Blu-ray Review: Ecco (1963) and The Forbidden (1966)

February 5, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

If you’ve never seen an entry from the world of Mondo documentaries steel your loins and prepare for a world of debauchery, boobs, bloodshed, boobs…and boobs. Speaking of which…

Our putrid pals at Severin have just released yet another collection of Mondo entertainment with a Blu-ray containing two prime examples of the genre; 1963’s Ecco and 1966’s The Forbidden!

Ecco, made in Italy but released stateside by American Mondo maven Bob Creese, features narration courtesy of George Sanders of all fucking people (you know, the voice of Shere Khan from Disney’s The Jungle Book)…and what is The Big G jawin’ about? A whole bunch of rando shit, including (but not limited to) A German dueling club, Japanese babies listening to the radio, karate, a cotillion contrasted with some sort of hobo hoedown  (yeah…so far things are more “mundane” than “mondo”, a circus motorcycle stunt, mountain-based monasteries…after those yawn inducing sites we get a (chicken) blood drenched Satanic ceremony. Okay Ecco, now you’re makin’ ol’ XIII’s pants tight in the crotch…what else do you have for me? Fuckin’ Rio de Janiero’s Mardi Gras, bodybuiding flex-offs, a woman ripping a phone book in half, whaling (I feel obligated to issue my official Daniel XIII Visible Whale Carcass Alert at this time…operators are standing by to help ease you through this segment…offer expires while you wait), a mass of Japanese dudes trampling each other wearing next to nothing, a piece on Grand Guignol theater…and on and on. Wow, Ecco you are one of the least offensive Mondo films I have ever…wait…a lady just bit of a Reindeer’s nuts…I stand corrected Ecco; you fit in with your peers just fuckin’ fine…

The Forbidden begins with some naked chicks gettin’ pervved by some rando chrome dome. Of course the only place to go from there is Jiu-Jitsu, strippers, drug administering topless female muggers (criminals givin’ you a half mast…p***y power), more strippers, a murderous jilted granny, again with the strippers, lesbian sex clubs with their own credit union (I often find I need to refinance my mortgage while ogling a tit or two), a hippie riot (a riot of their own), those fucking strippers again (verified virgins this time…and trust me, the trained eyes of the patrons of that club can spot a real virgin a mile away; mostly because I’m sure they own a mirror), people talking at a funeral (horny dudes love that shit…LOVE it!), Nazi strippers (somewhere Frank Miller is giving a golf clap), and a stripper. Stripper.

As for special features on this batshit Blu-ray, we get Ecco‘s theatrical trailer, the short film I Want More which features plenty of naked flesh, coffin sex, and shower screw sessions (complete with folding lawn chair as is so often the case in these affairs), and a remembrance of Cresse by Producer David Goldstein.

Seriously, if you love complete lunacy, an absolute fuck-ton of naked flesh, and bad taste so off the charts it becomes art (almost), then this Blu of Ecco and The Forbidden is going to be a cherished family heirloom for decades. Stripper.



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