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Friday, March 24, 2017

WARLORDS 1988 (TRIMARK)

Another Fred Olen Ray gem.

David Carradine stars as Dow, a lone mercenary hunting for his lost wife in a post apocalyptic world. He meets up with a woman named Danny (Dawn Wildsmith). Dow is searching for someone called "The Warlord" whom he claims has taken his wife.

The two encounter many strange people and finally run into the Warlord who takes them captive with the help of his assistant named Beaumont (Ross Hagen).

Both are held captive and Dow is tortured for information. Sid Haig if The Warlord and does an excellent job of hamming it up. Eventually Dow learns the truth about his wife and he and Danny plot an explosive escape.

It's hard to believe that four of the leading cast members are no longer with us. Is this film really almost 30 years old!!! Anyway, if you like Fred Olen Ray sci-fi, horror and action films you will probably like this too if you can find it.

The rest of the cast is rounded out by Robert Quarry, Fox Harris, Brinke Stevens, Michelle Bauer, and Debra Lamb.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

William Smith is 84.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL KILL 1966 (DVD-R)

I hadn't seen this film for about 6 years, and it's just as good as ever.

Russ Meyer directed this film and it is one hell of a film. Tura Satana, Haji and Lori Williams are three gorgeous go go dancers who are out for kicks when they come upon a young man and his girlfriend having time trial races in the desert.

Needless to say this ends badly for the young man and his girlfriend. He is killed in a fight with Varla (Satana)and the girl is kidnapped because she is the only witness to the crime.

This brings the women in touch with an elderly, crippled man (Stuart Lancaster) and his two sons. The women believe the old man has a hue stash of cash and they want it.

There are too many scenes in this movie to cover in one small review, bit one seen you'll never forget and of them. Satana plays Varla with a certain air of deadly killer with absolutely no soft side. Haji is Rosie who loves Varla, but feels betrayed at every turn. Then we have Lori Williams character of Billie. Easily the sexiest of the three and the most man hungry.

Nobody knew or for that matter knows how to make movies like Meyer. From the very opening scene, this films holds you and won't let go. If these women don't get your libido running, you must be dead.

The innuendos and double entendres fly like the wind and will have you in stitches. These women are never exploited in Meyer films...they are the exploiters and it is no more apparent than in this modern American classic.

If you haven't seen this film you owe it to yourself to find it and savor every sweet moment. One of the greatest films ever made.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Corinne Clery is 67, Barbara Rhoades is 71, Monique van Vooren is 92, and Lori Williams is 71.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CASTLE OF EVIL 1966 (DVD-R)

Unusual and bizarre horror film.

Several people are invited to a castle by a mysterious man named Kovac. He has passed away and the people who are invited are ones who knew him in the past thru different business ventures.

before the will is read they must spend a certain amount of time in the castle. Soon people are being killed one by one.

It turns out that Kovac has had a robot created in his image and it is the one doing the killing. The cast is very good for this low budget film. Scott Brady is the hero, Virginia Mayo is a discarded mistress, Hugh Marlow is a doctor and gorgeous Lisa Gaye is also on hand.

The film moves at a good pace and the cast keeps in interesting. This is a hard film to find and to the best of my knowledge it has never been released on anything but VHS.

I like this film and if you haven't seen it maybe you should give it a go. The rest of the cast includes David Brian, Shelley Morrison, and William Thourlby as Kovac.

Made by the same people who brought us "Destination Inner Space".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

William Shatner is 86, and May Britt is 84.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

COMING ATTRACTIONS....

Warner Archives has announced another of my favorite 50's monster movies is coming to Blu-ray!

The 1957 film FROM HELL IT CAME is coming soon. No date announced yet, but this is sure to be a top release of the year!!

THE TOBANGA LIVES!!!!!

LAW VS. BILLY THE KID 1954 (DVD-R)

Enjoyable William Castle directed western.

Scott Brady stars as William Bonney the famous outlaw and James Griffith is Pat Garrett.

Bonney is forced to kill for the woman he loves and then one thing leads to another and he becomes the famous outlaw called "Billy The Kid".

Betta St. John is Nita Maxwell, the woman Bill loves. The plot is pretty standard and most of it is fictional, but still, it makes for a great viewing.

Castle handles the directing chores well as one would expect and I do like the color photography. It moves along at a brisk pace and never lets us.

The cast is rounded out by Alan Hale Jr., Paul Cavanagh, and William "Bill" Phillips.

Monday, March 20, 2017

COMING ATTRACTIONS....

Warner Archive has announced one of the greatest westerns ever made for a Blu-ray release.

RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY will be coming to Blu-ray sometime later this year. No date has been issued yet, but I recommend this as essential viewing.

3:10 TO YUMA 1957 (SONY)

The original and the best version.

Glenn Ford turns in a top performance as outlaw Ben Wade. Wade has been arrested and nobody wants to make sure he gets on the train as his gang is making very sure he is freed.

The townspeople hire a down and out farmer named Dan Evans (Van Heflin)to do the job for $200, which Dan needs to save his struggling ranch.

This film builds tension upon tension as Ford and Heflin play off each other very, very well. The only help Heflin can get is that of the town drunk, Alex Potter (Henry Jones) and Mr. Butterfield (Robert Emhardt) who owns the stagelines that Wade robbed and killed the driver.

Everyone turns in top notch acting jobs thanks to director Delmer Daves and the death scene of Potter is unforgettable. The cast is rounded out by Felicia Farr, Leora Dana as Heflin's wife, Richard Jaeckel and Richard Devon.

Highly Recommended and much better than the remake.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Kathy Ireland is 54, and Steve Borden is 58.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

RIP BERNIE WRIGHTSON 1948-2017

The co-creator of Swamp Thing had died at the age of 68.

As a avid reader of comics during the 70's and 80's I came to know and love Wrightson's work.

One of my most treasured possessions is the 1982 comic version of CREEPSHOW which Wrightson illustrated. Bernie had a certain way of drawing and you could always distinguish his work from other artists.

He had been ill with brain cancer for some time and finally gave in to it on March 19th, 2017.

DEMON SEED 1977 (WARNER ARCHIVE) BLU-RAY

Horror thriller based on the Dean Koontz novel.

Fritz Weaver is a brilliant scientist named Alex Harris who develops an organic super computer he calls Proteus 4. Over time the computer starts to develop a mind of it's own.

It refuses to do certain things and also has a growing interest in humans. it takes a bizarre liking to Harris' wife Susan (Julie Christie).

Susan and Alex have a failing marriage and Alex moves out. Their home is completely computer controlled, which is bizarre in and of itself. This allows the Proteus 4 to completely take over the home and keep Susan as a prisoner.

Susan soon learns that the Proteus 4 wants to impregnate her and live forever thru the offspring. Life is turned into a living hell for Susan who is brainwashed by the computer, tied to a bed and Proteus does his thing.

The ending is a bizarre and somewhat twisted one that you really have to see to believe. I first saw this on VHS many, many years ago a recalled liking it very much.

The Blu-ray from Warner Archive is beautiful and a pleasant surprise. I found the movie to be just as good as I remember. Weaver is always good in anything he does and Christie looks as beautiful as ever.

There are several shocking scenes in this film and I highly recommend this thriller. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger and Lisa Lu.

A big thanks to Warner Archive for bringing this to Blu-ray.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Ursula Andress is 81, Patricia Morison is 102, A.J. Brooks is 30, and Jan Shepard is 89.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

RIP CHUCK BERRY 1926-2017

The founding father of Rock n' Roll has died.

Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90. He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist whose talent was legendary.

He was born in St. Louis, MO and that is where he passed away today.

Berry had a long string of hits including "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "My Ding A Ling", "Rock N' Roll Music" and many, many more.

During the 50's Berry and Disc Jockey Alan Freed appeared in a few films together and Berry never failed to entertain. In 1978 he was in the all time classic film "American Hot Wax" and his performance in that is a standout.

Berry was one of the men who took rock music and introduced it to an eagerly waiting American public. His talent was and will always be unmatched and his musical legacy will live on forever. Hail hail Rock n' Roll.