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Sunday, April 23, 2017

RIP ERIN MORAN 1960-2017

The actress who became famous from "Happy Days" has passed away.

Erin Moran will always be remembered as Joanie from the sitcom Happy Days. It ran for 10 years and her character grew from a small role into a major character.

After the show went off the air she starred in a short lived series called "Joanie Loves Chachi" which only ran for 17 episodes.

Acting roles were scarce but she did star in the 1981 sci-fi gem "Galaxy Of Terror". She was 56 when she died and as of this writing the cause has not been released.

DANCE OF DEATH 1968 (VCI)

One of four films Boris Karloff shot scenes for before he passed away. This is also known as HOUSE OF EVIL.

This was the first one that was released and it wasn't until 1978 that this film got some exposure. It seems that several relatives of a man who recently died have gathered at his castle for the reading of his will.

There they find a collection of toys that have been imbued with life and kill the relatives one by one.

This film is not as bad as some people think and I do enjoy watching it once in a while. Jack Hill directed the Karloff segments and Juan Ibanez handled the Mexican film version.

Karloff's character is called Matthais Morteval which sounds evil unto itself. The rest of the cast includes Julissa, Andres Garcia and Beatriz Baz.

Worth checking out if you're a Karloff fan and just a fan of off the wall films.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Lee Majors is 78, and Valerie Bertinelli is 57.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ALIEN TERROR 1969 (VCI)

One of the last film Boris Karloff did in Mexico before he passed away. Known also as SINISTER INVASION.

Bizarre film about an alien visiting the Earth in the late 1800's because he has been attracted by a ray shot into space by Prof. Mayer (Karloff).

The alien wanders around while an alien intelligence takes over the mind of a sex killer named Thomas who then proceeds to infiltrate the Mayer home.

The film is not well put together, but the Karloff inserts are the highlight, of course. Thomas is played by Yerye Beirute, a name not remembered but a face well known in all of these Mexican/Karloff efforts.

The main alien just walks around a lot while voice over "thoughts" are transmitted so we can hear what is going on. This is recommended for Karloff fans as well as Mexican horror film lovers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Jack Nicholson is 80, Glen Campbell is 81, and John Waters is 71.

Friday, April 21, 2017

RAMBLINGS....

I put a poll on my blog today and will be curious to see how it goes.

It just asks if you put a lot of thought into watching movies. Why do I ask this?

Because I have friends and people I don't even know asking hundreds of questions about simple little movies. In other words, if they watch ATTACK OF THE 50' WOMAN they always ask questions about things that aren't explained.

It takes all the fun out of these kinds of movies if you over think them. Agree or disagree. That is why I put the poll up, just to see where people stand on this.

If interested it's there until 5/15/17. Thanks.

RIOT IN CELL BLOCK 11 1955 (CRITERION)

Finely made film noir/crime drama.

The title is very explanatory as to what happens in the film.

The convicts is a prison are tired of mistreatment and go on a violent rampage while taking several guards prisoner.

The film was the creation of producer Walter Wager after he got out of prison for shooting a man he believed was having an affair with his wife.

It's a gripping film that starts right off and never lets up for a moment. The leaders of the uprising are James Dunn (Neville Brand) and "Crazy" Mike Carnie (Leo Gordon).

It's a very brutal look at prison life and all of the performers are top notch. Criterion has turned out an excellent print of the film that is well worth seeking out.

The cast includes Frank Faylen as the police commissioner, Paul Frees, Whit Bissell, Alvy Moore, Dabbs Greer, William Schallert, and Robert Osterloh.

A great, hard hitting drama that every film fan should see.

Wager got Don Siegel to direct and that was, of course and excellent choice. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Dee Hartford is 89, and Ed Leslie is 60.

RIP YVONNE MONLAUR 1939-2017

The very beautiful French actress has passed away.

Monlaur died on April 18th at the age of 77. Her career was not a long one, but she will forever live in the minds of people who read this blog as one of the loveliest women to appear in a Hammer Film.

Her most famous role was that of Marianne in the 1960 Hammer film "Brides Of Dracula". Her other films of note to followers of this blog are "Terror of The Tongs", and "Circus of Horrors".

Yvonne was a very kind woman who loved her fans and always had kind words with them when she appeared at conventions. She will be missed, but her small circle of films will be with us for a very, very long time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MASK OF DIMITRIOS 1944 (DVD-R)

Excellent film noir.

Peter Lorre stars as a mystery writer named Cornelius Leyden who becomes interested in a noted criminal when his body is washed ashore in the Bosphorus.

Leyden questions many people about the noted criminal called Dimitrios Makropoulos and starts putting his life story together. It seems Dimitrios was a schemer, liar, traitor and a murderer.

During the course of the investigation, Leyden comes to know a Mr. Peters (Sidney Greenstreet) who has a very intense hoping that Dimitrios is still alive.

After several flashbacks reveal what a total ass he really was, it is discovered that Dimitrios is still alive. When I was a child my mother recommended this movie to me and it took a few years for me to finally find it, and what a joy to behold.

This is a finely crafted film that keeps you guessing at the many plot twists as well as shocked at all the dastardly deeds Dimitrios does during the course of the film. The very underrated Zachary Scott turns in one of the performances of his career as the creepy title character.

A highly recommended film noir.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Carmen Electra is 45, Judith O' Dea is 72, and Gary Raymond is 82.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KILMA, QUEEN OF THE AMAZONS 1975 (DVD-R)

Bizarre and obscure little gem.

This is a ZIV production and I have never seen it anywhere but on the bootleg DVD I have which was made from a VHS tape long ago.

A sailor played by Frank Brana escapes from a mutiny on a ship and finds himself washed ashore on an island.

He finds a cave full of old weapons and a few skeletons but before you know it he is attacked by a strange tribe that lands on the island.

Much to the sailor's surprise the invading tribe is met by a tribe that lives on the island. Amazon women led by the very beautiful Kilma (Blanca Estrada).

The sailor, Dan Robinson ends up saving Kilma's life and the two slowly fall in love. Dan then warns them that the ship he escaped from may be coming to the island and that the women all have to be ready...and sure enough the pirates do show up.

In between the quiet times and the pirates showing up we learn that an alien race had entrusted the Amazons to keep safe a strange globe filled with light that will help the aliens return someday.

It's all very bizarre, but the women are all gorgeous and wear little clothing, which is the way it should be. If you can find this little gem, put your mind on stop and enjoy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Tim Curry is 71.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS 1972 (SHOUT FACTORY) BLU-RAY

One of my all time favorite films from the 70's and thanks to Shout, has finally made it to Blu-ray.

Gorgeous Anitra Ford stars in this wonderful little film about mysterious deaths in a small California town called Peckham.

It seems men are dropping like flies from sexual exhaustion and the local authorities are baffled. The local police are led by Capt. Peters (Cliff Osmond) who receives some help from the Government because some of the deaths involve men working at a super secret plant outside of town.

Agent Neil Agar (William Smith) is sent in and it is soon discovered that some of the women at the facility, due to experimentation have turned into bees. Anitra Ford is Dr. Susan Harris who is actually the leader of the Bee Girls.

Sexy Victoria Vetri is Julie Zorn, and she becomes Agar's best friend and helper in the investigation.

This film is fun from start to finish and offers the viewer everything they could want. There is action, nudity, hilarious dialogue and some very interesting special effects.

The Blu-ray presentation is gorgeous and it is the most complete print ever made available. EVERYONE should have this film in their collection. One of the top releases of the year.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Eric Roberts is 61, Hayley Mills is 71, and Melody Thomas Scott is 61.