If prizes were given out for the most awful artwork on super 8 boxes, the Dutch 8mm distributor Real Film would score very high. Even on a cult title like Toho’s Godzilla vs. King Kong, the crudely painted art work just isn’t fun. However, some of their films are much sought after.
Feature films for the Dutch market
Real Film was the most important of the small number of distributors who entered the Dutch market in the 1970s. Between them, Real Film and its direct competitors Arco and Pikra were responsible for a few dozens of feature film releases. Apart from their output, very little is known about these companies. They may have published catalogs, but I have never seen any. And sadly, the people I can think of who could have had more information, like Top Film of Amsterdam’s Ton van de Kleut, have passed away. But the films are still there and many are well worth checking out.
Real Film’s feature film releases range from obscure westerns to cult horror titles and classics. All films were issued with original sound (English in most cases) and Dutch subtitles. Judging from the various typefaces and styles used, Real Film did not oversee the titling themselves. Rather, they used prints obtained from various Dutch theatrical distributors which already had been titled – in doing so, obviously saving on the costs of translation and titling.
As many of these films were never released in other countries and most have original sound, several Real Film releases are much sought after by collectors. Most prints were struck on low-fade film stock, so color has held up very well. Some of the most wanted titles are: the cult horror film Nightmare in Wax with Cameron Mitchell, Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptation Tales of Terror with Vincent Price, and the Tarzan films Tarzan Triumphs and Tarzan’s New York Adventure, both with Johnny Weismuller. An very rare release was Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Below, I have listed all Real Film feature film releases I am aware of. Some of these films have sat in my personal collection for years, and most have been for sale on Super8warehouse at any one time. I have consulted several Dutch retailer’s and renter’s catalogs which resulted in a few extra titles, so I think this list is more or less complete. Unless noted otherwise, all films were released in three 120m/400ft parts, in color, with English sound and Dutch subtitles. Where known, I have also listed the Dutch release title. Many films, however, were issued under their original titles only.
Apart from the feature films, Real Film released a number of Tarzan tv episodes from the 1960s (starring Ron Ely) and a large number of cartoons. I have planned to look into these films later this year.
Feature films released by Real Film
The Blind Boxer
Cheung Sam, Hongkong 1972.
Starring Jason Pai Piao and Ingrid Hu.
Bullet for a Badman
Robert G. Springsteen, US 1964.
Starring Audy Murphy.
Dutch release title: Kogels voor een moordenaar.
Thomas Carr, US 1953.
Starring Richard Greene and Leonora Amar.
Death is a Woman
Frederic Goode, UK 1966.
Starring Trisha Noble, Mark Burns and Shaun Curry.
Dutch release title: Fatale lust.
Raoul Walsh, US 1951.
Starring Gary Cooper.
Dutch release title: Dreigende trommen.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Freddie Francis, UK 1965.
Starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
As far as I know, this film was released in two separate volumes, numbered 1 and 2, each of which consisted of two 120m/400ft reels.
The Far Horizons
Rudolph Maté, US 1955.
Starring Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed.
Dutch release title: Helden van de Rode Rivier.
Flight of the Lost Balloon
Nathan Juran, US 1961.
Starring Mala Powers, Marshall Thompson and Douglas Kennedy.
Dutch release title: De schatten van Cleopatra.
The Hellfire Club
Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, UK 1961.
Starring Keith Michell, Adrienne Corri, Peter Cushing.
Dutch release title: De duivelsclub.
The Hunchback of Soho
Alfred Vohrer, Germany 1966.
Starring Günther Stoll, Pinkas Braun, Monika Peitsch.
Dutch release title: De gebochelde van Soho.
King Kong vs. Godzilla [Kingu Kongu tai Gojira]
Ishirō Honda (Toho Studios), Japan 1962.
The super 8 print is based on the English language version.
Also released as a two-parter.
Also released as a digest, with the Dutch release title Het monster van Fao Eiland.
The Leather Stocking Tales [Die Lederstrumpf Erzählungen]
Pierre Gaspard-Huit, Germany/France 1967.
Starring Hellmut Lange, Pierre Massimi, Sophie Agacinski and Thekla Carola Wied.
Released with a French soundtrack.
Dutch release title: De Prairiehelden.
The Lone Ranger
Stuart Heisler, US 1956.
Starring Clayton Moore.
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
Lesley Selander, US 1958.
Starring Clayton Moore.
The Man Who Would not Die
Robert Arkless, US 1975.
Starring Dorothy Malone, Keenan Wynn, Aldo Ray.
Also released as a digest.
Nightmare in Wax
Bud Townsend, US 1969.
Starring Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm and Scott Brady
Dutch release title: De bloedkelder.
The Pyramid of the Sungod
Robert Siodmak, Germany/Italy 1965.
Starring Lex Barker.
Ride in a Pink Car
Robert J. Emery, US 1974.
Starring William Kerwin, Erni Benet.
Samson and the Slave Queen [Zorro contro Maciste]
Umberto Lenzi, Italy 1963.
Starring Alan Steel, Pierre Brice.
Michael Reeves, UK 1967.
Starring Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey, Ian Ogilvy, and Susan George.
Dutch release title: In de greep van de misdaad.
Tales of Terror
Roger Corman, US 1962.
Starring Vincent Price.
The film consists of three episodes, two of which were released by Real Film, each as a two-parter.
1st episode: Morella.
2nd episode: The Black Cat. Dutch release title: De zwarte kat.
The Top Film catalog for 2000 lists the film as having three 180m/600ft parts. This may have been a respooled set.
Wilhelm Thiele, US 1943.
Starring Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, Frances Gifford.
Black & white print.
Dutch release title: Tarzan overwint.
Tarzan’s New York Adventure [Tarzan Against the World]
Richard Thorpe, US 1942.
Starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan.
Black & white print.
Dutch release title: Tarzan in New York.
Terror in Virginia City
Unidentified episode from the Bonanza television series.
A Thousand and One Nights
Alfred Green, US 1945.
Starring Evelyn Keyes, Phil Silvers and Cornel Wilde.
Dutch release title: Aladdin in Bagdad.
Train for Durango [Un treno per Durango]
Mario Caiano (as William Hawkins), Italy 1968.
Starring Anthony Steffen, Mark Damon, Dominique Boschero
Dutch release title: De laatste trein naar Durango.
Viva Sabata [Arriva Sabata]
Tulio Demicheli, Italy 1970.
Starring Anthony Steffen.
Dutch release title: Revolverhelden.
Western Story [Adios Companeros]
Demofilo Fidani (as Miles Deem), Italy 1971.
Starring Gordon Mitchell, Klaus Kinski, Jeff Cameron.
Dubbed in English.
Dutch release title: De bende van Butch Cassidy.
William Berke, US 1949.
Starring Jon Hall, June Vincent, Jane Nigh.
Black & white print.