Beyond the Door III (1989)

B-Movie Enema’s Exorcist Rip-Off Month comes to a conclusion while also coming full circle with the start of the month – and completes a “trilogy” all at the same time.

This week’s feature, Beyond the Door III is, as Wikipedia states, “the third and final film in the Beyond the Door Trilogy“.  It should also state that this and Shock were sequels in name only from the jolly ol’ land of endless opportunities for this blog – Italy.  To complete the trilogy (12 years after the last and 15 years after the first), Beyond the Door III (also known as Amok Train because… sure) features a group of American students who go to Yugoslavia to meet up with Bo Svenson (who we’ve not seen since waaaaay back when I covered The Delta Force in 2016).

There, they witness a sacred pagan ritual.  I am sure that did not, at all, create any issues whatsoever anywhere and that brings about the conclusion of Exorcist Rip-Off Month!  Come back next week when we blast off to the stars for a… What’s that?  Witnessing a sacred pagan ritual in Yugoslavia starts significant problems?  I need to continue on with the movie?  You sure? Continue reading “Beyond the Door III (1989)”

Magdalena, Possessed By the Devil (1974)

We’re back for another round of Exorcist Rip-Off Month here at B-Movie Enema, and, this time, this movie had a brief period in time in which it was closely related to a previous entry.

For this week, we go over to Germany for a combo rip-off of The Exorcist/exploitation/sexploitation thriller.  Released as Magdalena, vom Tueful besessen in 1974 in West German, and under the title In der Gewalt des Bösen in Austria, we received an edited version here in the States as Magdalena, Possessed By the Devil in 1976.  As I just mentioned, what we got here was just over 80 minutes in length and there are some pretty mature situations that I’ll be talking about in this article.  If that was the case, and it was edited to be shown here, I wonder what few minutes or so that would left on the cutting room floor that was from the original German language film?

Oh, never mind trying to figure it out because the original cuts in Europe were TWO HOURS LONG.  Again, some of the stuff in this movie gets pretty naughty.  What had to be lost from those to get played over here?  Presumably, when it was imported, it wasn’t so much the content as it was the length since this probably went straight to X-rated theaters along 42nd Street style grindhouses, but still…  I have to imagine somewhere there’s some real saucy Dagmar Hedrich stuff out there because there is some real saucy Dagmar Hedrich stuff still in the American cut. Continue reading “Magdalena, Possessed By the Devil (1974)”

Abby (1974)

B-Movie Enema’s October 2020 theme of Exorcist Rip-Off Month is back, and this time we got a pretty well-regarded one.

This week’s film is Abby, and it’s best described as one of the handful of blaxploitation horror films alongside Blacula, Blackenstein, Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde, and Ganja and Hess.  This was part of a trio of blaxploitation films by William Girdler.  One of those, Sheba, Baby, will someday be on this blog because I LOVE blaxploitation.  I’ve talked about Girdler before, though.  He’s probably best known for making Grizzly in 1976.  However, his final film, The Manitou, dealt with Native American themes and was something I covered over at Film Seizure on my Monster Mondays show earlier this year.

Abby isn’t without some prestige, though.  It stars Carol Speed who was in several exploitation films of the 70s, and Blacula himself, William Marshall!  It also has Academy Award nominated actress Juanita Moore.  So it is not at all lacking in talent here. Continue reading “Abby (1974)”

Seytan (The Turkish Exorcist, 1974)

Welcome back to B-Movie Enema and my Exorcist Rip-Off Month!

Say!  Remember last week when I said that I couldn’t just write about The Exorcist because I’d probably be run out of town for having a blog called B-Movie Enema and doing movies that aren’t just A movies in money, but also in quality?  Yeah, well fuck that.  I found a way to do it.

For this week’s movie, I’ll be digging right into the shitty bowels of 1974’s Seytan from Turkey.  Seytan is pretty much a direct copy of William Friedkin’s masterpiece The Exorcist in just about every way it possibly can be.  It’s a little shorter, but I remember the first time I ever saw Seytan, I kept looking at the screen and thinking…  “Is the audio just fucked on this movie, or what?” Continue reading “Seytan (The Turkish Exorcist, 1974)”

Shock (aka Beyond the Door II, 1977)

It’s October!  It’s the spoooooookiest month of the year!

In years past, I generally would find some sort of loose theme to tie all the movies covered in the month (with usual exception to the actual Halloween “special” article).  This year is no different!  This is B-Movie Enema and that means I can’t do no movies like The Exorcist or its sequels.  They are hardly “B” in quality of production, even if Exorcist II really fucking tried pretty hard.  I can, however, do the next best thing.

Welcome to the 2020 October theme month I’m calling Exorcist Rip-Off Month!  We’re getting things started with Mario Bava’s Shock from 1977.  Here’s the thing about Shock…  It’s a possession movie, yes.  However, it may only be an Exorcist Rip-Off in sort of name only.  You see, Shock was released in the United States as Beyond the Door IIBeyond the Door was a 1974 rip-off of The Exorcist and a B-Movie Enema alum.  I really really really needed to cover this. Continue reading “Shock (aka Beyond the Door II, 1977)”

The Working Girls (1974)

Welcome back for another round of B-Movie Enema goodness.

This week’s movie, The Working Girls, has a lot of interesting things going for it.  First, it’s yet another exploitation film.  It’s about a group of liberated women living together in a Los Angeles apartment.  They all have different types of jobs and start dating different types of guys.  However, the girls each start to have issues in which they are endangered by the men in their lives.

Second, the director, Stephanie Rothman, is quite a figure in exploitation film in the 60s and 70s.  She worked with Roger Corman as an associated producer shortly after she finished college.  She got the opportunity to make a couple movies under Corman’s tutelage.  She did eventually venture out on her own and made another film I’ve written about before – The Velvet Vampire.

What’s most interesting about Rothman, though, is that she never liked being linked to the exploitation subgenre.  After making a couple films with Corman, she learned that label was given to her movies.  It horrified her.  However, after learning more about what that meant, how it worked in film, and what she might be able to do with that, she thought, “Fine, I’ll do the best exploitation movies I could.”  It didn’t go unnoticed. Continue reading “The Working Girls (1974)”

Jem and the Holograms (2015)

I’m a child of the 80s.  I bathed in the glory of the awesome toys and amazing cartoons of the decade.  While a lot of the sheen of those shows faded as I grew up, it’s okay.  That’s because I’m a grown up and can understand that those things are special for what they were then and it’s hard to recapture that love and the exact feelings I had when I first discovered the cartoons.

That said, I still love the toys and still smile at everything surrounding those glory days of cartoon and capitalist infusion.

Now, while I didn’t exactly watch or love the show Jem and the Holograms, I knew A LOT of people who did.  Regardless of watching or not, and certainly not having the dolls that were released, I still liked the gimmick and idea of the whole concept.  I talked about it a couple weeks ago when I reviewed Teen Witch, but wish fulfillment is really, really, really important to young people.  Jem certainly encapsulated that too, but it wasn’t entirely made specifically for girls.  Maybe not the toys, but the show had a fairly decent mass appeal. Continue reading “Jem and the Holograms (2015)”

Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)

Yay!  Roger Corman!  If he can’t do it, nobody can!

So, yeah, at some point B-Movie Enema was going to come back around to a movie with direct production involvement from Roger Corman.  And with a title like Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader?  Oh you bet.  I’m on board.

This movie got premiered at none other than Comic Con International in 2012 about a month before showing to the masses on Epix (a lovely little-known cable network).  Yet another month later, it played at the 3D Film Festival.  Oh yeah…  This movie was originally made as a 3D feature.  If you want to know something utterly fascinating too, then know this:

Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader is the first 3D film ever produced by Roger Corman.

For real.  The guy who produced like 40 gabillion movies for the last 70 years never produced a 3D feature before this film.  All those drive-in movies he made.  All those creature features.  Not a single one beyond the second dimension. Continue reading “Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)”