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  • Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals
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  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    ★★★★½

  • Blue Rita

    ★★★½

  • The Girl from Rio

    ★★★½

  • Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade

    ★★★★½

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  • Midnight Blue

    Midnight Blue

    ★★★½

    Midnigh Blue walks the same path as La Settima Donna. It follows three young female sports students who spend their free week in an isolated villa in the countryside. It's idyllic. You can breathe the ocean air, touch the dry grass, and feel the Sicilian heat. But that feeling won't last forever. Three escaped convicts happen to stumble across the ladies' holiday get-together.

    It seems like the original title for this film was Sexy Blue as this Italian poster suggests.…

  • Malabestia

    Malabestia

    ★★★

    Malabestia is an Italian comedy that follows different storylines. One involves a German woman, played by the wonderful Sirpa Lane. Another deals with a wife and husband who manage to scare away their daughter with their constant fighting. Then we follow a guy who carries a huge wooden cross across Roma. He meets the little girl, who fled her parents at one point. The last story sees a tour guide drive a German tourist through the city.

    I watched the…

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  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    ★★★★½

    3rd rewatch --- I always go back to this movie. It's one of my favorite Gialli for multiple reasons.

    The cast is amazing. You'll recognize every face. Giancarlo Giannini, playing the self-doubting cop, is the standout. Stefania Sandrelli plays his wife, and also the creative and calm side of their little family. Supporting actresses include Barbara Bouchet and Barbara Bach.

    Morricone's score is very diverse. It ranges from suspenseful to beautiful and even sleazy. Yes, Morricone did enter the sleaze…

  • Blue Rita

    Blue Rita

    ★★★½

    1st rewatch --- Das Frauenhaus [The House of Women] is a loose remake of Jess' own movie The Girl from Rio from 1969. But instead of featuring a female that wants to conquer the world, it's about a criminal mastermind, named Rita. Her friends call her Blue Rita She's a blue, blue girl. Her fancy nightclub with the same name, acts as a secret hideout. Together with her hench(wo)men she kidnaps wealthy men and tortures* their money out of them.…

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  • Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade

    Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade

    ★★★★½

    2nd rewatch -- The sixth and last entry into the Black Emanuelle series takes our beloved journalist to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. She has to do an article about a wealthy businessman who lives there. During her research, she witnesses a strange exchange at the local airport. That leads her back to NYC where she sets herself to expose a white slavery ring.

    Because of the lack of sleaze and depravity, this movie seems to be ignored by most…

  • Messiah of Evil

    Messiah of Evil

    ★★★★½

    Messiah of Evil is great. It's a very atmospheric horror-mystery that seems to be heavily influenced by European cinema. The colorful lighting reminded me of Mario Bava. Godard's Pierrot le Fou and Buñuel's Belle de Jour are even referenced visually. But Romero's Night of the Living Dead must've been a source of inspiration as well. Funnily enough Messiah of Evil features a lot of scenes and images that would appear in Dawn of the Dead a few years later. But…