It’s been a while since I picked up a new giallo on DVD - Lucio Fulci’s Murder Rock, in July, seems to have been the last one. Giallo DVD releases have certainly slowed of late, although there are still dozens, if not hundreds, of titles that have yet to see the light of day on the shiny disc format. Recently, however, a German company called New Entertainment World released a DVD of Riccardo Freda’s The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire, a giallo I’ve wanted to see ever since I first heard its delightfully ridiculous name. Released under the title of Die Bestie mit dem Feurigen Atem (“the beast with the fiery breath”), its image quality is, by the sound of it, not particularly good, but I’ve been starved for good spaghetti slashers lately, and I’m pretty sure I own worse discs (the initial German release of Death Carries a Cane, for example).
As I was placing my order at Xploited Cinema, I happened to glance down at the “Customers who bought this product also purchased…” section, and my lid nearly flipped when I saw that a DVD had been released of The Mephisto Waltz. This is a rather derivative 70s horror movie designed to cash in on the success of the likes of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, but it has a special place in my heart because, back when I caught it on TV on late night in the early 1990s, it was one of the first “proper” horror films I ever saw. My memories of it are so fond that, last year, I bought a VHS dupe of the film on eBay. I never thought 20th Century Fox would ever release this on DVD, but it appears that, in France, they have done just that, under the title of Satan Mon Amour (which probably explains why I wasn’t aware of its existence until now). Of course, I added it to the order.