· Sex, Demons and Death (1975) (One 7 Movies)
The Short Version: A much better variant on that old “Death and Taxes” saying.
The Slightly-Elongated Version: Italian actor Gabriele Tinti started off with a promising enough career in European cinema, popping up in a number of peplum features and adventures. Once the ‘70s rolled around, however, Signori Tinti’s résumé started to list a number of wacky sexploitation horror flicks, such as Diabolicamente… Letizia, or Sex, Demons and Death, as its US DVD title reads. Directed and co-written by Salvatore Bugnatelli (who didn’t do anything before this and never really did anything after, either), the story here has Tinti and his onscreen wife, Magda Konopka, discovering they are unable to have children. So, Magda brings home her parentless, barely-legal niece (Franca Gonella) to fill in the gap. Naturally, the hot little honey is of the Devil — and it isn’t long before weird things start to happen. It also isn’t long until young Miss Gonella takes her clothes off and reveals the movie’s true purpose. One 7 Movies, who delight in debuting these bizarro Italian horror/sex movies, bring us this strange l’il gem with a trailer as the only bonus.
· The Lickerish Quartet (1970) (Cult Epics)
The Short Version: Another Radley Metzger masterpiece finds its way to DVD and Blu-ray.
The Slightly-Elongated Version: Anyone who has ever seen an “adult” movie has probably daydreamed (or wet-dreamed, perhaps) about a brief encounter with a performer from said title. In the case of the slightly perverted (read: aristocratic) family in The Lickerish Quartet, the whole damn clan becomes obsessed with an actress they see in a stag film. Their fantasies soon come true as the family meets the girl — in the flesh — at a local carnival and invite her back to their spacious seaside manor, to wit she seduces each one of the noblepeople in turn. Silvano Ventrally (also in Metzger’s Camille 2000), Frank Wolff, and Erika Remberg star. Strangely tame by today’s standards, Radley Metzger’s The Lickerish Quartet was highly controversial and spicy when released in 1970, and has returned to make new fans the world over in Cult Epics’ lush new transfer with a several exclusive bonus features. Also available on Blu-ray.