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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!

Interrabang (1969) Faux Giallo With A Twist September 26, 2022 15:54

Interrabang does live up to it's cryptic definition. A majority of the time you will question what the point is, and when is something going to happen, with a payoff that actually is exciting and fairly well done.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Il prato macchiato di rosso [The Bloodstained Lawn] (1973) - Give Blood! February 26, 2019 21:03

The Bloodstained Lawn is an interesting diversion to the standard Italian giallo format, yet struggles to formulate a satisfying payoff that it spends most of the film building up to.


Casanova '70 (1965) - Marisa Mell Saves The Day September 15, 2018 12:30

Marisa Mell claimed this to be one of her most enjoyable film roles, taking into consideration her personality and hectic love life it's not surprising. Her performance manages to save this film from being another bland Italian comedy.


Danger: Diabolik (1968) - Possibly The Best Comic Book Movie Ever Made! September 6, 2018 08:00

Danger Diabolik proves that a well crafted film from a comic book series can be done with no CGI, stay loyal to the lore, and do it on a budget that is less than what a modern day film likely spends on craft services.  And in the end be one of the most underrated top comic book films ever made.


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.


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.  


Vita coi figli [Life With Children] (1990) - The Birth of Monica Bellucci: Actress April 2, 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".


One On Top Of The Other (1969) - Marisa Mell Does Double Duty January 28, 2017 09:00

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.