The Razor: The Snare on VHS. Starring Katsu Shintaro, Sato Kei, Nishimura Akira, Kurosawa Toshio, Ineno Kazuko. Directed by Masamura Yasuzo. 1973.
From the VHS box cover:
Hanzo “Razor” Itami is an unusual cop with unusual skills, not the least of which is his uncanny ability to ferret out criminals using his “unique” interrogation methods on female prisoners.
While investigating the death of a girl during an illegal abortion, Hanzo sniffs out an orgy of wealthy perverts at a convent run by a priestess named Nyokaini. After the priestess is introduced to “THE LONGEST ARM OF THE LAW” she rats out Lord Okubo, the Shogunate Treasurer, who is minting debased coinage (and keeping the “extra” for himself). Okubo is also behind most of the prostitution in Edo. Meanwhile, Hanzo learns of a planned raid on the mint by a gang of cutthroats and sets up “house” with the beautiful widow (Riki) who runs the mint.
In a blazing bloodbath of slaughter, the “Razor” foils the raid and arrests the survivors. Lord Okubo offers a reward and Hanzo names it… [spoilers]
DVD upgrade: Hanzo The Snare
Shock Treatment on VHS video. Starring Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young. With Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien, Charles Gray, Ruby Wax, Nell Campbell, Rik Mayall, Barry Humphries. Directed by Jim Sharman. 1981.
From the VHS box:
Brad and Janet are in trouble again!
The people who brought us The Rocky Horror Picture Show are at it again. Brad and Janet are trapped in a town where all the world in one huge TV sound stage. The couple winds up on the bizarre game show, “Marriage Maze,” where Brad gets hauled off to the local booby hatch so he can learn “to care.” It’s all a plot by the show’s sleazy sponsor (also played by De Young) so he can have Janet all to himself.
This no-holds-barred spoof of TV and television audiences is garishly entertaining fun and frolic from beginning to end. So put on your little black dress and get set for kinky comedy and shocking suspense, without having to stand on line at midnight!
DVD upgrade: The Rocky Horror Picture Show / Shock Treatment (3-Disc Anniversary Edition)
Dee Snider’s StrangeLand on VHS. Starring Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Brett Harrelson, Robert Englund, Linda Cardellini, Dee Snider. Written by Dee Snider. Directed by John Pieplow. 1998.
From the box:
Let The Ritual Begin
[obscured by label]… the glow of the screen illuminates his heavily pierced tattoo-stained face as his fingers dance nimbly across the keyboard… searching, hunting.
His computer handle is Captain Howdy, and he surfs the local chat rooms for young female prey. Girls like Genevieve and Tiana, who mysteriously vanish after an online conversation with the cunning cyber-predator. Detective Mike Gage has a personal stake in the case–Genevieve is his daughter.
When Tiana’s corpse — tortured, pierced and scarred — is discovered in the river, Gage realizes that time is running out for Genevieve. Taking sadistic delight is Gage’s desperation, Captain Howdy sends the detective a series of taunting e-mails. challenging him to a deadly online game of cat and house, and drawing him into his “modern primitive” world — a strangle land of fetish bars, S&M, body modification and goth-rock.
DVD upgrade: StrangeLand
Twisted Sister: Big Hits & Nasty Cuts: Best of
Dee Snider on Dee Snider: Shut Up and Give Me the Mic