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Monday, September 1, 2014

REPTILICUS 1961 (TIMELESS/SHOUT)

I don't care what others say, I like this film a lot.

the tail of a prehistoric monster is unearthed in Lapland and brought to Copenhagen Denmark for further study. A scientist accidentally lets it thaw and they find it is still alive and growing.

The tail soon grows into a very large monster that spits green slime and proceeds to destroy Copenhagen. The army is called out and they seem powerless to stop it. They cannot use bombs since every cell would regenerate into a new monster.

Finally they devise a way to destroy the monster, but the ending leaves it open for a sequel that never happened.

The acting is ok and some of the effects are rather abysmal, but I do love the central story and the monster is pretty cool despite what others say. The print from Timeless is fine except for a coupe of blurry spots during the film that is caused by compression on the disc. Still, nothing to whine about.

I do recommend this film for monster on the rampage fans.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

George Maharis is 86, and Jada Fire is 38.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

THE BLACK SLEEP 1956 (MGM)

I really do love this little film.

Basil Rathbone is a mad doctor who is obsessed with bringing his wife out of the coma she is in, so he performs brain experiments on unwilling victims in order to find out what is wrong with her brain.

He enlists the aid of Dr. Gordon Ramsay, played by Herbert Rudley. Ramsay was sentenced to die by hanging for a murder he didn't commit, and Cadman gave him a drug he calls the Black Sleep which made him appear dead, thus enabling Ramsay to come back to life and help him.

After a while it seems that Ramsay has a distaste for the way Cadman does things. This is a great little B movie directed by Reginald LeBorg. The cast is any movie lovers dream and it includes Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Akim Tamiroff, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi and Patricia Blake.

The transfer from MGM is the best I have ever seen the film look and it contains no extras, but that is fine with me. I am just glad I am able to see this film again. I reviewed this before on this blog, but every once in a while you have to revisit these wonderful little films. Recommended!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Deborah Gibson is 44, and Mickie James is 35.

Friday, August 29, 2014

COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK 1958 (OLIVE)

Great little 50's sci-fi film that hasn't received a lot of attention.

I reviewed this when it first came out and I figured it was time to watch this again.

Ross Martin is a brilliant scientist who is killed by a truck that runs him over as he was trying to recover his sons small toy airplane that was blowing away at an airport. His distraught father (Otto Kruger) along with his brother find a way to keep him alive by transplanting his brain into the body of a huge robot that they have constructed.

Soon however he grows tired of not being able to see his son (Charles Herbert) or his wife (lovely Mala Powers) and uses powers he has developed over time to control the minds of his father and brother. He kills his brother and then attacks the United Nations in a pretty interesting climax.

This film has some great effects and acting. it is a shame this has been relegated to almost forgotten corners of the 50's sci-fi film world. Olive has turned out an excellent print of the film and I cannot recommend it enough to 50's sci-fi buffs.

The rest of the cast includes John Baragrey and Robert Hutton, but the standout to me will always be gorgeous Mala Powers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Frank Henenlotter is 64.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN 1959 (TIMELESS/SHOUT)

I have written about this film twice before here, but I revisited it again last weekend, so I figured I'd include a short write up here.

A scientist, played by James Griffith uses an invisibility serum on an escaped convict in order to have him steal things he needs to create an invisible army to conquer the world.

That is the plot, plain and simple from director Edgar Ulmer. This film has always been a favorite of mine ever since I first saw it in the late 70's on WTCG from Atlanta before they became WTBS.

It only runs 57 minutes and it does move quickly. The cast includes Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy and Ivan Triesault. Good fun for a Saturday afternoon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

David Soul is 71, Hugo Stiglitz is 74, and Lindsay Bloom is 64.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE EVIL 1978 (SHOUT FACTORY)

One of my favorite films.

I first saw this on a Halloween night on HBO when the network first started way back in the late 80's. It really impressed me, and it still does today after all these years.

Richard Crenna is a doctor who rents an old house to turn into a clinic. it turns out the house in haunted by a very evil spirit and soon it has the doc and all of the people who were helping him trapped in the house and is killing them one by one.

The doctor himself is responsible for unleashing the evil when he removes a cross from an ancient tomb in the basement. The scares are pretty good and some of the deaths are disturbing, especially Andrew Prine sinking into the ground after it becomes quicksand.

There is also the scene involving lovely Lynne Moody as a woman who gets sexually attacked by the invisible demon.

The ancient burial tomb is actually a portal to hell and Crenna and his sexy wife, played by Joanna Pettet find this out when they venture down. Victor Buono is the Devil. This is the part of the film that most people don't understand, as it really seems tacked on. It isn't a problem for me.

Shout Factory put this out on a double bill with Twice Dead on their Roger Corman cult classics. I recommend this film if you like good ghost stories.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Barbara Bach is 67, and Tuesday Weld is 71.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ZOMBIE 1979 (SHRIEK SHOW)

I decided to give this film another look and I never get disappointed by it.

Lucio Fulci directed this epic zombie film that set the standard for zombie films and gore. It seems that some kind of powerful Voodoo is bringing the dead back to life on a small island called "Matul."

Four people end up on the island. They are a reporter and the daughter of a man who was last known to be on the island (Ian McCulloch and Tisa Farrow) and a couple who are on a vacation (Al Cliver and Auretta Gay). The island is home to a doctor and his lovely wife. The doctor is played by Richard Johnson and his wife is Olga Karlatos.

Once on the island the zombie epidemic starts to spread and soon everyone is fighting for their lives against the dead. When they rise from an old cemetery we really get to see some classic horror make-up that really looks good ans creepy.

There is gore aplenty here, and if you've never seen the film you might be shocked by some of it, even today. The ending is bleak and it makes you remember the beginning of the film, which you might actually forget as you get into the film and let it take you away.

Simply the best Italian horror film ever made in my opinion, I recommend this 2 disc set from Shriek Show. It has more extras than you could ever imagine.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Akiko Wakabayashi is 73.

Monday, August 25, 2014

MAN ON A SPYING TRAPEZE 1966 (SINISTER CINEMA)

This is a pretty good Eurospy film.

Wayde Preston is Jerry Land, a secret agent assigned to a case involving lost microfilm. The fists fly, the sometimes snappy dialogue gets better and better and, of course, there are beautiful babes in abundance.

One of the lead villains, a Mr. Wong, played by Noe Murayama is an over the top comic book villain that really likes to torture and hurt anyone who is in his way.

There is a pretty good twist at the end which helps this film a lot. I like this particular spy film because it just strikes me a bit different than all of the others made during this time. The print from Sinister is good although it is sometimes washed out, but that only adds to the charm.

Give this 60's eurospy film a try and you might like it. Recommended!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Sean Connery is 84, Tom Skerritt is 81, and Claudia Schiffer is 44.