"The Flesh Merchant"

The Flesh Merchant (1993) is a standard exploitation film, made 20 years after the heyday of the genre. Writer/director Mike Tristano believes there is still a market for this sort of low budget film. I personally hope it works as a direct to DVD. I enjoy mindless entertainment at times, and the exploitation genre gives me that. This one has plentiful nudity, a plot, violence, a little action, and even some fetish content, so it hits all the right notes.

Before opening credits, two women who are camping are kidnapped, and delivered to a white slaver operating out of a Hollywood Hotel. They prove to be most uncooperative and untrainable, but the flesh merchant (Neil Delama) needs more product anyway for some expected customers. We meet a female cop, her partner her little sister who is working as a cocktail waitress in a sleazy bar while waiting for her big break in the movies and little sisters roommate. You should be able to figure out acts two and three from there.

Yes, the story becomes predictable, but the point is the gratuitous violence and nudity. Gigi Doray and Kathleen Hoadley (don't know which is which) show breasts in the opening scene. Elizabeth Chambers and Twila Wolfe, as little sister and her roomie, show everything. Rene Creamer, Maora Collins and Carol Zarlengo as three of the happier slaves show breasts. Michelle Bauer, as one of the trainers, shows breasts. We also have buns from Nina Pedregon as she is being whipped, and breasts from Pady Basch as another slave making a porno.

IMDb shows this at 4.3. Had this been made in 1972, the obvious grade would be C-. I see no reason to hold its more recent filming date against it. If you like exploitation films, this one will not disappoint you.

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  • Carol Zarlengo (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Elizabeth Chambers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Hoadley Doray (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Maora Collins (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Michelle Bauer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  • Nina Pedregon
  • Pady Basch (1, 2, 3)
  • Rene Creamer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Twila Wolfe (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Cold Around the Heart (1997):

    Two words: David Caruso.

    Can't really blame Caruso for the 3.8 at IMDb and the whopping domestic gross of five thousand dollars! To be honest, it would have been a poor movie even if the role had been played by Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, or Samuel L. Jackson.

    ... and the Region 2 DVD is a disaster for two major reasons:

    1. Dubbed German soundtrack only. The original English version is not available.

    2. Widescreen letterboxing has ruined the film's only positive - Kelly Lynch's crotch.

    • Kelly Lynch as seen in the DVD (1, 2)

    • What the same scene looks like in full frame, as captured by Oz and Crow (1, 2, 3)

    • full review (not a very good review, to tell the truth)


    Exorcist: The Beginning (2004):

    C'mon, I know it's a silly title, but did you take the time to think about it? I mean, where do you expect a professional exorcist to get his training, for heaven's sake? You think they offer Exorcism 101 at Notre Dame? He has to learn on the job, and it all has to begin somewhere. In this case, it seems that a fortyish Father Merrin first encountered the demon Pazuzu in a buried African city, where the Paz-man was just hanging around waiting to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. The city had originally been built to commemorate the exact spot where Lucifer fell. This really doesn't seem to me as good a reason to build a city as a confluence of rivers or a natural harbor, unless Lucifer is going to provide a source of fresh water, and generally do a lot better job of protecting the city than he did here when he let it sink under the African sands.

    Anyway, Merrin has to contend not only with Lucifer and Pazuzu, but some Nazis who were involved in the excavation for their own nefarious purposes. I'm not sure precisely what those purposes were, but world domination is always a good guess for movie Nazis.

    Real ones, too, now that I think about it.

    The film derives its shock from "boo" cuts and children being graphically eviscerated by wild beasts or shot point-blank by Nazis. Additional atmosphere is derived from furrowed brows and a permanent orange hue which looks like neither daylight nor darkness  It is not without positives: Stellan did a good job at bringing humanity to Father Merrin, the burnt orange look of the film looked kind of stylish and spooky, and the narrative seemed comprehensible. On the other hand, the pace dragged, and it got mighty boring in spots. I never could get involved, but this movie certainly seems better than the last two installments in the Exorcist franchise, so I don't know precisely why critics hated it as much as they did. Audiences were lukewarm, as evidenced by a decent gross and a C+ score from Yahoo visitors. That pretty much says it all. General audiences found it to be a mediocre movie rather than the bad one limned by critics.

    This film had quite a history. The studio originally ponied up thirty million dollars to have the late, once-great John Frankenheimer direct it. Frankenheimer made the correct career move, namely death, and the project was inherited by Paul Shrader, who didn't see the sheer genius  in Frankenheimer's option, and opted instead for life. Shrader took the thirty million and made, according to all accounts, a movie with no horror in it at all. The studio then fired Shrader and turned the film over to Renny Harlin with yet another fifty million dollars, and it was Harlin who finally delivered the serviceable but uninspiring theatrical version.

    Variety had rumored that the DVD of the Harlin film would also include the rejected Paul Shrader version, and that would have made for a very interesting package, at least for film students and industry insiders. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case. The DVD does include a full-length commentary by Harlin, but I didn't check it out to see if he had any good dish to deal about the other directors. As for Shrader's version, it remains buried under the African sands with Pazuzu, probably on the very spot where George Lucas fell when cast from heaven after directing The Phantom Menace.



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    NOTE: We currently have to do all of our movie files in zip format. Instead of viewing them online, save the zip files to your hard drive in the directory of your choice, un-zip and play from there.

    Today from the Ghost...part one of his most recent (and huge) tribute to Skinemax and Bunny-Video babe Ashlie Rhey.

    This first batch features Rhey in mostly topless, but also baring the other 2 B's in scenes from an episode of the late night cable series "Beverly Hills Bordello".

    Scorpion's Skinemax
    Anna Karin
    Shannon Whirry
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Both in black undies and baring all 3 B's in scenes from "Body of Influence" (1993).

    Linnea Quigley
    (1, 2, 3)
    Michelle Bauer
    Ty Randolph (aka Mindi Miller)

    B-movie legends Quigley and Bauer both bare breasts and bum while Randolph goes topless in scenes from "Deadly Embrace" (1989).

    Rosanna Arquette A very young Arquette bares breasts and bum and gets it on with Tommy Lee Jones in several scenes from the 1982 movie "The Executioner's Song".

    'Caps and comments by Vejiita:

    Korean Actress Lee Eun-ju hanged herself in her apartment last Tuesday. She was 25. She was a great actress and very popular. People who watch Korean movies like me probably know her, she has done lots of movies like "Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors", "Bungee Jumping on Their Own", "Unborn But Forgotten" and "Au Revoir, UFO". She just had graduated from Danguk University a few days ago. Lee's family said the actress had been experiencing insomnia and showing signs of depression over racy nude scenes she did for the film "The Scarlet Letter", They believe this was the reason she killed herself.

    Fans have speculated that her death might have been linked to the "entertainment X-file", an incriminating document purported to be a list of the affairs, illegitimate children and drug use of the country's leading celebrities, drawn up by an advertising agency wanting to assess their bankability.

    Here are the caps I did of "The Scarlet Letter".

    • Lee Eun-Ju (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Hilary Swank
    (1, 2, 3)

    The Best Actress Oscar winner showing some pokies on the red carpet Sunday night.

    Jessica Alba Ahhh the paparazzi, sometimes they do incredible work. Here's a pic showing unusual partial breast views while she's sunbathing.

    Milla Jovovich Snow Blind 'caps of Milla in her underwater nude scene from "Resident Evil: Apocalypse".

    Tatjana Simic Topless in scenes from the Dutch comedy "Flodders in America" (1992).

    Lacey Chabert Kitt 'caps of the "Party of Five" and "Mean Girls" star showing most of a very lovely breast (side view) in a bathing scene from "The Scoundrel's Wife" (2002).

    Pam Anderson Pam wearing a see-thru top while out in public.

    Paige Moss
    (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the Moss topless in two scenes from the made for cable movie "The Ranch" (2004). This was actually pilot for a late night cable series about a legal brothel in Nevada, supposedly based on a real establishment. The pilot was not picked up however.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    We'll Always Have Paris - Proving there's no such thing as bad publicity, T-Mobile reports that since Paris Hilton's Sidekick phone was hacked and her nude photos and celebrity pals' phone numbers posted on the Internet, sales of that phone have boomed.

  • They're not worried: the average person has no celebrity phone numbers to lose, and their nude photos are already on the Internet.
  • Maybe people think every Sidekick phone comes loaded with nude photos of Paris Hilton.

    Jesus Juice - Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was visiting fourth graders for Nevada Reading Week when a student asked the one thing he would want on a desert island. He said, "A bottle of gin." Another kid asked his hobbies, and he replied, "Drinking." Goodman is so famous for his love of martinis, he was hired to do ads for Bombay Sapphire gin. He said, "I'm the George Washington of mayors. I can't tell a lie. If they didn't want the answer, the kid shouldn't have asked the question." A school board member who was present said it was "99 percent a great interaction" and Goodman did do an excellent job of reading the kids a story.

  • He read them "Curious George and the Cocktail Shaker" F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • He always tells the truth...It's the booze talking.
  • George Washington had his own still, so he sort of IS the George Washington of mayors.
  • They forgave him because he brought enough martinis for everyone.

    He's Only Half A Man! - In a shock to their fans, Denise Richards has filed for divorce from Charlie Sheen, citing irreconcilable differences. They have a daughter who will be a year old next week, and she's six months pregnant with their second child. She even guested recently as his dream girl on his CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."

  • I remember that episode...She played a single mom.
  • Turned out Charlie requires as much sex as two and a half men.
  • This is the B-List version of the Brad and Jennifer separation.