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Monday, October 25, 2021

RIP JOANNA CAMERON 1951-2021

One of my childhood crushes has died.

Lovely Joanna Cameron had a short but very memorable career in front of the camera.

She appeared in a few movies including "How To Commit Marriage", and "Pretty Maids All In A Row" but most of her work was in TV.

She will forever be remembered as Isis in the Saturday morning kids show "The Secrets Of Isis" which I watched every weekend and even owned the DVD set many years ago as well.

A beautiful and talented lady is gone. Joanna passed away after a stroke on Oct. 22nd, 2021 at the age of 70.

RIP VAL BISOGLIO 1926-2021

The very well known character actor has died.

From his first appearance on "Edge Of Night" in 1956, Bisoglio was headed for stardom. He appeared in hundreds of TV shows and movies, and he was always a character you never forgot.

Some of his movie appearances include "Hot Rod Hullabaloo", "The Hindenberg", "Saturday Night Fever" and much more.

He was also in countless TV shows such as "The Night Stalker", "Get Christie Love", "Hill Street Blues" and "Police Woman". He passed away on Oct. 18th, 2021 at the age of 95.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

RIP PETER SCOLARI 1955-2021

One of the stars of "Bosom Buddies" has passed away.

Scolari started his career in 1978 in such TV shows as Angie and a few others.

His claim to fame was a co-starring role with Tom Hanks in the sitcom "Bosom Buddies" which ran from 1980 to 1982.

Scolari appeared in other TV series after that show went off the air. His role as Michael Harris on "Newhart" was also something special. I worked with the man on the 1992 thriller entitled "Ticks" and found him to be a very nice man.

He lost his two years battle with cancer on Oct. 22nd at the age of 66.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Darian Caine is 48, and Caprice Bourret is 50.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

CLAW 2020 (ITN)

Strange, but fun litttle horror flick.

Chynna Walker stars as Julia, a young woman traveling to L.A. with her friend Kyle (Richard Rennie).

They get a flat tire and are forced to make their way down a lonely highway. When they happen upon a ghost town both figure it'd be better to stay the night than freeze in the cold of the desert.

Once there they meet a man named Ray (Mel Mede) who offers them shelter.They don't trust Ray a lot, but have no choice. Soon they all find that a prehistoric monster is loose thanks to a crazy scientist, and it is looking for food in the ghost town.

This is a pretty straight forward plot and while it really offers nothing original, it works on many levels. The acting is very well done and the banter between Julia and Kyle seems very real.

The monster is well done for a CGI creature and all in all the effects aren't too bad. One other thing here is that there is a lot of comedy between the two leads and it works very well.

The ending is kind of a neat twist, not original mind you, but again, well done. If you haven't seen this I recommend it for a great 80 minute time killer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Leah Van Dale is 34.

Friday, October 22, 2021

FERAL STATE 2020 (VERTICAL)

I heard a lot of good things about this film so I figured I'd check it out.

The film was somewhat of a disappointment for me as it seems to be all over the place.

The central story focuses on a band of misfits and orphans who are controlled by a religious fanatic named Mack Monroe (Ronnie Gene Blevins) who tells his followers that they must save the world from all evil no matter what has to be done to reach that goal.

This includes robbing and murder. One the case is one Detective Ellis (AnnaLynne McCord) who has a lot of good ideas but is always shot down by her boss.

This sounds like a great plot for a good crime thriller, but damn, it's hard to follow as scenes change so fast and there is no plot consistancy. AnnaLynne McCord is a damn sexy woman in my opinion, and she is top billed, but not used enough in the film.

I think the film makers had a good intent, but they are way off on execution. However, it will possibly keep you entertained. It kept my attention, but didn't really grab me.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Suzanna Snyder is 59, and Catherine Deneuve is 78.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER 1975 (TUBI)

Andrea Bianchi directed this gem, so it's one of the best Giallo's I have ever seen.

This film opens with a fashion model dying after a botched abortion. This starts off a film that once it starts moving, it never lets up.

After the abortion a brutal series of murders starts, first with the doctor who caused the death and then it moves to beautiful models. These models all work for Albatross Modeling run by Giselle (Amanda). Magda Cortis (Edwige Fenech) keeps the agency running admist all the killings that the police just can't seem to solve.

There are the usual red herrings in the story including the hot tempered Carlo (Nino Castelnuovo) who is involved in a relationship with Magda. Carlo spots a gorgeous young woman in a bikini named Lucia Cerezer (Femi Benussi) and tries to get her to work for the agency as well, but she is killed by the mysterious person in a black leather motorcycle outfit and helmet.

Director Bianchi delivers one of the best of the genre and is well known for the film "Burial Ground" which is one of the most bizarre zombies films ever made.

This film is filled with beautiful women but Benussi steals the show in her brief screen time. She looks fantastic in and out of her bikini and is easily the most beautiful women in the movies at the time.

I love sleazt Giallo like this and if you want to see the best, check it out. I caught it on streaming, but it is available on Blu-ray as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Diana Lorys is 81, Mary Peach is 87, and Scott Hall is 63.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

RAMBLINGS...

We are less than 2 weeks away from Halloween, my favorite day of the year.

Last November a TV channel called Movies! TV was brought to my attention, and it has proved to be a very good station with a plethora of films to watch.

This is my first Halloween season with them, and I must say I am impressed. They have run hundreds of horror films with many more to come in the next two weeks.

They have aired such greats as "The Haunting", "Them", "Day The Earth Stood Still", "The Fly", "Return Of The Fly", "The Alligator People", "Devil Girl From Mars" and so much more.

Yes, they have commercials during their movies, but that bothers me very little. I like this station very much. They do run a lot of film noir as well, and I am a huge noir fan.

If you get this channel you might want to check out their line-up for the next couple of weeks....it's a killer.

IKARIE XB-1 1965 (SINISTER CINEMA)

A great sci-fi adventure I had never seen before.

This is the first Czech sci-fi film and it's a dandy. In the year 2163 a giant spaceship that is carrying a group of people to a new planet runs into some problems.

The first problem is faulty equipment that keeps breaking down...the second is an eerie encounter with a ship full of corpses drifiting thru space on a never ending voyage and lastly there is a lot of tension between some of the crew members.

This was made when the Communists ruled Czech society and there is some anti-capatalist situations going on, but that is really to be expected in a film made during this time.

The film from Sinister is beautiful and widescreen. The black and white photography is simply wonderful, and the acting is very good. This film was pick up by AIP for US audiences.

It was recut, heavily edited and the entire concept of the story was changed. The title was also changed to "Voyage To The End Of The Universe". If you've seen this version as I have, then you NEED to see this one.

It's a thoughtful film that doesn't have much action, but it does tell a very good story. RECOMMENDED!!

Monday, October 18, 2021

WEST OF THE PECOS 1948 (TUBI)

A good mixture of comedy, western and action.

Robert Mitchum stars as Pecos Smith. He happens onto a man named Colonel Lambeth (Thurston Hall) who is traveling out west for his health with his daughter Rill (Barbara Hale) in tow.

The Lambeth's are lost in the desert when Pecon and his friend Chito (Richard Martin) find them and help them get back on course.

Pecos falls for Rill, but before anything can happen a man named Tex (Bill Williams) is killed and Pecos is blamed. He escapes the law and goes on the lamb as he tries to prove his innocence.

Things get pretty wild as a vigilante party sets out to hang Pecos and he sends his frind Chito out to get some evidence of a cover up and find who the actual killer was.

The cheistry between Hale and Mitchum is obvious and it works well on the screen. Hale actually married Bill Williams a year later after both were in this film.

Based on a Zane Grey story, this film is fun for every western fan and I highly recommend it.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

THIS NIGHT I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE 1968 (SINISTER CINEMA)

More excellent horror from Brazil.

This picks up where the previous film (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul) left off.

Coffin Joe (Jose Mojica Marins) is still looking for the perfect woman to give him children so his legacy can live on forever. He and his deformed hunchback servent Bruno (Jose Lobo) kidnap six women from a small town and subject them to various tortures in order to find the pefect woman.

Only one of the women survives this ordeal, but Joe decides that she is not a superior woman and therefore cannot have his children. He finds a beautiful new arrival in town, Laura (Tina Wohlers) to be the perfect woman and she feels the same about Joe.

This causes problems as Laura is the daughter of a high ranking official. The official hates Joe and hires men to seek him out and kill him.

This is a top notch horror effort and it even contains the color sequence when Joe has a nightmare about being in Hell. The print here is beautiful and also subtitled in English.

Marens had a unique approach to horror films, and I really haven't seen any of his horror films I didn't enjoy. This is a bizarre and wonderful horror trip with a lot of imagery that you'll not soon forget.

I saw this on a Sinister Drive-In Double Feature disc with the first film and it made for a hell of a night of viewing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Erin Brown is 42.