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Sunday, December 4, 2022

THE 1OTH VICTIM 1965 (TUBI)

One of the most insane movies I have ever seen, but it does strike a cord, especially in the society we live in today.

This takes place in the 21st century where a violent "hunting sport" has replaced war and violence in the world. An incredibly sexy veteran hunter named Caroline Meredith (Ursula Andress) agrees to hunt and kill another "victim" on live TV so she can get a huge amount of money.

Her prey is Marcello Poletti ( Marcello Masteroianni). A man who owes so much to his 8 ex wives he is always broke and having his winnings from killing people confiscated by the government.

Caroline and Marcello play a cat and mouse game with each other thru the entire film until the ending which pulls out two switches which the viewer will either see coming or not.

There are some fantastic set pieces in this film, such as Andress and her unltra sexy dance at the beginning of the film in which she makes her 9th kill. Her victim is mesmerized by her dance, and you have to ask yourself, who wouldn't be.

The weird fashions and cars are all odd looking but it's used to give the film a futuristic look. There is no doubt that Andress steals the show and it the main reason for watching the movie.

When watching you can see how dystopian the filmmakers made the future, but it really isn't far from what we have in real life today. Best line in the movie...."why control births when you can increase deaths?"

I really enjoyed this film and you might as well. Hell, watch it for Andress!! My God they just don't make women like this today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Brooke Adams is 38.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

VIRGIN SACRIFICE 1964 (TUBI)

This is an interesting oddity that appeared on TUBI.

The film is short as it runs only 60 minutes, and the plot is very simple, but I did find myself enjoying it.

A hunter in South American, Mr. Samson (David DeLie) falls for a young woman named Morena (Angelica Morelas) and they seem to hit it off very well. That is until a tribe picks her out to be a new virgin sacrifice.

Samson had witnessed one of the ceremonies when he was a child and sfter Morena is kidnapped, he follows thru thr jungle in order to rescue her. This takes up most of the screen running time and it culminates in a fight to the death between Samson and Tumic (Antonio Gutierrez).

You get a lot of nice jungle footage in this film as well as some bondage and nudity, which was very rare in films in 1960. This is available on a DVD from Something Weird, if you can find it.

I wasn't bored with the film at all, but I saw so much potential that was overlooked. If you get a chance to see it, you might like it, but then again you might not. Judge for yourself.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

TWO LOST WORLDS 1950 (TUBI)

An obscure film I hadn't seen in many years.

The story opens with an American clipper ship being attacked by pirates. The ship manages to out run the pirates, but one of the men, Kirkl Hamilton (James Arness) is injured and the clipper stops in Queensland and lets him off with a couple of other crew members so he can heal. Then the clipper resumes it's mission.

Hamilton meets and falls for a woman named Elaine (Kasey Rogers). The island is in fear of being raided by pirates so Hamilton devises a way for them to protect themselves.

The pirates do indeed attack and kidnap Elaine and her friend Nancy (Jane Harlan). Hamilton and his men pursue and overcome the pirates and rescue the women, but both ships are destroyed in the battle so Hamilton, Elaine, Nancy and a few others are fighting for survival on a small raft.

They find a small island to land on, but it is inhabited by giant prehistoric monsters. Will Hamilton and his friends survive? That is the burning question.

This is a mixture of action/adventure and sci-fi that director Norman Dawn pulls off pretty well. Arness is billed under is real name as James Aurness and this is, of course still very early in his career, but he does a great job and one can tell he was headed for much bigger things.

I enjoyed this 63 minute time waster, and you might to.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

RIP CHRISTINE MCVIE 1943-2022

One of the best is gone.

Music is a HUGE part of my life. Nothing is better than music from 1955-1989 and I especially love the 70's and early to mid 80's.

Christine McVie was one of my favorite songwriters, singers and the group Fleetwood Mac is one of my top 5 favorite groups of all time.

McVie wrote some of Fleetwood Mac's greatest songs including "Don't Stop", "Everywhere" and "Little Lies". She was an excellent keyboardist and her first solo album entitled "Christine McVie" had the top ten hit single "Got A Hold On Me".

She was a huge inspiration for me and her songs helped cultivate my love of pop music. She passed away on Nov. 30th, 2022 at the age of 79.

HORROR HIGH 1972 (VINEGAR SYNDROME) BLU-RAY

One of the best releases for 2022!!

After many years of seeing retitled versions of this film and edited for TV prints I finally got the chnce to see this UNCUT and in all its glory.

Pat Cardi stars as high school student Vernon Potts, a student who is disliked by all of the jocks and bullied by teachers and even the school janitor.

Vernon is a chemistry genius who is working to develope a formula that will change people both mentally and phyically. After his test subject, a guinea pig named Mr. Mumps, becomes a savage killer and kills the janitors cat the janitor named Griggs (Jeff Alexander) beats Vernon with a flashlight and forces him to drink his own formula.

Vernon transforms into a hideous monster and kills Griggs by dumping him in a vat of acid. This is a very gruesome scene and one that was always cut from other prints. Vernon begins chamging whenever he is angry and he takes violent revenge on both his English teacher as well as his gym coach (John Niland) by cutting off fingers and a head and stomping to death with cletes respectively.

The film moves along at a very fast pace and all of the bloodletting is intact. This film was shot in Texas and stars many local actors and football players from the Dallas Cowboys.

Vinegar Syndrome has doen an excellent job with the 2k transfer and some great extras including an interview with Pat Cardi. The rest of the cast for this gem includes Austin Stoker as the detective investigating the murders, Rosie Hotolik as the young woman who tries to love Vernon, Chuck Beatty, D.D. Lewis and "mean" Joe Greene.

I can't recommend this enough as I consider it to be one of the best horror films ever made, Nope, it's not original by any means, but damn it's a LOT of fun.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Gena Lee Nolin turned 51 on 11/29.

Monday, November 28, 2022

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Joe Dante is 76.

BELL FROM HELL 1975 (TUBI)

This interesting film has a sordid history with me.

All of my life I have been subjected to very poor quality copies of this movie and it really affected my opinion of it. Now TUBI has a beautiful print and I have to say, I enjoyed this twisted film.

A young man named Juan (Renaud Verley) is released from as asylum where he has been wrongly sent by his evil aunt Marta (Viveca Lindfors) so she and her three daughters could steal his money.

He comes back to the family home and gets a job in a local slaughterhouse. He quits the job after a brief time and when asked why he simply states "I've learned enough".

This leads to a bizarre game of cat and mouse between Juan and the four women. He bulids a mini version of the slaughterhouse in his basement and in time he manages to get all three of his aunts daughters into the room.

He plans to kill them just like cows and chains them up naked, but her cannot proceed. His moral compass just won't let him. There are several more twists to the film before the conclusion. I still believe something is lost in translation with the dubbing, but maybe it's just me.

I really like the bizarre quality of everything in the movie and while the slaughterhouse footage is real and gruesome it didn't bother me as much as othewrs I know who have seen this movie.

If you're looking for something a bit different you might want to check this out.

The rest of the cast includes Maribel Martin, Nuria Gimeno and Christina Von Blanc.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

POLICEWOMEN 1974 (TUBI)

Lee Frost directed this very odd film.

Sondra Currie plays Lacy Bond, a young policewoman who joins up with an all female gang of drug runners in order to bring the gang down once and for all.

Now, while that simple plot like does not sound too bizarre, trust me, this movie is. I don't mean that in a bad way either. The gang is run by an elderly woman and her young stud lover who keeps the girls in line.

There is a lot of great 70's scenery in this film as well as kick ass action and nice looking women are everywhere. It's interesting to note that even with the films title, there are no actual policewomen in sight. Currie's character is actually a prison gusrd and her would be helper, Pam (Jeannia Bell) is a Federal agent.

The director and his co-writer on the film, Wes Bishop are much better known for such films as "The Thing With Two Heads" and "Love Camp 7" but this film stands on it's own. If you like a simple plot, beautiful women and plenty of ass kicking action, then this is for you.

There is a lot of humor in the film as well, but if you didn;t grow up in the right era you might not get it at all. The rest of the cast includes Tony Young, William Smith, Laurie Rose, Phil Hoover and Eileen Saki.

Check it out if you want. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Monday, November 21, 2022

LOVE BRIDES OF THE BLOOD MUMMY 1973 (MONDO MACABRO) BLU-RAY

This was a new experience in viewing for me. The film has been lost for about 47 years and while I cheer any lost film being re-discovered, sometimes I have to wonder why I sit thru them.

I found this a very confusing film and can understand why it was lost. The plot has something to do with a 3000 year old mummy that is revived by a scientist and it creature enslaves the man as he goes out in search of blood and sex.

We get plenty of nudity and sex, but very little in the way of horror. There are two versions of this movie on the disc, and the "horror" version isn't much better.

With the chained up women this sorta reminded me of a Jess Franco film, but much worse. I can only recommend this if you want to see something that has been lost for decades, but if you're looking for a good movie, forget it.

The print has the title "Lips Of Blood". Watch at your own risk. I love Spanish horror, but this one, not so much.

Friday, November 18, 2022

GOLDENGIRL 1979 (KINO) BLU-RAY

It took me 43 years to finally see this film again!!

This has been touted as being a sci-fi film, but it is really a mixture of off the wall science and action. As a matter of fact, it's almost impossible to classify.

Gorgeous Susan Anton stars as Goldine, a young woman who has been "created" to be an Olympic star. She has been fed, conditioned and trained her entire life for the sporting event and her father has perfected her.

A reporter named Dryden attempts to do a story on her and finds much more than he ever could know. Goldine has a lot of pressure on her as there are many huge financial gains that will make men rich if she wins.

However, Goldine has a lot of second thoughts about what she is and what she is doing. While this movie may have seemed very odd in 1979. it fits right in with todays sporting nonsense including steroids and such.

I enjoyed this film as much now as I did in 1979. It's just different enough to be entertaining and Anton is simply gorgeous. I cannot figure out why she didn't become a bigger star.

The rest of the cast includes Curd Jergens, Nicolas Coster, Robert Culp, Ward Costello, Michael Lerner, Leslie Caron and Harry Guardino. This is well worth checking out if you want to see something different.

WELL DAMN IT

I signed off of this blog on September 30th and thought it would be the end, but alas, it isn't. I have received a ton of emails about this and I am somewhat humbled by the people who wanted me to continue. I actually had no idea so many people appreciated what I do. So, after thinking about it I came to the decison to keep this going on an infequent basis. I will only be posting movie reviews and final farewells. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write to me.

Friday, September 30, 2022

TWILIGHT ON THE TRAIL 1941 (PLATINUM)

Another fun Hoppy entry.

It's a pretty standard western, but it's very well done.

Hoppy (William Boyd), California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and Johnny Nelson (Brad King) are called in to investigate cattle rustlers in Antelope Valley, especially on the ranch of Jim Brent (Jack Rockwell).'

Hoppy and his men arrive as bogus Englishmen to fool the rustlers. The three of them finally get to the bottom of the issue and manage to stop the rustlers and their evil scheme.

As I said, this is a very entertaining entry in the long series and was a good way to end my viewing of the 35 film set I have. If you like Hoppy westerns, this is a good one indeed.

Well, this is my FINAL review on this blog. I figured this would be a good way to end it. It's been a fun 12 1/2 years and I hope everyone has enjoyed it and will continue to use this as a reference.

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS ME AND READS THIS.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Angie Dickinson is 91, Ian Ogilvy is 78, Candice Michelle is 44, and Marilyn McCoo is 79.