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Beautiful 70s women and bad 70s men…

Schoolgirl Hitchhikers, Jean Rollin, 1973, 79 mins

Joëlle Coeur (Rollin’s Demoniacs) and Gilda Arancio star as a pair of lovers enjoying a blissful cross-country hike. But the carefree erotic film turns suddenly dark when the women are set upon by a band of thieves who think they have stolen their loot, and use sadistic means to force a confession.

Best known for his erotic horror films, such as The Rape of the Vampire, Lips of Blood, and The Living Dead Girl, French filmmaker Jean Rollin frequently indulged in the softcore (and occasionally hardcore) sex film. Among the more personal of these films is SCHOOLGIRL HITCHHIKERS , which reflects many of the themes and fascinations that run through his esoteric body of work.

Cold Eyes of Fear, Enzo G. Castellari, 1971

One man’s evening with a prostitute takes a turn for the worse when a pair of hardened criminals show up at the home of the man’s uncle, a judge who unfairly convicted one of the criminals years before. Tensions mount as the victims try to turn their captors against one another and save the judge’s life, as well as their own.

Dames & Dreams, Harry Sahn, 1974/2018, 79 mins

Shot in the year 1974, Dames & Dreams is (was) nearly a completely lost seventies exploitation sex-and-crime saga…

Four wild, willing and wanton ladies are read their fortunes at a swinging ´70s Hollywood revel. They tangle in every way with cons, cheats and corrupt cops, brandishing sex as their weapon. When reality ends, their bared fantasies are just beginning. Hot girls and supercool ’70s backdrops erupt in an orgy of danger and sexual intrigue in this lost sexploitation artefact, unseen before and now fully restored after nearly half a century.

The original film elements were discovered and returned to the film’s producer and cinematographer, film veteran Jacques Descent, in 2017. Jack, who ran a studio lab in Hollywood (the interiors for Dames & Dreams were shot there) and produced close to 50 films, formed DéJà VUE Films to finally complete Dames & Dreams after its near-half-century in oblivion.