Night Flight partners up with Severin Films for more cult, horror, mondo & exploitation films

By on May 17, 2019

Here at Night Flight HQ we couldn’t be happier to announce that we’ve just partnered with Severin Films — a company devoted to rescuing and releasing the most controversial and provocative films from around the world — which will help us expand our selection of cult, horror, mondo films & exploitation titles on Night Flight Plus.

Below, you’ll find the first thirty-three Severin Films titles we’ve added to our ever-growing collection of great films on Night Flight Plus and if you’re not a subscriber to our streaming channel yet, and you’re a fan of movies like the ones we’re highlighting below, we can’t think of a better time for you to sign up!

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Carl Daft and David Gregory (who originally met in middle school in Nottingham, England) had, by their twenties, launched Blue Underground UK and its Exploited VHS/DVD imprint before joining forces with Blue Underground’s U.S. editor John Cregan to found Severin Films in May of 2006.

Severin Films — who maintain offices in both London and Los Angeles — took their name from the protagonist of Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel Venus In Furs, which was additionally immortalized by the Velvet Underground on their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Below are the first thirty-three of Severin’s successful DVD/Blu-ray titles — in no particular order, and including several titles by director Jess Franco, and several Ozploitation cult hits and UK video nasties too — which we’ll be featuring on Night Flight Plus (thanks to Severin Films for providing the great descriptive text we’ve quoted below).

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Jess Franco’s Devil Hunter (1980, a.k.a. Sexo Cannibal and Mandingo Manhunter) features “a safari of sexy babes and violent boneheads ventures into native-crazed wilderness, Uncle Jess unleashes a deluge of relentless nudity, dubious anthropology and his own brand of cut-rate carnage.”

This is yet another of several Severin Films titles we’re featuring which made the dreaded UK’s “Video Nasties” list back in the ’80s.

Franco’s Count Dracula (1970) stars legendary actor Christopher Lee as the Count in what may be the most faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel ever filmed, heralded as “perhaps the most spellbinding version of Dracula in movie history.”

Herbert Lom, the lovely Soledad Miranda, Maria Rohm, and certifiably kooky Klaus Kinski co-star.

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Franco’s The Sadist of Notre Dame (1979) stars Franco himself as “a defrocked priest turned hooker-slashing psychopath, prowling the streets of Paris in a fever of violence, voyeurism, rampant nudity and S&M depravity.”

Franco, Severin Films tells us, “re-purposed elements of his satanic sex shocker Exorcism with all-new footage to create a depraved new epic that – even by Uncle Jess standards – achieves new levels of EuroSleaze insanity.” Franco’s muse, the lovely Lina Romay, co-stars!

Franco’s Sinfonia Erotica (1980) — based on the depraved writings of the Marquis de Sade, and featuring a score by Franco and Franz Liszt — is “one of the most sexually daring and boldly creative films of his entire career.”

Lina Romay (can you tell we love her?) stars as an unstable noblewoman who finds herself “trapped in a web of unholy hungers and decadent perversions.”

We’re excited to add to our collection of zombie films two more from Severin Films, including Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci‘s Zombie 3 (1988), which began as a Fulci-lensed film in the Philippines before the maestro fell ill and director Bruno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi (see Shocking Dark) stepped in to finish for a veritable zombiefest of “extreme violence, Mattei/Fragasso-style surreal logic, and big bloody buckets of goo-spewing mayhem that must be seen to be believed.”

Meanwhile, Claudio Fragasso’s Zombie 4: After Death (1989) is a Philippines-filmed schlock-fest featuring “a plague of ninja zombies, exploding heads, appalling performances, eye-gouging, face-ripping, power ballads and big bloody mouthfuls of flesh-chomping havoc…and that’s just the first twenty minutes.”

Fulci takes on the erotic thriller genre in The Devil’s Honey (1986) — a.k.a. Il miele del diavolo and Dangerous Obsession — an “insane S&M saga complete with sodomy, torture, torrid romance, rampant nudity and a jaw-dropping cavalcade of kink!”

Severin Films and Night Flight present it uncut, uncensored and restored for the first time ever in America.

Shocking Dark (1989, a.k.a. Terminator 2 and Aliens 2… for real!) — the final collaboration of director Burno Mattei and co-writers Claudio Fragasso & Rossella Drudi — is a “bravura rip-off of both Aliens and Terminator, in which a team of badass marines, a tough female civilian and an orphaned girl battle monsters beneath the Venice canals while being chased by an indestructible killer cyborg.”

Umberto Lenzi’s uncut, uncensored and fully-remastered Eaten Alive! (1980) is a cannibal craze jungle epic — featuring Hollywood legend Mel Ferrer — in what Severin Films calls an “insane assemblage of flesh-ripping mayhem, depraved sexual brutality, and even the Jonestown massacre.”

If you haven’t had your fill yet of cannibal flicks, we’ve got a few more for ya, including Cannibal Terror (1981) in which “a couple of criminal knuckleheads and their busty moll kidnap the young daughter of a wealthy tycoon, but then “they foolishly choose to hide in a local jungle infested with ferocious cannibals.”

This infamous Spanish/French co-production — featuring “atrocious acting, gratuitous nudity and gut-munching mayhem by a ravenous tribe of flesh eaters who inexplicably sport comb-overs and Elvis sideburns” — was banned in Britain as one of the original “Video Nasties” and is now presented uncut, uncensored and mastered in High-Def for the first time ever in America!

We’ve got a few titles from notorious producer/director/distributor team of Lee Frost and Bob Cresse, starting with Ecco (1963), which explores “a world of sadism, delinquency, roller derby, extreme piercing, appalling stereotypes and the infamous Lapland-women-castrating-reindeer-with-their-teeth sequence,”

We’re also featuring two titles scanned in 4k from the original Something Weird 35mm vault negatives: Mondo Freudo (1966), a mondo cult classic from the Frost-Cresse team which delves into “a world of sex and the strange & unusual laws that govern it,” featuring Hollywood strippers, Tijuana hookers, London lesbians, Times Square Satanists and topless Watusi clubs; and Mondo Bizarro (1966), another Frost-Cresse mondo cult classic, which exposes “Bahamian voodoo rites, Japanese massage parlors, Nazi theater, and an Arab sex slave auction (that looks suspiciously like LA.’s Bronson Canyon).”

Mariano Baino’s Dark Waters (1993) — filmed along the grim Ukraine coast and described by Severin Films as a “modern Nunsploitation masterpiece” — tells what happens when “a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity.”

Speaking of Nunsploitation, controversial Italian sleaze maestro Bruno Mattei’s The Other Hell (1981, L’altro inferno) stunned audiences back in the early ’80s with a film about a series of brutal murders in a depraved convent.”

Mattei “delivers a surprisingly stylized yet undeniably blasphemous orgy of stabbings, stigmata, Satanism, sexual violence and graphic savagery that ranks among his very best.” The score was “borrowed” from music by Goblin!

Next of Kin (1982) — an Australian creepfest featuring an intense synth score by Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream — shows us the horrific skin-crawlingly real story about a young woman (Jackie Kerin) inherits a creaky retirement home, who then “finds herself in a waking nightmare of murder, madness and a legacy of evil that may be inescapable.”

Another Ozploitation cult classic — and one of the most unique shockers of the ’80s — is director/co-writer Michael Laughlin’s Dead Kids (1981, a.k.a. Strange Behavior), a “grisly saga of bizarre experiments, butchered teens, New Zealand doubling for suburban Illinois, and a killer in a Tor Johnson mask.” This one also features a hypnotic score by Tangerine Dream! (We’ve got it playing above in this blog!)

Director Richard Franklin’s Patrick (1978) is another Ozploitation classic from down under, starring Robert Thompson as “a comatose killer seemingly unresponsive in a small private hospital.”

That’s before a “hot new nurse begins to question his condition,” which ends up unleashing Patrick’s “waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage.”

British actor David Hemmings stars in Rod Hardy’s Thirst (1979) as one of the executives of an international blood-drinking cartel known as “The Brotherhood.”

However, “when they abduct a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory to reboot her depraved legacy, she must escape before the corporation can expand their human ‘blood cow’ dairies and create a vampire master race.”

Hemmings gets behind the camera (or at least alongside cinematographer John Seale) for his film The Survivor (1981), which tells what happens a 747 crash-lands in a Sydney, Australia suburb leaving behind just one survivor, the plane’s pilot, while a local psychic (Jenny Agutter) begins to “communicate with with the spirits of the doomed passengers, it will unlock a nightmare of madness, murder and supernatural horror.”

The cast of The Survivor also features Hollywood legend Joseph Cotton.

For those of you who love vintage skin flicks, we now have All the Colors of the Dark (1971, Tutti i colori del buio) features luscious Edwige Fenech, who gives the performance of her career as a woman tormented by visions of Satanic violence, hallucinatory horror and psychosexual insanity.

Black Venus (1983) — starring former Miss Bahamas Josephine Jacqueline Jones — is set in “a Victorian society ruled by sexual repression and personal perversion,” and “based on the scandalous story by Honore de Balzac…only far, far filthier!” This infamous erotic cult classic is presented totally uncut and uncensored for the first time ever!”

D’Amato’s Emanuelle & the Last Cannibals (1977) is sub-titled a “Feast of Sensous Excitement,” a claim that we can verify since it features the ever-luscious Laura Gemser as a journalist who “discovers evidence of an extinct cannibal tribe in a Manhattan mental hospital,” but “her investigation will take her to the Amazon jungle for an orgy of carnage…”

We promise this one combines “insane extremes of eroticism and cannibalism” for a film that will make your entire body tingle, it’s “the most groin-grinding, gut-munching, gore-spewing EuroSleaze saga of them all.”

Mick Jackson’s Threads (1984) is a “docudrama about the effects of a nuclear attack on the working-class city of Sheffield, England as the fabric of society unravels.”

This British apocalyptic war drama TV film shocked tens of millions of UK viewers when it was shown on the BBC in September of 1984, and it continues to shock viewers today.

The Guardian called it “the most terrifying and honest portrayal of nuclear war ever filmed.”

In Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Ozploitation post-nuke near-future dystopian flick Turkey Shoot (1982) — we’re presented with a savage tale where Steve Railsback (network TV’s best “Charles Manson”) and the lovely Olivia Hussey (who stole our hearts as the pre-pubescent Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo & Juliet) are “chosen as human prey for rich people to hunt.”

Furthermore, we’re told “they will be thrust into a nightmare of depravity, dismemberment, cleaved skulls, exploding heads, lesbians with crossbows, the insane hungers of a deformed cannibal circus freak, and more.” Brutal!

In Drive-In Massacre (1976) — a “nasty slab of ‘70s sleaze directed by adult film & episodic TV veteran Stu Segall, one of the few true slasher movies to pre-date Halloween and Friday the 13th — there’s a psycho with a machete on the loose in a run-down drive-in (located on the site of former carnival grounds, somewhere in rural Los Angeles county) and two doughy homicide detectives are assigned to figure out who the killer is before he lops off another head or slashes another throat.

Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972), a grade-Z schlockfest about a group of modern-day druids who kidnap and kill young women in upstate New York, harvesting their victims’ bodies in hopes of finding one with a rare blood-type so they can keep their queen alive.

If those aren’t enough for ya, we’ve also added Eddie Romero‘s Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968), Brides of Blood (1968) Beast of Blood (1970), Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero’s Terror Is A Man (1959), and David Blyth’s Death Warmed Up (1984), and we’ll no doubt be adding more Severin Films titles in the near future, so stay tuned!

You can find more info about Severin Films on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and we have no doubt we’ll be telling you more about these great cult/horror/mondo/exploitation titles in future blogs here on Night Flight.

Watch all thirty-three of these films from our new content partner Severin Films, now streaming on Night Flight Plus!

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