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Frank Sidebottom The Home of the Retrospective


A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

Erik the Conqueror (1961) directed by Mario Bava

Cameron Mitchell and George Ardisson play estranged Viking twin brothers in this visually imaginative and action-filled peplum. While it's a blatant clone of the successful 1958 historical epic The Vikings it succeeds in giving it a run for its money despite being made on a much lower budget.

Ellen Kessler and Cameron Mitchell in Erik the Conqueror (1961)

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Hercules (1983) written and directed by Luigi Cozzi

Lou Ferrigno and Sybil Danning won Razzies for their work in this incoherent and guiltily amusing peplum revival. If you ever wanted to see a bear being hurled through space courtesy of laughable special effects, then you might derive some enjoyment from this.

Sybil Danning and Ingrid Anderson in Hercules (1983)

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The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971) directed by Duccio Tessari

This Italian giallo murder mystery deviates from the usual tropes to provide a classy and surprisingly cinematic legal procedural.

Carole André in The Bloodstained Butterfly

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Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) directed by Lucio Fulci

This video nasty was conceived as a cash-in on George Romero's Day of the Dead but has become something of a cult classic in its own right thanks to its excellent practical gore effects.

Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters

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