Atrocity Night 2006


Shown December 1st  [@ West Seattle]

LONE WOLF AND CUB: RIVER STYX   (1972)

Verson:  Continued tale of ronin and son features some awesome bloodletting in pure Jap style.

Joe:  More Jap mayhem that's not all that involving but the hyper-stylized violence makes up for it.

 

 

SPECIAL MISSION LADY CHAPLIN   (1966)

Verson:  Classic Eurospy.  See The Eurospy Guide for complete review.

Joe:  Fun spy movie with hot chicks. I'd like to re-watch it.

 

HOT THRILLS AND WARM CHILLS   (1967)

Verson:  Supposed heist flick is just a ridiculous (and hilarious) excuse for scary New Orleans strippers to expose their enhanced breasts.  No actors, writers, directors or any other professional film people need apply.  Curious, at best.

Joe:  Script? Nah, all you need is a bunch of nasty whores pretending there's a story. Fortunately there was expert commentary provided by the Atrocians.

 

 

 

Shown November 3rd

BLACK PIT OF DR. M   (1958)

VJ: Exceptionally atmospheric Mexi-horror that features a deeply ironical plot line about revenge from beyond the grave.  Definitely worth a watch.
 

JV: Confusing story (or was it the whiskey?) but very atmospheric thanks to some brilliant fog wrangling.

 

DEEP JAWS   (1976)

VJ: Stupid farce about the Uranus movie company that must stoop to making a porn film to survive.  I think.  Inane but there is pretty much wall-to-wall nudity.  Only in the 70s.

JV: Silly but actually pretty funny at times.
 

SHADOWS IN PARADISE    (1986)

"The supermarket's a merciless machine."

VJ: How Aki Kaurismaki can make so much of so little never ceases to amaze me.  Another brilliant film.
 

JV: Top notch Kaurismaki. Never falters.

 

 

 

Shown September 29th

CURSE OF THE DOLL PEOPLE   (1961)

A group of archeologists defiling a voodoo temple by stealing a sacred idol are cursed by a priest who forewarns that they and their families will die horrible deaths. Each of the men killed are turned into small, three feet dolls which are then animated as killer zombies. Sounds like we got us some Mexican horror here!


 

 

JIGOKU   (1960)

A Jap goes to hell.


 

 

VIRGIN WITCH   (1972)

Answering a publicly posted wanted ad for a model, Christine (Ann Michelle) accepts an invitation to pose for a photo shoot over the weekend at a country mansion, and takes along her younger sister Betty (Ann's real sister Vicki) for good measure. The lesbian head of the modeling agency, Sybil Waite is actually a witch who lures girls into the coven's sexually highlighted ceremonies!

 

 

Shown September 1st

BARE BEHIND BARS   (1980)
Classic Brazilian WIP movie where brutal beatings and steamy showers are the order of the day. To stay out of the torture chamber, the inmates can barter their bodies in the wicked warden’s white slave trade, or submit to the nurse’s peculiar brand of medical malpractice. Expect some sleaze, completely in focus nudity, humiliation and a rat or two.
 
CALAMARI UNION   (1985) 
A group of hapless loafers, all named Frank, decide to move to Eira, a utopian part of town a few miles away, but they just can't seem to get there. That's the whole movie. That's Aki Kaurismaki.
 
LONE WOLF AND CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE   (1972)
Shintaro Katsu presents: A samurai is framed and his family slaughtered except his little kid. Now a ronin, he wanders the earth as a hired hit man hoping one day to get revenge. The first of six films. From the director of a couple good Zatoichi movies and the first Hanzo.
 

 

Shown August 11th

BRICK (2005)

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

"A BUGSY MALONE for the new millenium. Likable teen film noir with an excellent visual sense and a palatable self-consciousness."  VJ

 

EMERGENCY SQUAD   (1974)

Tomas Milian is an embittered Interpol agent haunted by the slaying of his wife and relentlessly stalking the gang of bank robbers responsible. After finally identifying the shooter as Gastone Moschin,  he throws away his badge to exact his revenge.
 
 
 
PYJAMA GIRL CASE   (1970) 
When the mutilated corpse of a young woman is found on an Australian beach, a retired detective  involves himself in the investigation. Who was this once-beautiful girl found clad only in yellow pyjamas? What sexual depravity did she endure before her murder? And even if Thompson can crack the baffling case, will he survive to see her killer brought to justice? Look for Ray Milland, Mel Ferrer, Howard Ross and the luscious Dalila Di Lazzaro.
 

 


Shown July 14th

CONVOY BUSTERS   (1978)
Maurizio Merli stars as a tough Roman cop caught between the mob who want him dead and the press who have branded him a sadist for the use of excessive force. He transfers to a quieter beat on the Adriatic coast, but the activities of a gang of gun smugglers draw him back into the world of violence he's used to.
 
 
 
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS   (1970)
From Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert, a unique mix of pop music, high camp, and exploitation. An all girl rock group called the Carrie Nations, will do anything to hit it big in show business, but their "anything goes" attitudes towards pot, group sex and lesbianism lead to several sticky plot complications that eventually lead to murder.
 
 
 
SANTO & BLUE DEMON VS. DR. FRANKENSTEIN   (1974)

MY DINNER WITH SANTO.  Coming to a theater near you.

 

Dick Trembles and Verson Jetorix... next Halloween.

 

Blue Demon taking a large order for Blue Demon Condoms.

 

 


Shown May 5th

 

ARIEL (1988)

Taisto Kasurinen, a finnish coal miner whose father has just committed suicide, is framed for a crime he did not commit. In jail, he starts to dream about leaving the country and starting a new life. He escapes from prison but things don't go as planned. From director Aki Kaurismaki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRIPPED TO KILL   (1987)

A whore gets brutally murdered and Detective Greg Evigan trades in his monkey for Kay Lenz. Lenz goes undercover at a strip club run by Norman Fell. Are you still reading this? Alright... there's tons of artistic strip acts, about half the movie, and only two or three murders. The whores dance to great 80's songs like "Nothing cuts as deep as the edge of love."

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA  (1972)

A police detective is investigating a series of brutal murders involving the female customers of an exclusive beauty salon. He discovers that the killer first paralyzes his victims with an acupuncture needle dipped a deadly venom. They then lie awake and watch themselves die.

 

 

 

 


Shown April 7th

 

TARKAN VERSUS THE VIKINGS   (1971)

Weird-ass insane and inane Viking sorcery fantasy. Tarkan must save a Turkish whore from a cult's giant octopus or something like that. I'm going to hide the lighter fluid for this showing in case someone wants to burn me alive for programming this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELL IS A CITY (1960)

Committed but seen-it-all police inspector Martineau rightly guesses that after a violent jailbreak a local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. Martineau is soon investigating a murder during a street robbery which seems to lead back to the same villain. Concentrating on the case and using his local contacts to try and track the gang down, he is aware he is not keeping his own personal life together as well as he might. With Stanley Baker and Donald Pleasence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE LIGHTNING   (1973)

Yeah, that's right, Burt Fucking Reynolds. Good ol' boy reluctantly teams up with the feds to bust up a moonshine ring run by another good ol' boy. Co-stars a bunch of good ol' boys. Directed by a Good Ol' Boy.

 

Served with Corn Whiskey in a jar.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Shown March 3rd

 

THE DARK CORNER   (1946)

Film noir about a secretray trying to help her boss who is being framed for murder. Stars Lucille Ball, William Bendix and Clifton Webb. From the director of KISS OF DEATH.
 

Verson: The unexceptional story was simply a framework from which to string outstanding photography, lots of superior noir slang, and a solid cast including the hotty Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb, and William "2 Yards" Bendix.

Joe: Enjoyable but fairly standard film noir that really pays off with exemplary cinematography. And William Bendix.

 

 

 

 

 

     

SCHOOL OF THE HOLY BEAST   (1974)

Some have hinted that the Atrocity Selection Committee has a "thing" about sac religious nuns so we proffer this, what we believe to be, a very very serious and thoughtful film about religion, nuns, bondage, rape, whippings, and lesbianism. From the second unit director of KOIYA KOI NASUNA KOI.

Verson: Racked up some serious points with the Atrocians when an advert for BIG GUNS was flaunted in the background of an early scene and when two naughty nuns shared a pint of Suntory. But there were lots of other reasons to call this one of the best nunsploitation flicks around.

Joe: Delivered on so many important levels important to me.

 

 

ZATOICHI IN DESPERATION   (1972)

We sifted through more than 20 Zatoichi movies to present the Atrocians with the best of the series. Star Shintaro Katsu steps up to directing and takes the series to another level. Gorgeous and graphic, this is a treat on many levels and should be considered required viewing for Atrocians.

Verson: One of the best Z movies that was fun to share with the uninitiated.
 

Joe: Top notch Z. That's all I've got to say.

 

 

 

 

 


Shown February 3rd

 

 

CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER   (1980)

This puppy stars Bruce Le, Richard Harrison and a bunch of topless chicks. Harrison hangs out with the naked chicks while Le writes, directs and kung fu fights a fucking bull. All that to get a jizz-killing formula out of the grasp of evil. The finest in Brucesploitation.

 

Verson: Richard Harrison is the first nominee in 2006 for the Van Johnson Memorial ABP Award! Harrison looks totally loaded as he floats thru this nonsensical Hong Kong action thriller. Brad Harris pumps up and Jack Klugman and Jane Seymour have unknowing cameos!

 

 

 

Joe: Peaked too early but was still just fun enough due to some gratuitous nudity, gratuitous fight scenes and Richard Harrison's glassy-eyed hopped-up performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES   (1968)

Weird Mexican movie about a mad scientist who transplants an ape heart into his ailing son so he starts killing chicks. Contains some nudity, stock medical footage, women wrestling, and some gore.

Verson: Mexican medical hi-jinx features a monster with an eye for tits, chick wrestling, first-time drivers, and a green Rambler American station wagon.

Joe: This Mexican movie has a monster with an agenda that all monsters should follow - terrorize the streets and tear chick's clothes off. I liked it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATELINE MOTEL   (1975)

After robbing a jewelery shop in Canada, two Americans (Fabio Testi and Eli Wallach) arrange a meeting near the US borders in order to split the loot but get trapped there. The owner of the motel, a sexy woman in her thirties, falls in love with him, but her suspicions about him begin to multiply, as the police arrive at the motel. Also stars Ursula Andress and Barbara Bach in the role of the whores.

Verson: I liked this little noir with a good cast and a fresh mileu. Fabio Testi gets a ride from the big house directly to his next heist after which he gets sidetracked to a little hotel and falls for Ursula Andress (who wouldn't?) but what happened to the stolen jewels?

Joe: Pretty fun crime movie with a hint of sleaze, some twists and a bleak ending. I love the fact that Fabio Testi does a jewel heist after being out of jail only a few minutes.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

Shown January 6th

 

FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY   (1979)

Verson: Bizarre. Disturbing. Funny. Depressing. Incomprehensible. Filipino.

Joe: Funny and bizarre one-of-kind movie that everyone needs to see...once. Little groin demolishing superstar Weng Weng can't act but he can fight and do his own stunts (who else could they get?) and that goes a long way in my book even if you do wear baby shoes and doll clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER   (1974)

Verson: El Chiba returns to do more of what he did in the first film. Kick ass. If you liked (or remember) the first one, you will enjoy this one

Joe: Sonny Chiba kicks even more ass this time around. It's a fun one even with the annoying sidekick and seemingly endless martial arts school footage. At under 80 minutes I wonder if this copy was uncut as stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANTO IN THE VENGEANCE OF THE MUMMY   (1971)

Verson: We done been Scoobied. Santo lets us down for the first time and has a phony monster to fight. This adventure was particularly juvenile, both in front and behind the camera.

 

Joe: Unforgivable Santo monster movie with no fucking monster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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