#117
March 2005
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The Strange Loves of Yutte Stensgaard
An Interview with the Vampire!

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Barbano interviews his country's most famous horror personality, the lovely and elusive star of LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN! In this exclusive interview, Ms. Stensgaard talks about her life today, her philosophies and the peace she has made with her movies from the screaming Seventies!

DVD Spotlight

Your friendly neighborhood VW critic Shane M. Dallmann spins his opinionated web on Buena Vista Home Entertainment's lavish box set of Spidey's complete animated exploits from the 1960s! Is Shane right? Listen, Fred he's got VIDEO WATCHDOG cred!


Dog Bytes

Capsule reviews of Irene Papas in a George Tsavellas' 1961 production of the Greek tragedy ANTIGONE, plus... H. B. Warner takes his gun and badge into the CITY OF MISSING GIRLS... vehicles guzzle more than gas in Peter Weir's THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS... an enchanted pendant makes unsuspecting people horny in CURSE OF THE EROTIC TIKI... "Devil's Night" Halloween riots and worse await you in FILTHY... Anthony Mann co-directs with Alfred Werker in the noir classic HE WALKED BY NIGHT... Tangerine Dream lends a new prog score to the Italian silent spectacle L'INFERNO... Sonny Chiba cracks a few dozen more skulls in KILLING MACHINE... Jack LaRue runs the mob in the UK crime programmer MURDER IN THE NIGHT... Don Dohler rehashes his earlier THE ALIEN FACTOR in NIGHTBEAST... Marlon Brando and Richard Boone terrorize Pamela Franklin in THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY... vampires are on the loose in the DTV horror anthology REALMS OF BLOOD... REPO MAN director Alex Cox turns his attention to 17th century drama in REVENGER'S TRAGEDY... Rob Lowe heads an all-star cast in TNT's remake of 'SALEM'S LOT... and Frank Sinatra plays a would-be Presidential assassin in SUDDENLY!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

Reminisce about the heyday of grindhouse entertainment with these vintage reviews: Lucretia Love stars as a good-girl warrior in Alfonso Brescia's BATTLE OF THE AMAZONS... Clint Eastwood and Don Rickles head an all-star cast in the Yugoslavia-made KELLY'S HEROES... David Hess scares the yell out of everybody in Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT ("It's only a movie... it's only a movie...")... Kate Jackson and David Selby endure a NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS... Marie Liljedahl heats up the screen with a little help from ABBA's Bjorn and Benny in Joe Sarno's THE SEDUCTION OF INGA... and Antoinette Bower uses animal extract to turn Craig Littler into SUPERBEAST!

DVDs

In-depth reviews! Ashton Kutcher makes a powerful bid to be taken more seriously in the child abuse fantasy THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT... Roman Polanski directs Sharon Tate for the first and only time in THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS... Tobe Hooper shows us that there are worse things awaiting man than the sideshow in THE FUNHOUSE... Bret Wood chronicles the darker avenues of road safety cinema in the documentary HELL'S HIGHWAY: THE TRUE STORY OF HIGHWAY SAFETY FILMS... Fantoma delivers more discs in their "Educational Archives" series: DRIVER'S ED, ON THE JOB, RELIGION and PATRIOTISM... Umberto Lenzi tackles an Edgar Wallace krimi in SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS and dabbles in the giallo genre with SPASMO... and Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE is followed up with the not-for-the-squeamish ZOMBI 3 and ZOMBIE 4: AFTER DEATH!

Plus: Import Reviews!

Chang Cheh directs the Shaw Brothers classic THE BRAVE ARCHER (aka KUNG FU WARLORDS)... a new Italian import double-feature offering first-time-ever anamorphic masters of Mario Bava's LISA AND THE DEVIL and THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM... and the unauthorized Australian import of Sergio Martino's tantalizingly titled YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (aka GENTLY BEFORE SHE DIES), starring Edwige Fenech!

Biblio Watchdog

Reviews of MR SKIN'S SKINCYCLOPEDIA by Mr. Skin... Brad Stevens' MONTE HELLMAN: HIS LIFE AND FILMS... and William Tsutsui's Rondo Award-nominated GODZILLA ON MY MIND: FIFTY YEARS OF THE KING OF MONSTERS!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter lends his reliable ears to an amazing new two-disc set of Bronislau Kaper's music for the 1962 MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, as well as other Film Score Monthly titles... and covers recent releases composed by THE X-FILES' Mark Snow, including THE BEST OF MILLENNIUM and HELTER SKELTER!

All this and another brilliant Charlie Largent cover, Tim Lucas's "The Watchdog Barks" and much, much more!