• Diabolique: Vadim’s Vamps

    I’m on Diabolique with a follow-up to my article about 1932’s Vampyr and Carmilla. “Vadim’s Vamps” follows the lady vampire into the 1960s, where she finds herself under the stewardship of swinger Roger Vadim.

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  • Cultural Gutter: Moonbeams and Miniskirts

    Do not name your spaceships after characters in Greek mythology. Naming your spaceship Icarus invites as much calamity as naming your spaceship “Space Titanic”

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  • Kuroneko

    A lone samurai making his way home late at night meets a defenseless woman. So begins the horror of Kaneto Shindô’s tale of ghosts, vengeance, and the wrongs visited upon women by entitled men.

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  • Ghost With Hole

    Among the mythical spirits that Suzzanna personified on screen were the South Seas Queen of Javanese legend and her daughter, The Snake Queen. But probably her most famous role was that of the Sundel Bolong.

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  • Wolf Devil Woman

    There are three actresses whose presence in a movie exponentially increases its likelihood of being head-scratchingly bizarre. They are the high priestesses of Taiwanese weird fu.

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  • Enter the Ninja

    Hot on the heels of Chuck Norris’ The Octagon came Golan and Globus with 1981’s Enter the Ninja, the film that really kicked the trend into high gear and gave the world Sho Kosugi.

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Local Features

I Spit On Your Grave

Adaptations of books have a history of being derided by the author, but few are as dramatic an example as J’irai cracher sur vos tombes. Minutes into the premiere screening, the author dropped dead.

Island of Death

Island of Death still has the power to shock and entertain in a hilariously debased, grubby way. Twists are heaped upon perversions until the whole thing threatens to collapse into one giddily irredeemable pile of filth.

Kung Fu Zombie

Kung Fu Zombie, , one of the films that inspired the creation of Teleport City, pits Billy Chong against an indestructible living dead martial artist with flaming hands and feet.

Exotica Noir

For every Martin Denny , there were dozens of other, independent musicians plying their trade in exotica, with strange, stunning, and spooky results. It is these musicians that Technicolor Paradise celebrates.

Screen

Diabolique: Vadim’s Vamps

I’m on Diabolique with a follow-up to my article about 1932’s Vampyr and Carmilla. “Vadim’s Vamps” follows the lady vampire into the 1960s, where she finds herself under the stewardship of swinger Roger Vadim.

Read

Diabolique: A World of Wicker

On Diabolique, I’m writing about everything to do with Emmanuelle in A World of Wicker. Part one looks at the life of the “real-life Emmanuelle,” and the infamous book attributed to her.

Listen

Exotica Noir

For every Martin Denny , there were dozens of other, independent musicians plying their trade in exotica, with strange, stunning, and spooky results. It is these musicians that Technicolor Paradise celebrates.

Eat+Drink+Travel

Aboard the African Queen

A day spent puttering around the coast and canals of Key Largo on board the actual boat from one of my favorite films, John Huston’s The African Queen.