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Secret Of The Red Orchid

The Secret of the Red Orchid

The fab cast is the main reason most will watch this thin, B+W stiletto of a film from Germany, which is once again based on a story by prolific English crime author Edgar Wallace (Gangster In London). Set in London (surprisingly....), a crazed Chicago mob boss is suspected of executing rich businessmen around the neighborhood of Scotland Yard.

Fighter

Fighter

Has there ever been a Turkish-flavored Danish Kung Fu film? Thanks to Fighter the answer to that question is “yes”.  Beyond being a rather unique item, it’s also a really good film, full of beautifully shot and choreographed martial arts and a strong story.

House of Fury

House of Fury

A subdued Anthony Wong (Ebola Syndrome—96) stars as Yu Siu Bo, a humble herb doctor who quietly tends to patients in a low key part of Hong Kong - or so it appears. Coz, along with his sexy daughter (Gillian Chung) and his bouncy son (director Fung), Wong (who does a Bruce Lee impression) is actually a retired super-spy kung fu master that batters flying ninjas and terrorists in amazing fight scenes which’ll remind you plenty of The Matrix (99). Mainly because the fight choreography is by Yuen Woo Ping.

The Rest of 2008

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The Rest of 2008

One of the main goals of this site is to let people know about lesser-known films we find interesting, whether they're gems or trash. In keeping with that goal, rather than having a Best-of 2008 list I’ve decided to put up this post and encourage people to comment on films they saw over the year that they think other people might have missed.

Against the Dark

Against the Dark

Steven Seagal takes a break from being the world's greatest ex-CIA operative and tries his hand at being Tao, the world's deadliest vampire/zombie hunter. Is the change of pace enough to make this movie better than his last few attempts?

In a word, no.

The Executioner Part 2

The Executioner Part 2

Cheezy, low budget American action-crap doesn’t come any more amateur or browner than this laugh riot ball of explosive macho-gank starring the mighty oak himself—Chris ‘The Chair’ Mitchum.

Spasmo

Spasmo

Amid the dozens of much respected and well known giallos lies this—a thriller as confusing and as pointless as an upside down algebra cake recipe written in invisible ink.

Death Smiles at Murder

Death Smiles at Murder

Ewa Aulin (The Seducers—70) and Klaus Kinski show up and stare, goggle-eyed at each other in a nameless European country estate circa 1900. Kinski is a creepy (what else) doctor/surgeon that treats young, nubile females; including Aulin when she’s the victim of a cut price stage coach crash.

Mad Stylist

Mad Stylist

Call Quentin Tarantino a hack molester of beloved exploitation films if you want but you can’t deny the guy’s style has been hugely influential, or at the very least, often imitated. And no one churns out weird mutations of film that poorly imitate the originals like those wacky Asians. Veteran actor Stephen Yip, best known for his roles in a veritable scad of chop socky movies (not the least of which is the inept gross out  flick Centipede Horror), directed the bizarre Mad Stylist which nods to and perverts several well-known films from QT’s oeuvre.

Zombie vs. Ninja

Zombie vs. Ninja

AKA: Zombie Rival: The Super Ninja Master, here’s some incredibly awful super-crap that’ll have you popping corn in hysterics and just one of 1000’s of movies (probably) shat out by Hong Kong producers Joseph Lai and Betty Chan in conjunction with the insane Godfrey Ho.

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