A double feature of Wild Eye Releasing titles were on tap for day number 3
BLOODY APE from 1997 was shot on Super 8 and involves a 400 pound
circus gorilla going on a killing spree by violently ripping off limbs
and faces... oh and dicks. He also likes to molest and full on rape
women. And apparently this ape was so nice he could replace your father.
If this movie teaches you anything it is that you should never piss off
a gorilla handler or else he'll train his giant ape to kill you. The
tag line on the cover says "100% Pure underground trash" and that is
exactly right! From the ridiculous story and violence to the blatant
tongue-in-cheek racism and tits everywhere, this is sleaze of the
highest decree. Director Keith J. Crocker and crew obviously had a
fucking blast making this movie and I had a lot of fun watching it...
next time I think I'll enjoy it with some beers and make it even more
on the other side of the double feature was NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD:
REANIMATED, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. This film
gathers over 100 artists to recreate George Romero's classic horror
film. Each artist used any method of animation they chose to create the
scenes. From claymation and puppeteering to comic strips and stop
motion. There are simple pen and inks and incredibly detailed paintings
all working together to create this piece of work, which I have to say
is pretty damn cool. Romero created a masterpiece back in 1968 and
unfortunately it ended up in the public domain for all sorts of shitty
companies to capitalize on it with their awful DVD presentations and
shitty zombie movie "sequels" and "remakes" to use the NOTLD name, it is
quite the breath of fresh air to see a project pay proper respect to
the Romero classic while using the name.
back to the trash. SS GIRLS (aka Private House Of The SS) was next and
my expectations were surpassed. It isn't difficult for that to happen
within the nazisploitation genre as I find it to be one of the most
disappointing genres in all of cinema history. Nazi themed exploitation
should be a fucking hit 8 or 9 times out of 10 but instead it is usually
a bore filled with lame characters, boring plots and poor filmmaking.
SS GIRLS was one of Bruno Mattei's (Hell Of the Living Dead, Rats: Night
Of Terror) first feature films and he delivers another entertaining
romp in sleazeland. This movie is filled with naked women, a plot to
uncover traitors within the 3rd Reich with those naked women, a lead
character who is out of his fucking mind and lots of sex and death. As
someone mentioned to me before this viewing, these characters are
straight from a comic book, and it is pretty much true. The whole damn
thing is nuts. And I like it.
DEAR KILLER is my first giallo of the challenge but certainly won't be
the last. There is no time wasted as the film opens up with a
decapitation to lead us into the story and the detectives have to put
together the pieces of the case from there. This is a nasty little film.
With themes that include unending greed, pedophilia and of course cold
blooded murder, this earlier giallo shows no mercy. If you can't handle
what director Tonino Valerii is throwing at you he doesn't care. Almost
everyone within this film has a secret they're hiding, or is just of
questionable character in one way or another and the murder sequences
are all great. From decapitation with heavy machinery to a circular saw
there is no shortage of brutality on display. The writing is solid and
the story pulls together well even if the killer is revealed to not be
anyone who you would probably expect it to be. While this isn't a 1st
tier giallo, it is a really good one that is worth checking out.
The Bloody Ape - 7/10
NOTLD: Reanimated - 7/10
SS Girls - 7.5/10
My Dear Killer - 8/10