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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

THE LAST REUNION 1955 (SINISTER CINEMA)

A fine British TV film with a nifty twist ending.

Extremely rare and obscure British TV film from the mid 1950's. The bizarre story revolves around 8 men who reunite every year since the end of WW2 for a dinner and friendly chat.

Their former leader's ghost joins them in spirit as well. All seems to be going well until they begin their reenactment of their final flight, which was a suicide mission.

During this we find out that all of the men are actually dead, but there is one final twist that I won't spoil here. It really packs a wallop and isn't soon forgotten.

There isn't much written about this on the internet and it is quite rare as I mentioned earlier. I first saw this on A Sinister VHS tape years ago and it was nice to revisit it on DVD.

I really recommend you check it out if you like good ghost stories. Ity's really too bad this isn't better known.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Robert Davi is 68, and Terri Nunn is 58.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS 1958 (MGM)

Fun little 50's JD film.

Yvonne Lime stars as Joyce Martin, a young woman in high school that is forced to join a dangerous gang of females called "The Hellcats".

The group is run by Connie Harris (Jana Lund) and she forces Joyce into a robbery and other illegal activities as well as destroying some people's lives.

One night at a wild party Connie is pushed down the stairs and killed and the group makes everyone swear to silence. The new leader of the group is a demented young woman named Dolly (Susanne Sidney) who doesn't like Joyce anyway and plots to kill her.

A young man, Mike Landers (Brett Halsey) is in love wit Joyce and tries to get her out of the Hellcats. Everything comes to a head when Dolly attempts to kill Joyce and it's revealed that she killed Connie out of jealousy.

Edward Bernds directed this classic little JD film that holds your attention well. The rest of the cast includes Heather Ames, Nancy Kilgas and Don Shelton as a very over protective father.

This AIP production is a good effort and well worth a look.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO,..

June Lockhart is 94, Carly Simon is 74, Norman J. Warren is 77, and Layla El is 42.

Monday, June 24, 2019

AMERICAN SCARY 2006 (POOB PRODUCTIONS)

A whimsical and fun look at a part of truly American history.

This documentary focuses on the sub-culture phenomenon known as the "local horror movie host" which many of us grew up on when we were much younger.

Starting in the 1950's local TV stations had movie packages consisting of the old Universal horror films in a presentation called "Shock Theater". Stations didn't know what to do with them and thus popped up many horror hosts from coast to coast.

Many of the personalities interviewed here are now gone, but their legacies live on. Some of the interviewees include Maila Nurmi (Vampira), Bob Wilkins, John Stanley, Bill Cardille (Chilly Billy), Richard Dyszel (Count Gore DeVol), John Zacherle (Zacherley), Karen Scioli (Stella), Jim Hendricks (Commander USA), and so many more.

Most people don't know what watching movies hosted by weird characters is really like given the cesspool TV is today, but back in the 50's, 60's and 70's, even into the 80's it was a sub culture that entertained many of us.

I recommend this DVD to any fan of horror and especially people my age who fondly remember this bygone era of entertainment.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Michele Lee is 77, and Georg Stanford Brown is 76.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

RIP BOB DORIAN ?-2019

The former host of AMC when it first began running old movies has died.

Dorian began hosting movies on AMC in 1984 and was always a very welcome person into my home.

Dorian was a part time actor and a huge movie buff. He wasn't an expert like others, but he was a fan who knew things about the films and was a very congenial host.

I miss people like Bob Dorian, because he and Robert Osborne were the two best hosts of older films on TV. Dorian died on June 15th, 2019 and I have no record of the year he was born. He will always be remembered by movie fans, however before AMC changed from American Movie Classics to All Movies Cut.

RIP EDDIE GARCIA 1929-2019

One of the most prolific actors in the world has died.

Eddie Garcia was considered the greatest Filipino actor of all time having appeared in over 600 roles during a career that lasted from 1949 until 2019.

Garcia is most widely known in the USA for his roles in classic Filipino horror films such as "Beast Of Blood", "Beast Of The Yellow Night", "The Twilight People", "The Living Dead" and much, much more.

Garcia never gave a bad performance and worked right up until an accident on the set last week put him in the hospital. He died on June 20th, 2019 at the age of 90.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

RAMBLINGS...

Well June is in full swing and that means my time is becoming very limited.

I am going to take a VERY well deserved vacation for a while so there will be no new entries for a few days, plus I am moving.

Lots of cool stuff lined up for review and some pretty interesting things coming to Blu-ray, which I will touch upon when I get back. Thanks for all of your support and I will return shortly.

THAT GUY DICK MILLER 2014 (AMAZON PRIME)

A very wonderful documentary on the career of perhaps the greatest character actor to ever appear in movies.

Financed by Kickstarter, this is a look at the career of Dick Miller who made over 200 appearances in various movies and TV shows in his very long career.

There is no excuse for anyone reading this not to know who Miller is. Directed by Elijah Drenner over a period of 3 years, this affectionate film looks at the entire career of Mr. Miller as well as his home life.

Almost everyone he has ever worked with is interviewed here including Joe Dante, Fred Dekker, Roger Corman, Jonathan Haze, Mary Woronov and many, many more. Miller has been in hundreds of films of every genre and you have seen him in something.

Just some of the films he is in are "Bucket Of Blood" in which he had the lead role of Walter Paisley which is a moniker that stuck with him for many years and roles to come, "War Of The Satellites" also a lead role, "Piranha", "Hollywood Boulevard", "Gremlins", "Night Of The Creeps", "Big Bad Mama", "The Wild Angels", "Not Of This Earth", and that is just a very few.

This film tells the story of his rise to cult icon after many years of struggling in Hollywood. He and his wife Lainie overcame huge odds and kept a strong marriage under the pressures of acting.

If you're a fan of films period, then you should see this gem. It's a touching tribute to a man who I grew up with and who made movie watching fun, no matter what the film.

Dick Miller was born on Christmas Day in 1928 and sadly passed away on January 30th of 2019 shortly after he turned 90. His legacy is brilliantly captured in this wonderful and highly recommended feature.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Candy Clark is 72, and Brett Halsey is 86.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

HOT CARS 1956 (MGM)

Obscure little crime drama that should be better known.

John Bromfield stars in this Bel-Air Production as a used car salesman named Nick Dunn. Nick is a happily married man who happens to have an infant that is ill and needs an operation.

Nick and his wife Jane (Carol Shannon) struggle with the fact they don't have enough money for the operation. Nick gets fired for not selling enough cars and he finds himself looking for other work.

Along comes a man named Arthur Markel (Ralph Clanton) who offers Nick a selling job at one of his lots, which he gladly accepts. Nick discovers that the dealership he works for is in the car stealing business and then re-selling them.

Nick is so desperate for cash that he puts blinders on and ignores things until a cop is killed and he is framed for the murder by the people he is working for.

The little low budget gem was directed by Don McDougall who handle the directing chores well. The rest of the cast includes Mark Dana, the incredibly sexy Joi Lansing, and Dabbs Greer.

I liked this film a lot. It only runs 60 minutes so it's a fast mover, and Lansing is ALWAYS nice to look at. RECOMMENDED!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Paula Abdul is 57, Rosalba Neri is 81, and Daria Nicolodi is 69.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

CARNIVAL ROCK 1957 (AMAZON PRIME)

An early Roger Corman film I had never seen until now.

David J. Stewart stars as Christy, the owner of a rock n' roll club on a small pier. Christy is obsessed with his beautiful, young singer named Natalie Cook (Susan Cabot).

Natalie actually love a young man named Stanley (Brian Hutton) and wants nothing to do with Christy except be friends. This, of course does not sit well with the carnival owner.

Christy's best friend and business partner Benny (Dick Miller) tries to help and to explain that Christy has been so obsessed, that he has let his business slide into uncontrollable debt.

Christy gets more and more obsessed and it finally culminates in a disastrous fire. This is a great little low budget film from Howco International and it is often overlooked by Corman fans and film fans alike.

Stewart does an excellent job at playing Christy and his wild obsession is fine against the quiet tones of Hutton's Stanley. Susan Cabot looks gorgeous as always and I feel she really carries this film.

There are a lot of familiar faces in here including Ed Nelson, Bruno VeSota, Iria Adrian, Jonathan Haze, Frankie Ray, Dorothy Neumann, Abby Dalton and the Platters who do a couple of numbers.

This is a film that should be released on DVD or Blu-ray, but for now you can see it on Amazon Prime. I recommend this movie.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Linda Thorson is 72, and A.J. Khan is 42.