Archives for Mondo Macabro

CINE-WEEN: BLOODLUST; Or, How I Learned to Empathize with a Blood-Drinking Necrophiliac

“Haunted by a childhood trauma, a deaf mute accountant develops a fixation with blood spilling across his skin. Brief flirtations with ketchup and red ink seem to satisfy him at first but he soon develops a taste for the real thing. Though he nurses a weird fascination for a neighborhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can’t even find comfort in the arms of a hooker. One night he breaks into the property of the local undertaker and ravages the prettiest female corpse. Now addicted, he habitually raids
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WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? Only One Person, Evidently

If you’ve never seen Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s 1976 killer kid movie, Who Can Kill A Child? (aka Island of the Damned, aka Who Could Kill a Child?, aka Death is Child’s Play, aka The Hex Massacre, aka Trapped), be prepared to be slightly bored for about 80 minutes of its nearly two-hour runtime. It’s not due to the usual slower pace of ‘70s European horror films, but rather due to some legitimate issues with the flow of the film. Who Can Kill A Child? falls in the category of films which pad their running time with what feels like ages
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Getting Blu: LIQUID SKY, THE DEVIL INCARNATE and CITY OF THE DEAD

You know what? Sometimes, genre and exploitation movies can be downright depressing; they’re not all joyful celebrations of excess and weirdness. In fact, some flicks can be brutally crushing examinations of how many people want to take those who are different and unique and crush them like insects under the heel of a boot. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Please bear with me. Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu-ray release of the 1982 new wave cult classic, Liquid Sky, originally debuted as a Black Friday release in November of last year, celebrating the 200th Vinegar Syndrome release. The special, limited edition
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Films From the Void: The otherworldly dreaminess of THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE

Director Vicente Aranda’s 1972 vampire film, The Blood Spattered Bride, is a film that has always escaped my attention. It’s been pointed out here and there that Spanish horror doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves, due to the relatively small output size, in comparison to its neighbor, Italy.The Blood Spattered Bride ably demonstrates, however, that the Spaniards could do creepy, gorgeous atmospheres just as well as their counterparts to the east. The plot summary is immediately intriguing: “Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’s ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a
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