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Monday, June 29, 2015

CHARLIE'S ANGELS SEASON 3 1978-1979 (SONY)

22 episodes comprise another very good season for this, one of my favorite shows.

ANGELS IN VEGAS 9/13/78...Dean martin stars as a man who calls in Charlie and the Angels to find out who is behind a series of murders at his Atlantic City Casino.

ANGEL COME HOME 09/20/78...Farrah Fawcett guest stars in this tale about corruption at the Grand Prix that the Angels investigate.

ANGEL ON HIGH 9/27/78...A man learns that the woman he loved many years ago has died and left him a son. He hires the angels to make sure the man is his son.

ANGELS IN SPRINGTIME 10/11/78...When a famous actress is electrocuted at a health spa, the Angels are sent to investigate.

WINNING IS FOR LOSERS 10/18/78...A female golf pro has several attempts made on her life. This is one of my favorite all time episodes as it stars Casey Kasem and Jamie Lee Curtis.

HAUNTED ANGELS 10/25/78...Bosley thinks a friend of his might be targeted by swindlers, and the Angels go undercover to find out.

POM POM ANGELS 11/1/78...Three cheerleaders are kidnapped by a bizarre cult that forces them to cut their hair and worship a leader called "The Good One". One of the most bizarre episodes ever.

ANGELS AHOY 11/8/78...On a cruise ship a man recognizes another man as the one who killed his wife and later that same passenger is found dead. The owner then calls Charlie, and the Angels are sent in.

MOTHER ANGEL 11/15/78...After a precocious girl witnesses a murder, the Angels set out to investigate.

ANGEL ON MY MIND 11/22/78...The Angels must work to find Kris, who has amnesia after being hit by the car of a man she saw commit a murder.

ANGELS BELONG IN HEAVEN 12/6/78...A man who knows Charlie calls him to tell him that a man he knows has taken out a contract on one of the Angels. He is killed before he can tell, and the angels must quickly find the answer.

ANGELS IN THE STRETCH 12/20/78...The Angels investigate a murder at a horse race track.

ANGELS ON VACATION 1/10/79...Kris invites Bosley and the other Angels on a trip to a small town and soon they find they must rescue most of the town from gangsters that have taken over.

COUNTERFEIT ANGELS 1/24/79...Three women claiming to be the Angels commit a series of robberies and the real Angels are blamed and have to work fast to prove their innocence.

DISCO ANGELS 1/31/79...The Angels investigate stranglings at a disco. Zalman King plays a very psychopathic and sick killer.

TERROR ON SKIS 2/7/79...The government hires the Angels to investigate and find the killer of the Presdient's special aide. Great guest cast includes Cesare Danova, Christopher George and Rossano Brazzi.

ANGEL IN A BOX 2/14/79...A man blames Jill for being the reason his son is dead, so he kidnaps Kris and laves several clues. Farrah Fawcett guest stars again.

TEEN ANGELS 2/28/79...While investigating a murder at a girls school, the Angles find some of the girls selling pills and abusing drugs.

MARATHON ANGEL 3/7/79...After the disappearance of two women who were running a marathon, the Angels investigate as Kris and Kelly join the race.

ANGELS IN WAITING 3/21/79...Bosley is stalked by a killer he and Charlie sent to prison seversl years earlier.

ROSEMARY FOR REMEMBRANCE 5/2/79...The Angels investigate who is trying to murder a man who was released from prison after 44 years.

ANGELS REMEMBERED 5/16/79...The final show of season three takes a look at some previous episodes via flashbacks when Charlie and the Angels get together.

This was the last year that Kate Jackson was involved with the show. Shelly Hack would join the cast in Season 4. And what can I say about Cheryl Ladd? Always my favorite Angel.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

REPTILICUS 1961 (SHOUT FACTORY)

This Danish made sci-fi gem finally gets the Blu-ray treatment.

I have reviewed this here before, but I wanted to do a short look at the Blu-ray disc.

The tail of a prehistoric monster is discovered in a drilling and brought to Copenhagen where it thaws and starts to grows at a rapid rate.

The monster escapes from a lab and goes on the rampage while the military tries to stop it. As you know the creature resembles a deformed snake with wings. It is a shame the scenes of Reptilicus flying have been cut from the US release. I was hoping they would at least be an extra on the disc, but no such luck.

This is a fun monster romp that looks excellent in Blu-ray. Shout has made their HD transfer look better than the film has a right to look. This film is on a double feature disc with the previously reviewed "Tentacles". It is recommended for any monster movie fan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Bruce Davison is 69.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

TENTACLES 1977 (SHOUT FACTORY)

Shout Factory brings this Italian "Jaws" clone to Blu-ray.

I said i wasn't going to purchase this Blu-ray, but alas, I did anyway.

Ovidio Assonitis directed this tale about a giant octopus terrorizing a beach community. There are some effective scenes in this film such as when the monster attacks a small boat and utterly destroys it along with several people on it.

The cast is most impressive and I assume they just showed up for a paycheck. John Huston, Shelley Winters, Henry Fonda, Cesare Danova, Claude Akins and Bo Hopkins star as well as the lovely Delia Boccardo, whose death scene is one of the most remembered from the film.

The picture and sound quality are top notch, and I did enjoy seeing this again. There are some spots that plod along, but the monster keeps things going.

There is nothing special here, but it is a fun monster movie, that, as i said before, has some memorable scenes. If you're so inclined, check it out. You might like it, and the ending is one of the most original I have seen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

GIANT SPIDER INVASION 1975 (VCI)

This little gem was previously out by Retromedia.

A lot of ignorant critics have really torn this film apart, and while it may not be the best film around, it is by no means the worst. It was actually one of the 50 top grossing films of 1975.

A black hole opens up after a meteor crashes near a small Wisconsin town and soon a giant spider is running around the countryside killing cattle. Dan Kester (Robert Easton) and his wife Eve (Leslie Parrish) find newly killed cattle. Soon their home is overrun with hairy spiders.

The spiders come from mysterious rocks that crack open. Eve is killed by a giant spider in a barn, and Dan is eaten by the huge "mama" spider. One scene where EVE makes a drink in a blender in which a spider has crawled is disturbing to say the least.

The scenes where the spider has invaded Gleason, WI are priceless. This is a great throwback to the 50's monster movies I love so well. VCI has put together a great package on both regular DVD and Blu-ray.

Tons of interviews with director Bill Rebane and other cast and crew members, new clips from Wisconsin TV, a 37 minute Super 8 version of the film, behind the scenes stills and a short film on the making of "Rana" Legend Of Shadow Lake" which is another Rebane film I wish was on DVD.

If you get a chance, check this out. It is a super release and a very welcome one.

RIP PATRICK MACNEE 1922-2015

The actor who made John Steed a household name has died at the age of 93.

MacNee starred in the Avengers TV show as suave John Steed along side Diana Rigg who played Emma Peel. MacNee also starred in such films as "The Howling", "Waxworks 2", "Waxwork", and "Bloodsuckers" along with hundreds of TV shows.

His Avengers role of Steed ran from 1961-1969 and he was in all 161 episodes. He died in California at his home.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SHORT TAKES.....

Last weekend I went to see Jaws in the theater for the first time in 40 years, and to kill time before the showing I watched two water related monster films that I have talked about here before, but re-watched.

SAND SHARKS 2011 (PHASE 4)...This was an interesting film idea about an underwater earthquake that releases a bunch of prehistoric sharks that can swim in the sand.

Upon my second viewing of this film, I found the acting to be quite bad by most of the cast involved. My main attraction to this film is, of course, Brooke Hogan. I find her to be a very beautiful young woman, and she does have the acting skills when given the chance.

The CGI effects aren't too hot either and the movie plods along. Again, as I said above, a good concept, but not well executed. Corin Nemec is ok, but his acting in this is horrendous. Maybe you should see this once, and that is enough.

OCTAMAN 1971 (RETROMEDIA)...Now this is one of my favorites, and you can call me crazy, but I don't care. Rick Baker created the monster and also is inside the costume.

Kerwin Matthews and Pier Angeli are scientists who are in Mexico to investigate what pollution is doing to the environment. They find a monster that resembles an octopus, but walks on two legs. I find the creature costume to be very well made, and a great throwback to 50's monster films.

Director Harry Essex had written scripts for such classics as "Creature From The Black Lagoon" and he simply took the script for that film and revised it a bit. The film looks better than I have ever seen it, and I always find it a pleasure to watch this film.

Put your brain on hold and enjoy this monster film romp for what it is, good fun. The rest of the cast includes Jeff Morrow and David Essex. Recommended!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SUGAR HILL 1974 (KINO)

Absolutely one of the best films of it's kind!!

For years this film has been hard to get on DVD. it was released as an MOD a few years ago, but thanks to Kino/Scorpion, it has finally reached Blu-ray in a beautiful presentation that should please any horror fan.

Gorgeous Marki Bey stars as a young woman whose fiance is killed by gangsters who work for a man who wants to take over his nightclub. Bey's character Diana "Sugar" Hill seeks revenge in the form of a voodoo god named Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley).

Samedi grants her wish and has his creepy army of slave zombies help Sugar gain her bloody revenge. The scene where Samedi calls forth the dead is very well handled and not soon forgotten. The corpses crawl out of their graves and are armed with machetes and still wearing their slave shackles along with huge silver eyes.

Robert Quarry is Morgan, the man who had Sugar's man killed. His racist girlfriend, Celeste, is played by Betty Anne Reese and the detective on the case who used to have a relationship with Sugar is named Valentine and is played by Richard Lawson.

Morgan is insistent on buying the club from Sugar and stops at nothing to get it. Meanwhile his men are being killed one by one in very gruesome ways such as beheading, being fed to very hungry pigs and voodoo magic. Morgan sends out his main man, named Fabulous, to find out what is happening and even he falls victim to the female zombies in an unforgettable scene.

Director Paul Maslansky fills this movie with images that really stick in your head. The movie moves along at a very good pace and holds your attention. The fate for Celeste is actually probably the most disturbing in the entire film.

The rest of the wonderful cast includes Zara Cully as Mama Maitresse, Larry D. Johnson, and Charles Khron. The extras on the Blu-ray include the original trailer, on camera interviews with Don Pedro Colley, Richard Lawson, Charlie Robinson and director Paul Maslansky.

Easily one of the best releases of the year so far.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Georg Stanford Brown is 72.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SHORT TAKES....

Watched a couple more Universal classics the other day as a double feature.

INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS 1940 (UNIVERSAL)...Vincent Price stars as a man on death row for killing his brother. His friend, Jack Griffin (John Sutton) gives him the invisibility serum that his brother created and Price's character, Geoffrey Radcliff sets about to prove his innocence.

Alan Napier is very good as Willie Spears, a dim witted loud mouth who knows the truth about the killing of Radcliff's brother. Cedric Hardwicke is Richard Cobb, the real killer.

The special effects are good, but you can see that they were rushed. However, this is not a distraction. Price is very good in the role as the mad trying to prove his innocence as well as fighting madness brought on by the drug. Cecil Kellaway is charming and very good as Inspector Sampson.

A very good film and a fun watch.

INVISIBLE AGENT 1942 (UNIVERSAL)...Jon Hall stars in this wartime film about an American agent who goes to Nazi Germany to infiltrate the Nazi's and stop their plan to bomb the US.

Peter Lorre is great as a Japanese spy working with the Nazis, and Jon Hall makes for a good hero. Ilona Massey is a beautiful agent working for the US that Hall falls for, an it is always a joy to see her on the screen.

Hall's character is the grandson of the original Invisible man, and again uses the serum, but this time to help the war effort. This is good fun, and watching Hall make the Nazis look like idiots is always a joy.

The rest of the cast includes Cedric Hardwicke, Keye Luke, J. Edward Bromberg, and john Litel. Recommended!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

John Amplas is 66.

Monday, June 22, 2015

THE MANITOU 1978 (TCM VIEWING)

This is a film I use to own on DVD, but it was lost in a move somehow.

Directed by the great William Girdler, this thriller is one of my favorites and stars Tony Curtis as a psychic whose distant girlfriend (Susan Strasberg) finds that she has a tumor growing on her neck. It soon become apparent that the tumor is really a fetus housing a soon to be born ancient Indian medicine man that is all powerful.

The doctors at the hospital are stumped and find they cannot do anything as the fetus grows to very large size. Curtis enlists the aid of a medicine man living on a small farm who at first is very reluctant to help, but finally agrees. John Singing Rock is played by the great character actor Michael Ansara.

The spirit rips it's way out of Strasberg's back and soon beings working his evil black magic. The deformed medicine man is something to see and he is angry about what has happened to him from all the radiation the doctors used taking hundreds of x rays.

The ending is rather esoteric and bizarre, but it fits perfectly. There are some bizarre and scary moments and Girdler makes the most of them. Sadly, Girdler died a few months before the release of the film when the helicopter he was in crashed in the Philippines while scouting locations for his next film.

The rest of the top notch cast includes Burgess Meridith, Stella Stevens, Jon Cedar, Ann Southern, Paul Mantee, and Laureen Tuttle. I hope this is re-issued on DVD on Blu-ray soon, but for now I will make due with a disc recorded from TCM by a good friend.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO.....

Bruce Campbell is 57, Kris Kristofferson is 79, and Lindsay Wagner is 66.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

JAWS 1975 (THEATRICAL SHOWING)

TCM an Universal have teamed up to bring some of the best classic cinema back into theaters where it belongs.

40 years ago on June 21, 1975 I saw Jaws for the very first time. It scared the hell out of me. I have never been in the water after seeing it, and never will be.

Tonight I got to see it again on the big screen and it is still a perfect horror film. Never in the history of cinema has there ever been a more scary monster than the 25 foot great white shark that is nothing but an eating machine.

Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are terrific as the sheriff, oceanographer and shark hunter respectively, who go out to sea to hunt the giant man eater. This is how movies should be made.

It was great to finally see it in a theater again and in the coming months TCM/Universal will be offering such films as "Double Indemnity", "Psycho", and Dracula from 1931 as well as the 1931 Spanish version.

Cannot wait to see all of these on the big screen, and Jaws was the perfect introduction.. If you haven't seen Jaws on the big screen, you should. it is essential viewing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Mariette Hartley is 75.