International & Cult Film Reviews

Tired of the stale, CGI infused, constantly rebooted Hollywood drivel? Tired of overpaid actors and actresses complaining about their multi-million dollar salaries? Welcome to the world of international cult films, where the budgets were lower than the craft services cost on a film today, where the actors actually worked hard and got paid very little, and where the stories were actually somewhat original. We were Hollywood blockbuster lemmings too once, then we discovered a whole new world of cinema and we haven't looked back since! So welcome to our International & Cult Film blog, here we will feature our thoughts on a wide variety of films with a focus on those from the 1950's-1980's produced and filmed in Europe.

Check out our Actress Spotlight series, which will be a mini series within this blog that will highlight and maybe introduce you to many of the actresses of European cult films. If you're a Barbara Bouchet fan, we have an entire separate blog series dedicated just to her, you can check that out HERE! This blog is just kicking off so check back often and have your eyes opened to a whole new world!

Actress Spotlight: Femi Benussi - Italy's Femme Fatale August 01, 2018 12:27


What other actress had the vast number of roles and presence in almost every genre of Italian cult film yet quickly became typecast as the veritable prostitute of Italian cult cinema, effectively in the end being tossed aside like one and never gaining nearly the popularity as some of her peers who took on a lot of the similar roles.

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Hot Enough For June (1964) - But You Should Have Been Here Last September June 30, 2018 19:28


What happens when the great 007 meets his untimely demise?  Where does the British Secret Service turn to replace 007?  Well the unemployment office of course!  Dirk Bogarde and the lovely Sylva Koscina star in this campy spy comedy about an out of work writer who unknowingly accepts the job of an undercover spy.

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Siamo uomini o caporali [Are We Men or Corporals?] (1955) - Toto Takes On The Man June 24, 2018 08:00


Italian comedy icon Toto Esposito can survive WWII, the Nazis and a life of poverty in Are We Men or Corporals, but can he survive a broken heart and the constant feeling of "the man" (or Corporals) with their foot on his face shoving him back down?  The film also features the first appearance of cult film icon Sylva Koscina.

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Alley Cat (1984) - This Pussy Has Claws! June 15, 2018 08:00


Death Wish meets Karate Kid, with some "women in prison" exploitation mixed in for kicks in this amazingly entertaining 1980's cult film starring the busty Karin Mani.  She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, or let people watch her clean herself off!  But don't get too close because this pussy cat has claws and she isn't afraid to use them!

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Briganti – Amore e libertà [Bandits - Love & Freedom] (1993) - Bath Time With Monica May 25, 2018 08:00


The age old story of disputed love between the wealthy and the poor.  How do you improve upon a plot that's been recycled since almost the beginning of time?  Well, Monica Bellucci in a corset or giving herself a sponge bath is a start.  

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Actress Spotlight: Christa Linder - The Buxom Bavarian Babe May 23, 2018 12:14


From Miss Universe finalist to German, Italian and Mexican film supporting actress, Christa Linder may have never found the fame that many other European cult film actresses did but she certainly played the field and managed to carve a small and successful career for herself in acting and modeling.

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Vita coi figli [Life With Children] (1990) - The Birth of Monica Bellucci: Actress April 02, 2018 00:03


Monica Bellucci is breathtaking, and it's interesting to see that her first on screen role essentially was the basis for the proactive roles she'd be known for taking on most of her career.  From day one she decided to follow the motto "if you've got it, flaunt it".

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Actress Spotlight: Helga Liné - Spain's Handmaiden of Horror April 26, 2017 08:00


With over a hundred film credits spanning every genre of international cult film across most of Europe, Helga Liné was one of the hardest working actresses of the time, but never seemed to garner the amount of fame so many other cult film actresses of the time did.

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Haunted (1995) - The Best Of Beckinsale Pt. 1 March 27, 2017 08:00


Before she was famous Kate Beckinsale co-starred in this quaint British horror / suspense film that manages to succeed on almost all levels with good acting, atmosphere and a very simple execution.

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Phantom Ship (1935) - The Original Dracula Captains The First Hammer Film February 03, 2017 08:00


After over 75 years its amazing Phantom Ship is the only major motion picture production that has ever attempted to give a possible explanation for historic mystery of the disappearance of the crew of the Mary Celeste.  For that alone it's probably well due the label of "classic" Hammer.

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One on Top of the Other (1969) - Marisa Mell Does Double Duty January 28, 2017 08:00


The dual character of Susan and Monica was a perfect role for Marisa Mell, she oozes a raw sexuality in general and playing a sort of sexually uninhibited, and mysterious character seems quite natural for her. 

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The Vampires Night Orgy (1973) - Vampire Flesh Is A Dish Best Served Warm! October 22, 2016 08:00


With an upbeat jazz / funk soundtrack, a Shakespeare loving Countess who orders the inhabitants of the village to sacrifice their appendages to feed the unsuspecting visitors, and a ghost child who kills his only friend in a vain attempt to save her, there's never a dull moment. 

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Actress Spotlight: Martine Beswick - Battling Beswick September 28, 2016 08:00


Martine Beswick, the feisty Jamaican goddess who solidified her career by playing characters who were forces to be reckoned with.  From a barefoot Gypsy brawl, the cave girl rumble with Rachel Welch, firey Queen of the Jungle and murderess seductress, Martine's passion for going all in earned her the respect of her cast-mates and the moniker of Battling Beswick.

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Beyond Desire (1995) Elvisexploitation September 17, 2016 09:38


An ex-con with an Elvis complex, a hot Vegas prostitute with a nice set of wheels and a million dollars at stake.  This could be the best film you've ever seen, or a real mess of a "thriller".

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Prehistoric Women (Slave Girls) (1967) - A Time When Blondes Didn't Have More Fun September 05, 2016 08:00


Contrary to popular belief, Prehistoric Women is far from Hammer's worst film and in many respects is one of it's better prehistoric adventure films being overshadowed by sister One Million Years B.C. due to a quick and follow-up release.

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Actress Spotlight: Magda Konopka - The Perfidious Polish Princess July 28, 2016 08:00


Magda Konopka, the Polish vixen whose beauty quickly skyrocketed her to fame as a sought after international model and a frequent fixture in the Italian cult cinema scene from the late 1960's thru 70's.  But her reckless lifestyle and frequent evasion to work seemed to cut her career in the limelight prematurely short.

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One Million Years B.C. (1966) - When Furkinis Ruled The Earth May 28, 2016 08:00


One Million Years B.C. not only sparked a flurry of prehistoric knockoffs in the late 1960's and 70's it also established the career and sex symbol status of one Raquel Welch.

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Actress Spotlight: Caroline Munro - Bosomy B-Movie Babe May 11, 2016 08:00


She was given the title "The Face of 1966" by a British modelling competition.  She was the model for one of the most famous poster campaigns of the 1970's (Lamb's Navy Rum), and was a part of two cult classic Hammer Horror films, not to mention appearances in half a dozen other cult classics. While she had very few starring roles Caroline Munro has carved out for herself a place in cult film history.

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