Sunday, September 30, 2012

Domenico Paolella - Le Monache di Sant'Arcangelo AKA The Nun and theDevil (1973)


The unholy nuns at Sant Arcangelo Convent will do anything to succeed their dying Mother Superior. Corruption, lust and Catholic-guilt galore in this sumptuous and erotic Italian nunsploitation classic.

With the appointment of a new Mother Superior at Sant Arcangelo Convent comes a licence to exploit the gold reserves of the New World. Cardinal DArezzo (Gora) and the Church stand to profit, and the promoted nun will take control of the wayward sisters. The competition for the position of Mother Superior is tough but Sister Julia (former Miss Great Britain Anne Heywood) will stop at nothing.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nikos Nikolaidis - The Zero Years (2005)


Review for The Zero Years from
B>Hell is a grungy S&M brothel in a dystopian future, rather than simply other people, in "The Zero Years," an intriguing oddity by vet writer-director Nikos Nikolaidis. Fans of the late Jean-Paul Sartre's classic one-act "No Exit" shouldn't rush to buy the DVD, but inbetween its soft-core titillation pic boasts striking perfs by its four lead actresses that lift the movie into more than just the sum of its excesses. Late-night fest programmers should take a look.

Entirely set in a dilapidated apartment some time in a fascistic future, pic starts with an unnamed woman (Vicky Harris, a dead ringer for Gina Gershon) arriving to join three other sterilized women in what turns out to be a state-run brothel. Opening exchange between her and Christina (Eftyhia Yakoumi), with each mirroring the other's dialogue, concisely sets up the pic's off-center, ironic flavor.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hidehiro Ito - Debauchery (1983)


Ryôko Watanabe stars as Ami, a jaded housewife who pitches herself, body and soul, into the Tokyo decadence of the decade in an attempt to pep up her marriage. She secretly joins the elite “Madame Machiko Society Club” to experiment with discrete sex games and the thrill of making love to anonymous men. The sexual perversion and sick depravity she is subjected to, by her clients, is much more than she bargained for. Bondage, beads and whips are only the beginning! Can she escape this secret life she has chosen, or will it destroy her forever?