Lawrence Ramport, 1970
The recent revival of interest in 1970s grindhouse cinema has unearthed some bizarre and seedy films, but none are as shamelessly exploitive as these two entries in the softcore horror genre. The Last Step Down observes the initiation of several voluptuous young women into a satanic cult. With its zoned-out actors and lethargic plot, The Last Step Down is a cynical reaction to the counter-cultural fascination with the occult in the early ’70s, reducing the worship of the Prince of Darkness to a prolonged humping-and-groping session.
Also included is Russell Gay’s ultra-rare Blood Lust, an especially salacious (and unexpectedly stylised) adaptation of Le Fenu’s "Carmilla". Not shown in cinemas, Blood Lust was produced for the 8mm home movie market, and sold direct to consumers via advertisements in adult magazines.
Film Details: Running time: 70 minutes Aspect ratio: 1.66:1 Format: Colour Language: English Origin: USA 1970
Directed by Lawrence Ramport
Cast: Olivia James, Beatrice Stolen, Uschi Digard, Michael Valentine, Neola Graef, Terri Johnson, Michael Donovan O’donnell
BLOOD LUST: Film Details: Running time: 15 minutes Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 Format: Colour Origin: UK 1979
Directed by Russell Gay (Mistral Films)
PLEASE NOTE: This is a NTSC (USA format) Region free release