Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before ol’ B-Movie Enema returned to the world of 70s nazisploitation.
This week, we’re talking about the 1977 Italian flick The Beast in Heat. Now, try to keep up here. The movie was originally called La Bestia in calore which is the Italian translation of The Beast in Heat. I point this out because you can look and see that the director on this is “Ivan Kathansky”. That name makes you think, “Ooh! It’s a Russian director! This is either extra spicy because it is a movie about a Nazi monster made by a damn, dirty Commie, or… Or…” I don’t know how to end that sentiment other than to make sure you understand that I’m thinking this is a Commie Nazi movie.
However, the director is actually Luigi Batzella, which now makes me think of a giant monster bat tearing apart a Japanese town. Kathansky is not the only pseudonym of Batzella’s, but that’s notable because critic Tim Lucas of Sight & Sound stated that this film is so reprehensible that there’s not a single real name associated with anyone in the movie. Exactly how true that is, I don’t know, but with a reputation like that, B-Movie Enema had to come calling.
I love cats. Guys, I don’t mind saying it. I’m not a dog person. In fact, for the vast majority of the last 29 years, I’ve lived with at least one cat, and very often with two. These cats are as good as kids from my perspective. Most of those cats have been partners in crime with me. So, I guess you can say I have something in common with our lead in this week’s movie, The Black Cat.
However, this is only very loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story by the same name. In that, it’s about a man and his wife who love animals. In particular, he seems to have a special bond with a large, black cat. When he develops an addiction to the sauce, the cat decides he doesn’t really like the guy anymore which is only made worse by the drunk man torturing the cat by removing its eye, and even hanging the cat from a tree.
This 1843 story has been the inspiration, suggestion, or basis for many a film version. Universal Studios twice made movies “suggested” by the story, but neither held any kind of similarity outside having a black cat in them. Multiple times, Italians have made adaptations of this like Sergio Martino’s Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (a title that just rolls off the tongue) in 1971, Dario Argento’s version in the anthology film Two Evil Eyes, and then Fulci’s version that we’re going to talk about today.
It’s the first episode of B-Movie Enema: The Series! Join B-Movie Proctologist Geoff Arbuckle as he and his faithful companion, Nurse Disembaudee, as they watch the 1978 Italian sci-fi/horror/sort of thriller Eyes Behind the Stars!
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)”→
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 II. Beyond 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)”→
While it hasn’t been so long ago that I last covered an Italian flick, it has been quite some time since I talked about werewolves. Damn, it has been four years since I covered Werewolf of Washington as an “Election Day Special” in 2016. I most definitely feel as though nothing of huge import hasn’t happened every single day since then, am I right?
(Checks the internet. Goes to Twitter. Checks in on friends over at the Facebook. Goes to the CDC’s website. Cries uncontrollably while huddled in a corner. Recovers by shambling back to the computer desk like Spock at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan after he messed himself up and was blinded after fixing the Enterprise.)
Oh my god.
Well, there’s only one cure for the depressing world that we live in and that’s B-Movie Enema…(?) This week, I’m going to discuss the Italian werewolf movie starring a German wolfman and Roman Polanski’s first wife – Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory! Continue reading “Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory (1961)”→