Severin Films

Devoted to rescuing and releasing some of the most provocative films from around the world.

Devil Hunter

King Of EuroSleaze Jess Franco (Bloody Moon, MacumbaSexual) takes on the ‘80s Cannibal genre and delivers a jungle sickie like no other! When a safari of sexy babes and violent boneheads ventures into native-crazed wilderness, Uncle Jess unleashes a deluge of relentless nudity, dubious anthropology and his own brand of cut-rate carnage. Ursula Fellner (Sadomania), A...Read More

Dead Kids

The Ozploitation classic– and one of the most unique shockers of the ‘80s –returns like never before: Michael Murphy (MANHATTAN), Dan Shor (BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE) and Fiona Lewis (THE FURY) star in this grisly saga of bizarre experiments, butchered teens, New Zealand doubling for suburban Illinois, and a killer in a Tor Johnson mask. Dey Young (ROCK ‘N’ R...Read More

Death Warmed Up

Three years before Peter Jackson’s BAD TASTE, a young New Zealand filmmaker sprayed international movie screens with brains, blood and bizarre body fluids for the first splatter movie in Kiwi history: Director David Blyth (WOUND, GHOST BRIDE) launched his genre career with this relentlessly graphic – and still-intense – story of mad doctors, nude teens, psychotic mu...Read More

Count Dracula

In 1970, cult director Jess Franco and screen legend Christopher Lee collaborated on what they promised would be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel ever filmed. From its remarkable performances – including Lee as the Count, Herbert Lom (MARK OF THE DEVIL) as Van Helsing, Soledad Miranda (VAMPYROS LESBOS) as Lucy, Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS) as Mina, ...Read More

Zombie 3

Shortly before completing the sequel to his classic ZOMBIE, the legendary Lucio Fulci became ill and left the Philippines-based production. But when director Bruno Mattei (SHOCKING DARK) and writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (TROLL 2) stepped in to finish, the result became the most “insanely enjoyable” (The Lucid Nightmare) zombie romp in EuroCult history: ...Read More

Drive-In Massacre

It was one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th, and remains the closest you’ll ever come to an actual seedy ‘70s drive-in experience: It’s a hot summer night in Southern California and the local passion pit is packed with patrons. But when a sword-wielding psycho begins carving up customers, it’ll unspool a grubby cavalcade of cr...Read More

Zombie 4

In between the celebrated insanities of ZOMBIE 3 and TROLL 2, director Claudio Fragasso (here under the name ‘Clyde Anderson’) and writer/collaborator Rossella Drudi put the penultimate batsh*t nail in the coffin of the legendary ZOMBIE series: When a white scientist’s cure for cancer enrages an island voodoo priest, it will unleash the ultimate plague of ninja zomb...Read More

Eaten Alive

Eight years after he first unleashed the Italian cannibal craze, spaghetti splatter master Umberto Lenzi (NIGHTMARE CITY, CANNIBAL FEROX) returned to the jungle for this “graphic” (Monster Hunter), “sordid” (Geek Legacy) and “extreme” (Horror News) gut-muncher that still packs the power to rip your d*ck off. EuroSleaze hall-of-famers Robert Kerman (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUS...Read More

Dark Waters

It has been acclaimed as “visually amazing” (Videoscope), “deeply disturbing” (BBC Radio One), “a must-see for serious horror buffs” (Film Review), and compared to the works of Bergman, Bava and Argento. Now experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you’ve never seen or heard it before: When a young Englishwoman attemp...Read More

Cannibal Terror

Even by the sleaziest standards of ‘80s EuroTrash, it remains a film that must be seen to be believed: When a pair of criminal knuckleheads and their busty moll kidnap the young daughter of a wealthy tycoon, they foolishly choose to hide in a local jungle infested with ferocious cannibals. What follows is a mind-roasting exercise in atrocious acting, gratuitous nudi...Read More

The Other Hell

At the peak of his ‘80s excess, Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei – using the alias ‘Stefan Oblowsky’ – stunned audiences with this Nunsploitation shocker about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent. And while his cinematic legacy may remain controversial, Mattei here delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmat...Read More

Shocking Dark

For director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi, their final - and most notorious - collaboration went beyond brazen plagiarism to become a fearless act of deranged genius: In this bravura rip-off of both ALIENS and TERMINATOR, a team of badass marines, a tough female civilian and an orphaned girl battle monsters beneath the Venice canals ...Read More

Mondo Bizarro

In MONDO BIZARRO, filmmakers Lee Frost and Bob Cresse (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN, THE SCAVENGERS) take their “hidden cameras” and go “beyond the beyond” to expose Bahamian voodoo rites, Japanese massage parlors, Nazi theater, and an Arab sex slave auction that looks suspiciously like LA.’s Bronson Canyon. Mondo fans will recognize the familiar format of titillation mas...Read More

Sinfonia Erotica

At the close of the ‘70s, eminent auteur Jess Franco (SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY) revisited the works of Marquis de Sade to create what EuroSleaze historians have called one of the most sexually daring and boldly creative films of his entire career: When an unstable noblewoman (a fearless performance by Lina Romay) returns to her lavish estate, she will find herself – al...Read More

Threads

In September 1984, it was aired on the BBC and shocked tens of millions of UK viewers. Four months later, it was broadcast in America on TBS and became the most watched basic cable program in history. After more than three decades, it remains one of the most acclaimed and shattering made-for-television movies of all time. Reece Dinsdale (Coronation Street), David Br...Read More

Ecco

In 1963, nudie/roughie filmmakers Bob Cresse and Lee Frost (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN, LOVE CAMP 7) saw the U.S. grosses of MONDO CANE and quickly imported and adapted one of the most provocative – and successful – shockumentaries of the decade. Narrated by Academy Award® winner George Sanders (ALL ABOUT EVE) and featuring a legendary soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Oscar®...Read More

Invasion of the Blood Farmers

In 1972, a team of New York City exploitation outlaws that included Ed Adlum, Ed Kelleher and Michael & Roberta Findlay – along with first-time assistant cameraman and future award-winning cinematographer Frederick Elmes (ERASERHEAD, BLUE VELVET) – descended on bucolic Westchester County with 8½ bottles of stage blood to make a movie about a Druid cult seeking to ...Read More

The Devil's Honey

In perhaps his most rarely seen film, Godfather Of Gore Lucio Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre and unleashes the ultimate onslaught of glossy depravity: Brett Halsey (DEMONIA, THE RETURN OF THE FLY), Corinne Cléry (THE STORY OF O, MOONRAKER) and Blanca Marsillach star in this insane S&M saga complete with sodomy, torture, torrid romance, rampant nudity and a...Read More

The Survivor

When a 747 crash lands in a Sydney suburb – a still-spectacular sequence that helped make this the most expensive Australian film of its time – the inferno kills everyone on board except the pilot (Robert Powell of JESUS OF NAZARETH and TOMMY) who emerges from the wreckage miraculously unscathed. But as a local psychic begins to communicate with the spirits of the ...Read More

Patrick

The original Ozploitation classic is back like you’ve never seen it before: Robert Thompson stars as a comatose killer seemingly unresponsive in a small private hospital. But when a hot new nurse (Susan Penhaligon of THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT) begins to question his condition, Patrick will unleash a waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage. Sir Robert Helpmann co-...Read More

Thirst

The ‘Ozploitation’ classic –and one of the most unique vampire movies of our time –is back like you’ve never seen it before: David Hemmings and Henry Silva star as executives of an international blood-drinking cartel known as ‘The Brotherhood’. But when they abduct a descendant (Chantal Contouri of THE DAY AFTER HALLOWEEN) of Elizabeth Bathory to reboot her depraved...Read More

The Sadist of Notre Dame

In 1979, legendary writer/director Jess Franco (VAMPYROS LESBOS) re-purposed elements of his satanic sex shocker EXORCISM with all-new footage to create a depraved new epic that – even by Uncle Jess standards – achieves new levels of EuroSleaze insanity: Franco himself stars a defrocked priest turned hooker-slashing psychopath, prowling the streets of Paris in a fev...Read More

Next of Kin

It’s been hailed as “skin-crawlingly real” (Horror News), “a jaw-dropping achievement” (Moon In The Gutter) and “a giallo that rivals Argento’s DEEP RED” (Scary Minds), yet has remained largely unseen in America. Now experience “one of the greatest horror movies of the 20th Century” (Goomba Stomp) for the first time ever…and like never before: When a young woman inh...Read More

Black Venus

Former Miss Bahamas Josephine Jacqueline Jones sparked an international firestorm with her debut starring role as Venus, the stunning ebony seductress whom no man –or woman –can possibly resist. But when Venus becomes the muse and lover of an impoverished young sculptor, she succumbs to a staggering odyssey of savage rape, Sapphic lust and extreme carnal degradation...Read More

Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals

In 1977, infamous filth auteur Joe D’Amato combined the insane extremes of eroticism and cannibalism for the most groin-grinding, gut-munching, gore-spewing EuroSleaze saga of them all: When journalist Emanuelle (the ever-luscious Laura Gemser of BLACK EMANUELLE fame) discovers evidence of an extinct cannibal tribe in a Manhattan mental hospital, her investigation w...Read More

Mondo Freudo

In 1966, the notorious producer/director/distributor team of Lee Frost and Bob Cresse combined the extremes of the Mondo genre with their own depraved aesthetic to create a shockumentary that put their company Olympic International on the map, changing the face of exploitation cinema forever. Cresse himself narrates MONDO FREUDO, “a world of sex and the strange & un...Read More

Turkey Shoot

In a totalitarian near future, defiant citizens are labeled ‘deviants’ and sentenced to brutal ‘behavior modification’ camps. But when new prisoners Anders (Steve Railsback of THE STUNT MAN and HELTER SKELTER) and Walters (Olivia Hussey of ROMEO & JULIET and BLACK CHRISTMAS) are chosen as human prey for rich people to hunt, they will be thrust into a nightmare of de...Read More

Saint Bernard

His award-winning FX career spans both grindhouse (Brain Damage, Frankenhooker,) and art-house (Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle). Now writer/producer/director Gabe Bartalos brings his own years-in-the-making vision to the screen, as an unhinged orchestra conductor named Bernard graphically descends into a surreal odyssey of chaos, psychosis and "f*cked-up sh*t that...Read More

Nightmare Castle

The legendary Barbara Steele (Black Sunday) delivered two of her most memorable performances in this tale of obsession, madness and depravity. Steele stars as a cheating wife who is chained, whipped and tortured to death by her sadistic scientist husband, and as her unstable blonde stepsister whose fate may be even more ghastly. Paul Muller (Vampyros Lesbos), Helga ...Read More

Beyond The 7th Door

More than 30 years later, it remains one of the most ambitious, sought-after and totally bizarre low-budget Canadian features of all: Yugoslavian-born actor Lazar Rockwood in a debut performance Canuxploitation.com calls "creepy, astonishingly uncharismatic, and displaying a complete disregard for the craft of acting" is Boris, an ex-con and career thief who convinc...Read More

Bloody Moon

As the ‘body-count’ genre stabbed its way into audiences’ hearts in the early ‘80s, EuroTrash auteur Jess Franco (Sadomania, Mansion Of The Living Dead) was asked to create his own saga of slaughtered schoolgirls complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic violence, and gory set pieces. But just when you thought you’d seen it all, Franco shocked the world by delivering...Read More

Burning Moon

In 1997, writer/director/special effects master Olaf Ittenbach changed the face of video horror, force-fed its ripped-out eyeballs to screaming audiences, then used a drill, machete and shotgun on its still-twitching torso: Ittenbach himself stars as a degenerate junkie who babysits his young sister with two bedtime stories of the damned. First, an escaped serial ki...Read More

The Trail of Dracula

Diabolical. Seductive. Immortal. Vampires have been an icon of evil in folklore and popular culture for more than three centuries, yet only one name still personifies the ultimate aristocrat of bloodlust. Now join the world’s foremost experts on Dracula – including academics, authors and horror historians – as they explore the untold story of the Transylvanian Count...Read More

Anthropophagous

It was seized by UK authorities as a ‘Video Nasty’ and accused of being an actual snuff film. Yet even by ‘80s Italian gore-spewing standards, this grueling shocker from sex & sleaze maestro Joe D’Amato (BEYOND THE DARKNESS) still stands as perhaps the most controversial – and extreme – spaghetti splatter epic of them all. Tisa Farrow (ZOMBIE), Zora Kerova (CANNIBAL...Read More

Absurd

Joe D’Amato's infamous follow-up to ANTHROPOPHAGOUS like never before! D'Amato unleashes gut-spewing Greek boogeyman (screenwriter George Eastman) into suburban America for a "gruesome as hell" (CinemasFringes.com) and "incredibly sadistic" (ASlashAbove.com) saga of doomed nurses, butchered babysitters, bio-chemical clergy and some of the most insane splatter scenes...Read More

Masked Mutilator

In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wre...Read More

RoboWar

A year before their jaw-dropper SHOCKING DARK, director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi first collaborated on this brain-melting mash-up of PREDATOR, ROBOCOP and Philippines war movie mayhem. When a team of badass commandos is hired for a jungle rescue mission, they’ll instead find them hunted by a kill-crazed creature that is part man,...Read More

The Peanut Butter Solution

If you were a child in the '80s, you were likely traumatized for life by repeated viewings of this on cable or VHS. If you've never seen it, nothing can prepare you for the damage that awaits your psyche: For our premiere release, Severin Kids presents the "notoriously strange and creepy" (BeatRoute.ca) Canadian kiddie feature about burning winos, sudden baldness, p...Read More

Killer Crocodile

More than a decade after the Spielberg blockbuster, a dream team of shock maestros - including producer-turned-director Fabrizio De Angelis, screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti , gore guru Giannetto De Rossi and Oscar®-nominated composer Riz Ortolani - created one of the most ridiculously entertaining JAWS rip-offs in ItaloSleaze history: When a humongous crocodile begi...Read More

Killer Crocodile 2

The Caribbean swamps, which is to be made into a holiday resort, is terrorized again by a second monstrous crocodile which is killing off anyone unfortunate to be on the water.

Massacre In Dinosaur Valley

Uncut & remastered in 4k for the first time ever in America! It's been called "a rip-roaring riot of Italian exploitation" (DVD Beaver), "a weird cross between ROMANCING THE STONE and CANNIBAL FEROX" (The Video Graveyard) and "pretty damn entertaining, possibly even brilliant" (Blu-Ray.com). Now experience the wildest '80s cannibal movie you've never seen scanned un...Read More

Things (1989)

In 1989, it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today, it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of 'Canuxploitaion' ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, onl...Read More

Demonia

In what fans consider his last great film, Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci returns to the startling imagery and bloody excesses of his '70s/'80s classics for an unholy saga of demonic nuns and supernatural carnage: When a Canadian archeological team begins excavating the ruins of a medieval Sicilian monastery, they will unleash the vengeance of a crucified coven of sa...Read More

Nosferatu in Venice

What was intended to be an unofficial sequel to Werner Herzog's NOSFERATU instead became one of the most notoriously fascinating productions in EuroCult history: Klaus Kinski - "now fully in the grip of the 'batsh*t crazy' phase of his career" (Rock! Shock! Pop!) - gives his penultimate performance as the legendary vampire resurrected in modern-day Venice with an in...Read More

Deep Blood

This long-unseen chum bucket from producer/director/EuroSleaze master Joe D'Amato was shot on location in Florida surf and Rome swimming pools. D'Amato combines '80s teen movie cliches and mysticism with stupefying dialogue, over-the-top performances and shark footage in this timely new arrival from our friends at Severin! A cast of local unknowns – along with, i...Read More

Paganini Horror

When an all-girl rock band records an unpublished song by Niccolò Paganini – the 19th Century composer said to have sold his soul to the Devil – they will unleash a skintight spandex nightmare of extreme violins, cheesy power ballads, SUSPIRIA-influenced lighting and outlandish Satanic havoc that QuietCool calls “serious fun…it drips with as much love as it does wit...Read More

Santa Sangre

It has been hailed as "extraordinary" (The Guardian), "visionary and haunting" (Rolling Stone) and "a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original" (AV Club). Now forget everything you have ever seen as the modern masterpiece from director Alejandro Jodorowsky returns like never before. It is unlike any f...Read More

Strike Commando 2

Director Bruno Mattei and screenwriters Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi return to the Philippine jungles with a higher budget, bigger action and Richard Harris (yes, that Richard Harris) for a crowd-pleaser that shamelessly borrows from APOCALYPSE NOW, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, RAMBO and beyond. This time, Sgt Mike Ransom (Brent Huff of GWENDOLINE fame) battles the...Read More

Strike Commando

Two years before the deranged genius of Robowar and Shocking Dark, writer/director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi borrowed from RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, MISSING IN ACTION and more to create their own mind-blowing 'Namsploitation' film: Reb Brown (UNCOMMON VALOR) stars as Sgt. Mike Ransom, a one-man war machine on a screaming-for-ven...Read More

Cathy's Curse

This first-ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre re-discovery of the year: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it w...Read More

Skinned Deep

His mind-blowing work as an FX artist has included everything from Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER to Matthew Barney’s CREMASTER CYCLE. And for his 2004 debut as writer/producer/director, Gabe Bartalos created this “demented gift from the B-Movie Gods” (Bloody Good Horror) about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, the killing spree “that takes us pl...Read More

An Angel For Satan

THE FIRST-EVER AUTHORIZED AMERICAN RELEASE In the final film of her Italian Gothic period, the legendary Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY) stars in one of the most startling erotic shockers of her entire career: When a cursed statue is recovered from a villa's lake, a young heiress (Steele) will inflict a torrent of depraved seduction and homicidal madness on the local ...Read More

Endgame

For his own entry in the '80s Italian Post-Nuke cycle, Joe D'Amato combines a prescient script, ferocious action and an unprecedented cast of ItaloCult icons to create "one of the better Spaghetti Sci-Fi films of the decade" (Rivets On The Poster): In a radiation-ravaged future, an underground society of mutant rebels will attempt to overthrow the tyrannical governm...Read More

Retribution

For his 1987 feature film debut, co-writer/director Guy Magar delivered what Bleeding Skull hails as "relentless, squishy joy that makes us angry we've lived this long without having seen it": On the seedy side of Hollywood, an emotionally fragile painter miraculously survives a horrific suicide attempt. But when a series of grisly murders rocks the city, he discove...Read More

Black Boots, Leather Whip

During one of the most insanely productive periods of his career, writer/director Jess Franco resurrected the character of seedy private eye Al Pereira -- portrayed here by key collaborator Antonio Mayans -- for this 1983 Golden Films Internacional hard-boiled erotic thriller: When down-on-his-luck Pereira is hired by a sultry client (blonde wigged Lina Romay under ...Read More

Leptirica

Based loosely on Milovan Glišić's classic 1880 Serbian vampire story After Ninety Years - which preceded Bram Stoker's Dracula by nearly two decades - Djordje Kadijevic's adaptation is a subversive, darkly erotic take on Glišić's pastoral tale of a group of rural villagers beset upon by the infamous vampire Sava Savanovic, who has taken up residence in their local f...Read More

Death Whistles The Blues

Jess Franco's long-unseen film noir is a hard-boiled tale of betrayal, violence and revenge featuring smoky jazz compositions by Franco himself. Following his international breakthrough with The Awful Dr. Orloff, director Jess Franco delivered a startling crime thriller that pistol-whipped European notions of film noir while lighting the fuse on Uncle Jess' own insa...Read More

Evil Dead Trap

A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a tape which appears to be a real snuff film. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns h...Read More

Rififi In The City

Rififi In The City is a nihilistic trip through a pulp underworld of thugs, snitches, nightclub dames and black-gloved giallo-style murders. Following his international breakthrough with The Awful Dr. Orloff, director Jess Franco delivered a startling crime thriller that pistol-whipped European notions of film noir while lighting the fuse on Uncle Jess' own insane aesthetic.

Delirium

For his feature film debut, director Peter Maris (Diplomatic Immunity) took portions of an unfinished urban conspiracy thriller and added a new psycho-killer procedural to create what may be the most unusual/vicious proto-slasher shocker of the '70s: When a series of savage murders rocks St. Louis, the police investigation will lead to a deranged Vietnam vet, an und...Read More

Bloody Pit Of Horror

When the crew of a saucy photoshoot breaks into an abandoned castle, they will unleash the madness of the male-body-obsessed owner (muscleman Mickey Hargitay in the WTF? performance of his career) who is possessed by the vengeful spirit of a 16th century torturer. Walter Brandi (The Playgirls And The Vampire) and Femi Benussi co-star in this hair-raising orgy of sad...Read More

Night Of The Demon

Amid the gush of early ‘80s low-budget backwoods horror, only one lost classic brought together softcore sex, hardcore violence, Satanic sex cults and a limb-tearing, gut-slinging, beast. When a group of Anthropology students heads deep into the forest to investigate a series of Sasquatch attacks, they’ll discover an immortal brain-blast of crazy hermits, mutilated ...Read More

The Return Of Captain Invincible

Alan Arkin and horror/fantasy icon Christopher Lee star in the long-unseen 1982 action-comedy from the director of The Beast Within and Howling II, with songs by Richard O'Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), and co-written by the screenwriter of Die Hard and 48 Hours. When archcriminal Mr. Midnight (Lee) plots to take over the world, the world’s only hope is Worl...Read More

Day Of Judgement

From Earl Owensby Studios - the South's biggest producer/distributor of '70s/'80s regional horror and exploitation hits - comes what may be the most obscure and bizarre slasher movie of the entire godless genre: In a 1930s small town rife with lust, corruption and sin, a mysterious figure wielding a scythe arrives to cut an unholy swath of murder, madness and morali...Read More

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-up Zombies!!?

In his 1964 'monster musical,' a carnival gypsy turns sleaze auteur Ray Dennis Steckler into a homicidal maniac. Jaw-dropping singing/dancing ensues. In what The New York Times hailed as "his magnum opus," infamous indie auteur Ray Dennis Steckler (WILD GUITAR, THE THRILL-KILLERS) created what was billed as 'The First Monster Musical.' More than half a century la...Read More

Stone

Five years before MAD MAX, producer/director/co-writer/star Sandy Harbutt - in his first and only feature film - ignited Australia's exploitation explosion, launched a global censorship battle and delivered what may still be the best biker movie in history. When an undercover cop (Ken Shorter of SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY) infiltrates an outlaw motorcycle gang (led by Harb...Read More

Aenigma

For his final horror hit of the '80s, writer/director Lucio Fulci combined elements of CARRIE, PHENOMENA and SUSPIRIA with the grisly surrealism of his own past classics for one last shocker packed with "brooding, ominous imagery and signature Fulci style" (The Horror Syndicate): When a bullied student at a New England girls school becomes comatose after a prank gon...Read More

Blood Hunt (La Noche De La Ira)

In 1985, director Javier Elorrieta fused the brutal realism of the Quinqui genre ("delinquent movies") with American-style rural revenge to create one of Spain’s most significant shockers of the decade: When a troubled city doctor (singer/songwriter Patxi Andión) relocates to a remote village, he’ll discover that a horrific tragedy in the town’s past is commemorated...Read More

The Cynic, The Rat and The Fist

For their penultimate collaboration, Umberto Lenzi and producer Luciano Martino (Eaten Alive!) brought together Tomas Milian as a cold-blooded crime boss known as ‘The Chinaman,’ John Saxon as a sadistic American mobster looking for his own piece of the action and Maurizio Merli as hot-headed rogue cop Leo Tanzi gunning for them both. Renzo Palmer and Gabriella Lepo...Read More

Brothers Till We Die

For their final collaboration, Umberto Lenzi directs his own razor-sharp screenplay while Tomas Milian delivers a brilliant dual performance reprising the roles of scheming lowlife Sergio 'Er Monnezza' Marazzi from FREE HAND FOR A TOUGH COP as well as his twin brother, hunchbacked sociopath Vincenzo 'Il Gobbo' Marazzi from THE TOUGH ONES. With Milian providing his o...Read More

Syndicate Sadists

In their second collaboration - released in Italy as Il Giustiziere Sfida La Città (The Vigilante Challenges the City) - Tomas Milian stars as a biker named Rambo (the actor borrowed the name from David Morrell's 1972 novel First Blood) who avenges a friend's murder by orchestrating a war between rival crime families. Director Umberto Lenzi and screenwriter Vincenzo...Read More

Almost Human

Released in Italy under the title Milano Odia: La Polizia Non-Può Sparare (Milan Hates: The Police Can’t Shoot, this first collaboration between director Umberto Lenzi and star Tomas Milian remains both "a degenerate treat" (Mondo Digital) and "definitive Eurocrime" (DVD Talk): When a small-time criminal (a fearless performance by Milian) kidnaps a wealthy industria...Read More

Cop Game

In the final days of the Vietnam War, a squad of rogue U.S. soldiers begins slaughtering American officers. But when a tough Army investigator (Brent Huff of Strike Commando 2) and his partner (Max Laurel of Robowar) are assigned to the case, they’ll tear apart Manila-as-Saigon in a frenzy of machine guns, car chases, stock footage, an ear-worm theme song and some o...Read More

Dark Places

Christopher Lee toplines a cast that includes Joan Collins, Herbert Lom and Jane Birkin in the 1974 UK production – directed by Don Sharp of Psychomania fame – that’s equal parts ‘old dark house’ supernatural shocker and Amicus-style all-star fun: When the former administrator of an asylum (Robert Hardy, aka ‘Cornelius Fudge’ of the Harry Potter films) inherits the ...Read More

Night Killer

Somewhere between ZOMBIE 4 and TROLL 2, writer/director Claudio Fragasso - here under the name 'Clyde Anderson' - set out to direct a suspense thriller about a suicidal beauty, an unstable sleazebag and a masked killer with a razor-fingered glove. But when the producers received Fragasso's cut, they hired his former partner Bruno Mattei (Robowar) to shoot additional...Read More

Warriors Of The Year 2072

Lucio Fulci entered the ‘80s Italian Sci-Fi arena armed with full-throttle visuals, hard chrome nihilism and mad blasts of il maestro’s signature grisly mayhem: In a future dominated by ultra-violent TV entertainment, the top-rated global sport Kill-Bike drafts two condemned gladiators – Jared Martin and Fred Williamson – for a ‘Battle Of The Damned’ in the Roman Co...Read More

The Secret Of The Red Orchid

Christopher Lee stars – speaking fluent German – in this off-the-wall 1962 krimi filmed in Hamburg and based on the Edgar Wallace novel When The Gangs Came To London. As rival Chicago mobsters – led by Klaus Kinski as ‘Pretty Boy Steve’ – unleash a spree of extortion, machine gun mayhem and murder across England, Scotland Yard summons a cunning FBI agent (Lee) to en...Read More

Identikit

In what remains the most obscure, bizarre and wildly misunderstood film of her entire career – and perhaps even ‘70s Italian cinema – Elizabeth Taylor stars as a disturbed woman who arrives in Rome to find a city fragmented by autocratic law, leftist violence and her own increasingly unhinged mission to find the most dangerous liaison of all. Academy Award nominee I...Read More

The Monster Of The Opera

Conceived as a sequel to their landmark THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA, director Renato Polselli (THE REINCARNATION OF ISABEL, DELIRIUM) and screenwriter Ernesto Gastaldi resurrected their gothic-fiend-stalks-a-theatrical-troupe framework for an over-the-top aria of reincarnated lovers, sheer nightgowns, sapphic hunger, interdimensional damnation and frenzied 'opera.'

The Seventh Grave

The sole feature by enigmatic director Garibaldi Serra Caracciolo - here using the anglicized pseudonym 'Finney Cliff' - combines familiar murder mystery elements of THE CAT AND THE CANARY with odd dollops of mad doctors, escaped lepers, giallo-style killings and one of the most strikingly original séance sequences in the entire genre.

Scream Of The Demon Lover

Though he made only two horror films, veteran writer/director José Luis Merino here embraces the genre's classic elements and ravishes them to vivid extremes: When a beautiful biochemist (Erna Schurer) arrives at a foreboding castle to work for a sinister baron, she'll unlock a nightmare of dark romance, sexual violence, grisly family secrets and some of the most pe...Read More

Lady Frankenstein

Co-produced by Roger Corman, "one of the most underrated horror movies of all time" (Classic Horror) features lurid direction by Mel Welles (Little Shop of Horrors) from a story by by Dick Randall (Pieces), and a cast that includes Hollywood legend Joseph Cotten alongside EuroCult icons Rosalba Neri, Paul Muller, and Mickey Hargitay.

The Psychic

Shortly before he surrendered to the gory excesses of horror, Lucio Fulci - the notorious director of ZOMBIE and PERVERSION STORY - crafted one last brilliant thriller with a killer twist. Jennifer O'Neill of SCANNERS stars as a clairvoyant tormented by visions of a violent murder. But will her own investigation into the crime lead to the most shocking discovery of ...Read More