Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jill Senter, Alan Long, Angel Tompkins, Jay North, Helga Line, Vanessa Hidalgo, Richard Conte, Anthony Steffen, Pilar Velasquez
Written by: Howard Avedis, Julio Buchs, Federico De Urrutia, Jos� Ram�n Larraz, Mario Siciliano, John Winter
Directed by: Howard Avedis, Bernard Hirschenson, Jos� Ram�n Larraz, Mario Siciliano
MPAA Rating: R and/or Unrated
Running Time: 352
Date: 03/18/2013

Welcome to the Grindhouse Double Features (2007)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Same Old Grind

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

These two DVDs prove that it's sometimes better to reminisce than to re-experience the past. Each disc includes a double feature of vintage "grindhouse" features, plus trailers and those swirly, colorful leaders that say "prevues of coming attractions" and "feature presentation." The whole package has a unique feel, and the trailers are amazing -- they generally promise more than the actual films deliver. But the four full-length films, Pick-up (1975) and The Teacher (1974) on one disc,and Black Candles (1982) and Evil Eye (1974) on the other, are quiteawful. Pick-up has its interesting moments (best seen in the trailer)and Black Candles features all kinds of bizarre sex scenes, but themildly curious are warned to approach with caution.

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