Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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Sharksploitation: Oh, the Cruel Jaws of Death

Sharksploitation: Oh, the Cruel Jaws of Death

November 10, 2020 | By

Reviews of Severin’s neon-bright Blu-ray edition of Bruno Mattei’s ridiculous CRUEL JAWS / JAWS 5 (1995) + William Grefé’s peculiar & underrated MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH (1976) on Retro Media DVD.

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BR: Cruel Jaws / Jaws 5 (1995)

BR: Cruel Jaws / Jaws 5 (1995)

November 10, 2020 | By

After producing and directing a slew of sexploitation, exploitation, and assorted rip-off films since 1970, by 1995 one can argue Bruno Mattei’s reign as Italy’s Ed Wood, Jr. was coming to a close…

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DVD: Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976)

DVD: Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976)

November 10, 2020 | By

Known for playing supporting tough guys in a diversity of genres in film & TV, outrageously prolific Richard Jaeckel had a rare opportunity to stretch himself in a leading role…

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Al Adamson: Auteur, Schlockmeister, and Indie Film Pioneer

Al Adamson: Auteur, Schlockmeister, and Indie Film Pioneer

October 12, 2020 | By

Severin’s superb doc BLOOD & FLESH – THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON (2019) is reviewed, alongside the delightful bonus feature THE FEMALE BUNCH (1971)

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BR: Blood & Flesh – The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)

BR: Blood & Flesh – The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)

October 12, 2020 | By

Al Adamson was cut from the same cloth as Roger Corman, a filmmaker making whatever was in vogue at the drive-in, but he one-upped Corman…

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BR: Female Bunch, The (1971)

BR: Female Bunch, The (1971)

October 12, 2020 | By

The strange aspect of Adamson’s part western, sort of girl bikers on horseback, and revenge drama, is that is actually works – especially when there are needless diversions…

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Welcome to The Pit: GREYHOUND (2020) + U-BOATS: THE WOLFPACK and B-17: THE FLYING FORTRESS (1987)

Welcome to The Pit: GREYHOUND (2020) + U-BOATS: THE WOLFPACK and B-17: THE FLYING FORTRESS (1987)

September 11, 2020 | By

Two sides of a vicious WWII sea battle: GREYHOUND (2020) from Apple TV+ / Sony + U-BOATS: THE WOLFPACK and B-17: THE FLYING FORTRESS (1987) on DVD from BSX Entertainment

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DVD: U-Boats: The Wolfpack / B-17: The Flying Fortress (1987)

DVD: U-Boats: The Wolfpack / B-17: The Flying Fortress (1987)

September 11, 2020 | By

Very little is known about this (presumably) four-part documentary series produced by Midwich Entertainment over (presumably) 2 years, narrated by character actor and serious voice extraordinaire Edward Mulhare…

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Digital: Greyhound (2020)

Digital: Greyhound (2020)

September 11, 2020 | By

Originally produced by Sony Pictures and slated for a June 2020 theatrical release, Greyhound’s big screen debut was stymied when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and although Apple TV swung in to the rescue…

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(Very Minor) Brilliance on a Budget: X-312 FLIGHT TO HELL (1970)

(Very Minor) Brilliance on a Budget: X-312 FLIGHT TO HELL (1970)

August 25, 2020 | By

Jess Franco delivers decent action and enjoyable nonsense in the plane crash thriller X-312: FLIGHT TO HELL (1970) from Image.

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