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    Anthropophagous (Joe D'Amato, 1980):
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...-1980-dvd.html

    Q: What features gut munching and has the same rating in Singapore as Downton Abbey? A: "Anthropophagous" - a former video nasty that was banned in the UK for 18 years.

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    Burying The Ex, The Voices, and Mad Max Fury Road:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...es-voices.html

    1) Joe Dante's new flick in which Anton Yelchin boasts the super power of attracting the most insanely gorgeous women ... and something about a zombified ex-girlfriend.
    2) Ryan Reynolds talks to his pets ... and his pets talk back ... then murderin' happens!
    3) Flippin' 'eck!

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    Bloodsucking Pharaohs In Pittsburg (Dean Tschetter, 1991) DVD Review:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...ittsburgh.html

    A bizarre comedy horror that will appeal to fans of erstwhile adult film star Veronica Hart, and those who recognise the names: Tom Savini, Pat Logan, Debra Gordon, and Taso N. Stavrakis.

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    SS Experiment Camp (Sergio Garrone, 1976):
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...rone-1976.html

    If Don Edmonds' Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS is the poster girl for Naziploitation, then Sergio Garrone's SS Experiment Camp (aka Captive Women II: Orgies of the Damned) is the poster boy...

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    Amsterdamned (Dick Maas, 1988):
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...vd-review.html

    Holland's answer to Dirty Harry, by way of the slasher movie tradition.

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    ^^ how the hell do you find out about all these "niche" films?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    ^^ how the hell do you find out about all these "niche" films?
    I follow what's being released by particular labels that specialise in these "niche films".

    Amsterdamned, for instance, is released here in the UK by Shameless Screen Entertainment - I've got many of their releases in my collection (all of them reviewed, too, FYI ) ... but there's also 88 Films, who are newer on the block and have essentially muscled in on much of SSE's territory (88 Films have a load of releases on their schedule whereas SSE have generally gone a bit quiet in the last couple of years) ... however, the best company for my money is Arrow Video, who are able to release superb HD restorations of classic films (I've just nabbed myself a copy of one of their releases a few minutes ago as a matter of fact), and they load their discs up with extras and great packaging. Sometimes it's movies I've heard of, or seen the trailer of, and sometimes it's kind of like a recommendation from the label itself (having liked previous releases in a certain genre from their catalogue I'll tend to look in to other similar releases they've got lined up). For example - next year Arrow Video release "Five Dolls For An August Moon" which checks several boxes (stars Edwige Fenech, directed by Mario Bava, it's a giallo flick, and it's a brand new HD restoration from Arrow).

    Arrow now also release stuff in America, but the USA has their own specialist labels.

    Otherwise it's often recommendations or things you hear mentioned in connection with a film you've dug, so your interest spreads like an ink blot, often in connection with the name of an attached Director, Writer, or Star, or sometimes just the genre itself.

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    Ted 2, and Starman:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...hty-bears.html

    1) The surprisingly involving tale of a sentient teddy bear's civil rights.
    2) A heartbreaking love story that also involves an alien, explosions, a Coppola-sized fleet of helicopters, and a transformation sequence akin to An American Werewolf In London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    Ted 2, and Starman:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...hty-bears.html

    1) The surprisingly involving tale of a sentient teddy bear's civil rights.
    2) A heartbreaking love story that also involves an alien, explosions, a Coppola-sized fleet of helicopters, and a transformation sequence akin to An American Werewolf In London.
    Starman is just one of those films I've never got around to properly watching.
    Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. [click for more]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Starman is just one of those films I've never got around to properly watching.
    You should definitely check it out properly.

    I'm glad it took me this long to get around to seeing it. If I'd seen it as a teenager I wouldn't have liked it, but now I'm of the right sort of age to really dig it.

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    The ABCs of Death 2 (Various, 2015):
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...vd-review.html

    26 more directors, 26 more ways to die ... including giant killer hamburgers, thirteen-year pregnancies, and sheer dumb luck.

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    Lifeforce, and Focus:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...-vampires.html

    1) Absolute sodding chaos hits London when space vampires are brought back by a space mission. Also tits!
    2) Will Smith and Margot Robbie and their light fingered shenanegans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    Lifeforce, and Focus:
    http://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/...-vampires.html

    1) Absolute sodding chaos hits London when space vampires are brought back by a space mission. Also tits!
    2) Will Smith and Margot Robbie and their light fingered shenanegans.
    I remember Mathilda May walking around naked for most of the film was quite the talking point with Lifeforce when it was released!
    Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. [click for more]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    I remember Mathilda May walking around naked for most of the film was quite the talking point with Lifeforce when it was released!


    Ah, the days before the World Wide Web...

    It's kind of funny how she's just there, laying it all out on front street, slowly walking about in her birthday suit staring at slack-jawed chaps. Although it's really only for the first half of the film - then she's either in possession of someone else or wafting about St Paul's cellar in a bit of white silk sheet giving Railsback the eyes.

    I knew very little about the film going in - I'd heard the title and that was about it. Gave the trailer a spin and figured it looked like fun - and it was - not only that, but blimey, they spent some cash on this thing! That final act is flippin' epic! It may have bombed at the time, but it's good to see a genre/exploitationer like this have a budget to really flaunt itself about and give a payoff that exceeds your expectations.

    It's all over the place in many regards, but it justs goes for it from start-to-finish.

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    It's a terrible, terrible film, but one that I am strangely drawn to. I come back to it every few years for some odd reason, even though I know it's complete tosh.

    There are far better films that I've seen only once!
    I'm runnin' this monkey farm now Frankenstein.....

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