So after our lil’ excursion to Russia and a movie that was actually pretty darn good… how about we jump in the wayback machine to return to the wild euro-trash cinema of the 1980’s for our next “Thrilling Adventures!! March Movie Review Festival” offering here at the ol’ Litterbox and a look at a film reputed to be one of the worst ever made by infamous euro-sleaze director Jess Franco, 1983’s “Diamonds of Kilimandjaro”.
Our synopsis goes like this: “A group of greedy explorers and soldiers of fortune take a safari deep into uncharted Africa to search for the daughter of a dying woman lost years before as a child in a plane crash. That child, Diana, has grown to womanhood as the White Goddess of a tribe of vicious natives guarding the secret of a horde of diamonds worth millions. Will their greed, lust, and murderous plots result in riches or death for them all in the heart of the savage jungle?”
So this time out we get promised two-fisted heroes, a treasure of diamonds, and even a spunky jungle girl to boot! Somehow though… I have the feeling it’s all gonna go spectacularly bad…. 😉 But I’m a big girl now… and suitably warned, I’m ready to experience the horror that is… “Diamonds of Kilimandjaro”.
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Review time once again.. and this time it’s off to the deserts of North Africa for some vintage style military flavored horror with the French 2010 film, “Djinns” aka “Stranded” for those of you who may catch this one on a DVD release somewhere in an English speaking part of the world. 😉
The synopsis for this one reads:“It’s 1960 somewhere in the deserts of Algeria. A unit of French Foreign Legion paratroops are sent on a rescue mission in search of a missing aircraft. But… they are not alone. Under threat of constant attack by Algerian rebels, no one anticipates that another, more deadly menace lies silently in wait. A violent sand storm forces the troops to take refuge in an uncharted village deep in the desert. Taking its inhabitants and the rebels hostage, little do they know that the village is governed by a force far more powerful than any of them can imagine and their invasion has violated their territory. Ignoring warnings to leave, as day turns to night, that evil spirit force rises and as their ranks are decimated one-by-one, they face the longest night of their lives.”
Army guys battling the supernatural. Yep Neko’s been down this road before, and by goodness there’s little chance I’d miss out on a chance of doing it again. Think the army guys with all their impressive firepower will beat the creepy ghosts this time out? Probably not… but hey, it’s never stopped them from trying before so who is this lil’ Catgirl to bicker over the chance to sit back on the couch and watch the fun? Yep… just pop the popcorn, chill the wine coolers and let’s all take a look, shall we? 😉
This time out I thought we might tip toe our way to France for some Supernatural Horror fantasy fun with a look at “Livide”, just out on the French Region 2 DVD. With English subtitles!! Yay!!
Our quick synopsis goes as follows: “Young student nurse Lucie (Chloé Colloud) is still recovering from her mother’s recent suicide when she begins her first day as a trainee making home visits to the homes of elderly patients. Her last stop of the day is at a dark, labyrinthine mansion of Madam Jessel, a once famous former dance teacher, now a vegetative invalid trapped in an incurable coma.By accident, she hears some juicy gossip from her supervisor, Nurse Wilson (Catherine Jacob), that the still wealthy Madam Jessel supposedly possesses a treasure hidden somewhere in the house. Later, Lucie is pushed by her boyfriend William and his brother Ben to break into the house that night in the hope of finding that treasure and stealing it away for themselves.However, their search for Mrs Jessel’s hidden wealth leads them into a peculiar series of horrifying supernatural events beyond their understanding which will change Lucie forever…”
Our Trailer for this one is super creepy…. dark and mysterious with lots of tantalizing glimpses of some fairly nasty stuff… ghastly vampire ballerinas… lurking mummified witches… All sorts of things that have your Favorite Catgirl pretty darn excited by the possibilities. If you are a regular visitor here at the ol’ Litterbox, then you know there’s absolutely no way I’ll be able to pass this one up….
So… let’s hurry right along then and see just what sort of other scary stuff awaits our poor young Lucie…. It’s time to “Read On”!!
February has faded away into the rear view mirror, and with March so newly upon us, it’s time for your favorite Catgirl Princess to swing by France for a look at the recent fantasy adventure “L’Île : Les Naufragés de la Terre Perdue” aka “The Isle : Castaways of the Lost Land”.
Our synopsis: “The Atlantic Ocean 1942: After the crash landing of their plane which was to take them to South America and to save them from the German occupation in France,Franck, Albert and Pierre land on a mysterious island. Exhausted, they end up making camp on the beach, but at dawn, Pierre is awakened by an appalling cry which seems to emanate from somewhere at the heart of the island. With a feeling of impending dread gripping them, they decide to venture inland… Will they be ready to face the fabulous and terrible hidden secret of the Isle?”
I nearly missed this particular lil’ film… but luckily stumbled across the Trailer during one of my afternoon Internet surfing expeditions. It wasn’t hard to pick up on the feeling that it has a whole “Mysterious Island” meets “Lost” vibe about it. Oooohh…. and 1942… you just gotta know that means Nazis!! Neko just loves evil Nazi villains in her movies… soooo darn over-the-top and nasty. A wee bit of work located yours truly her own copy, thanks to a bit of shopping at Amazon France…. so let’s all get right to it and see how it played out.
Yes, yes… it’s time to “Read On”…. 😉
Back to France for some creepy movie goodness this week as I take a look at 2010’s French Horror/ Suspense film “Le Village des Ombres” aka “The Village of Shadows”. Oh yes…. more haunted curses and ghostly goings on for your Favorite Catgirl Princess. Yep…. just love those ghost stories, I do…..
The synopsis for this one goes like follows: “Emma, her sister, and her 7 friends are heading to the village of Ruiflec for a weekend getaway. Unknown to them, Ruiflec is a nearly forgotten village with a dark history. Traveling separately in two cars they soon arrive but then all the passengers of the first vehicle mysteriously disappear without a trace or any explanation at the village entrance. The others soon discover that Ruiflec is totally empty, all means of communication are dead and now…. for them…. there is no way out. Frantically searching for their lost friends, they must now fight an unknown terror to stay alive and get out of Ruiflec before they too begin to disappear, one by one… in the Village of Shadows.”
Now this one sounded promising. I missed the usual promotional Trailers and news on it until just stumbling across the DVD during one of my searches of Euro-horror films at Amazon. One viewing of the Trailer later, and I was pretty much convinced I needed to give it a try. Want to know it it might be something you need to see as well? Then by all means, “Read On” and let a certain goofy movie loving Catgirl Princess tell you all about it!!
Yep… your Favorite Catgirl just can’t seem to get enough of those wacky “killer piggy” movies… and by goodness, I’ve found another one! This time out, our cranky killer pigs hail from France…Yes, France… not exactly the country you think of when it’s time for some deadly “When Pigs Attack” kind of horror action, but hey… Lately though, the French have shown me they know a thing or two about zombies…. and mutants… and inbred cannibal clans running amok, so Neko’s willing to give them a chance on this idea. What have we got to lose?
Our synopsis? Well it goes like this: “Prey” tells the story of Nathan (Gregoire Colin) who is at a countryside retreat for a family reunion that he expects to be particularly contentious. Claire, his wife, has to announce her pregnancy to her family and their plans to leave for a new life in the city but there are also tough decisions that need to be made to prevent the family’s pesticides business from closing down. However, on the first night as the family gathers, a group of terrorized deer mysteriously throw themselves to their deaths into the farm’s electric fence. The men decide to venture into the surrounding forest to find the reasons for the animals odd behavior. Carrying a shotgun for the first time in his life and witnessing the growing tensions between the men of the family, Nathan soon discovers that hunting season is not over yet. Now they’ve become the prey.”
Killer Piggies…. Yep, your Favorite catgirl just couldn’t pass this one up. Will it live up to the promise of the films that came before? Maybe even reach the lofty staus of the aussie film “Razorback”? Guess there’s only one sure way to find out, and that’s for me to watch it, and my Gentle Visitors to “Read On”….
Christmas brought me a surprising gift this year…A copy of the recent French Fantasy Adventure film by Luc Besson, “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec”. Not from France mind you…. Their version lacked those ever so important English Subtitles your favorite Catgirl needs. Not from the UK…. although I imagine it’ll show up there soon…. This time out I managed to score a copy from…. of all places… Thailand. Not only with those English subtitles on board, but with an absolutely perfect English dubbed audio track as well! Say what!?! Nope…. I kid you not! What a find!
Our synopsis? It goes like this: “Paris, 1912. A 136 million year old pterodactyl egg within the museum of natural history hatches and then wreaks havoc upon the unprepared citizens of Paris, and it’s up to the famous journalist and world-class adventurer Adèle Blanc-Sec to investigate and find some way stop it before it devours the President of France! If this doesn’t complicate her life enough, Adele must also somehow complete her personal quest to find the mummy of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramases’s doctor in Egypt to save her little twin sister, Agathe from a coma caused by an unfortunate lawn tennis accident 5 years before.”
Now… I know it goes without saying, but…. There’s really only one thing Neko likes more in a film than her ghosts and zombies, and that’s movies with strong female heroes just like I daydreamed about and so dearly wanted to be when I was just a wee lil’ kitten. Could I wait for the inevitable Region 1 release for this one? Nope…. not on your life. But luckily for me the “Movie Faeries” are sometimes kind…. and this time they gave your Favorite Catgirl Princess quite the Christmas present indeed!! I can’t think of a more appropriate movie review to start off this New Year at the ol’ Litterbox.
Wanna know all about it? Then stop your dilly-dallying and “Read On”!!
Time for some Zombies, Art house style. 1982’s French film, “La Morte Vivante” more infamously known by it’s English language title, “The Living Dead Girl”, by prolific French director Jean Rollin. Rollin, known more for his erotic series of Art-house style vampire films, did visit the Zombie genre at least this once to deliver us a memorable tale fit for the genre. I’ve had this one on DVD for a while, but it’s been a few years since I watched it, so what better excuse than our Halloween Zombie Fest to give it another look?
Our Synopsis goes like this: “Catherine Valmont (Françoise Blanchard), recently deceased, is resurrected when a strange chemical substance is accidentally spilled into her tomb. Confused and nearly catatonic, she tries to track down her past life and finds her way back to her family chateau, now inhabited only by her mourning childhood friend and lover Helené (Marina Pierro). The two are reunited, but when it turns out that Catherine can only survive by drinking blood, Helené desperately tries to help her by supplying human victims to satisfy her unquenchable need. But when Catherine slowly regains her awareness and becomes disgusted by her own lust for blood, things are bound to go terribly… horribly…. wrong.”
Rollin always managed to invest his films with a dreamlike sense of dark fairytale uniquely his own and “Living Dead Girl” is no exception. Given this… it’s no surprise that his zombie would be a beautiful young woman rather than a simple rotting cadaver….. even if our beauty is often covered in copious amounts of the gore such horror films need. So how does it all play out?
Let’s “Read On” and find out….
The “Zombie Apocalypse” has struck again!! And… as always, Neko is there to enjoy all the goofy, bloody carnage to be had! So who is up to their necks in all those pesky Zombies this time out? Why the French…. and this time it’s not “Mutants”… No, no, no…it’s real honest to goodness flesh eatin’ dead people running amok doin’ what Zombies seem to do best in the new UK Region 2 DVD release for “Le Horde”. Could your Favorite Catgirl Zombie fanatic pass this one up? Are you crazy? Not on your life…
Synopsis? Yep, here it goes, sweet and simple: “An apocalyptic “end of days” battle between crooked cops, vicious gangsters and an unstoppable horde of the cannibalistic undead.
North of the city of Paris, four corrupt cops, members of a highly trained Swat unit, go on a rampage to avenge the murder of one of their members by a group of ruthless Nigerian gangsters, holed up in a deserted high-rise. Finding themselves trapped on the top floor, these two groups of enemies discover that they are not alone in the condemned building. Running to the roof, they soon find the entire city engulfed in flames and the streets now filled with a horde of zombies. Forced by circumstance to band together to survive, they must now battle to reach ground level together or perish. But the greatest threat to that survival still lies within their own ranks….”
The Trailer for this one has had me excited for some time, and I was soooo darn disappointed when the official French DVD release lacked those ever so necessary English subtitles. But, we’re in better luck here with the UK release which not only contains those, but sports a nifty English Language dubbing track as well…. (For which Carolyn was appreciative of…. Zombies aren’t exactly her favorite, but strange foreigners talking all funny while they are fighting zombies is even more of a snooze-fest for my poor, sweet dear.)
So do the French know diddly about real Zombies? Guess you’ll just have to “Read On” and find out, wont ya? C’mon… the Zombies might bite, but Neko doesn’t…Hehehehe!!
This time out, it’s a change of pace with another European film for your Favorite Catgirl, specifically 2009’s French Slasher Film, “Vertige”. Recently out on Region 2 DVD release over in the UK, it wasn’t long before Neko snagged a copy for her very own collection. With all that nifty rock climbing and mountaineering right out of “Cliffhanger”…. and a psychotic freaky killer on the prowl to keep things lively…. this certainly sounds like your Favorite Catgirl’s idea of fun and games for a movie night. Oh yes, indeed it does…..
Our synopsis for it goes like this: “To satisfy their thirst for “extreme sports” adventure, a group of friends decide to go on a rock climbing expedition in Croatia. What begins as a carefree outing in the countryside soon turns into something darker as old feelings resurface and a fear of heights grips some members of the party. Then they realize that they are not alone. Their dream holiday together is about to become a terrible nightmare…”
I know I’m usually watching something Asian lately, (Well… truthfully, most of the time…. Hehehehe!!) and it has been a while since a European film clawed it’s way to the top of my “To Watch” list, so hopefully this will be a good one to break up my routine with. If you think it just might be the sort of thing that might make you yodel with guilty joy too, then naturally you’ll wanna “Read On!” and find out all the details for yourself….
Pssst!!! That’s your cue, silly!! Hehehehe!!