Thursday, November 29, 2012

Movie Poster Spotlight :: *blam*blam*blam* This is Edgar Wallace Posting a Set of German Lobby Cards for The College Girl Murders (1967)

And while we're here, here's a gorgeous Italian locandina:

I have been on a voraciously huge krimi kick lately. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, krimi refers to certain breed of German film based on the mysteries of Edgar Wallace that started appearing in the late 1950's, whose influence on the Italian gialli cannot be underestimated. So, yeah, you've got a German made film, with a German cast, set in England, with serpentine plots that straddle the line between WTF?! and No, really, WTF!?!?!, villains that are straight out of the old serials, who constantly do battle with Scotland Yard, are brutally violent, with staggering body counts, that just got goofier and goofier as the genre progressed until it finally burnt out around 1972. And when I say goofier, I mean more awesome. Where else you gonna see a killer dressed in a gorilla suit escape the police by jumping into the Thames and use an underwater jet-ski to return to his secret lair? 

Don't take my word for it, folks, for, if you are able to stream films through Amazon Prime, the vast majority of the Rialto series is currently available to buy or rent online, or available made to order through Sinister Cinema if you prefer something solid. (Just head to Amazon and do an Edgar Wallace search in Movies&TV.) I've been burning through them like a mad-man needing to bump off all the rightful heirs to the family fortune by chopping all their heads off and start a white slavery ring; and it all started when I dug the College Girl Murders out of a used DVD bin at a local retailer about a month ago and I haven't been the same since.

The College Girl Murders a/k/a Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (1967) Rialto Film :: Constantin Film / P: Horst Wendlandt / D: Alfred Vohrer / W: Herbert Reinecker, Edgar Wallace (novel) / C: Karl Löb / E: Jutta Hering / M: Martin Böttcher / S: Joachim Fuchsberger, Uschi Glas, Grit Boettcher, Siegfried Schürenberg, Tilly Lauenstein

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