Welcome back to the ol' Arcana for another round of Grab Bag Goodies!
As outlined in previous installments, I purchased a few hundred promotional stills that have had their title captions trimmed off. Some I recognize, most I don't. It's up to my faithful readership to help me decipher what they're promoting. Hell, solve enough of 'em and maybe I'll send you some of the duplicates I received!
For those not familiar with promo stills, they occasionally carry a helpful hint or two. Some are branded with a cataloging code of letters and numbers which usually signify an abbreviation of the title (sometimes a retitling) and, if you're especially lucky, maybe the year of release (not to be confused with year of production). And that's pretty much all we have to go on...
The seventeenth batch is below; let's see what you've got!
#81: No Markings!
#82: No Markings!
#83: No Markings!
#84: 7308-10 © 1973 American International Pictures
A shout out to Cool Ass Cinema's Brian Bankston for spotting Gordon Douglas' Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973). Jim Brown again stars in this direct follow-up to the wildly popular 1972 original, this time swearing revenge on new mob boss Ed McMahon (no, seriously) and paid killer Don Stroud. Above-average blaxploitation action fare, on DVD from MGM.
#85: 7124-54 © 1971 American International Pictures
Florinda Balkan's taking a trip on a train... in more ways than one, in Lucio Fulci's outstanding giallo, Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971). One of the director's best outings, its Swinging London settings provide the backdrop for upper class murder, paranoia, psychedelica and depravity as a well-to-do woman begins to find it difficult to distinguish between reality and hallucination. Is she responsible for murder, or is something more sinister happening? Jean Sorel and Anita Strindberg co-star, along with Carlo Rambaldi's infamous vivisected dogs. Media Blasters released a nice DVD years back, though it apparently slipped out-of-print!