Sunday, 20 August 2017

Golden Gate Pay-Off (1974)


A look at the 1974 mixed-combo skinflick ‘Golden Gate Pay-Off’, a charming tale of gambling, pimping, whoring, raping and shitting (but not necessarily in that order) made in the wild San Francisco of the early 1970s, and given a brief bit of exposure in the lawless pre-cert days of UK video in the early 1980s. A film so dirty that at one point I require a roll of toilet paper in order to talk you through it!!!



 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Spirits of Jupiter (1984)

A look at ‘The Spirits of Jupiter’, the forgotten bastard child of The Crazies, True Grit and The Road Warrior. Get ready to hear the legend of ‘Big Jim Drill’.

 



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Confessions of a Saucy English 70’s Franchise


Regular readers of this blog will recall the sad, untimely demise of writer Chris O’Loughlin in 2014, and his book about the ‘Confessions’ movie franchise that he was in the process of writing.

 

Now with permission of his widow Maureen, I’m pleased to announce that a PDF of Chris’ book has been uploaded to archive.org and can be accessed by following this link, then scrolling down to the PDF option, right clicking and selecting ‘save target as’, which should download the file to your computer.

 

The 184 page book covers all four Confessions films in depth, as well as the entire Confessions universe which includes unmade films, stage farce spin-offs, and of course Confessions books of the official and unofficial variety. The book also includes first-hand accounts of the series by actresses Suzy Mandel and Nicola Blackman, plus interviews with Robin Askwith and the late Greg Smith, and draws on Chris’ vast collection of Confessions memorabilia, ever wanted to see Yugoslavian stills from Confessions of a Driving Instructor?, the Japanese pressbook for Window Cleaner, or the ‘Confessions’ related competition to win a toaster? They’re all here. While Chris clearly designed this with the idea of it coming out as a coffee table book, and as such I’m not sure a PDF version of it truly does it justice, I am enormously pleased that people will finally get to see his loving tribute to this frequently maligned movie series.

 

Thanks to Maureen for allowing me to bring this book to the internet, and to Suzy Mandel, Nicola Blackman and Douglas Ferguson for allowing their contributions to this book to be made publically available. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

1000 Convicts and a Woman (1971)

Its time to lock up your daughters as we take a look at Ray ‘Virgin Witch’ Austin’s 1971 film 1000 Convicts and a Woman aka Fun and Games.








Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bring on the basketball girls and the green faced zombies


There are many things you should attempt to do while recovering from flu, I’m not sure reviewing 1981’s Zombie Lake is one of them, but here I jolly well go anyway.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Coming Soon…


Coming soon- ‘The Naked Truth about Harrison Marks’ the 1967 biography of George Harrison Marks republished in time for its 50th Anniversary. This 2017 edition features all new pictures and a foreword what I wrote.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Big Zapper (1973)

Armed only with nunchucks and a copy of Cinema X, I take a look at Lindsay Shonteff’s 1973 gem ‘Big Zapper’. Be sure to also check out the other links below for further blasts of Zapper!!!


 

 

Extras: Linda Marlowe talks Big Zapper https://twitter.com/TheLindaMarlowe/status/877916390421782528

Schlock Express podcast: Ladies Night

http://onsug.com/archives/17184




Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Prowling around Blackpool


As its too hot to do anything else at the moment, why not join me on a prowl around the backstreets of Blackpool, where we’ll encounter a shuttered up UFO exhibition, smut, racism, George Formby..“and you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored.”


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Nudist Paradise (1959)

“Take my hand I’m a stranger in nudist paradise”. After returning from a (fully clothed) holiday in Cornwall, I thought I’d take a look at the very first british nudist film 1959’s Nudist Paradise, perhaps better known these days for being sent up in Carry on Camping.

 













Monday, 8 May 2017

Quinn O’Hara (1941-2017)



I was saddened to learn over the weekend about the death of the actress Quinn O’Hara at the age of 76. I reached out to Quinn a number of years ago about her role in the 1970 film ‘Sweet and Sexy’ aka Foursome, and she very generously lent several quotes about the film to a write-up I did of Sweet and Sexy which originally ran in Bedabbled magazine (#4).


I say ‘generously’ because this wasn’t a film Quinn held in high regard (to put it mildly) and one that I got the impression held no good memories for her. Amongst her claims were that Quinn had invited several leading film critics of the day –including Ian Christie - to appear in Sweet and Sexy as extras in the hope that this would prevent them from later critiquing the film, and that the released version of the film bore little resemblance to the film she believed she was acting in. While she was complimentary about the film’s director, Quinn was scathing about its distributor who she claimed had never fully paid her for appearing in the film “I doubt the movie was a blockbuster, but I am sure it made Miracle Films some money and they are the ones that should pay the salary…but I have long given up on that…I could certainly use it…but its their karma”. Outside of Sweet and Sexy, I only really knew of Quinn from her role in Larry Buchanan’s ‘In the Year 2889’ (1967). Though I suspect this says more about my viewing habits than the extent of Quinn’s busy career which included nearly five decades worth of movies and TV shows. She seemed especially fond of her role in 1966’s The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.


Quinn didn’t actually catch up with the dreaded Sweet and Sexy till many years after the fact, when Something Weird Video put it out on VHS and Quinn’s husband bought her a copy as a surprise. “A terrible movie with a terrible outcome” was the verdict “I was peeking between my fingers which were on my face while watching this epic…I mean, I am soo very embarrassed by this”. Indeed Quinn was so appalled by what she saw that she even took to the film’s IMDB page to write-up her own thoughts on the matter there. All this in mind, I’m quite surprised she ever got back to me at all, but the fact that she did says much about what a sweet, good egg she was. Quinn used to sign off her emails with “may you always have love and laughter in your life”, and I hope she had plenty of both in hers. RIP

Thursday, 4 May 2017

GBH2: Lethal Impact (1991)


A look at the lesser known sequel to 1983’s GBH, in which Cliff Twemlow reprises the role of Steve ‘The Mancunian’ Donovan (also features nose biting, butt blasting and a cameo from drag act Bunny Lewis)


Friday, 21 April 2017

The Over Amorous Sex Victims


Long considered the rarest of the rare in both British horror and British sexploitation collector circles, Derek Robbin’s The Sex Victims (1973) has recently resurfaced via the BFI player service and is available to watch for free online at http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-sex-victims-1973/

 

Special thanks to Darrell Buxton for making me aware of this one resurfacing (by posting about it elsewhere on the net).


Also currently up on the BFI Player is another never released on VHS or DVD British sexploitation obscurity The Over Amorous Artist (1974), under its aka title ‘Just One More Time’. Produced by the man they love to hunt David Hamilton Grant, this prototypical British sex comedy stars John Hamill as artist and househusband Alan Street, whose attempts at multi-tasking are continually being thwarted by a browned up Pakistani door to door salesman, a badly dubbed women’s libber, various suburban nymphos and ‘Rover the Dog’. Title song performed by Elvis Costello’s dad. Unintentionally funniest moment involves the dog becoming hysterical when Hamill flashes his cock toward the end, this caused me to laugh out loud in public whilst watching this on an apple iPod….which was rather embarrassing.

http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-the-over-amorous-artist-1974/




also available to watch for free on the BFI player (and of possible interest to readers of this blog): the Bob Godfrey sextoons 'Dear Margery Boobs' (1977) and 'Dream Doll' (1979) and the Harrison Marks glamour films 'Xcitement' and 'Vampire'.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Naughty Dreams of Miss Owen (1987)

A look at 1987’s The Naughty Dreams of Miss Owen, a ‘mega booob video presentation’ in which Stacey Owen is haunted by a big boobed ghost.

 

 

 










Thursday, 6 April 2017

A bit more of Soho

A brief walk around Soho in the early 2000s, filmed by my own shaky hands, apologies for the poor quality of this footage.












Thursday, 30 March 2017

A Bit of Soho

A brief look at Soho in the late 1960s, with particular emphasis on the area’s then prominent strip-club scene (footage comes from the 8mm glamour film ‘Sordid Soho’)







Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Eye of Satan (1988)

A look at 1988’s The Eye of Satan, a mixture of British horror and British gangster film starring Cliff ‘GBH’ Twemlow. I do have this irritating habit of pronouncing his ‘Twem-a-low’ (as in the band The Tremeloes) so apologies in advance if I’ve screwed up the pronunciation anytime during this video. I do like to champion his films, even if i have trouble getting his name right!!!

 




Saturday, 11 March 2017

Groupie Girl (1970)

A Youtube look at the 1970 Derek Ford directed film Groupie Girl starring one-movie wonder Esme Johns. Followed by (below) rare stills from the film and archive interviews with Johns and GG writer Suzanne Mercer.


 

 

 

Excerpt from Picnic Frolics featuring GG star Esme Johns (and Sue Bond)




Esme Johns interview





Suzanne Mercer interview (circa 1973)