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Sunday, December 21, 2014

BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE 1958 (SONY)

Randolph Scott stars in this top flight western.

Scott stars as a man who is returning to Texas and stops in an small town called Agry where he is robbed and framed for murder.

He is also caught between a feuding family that is out to take anything they can get. Tol Avery is Judge Simon Agry, a crooked judge who wants to hang a young Mexican man who killed in self defense.

Craig Stevens is Abe Carbo, the only one who seems to know what is going on and has a very level head about things.

The rest of the cast includes L.Q. Jones, Barry Kelly and Manuel Rojas. This western actually has plot enough for two films and borders on a film noir. Great stuff indeed from director Budd Boetticher.

ARTHUR GARDNER 1910-2014

Long time producer Arthur Gardner has passed away at the age of 104.

Gardner produced such series as "The Rifleman" starring Chuck Conners as well as a ton of my favorite horror and crime films.

Some of the films he produced include "Without Warning" a 1952 film noir, "Return Of Dracula", "Flame Barrier" and "Monster That Challenged The World"

A wonderful and rich legacy is what he leaves behind.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

TOP 50 RELEASES OF 2014 PART 3

This week we crack open the top 30....

30...MARTA (SINISTER CINEMA)...This long sought after film finally comes to light from Sinister. Sadly the print is missing a few nude scenes of the luscious Marisa Mell, but it is all we have now and Sinister should be commended for bringing this to light again.

29...WCW GREATEST PAY PER VIEW MATCHES (WWE)...A great Blu-ray release featuring some of the best matches from the great WCW and featuring such talent as Sting, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and many more.

28...GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND (KRAKEN)...Godzilla and Angorus battle Gigan and aliens for control of the Earth. A surprise Blu-ray release, but a very welcome one.

27...KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (UNIVERSAL)...Another great Blu-ray release in the middst of "Godzilla Mania" during the past year.

26...LAS MUJER MURCIELAGO (BATWOMAN) (VCI)...A good Spanish language only release featuring a sexy heroine in a bikini and mask fighting a mad doctor intent on creating an underwater race.

25...COUNTESS DRACILA (SYNAPSE)...Excellent Blu-ray release of the Hammer classic starring Ingrid Pitt and a woman who bathes in the blood of women to stay young.

24...SANTO AND THE RIDERS OF TERROR (VCI)...Another great Santo film, but this is a bit different as it is more western than horror.

23...GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (KRAKEN)...Godzilla fight Ebirah on a small island in this interesting Blu-ray release from Kraken, a small company with good taste.

22...MONSTEROUS DR. CRIMAN (SINISTER CINEMA)...top notch Mexican horror film that actually started the genre south of the border. This is a beautiful subtitled print.

21...JENNIFER (KINO)...Rare late 70's film about a young woman with deadly powers that is pushed too far. Thanks to Kino, this obscure thriller sees the light of day.

Well that wraps up this week's countdown. Please feel free to comment or drom me a line telling me what you liked for the past year. Next week we open the top 20....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Nicole Maurey is 89, Pamela Austin is 73, Angel Tompkins is 71, Jacqueline Pearce is 71, and John "Bud" Cardos is 85.

Friday, December 19, 2014

EMBODIEMENT OF EVIL 2009 (SYNAPSE)

The third and final Ze do Caixao film from Jose Mojica Marins.

I reviewed this one a few years ago, and I have just recently re-watched it. If you have seen Marins other films from back in the 60's featuring the same character you know pretty much what to expect.

The evil gravedigger is released from prison after 40 years and moves to the slums with his followers in order to continue looking for the perfect woman to bear him a child. Ze finds a lot of victims to choose from, but after putting the women thru a series of brutal tortures he is still disappointed in what he finds.

There are many disturbing images in this film. Marins has lost none of his power to shock an audience. Back in the 60's his films were met with a much different attitude simply because audiences had never seen anything like it before. There are scenes of sadism which no American director would ever do, and when Ze visits what I assume to be Hell, it is astonishing.

I have seen the Marins films and like them all. To see this film in Blu-ray is an experience you will not forget. I cannot recommend this film enough. If you have seen it you might want to see Marins' other films including "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" and "Tonight I'll Possess Your Corpse".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Alyssa Milano is 42, Kristy Swanson is 45, and Marlene Clark is 65.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

CASTLE OF BLOOD 1964 (SINISTER CINEMA)

This is usually a Halloween staple for me, but I rewatched this on a Saturday at around 5am.

Barbara Steele stars in this film about a reporter who takes a bet from Edgar Allen Poe that he cannot spend the night in a castle that is reportedly haunted. He is dropped off and told if he can survive the night he will win an get a lot of money.

Georges Riviere is Alan Foster the man who spends the night in a castle filled with terror. Barbara Steele is Elisabeth Blackwood, a mysterious young woman who falls for Alan. Soon he finds that the castle in haunted by the spirits of people who have died violently and must re-live their deaths every year on Nov. 2nd.

There is some great atmosphere in this Italian chiller and the music is always a favorite of mine. It turns out Steele is dead too, but she tries to help Riviere escape.

Solid and scary entertainment that is top notch no matter what time you watch it. Highly recommended for any horror fan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Christina Agulilera is 34, Steve Austin is 50, Victoria Pratt is 44, Trish Stratus is 39, and Rob Van Dam is 44.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DEADLY EYES 1982 (SHOUT FACTORY)

Not a bad little film.

As usual, there is a lot of bad press about this film because they used Dachshunds in rat costumes to make the monsters and people just cannot get over that. Hell, it better than most of the CGI junk I see today.

Sam Groom is Paul Harris, a regular guy pulled into a web of horror when the woman he is dating, who happens to be a city inspector, uncovers the fact that rats got into some contaminated grain and have grown to the size of small dogs and are killing more and more people.

There are a few very well done scenes in this film and I noticed that the Blu-ray disc has "Night Eyes" as the title, which is the original name of the film before it got changed.

This film has been neglected over the years and yet it is one of the better 80's horror films out there so I was glad to see Shout finally giving this film it's due.

the rest of the cast includes Scatman Crothers, and Lisa Langlois. If you're so inclined, check it out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Milla Jovovich is 39, and Marilyn Eastman is 81.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DECISION AT SUNDOWN 1957 (WARNER)

Another great Randolph Scott western.

In this film Scott is Bart Allison, who, along with his friend Sam arrives in a small town on the day of a wedding. The wedding is for town boss Tate Kimbrough.

Allison makes no bones about his dislike for Kimbrough, and we soon learn that Allison holds Kimbrough responsible for the death of his wife years before. After they break up the wedding the town have both Allison and Sam cornered in a local livery stable.

Sam is shot in the back after he is told he can leave safely, and this leads some of the townspeople to rethink their position. This is an excellent and very tight western with Scott as the meanest character he has played in sometime. He is vicious and vindictive and Scott plays it very well.

Budd Boetticher directed an the cast is top notch and also includes Noah Beery Jr. as Sam, John Carroll, Richard Deacon, Andrew Duggan as the Sheriff, Valerie French (who looks simply stunning in this film), Bob Steele, and Karen Steele who always looks goo an steals every scene she is in.

This is one of a series of films produced by both Scott and Harry Joe Brown. Great entertainment here and one that shouldn't be missed by any western fan.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CREATURE WALKS AMONG US 1956 (UNIVERSAL)

The third and final film featuring the Gill Man.

This final film finds the Gill man still being hunted after he escaped from captivity in Florida. Scientists still want to study him and they again manage to capture him, but in an ensuing escape he is burned very badly.

After some emergency surgery, the scientists find a layer of human like skin underneath and then attempt to make the gill man more human.

The experiment fails as the gill man kills a few people and then walks out into the ocean to disappear forever. We really never know of he lives or dies. The scientists have him breathing with lungs instead of gills and we do see in one scene that he cannot breathe underwater any longer.

This is not really a bad third despite what some have said. The cast includes Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, sexy Leigh Snowden, and Gregg Palmer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Helen Slater is 51, Heidi Bohay is 55, and Yvonne Monlaur is 75.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DEVIL OF THE DESERT AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES 1964 (TREELINE)

Obscure, but well made muscle popper.

Kirk Morris stars as Anthar, a noble and honest man who fights an evil overlord in North Africa and attempts the rescue of a young woman sold into slavery after her father is killed.

Antonio Margarhetti directed this film and Sergio Carbucci was an assistant. There is plenty of action and adventure to make the film enjoyable but the print i have is very washed out and, sadly, not in scope.

I keep hoping someday all of these peplum films will be released on DVD in glorious widescreen and great color. Until then we all have to do with what we can get.

This is one of countless Sons of Hercules films, and like all those should be seen by fans of the genre.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Dee Wallace is 68, Ginger Lynn is 52, and Alan Ormsby is 70.