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"Maniac" (1980)

Maniac (1980) is an "abused child grows up to be serial killer" film. In 1980, it was way to far ahead of its time, and received nothing but criticism and bad press. In point of fact, it is no more violent or bloody than most of the Euro-shock material, and only has one brief nude scene -- a bath scene with the last victim, porn star Gail Lawrence (AKA Abigail Clayton). Veteran character actor Joe Spinell plays the psycho. After years of abuse at his mother's hands, her death sends him around the bend, and he starts killing women, scalping them, using the scalp on a mannequin, and pretending the mannequin is his missing mother. If this film had been released 5 years later, it would not have caused a stir at all.

Maltin says BOMB, and IMDB readers have it at 4.8/10. The new special edition is loaded with extra features, and comes in a spiffy tin, but it is still a run of the mill psycho slasher film shot on 16 mm (which accounts for the grainyness). Spinell is good, as always, some of the make-up was effective, and they did manage suspense a few times, but that isn't enough to make me recommend this film. C-.

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  • Gail Lawrence (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Hannibal is ... well, you know what it is. 

    Ridley Scott directed, David Mamet wrote the script, and Anthony Hopkins reprised his Lecter role. Thomas Harris again wrote the source material, as he did for Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs. The photography is exquisite. The background city is Florence, Italy, the ultimate photogenic jewel of the Renaissance. The supporting players are excellent.

    Despite that impressive pedigree, the film is just OK, which makes it a great disappointment to the legions of people who anticipated something different, something more subtle.

    I just re-read the review I wrote in February, in which I said that it is a very stylish Dr Phibes movie. Having now seen it again, I still feel that way.

    However - what a DVD! Tons and tons of extra features. 35 minutes of deleted scenes, a 76 minute documentary, full-length commentary, and more. See the info/review page for details.

    Say It Isn't So is the Farrelly brothers' recent attempt to clone themselves. They produced this film, and it incorporates their philosophy, but not their genius. Since their philosophy basically consists of making fun of the handicapped and sodomizing barnyard animals, it really has the potential to fall flat when not handled by the masters. This comedy falls quite flat, with only a few chuckles to sustain your interest. The Farrelly's did not write or direct.

    I suppose an important part of the problem is the starring duo of Chris Klein and Heather Graham. They are essentially the same person in convenient male/female twin format - innocent big-eyed Keane paintings who make perfect comic foils for the nasty and/or funny guys. klein and Graham can be solid team players in a comic ensemble. Without Mike Myers, Stifler, or Steve Martin, however, Klein and Graham can't carry a comedy, and they don't have enough support here.

    • Courtney Peldon (topless) (1, 2)
    • Heather Graham - the first one is a dark, brief look at her chest. The second is a butt. Could be almost any butt. Might be Graham, might not. (1, 2)

    Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold is a really bad movie, but they made up for it with a really bad DVD.

    Before I gave up capping I grabbed a bunch of frames from the award-winning Basic Training. Entered as a comedy, this movie of ineptitude, greed and sexual deviance in the Pentagon won for best documentary... in a mistake unmatched until Russell Crowe lost and then won as best actor. Basic Training has it all:

  • 1)Angela Aames and her bodacious tatas, illuminated unfortunately by a single frigging candle.

  • 2)Ann Dusenberry. Any movie with Ann Dusenberry is worthy of an award. She started as a child actress, did about twenty movies, a half dozen in which she gave up the goodies, and worked in TV for a long while.... and then, poof, she disappeared. In this scene she entices a Soviet general to give away the keys to the Kremlin for a quick look at her hooters. Man, is that desperate or what? Ann's equipment was just not that impressive.

  • 3)Barbara Peckinpaugh, who is something of a cliche, since she was a porn queen before she killed herself. Not the first, not the last. Barbara is the one lying down on the desk. Don't know the name of the standing babe.

  • 4)Rhonda Shear before she was Up All Night, before she was a blonde, even before she installed the robo-hooters. A nice enough bod.

  • 5)An Uncredited Nekkid Pool Babe. More important than a gaffer, way more important than a best boy, uncredited nekkid pool babe should be an Academy Award category.

    Okay, and then some scans...

    Estella Warren. Saw the ape movie with Estella in it. Got into a discussion over a few too many beers with a friend who does genetics for a living. We decided there is no way a babe with Estella's phenotype (i.e. that face, those eyes, that recreational body) could arise from random breeding in the wild. No way. It takes major selective breeding, in this case a gorgeous mom and a great lookin' dad. And THAT got us to thinking about how urban life is like that all the time: the great looking folk pair up and the real uglies pair up... which means, if you follow this crap, that we are progressing toward a society made up of major babes (usually stupid as the day is long) and serious dogs with all the brains. This is not good news if you worry about society in the wider sense but it is not bad at all if you like gorgeous nekkid babes.

  • Estella Warren (1, 2)

    And then there were Pets. In this case, Pets who did porn....

  • Jeanette Starion who changed her name to Jean Afrique as she went from magazine pages to the silver screen. (1, 2)

  • Kia Delao is a major babe with a killer arse; did only one nasty scene, with the corpulent gnome known as Ed Powers. Sheesh, no wonder she gave up on that public activity.

  • Rocki Roads with soccer-ball sized robo-hooters. Yep, those are real attractive additions to the condo, aren't they? (1, 2)

    Sasha Vinni, a slender waif who appears to have been a one-shot wonder after she was Pet of the Year. (1, 2, 3)

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    Welcome back Se7en!

    New 'caps from our long lost specialist on rare hard core movies.

    From "Pet of the Month" which is the only hard-core appearance of Actress and Penthouse Pet...

  • Mariwin Roberts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • Hugo
    Comments by Hugo...

    My 500th image! Took over 4 years to reach this milestone. This milestone fades in comparison with other great artists who create tens of thousands of images. 404 montages and 99 scans took a long time. :)

  • Rosario Dawson topless in "He Got Game".

  • Milla Jovovich topless and bottomless in "He got Game". (1, 2)
  • Milla pokies and topless in "Fifth Element". (1, 2, 3)

  • BFD
    Judie Aronson
    (1, 2)

    Great topless and rear nudity from "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984). 80's movies fans will love these. Why? Because Judie was one of the girlfriends from the John Hughes classic "Weird Science" (1985).

    Barbara Howard Rear nudity in a shower scene, also from "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter".

    Camilla and Carey More One more collage from "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter", brief breast and bum exposure from the twins.

    Heather Elizabeth Parkhurst The super busty babe, and former 'Swedish Bikini Team' member going topless in the late night cable series, "Sherman Oaks".

    Sci-Fi Babes by ZonononZor
    A great theme, and great collages to match. The names speak for themselves. As for the nudity...nothing from Buffy or Jeri of course, but Uhura and Counselor Troi do show some goodies.

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Jeri Ryan (1, 2)
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Marina Sirtis

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