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  1. #91
    No movies Mon-Wed last week, but finally got back in business on Thursday with:

    It Conquered the World (1956)

    During the first half of this one, there's so much clunky dialogue, painfully bad acting and general tedium, that, in view of the fact that the film's principal creatives were all smart and competent folks, I tend to suspect there was a certain amount of sniggering self-awareness creeping in here. This makes me sad, because, as cynical as the production circumstances underlying Corman's films may have been, I've always appreciated his earnest dedication to trying to make a decent movie out of whatever meagre resources were available to him.

    Once things get going though, ol' Jolly Roger really delivers the goods, god bless him! Surely no genre movie fan can fail to be moved by the sight of Lee Van Cleef firing up his inter-planetary radio-set (hidden behind a curtain in the corner of the living room), and, once the Best Movie Monster Ever (except no substitutes) shows up, conquering the fuck out of Bronson Canyon (if not quite the world) with his big grin and adorable "yo, yo, yo" man-in-suit frontin' moves, it's all gravy for a surprisbngly action-packed final act.

    First we get Beverly Garland blasting away at the beast with a shotgun (how often do you see the heroine of a '50s sci-fi movie sneaking out from under her husband's nose to give the monster hell??), then the Dick Miller Commandos show up with their bazooka, then an enraged Van Cleef fucking the bastard up with a blow-torch, of all things - wow! "I made you welcome to this earth... you made it a CHARNEL HOUSE!" Classic.

    Friday:

    Murder Rock: Dancing Death (1983)

    Underrated, enjoyably goofy '80s giallo from Lucio Fulci, who can almost be seen just off camera, waving his arms around, yelling "hey, look at me, I can make one of those slick, commercial Argento-type movies too!" Might have gained more acceptance from fans if it had been directed by Lamberto Bava or Cozzi or someone instead, thus defusing the expectation of OTT gore and delirious craziness, although interestingly, Fulci's distinctive visual style (dissociative cutting patterns, excessive use of close-ups, jarring, wonky framing) is still in full effect here, despite the otherwise bland/anonymous feel of the film.

    Witchboard (1986)

    This one plays as if a young Kevin S. Tenney was really taking the profs at Film School seriously when they told him that characterisation and story-telling were more important than action and special effects, resulting in a debut feature which is just.... relentlessly ok.

    It held my attention well enough to get me across the finish line awake post-midnight, but really needed an additional 150% infusion of exploitation craziness to make the experience worthwhile.

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    On Saturday meanwhile, I "met up" with a few old friends for a virtual pre-Halloween movie night, and, after the obligatory squirreling around trying to find a movie we could all access for free in our own homes, we ended up with.... Haunt (2019).

    Which, as it turns out, is pretty much the perfect choice for a Halloween movie night with regular, non-movie-nerd type folk -- easy-going, no nonsense studio guff about the requisite disposable teens being terrorised by a bunch of Slipknot rejects in an "extreme haunted house". Thoroughly watchable, loads of jumps and shocks and visual puzzles and "no, don't go in there" type shit, interspersed with gory bits which are gnarly enough to make an impression whilst never actually threatening to become gross or upsetting. Attempts to try to give it all some 'substance' by making the final girl a domestic abuse survivor (cue flashbacks) however were half-hearted at best.

    Probably not the kind of thing I'd normally bother with, but it was fun to watch in company. I'd be tempted to dismiss it out of hand, but for the realisation that if it had been made 40 years ago, it would basically be 'The Funhouse', and thus I would really like it. The generation gap yawns!

    Speaking of which, our friends called it a night at this point, as they're both hard-working folks with young children, leaving us with a couple of hours to kill and nothing planned, which swiftly turned into... Scream, Blacula, Scream! (1973).

    I previously saw this at a cinema screening a few years back, and remember it being an absolute hoot. Returning to it at home, it was... somewhat less so. In fact it turned out to be a bit of slog. Still has its charms - a lot of weird/goofy moments, decent performances, extraordinary fashions and good gags, but the pacing just seemed *leaden*, and director Bob Kelljan seems to have recycled a hell of a lot directly from his Count Yorga pictures, which doesn't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Tolch View Post
    Newt, digging the reviews even if I don't comment on all of them.
    Thanks sir. Still gotta figure out what film I'm doing on Halloween.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BW Haggar View Post

    Speaking of which, our friends called it a night at this point, as they're both hard-working folks with young children, leaving us with a couple of hours to kill and nothing planned, which swiftly turned into... Scream, Blacula, Scream! (1973).

    I previously saw this at a cinema screening a few years back, and remember it being an absolute hoot. Returning to it at home, it was... somewhat less so. In fact it turned out to be a bit of slog. Still has its charms - a lot of weird/goofy moments, decent performances, extraordinary fashions and good gags, but the pacing just seemed *leaden*, and director Bob Kelljan seems to have recycled a hell of a lot directly from his Count Yorga pictures, which doesn't help.
    I have heard SCream Blackula Scream called the worst blaxploitation horror film. And while it isn't good. It is better than Blackenstein. With SBS at least you got Pam Grier.

    Since Apple is being the pieces of shit I have known they were since 86,It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown isn't airing on anything besides Apple's streaming service. Now most years I would DVR the special off CBS or ABC and watch it. Wasn't gonna watch it this year,then last night my mother asked when we were gonna watch it.

    My dvd of the special is at my girl's apartment. And I doubt I see her before Halloween. Did some looking around and found where someone had DVRed the special last year when it aired on ABC. Grabbed that and we are gonna watch it tonight or Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt Cox View Post
    I have heard SCream Blackula Scream called the worst blaxploitation horror film. And while it isn't good. It is better than Blackenstein. With SBS at least you got Pam Grier.
    Agreed! And yeah, most things are better than Blackenstein.

    One thing SBS does have going for it is some great (possibly accidental) comic timing. For instance, I love the scene in which a drunk on a street corner sees Blacula transform into a bat and fly off. Instead of doing the corny old rubs eyes / "huh??" kind of routine, he just stands there, no reaction, for about three or four beats, then mutters "SHEE-it...", starts walking off, shot cuts. Just cracks me up.

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    TITLE-Savage Vengeance
    SOURCE-Eden Entertainment DVD

    Back in 2002 I was staying during Xmas at a good friend's home. Like me he is a life long horror fan. Since I was spending all of Xmas Eve and Xmas day out seeing friends and family members,my buddy and I exchanged wrestling gifts on December 23rd. I had got him this huge coffee table book about the Tales from the Crypt comic and tv show. He handed me a box full of horror DVDs. Stuff like "Please Don't eat my Mother" was in that box. At the very bottom was a dvd in a slimline case. The picture at the top is the cover of this DVD.

    So what is Savage Vengeance? It's a rape/revenge movie. Made by the infamous Donald Farmer. No one seems to know when the film was actually made. But it got released in 1993. That release was straight to video, And the vhs from that release isn't easy to find. But then most Donald Farmer films didn't get big releases. Until fairly recently the above pictured DVD was the only other release this film got. Eden Entertainment was the company that put out the DVD. I did some research and seems Eden was a sub division of a porn company. All of Eden's releases came in slimline cases. And lots of the horror films they put out are part of their I will Dance on your Grave line. None of the films in this line are connected. And out of all of them Savage Vengeance is the best known film in that line. Recently Massacre Video put the film out on DVD. Which is a good thing. Until the Massacre Video DVD the Eden Entertainment DVD was out of print and selling for highly inflated prices. Which I find funny cause for years you could find dealers at flea markets who had piles of all the Eden Entertainment DVDs. And usually they were asking between a buck and 3 bucks per DVD.

    Now I'm sure you are wondering why a shitty DTV Rape/Revenge film would be in high demand. Well there is a major reason for this. That is because Savage Vengeance is an unofficial sequel to the infamous I Spit on Your Grave. Somehow Donald Farmer managed to get Camille Keaton to star in this low budget piece of crap film. For some reason Camille used the alias Vickie Kehl. Maybe she was so embarassed by how bad the film is she refused to have her name on the film.

    Camille plays Jennifer again. And in another great thing about this film everytime Jennifer's last name is said it is muted. I am guessing Meir Zarchi was gonna sue. So Donald Farmer tried all he could to prevent being sued. After the events of I Spit on your Grave Jennifer is tired and not convicted of killing the men that raped her in the first film.Jennifer goes on a vacation with her friend Sam.

    They get to a cottage they are renting for the vacation. Sam is digusted by the condition of the cottage and goes for a walk. Sam gets raped and killed while on this walk. The next day Jennifer goes looking for Sam. She meets up with the two guys that raped and killed Sam. They tell her they know where Sam is and will take her there.

    They arrive to the place and Jennifer finds out Sam is dead.Jennifer runs out of the house into the woods. The guys come after her. They catch her. One of them rapes her. And the other stabs her in the chest. And leave her in the woods thinking she is dead.

    Jennifer gets out of the woods,hitchhikes and starts to plan her revenge. The two rapists find out that a woman looking like Jennifer has recently bought a bunch of weapons.One of the two is dumb as fuck and takes a walk in the woods. He runs into Jennifer. Who uses a chainsaw to cut off his head. Then Jennifer goes and confronts the other guy. Chases him out of the house. And shoots him in the balls with a shotgun. Leaving him laying there to bleed to death.

    Yea I know this film sounds horrible. ANd it is way way worse than it sounds. I just did some more research. Seems the film was made in 1988. And that rare VHS release I mentioned,it appears all that was made was screener tapes. For those that don't know screener tapes are what are made and sent out for free to video stores and places that sell movies. That way these places can watch the film and see if they want to buy copies to sell. I am guessing no place ordered copies of Savage Vengeance. So until the Eden Entertainment DVD came out this film was pretty much impossible to see.

    Savage Vengeance gets a F.

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    Castle Of Blood-I first saw this one tv in either 1968 or 1969 and just fell in love with it. Never saw it again until I picked up a grey market vhs of it back in the 90's. Then of course, the Synapse dvd with extra footage was a must have. Then it pops up on blu ray as an extra on the Nightmare Castle bd. I love the US cut of the film. And I also watch the first twenty or so minutes in the dark, turning on the lights when Ms Steele arrives. In my top 5 of all time horror films.


    The Dorm That Dripped Blood-A student film that went all out and got released in theaters. As slashers go, this one isn't too bad and the identity of the killer is not all that easy to figure out. A college is demolishing a dorm and some students stay behind at vacation break to clean it up, move things out and get whacked by a mad killer. I remember first reading/hearing about this movie under the title of Pranks, which didn't do so well (original title Death Dorm). Released under TDTDB title made it financially successful.

    October 2020

    1-The Raven (35) 6
    2-The Cosmic Monsters 4
    3-Grave Robbers (88) 4
    4-Cemetery Of Terror 5
    5-Shivers 7.5
    6-Clawed:The Legend of Sasquatch ack!
    7-Werewolf Shadow 7
    8-The Bat People 5
    9-Atom Age Vampire 2
    10-Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD 2
    11-the Hunt (2020) 6.5
    12-Frailty 8
    13-Fog Island 4.5
    14-Mark of The Vampire 7.5
    15-The Mask(61) 6
    16-Tales From The Hood III ack!
    17-Santo Vs The Vampire Women 8.5
    18-Tales Of Halloween 6.5
    19-Swamp Of The Lost Monsters ack!
    20-Spiritism 5
    21-Terror Creatures From Beyond The Grave 5
    22-Teenage Frankenstein 6.5
    23-Mystery Of The Wax Museum 6.5
    24-Count Dracula (1970) 5
    25-Castle Of Blood 10
    26-The Dorm That Dripped Blood 4.5
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  8. #98
    Sunday:

    Gemini (1999)

    I've never been much of a fan of Shinya Tsukamoto, but I *am* a fan of films based on Edogawa Rampo's work, wild gel lighting and buying stuff from Mondo Macabro, so I thought I'd give this one a go.

    Hmm - mixed feelings, I suppose. The basic Rampo-derived story, about a man being terrorised by his doppelganger, is very compelling and unsettling, exploring a wide range of thematic territory, and there are some truly shocking and bizarre WTF moments to, uh, 'enjoy' here.

    On the other hand though, I didn't really dig Tsukamoto's approach as director much. Although there is some beautiful photography in places, the 'extreme' colour schemes used through much of the film are achieved via ugly-looking post-production filtering rather than actual, on-set lighting and production design, and the fixation with looong sequences of people silently maintaining creepy/natural positions or just freaking out in front of the camera for minutes on end distracted from the narrative, and ultimately made the whole thing feel quite pretentious and uninvolving.

    I'm also not really sure why the occupants of the film's early 20th century "slums" were all crazy, Noh-dancing neo-primitive cyberpunks, but hey, you hire the guy who made 'Tetsuo: The Iron Man', that's what you get I suppose.

    Monday:

    La Venganza de las Mujeres Vampiros (1970)

    Although my opinion may be prejudiced by the fact that I was struggling to keep my eyes open whilst watching it, this seemed like a thoroughly middling Santo effort, full of stuff which the earlier, black & white-era films had already done with a bit more enthusiasm.

    Basically starts off like some crack-brained Al Adamson monster bash, with a mad scientist and his gangster cronies kidnapping go-go dancers and draining their blood in order to resurrect a Vampire queen whose immortal lifeforce can in turn be used to perk up his green-skinned Frankenstein monster. (Because then, of course, his scientific colleagues will finally take him seriously.)

    Vampire queen though soon becomes the brains of the operation, gradually assembling her ever-growing army of the translucent night-gowned undead, and the whole thing ends with about fifteen minutes of chaotic, massed brawling as Santo and his police chums crash in and proceed to beat the shit out of everybody.

    Somehow, not half as much fun as the preceding paragraphs make it sound. The wrestling scene, in which the Vampire Queen is telepathically controlling the fighters, was good, and some sort-of-psychedelic nightclub scenes and way-out fashions were probably the highlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BW Haggar View Post
    Sunday:

    La Venganza de las Mujeres Vampiros (1970)

    Although my opinion may be prejudiced by the fact that I was struggling to keep my eyes open whilst watching it, this seemed like a thoroughly middling Santo effort, full of stuff which the earlier, black & white-era films had already done with a bit more enthusiasm.

    Basically starts off like some crack-brained Al Adamson monster bash, with a mad scientist and his gangster cronies kidnapping go-go dancers and draining their blood in order to resurrect a Vampire queen whose immortal lifeforce can in turn be used to perk up his green-skinned Frankenstein monster. (Because then, of course, his scientific colleagues will finally take him seriously.)

    Vampire queen though soon becomes the brains of the operation, gradually assembling her ever-growing army of the translucent night-gowned undead, and the whole thing ends with about fifteen minutes of chaotic, massed brawling as Santo and his police chums crash in and proceed to beat the shit out of everybody.

    Somehow, not half as much fun as the preceding paragraphs make it sound. The wrestling scene, in which the Vampire Queen is telepathically controlling the fighters, was good, and some sort-of-psychedelic nightclub scenes and way-out fashions were probably the highlight.
    I think I've seen this and may actually have it, but can't recall a thing about it.
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    I watched it about 16 hours ago, and there are already huge gaps in my recall, so...

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