Bouchet-Tolo Double-Bill = Quadruple-Trouble!

April 19, 2012 | By

Mademoiselles Bouchet et Tolo – très fierent de leurs cheveux magnifiques.

Yeah, the header’s a cheap shot, but given the focus is two B-movies made between 1968-1969 – Stoney / Surabaya Conspiracy [M] (1969), and The Killer Likes Candy / Un killer per sua maestà [M] (1968) – which co-starred (respectively) Euro babes Barbara Bouchet and Marilu Tolo, why not highlight each film’s most important actress?

The double-bills are part of a series released by Code Red, who’ve chosen to self-distribute their titles – a move that’s created minor panic among the label’s fans who fear the roster of rare horror, thriller, action, and Canuxploitation fare is wholly out of print, leaving just avaricious speculators, eBay flippers, and Amazon sellers.

Back February, the company’s official blog site alerted fans of their decision to handle current and future product themselves, but as some have easily found out, in place of collector prices the alternative is to just contact the label directly (they also have a Twitter account) and ask what’s still in stock, plus specific titles that are on sale.

A friend’s ordered a batch, so for Canadians wary of collector prices, the answers are simple: yes, they ship to Canada, and yes there may be stock of titles listed as OOP on the company website. Just ask, is all that’s required.

Anyhow, getting back to the double-bill, I’ve uploaded reviews, and will have a few more up in the coming weeks. Both Code Red and related company Scorpion Films have rescued a lot of Canadian exploitation films – horror, thrillers, action flicks – from oblivion, and Code Red certainly gets a hearty hat’s off for releasing a special edition of Rituals (1977).

Thanks to their loaded DVD, I was able to write an essay on the forest slasher genre (which will appear in the University of Toronto textbook “Terror of the Soul: Essays on the Canadian Horror Film” in 2013), and in a classic Canadian conundrum, our native films are being released by American labels because a) no one cares to follow through as extensively up here; and b) major Canuckle studios see no interest in licensing rights to indie labels, preferring to let their back catalogue idle.

I’ll have a longer Editor’s Blog tomorrow, with some soundtrack reviews, hopefully a composer interview up & running, that promised Titanic (1943) review, and some thoughts on the two festivals I’ll be covering at – HotDocs, and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival [TJFF] May 3-13 , plus some special screenings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

I’m also helping out with TJFF’s sidebar series – “The Sound of Movies: Masters of the Film Score” – and will be introducing two free screenings, and will conduct a post-screening Q&A which ought to be fun and thoroughly nerve-racking. Luckily, I like schnapps.

Both HotDocs and TJFF’s schedules are up, and I’ll soon detail some of the film’s I’m covering here, and what kind of unique extras and related reviews will run on the site and Editor’s Blog.

I love this spring!



Mark R. Hasan, Editor ( Main Site / Mobile Site )

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