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  • Actors: Helga Liné, Vanessa Hidalgo, Richard Conte, Anthony Steffen, Pilar Velasquez
  • Directors: Jose Ramon Larraz, Mario Siciliano Mario Siciliano Mario Siciliano Mario Siciliano Mario Siciliano
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BCI Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMLJKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Black Candles Carol and her boyfriend Paul travel to England after the unexpected death of her brother. Once there she finds out her sister-in-law is involved in a satanic cult and she finds out that Paul is being drawn into the cult. New Anamorphic Widescreen transfer Starring Helga Line (Loreley's Grasp) and Vanessa Hidalgo. Directed by cult filmmaker Jose Ramon Larraz (Vampyres) Not Rated - 85 minutes - 1983 - Color

Evil Eye (Il Malocchio) Peter Crane is having nightmares about murdering someone. His psychiatrist Doctor Stone has him hospitalized for being unable to differentiate between dream and reality. Soon people start turning up dead at the hospital. Is Peter really a killer or is there something more sinister at foot. Starring Richard Conte (The Godfather), Anthony Steffen (The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave) and Pilar Velasquez NR - 89 minutes - 1974

GRINDHOUSE is an American term for a theater that mainly showed exploitation films. Grindhouses were known for non-stop, triple-bill programs of B movies, usually consisting of a double feature where two films were shown back to back. Many of these inner-city theaters formerly featured burlesque shows which featured "bump and grind" dancing, leading to the term "grind-house." Beginning in the late 1960s and especially during the 1970s, the subject matter of exploitation films shown in these theaters often included explicit sex, violence, bizarre or perverse plot points, and other taboo content - biker films, horror films, martial arts films etc. By the 1980s, home video threatened to render Grindhouses obsolete. By the end of the decade, these theaters had vanished from Los Angeles's Broadway and Hollywood Boulevard, New York City's Times Square, San Francisco's Market Street and pretty much everywhere else in the United States. To salute this film revolution of a bygone era, BCI has developed a line of DVD double features that recreate the ephemeral experience of the Grindhouse theaters with a whole new, interactive DVD experience. Featuring back-to-back film presentations, complete with movie trailers and intermission commercials, you can now enjoy the exploitative nature of exclusively licensed, cult films in the comfort of your own home with "WELCOME TO THE GRINDHOUSE".

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Low-Ranking Reviewer on September 9, 2007
Format: DVD
This is gonna get confusing so hold on. I decided to take a chance on this low-priced, grindhouse double-feature cause i enjoy fairly obscure horror films with an exploitation angle to them. Problem is, both films aren't very good attempts at the horror genre. EVIL EYE struck me as the potentially better horror film but it was less exploitive and coherent than BLACK CANDLES and ended up being a very frustrating film experience, especially the ending when you think "was that it?". Actually, you will feel that way at the end of both films as one could say they end EXACTLY the same way. So if you don't like the way one ended, prepare for deja-vu with the other.

So if both ended up being poor horror films with even worse cliched endings, why the 3-star rating then? Simple. If you're looking for sexploitation in a satanic cult-themed horror film, you've hit the jackpot with BLACK CANDLES. It is surprisingly wall-to-wall sex-scenes(have your finger on the fast-forward button ready when the 'tender love scene' involving a goat appears). THE TEACHER/PICK-UP grindhouse release doesn't have the amount of sex and sleaze that this movie alone has.

Overall, 3-stars for this set as it really is an average set of movies but at a decent price. But honestly, add 1-star on the strength of BLACK CANDLES alone if you enjoy softcore in your horror. Subtract 1-star from the 3-star rating if you actually want good horror films with decent endings that don't jerk you around. DVD picture quality isn't very good compared to the 'cleaner' looking TEACHER/PICK-UP release, and no extras except for three grindhouse trailers for THE PICK-UP, LEGEND OF THE 8 SAMURAI(hilarious), and DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE.

(edit: if you choose to view both films back to back under the 'grindhouse experience' option on the main menu, after the intermission you'll get trailers for PRIME EVIL and SISTER STREET FIGHTER).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Justin on December 9, 2009
Format: DVD
If your interested in THIS dvd, then I'll already assume your into these kind of movies, and get the euro-sleez genre. Black Candles is Bad-Ass! There are some great 70's Satanic rituals. Some pretty hot chicks, nudity and murder that I enjoyed. This super hot chick get banged by a goat during a ritual. Satanic Beastiality! How awesome is that? The transfer from the film to dvd looks pretty good. The other movie did suck, or it would have gotten 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Howard on March 19, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
(This 5 stars is just for "Black Candles"). If you are looking for movies that portray a Satanic group from a traditional point of view, along the lines of Rosemary's Baby and The Ninth Gate, this is the next best movie, in my opinion. It's a shame that it's less known than some other ones, like these: The City of the Dead (uncut British version of Horror Hotel), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), The Black Cat (1934), The Seventh Victim (1943), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), Alucarda, The Pyx (1973), Anticristo (1974), The Devil's Rain (1975). Although the others I just listed are similar themed, they just don't portray, from beginning to end, the same type of steady paced traditional Satanist perspective that this one does. It still falls behind Rosemary's Baby and the Ninth Gate, and, like one previous reviewer pointed out, has no climax or finalized plot development at the end (like "House of the Devil" does, another recent movie). On the other hand, like another reviewer mentioned, if this is the type of movie you are looking for, you have "hit the jackpot" with "Black Candles". Some of the scenes seem kind of extreme or disjointed, and it doesn't have the steady flow of the Polanski movies, which still makes it kind of a distant third runner up after "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Ninth Gate". But still, it's the one that comes closest to the first two.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on November 8, 2008
Format: DVD
I love horror films and even bad ones.
But these are hard movies to love. I can forgive most cheap horror movies
made in europe from the 1970's for most of their failings. but these are part of the throw everything at you and it doesn't need to make sense at the end type of movie. This was related to the drug culture of the time which was into burning their brains with acid and thinking that they learned anything other than learning what a schizophrenic see's and thinks like! Both movies are low budget affairs and even the excellent actor richard conte can't save 'evil eye' from being a jumble of confusion. The other one is similiar too but it has some disturbing scenes of it's own. Still if you love bad horror then you may want these around; you won't enjoy them as much as many other bad horror films from that decade but at least you get two horror movies here.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James H. Wallace Jr. on November 25, 2007
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When the movie Grindhouse featuring, "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof" came out at the cinema-plex, there was the hope for starting a new nostalgia. So, BCI decided to release movies from it's catalog and formed the Welcome to the Grindhouse Series. But, unfortunately Grindhouse proved a failure at the box office, so go figure. so, here we have a double bill of "Black Candles" and "Evil Eye." With both movies previously released, the suckers like myself bought them anyway. First off, both are not good movies. Also, they are virtually on the soft-porn side. So parents, use good judgment with your kids. "Black Candles" features lesbianism and disturbing bestiality. Girl-girl actions, ok. But, with barnyard animals? Quite disturbing. On the other hand, I do enjoy the whole feeling of the Grindhouse experience. With trailers and such, is such a cool concept. I only wish the movie had done better at the box office. If you have all the other releases, then get it to complete you collection. But if not, avoid at all cost.
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