Charlie Hobbs
Contributing Writer; Texas, USA

Review: BELLADONNA OF SADNESS, A Spellbinding Work Of Carnal Beauty

Yamamoto Eiichi's long forgotten work of erotic fantasy, 1973's Belladonna of Sadness, is an unforgettable cinematic experience that has no equal, even all these years later. This project, the last film in a trilogy produced by manga legend Tezuka Osamu... More »
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Now On Blu-Ray: WHAT?, FELICITY, THAT'S SEXPLOITATION, & KUNG FU TRAILERS OF FURY From Severin Films

Severin Films has been very busy over the last several months delivering one stunner after another. In an effort to catch up on the deluge of quality releases, we're offering our opinions in a gallery of their most recent Blu-ray... More »
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Now On Blu-Ray: THE SINFUL DWARF Is Even Sleazier In 1080P

It was almost seven years ago that Severin Films reintroduced the cult film fans of the world to the truly disgusting oddity that is The Sinful Dwarf. This tale of a dwarf who kidnaps and imprisons nubile young women to... More »
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Miklós Jancsó's PRIVATE VICES, PUBLIC VIRTUES Blu-ray On The Way From Mondo Macabro

Coming soon from our friends at cult film specialists Mondo Macabro is the wonderfully bizarre erotic odyssey Private Vices, Public Virtues from Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó. The film comes from a time when exploring eroticism onscreen in all of its... More »
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Jess Franco On Blu-ray: COUNT DRACULA From Severin Films

Back in 2012, I reviewed a Jess Franco film on Blu-ray from Redemption Films (Female Vampire) and marveled at the fact that this director, one of cinema's most enduring cult icons, was being rediscovered and given the HD treatment. At... More »
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Aussie Teaser FELICITY, Polanski's WHAT?, & THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! Coming To Blu-ray From Severin

Severin Films, friends of TwitchFilm and longtime champions of the seedier side of cinema, have announced a trio of exciting Blu-ray releases for the next two months in the form of Australian skin flick Felicity,  obscure Polanski weirdness, What?, and Frank Henenlotter's... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: JP Simon's PIECES On Blu Looks Better Than Could Have Been Imagined

One of my first DVD reviews here at TwitchFilm was for the Arrow Video DVD release of Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces. At the time I was a virgin to the wonder of this incredibly bizarre and impossibly entertaining piece of... More »
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NSFW Trailer For BELLADONNA OF SADNESS Is An Erotic, Candy-Colored Fever Dream

Yamamoto Eiichi's almost completely forgotten animated erotic fantasy Belladonna of Sadness is on its way to theaters this spring. In celebration of its upcoming release, North American distributor Cinelicious Pics has a brand new trailer cut by L.A. indie stalwart... More »
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For A Limited Time Only: THE SINFUL DWARF Plush Toy From Severin Films!

Our friends at Severin Films are approaching the miraculous Blu-ray release of Danish dwarfsploitation classic, The Sinful Dwarf and they've done something special to celebrate. They are selling one of the most amazing/awful movie tie-ins I've ever seen, a Sinful... More »
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J. Hurtado's 10 (ish) Favorite Blu-ray/DVD Releases Of 2015

Okay.Just to be straight with all of you, I'm going to cheat.There is no way I could get this list down to only ten discs, but I think I've managed to whittle it down pretty darned well. So, for those... More »
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Now on Blu-ray: DER TODESKING And ANGST From Cult Epics

Cult Epics is one of the most under-appreciated cult home video labels haunting video store shelves these days.The label's owner, Nico B., has turned his company an essential source for hard-edged avant garde horror and splatter of yesteryear with releases... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: IN SEARCH OF THE ULTRA-SEX, Both Smarter And Dumber Than It Sounds

When Woody Allen re-edited and overdubbed Japanese spy film International Secret Police: Key of Keys into absurdist comedy What's Up Tiger Lily in 1966, I'm fairly certain that he didn't see this coming. The French directorial duo Nicolas Charlet and... More »
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Blu-ray Review: THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW Makes Its HD Debut From 88 Films UK

88 Films returns to the fore with our new review of their recent Blu-ray release of Antonio Bido's middle-of-the-road giallo, The Bloodstained Shadow. Bido was not as prolific a director as many during the heyday of this uniquely Italian genre boom.... More »
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Blu-ray Review: A BLADE IN THE DARK, From 88 Films

Director Lamberto Bava is probably most famous for being the son of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. The elder Bava is one of those filmmakers whose work is ubiquitous among hardcore horror fans, but his reach beyond that is minimal. Nevertheless,... More »
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Now On DVD: Mondo Macabro's Grexploitation Duo TANGO OF PERVERSION And THE WIFE KILLER

Mondo Macabro opens their new Greek Exploitation Collection with a pair of sleazy crime films from '70s director Dacosta Carayan. The releases, 1974's Tango of Perversion and 1976's The Wife Killer, both bring light to a little known and even... More »
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Now On Home Video: THE TREATMENT And RECKLESS From Artsploitation Films

Artsploitation's July releases are in our hot little hands (a wee bit late, but that's on me, not them), and they are really solid films from North America's most confrontational distributor of contemporary world cinema. How do they stack up?... More »
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Jess Franco On Blu-ray: SHE KILLED IN ECSTASY And VAMPYROS LESBOS From Severin Films

Cult film specialists Severin Films recently released two of Jess Franco's most well known and liked films on Blu-ray. She Killed in Ecstasy and Vampyros Lesbos are both extremely good examples of where Franco was in 1970-1971in terms of honing... More »
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Blu-ray Review: THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE, A Twisted Tale Of Sex And Violence

Hot on the heels of Arrow Video's incredible (and incredibly sold out) Walerian Borowczyk Box set from last autumn, the company has dug deeper into the director's idiosyncratic oeuvre to deliver what is likely his most straight ahead horror feature,... More »
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Blu-ray Review: CANNIBAL FEROX, A Vile And Repulsive Film With A Stunning Home Video Release

Let me just get this out there: I hate Cannibal Ferox. I want potential readers to understand the place from which I am coming before you decide whether or not to pay my opinion any mind. Cannibal Ferox is a... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend 2015 Announces Screenings For 10th Anniversary Event

Since 2006, Texas Frightmare Weekend has been the place to be for horror fans in the southwest United States. From founder Loyd Cryer's humble beginnings at the Grapevine community center to its current home at the DFW Hyatt, this is... More »
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