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Monday, November 20, 2017

SLAVE GIRLS OF SHEBA 1963 (SINISTER CINEMA)

This is one of my favorite sword and sandal action films.

This is a bizarre movie about pirates on a ship called "Black Eagle" that attack the Christian strongholds along the Spanish coastline.

When they decide to stop off in Sheba they pick up some new sailors as well as some slave girls. This causes some problems, but even more lay ahead as the movie turns "swashbuckler".

A young man named Omar (Jose Suarez) whose father has turned traitor and joined an evil Sultan vows not to ever speak to his father again. Upon learning of his death he wants vengeance. A slave girl, Olivia (Linda Cristal) helps him out.

The Sultan has Olivia tortured in the dungeon to get information about Omar and his plans.

This film is not talked about much and it was released here directly to TV by American International Pictures in the 1960's. I owned a print once before from Something Weird. It was Black and White and not too good of quality, but I have kept it for a long time until something better came along, and it has.

The print from Sinister is in color and from 16mm which makes the picture quality much better. I can't really say why I like this film so much, but I always have. I first saw it many years ago on TV and something just struck me about it's oddness. Or maybe it was the stunning beauty of Linda Cristal.

Well whatever it is, I recommend the film for those who like action and both "sword and sandal" and "swashbuckler" films. A note of trivia here, Umberto Lenzi helped write the screenplay along with Sergio Leone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Bo Derek is 61, Richard Masur is 69, and Mie Hama is 74.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

RIP MEL TILLIS 1932-2017

A country music legend is dead.

Tillis was a country music superstar who had countless hits on the country charts as well as a very successful songwriter. Tillis also appeared in many different movies.

His first role was in the 1967 film "Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers with Sonny Tufts. He went on to appear in such films as "W.W. And The Dixie Dance Kings", "The Villain", "Smokey And The Bandit 2", and "The Cannonball Run".

His music was in over 50 feature films, and he was named Country Music Entertainer Of The Year in 1976. A true talent has left us. He is the father of singer Pam Tillis. He was 85.

CANYON RIVER 1956 (TCM VIEWING)

Finely made George Montgomery western.

I happen to have caught this film on one of my many overnight trips I have to make, and it made for a very good 80 minutes of entertainment.

Montgomery is a rancher who has the idea of cross breeding heifers and long horns for a heartier breed of cattle that can survive the harsh Wyoming winters. He buys a lot of stock in Oregon and then cannot find anyone who wants to help him bring them back to Wyoming.

Montgomery's character of Steve Patrick not only has that problem to worry about, he also has his best friend, Bob Andrews (Peter Graves) being nursed back to health after being shot in an Indian attack. Patrick also is unaware that Andrews has set him up to have all of the cattle stolen so he and Maddox (Walter Sande) can make all the money.

For a small western, this has a ton of plot and many different stories going on at once, which eventually all come together in a great little climax.

The rest of the cast for this little gem includes Marcia Henderson, Richard Eyer, Robert Wilke and Alan Hale, Jr.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Lorna Maitland is 74.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ZOOMBIES 2016

This will be a very short review.

I don't usually ever talk about films I haven't watched all the way to the end, and I very seldom never finish a movie.

But in every life there are always exceptions, and this is one of them.

I put this movie on knowing I wasn't in for any great shakes, but that it might be a bizarre way to kill 90 minutes. Yep, I was wrong.

This movie is about infectious monkeys that escape from a lab at a soon to open Zoo and infect the animal population with a zombie virus, that the people who work in the zoo try and find a way to stop.

However, all I could get through was the first 30 minutes, and that was enough. I don't expect much from The Asylum, but this is strictly bottom of the barrel. I found myself hating all the characters and being bored to death.

I'm sorry, Zoombies might be some people's idea of entertainment, but not mine. It is actually the first film I have ever reviewed here that I couldn't sit through, and that is saying something! CGI animals, lousy actors and actresses and a very stupid plot makes for a trying time watching anything.

This kind of dreck is why I usually stick to older films, because if this is what the new generation is growing up on, I want no part of it. Give me a man in a turkey head drinking the blood of drug addicts and going "gobble gobble" over this shit anyday.

Avoid Zoombies at all costs.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Peta Wilson is 47, Shari Shattuck is 57, Andrea Marcovicci is 69, and Ian McCulloch is 78.

Friday, November 17, 2017

COMING ATTRACTIONS....

More interesting things coming 2018.

Kino has announced that in early 2018 they are releasing "No Orchids For Miss Blanchard" which is an very good British mystery film, and the 1974 remake entitled "The Grissom Gang" and the latter is by far a much more bizarre film.

Shout Factory is releasing "Night Of The Seagulls" on Blu-ray on 2/13/18. This is a wonderful film and the last in the "Blind Dead" series from Armando DeOssorio.

Kino has also announced the the Dan Curtis TV terror classic "Trilogy Of Terror" will be released on Blu-ray sometime in 2018. I can already tell you that it will be a top release of 2018.

More DVD and Blu-ray releases to be announced shortly and I will try and keep up with it all.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Zoe Bell is 39, Rance Howard is 89, Daisy Fuentes is 51, and Gordon Lightfoot is 79.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

THE ANDROMEDA BREAKTHROUGH 1962 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Interesting British sci-fi serial in 6 parts.

This is a follow up to the six part serial entitled "A Is For Andromeda" which is now lost.

Peter Halliday is Dr. Fleming and Susan Hampshire is Andromeda. Both are hunted down by the British government and then later kidnapped by a group called INTEL and taken the foreign country of Azaran, which is in the Middle East.

Yes, this is a bit confusing, especially if you haven't seen the first serial, but all gets made clear after a couple of chapters. It seems INTEL, headed by the evil Mlle. Gamboule (Claude Farell) and Kaufman (John Hollis) are after thew knowledge Fleming has and the other worldly powers of Amdromeda.

They discover that the oxygen levels of the planet are disappearing as well as many other things that might just bring about the end of the world.

As I said, it's all a bit confusing if you've never seen the first one, but eventually as you watch all six chapters of this is becomes very clear. This is very similar to the Quatermass serials that the BBC produced back in the 50's.

It is a rare title and one that I was glad I finally got to see.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Clu Gulager is 89, Joanna Pettet is 75, and Barbara Leigh is 71.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RIP ERIKA REMBERG 1932-2017

Glamorous actress Erika Remberg has passed away.

Remberg starred in many Tv shows and movies, but will always be remembered by genre fans for her roles in "Circus of Horrors" with Christopher Lee and Anton Differing and "Cave Of The Living Dead". Remberg also appeared in the erotic film "The Lickerish Quartet".

She was born in North Sumatra and started her acting career in 1950 at the age of 18. She passed away on Nov. 15, 2017 at the age of 85.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Yaphet Kotto is 78, Joanna Barnes is 73, Petula Clark is 85, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad is 72.

COMING ATTRACTIONS....

It has finally been announced!!!!

The GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME.....George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is coming to Blu-ray from Criterion!!!

I have been waiting a VERY LONG time for this to happen. It's street date is Feb 13th and it looks like that may be the top release of 2018!!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

HASTA EL VIENTO TIENE MIEDO 1968

I have no idea what company released this DVD as it is not printed on the case, but I did buy this at a Hastings store many years ago.

The title translates into "Even The Wind Is Afraid". The story revolves around an all girls school and a student named Claudia (Alicia Bonet) who is haunted by a mysterious voice calling her name in the middle of the night.

Claudia and her friends break into a tower on the school grounds which is forbidden, and as punishment they are forced to stay at the school during spring break.

It is revealed that a student committed suicide there 5 years before after a similar incident and that it might repeat itself again.

This is a pretty interesting and well made ghost story from Mexico. The version I have does not contain subtitles, but the story is not hard to follow anyway. The story unfolds slowly and build up the characters and then begins with the tension of a well made story.

It's a hard film to track down, but if you have the patience I would recommend this. It ranks up there with some of the best horror tales committed to film.