I found this list a few months ago on another site and thought it may be of use for other people. In no way am I saying I made this list. I just want to put it up so other people can find it. So thanks to whoever made this amazing list.
Edit – The list is to damn long to be put on the blog. So here’s a handy text file you can download, print out, or do whatever you want with!
I guess I can’t start a review of a film by Jess Franco without addressing some recent events. In case you didn’t know Jess Franco died earlier this month. At 82 you could say he lived a long eventful life, which he did, but one can’t wonder if he had some movies left in him.
At Blogotronic Cinema you can expect many reviews of Franco’s work. As he is a favorite of mine in Exploitation Cinema.
So without further comment, here is my review of ‘Sadomania’. The first Jess Franco film I ever watched.
Most work safe cover art I could find
Directed by – Jess Franco
Staring – Ajita Wilson
Sadomania is a odd film, even for a 80s Jess Franco women in prison flick. The plot starts out simple enough, with a newly wed women being forced into a prison. Then the plot zooms (literally! This is a Franco film after all!) into various directions involving bestiality, Prostitution, Lesbians, and more.
This is the kind of movie that falls apart the further you get into it. Later on for example when some of the women are put into prostitution. I don’t know why but to me this part of the movie just fell flat. Although the Jess Franco cameo was… Interesting to say the least. In some ways I wouldn’t put it past the crew that they half made up the film as they went along. Which isn’t surprising in the least.
Would I recommend ‘Sadomania’? Yes and no. If you’re famillar with women in prison films and also more of Franco’s filmography I would tell you to go on ahead. However someone new to films like Franco’s would likely not find it enjoyable.
Pros and Cons
Women are topless nearly the whole movie
A 103 minute running time is a tad too long
Too many subplots for a WIP film
Overall ‘Sadomania’ gets a decent score from me
Hey? Did you like Lucio Fulci’s film Zombi? Did you also like Ruggero Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust? Well it just so happens you might enjoy Marino Girolami’s Zombie Holocaust! While sharing more similarities with Zombi than with Cannibal Holocaust, it still feels more like a half baked cannibal film disguised as a Zombie film.
Like zombi and Cannibal Holocaust, Zombie Holocaust starts in New York City. Where doctors at a university notice parts missing off bodies and appearing to have been eaten. This eventually leads them to go to a south eastern Asian island, where they encounter droves of cannibals and some harmless zombies
Harmless Zombies? Yes that’s what I said the Zombies in the film don’t kill a single person, the cannibals on the island do all the killing. Without reaveling too much about the plot, the Zombies in this film are more like the voodoo kind seen in early 30s and 40s horror films. Which I will give it that for being unique, esspecially for an Italian Zombie film. However the cons in this movie far outweigh the pros.
For one the beginning is poorly paced and it seems to take forever to get to the Island. Where as in Zombi even though it takes a while to get to the island, it still works well with the slow pacing of the film, whereas this movie has the pace become pretty rapid in the middle. Nonetheless, even with a decent enough middle. The climax is awful, as it’s basically 5 minutes of the main character trying to cut a belt.
This movie is bad that’s for sure. It’s an obvious rip off of Zombi and Cannibal Holocaust. It’s not that its a ripoff which makes it bad, but the overall laziness of the production. I will say on the positive side that it has some great gore effects, including a zombie being killed with a boat propeller. So overall it’s okay to watch once, and maybe to put on if you need some background noise.
Blogotronic video? What is that?
Think of this blog as a place for the strange and obscure, where under the radar is over it, where finishing last is celebrated, and where judging movies by their budgets is not accepted.
Blogotronic video is a place for film watchers that have a different taste. One that may be seen in the films of the exploitation, B-movie, and overall horror genre.
I’ll try to update as much as possible. most likely Ill start posting some of my old reviews. So get ready to be weirded out in a good way.