Friðrik Þór Friðriksson – On Top Down Under (2000)

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On Top – Iceland, a lighthouse, a cold winter evening. Her thoughts drift back to that summer … to bathing in the hot springs … to when they first met … and embraced. Down Under – Australia, the desert, a blistering heat wave. His pickup stops at an icehouse … he lays the blocks neatly on the buckboard … and drives off haunted by a aching memory. Without dialogue or comment, save for verses from a sonnet by John Keats, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson links the thoughts, the emotions, the sensual longing of young lovers at opposite ends of the world. A tone poem, a collage of sight and sound. Continue reading

Gianfranco Angelucci – Miele di donna aka Honey (1981)

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IMDb comment:

Genuinely erotic fantasy

This is a superior example of a European softporno, one of the few that dares to use the form of a (kind of) drama, without pretending to have become an arthouse picture. In other words: we are not subjected to the violence, humiliation, or silly humour that is so common in 1970s sleaze or the B-movies of the video era; neither do we have to endure any attempts to bring a message across as in the naughtier arthouse pics. This is an erotic film, full stop. Continue reading

Bitto Albertini – Yellow Emanuelle (1977)

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Synopsis: Director Bito Albertini’s 1970s cult classic stars Chai Lee as Emy Wong, an alluring doctor who tends to a British man who finds himself hospitalized after a horrible and senseless beating. Immediately smitten, he sets to work wooing Emy, but she has the unfortunate task of informing him that she’s already taken. The lovestruck pilot refuses to take no for an answer, however, and the medic soon finds her commitment tested to the hilt. Continue reading

Fabrizio Rampelli – La trasgressione (1988)

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After murdering his mother, Angelo (Pierfrancesco Campanella) hooks up with Valeria (Milly D’Abbraccio), a rich and spoilt girl who’s psychologically unstable. Between them a silent complicity is soon established as they both seem to find inner fulfillment in acts of random and senseless violence. Naturally, they embark on a killing spree, and even more naturally their path is one where sexual situations abound. This is Pierfrancesco Campanella’s first foray into moviemaking. Also Milly D’Abbraccio’s first starring role. A curious and sleazy mix of teenage frustration (the first draft of the screenplay was written when Campanella was 14 years old), corrosive anti-establishment irony and love of cinema (with references to HONEYMOON KILLERS, TRASH and I PUGNI IN TASCA among others). But don’t think for a minute that it’s pretentious arthouse garbage. Above all it’s pure trashy entertainment, just the way we like it. Continue reading

Alfonso Brescia – La Bestia Nello Spazio aka Beast in Space (1980)

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In 1975, European sex symbol Sirpa Lane shocked the world with her performance as a maiden defiled by a ferociously aroused animal in the erotic classic The Beast. Five years later, the beautiful-but-doomed actress would plummet from arthouse to grindhouse in this insanely unofficial outer space ‘sequel’ packed with rampant sex, cheezy effects, barnyard passions and yet another graphic ravaging by a hugely-endowed man-beast. Marina Hedman (Satan’s Baby Doll) and Venantino Venantini (Black Emanuelle) co-star in this jaw-dropping intergalactic epic that combines the immortal ’80s Italian genres of sleazy sci-fi and depraved sexual saga, now fully restored from the original film lab negative purchased at a Rome bankruptcy auction. The story gets under way as Captain Larry (Vassili Karis) stops off at a local watering hole for a cool glass of Uranus Milk. After striking up a conversation with stunning blonde Sondra (Lane), Captain Larry is confronted by an angry merchant named Juan who had been attempting to work his charm on the girl. A barroom brawl ensues, and after Captain Larry defeats Juan he swipes a vial from him and takes Sondra home. The next day, Captain Larry receives word that the vial contained a highly valuable space mineral. The Star Fleet wants Captain Larry to travel to the planet where the mineral was found and bring back more, and they’ve assembled a skilled crew to accompany him on the mission. Continue reading

Joe D’Amato – Le Notti Erotiche dei Morti Viventi AKA Sexy Nights of the Living Dead (1980)

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Plot Summary:
A sailor takes an American businessman and his girlfriend to an island where the businessman wants to build a resort. Soon a weird voodoo couple show up and warn them of bad things that are going to happen. It doesn’t take long for the zombies to show up and start chowing down on human flesh. The main characters do manage to fit in quite a bit of sex though.

Review:
One of the most interesting consequences of the brief period of “porno chic” in the early 70s was the resulting effect on the Italian exploitation industry. Never quick to miss an American cinematic “craze”, a lot of film-makers found themselves curiously crossing genres and stuffing hardcore porn into other genres, as well as vice versa. The absolute master of this was the ubiquitous Joe D’Amato, and here he fuses porno with the zombie movie (which at the time was in the midst of enormous popularity in Italy). Continue reading

Giovanni Soldati – L’attenzione (1984)

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This is a story of love and lust shaded with overtones of incest and lesbianism. Livia is a woman trying to regain the affections of her husband Alberto, whose journalism career takes him away for months at a time – on purpose. What she does not know is that he has an undeniable attraction for their daughter Monica. Livia’s own sexual eccentricities lead her to hire young women to have sex with Alberto while she listens in hiding. When Monica wants to get into the act too, the real truth about her parentage is revealed. (IMDb) Continue reading

José Bénazéraf – Le Concerto de la peur AKA Night of lust [Uncut] (1963)

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Kidnappings, murders and gang war for the control of a drug traffic…

There’s really a unique touch in those early Bénazéraf movies. You’re a bit somewhere between thriller, exploitation and Nouvelle Vague…
As I understood, the version released in the US already on the site is severely cut and suffers from a ludicrous English dubbing. The movie certainly deserves better than that… Continue reading

Jim Buckley – Teenage Pajama Party (1977)

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Synopsis:
A group of sexy teens get together for a sleep-over. Dressed in revealing sexy nightgowns the girls gather around and tell steamy stories of losing their virginity! A sick and twisted obscene caller makes calls through the entire night…breathing heavily and turning the teens on in ways they didn’t imagine. Continue reading

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