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Really Awful Movies: Ep 294 – Slaughter Hotel

Slaughter Hotel (in Italian: La bestia uccide a sangue freddo and also known as Asylum Erotica and Cold Blooded Beast) is a 1971 Italian giallo horror film directed by Fernando Di Leo and starring the incomparable Klaus Kinski. The film, a hybrid of exploitation, giallo and slasher, follows a masked killer murdering female patients in a sanitorium.

So yes, the title is a bit of a misnomer.

Directed by Fernando Di Leo, this 1971 effort is as stylish as they come, and represents a rare foray into horror by the director, more known for his work in Italian crime cinema.

There’s an axe-wielding maniac lurking in the shadows, a fun red herring in the form of a leering gardener, and of course, a bevvy of beautiful babes and an assortment of native tongues necessitating ADR.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 293 – Nightmare Beach

Now the weather outside is frightful, but 80s teen horrors are so delightful.

Join us, as we dive headfirst into Nightmare Beach (also released as Welcome to Spring Break), an American-Italian slasher directed by the incomparable Umberto Lenzi and Harry Kirkpatrick.

This might be the fourth Lenzi flick we’ve talked about here on the Really Awful Movies Podcast. He’s just so darned entertaining regardless if he’s tackling giallo, cannibal movies, demented zombie films, or straightforward (to the extent that this is) slashers.

Manatee Beach is being plagued by a spate of murders. And it turns out, the local leather-clad bikers aren’t to blame (this time). There’s a killer on the loose. And, to quote Jim Morrison, there’s a killer on the road. His brain may be squirming like a toad. He’s got a helmet, and also an electrified ride that he uses to zap Floridians.

This Nightmare Beach has all the makings of…well, something. It’s a turd. But a delightful turd. It’s just so much fun.

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