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We’re getting Wild in the Streets with Franco Nero in Enzo G. Castellari’s 1974 Eurocrime revenge thriller STREET LAW! Starring Nero as an engineer who finds his safety (and masculinity) threatened by a post office robbery and decides to take the (street) law into his own hands. Badly! More nuanced than one might expect, and featuring a rocking soundtrack, there’s still plenty of action and – of course – explicit violence. Check it out!

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On this episode of Cinema Fantastica we’re going all the way to Melbourne, Australia and the 2016 edition of the Monster Fest film festival which featured the Amsterdam-set supernatural slasher film THE WINDMILL MASSACRE and Paul Schrader’s unhinged crime film DOG EAT DOG. Our two hosts make their case for the superiority of their film of choice, but which will reign supreme? And what was up with DOG EAT DOG’s ending and the Bogart impression? We also investigate the festival, its history and some other films that played in the 2016 edition. CHECK IT OUT!

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We’re getting WILD IN THE STREETS with Lucio Fulci’s sole eurocrime effort CONTRABAND from 1980, featuring Fabio Testi as a boat smuggler who finds himself at the mercy of Marcel Bozzuffi’s Il Marsigliese with – SURPRISE – violent consequences! Featuring plenty of trademark gore, particularly in the blood-soaked climax, as well as a funky Fabio Frizzi score and Sergio Salvati photography, it’s a Fulci film through-and-through.. for better or for worse. CHECK IT OUT!

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On this episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re heading back to 1973 and the surprisingly Filipino-centric war film A TASTE OF HELL. Starring William Smith as an American soldier helping local villagers fight off the Japanese during World War II and John Gardwood as a soldier who gets horribly burned by a Japanese attack and haunts the nearby villages as a monstrous hunchback! It’s real weird. But it does have a delightful moustache twirling performance by Vic Diaz, and also a pretty amazing decapitation that may or may not directly involve the man. Check it out!

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On this rip-roaring episode of Cinema Fantastica we’re traveling to the 2014 (premiere) edition of the Chattanooga Film Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee to pit two festival favs against each other: James Ward Byrkit’s low budget sci-fi mindbender COHERENCE vs Sion Sono’s epic tribute to filmmaking (and “mankind’s greatest achievement”) WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Which movie reigns supreme? Listen and find out!

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On this episode of JodoWOWsky, be prepared to live the most wonderful experience of your life! It’s Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary acid western EL TOPO, and after seeing it you’ll never be the same. Liam, Julia and Doug break down the history of the film and their experiences with it before delving into the film proper, splitting it into three parts for easier consumption. We finish with a look at Jodorowsky’s comic book follow-up THE SONS OF EL TOPO. Enjoy!

Your hosts are Cinema Smorgasbord regulars Doug Tilley (@Doug_Tilley) and Liam O’Donnell (@LiamRulz), but they are joined on this adventure by the always wonderful and incisive Julia Marchese!

Julia is a filmmaker, actor, writer, film programmer and podcaster. Julia’s first film was Out of Print, a documentary about the importance of revival cinema and 35mm to culture. The film has played all over the world in film archives, art house cinemas and universities. The 35mm print of the film is now housed at The Academy Film Archives. Her next project is a short film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “I Know What You Need”. She is the co-host of Horror Movie Survival Guide, a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into a different horror film each week, focusing on how to become the final girl. You can follow her on her social media platforms

juliamarchese.com

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We’re taking another journey through time and space to the film festivals around the globe on another episode of Cinema Fantastica! This time we’re headed to the controversial Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas to check out two Japanese films that played in the 2010 iteration: Sion Sono’s COLD FISH and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s GOLDEN SLUMBER! Check it out!

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On this special HOLIDAY edition of Cinema Fantastica we go all the way to Berlin, Germany and the 2016 Weihnachtsfilmfestival, which features a program of Christmas (and Christmas adjacent) films! Our two hosts put the Canadian anthology horror film A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY against the British killer Santa gorefest GOOD TIDINGS! CHECK IT OUT!

 

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On this episode of Cinema Smorgasbord presents Cinema Fantastica we travel back to the 1977 Sitges Film Festival and two extreme, and extremely memorable, horror films that played to a jury that included Dario Argento! First up is the grimy Wes Craven family-takes-on-irradiated-cannibals film THE HILLS HAVE EYES, before we pivot to the surreal Satan-loving Nunsploitation masterpiece ALUCARDA. Best of all, you get to decide which film wins! Check out our social media and VOTE VOTE VOTE!

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There are dozens of genre film festivals around the world, and we either can’t afford – or don’t have the time – to go to any of them. We’re guessing a lot of you are in the same boat. On Cinema Smorgasbord presents Cinema Fantastica we pick one of those festivals, a year in which it ran, and choose two films that played at that festival to BATTLE against each other.

On the premiere episode we go back to the very first edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival to look at two feature length anime favorites. First Doug puts forward the astrological post-apocalyptic madness of 1986’s FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, and then Liam serves up the ultra-violent, ultra-sexy, ultra-misogynistic WICKED CITY from 1987!

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