City of the Living Dead (1980)

I Saw A Film! At best an Italian village, really. A town of folks with very red eyes loses a priest to suicide by hanging and slowly, very slowly, late-night-insomnia-slowly, develops a kind of undead problem. Christopher George, forever the Rat Patrol dude, is a crusty journalist investigating, or so it seems, a pair of…

The Last Shark (1981)

I Saw A Film! Italian Jaws! with Vic Morrow as the requisite "Quint" character and James Franciscus the father of a cute daughter involved with the wind-surfers. We spend a lot of time studying the remains of the one surfboard bitten in half, scene after scene showing off the teethmarks. Then we look at pictures…

Season of the Witch (1972)

I Saw A Film! Here we have a George Romero film following up on the heels of cheap zombie success. This is also a very cheaply made film, relying heavily on musical tension and snapping awake from unnerving dream sequences. It is the story of a sad housewife abused by husband, lured by the promises…

The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

I Saw A Film! Another stylish Italian murder fantasy involving gorgeous lady victims and a distracting soundtrack with loads of strings and pounded pianos. Even the homes of these ladies are fantastic, crazy split levels, with huge open floor plans and lots of art. The killer, as is required, doesn't just kill but torments as…

Wake Up and Kill (1966)

I Saw A Film! Also sometimes titled Wake Up and Die which is apparently not quite the direct meaning of "Svegliati e Uccidi", is your basic sensationalized Italian crime film which just shamelessly portrays criminal personalities as driven protagonists not unlike some of our favorite Hollywood baddies ranging from Dillinger to Scarface and beyond. The…

The Adventures of Hercules (1985)

I Saw A Film! As the movie begins we find out that the gods have been absent from the lives of people because we people need to learn to do without gods. After Hera, Poseidon and company raise King Minos to fight Hercules their protagonist escapes them by using science, though what they intend by…

Warlock (1989)

I Saw A Film! You know all that outrageous and deadly religious nonsense about witches used as a great excuse for wiping out millions of "undesirable" or "well positioned" (especially but not always) women folks needed out-of-the-way by rotten mediaeval power-players for hundreds of years? Well it turns out they were right and witches are…

Land of Doom (1985)

I Saw A Film! The post-apocalypse, a land of permed hair, tribal alliances, desert settings and crossbows. Key elements are armored motorcycles and guys dressed like Legion of Doom from the WWE, along with their workout video hotties. I don't know what the first one was, but I'm guessing it was Mad Max-adjacent and we…

Cold Sweat (1970)

I Saw A Film! Bronson, lean and mean, has to tangle with his old gang, lead by James Mason (hamming a southern accent) in the rocky south of France where he's been retired and leading a quiet life on the sea. The old gang are ticked off about having had to do time and possible…

The Ghost Galleon (1974)

I Saw A Film! A modelling agency throws a couple of its hotties on a boat and lets them drift around to be rescued as a kind of publicity stunt. Not a great idea even if it were to actually work. Instead the cuties end up being found by a Ghost Galleon! Yes, one of…