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Thursday, July 27, 2017

FACE OF THE SCREAMING WEREWOLF 1965

Oh my God, Jerry Warren strikes again!!

Warren has taken two Mexican films, The Aztec Mummy and a horror comedy entitled The Castle of Terror and edited them both together along with some of his famous insert shots and made one hell of a mish mash film.

Two mummies are discovered and one turns out to be a werewolf which happens to kill a few people. Lon Chaney, Jr. portrays the wolfman and it's interesting to see him again in this footage. His scenes are from Castle Of Terror.

This is a really confusing film that makes no sense whatsoever, but it somehow is fun to watch, maybe because it is so inept.

The film run 59 minutes so it is essentially painless, but God, why did Warren do this anyway? If you have an hour to kill and you want to see Chaney in a final performance as a werewolf, here is your chance.

I will say Warren could make bad movies like nobody else.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SCORCHY 1976 (SHOUT FACTORY) BLU-RAY

An AIP favorite with the incredibly sexy Connie Stevens.

Stevens is a narcotics detective named Jackie Parker, who is hot on the trail of a drug lord who is smuggling drugs into the US via valuable art items.

The head of the entire operation in Seattle is Philip Bianco (Cesare Danova)and Parker is getting closer to having him arrested. Everything seems to be running smoothly until Carl Henrich (William Smith) decides he wants the drugs for himself and steals them from Bianco.

Parker's boss, Chief Frank O' Brien (Normann Burton) warns her to be careful, but the beautiful detective just continues to plunge headlong into a whirlwind of trouble.

Stevens brings a great sexuality to her role, and it is really a shame she didn't make more movies like this. The action never really stops and there are plenty of gun fights, car chases, fist fights and once scene where Henrich kills a young man who is making passionate love to Parker with a speargun. That scene came as a surprise.

I like this movie a hell of a lot and had it when it was first issued on DVD from Shout/ Timeless. The Blu-ray is beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough for exploitation and action fans.

If you haven't seen the film I won't spoil the end, but lets just say it's not what I would prefer, but it works really well for shock value.

The rest of the cast includes Greg Evigan (his debut and he gets to be in bed with Stevens!!!), John Davis Carson, Joyce Jameson and Nick Dimitri.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Linda Harrison is 72, Susan George is 67, Celeste Yarnall is 73, and Suzanna Leigh is 72.

Monday, July 24, 2017

COMING ATTRACTIONS....

Warner Archives has announced another of my favorite films coming to Blu-ray later this year.

THE GREEN SLIME is coming to Blu later in 2017 and although I don't have a date yet, I already know this will be in my collection.

One of the most fun movies I have ever had the pleasure of watching. it stars Robert Horton, Richard Jaeckel and the gorgeous Luciana Paluzzi.

When i find out a street ate I will let you know. What a year 2017 has been so far for great releases on Blu-ray and DVD.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Lynda Carter is 66, and Torrie Wilson is 42.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

DECOY 1957-58 (FILM CHEST)

A groundbreaking TV show has been rescued from oblivion.

Beverly Garland stars as Policewoman Casey Jones in this excellent series that ran for 39 episodes.

This was an attempt to make a serious police show and the producers succeeded very well. If you watch it you will be reminded of Dragnet as the character of Jones talks directly to the camera at the end of every episode.

The 39 episodes are well written and some of the actors that appear include Zorah Lampert, Peter Falk and many, many more. I had seen a few of the episodes on discount discs before and the quality wasn't too hot.

Now Film Chest has rescued this show from oblivion and all of the episodes look fantastic. The three disc set also includes a very cool little booklet about the show, an episode guide and a guide to some of the actual new York locations the show was shot at.

If you're a fan of vintage TV, I would highly recommend this show. Also I can't see any Beverly Garland fan passing it by. Check it out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Charisma Carpenter is 47, Ronny Cox is 79, Lydia Cornell is 64, and Erika Blanc is 75.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Shawn Michaels is 52, Erica Gavin is 70, Tisa Farrow is 66, and Mary Collinson is 65.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

STAR SLAMMER 1986 (KINO)

Another Fred Olen Ray gem, and I mean that in a good way.

I was first introduced to this film during the boom of VHS and have always liked it.

Gorgeous Sandy Brooke is Taura who is arrested for a crime she didn't commit and sent to a prison ship and run by a maniacal lesbian warden.

Taura proves herself to her fellow inmates, including Mike (Susan Stokey), and both plot their escape. The plot is very simple and basic, but Ray uses it to his best advantage, which is usually the case.

All of the Ray regulars are in this film as well including Ross Hagen as Bantor ( a character who is bat-shit crazy), Dawn Wildsmith, John Carradine, Bobbi Bresee, Danita Aljuwani, beautiful Jade Barrett as Dr. Po, Johnny Legend and Aldo Ray as "The Inquisitor". I could never figure out why Jade Barrett didn't have a longer career unless she chose not to act anymore.

Anyhow, this film moves along well and has all the welcome Ray trappings including mutant monsters, beautiful women in very little clothing and over the top characters.

Watching films from Ray is like welcoming an old friend one hasn't seen in a while. I am glad Kino decided to release this and I hope they release more Ray titles soon. Recommended!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Audrey Landers is 61, Molly Culver is 50, and Al Snow is 54.

Monday, July 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Donald Sutherland is 82, P. J. Soles is 67, Diahann Carroll is 82, and Catherine Schell is 73.

RIP MARTIN LANDAU 1928-2017

A very classy man has died.

Martin Landau is best know for his role in the TV show Mission Impossible and his role in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood in which Landau played Bela Lugosi.

Landau had a very interesting career as he appeared in everything from the original Twilight Zone, to Get Smart and everything in between. His movies included everything from Nevada Smith and A Town Called Hell to The Being and Without Warning.

I have often referred to Landau as a real actor which simply means one who works for a living and will take just about any job that came his way.

Landau passed away on July 15th at the age of 89.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

RIP GEORGE A. ROMERO 1940-2017

THE KING IS GONE....

I write this with a very heavy heart. Anyone who reads this blog knows who George was. For me he was an idol, friend and inspiration.

From the time I was 6 years old and saw his film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, I told my mother I wanted to be like George, a film maker. Well, it came true, but my films were no where near the Romero films,but the man was in my mind every time I got behind the camera.

There are not too many people I call friend these days, but George was one. From his works I gathered knowledge and from listening to him I learned. The film world, and the world in general will be much darker without him, and I really don't know what else to say.

I have lost a lot of friends in the entertainment business as of late, but this hits me like a ton of bricks and I honestly don't know it I'll ever get over it.

George A Romero, the man who singlehandedly created the zombie genre of films will forever be remembered by me as a friend first and film maker second.

He was 77.

SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT 1977 (UNIVERSAL) BLU-RAY

One of my favorite films comes to Blu-ray.

Made for a little over 2 million dollars and grossing a whopping 126 million, this film was only outdone by Star Wars at the box office in 1977.

It's a simple car chase movie starring Burt Reynolds as Bandit, a man who takes a bet that he and a friend can deliver 400 cases of Coors beer in 18 hours. Back in the day, having Coors beer east of Texas was considered bootlegging, believe it or not. I was alive than and I do know that to be a fact.

Reynolds takes the bet and he and Snowman (Jerry Reed) are off and running. After picking up the beer Reynolds runs into a bride on the run named Carrie (Sally Field). He takes her along and the chase is on. the chase from whom? Why her potential father in law Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason).

The entire cast works very, very well together under the direction of Hal Needham, but Gleason easily steals the show, at least in my opinion. Mike Henry is Buford's dim witted son Junior and those two make up most of the comedy in the film.

The 40th anniversary Blu-ray is loaded with extras including a feature length documentary about the film and the people involved. You also get the trailer and two documentaries about Universal Studios during the 70's.

Anyone who is a fan of this film should own this Blu-ray. A highly recommended release for the year.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Ann Turkel is 71, Tenika Davis is 32, Brad Harris is 84, and Stephanie Beaton is 45.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 1955 (TCM VIEWING)

A truly chilling film.

This is the only film that actor Charles Laughton ever directed, and it's a gem.

Robert Mitchum is Harry Powell, a psychotic killer who poses as a minister. He learns from a cell mate named Ben Harper (Peter Graves) that Harper stole $10,000 in cash and hid it where nobody would ever find it.

A soon as Powell is released from jail he seeks out Harper's wife who is still grieving over her husbands arrest and execution. Harper's wife Willa (Shelley Winters)falls for Powell and his slick lines and soon they are married.

Powell tries to get Harpers' children to tell where the money is hidden, but the son (Billy Chapin) knows what kind of a man Powell really is and both he and his sister flee.

Powell kills Willa and sinks both her car and her body in a nearby lake and heads off to find the children, take the money and then kill them.

Laughton gives us some terrific imagery in this film, and there are scenes you will not soon forget. Mitchum plays a role which is very different from his usual world weary types. Here he is a man who is NOTHING but pure evil and the chase scene where the children barely escape him in a boat is chilling and Mitchum is totally insane.

I believe Criterion has released this to DVD and that's a good thing because this film needs to be seen by most people. One of the best films ever made, I can only say SEE IT!! It will not disappoint and it is a shame they cannot make movies this suspenseful today.

The cast really works well together and I credit a lot of that to the director, who new all about acting anyway and how to make things gel well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Brigitte Nielsen is 54, Jan-Michael Vincent is 73, Patrick Wayne is 78, Larry Cohen is 76, Linda Ronstadt is 71, Andra Martin is 82, and Lori Cardille is 63.

Friday, July 14, 2017

MICK FOLEY GREATEST HITS AND MISSES: THE HARDCORE EDITION 2007 (WWE)

This is a new, revised edition of a two disc set that WWE turned out earlier. This time it has a bonus disc that is well worth seeing.

Foley hosts this in-depth look at his fascinating career. Included in this set are some of the most brutal and insane matches ever seen in the squared circle.

It covers his career from the WCW days, to ECW , SMW and then WWE. Matches include Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader, Cactus Jack vs. Chris Candido, Cactus jack and Raven vs. Terry Funk and Tommy Dreamer and many more including the unforgettable Hell In A Cell match against the Undertaker in Pittsburgh in 1998. There are also plenty of great extras featuring some of Foley's classic interviews.

The bonus disc includes 4 classic matches from 2004-2006 and these are well worth catching. WWE included this disc and called it a "Hardcore Edition". This is a welcome thing.

On this 3rd disc are Mick Foley Vs. Randy Orton, Mick Foley Vs. Edge, Mick Foley and Edge Vs. Terry Funk and Tommy Dreamer and Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair.

If you like hardcore wrestling filled with barbed wire, steel chairs to the head and lots of blood, then this is for you. Highly Recommended for wrestling fans.