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07 October 2009

Italian Sex and Fish! Also a Djinn in a Bottle!

Over at DVDBeaver, I did a review and image comparison of the NoShame Italy and American MYA Communications DVDs of Sergio Martino's ISLAND OF THE FISHMEN. Originally released in the United States under the misleading slasher-esque title SOMETHING WAITING IN THE DARK and then under its more popular title SCREAMERS by Roger Corman's New World Pictures (with an added gory prologue with effects by Chris Walas who did the effects for Cronenberg's THE FLY), both DVDs present the original export version. A lifeboat from a prison ship crashes on an uncharted island in the 1890's inhabited by a megalomaniac, a captive girl, voodoo-practicing natives, and the titular fishmen. Also from MYA and reviewed at DVDBeaver is ITALIAN SEX, MYA's ridiculous retitling of the Italian sex comedy SESSO IN TESTA (SEX IN THE HEAD) in which a woman becomes a prostitute to study prostitution and relates her experiences to her thesis panel towards getting a diploma.

Up at Cult Movie Forums is my review of THE LAMP aka THE OUTING, an eighties horror film about some kids who decide to spend the night in a natural history museum; unbeknownst to them, an evil genie (djinn) has just been let loose from a lamp that was among the newest shipment of artifacts. Gory and cheesy, the film features some nice production design by Robert Burns (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) and some ridiculous overacting. Not on DVD yet but it used to be an eyesore on the video shelves before DVD.

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