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Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE GOLEM 1935 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Well made film done in France.

The Golem,a huge statue made of clay by a rabbi is said to come to life in times of deep trouble.

When the persecution of Jews becomes too much,a young woman brings the stature to life and it proceeds to destroy the evil empire and all of those connected with it.

This is a simple story and a remake of the 1920 film of the same name. There are some brutal scenes. at least for the time of torture and Jews being fed to the lions.

I am not sure where Sinister got their subtitled print, but sometimes there are no subtitles and at other times they appear on the screen way before the actual words are spoken. So, I turned them off and just enjoyed the movie in it's original French language.

The print quality is very good and I would recommend it for fans of obscure 30's horror.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Paul Hampton is 80.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

GAMERA VS. VIRAS 1968 (MILL CREEK) BLU-RAY

The fourth in the series, and I have to say it's one of the worst films I have ever seen.

I have seen this film once before and I decided to give it another try on the Blu-ray, and holy shit, the film is even worse than I recall. Another 82 minutes of my life I will never get back.

Aliens come to Earth and attempt to take it over with the help of their giant squid-like leader, Viras. Two annoying as hell children and Gamera come to the rescue.

I have patience for a lot of low budget films no matter how bad they are, but good God, this one really taxed my patience. The acting by everyone all around is pathetic and I have never been as tired of children as I was watching this drivel.

Nothing bothers me more than seeing children portrayed as geniuses and adults as blithering idiots, and when watching a monster fight, these two annoying boys won't shut the fuck up and keep yelling instructions to Gamera!!! Nothing makes me want to stick sharp pokers in my ears more than that.

I found myself watching this and constantly checking my timer to see how much longer it had to run. That my friends, is a bad sign. After the first three films this is a hell of a let down. I told a friend after watching it I wanted to poke out my eyes as it was that bad.

I have never felt this way about any low budget film, but everyone has his or her breaking point, and mine has been reached with this turgid giant turtle junk. I will be reviewing the other Gamera films on Blu-ray, and I don't think there was another one worse than this, but I could be wrong.

I wouldn't recommend this film even to my ex-mother-in-Law let alone anyone reading this blog, but is you're a masochist you might enjoy 82 minutes of painful film watching.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Jill Si. John is 77, Diana Muldaur is 79, Debra Paget is 84, L. Q. Jones is 90, Darby Hinton is 60, and Lilian Garcia is 51.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

ENTER THE DEVIL 1973 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Very interesting thriller shot in Texas.

People are being killed near a small desert community near the Mexican border, and a local sheriff investigates.

He is helped by a Leslie (Irene Kelly) a beautiful researcher who is writing a book on cults. Both discover that a weird religious cult is in the area conducting human sacrifices.

The local Sheriff is killed after seeing the group burn a Mexican woman alive. There are some pretty effective moments in this gritty film. I do suspect there were some parts either trimmed or cut out to secure a PG rating, but I can't be sure.

However, I would not let that deter you from seeing a unique regional film that is eerie and effective.

The print from Sinister is somewhat ragged, but that actually adds to the charm of this kind of film. It's available as a single feature or part of a Drive-In Double Feature with "Garden Of The Dead".

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Shane Briant is 71.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

DR. FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS 1970 (SINISTER CINEMA)

One of the most obscure and odd films I have seen in a while.

Viktor Frankenstein is expelled from a European University and soon seeks to further his education in a Canadian college.

He studies brain control under a professor at his new school and finds he is still the object of ridicule by most of the students and teachers.

This film takes place in the 70's and it shows. Not only the clothes but some of the culture as well. There is a rally against computers taking over mankind which is more timely today than back in 1970.

Viktor is soon in trouble again after a school paper reporter and his photographer frame him for using drugs, which he never does anyway. He soon transforms one of his friends into a mindless killer that seeks revenge on everyone who wronged him.

Just when you think you have the plot figured out, it throws you a major curve ball. For instance, why does Viktor always remain clothed when his sexy as hell blonde girlfriend wants to have sex?

In case you haven't seen this, I will stop now, but I highly recommend this little slice of 70's exploitation film making that has been sadly forgotten. The cast includes Robin Ward as Viktor, Kathleen Sawyer as his girlfriend Susan and Austin Willis as school dean Cantwell.

See it!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Julie Newmar is 84, Ann Blyth is 89, Gary Clarke is 84, George Eastman is 75, J.R. Bookwalter is 51, and Mirta Miller is 69.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GAMERA VS. GYAOS 1967 (MILL CREEK) BLU-RAY

This is the third Gamera film, and and a not too bad of one.

This lightens up the tone a lot from the previous entry, but the series still wasn't the kid crazy insanity it was almost ready to turn into.

A flying monster named Gyaos is released from a volcano and begins wrecking havoc in Japan. The creature has an appitite for humans and eats them as much as he can.

Gamera comes to the rescue and fights the evil monster that will remind you somewhat of Rodan, and this is no surprise as Daiei productions was trying to copy the success of the Godzilla films from Toho.

The Blu-ray looks very, very good and as usual this is the original Japanese print with English subtitles. If you like giant Japanese monster films, I would recommend this entry.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Natasha Henstridge is 43, Barbara Bouchet is 74, Mike Henry is 81, Pat Priest is 81, Abby Dalton is 85, Gaylen Ross is 67, and Lori Nelson is 84.

Monday, August 14, 2017

THE INTRUDER 1975 (GARAGEHOUSE) BLU-RAY

This gem was unseen since it was made in 1975, and Garagehouse has finally been able to locate a print.

Actor/Director Chris Robinson made this film and sadly it never got released. Now, thanks to the wonder of Blu-ray it has been finally restored and made available to the masses.

Several people gather on a small island retreat looking for gold, but instead they find greed, murder and some totally irrational madness.

Before you can say "slasher" the bodies start piling up and it seems that the killer might be something supernatural. One by one people die until the very interesting conclusion, which threw me for a loop and was totally unexpected.

The plot is simple and is really a precursor to the slasher films of the 80's. The cast includes Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo and Ted Cassidy whose role is small, but very important to the entire film, and director Robinson.

Garagehouse has been bringing out a lot of these lost little films, and I hope they can keep doing it. These are always a pleasure to finally see and no film deserves to be unreleased...well unless it's a Spike Lee film or a Michael Moore disaster, but that is another story for another time.

This is a highly recommended film and one of the best releases of the year in my opinion.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Halle Berry is 51, Jim Wynorski is 67, Antonio Fargas is 71, and Candace Hilligoss is 82.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

MOLE MEN AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES 1961 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Sinister Cinema bring us the UNCUT and widescreen version of this bizarre muscle popper.

A race of albino warriors from underneath the Earth come out at night and destroy villages and take slave labor.

Mark Forest is Maciste, who along with a friend named Bango are captured by the Mole Men. Maciste is tested in many ways by the evil queen named Halis Mojab (Moria Orfei).

Maciste must also fight a huge gorilla monster, savage lions and the Queen slowly falls in love with him, which sets off palace intrigue to the max.

Paul Wynter is Bango and his beautiful friend Tulac is played by Janine Hendy about which little is known. The print quality is exceptional and the film is in it's original Italian language with English subtitles.

This has been a hard film to track down in a totally uncut version, but it has finally arrived. If you like these kinds of films, I recommend you check this one out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Maria Rohm is 72.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

GAMERA VS. BARUGON 1966 (MILL CREEK ) BLU-RAY

The second Gamera film, and easily the darkest of the early film series.

Several men decide to look for an opal and when they discover it, they steal it and bring it back to Japan. It turns out the Opal is actually an egg and it soon hatches.

The treacherous expedition which has already cost the life of one man, now brings a new terror to Japan in the form of a huge reptile monster that emits a killing frost from it's tongue and a destructive rainbow that emits from it's back.

Meanwhile the rocket was sent off in hits a meteor and before you know it Gamera is back on Earth. The two monsters battle each other while the army tries to find a way to rid the Earth of both creatures.

There are a lot of dark elements here including double cross, murder, greed and lust. Interesting stuff for a Japanese monster film.

the Blu-ray looks fantastic and is recommended for monster fans.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

George Hamilton is 78.

Friday, August 11, 2017

HYPNOSIS 1962 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Pretty interesting German/Spanish co-production.

A hypnotist/ventriloquist is murdered in his dressing room and the dummy seems to be the only witness to the murder.

A delivery man is blamed for the crime and is hunted by the police. Meanwhile another murder occurs and it looks like they may have a supernatural killer on the loose.

Eugenio Martin handles the directing chores very well and the murders come across as violent, brutal and well staged. There are many, many plot shifts and the film always keeps you guessing as to what is really going on and who is responsible.

The "Krimi" film was released in late 1962 by Constantine films, and they have always been a high quality distribution company, and turned out hundreds of these kinds of films.

The twist ending might just take you by surprise and if you enjoy these kinds of films, you really can't go wrong watching this one. The cast includes Jean Sorel, Margot Trooger and Mara Cruz.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Hulk Hogan is 64, Arlene Dahl is 92, and Stuart Gordon is 70.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

GAMERA 1965 (MILL CREEK) BLU-RAY

I have reviewed this once before when it came out on DVD a few years ago.

Now, this Japanese classic is available on Blu-ray and I finally managed to get a copy from Mill Creek which also includes three other Gamera films. This is the original Japanese version without US inserts.

By now everyone knows this tale about a giant prehistoric turtle awakened in the Arctic ocean when a plane carrying a nuclear explosive crashes.

The creature heads for Japan and destroys some major cities before scientists come up with a way to dispose of him. They lure Gamera into the head of a huge rocket and send the capsule to Mars.

The widescreen Black and White film looks better than one could even imagine and it is in Japanese with English subtitles. This was the first of 8 films starring the giant turtle and they are all available on Blu-ray, so I will be taking a look at them all.

Sadly as the series went on the films became very childish and silly, but hey, I like em anyway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Rhonda Fleming is 94.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

HORROR EXPRESS 1972 (SINISTER CINEMA)

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Telly Savalas star in this excellent winner of a film.

The print from Sinister is beautiful and I can actually read the credits on the film for the first time ever.

Lee stars as Alexander Saxton who has discovered a frozen corpse of prehistoric man and is attempting to have it transported back to England via the Trans Siberian Express.

Mysterious deaths occur even before the creature is loaded aboard. A police inspector boars the train to investigate and before you know it the train is off and running, and the creature escapes. An ancient alien life form has inhabited the body of the creature and uses it as a host.

It absorbs the memory of it's victims who die and have blood running from their eyes and their brains boiled!! Cushing is Dr. Wells who must help Saxton find a way of finding which body the creature has inhabited ater the police inspector, Mirov shoots is and fatally wounds it.

This is an excellent thriller which is very claustrophobic as it confines the action to a train speeding across the frozen countryside. This film has been available on many various labels for years and as I said before, this is the best print I have ever seen of this film.

The supporting cast includes Savalas as a Cossack who boards the train to investigate the murders, but in in turn killed along with all of his troops, Helga Line is beautiful as always, Silvia Tortosa is a gorgeous Russian princess.

This is a highly recommended horror film that really deserves more exposure than it is given.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO....

Sam Elliot is 73, and Lexi Kaufman is 26.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

RIP GLEN CAMPBELL 1936-2017

A legendary music performer has died.

Campbell was a mainstay on pop radio during the 60's and 70's with such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Country Boy" and "Sunflower" which was my personal favorite.

A very accomplished guitarist he had a very successful TV show and was a top attraction all across the country for over 40 years.

He has been suffering from Alzheimer's for a long time and thank God that finally came to an end today. Campbell was a one of a kind person in the music industry and one that will indeed be missed.

He was 81.

LEGEND OF HORROR 1972 (SINISTER CINEMA)

This film has a rather bizarre production history, but is still a well made thriller.

This movie is part US shot footage and part Argentinian footage from a 1961 film called "Tell Tale Heart". The US footage is newer and may have been shot in and around 1965.

The US footage concerns an elderly man in prison and his escape attempt with a young prisoner, and they other footage is told in "flashback" as to how he got there.

This isn't the usual "patchwork" film and it work very well. The original footage of "Tell Tale Heart" is very effective and very twisted.

If you haven't seen this gem I recommend you do. It was released in 1972 on a double bill with "The Dracula Saga" and touted as being filmed in "Blood Chilling" realism of "Magicmation". What is "Magicmation"? It is simply that the final two scenes, which lasts about 8 seconds is done in color, and that also works well for an ending you'll not soon forget.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Connie Stevens is 79, Nita Talbot is 87, Richard Anderson is 91, Rena Mero is 50, and Tom Reese is 89.