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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #15 on: 09 Mar 2008 - 19:54 »

I'll give it a watch in the next couple of days then.

How many of Lenzi's films do you reckon you've seen Tanzi?
i'll scan through imdb and try and have a count.
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« Reply #16 on: 09 Mar 2008 - 19:57 »

44/66 listed there, may be some missed on there i don't know.
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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #17 on: 09 Mar 2008 - 20:02 »

Pretty good going there, I'm slacking well behind! I reckon I've only seen about 15 out of the ones listed on imdb... I think I'll make a point of trying to watch all the Lenzi films I own in the next month or so.
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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #18 on: 09 Mar 2008 - 20:37 »

My 10 favorite Lenzi films are these - not all of them are 'great' in the correct meaning of the term but they are all very enjoyable:

THE CYNIC, THE RAT & THE FIST
DESERT COMMANDOS
FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN
KNIFE OF ICE
NIGHTMARE CITY
ORGASMO
SEVEN BLOOD-STAINED ORCHIDS
SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE
SPASMO
THE TOUGH ONES


Other very good ones:

BRIDGE TO HELL
CANNIBAL FEROX
EATEN ALIVE
FROM HELL TO VICTORY
THE GREATEST BATTLE
AN IDEAL PLACE TO KILL
IRONMASTER
THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS
MANHUNT IN THE CITY
THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER
VIOLENT NAPLES


The entertaining and decent but far from great ones:

ALMOST HUMAN
HELL'S GATE
THE HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT
MEAN TRICKS
SYNDICATE SADISTS


The downright BAD ones:

DAUGHTER OF THE JUNGLE
EYEBALL
GHOSTHOUSE
HUNT FOR THE GOLDEN SCORPION


There are still a few important Lenzi films I haven't seen, though. Most notably A QUIET PLACE TO KILL, which I want to check out soon.

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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #19 on: 09 Mar 2008 - 20:52 »

The downright BAD ones:
EYEBALL
You're not wrong Johan,the only good thing about it is the Barcelona scenery.Lenzi's a great director but this was a total letdown even after rewatching it 3 or 4 times,thank god for Knife of Ice,Paranoia and his other gialli.
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« Reply #20 on: 10 Mar 2008 - 02:27 »

Come on guys, EYEBALL wasn't that bad :) He has made others that were far worse!
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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #21 on: 10 Mar 2008 - 07:59 »

There's a few - really have grown to like Lenzi, probably because of his crime flicks more than anything else. Here are some of my faves:

ROME ARMED TO THE TEETH
VIOLENT NAPLES
FROM CORLEONE TO BROOKLYN
THE CYNIC, THE RAT AND THE FIST
SEVEN BLOODSTAINED ORCHIDS
SPASMO

Lefteris, I thought EYEBALL was alright, it's quite a stylish film, even if it is a little predictable. Not a massive fan of his cannibal flicks, though they're a lot more fun that those made by Deodato.  :-\
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« Reply #22 on: 10 Mar 2008 - 09:39 »

Come on guys, EYEBALL wasn't that bad :) He has made others that were far worse!
agreed, some of the much later stuff was shockingly bad
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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #23 on: 10 Mar 2008 - 14:18 »

I even like those. WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK is fun, in a trashy way of course. And HITCHER IN THE DARK is really underrated.
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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #24 on: 10 Mar 2008 - 15:02 »

I'm a big fan of NIGHTMARE BEACH and NIGHTMARE CITY, which are both good for some mindless laughs.  My favorite of his though is SPASMO.
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« Reply #25 on: 15 Mar 2008 - 18:05 »

The downright BAD ones:
EYEBALL
You're not wrong Johan,the only good thing about it is the Barcelona scenery.Lenzi's a great director but this was a total letdown even after rewatching it 3 or 4 times,thank god for Knife of Ice,Paranoia and his other gialli.

Yes, even though EYEBALL has its fans, I've never really been able to warm up to it. The film plays like it was made on auto-pilot - it's made in such a sloppy and careless way, and I know that Lenzi is capable of much better. I feel that he is much better at psychological thrillers than straightforward thrillers like this. It sorely missing the personal touch and cynical tone of his earlier films (ORGASMO and AN IDEAL PLACE TO KILL in particular, although the others are somewhat cynical too).

For me the most embarrassing scene comes in the climax when a heroine is trying to reach a key in order to get a door open so she can escape, and then the killer helps her reach the key without her knowing it. This scene is a total rip-off of one of the most heart-stopping scenes in TORSO and it fails miserably. In TORSO, I was sitting on the edge of my seat during this key sequence. It has a slow, genuinely creepy build-up, whereas in EYEBALL, it all happens so fast that there isn't any time to build up any suspense. It was really poorly made.

Like I said, Lenzi's psychological thrillers are great but IMO he is not really that suited to pure horror/thriller stuff. I love NIGHTMARE CITY but it works because it's made like an action film in many ways.

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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #26 on: 15 Mar 2008 - 20:12 »

EYEBALL
QUIET PLACE TO KILL
OASIS OF FEAR
SO SWEET SO PERVERSE
ORGASMO
HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT
NIGHTMARE CITY
GHOSTHOUSE
MAN FROM DEEP RIVER
SPASMO
SEVEN ORCHIDS STAINED IN RED

the ones I don't like that much are
BLACK DEMONS (annoying heroine)
CANNIBAL FEROX


the ones I find insultingly bad are:
HOUSE OF LOST SOULS
GATE OF HELL
WELCOME TO SPRING BREAK (liked the redhead, though)

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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #27 on: 15 Mar 2008 - 21:25 »

I guess I'm the only one who like HOUSE OF LOST SOULS!  ;D

OK, it's not great but I find it very enjoyable and by far the best of the four films in the Houses of Doom series. For once the annoying and badly dubbed kid gets what he deserves!

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« Reply #28 on: 15 Mar 2008 - 21:53 »

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Re: Favourite Umberto Lenzi films
« Reply #29 on: 24 Jun 2009 - 10:50 »

It seems Televista are going to release Lenzi's Sandokan the Great here in the uk.

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