiting for them to pass through. Director Jack Starrett does an exceptional job of heightening the suspense and terror as the film progresses which made RACE WITH THE DEVIL a surprise hit in the summer of 1975 grossing 12 million domestically. It also did very well overseas.

Jack Starrett, one of my favorite 70s directors made a career out of choice exploitation cinema directing other nifty little time wasters like RUN, ANGEL, RUN (1969) and THE LOSERS (1973) both with 70s fave William Smith, THE STRANGE VENGEANCE OF ROSALIE (1976), which MISERY ripped off big time, the blaxploitation favorites SLAUGHTER (1972) starring Jim Brown, CLEOPATRA JONES (1973) starring the late Tamara Dobson and FINAL CHAPTER-WALKING TALL, the third installment in the popular true story of famed Tennessee lawman Buford Pusser. Some of his TV credits include THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, HILLS STREET BLUES and the short lived PLANET OF THE APES television series.

NOTE: Director Starrett claimed to have hired real satanists for the film.

Producer Paul Maslansky would go on to produce the popular POLICE ACADEMY films.

A script has been commissioned for a remake to begin sometime in the near future.......UGh!

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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2007, 11:21:09 AM »

MARK OF THE DEVIL (1970)German release (1972)US release

"POSITIVELY THE MOST HORRIFYING FILM EVER MADE!"  "RATED 'V' FOR VIOLENCE" (Promotional taglines)

The movie concerns witchhunting in the 15th century. Baron Christian (horror fave Udo Kier) saves Vanessa Benedict (Oliviero Vuco) from the evil clutches of Albino (Reggie Nalder) and eventually falls in love with her. Meanwhile, Lord Cumberland (Herbert Lom) the Witchfinder, comes to town to restore order and torture any witches found there. Of course Vanessa is branded a disciple of the Devil and imprisoned. Christian questions this until he witnesses his mentor Lord Cumberland commit murder. Christian frees Vanessa who rallies the townspeople to kill the evil Cumberland. Christian, being his acolyte, is mistakenly captured by the angry mob and tortured and killed before Vanessa can stop them. Cumberland escapes and the film ends with Vanessa, in tears, holding Christian's body.

There's not much plot to speak of in MARK OF THE DEVIL although the trappings are very similar to a soap opera (an extremely gory one). While the film is based in fact, the director is more concerned with showing the violent acts in the most graphic fashion possible instead of focusing equally as much screen time on the why and how so many people were put to death in a variety of ways during this dark and brutal time period. There are good performances but they take a back seat to the more prominent scenes of torture and death.

The film's centerpiece, the notorious tongue ripping scene, was featured prominently on the US release posters. It also contained the Ad campain, "The first film rated 'V' for Violence", even though no such rating was created by the MPAA. Free Barf Bags were passed out to patrons at the theater box office. The film was a huge success world wide and even made more money than the classic Michael Reeves picture THE WITCHFINDER GENERAL starring Vincent Price no doubt aided by its lurid Ad Campain.

The film's director(s) Michael Armstrong and Adrian Hoven disliked each other immensely as both wanted to shoot the film in different fashions. The ending originally was much different. After the death of Christian, the bodies of the unjustly murdered towns people rise from the dead and kill Lord Cumberland. Armstrong hated this ending and reportedly destroyed this portion of the film. Now, it can only be seen as still shots taken from the negative. There is much atmosphere lent to the production as it was shot in and around a real Austrian Castle where people were tried and executed as witches.

The film also benefits from a beautiful and haunting soundtrack that was finally released to disc a couple of years ago in a limited quantity.

The star Herbert Lom was also in Hammer's version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961) and some trashy flicks by notorious Spanish hack Jess Franco among his fantasy credits.

Udo Kier made a career out of portraying quirky characters, most famously his interpretations of both Dr. Frankenstein (FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN 1974) and Count Dracula (BLOOD FOR DRACULA 1974) two very gory tongue in cheek cult classics shot back to back by director Paul Morrissey (and there is still controversy today as to who really directed these two, Morrissey, or Antonio Margheriti).

Reggie Nalder, wow, what a face! Most remember him as Mr. Barlow from Tobe Hooper's SALEM'S LOT (1979) he also played a vampire character in the Albert Band cult film ZOLTAN, HOUND OF DRACULA aka DRACULA'S DOG (1977).

A sequel followed almost immediately from the Armstrong/Hoven team and it was a mixed bag. Supposedly banned in 19 countries it's more of the same.


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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2007, 11:36:50 AM »

THE DEVIL'S RAIN (1975) re-released in 1978

"HEAVEN HELP US ALL WHEN THE DEVIL'S RAIN!" (Odd promotional tagline)

Mark Preston (William Shatner) returns home after searching for his missing father. His father eventually shows up missing his eyes and proclaiming "Corbis wants the book!" Said book contains a list of all those who have sold there souls to the Devil. The Prestons have it and Mark isn't about to give it up. Mark is tricked by Corbis (Ernest Borgnine) and becomes, himself, an unwilling sacrifice. Occult specialist Dr. Richards (Eddie Albert GREEN ACRES!) and Mark's younger brother Tom (Tom Skerritt) show up and plot to destroy the Devil's Rain, a bottle containing the souls of the victims already damned by Corbis.

They find out that the Preston family has had the book in their possession(no pun intended) for centuries. Without the register of names, Corbis cannot lead his unholy disciples into the kingdom of Hell as he had sworn to track the Preston's forever until the book was in his hands.

The film culminates in a wild ending with Borgnine transforming into a goat demon and nearly the entire cast melting into piles of slime and goop that was repeated very similarly in the 1981 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. There are some genuinely scary scenes found here. One scene that foreshadows something terrible is about to happen is Mark's first meeting with Corbis were he negotiates giving up the terrible tome. In the background behind the two actors it appears a major storm is approaching and it adds a creepy feeling to the scene which itself, as well as a lot of the film, takes place in a ghost town.

What a cast that is on hand here. William Shatner, Ida Lupino, Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Tom Skerritt, Keenan Wynn and John Travolta in his first screen appearance.

William Shatner needs no introduction as he has appeared in many films and TV shows. Some of his other genre credits are IMPULSE (1974 where the Shat plays a serial killer), KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (1977 Nature-gone-amuck favorite) and VISITING HOURS (1982 a slasher with Michael Ironside in a career making role).

Ida Lupino was also in Bert I. Gordon's FOOD OF THE GODS the following year, another star studded Nature-Gone-Amuck film. She appeared in numerous TV shows like BONANZA, TWILIGHT ZONE, WILD, WILD, WEST and POLICE WOMAN starring the stunning Angie Dickinsen.

Ernest Borgnine, who was reportedly unhappy on the set of this film also appeared in many movies and TV shows too numerous to mention.

Eddie Albert of course, is probably best remembered from the GREEN ACRES TV show. He played the President of the US in the 1983 fantasy-horror Dennis Quaid film DREAMSCAPE which NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET ripped off the following year, THE CONCORDE: AIRPORT '79, CRASH! (1978) and many TV credits.

Tom Skerritt, in his first horror picture, wasn't happy about the finished film as he was working with the director to make it more tongue in cheek but the producers intervened half way through and had Fuest re-shoot it. Skerritt's first film, if I'm not mistaken, was BIG BAD MAMA, a cult classic starring Angie Dickinsen and William Shatner. He also appeared in UP IN SMOKE, the first Cheech & Chong flick, and probably most famously, ALIEN (1979).

Director Robert Fuest is best remembered to genre fans for his two DR. PHIBES films both starring Vincent Price. THE DEVIL'S RAIN was Fuest's last horror picture.

Believe it or not, at the time of the film's release it was hyped heavily about the involvement of the founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Svandor Lavey who not only served as Consultant but also features in the film! This upped the exploitation quota immensely and probably what hurt the film at the box office as it was not successful but has over the years amassed a cult (still no pun intended) following. It was re-released in 1978 to capitalize on John Travolta's popularity with SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977). He only features briefly at the ending before he himself, melts into a pile of slop.



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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2007, 03:55:02 PM »

Here's some good news for exploitation fans...

http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4494

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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2007, 11:57:24 AM »

It's a shame she didn't become a "bigger" star aside from the three ILSA's, one unofficial ILSA, several soft core sex comedies like WHAM BAM THANK YOU MR. SPACE MAN and tv appearances like the original STAR TREK she hasn't done much. I believe she still does shows in Vegas. She met her husband on the set of ILSA, HAREM KEEPER OF THE OIL SHIEKS. Lucky guy!

Who has this film where this picture is from?

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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2007, 12:22:23 PM »

what are you talking about? Like where you can buy it?

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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2007, 12:24:29 PM »

what are you talking about? Like where you can buy it?

What movie is it?

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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2007, 04:45:14 PM »

What movie is it?

WITCHFINDER GENERAL.

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« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2007, 05:02:15 PM »

No, the post is in reference to ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS and it's two official sequels.

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« Reply #25 on: August 06, 2007, 05:30:09 PM »

No, the post is in reference to ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS and it's two official sequels.

I wanna see these films.

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« Reply #26 on: August 06, 2007, 06:16:11 PM »

No, the post is in reference to ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS and it's two official sequels.


The link said WITCHFINDER GENERAL Sad

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« Reply #27 on: August 06, 2007, 10:01:28 PM »

The post that was quoted was not for WITCHFINDER GENERAL.

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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2007, 10:06:27 PM »

So, Arizona Colt, that picture of the beautiful woman, naked I might add, is from ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS?

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« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2007, 10:24:50 PM »

I don't think that one is from SHE-WOLF, it looks like it's from a photo shoot. Although it may be from the first sequel. She is naked often in SS, in fact, the first time you see her she is naked riding a guy who comes before she does and to show what she does to guys that do not satisfy her, she cuts off his member and puts it in a cabinet among many nasty sights in the movie. The plentiful sex scenes border on hard core.

The US discs and box set are OOP but here is a box set from Germany that has the three films. The AB box set which Amazon sells, has only the first two and the Franco movie which is shit and not really an ILSA movie. TIGRESS OF SIBERIA is owned by MGM here and I don't see them releasing it anytime soon. This set contains SHE-WOLF, HAREM KEEPER and TIGRESS. TIGRESS is PAL so if you get it, your DVD player must be compatible with PAL.

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/ilsa-trilogy-p-11496.html

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