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Sunday, September 21, 2014

CRAWLING EYE 1958 (IMAGE)

One of my favorite films.

Forrest Tucker stars as Alan Brooks, a man who is on a "vacation" in the Alps and investigates the gruesome deaths of several mountain climbers who have had their heads torn off.

He arrives with two young women also on the same train as he is. They are a mind reading act of Sarah (Jennifer Jayne) and Anne (Janet Munro) Pilgrim. They both decide to stay in the small town of Trollenberg after Anne receives a strong mental message from an unknown source.

After a few more disappearances it soon becomes clear that an alien force is at work. Aliens from another planet are attempting to take over, but must first make the earth cold enough for them to live on.

The aliens are giant eyes with tentacles!! I will never forget when I first saw this film as a child. It blew me away, and it still does. I love the slow build up to the all out attack by the monsters on an observatory where everyone is gathered.

The print from Image has the original title, "The Trollenberg Terror". I have reviewed this here before, but wanted to re-visit it because it deserves all the attention I can give it. Great 50;s sci-fi and not to be missed.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Stephen King is 66, and Rebecca Balding is 59.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

RIP POLLY BERGEN 1930-2014

The acclaimed actress who starred in many motion pictures and TV shows has passed away at the age of 84.

Bergen is best remembered for her role in the 1962 film "Cape Fear" and her television roles in such shows as "War And Remembrance".

She had been suffering from emphysema and other problems at the time of her death.

CHUPACABRA VS. THE ALAMO 2013 (ECHO BRIDGE)

With a title like this, one can expect a somewhat interesting film.

Erik Estrada stars as a DEA agent who is investigating the violent deaths of several drug cartel members.

it turns out that a huge pack of Chupacabra's are running over the countryside in San Antonio, Texas and it is soon up to a small party of people to stop the violent rampage.

The creatures are CGI and look like starving dogs. They are very convincing in some scenes and in some scenes not so good. The plot is not hard to follow and the action starts right off and doesn't end until the movie is over.

Made for the SYFY channel, this is better than most sci-fi efforts and I loved the final battle at the Alamo against the army of inhuman monsters.

If you get a chance, check it out. You could do much worse.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Sophia Loren is 80, Asia Argento is 39, and Brinke Stevens is 60.

Friday, September 19, 2014

COTTON COMES TO HARLEM 1970 (KINO LORBER)

Finally the wait is over!

One of the most influential films within the Blaxploitation genre finally comes to Blu-ray from Kino.

Calvin Lockhart is a shady reverend who raises money for his "Back To Africa" campaign, and a huge amount of it is stolen during a pledge drive stop in Harlem. The thieves all die and the money, hidden in a bale of cotton falls out of the truck.

Two street wise detectives, Grave Digger Jones, played by Godfrey Cambridge and Coffin Ed Johnson, played by the marvelous Raymond St. Jacques are on the case. They are hamstrung by everyone in the department during the investigation, but they proceed on their own.

This is a great mixture of action, comedy and adventure. The absolute standout is gorgeous Judy Pace as Iris, the girlfriend of Lockhart's Reverend Deke O'Malley. My God, Judy tries to seduce the cop that is watching her, and seeing her in the buff is JUST TOO MUCH!!! It's a great scene filled with dynamite sex appeal and comedy.

Directed by actor Ossie Davis, this film hits every mark just perfectly. The dialogue is snappy and the entire film moves at a very brisk pace. The Blu-ray presentation is flawless and I cannot recommend this film enough. Touchstone filmmaking here!!

The rest of the cast includes Redd Foxx (in a great role), John Anderson, Lou Jacobi, Eugene Rocje, J.D. Cannon and Cleavon Little.

Get this movie!! Did I mention that the gorgeous Judy Pace is in the film???

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Adam West is 86, David McCallum is 81, Victoria Silvstedt is 40, and Randolph Mantooth, 69.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Frankie Avalon is 75, and Veronica Carlson is 70.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE INTERNECINE PROJECT 1974 (SINISTER CINEMA)

A very intricate and well made film written by Barry Levinson.

James Coburn is a man who is moving up the political ladder. He is about to be promoted and so he must hide his shady past. he comes up with a very complicated but intricate plan to have four of his former associates all kill each other in the span of a single night.

Coburn is very good in the role of Robert Elliot, as cold blooded a man as there ever was. Lee Grant is a female reporter who becomes involved with Coburn, only to be treated badly and turn on him.

The ending is a great twist that takes you by total surprise. Coburn is a cocky killer who finally gets his comeuppance. The rest of the cast includes Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Keenan Wynn, and Julian Glover.

I highly recommend this film for anyone who likes political thrillers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Jennifer Tilly is 56.

Monday, September 15, 2014

BURIAL GROUND: THE NIGHTS OF TERROR 1981 (SHRIEK SHOW)

One of the most bizarre zombie films ever.

This film first came to my attention on Vestron Video many years ago, and I was rather indifferent to the film. Now, about 15 years later and owning it on DVD, I find it to be one of the most disturbing zombies films ever made.

The zombies are all rotten corpses with worms and maggots falling off of them, and yes, they do have an appetite for human flesh. It seems a professor brought them to life by accident when he opened a long sealed tomb. The professor has invited six people up to his mansion to announce the discovery.

When the guests arrive, they don't find the professor, but they do discover that corpses are walking around the grounds and before you know it the entire group is under siege. The killings are full of gore which you'll either like or hate depending on what you like in a film.

The people at the mansion act very stupid when it comes to defending themselves and many of the victims deserve to die. Of all the things that happen in this film, it is probably most famous for the casting of Peter Bark as Michael. Now Michael is supposed to be a child, but he is clearly a "little person" playing a child and shortly after a zombie attack he stays with his mother and soon is fondling her breasts and feeling up her dress. This easily is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen in any film.

Karen Well is simply stunning to look at as the mother of this deranged "boy". When Bark's character of Michael is killed, the ensuing scene is something to behold. I won't tell you about it because I don't want to spoil it if you've never seen it. Suffice to say, this film should be seen by every horror fan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Henry Silva is 86.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Taryn Power is 61.

COMING ATTRACTIONS...

A couple of new releases are coming from Sinister Cinema.

The first is a very rare film I haven't found much info on. It is entitled "House of Terrors" from 1965 and I am told it is an excellent Gothic thriller.

The other interesting one I have heard about is a beautiful widescreen edition of "Island Of The Doomed" aka "Man-Eater Of Hydra" starring Cameron Mitchell.