MONKEY ON MY BACK
1957, Park Circus/UA, 93 min, USA, Dir: Andre de Toth

Cameron Mitchell stars in the real-life story of Barney Ross, a former champ addicted to both gambling and morphine. Released at the same time as the similar-themed THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, this is a much darker piece of filmmaking – a creepy and unnerving tale in which Mitchell's drug forays are straight out of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.


BLOOD AND BLACK LACE
SEI DONNE PER L’ASSASSINO
1964, AGFA, 88 min, Italy/France/Monaco, Dir: Mario Bava

This fiendishly simple story of models at a fashion salon being stalked by a gruesomely imaginative killer is often credited as the film that started the Italian giallo (sexy suspense thriller) craze that mushroomed in the 1960s and 1970s. Bava’s cast of characters is a fascinating catalogue of beautiful but flawed women and the men in their lives – self-seeking neurotics, alcoholics, addicts, lechers and psychotics. The director’s color palette is awesome to behold. With Eva Bartok, Cameron Mitchell. “…shares with FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON and BAY OF BLOOD a crystallization of the director's worldview, where the tension between opulent surfaces and moral dislocation hint at a closer affinity with Antonioni than is usually perceived. … Not for nothing is his exquisite feel for design, décor, color, and movement tied to the endless cataloging of human sin, with beauty and ugliness, like desire and dread, forever leaking into one another.” – Fernando F. Croce, SlantMagazine.com.


DEADLY PREY
1987, 88 min, USA, Dir: David A. Prior

Ex-military officer Col. John Hogan (David Campbell) runs a training camp for mercenaries and uses kidnapped civilians as practice targets - but runs into trouble when he picks on steel-abbed Marine vet Mike Danton (Ted Prior). Cameron Mitchell and Troy Donahue costar in one of the most hilariously over-the-top RAMBO knock-offs of the 1980s.


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