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Esotika Erotica Psychotica is a film blog edited by American film critic Mike Kitchell. The blog's subtitle is Sex, art, horror and experimentation in world film.

Mike describes himself as a "photography student with an interest in film, literature, contemporary art, and "underground culture".

The blog's title Esotika Erotika Psicotika is inspired by the Italian title of Radley Metzger’s film The Lickerish Quartet (1970) which was called Esotika Erotika Psicotika.



In November 2007, Esotika announced [1] that it was taking the nobrow route:

"I've been throwing myself into contemporary critical theory ... one of my main goals is to translate the idea of no-brow culture into criticism. What I mean by this is that I want to talk about and discuss the films that I'm writing about in a manner that isn't obtuse and utterly academic, but I also don't want to ignore the "academic" elements in the films reviewed, as for me that is part of their major fun.
By "academic" I mean to imply the elements of these films that are ostensibly more "intellectual" than a reductive cinema incorporates. Take, for example, the films of Alain Robbe-Grillet. Traditionally there have been two opposing ways to read his films (and very rarely do these readings overlap). The first way is to ignore the "intellectual" elements of the film and focus on the genre elements; vampirism, eroticism, le fantastique. The second method seems to ignore or pay little attention to the genre elements and their contextual implications, choosing rather to focus solely on ideas of critical theory; narratology, structuralist construction, montage. Alain Robbe-Grillet is probably the most blatant example of this cross-pollination of readings, but obviously there are many other films and directors that fall into this divide.
My goal, which has hopefully become clear, is to read the films from BOTH perspectives, allowing the "low-brow" and "high-brow" readings to play off each other in order to create a much stronger way to think about the film. "

List of films reviewed

Anima Persa (Dino Risi, 1977); Arrebato (Ivan Zulueta, 1979); The Bedroom (Hisayasu Sato, 1992); La Belle Captive (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1983); Cannibal (Marian Dora, 2005); The City Without Windows (Julien Fonfrede & Karim Hussain, 2002); Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kumel, 1971); Day-Dream (Tetsuji Takechi, 1964); The Dead Man (Peggy Ahwesh & Keith Sanborn, 1987); Delirium (Renato Polselli, 1972); Don't Deliver Us From Evil (Joel Seria, 1971); Deviation (Jose Larraz, 1971); Dirty Maria (Takahisa Zeze, 1998); Duelle (Jacques Rivette, 1976); The Embryo Hunts In Secret (Koji Wakamatsu, 1966); L'etreinte (Paul Collet & Pierre Drouot, 1969); Exhibition 2 (Jean-Francois Davy, 1978); Fata Morgana (Vicente Aranda, 1965); Footprints on the Moon (Luigi Bazzoni, 1975); The Fruits of Passion (Shuji Terayama, 1981); Frustration (Jose Benazeraf, 1971); Fuses (Carolee Schneemann, 1967); La Gemella Erotica (Alberto Cavallone, 1980); Gemidos De Placer (Jess Franco, 1982); Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968); I Was A Teenage Zabbadoing (Carl Andersen, 1988); Inland Empire (David Lynch, 2006); Killing Car (Jean Rollin, 1993); Landscape Suicide (James Benning, 1986); Last House on Dead End Street (Roger Watkins, 1977); Leo Es Pardo (Ivan Zulueta, 1976); The Lickerish Quartet (Radley Metzger, 1970); Living (Frans Zwartjes, 1971); Loft (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2005; Lost In New York (Jean Rollin, 1989); Lost Paradise (Masami Akita, 1990); Macumba Sexual (Jess Franco, 1983); Midnight Heat (Roger Watkins, 1983); Private Collections (Just Jaeckin, Shuji Terayama and Walerian Borowcyzk, 1979); Rafureshia (Hisayasu Sato, 1995); The Reincarnation of Isabel (Renato Polselli, 1973); Requiem For A Vampire (Jean Rollin, 1973); La Rose De Fer (Jean Rollin, 1973); Satan Bouche Un Coin (Jean-Pierre Bouyxou, 1968); Slow Slidings of Pleasure (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1974); Sombre (Philippe Grandrieux, 1998); Strange Circus (Sion Sono, 2005); Survey Map of A Paradise Lost (Hisayasu Sato, 1988); Third Part of the Night (Andrzej Zulawski, 1971); Through the Looking Glass (Jonas Middleton, 1976); Der Todesking (Jorg Buttgereit, 1989); Traitement De Choc (Alain Jessua, 1973); Visions of Suffering (Andrey Iskanov, 2006); Wife Collector (Hisayasu Sato, 1985)


Esotika rare film list

In July 2007, Esotika published this list of wanted features

  • Alberto Cavallone:
    • La Salamandre / Alberto Cavallone / 1969
    • Dal nostro inviato a Copenhagen / Alberto Cavallone / 1970
    • Zelda / Alberto Cavallone / 1974
    • Maldoror / Alberto Cavallone / 1977
    • Blow Job / Alberto Cavallone / 1980
    • Pat una donna particolare / Alberto Cavallone / 1982
  • Frans Zwartjes:
    • Eating / Frans Zwartjes / 1969
    • Achter je muren / Frans Zwartjes / 1970
    • It's Me / Frans Zwartjes / 1976
    • In extremo / Frans Zwartjes / 1981
    • Medea / Frans Zwartjes / ????

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