Thursday, January 18, 2018

Repugnant Review: The Black Gestapo (1975) - Lee Frost

Written and Directed by Lee Frost

Starring Rod Perry and Charles Robinson

Written and directed by Lee Frost, The Black Gestapo is a Blaxploitation film about The People's Army and its struggle to regain power in the city of Watts. A White mafia terrorizes the city by extorting money out of local Black shop keeps and business owners, and The Peoples Army, led by General Ahmed (Rod Perry), try their best to keep things civil in their hellhole of a city. General Ahmed's right hand man, Colonel Kojah (Charles Robinson), asks his leader to form a more aggressive protection group to scare away the White Mafia. It works, but Colonel Kojah gets power hungry, and starts tormenting and extorting the people he once protected. With Nazi-inspired clothing, and hateful rhetoric, Colonel Kojah is now the big boss in Watts, and it's up to General Ahmed to fix both his oppressed community, and the originally peaceful People's Army that he once led.

I bought this film just by title alone. Kind of a social oxymoron, don't you think? Black. Gestapo. Normally, black people are the last thing I think of when I think of "Gestapo" or Nazi's, but it definitely plays out that way. I mean, these people didn't really kill anyone based on race or religion, but they did terrorize a city that they vowed to protect, and terrorized their own people to gain more power within. The only real similarity to anything Nazi in this film were the costumes. Typical Nazi uniform with arm bands and such, but other than that, I wouldn't really call them "Black Nazi's", but fascist to a degree. I really enjoyed the character General Ahmed. He was a real middle man in this whole story. He not only wanted to protect his people from this wretched mafia, but he also wanted everyone to get along, and to keep drugs off of the streets. With Colonel Kojah abusing his own people, General Ahmed stood up for what's right to keep things civil, both for the city of Watts, and his fellow oppressed African brothers.

The Black Gestapo was a pretty entertaining flick. Lately I've been looking for more obscure Blaxploitation, and a few people suggested this to me on Twitter. Found it on Amazon (came is as a Double-Feature with The Black Six) for about $5, and even though the quality kind of sucks, it was still a very decent watch. It's cheap, and incredibly low-budget, but it worked so well. The actors were fun, the violence was great, and the whole "abuse of power" story going on was very interesting. The People's Army may not have been as brutal as the Nazi's, but I wouldn't want to fuck with them anytime soon. Colonel Kojah was absolutely ruthless, and if you're sensitive about genital mutilations or torture, there is a scene in here that you might want to skip. Low budget, blaxploitation greatness that more people need to check out. I'll post a trailer and link below, so if you're interested, check it out, and if you've seen it, let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Repugnant Review: Camp (Kyanpu) (2014) - Ainosuke Shibata

Directed and Produced by Ainosuke Shibata

Starring Miyuki Yokoyama, Rei Ayana, and Peach Momomiya

"Camp" is a Japanese "rape and revenge" thriller (a la I Spit On Your Grave) directed by Ainosuke Shibata. The film is about two sisters who wind up at an abandoned camp-site after they crash their car. At the camp, they run into five men who happen to be escaped mental patients who have uncontrollable sexual fetishes. They all go by small nicknames that link them to their particular fetish. There is Pyro (pyrophiliac), a psycho who can't get it up so he rapes women with a grill lighter; Hypo (hypoxiphilia), a retard who gets off at depriving his victims of oxygen; Necro (necrophilia), who only has sex with corpses (duh); Copro (coprophilia), a very silly weirdo who loves to drink piss and eat shit; Lastly, we have Thanatos (thanatophilia), the more sympathetic character who is obsessed with pain and death. Our two victims are tortured mercilessly by these men in incredibly sadistic and depraved ways, and it isn't until one of the sisters escapes (with the help of Thanatos), and finds help in murdering these psychos from the help of the mysterious vigilante Misaki (played by porn-star Miyuki Yokoyama, who ironically has no nude/sex scenes).

The great Troma Entertainment released this film as a double feature with Hitch-Hike (another film directed by Ainosuke Shibata) called "From Asia with Lust Vol. 1". The only gripe I had with this is that it was marketed as a Japanese "pink" film, aka, Japanese soft-core porno. I mean, if I was to think this was erotic in anyway, I think I would question my mental state, because I didn't find this erotic at all. Other than that, this works really well as a traditional American "rape and revenge" movie, very similar to (as I stated before) I Spit On Your Grave. The scenes of rape and sexual torture were genuinely disturbing and pretty damn disgusting. There were also some moments I giggled at, and it was all dialogue based. There was one line that made me laugh in particular, and it's when the shit eating deviant Copro says, "I can't stop thinking about the younger ones stinky butt, It looks so good! Excuse me miss? Can I take a peek at your flower? No, No! It's ok! I just want to lick away that shit from your butthole!". It's fucked up, but the inner man-child at me thought it was a little funny.

I was surprised. It wasn't that bad, at all. The torture and rape was brutal and hard to watch at times, and the ending revenge towards the sickos was pretty fun to watch. There were a couple digital effects in there that looked way out of place, but it's a low-budget feature that nailed everything else. Decent acting, fun violence, beautiful women, and fucked up villains. If those aren't the ingredients to a fucked up Japanese sexploitation flick, then I don't know what. If you want to check this film out I'll link the Troma store to this flick down below. I'm sure it's on youtube for free somewhere, but you'd be a great fucking person by buying it and supporting independent art. I'll get around to the other film on the Dvd, Hitch-Hike, eventually, but I got a lot of great stuff to watch in my endless stack of movies. Let me know what you think, and send me some suggestions!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Judas and Jesus by Olaf Encke and Claudia Romero (2009)

It's been awhile since I've reviewed an animated short on here, and I really missed finding weird cartoons. This would of been perfect for my holiday run of reviews, but I just found this a few days ago. Judas and Jesus is an insanely vulgar and satirical animated short based on the story of Judas' betrayal. Olaf Encke co-directs (with Claudia Romero) and writes this blasphemous short, with the base of story being around Judas' perspective of this hilariously preachy and pathetic Jesus Christ, and how much he finds this person to be such a stuck up and judgemental prick. Judas is almost depicted as a hero in this, well, to me at least. He strays from the rest of the heard, and follows his own rules. He drinks, smokes, and wants to fuck everything in sight, whereas Jesus, preaches about this, and gains a following of literal sheep. Jesus, as I said, is a pretentious and self-righteous douchebag in this short, and I really love the satirization of him literally dying to be martyred for being the superior person. If you can look past the incredible amount of animal titties, sex, and all around vulgarity, this is honestly one of the funniest animated shorts I've seen in quite some time. It's brutal, but it's also a very smart satirization of Jesus Christ and Judas. What if Judas was really the good guy in all of this?

How could I forget the third most important character in this wonderful little short, Maria Magdalena. Maria was probably the most interesting character in Judas and Jesus, as she's kind of the in between compared to Jesus and Judas. Will she sway towards the darker side of life like Judas? or the lighter side of life with Jesus? It isn't until we see this scene in the short where Jesus scolds Maria for being sexy, basically, and Judas tells him off. She then finds herself and becomes this wild hooker with her own sex club. What makes this interesting is that, even though we saw these characters grow up together, Maria changes the most. She was once this sweet and innocent little goat girl, and she grows up to be this woman who's trying to find herself in this new biblical world. It's great, and it really makes you think about the choices you'd make whether or not you had to deal with Jesus, or Judas (in this short at least).

Other than the great plot and characters, Judas and Jesus is also one of the best looking animated shorts in recent memory. The character design was great, and just the fluidity of the animation was perfect. You know just by watching this that the people who made this put there entire "soul" into this thing. It's honestly a feast for the eyes, and who knew I would enjoy watching goat lady boobs as much as I did. It's vulgar, smart, hilarious, and just a great animated short overall. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself, I'll link it below.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jake's Top 5 Favorite Horror Films of 2017

2017 is gone, 2018 is here, and now we have a whole new year for new films to come out. I'm not going to lie, choosing these films was tough, and this might be my most "beta" list yet. Beta, for the fact The Repugnant Playhouse prides itself on searching for some of the nastiest films the world has to offer. But these five films really stuck out for me this year, and if you haven't seen them yet, I suggest you do. Here is my top 5 favorite horror films of 2017.

5. The Void (released April 7th, 2017)

"Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures."

I felt that The Void was almost a love letter to H.P. Lovecraft and John Carpenter. With its incredible monster effects and gore, mixed with deep chair-gripping tension throughout, this was the sci-fi/horror of the year, and I consider it to be a modern gem. Hell hasn't been this fun since Devil's Rain!

4. The Devils Candy (released March 17th, 2017)

"A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale."

I had so much fun watching this. Between the stellar cast and character connections, the fucking kick-ass soundtrack, and the dread filled atmosphere of the whole film absolutely won me over. Ethan Embry was just incredible as the struggling father figure trying to overcome the evil of that house. Another modern gem in my opinion, and I'll definitely be picking up the soundtrack soon. If you're into metal and Satan, this is the movie for you.

3. Get Out (released February 24th, 2017)

"It's time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare."

It's not often you watch a horror film that touches on big social issues such as racism and inequality, but Jordan Peele grabbed these issues by the balls and made you uncomfortable right from the beginning. Get Out made me cringe, especially with a lot of the dialogue with what I call "grandma-racism". It was subtle, but you know how awkward the whole situation is, especially if you look at it from a black perspective. It's a solid fucking movie, and it keeps you on your toes throughout the entire film. Not only is it one of the best horror films of the year, it's definitely one of the best films of the year.

2. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (released June 27th, 2017)

"A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets."

Brutal body horror at its finest, The Autopsy of Jane Doe delivered in scares, atmosphere, and superb acting. From the moment you see the corpse of Jane Doe, you know there is something horribly wrong and you know you wouldn't be caught dead standing in the same room as her. It's unnerving through out, and it's one of the scariest films I've seen in years. Even down to the minor details of the morgue and forensic investigating, it just seemed so real. You need to see this if you haven't. I know you'll love it.

1. RAW (released March 15th, 2017)

"When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her."

This movie was phenomenal. My main reason to even watching this was that it made people physically ill when they saw this at the Gothenburg Film Festival, and even though I didn't get sick watching it, the film is full of disturbing material. Visually it reminded me of Susperia, with some of the best color direction I've seen in awhile. My eyes were just glued the entire time. Between a superb performance from actress Garance Marillier, the phenomenal direction by Julia Ducournau, and just the surreal visual experience as a whole, it's perfect. Writing about it for a second time on this blog, I consider it to be the best horror film of the year. A modern masterpiece in my honest opinion.