International & Cult Film Reviews

Raquel Welch Furkini

Tired of the stale, CGI infused, constantly rebooted Hollywood drivel? Tired of overpaid actors and actresses complaining about their multi-million dollar salaries? Tired of films constantly pushing a onesided policital and/or social agenda? Welcome to the world of cult cinema, 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! Join us in cutting the Hollywood cord, and enjoy a world of film that's pre PC and SJW infected. 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 from all around the world.

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!

Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? (2015) How To Be Oblivious To The Advances Of Women July 2, 2022 08:00


Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? finds a good balance of levity and drama and is not heavily focused on dungeon battles and the RPG style aspects that a series like Sword Art Online tends to focus on.  In this it manages to set itself apart and not simply be another RPG anime clone but its own lighthearted adventure series with good character development and interesting story-line.

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Up Pompeii (1971) It Happened One Orgy June 17, 2022 08:00


British humor at it's best (or worse) depending on how juvenile you feel or enjoy a good repetitive orgy joke.  Up Pompeii has a bunch of one sided one liners that can get old fast, faster than the screen time of Julie Ege, who let's admit from the promotional photos is the reason most people want to watch this.

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Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru [My Dress-Up Darling] (2022) Tasteful Underboob: Your Daily Dose Of Dopamine May 11, 2022 08:00


My Dress-Up Darling takes an age old teenage theme, mixes some fan favorite anime ingredients, cosplay and boobs, and voilà it's the breakthrough show of the season!  But seriously it's a fluffy moderately naive teen story that definitely managed to hold my attention, and provide a decent diversion.

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Speed Review: Death Spa (1989) No Pain, No Gain May 4, 2022 08:00


Death Spa offers a fair share of camp, with plenty of 80's American flare and a lot of beautiful women in spandex or very little at all, which may or may not be ruined by the ending which quickly spirals out of control.

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Minaccia d'amore [Dial: Help] (1988) - We've Been Trying To Reach You About Your Car's Extended Warranty April 22, 2022 08:00


Dial: Help is a modern supernatural spin on the classic Italian giallo, from famed euro sleaze director Ruggero Deodato.  While panned by his Cannibal Holocaust fans, its an interesting, albeit campy, film that could be an asterisk in the giallo sub-genre.

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Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) Mamie And The Monkey March 26, 2022 08:00


With Mamie giving a solid performance, and being pleasant on the eyes, followed by a chimp who pops up throughout the film providing the best laughs, Sex Kittens Go To College straddles my list of "so bad, it's good" titles.

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Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell (1988) Hecho En Mexico March 5, 2022 08:00


Just when I thought the Deathstalker series couldn't get any worse, filmed in Mexico with a shoestring production budget, an 8 bit video game soundtrack, and a reheated story from the first two films, Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell is a failure on all levels.

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Speed Review: Dracula Blows His Cool (1979) While The Countess Blows Your... November 19, 2021 12:11


Dracula Blows His Cool has a decent balance of camp, vampire film tropes, a steady flow of female eye candy, and the beautiful Austrian backdrop helping to keep the pace of the film and stimulate most viewers (at least the male ones).

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La riffa [The Raffle] (1991) Widowed Wares For Sale October 8, 2021 08:00


The Raffle is surprisingly entertaining.  Most reviews write it off as odd or unfunny, but I think they failed to understand this film is not meant to be your typical Italian comedy (which I've seen my fair share of and typically am not a fan) this is much more of a "dramedy" or dark comedy, somewhere between Ostinato destino, which Bellucci would star in following this film, and the much more dramatic Vita coi figli.

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Deserto di fuoco [Desert Of Fire] (1971) Chinese Mr. T July 6, 2021 15:36


Desert Of Fire is the type of hallucination one might have from the lingering effects of heat stroke.  A blonde Italian beach bum with a golden guitar, a Chinese Mr. T, and French goddess Edwige Fenech, all hunting for a hidden cash of weapons in the middle of the desert.

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Speed Review: Jezebel's Kiss (1990) Family Ties March 28, 2021 12:12


To the credit of the writer / director, while the film is awful at least he had the sense to take advantage of the fact he had a hot model willing to bare all and actually gave her a bulk of the screen time, something those "geniuses" behind the early Pamela Anderson films failed to grasp. 

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Speed Review: Snapdragon (1993) A Not So Happy Ending February 12, 2021 13:00


Snapdragon is another Pamela Anderson vehicle that fails to understand if you're going to make a bad film with one of the most popular playmates of all-time at least make one where she receives a bulk of the screen-time.

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Speed Review: She (1984) - SHE! SHE! SHE! September 14, 2020 08:00


While She is far from perfect what the film gets right is the casting of Sandahl Bergman running around in a loin cloth with a sword the entire film making it worth the watch at least once on that alone.

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Deathstalker II (1987) Swords & Slapstick August 3, 2020 10:30


Deathstalker II tries too hard to be funny instead of just being a low budget fantasy adventure film that is funny based on it's own mediocrity, which is what I expect from the Deathstalker franchise.

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Raw Justice (1994) Not The Breast... I Mean Best June 13, 2020 08:30


Raw Justice is a "raw deal" when it comes to giving people what they likely are looking for, Pamela Anderson.  If you like pointless chase scenes, the frequent instrumental of Bad To The Bone, and big guns then you'll find it here, but Pamela is not the feature presentation.

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Hell Drivers (1957) - The Dump Truck Film November 8, 2019 09:00


At first Hell Drivers might not sound like much of a film, speeding around on the back roads of Europe hauling gravel, but as the film progresses the story beings to evolve into quite an interesting and exciting drama.

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Ostinato destino (1992) - The Husband Trap November 6, 2019 09:00


Ostinato destino (Wayward Destiny) is reminiscent of an adult version of The Parent Trap, starring Monica Bellucci in a dual role of good and evil twin sisters Marina and Angela who attempt to pull a temporary switcheroo leading to wild hijinks and unanticipated romance.

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Shadow Puppets (2007) Strip Down For Your Shadow October 11, 2019 08:00


Shadow Puppets manages to surprise and be more than simply a low budget horror / thriller that squeaks by solely on the merit of Jolene Blalock and Natasha Alam walking around most of the film in their underwear.

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Career Opportunities (1991) - Giddyup! July 24, 2019 08:00


Career Opportunities is a strange little early 90's comedy that has a lot of charm and proves Jennifer Connelly can look sexy doing just about anything.

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Speed Review: Fatal Conflict (2000) - Are You Talkin' To Me? July 23, 2019 08:00


Fatal Conflict is a stale low budget action film that looks like it was filmed in the 80's, with a guy who can't turn the bad De Niro impressions off, starring an actress whose real assets go unused in a story Van Damme would likely even turn down.

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Deathstalker (1983) Boars, Busts & Barbie Benton April 25, 2019 11:12


While Deathstalker is no masterpiece, the film is not only one of the first, but one of the better Conan knock-offs, and I'd go as far to say more enjoyable than even Conan the Barbarian itself. 

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Labyrinth (1986) - Hey Little Sister, It's A Nice Day For A White Wedding April 5, 2019 08:00


Production wise Labyrinth is top notch for it's time, and probably only the special effects could be bettered with today's technology, the sets and puppets are all very lifelike and believable which really helps bring the fantasy essence of the film to life.

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Speed Review: The Advanced Guard (aka The Colony) (1998) - Rated-R For Really False Advertising March 8, 2019 13:54


The Colony is a perfect example of false advertising.  It's typical Sci-Fi Channel schlock with after-the-fact repackaging, re-branding, and the blatant pointless flauntingly of blonde beauty Jennifer O'Dell (who was never in the original version) to sell some DVD's.

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Sukkubus - den Teufel im Leib [Succubus - The Devil In The Body] (1989) - Milk, It Does A Body Good March 1, 2019 09:00


Sukkubus is a perfect example of how to completely squander an opportunity to make a truly classic euro-cult horror film by taking a unique setting and an incredibly sexy Italian model (whose willing to not wear anything), and spend most of the time following three herdsmen around doing their daily chores.

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