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Thursday, November 26, 2015


With the recent passing of German Robles, I decided to watch this little gem.

It's a simple story about a group of people who are trying to kill a very powerful vampire named Nostradamus, played by Robles.

This is edited from a serial and so it moves along rather quickly. This is the third of four features edited from said same material. Jack Taylor stars in this as Igor, and no he is not a monster, he is a scientist who is trying to kill the vampire.

Someday I would really like to see these in their original Spanish language versions, as the US dubbing leaves a lot to be desired. Good stuff however, and worth seeing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


The quintessential 50's big bug movie finally comes to Blu-ray.

James Whitmore, James Arness, Joan Weldon and Edmund Gwenn star in this classic film about huge atomic mutated ants that first appear in the desert of New Mexico and quickly make for the sewers of Los Angeles.

The script, acting and effects are all top notch. Whitmore is a cop who sacrifices himself to save two little children trapped by the mutants, and his death scene always gets me.

The movie slowly builds to a great climax and it NEVER gets boring. The supporting cast includes Sean McClory, Onslow Stevens, Sandy Descher (in a great performance), Chris Drake, Fess Parker and Olin Howlin.

The Blu-ray looks fantastic with excellent sound quality as well. It has been a long time coming to Blu-ray and I commend Warner for finally getting it out. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


Christina Applegate is 44, Darlanne Fluegel is 57, Noel Neill is 95, and Kathryn Grant is 82.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Wow, it has been a long time since I saw this film.

Very low budget horror film shot in Florida. This weird story is about a family that must try and break a very old curse, and in doing so a woman must bear a child.

The curse involves vampires and magic rituals. The female vampires have those cheap plastic fangs we all owned as monster kids, an that to me only makes the film more entertaining.

The cast is made up of unknowns from St. Augustine, FL where the film was shot. I like the very "non Hollywood look of the film. The ending is a nice shock ending that really makes you go.."wow".

Retromedia turned this out many years ago an I'm glad they did. It is a seldom seen film that deserves more recognition. Check it out.


Beth Phoenix is 35.

Monday, November 23, 2015


A classic muscle popper.

Brad Harris stars as Hercules who helps fight a tyrannical ruler. The ruler is played by Serge Gainsbourg, who you'll recognize from a few of these kinds of films.

The queen of the kingdom has an eye for Hercules who falls for a handmaiden instead, which makes the queen very angry. Brad Harris does an excellent job and the mighty warrior with super human strength.

Hercules is put to many tests including fighting an ape-like monster in a cavern. I would recommend this to any peplum fan. The print from Mill Creek is ok, but again, I wish it were in widescreen.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Robert Towne is 81, Tom Neyman is 80, and Boris Karloff was born on this date in 1887.


Jamie Lee Curtis is 57, Robert Vaughn is 83, and Margaret Markov is 67.


One of the most shocking films of the 70's finally comes to Blu-ray.

Gorgeous Melody Patterson stars as Ellie Masters. a young woman who mother was a prostitute who was killed by someone with the claw end of a hammer while she slept.

Ellie is then taken to an orphanage run by the very sadistic Mrs. Deere, who likes to torture some of the young people staying there. Gloria Graham is perfect for the role as Deere. Helping her run the place is Tom Kredge( Len Lesser) who cuts of kids hands with a meat clever as well as other sundry items.

Vic Tayback is a detective investigating the murder of Ellie's mother and his interest in the young woman is very twisted. The movie has plenty of twists and turns and some pretty gory killings.

This is one of the films I have wanted to see come out in the digital format and Shout Factory finally came thru. It is a fascinating film that really should be seen by horror fans. the last line in the film uttered by Tayback really explains all of the goings on in Ellie's destroyed life.

I have only been able to see this via bootleg videos for years, and now Shout brings us this pristine print and the film has NEVER looked better.

Easily one of the best releases of the year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


Word has reached me that one of the kings of Mexican cinema has passed away.

Robles was a legend in Mexico and had a huge following here in the US as well. He was a writer and director, but as an actor he made his mark in many Mexican horror films.

Robles became a name in the US thanks to showman K. Gordon Murray who bought many Mexican horror films and distributed them thru the US. He was Nostradamus in several films including "GENII OF DARKNESS" and "MONSTER DEMOLISHER" as well as co-starring in the all time classic film "THE BRAINIAC".

His most famous role was that of Count Karol de Lavud in "The Vampire" and it's sequel "VAMPIRE'S COFFIN". Robles acted in many things not seen in America, and it is a good thing we have a small portion of his body of work to enjoy. He will be missed.

Robles was 86.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Deborah Shelton is 67, and Joseph Campanella is 91.


Modern filmmakers have no idea how to make good horror anymore, least of all the two jokers mentioned in this story from Variety....

Senior Film and Media Reporter @BrentALang Universal is the house that “Dracula,” “The Wolf Man” and “Frankenstein” built. This story first appeared in the November 17, 2015 issue of Variety. Subscribe today. At a time when other studios are furiously raiding the vaults of comic books and graphic novels, trying to find the next Marvel and DC Comics, Universal is deviating from the superhero movie playbook — at the same time it mimics some of its strategies. The studio has tapped Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”) and Chris Morgan (“Furious 7”) to revive the monsters that were the studio’s stock in trade during the golden age of Hollywood. Together, they’re overseeing a team that’s busy mixing in elements of those classic films, such as the bolts in Frankenstein’s neck, with a modern setting tied to contemporary themes. “This is not a heightened world,” Morgan says. “We’re exploring issues of family identity and questions of, ‘Where do I belong in the world?’ ” The films are taking a page from Marvel in certain ways, however. Just as the comic book label launched its onscreen group of heroes in interconnected films before teaming them in one big superstream adventure with “The Avengers,” Universal is planning to create a shared universe for its creatures. “The characters will interact with each other across movies,” says Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures. “We’re incubating it at the moment, and we’re taking the time to get it right.” The plan is for a new monster movie to come out every year. The first of these, based on the character of the Mummy, will begin shooting in early 2016, with other pictures centered on Dracula, Van Helsing, Bride of Frankenstein and the Wolfman following in short order. To prepare, Kurtzman and Morgan obsessively watched Universal monster films made with the likes of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, and to broaden the sense of genre, augmented that with a diet of Hammer Horror pictures and other creepy works. “We’re creating a mythology, so we’re looking at this canon and thinking, ‘What are the rules?’ ” Kurtzman says. “What can we break and what are the ones that are untouchable?” Storyboard artists and designers are creating the look and feel of the various productions, and each of the 10 writers working on the project has been assigned a monster to oversee. “The idea is that we have a deep bench of brains to consult with about how their monster fits into our world as we go forward,” Kurtzman explains. To head its team, Universal brass has found two self-confessed horror geeks who credit pictures like “Dracula” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” with inspiring their love of film. “I was raised on monster movies,” Morgan says. “I used to make my own fake puke, so I wouldn’t have to go to school and could stay home and watch things like ‘Cat People’ on TV. I can still tell you what I used — orange juice, Saltines, Pepsi and milk.” Both men think that after more than a decade of seeing Captain America, Batman and other heroes routinely save civilization, moviegoers are ready for a change of pace. “Heroes tend to be perfect, but most people in an audience aren’t ever going to know what it’s like to be the smartest, strongest or fastest person alive,” Morgan says. “But there’s a darkness inside everybody. And everyone wants to be able to turn a curse into empowerment. The monsters have been in the shadows, and now it’s time to bring them out into the light.”

Total gibberish and shit from young, modern idiots who came from film school.

Friday, November 20, 2015

RIP REX REASON 1928-2015

Another actor I grew up with has passed on.

Rex Reason was best known to people that read this blog as the star of such films as THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, BADLANDS OF MONTANA, and most famously THIS ISLAND EARTH.

Reason appeared in dozens of TV shows as well and passed away just a few days shy of his 87th birthday. His lookalike brother was Rhodes Reason and many people got them mixed up over the years.

I do not have a cause of death listed as I write this. He will be missed.


Bo Derek is 59, Richard Masur is 67, and Mie Hama is 72.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


This is a pretty standard sword and sandal film based on the classic Greek story.

Guy Williams is Damon, a rather rouge character who steals and connives for a living, but happens to believe that all men are brothers. Don Burnett is Pythias who has the same beliefs, but a much different lifestyle.

Pythias is arrested for crimes against the King of Syracuse, Dionysus and sentenced to death. Damon and Pythias strike a deal with the King an Damon takes the place of Pythias while he travels to get his affairs in order.

The King agrees but then does everything in his power to kill Pythias before he can return. This is a pretty standard drama, but it does hold your interest.