Cinema Bis Belge 2016 | Offscreen
A focus on Belgian cult and exploitation cinema: “Cinema Bis” is a general term that refers to cheaply produced films – from B to Z – from the Golden Age of the 60's and 70's in popular genres like horror, adventure or erotica. Some Belgians made a name for themselves in this underbelly of the film industry. They dared to confront a social and moral context that was much stricter than it is now, while touching on various taboo subjects. These curiosities were appreciated by a broad audience and shown at the local “grindhouse” cinemas in Brussels, like the Victory on Rue Neuve or Cinema Apollo on Rue de Malines.
Belgian documentary filmmaker and teacher Jean Brismée's sole work of fiction is an excellent excursion into horror. Italian beauty Erika Blanc is a wonderfully creepy succubus as she sets out to seduce and kill seven travellers who seek shelter in a secluded old castle in the Black Forest.
One of the first attempts in Belgium to make sexploitation – by director Henri Xhonneux (“Téléchat”, “Marquis”) using an American sounding alias – is a twisted story about two sisters struggling with their libido. Its German title “Die Pornoschwesterns” leaves little to the imagination.