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True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell

Posted by On April - 12 - 2012

True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell (1975)
Director: Kôyû Ohara
Writers: Kôyû Ohara and Akira Momoi
Starring: Hitomi Kozue, Meika Seri and Maya Hiromi

The Plot: True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell is as provocative as the title might imply. A women in prison story, the plot focuses on a group of women fresh in the juvenile hall system. Mayumi is our gateway into this world, and unlike many others who are new to prison life, she isn’t afraid to fight back. Although the guards are quite oppressive, trading food for sex at times, the most harrowing experiences awaiting Mayumi come from her fellow inmates. Despite this, Mayumi doesn’t intend to spend her entire life in this hell hole. She eventually partners up with another inmate and the two hatch a scheme to escape the prison. However, many of the other prisoners will stand in her way, and the authorities who wish for her to bow down to their will may also prove to be a threat. Sex, violence, and bloody tampons are all what await you when starting True Story of a Woman in Jail: Sex Hell.

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Posted by On April - 11 - 2012

Debauchery (1983)
Director: Hadehiro Ito
Writers: Hadehiro Ito
Starring: Ryoko Watanabe, Serina Nishikawa, Mizuho Nakagawa, Yuka Hanabusa and Yuka Takemura

The Plot: Ami (Ryoko Watenabe) is a housewife who is feeling sexually frustrated. Although she has a nice husband at home, who does not run away from the bedroom, she can’t help but dream about various sexual acts that modern society would likely deem as obscene. A new pathway opens in her life when she hears about a old friend from school who is now working at a high-class brothel. She soon realizes that if she wants her masochistic fantasies to come true, this would likely be the ideal place. After picking up her very first John, via an accidental phone call, Ami knows that this is the life for her. She has to fulfill these sexual needs, and she will do whatever it takes to achieve her goals. She immediately runs to the previously mentioned brothel in order to begin her new life. However, it seems as if there may be someone behind the scenes pointing her in this direction. Furthermore, when she gets everything that she thinks she wants, will it prove to be too much?

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More MST3K coming from Shout! Factory!

Posted by On April - 11 - 2012
As soon as Varied Celluloid finishes their coverage of one Mystery Science Theater 3000 boxset, Shout! Factory are once again announcing more episodes coming down the pipeline! Like most of you, we are huge fans, so you’ll hear no complaints! This news seems extra special for Shout, because this latest boxset will feature four episodes never released on DVD. Included on this set will be: Fugitive Alien, a Joel episode from the third season. A Japanese film featuring Joe Shishido, this one should be fun. Along for the ride on this set is the sequel, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II. From the same season, we get more Japanese science fiction madness. The third feature is The Sword And The Dragon, which is a poorly dubbed Russian film that was re-edited by Roger Corman for its American release. This episode is hosted by Mike and comes from the sixth season. Finally, our last film is another Mike episode from the sixth season, and it is Samson Vs. The Vampire Women, which should prove to be incredible fun. Starring the legendary Mexican wrestler Santo, this title should make the set worth grabbing by itself. MST3K + Santo = Instagrab.

The set also includes numerous special features, as well as new mini-posters from artist Steve Vance. These are the special features listed on the set:

. New Interviews With Japanese Film Historian August Ragone (these have been amazing in the past, August is a genius)
. You Asked For It: Sandy Frank Speaks!
. MST Hour Wraps
. Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff
. MST3K Shorts: Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family
. Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo


Young Nurses, The

Posted by On April - 10 - 2012

The Young Nurses (1973)
Director: Clint Kimbrough
Writers: Howard R. Cohen
Starring: Jeane Manson, Ashley Porter and Angela Elayne Gibbs

The Plot: For its plot, The Young Nurses follows the same pattern that we have seen in all of the previously reviewed titles from Shout Factory’s Roger Corman nurses collection. We have three main female protagonists, and each one seems to get into her own wild adventures. In this story, we are introduced to three beautiful nurses, Michelle, Joann, and Kitty. The movie begins with Kitty (Jeane Manson) and Michelle sailing on the open waters, but apparently Kitty’s topless sunbathing can be seen as a health hazard, because fellow sailing aficionado Matt nearly drowns after hitting his head on a sail while staring at Kitty’s breasts. As Matt recuperates in the hospital, Kitty soon finds herself approaching a relationship with the young man, but the two run into some trouble when Matt’s father tries to intervene. Next up is Michelle (Angela Elayne Gibbs), who is an African American nurse trying to progress in her field while retaining her roots. When she stumbles upon a influx in narcotics that seem to be pouring out of the hospital system, she finds out that the conspiracy may go further than expected. Joann (Ashley Porter) is our final part of the equation, and she too is facing a political nightmare. As a young idealistic nurse, she finds that her dreams are being crushed by the system. She is continually accused of trying to pretend that she is a doctor, but this is only due to the bureaucracy of the hospital which has led to staff numbers being drastically cut. So, in order to save lives, Joann has been forced to make several quick decisions. Will she continue to work for a hospital that treats her abusively, or will she join her friend who runs an unlicensed medical clinic that is attempting to help and inform other women?

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A little clip from “Familiar”

Posted by On April - 9 - 2012
As you may have noticed from my review for Familiar, I was quite impressed with this short little piece of horror cinema. I have been a fan of everything the director has made thus far, and this short proved no different. For those of you in Chicago next week, be sure to check it out at the ChicagoFearFest next weekend on the 13th and the 14th. Next month, the short will be playing at the Texas Frightmare Weekend on May 4th, 5th, and the 6th. For now, give this YouTube clip a quick peak and get a better understanding of the atmosphere found in this short feature.




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