Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Cardinals Folly’s Mikko Kääriäinen

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After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch — our newest writer — contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column from Cardinals Folly’s Mikko Kääriäinen.

As I personally am a friend (or freak, whatever) of ’60 and ‘70s sexual horror and exploitation scenes, I will list three impressive, intriguing, kind of sick, eccentric and exceptional movies out of this world.

I know that Jus from Electric Wizard has collected similar lists for Roadburn freaks and so on, but I will dig deeper into the filth with these. Despite their obscurity, all these movies are available on DVD (imports, if nothing else). So, I took the liberty of mentioning this trio mainly (if not solely) directed towards enthusiasts of these genres. And looking at the choices I ended up making, this is dedicated to the admirers of wicked women.

“La Papess”
This film, by Mario Mercier, (1975, France), is also known as “A Woman Possessed.” Erotic horror does not get better than this! I used to loathe French movies, but Mercier changed that instantly with his works. Also, if you enjoy Jean Rollins’ films, this one is HIGHLY recommended. I will not elaborate more on this. If the description “erotic occult horror” rings to you, you simply must see this!

“She Killed In Ecstasy”
This movie follows the lines of it´s director Jess Franco´s previous films “Venus in Furs” and “Miss Muerte,” only doing everything better than them. Definitely one of the best Franco movies of the ‘70s, and comes with his famous and distinctive visual style that sets it apart from any other sexual horror movie. 

“Ilsa — She-Wolf of the SS”
This 1975 film just deserves to be mentioned. You can find the whole trilogy as a DVD box, though the sequels really disappoint after this one. I don’t think the people whom would enjoy this movie really need an explanation of the plot or anything; Dyanne Thorne just slays as a nazi death camp warden like no other, and that’s it. 

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