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Thursday, April 18, 2024

THE BREAK 1962 (TUBI)

Well made British film noir.

The film opens with convicted killer Jacko Thomas (William Lucas) overpowering a prison guard and both fall from a moving train. Jacko kills the guard and escapes into the countryside.

He arrives at a small inn thanks to his sister Sue (Christina Gregg) paying a man named Judd Tredgar (Eddie Byrne) to get him there safely. Jacko and several others are guests at the Inn, and Jacko grows impatient in wanting to get to Scotland.

Sue slowly comes to discover that Jacko has murderous tendancies that always get out of control. He ends up killing a few people at the Inn, and Judd finds it harder and harder to cover for him.

Lucas plays the psycho killer perfectly and everyone in the cast does a great job thanks to the strong direction from Lance Comfort. Most of the cast you will know from Hammer horror films made both before and after this was filmed.

The rest of the cast includes Tony Britton, Robert Urquhart, Sonia Dresdel, Edwin Richfield and John Junkin.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Eric Roberts is 68, James Woods is 77, Melissa Joan Hart is 48, and Melody Thomas Scott is 68.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

THE MOONSTONE 1934 (MILL CREEK)

Fun little Monogram mystery.

This is a typical 30's murder mystery which involves a very valuable piece of jewelry called "The Moonstone".

It's brought from India by Franklin Blake (David Manners) for his fiance Anne Verinder (Phyllis Barry). During a storm the lights go out and the item is stolen.

A Scotland Yard inspector named Cuff (Charles Irwin) is called into the case and must find the thief.

It has been many years since I saw this and what I find odd is that the running time is listed for 62 minutes, but the only version I have ever seen, and the only one that has been released runs 46 minutes.

I'm not too sure what is right and what is wrong, but if 18 minutes are actually missing from this film, then I'm shocked that the film makes any sense at all.

Check it out anyway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Olivia Hussey is 73, and Michael Forest is 95.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

INVASION OF THE GIRL SNATCHERS 1973 (TUBI)

This is perhaps one of the top ten oddest films I have ever seen.

The original titles for this film is "The Hidan Of Maukbeingjow" and don't even ask me what the hell that means.

Aliens arrive on Earth with the intent of taking over and croos paths with a couple of drug smugglers and other assortred weird characters. It's much more complicated than one could imagine.

The story also involves a christian woman named Prudence (Elizabeth Rush) who is the apprentice of a wizard who is fighting evil spirits!! Now before you give this a walk away vote, understand that this is not as bad as people think.

It's just a supremely bizarre movie. What I liked best is the 70's flavor of the movie. The cars, the clothes and the women. It was more a trip down memory lane for me.

I used to see this VHS tape available for rent or sale and I never took a look at it until I saw it on streaming the other day. Shame on me for waiting so long.

Yes, the acting is not too good, and the stroy is crazy, but I gotta give the filmmakers kudos for getting it done and coming out with something not so ordinary.

The rest of the unknown cast includes Ele Grigsby, Carla Rueckurt and Pepper Thurston.

Monday, April 15, 2024

SPOOKS RUN WILD 1941 (SINISTER CINEMA)

As you can see I've been delving into Bowery Boys and East Side Kids comedy films.

As I said in another review, I am sure everyone who reads this had probably seen the film.

The East Side kids are stranded in a small little town and have nothing to do. They sneek out of a temporary shelter and explor the countryside in hopes of finding a "monster killer" that has been reported by the news.

Peewee (David Gorcey) is shot by a cemetary worker and the gang takes him to a creepy mansion where a mysterious man named Nardo (Bela Lugosi) lives. Nardo is helped by a midget named Luigi (Angela Rossitto).

Nardo helps the boys, but everyone seems to think he is the mysterious killer around town. It is soon discovered otherwise as a kindly doctor is really the killer and Nardo is a magician working with the police to capture the monster.

This was, as usual, a good way to kill a short amount of time. The comedy still is timely, at least in my opinion. Lugosi looks menacing enough to fool the locals for a while anyway.

The rest of the cast includes Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, David O'Brien, Dorothy Short and Ernest Morrison.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Claudia Cardinale is 86, and Samantha Fox is 58.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

TENNESSEE'S PARTNER 1955 (TUBI)

Allen Dawn directed this very well made western that has not been easy to find or see.

John Payne stars as Tennessee, a gambler with a shady past who always seems to get into trouble. One night after winning a huge amount of money an angry gambler attempts to kill Tennessee.

JUst before this can be done a man with no name played by Ronald Reagan shoits and kills the man. Both he and Tennessee are arrested by the Sheriff played by Leo Gordon.

The two men become friends and Tennessee calls the man Cowpoke, but still doesn't know his real name. Cowpoke is in town to meet his new bride to be named Goldie Slater (Coleen Gray). Tennessee knws Goldie for the gold digger she is and after much goes on he makes her leave and go back to San Francisco.

This infuriates Cowpoke who vows to kill Tennessee. While all this is going on a miner called Grubsteak (Chubby Johnson) hits it big in a gold strike and Tennessee takes him home after a drunken night. The next morning Grubsteak is found murdered and his map to the mine is gone.

The town is in an uproar as Tennessee is accused of murder and the sheriff forms a posse. It gets even more involved before all is settled, but it makes for a hell of a great film.

The colors are beautiful and so are the women. The rest of the cast includes gorgeous Rhonda Fleming, Morris Ankrum, Myron Healey, Anthony Caruso and Angie Dickinson.

I think all western fans should check this out. It's one for the ages.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Sarah Michelle Geller is 47, and Amy Dumas is 49.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

GHOSTS ON THE LOOSE 1943 (SINISTER CINEMA)

I can probably say all of you reading this have seen this movie at some point. Believe it or not, this was my first time seeing it.

This is a fun film starring The East Side Kids. They try to fix up a house for some newlyweds and enter the wrong house only to find it being used by Nazi spies.

An agent named Emil (Bela Lugosi) is the head of the spy ring and all of the usual gags ensue when the spies try to get rid of the East Side Kids and viceaversa.

This is a very simple Monogram film and is a lot of fun. The cast includes Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, and Ava Gardner in her first credited role.

The film is very easy to see, so if you haven't watched it do so.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Joyce Meadows is 91, and Agostina Belli is 75.

Friday, April 12, 2024

RIP LORENA VELAZQUEZ 1937-2024

The absolute, undisputed QUEEN of Mexican cinema has passed away.

Lorena made over 140 films and TV appearances in her native country, and we got to see a good many of her horror and sci-fi films.

He list of films include "Santo Vs. The Zombies", "Samson Vs. The Vampire Women", "Doctor Of Doom", "Wrestling Women Vs. The Aztec Mummy", "She Wolves Of The Ring", "Diabolical Axe", "Planet Of The Female Invaders", "Witches Attack" and her all time classic "Ship Of Monsters".

She was an incredibly beautiful and sexy woman who ALWAYS caught my attention. There will never be another. She passed away on April 11, 2024 at the age of 86.

DOOM ROOM 2013 (TUBI)

This was an odd one, but I checked it out because it has Debbie Rochon.

A young woman played by Johanna Stanton wakes up in a small room with no way out and no memory of who she is.

She is tormented by many paranormal visions of people and strange people such as a mute man and a woman with no eyes begin taking to her, but not telling her anything.

Soon another couple show up. They are played by Matthew Tompkins and Debbie Rochon. They are very much into S&M and start acting out their fantasies with the woman.

The end of the movie might be obvious to you or it might not. I caught on in the last 5 minutes, and it just made the movie that much more bizarre. If you're into BDSM or a Rochon fan you might enjoy this film, and find the ending explanation interesting to say the least.

It was ok in my book and some of the movie was tough to get through. In my opinion Rochon carried the film. It's streaming now so I would recommend checking it out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Ed O' Neill is 78.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

BLONDE DYNAMITE 1950 (TUBI)

The Bowery Boys are at it again.

Slip (Leo Gorcey) and Sach (Huntz Hall) see an escort service making a ton of money, so Slip gets the idea to start one as well using the boys as escorts.

The banks throw him out and the boys' good friend Gabe (Gabriel Dell), who works at a bank tells them that they are nuts. Slip convinces Louis (Bernard Gorcey) that he needs a vacation and they will keep his sweet shop open and running while he is gone.

Louie leaves and Slip turns the sweet shop into an escort service, which gets them mixed up with gangsters that are also blackmailing Gabe. The comedy goes hot and heavy and I found that I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.

Seeing Huntz Hall as an escort is a real hoot. This is good, clean comedy that I wish there was more of today. Well anyway, the film moves along quickly and the cast really seems to be into it.

The rest of the cast includes Adele Jergens, Harry Lewis, Murray Alper, Jody Gilbert, William Benedict, Beverly Crane and Lynn Davies.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

A belated Happy Birthday to Samson Burke who turned 95 on April 8th.

MASTER MINDS 1949 (TUBI)

This is a fun little Bowery Boys film.

Sach (Huntz Hall) has a very interesting problem. Whenever he has a toothache, he can predict the future.

Slip (Leo Gorcey) sees a fortune to be made so he sets up a sideshow carnival act that makes news headlines with Sach's amazing predictions.

A mad scientist named Dr. Druzik (Alan Napier) sees this and kidnaps Sach so as to transplant his amazing brain into his pet monster Atlas played by Glenn Strange.

He manages to transplant thought waves and Sach becomes a raving monster while Atlas becomes Sach. I thought is was amusing to see Strange playing the comedy so well.

This is a harmless little film and every once in a while we all need to see movies like this. If you're a fan of the Bowery Boys and haven't seen this, you should.

The rest of the cast includes Jane Adams, Bernard Gorcey, William Benedict and Gabriel Dell.

Sunday, April 7, 2024

LIBIDO 1965 (TUBI)

A great Italian Giallo.

Shot in beautiful black and white, this tight film really delivers the goods.

The small cast has only 4 people in it. Giancarlo Giannini stars as Christian, a man who as a child, saw his father murder a young woman he had tied to a bed.

This has affected his entire life and he is afraid that he will become like his father, a killer. He and three other people go back to his family estate for what is supposed to be a getaway, but it turns deadly.

Christian's wife Helene (Dominique Boschero) accompanies him and his fried Paul (Luciano Pigozzi) and his sexy blonde wife Brigitte (Mara Maryl) to the estate.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this classic film and before you know it the murders start. Italian Giallo usually makes you think you know what is going to happen and then makes a complete 180 is a different direction, and this film is no exception.

Everyone meets bizarre death and I think the most disturbing is that of Brigitte. She is alive at the end of ther movie, but that will change in time. I will not give anything away in case you haven't seen the movie.

A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FILM INDEED!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Yvonne Lime is 89.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

AMAZONS.VS. SUPERMEN 1969 (TUBI)

This is also known as "Super Stooges Vs. The Wonder Women", and it's one of the oddest films I have ever seen.

It's an Italian, Hong Kong and USA production which is an odd mixture in and of itself. It a comedy adventure film about 3 men with super powers getting in the middle of a war between a peaceful village and a powerful race of beautiful Amazons.

The dialogue and acting is bad, but I think all of this is deliberate because of the action on the screen. There is a lot of Kung Fu fighting and the women that make up the Amazon tribe are all hot looking babes.

The fact that this is an Italian film makes beautiful women no surprise at all.

Aldo Canti is the hero in this film which also stars Malisa Longo, Magda Konopka, Genie Woods, Kristen Gillie, Lynne Moody, Karen Yeh and Giacomo Rizzo.

If you're in the right frame of mind this will keep you amused. I liked it, but I have seen much better. I admit I watched it and only the women held my attention.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Billy Dee Williams is 87, Judi Bowker is 70, Roy Thinnes is 86, and Judith McConnell is 80.

Friday, April 5, 2024

FACE AT THE WINDOW 1939 (SINISTER CINEMA)

I know this is hard to believe, but this was the first Tod Slaughter film I ever saw.

This is set in the 1880's and is thick with gothic atmosphere.

There has been a series of brutal knifings attributed to a mysterious killer called "The Face" but it's also called a wolf man. The face that appears at the windows of victims is indeed all messed up.

Chevalier del Gardo (Tod Slaughter) is madly in love with Cecile de Brisson (Marjorie Taylor) and will do anything to obtain her as his bride. This includes setting up her lover to have him fired from his job and then framed for a murder.

However, the intended victim Lucien Cortier (John Warwick) is hard to pin anything on, so Gardo has him tied and thrown in the river, but that fails as well.

While all this is going on the Face is still killing and his bizarre howls are still heard in the village. Finally Cortier gets even with the madman Gardo, and all ends well.

Slaughter is always perfect for melodramatic overplaying of a character. This was a fast moving one hour film, and one I really liked. I guess I'll have to check out other Slaughter films as well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Roger Corman is 98. Jane Asher is 78, Roger Davis is 85, and Agnetha Faltskog is 74.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

NATASSA 1970 (TUBI)

Very well made film that when released in 1970 it was the highest grossing film in Greece for almost 3 decades.

Aliki Vougiouklaki stars as Natassa in this excellent film about a selfless patriot during WW2. The movie opens with Natassa visiting a concentration camp. That in itself is haunting.

After this she boards a train that is heading to her home, and we see her heartbreaking story in flashback. At the beginning of WW2 Germany has invaded Greece and Natassa runs into a German SS soldier named Max (Kostas Karras) whom she knows and kind of likes.

Max loves Natassa and the two have a kind of fractured affair until Max takes things too far and starts killing people in her village. Natassa meets a freedom fighter named Orestis (Dimitris Papamichael) and they fall in love.

When Orestis is wounded by the Nazi's and Max he kills some Germans, and before you know it both are on the run.

What follows is an amazing story of love, bravery and selflessness. There are a lot of shocking scenes in this film, and one of them is when Orestis is shot and killed by Greek freedom fighters who thought he was a nazi soldier.

This is also a very touching film in that we all know Natassa is very lonely and broken even after 2 decades of life after WW2. Her being broken is of course, caused by the loss of her husband Orestis (Yes they do marry in the film and it's a scene you won't soon forget) and the brutal tortures she endures at the hands of the Nazi guards. This is a GREAT film and I think everyone should see it.

It's dubbed into English and I have to say Aliki makes a very attractive Greek soldier.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Simone Griffeth is 74.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

RIP LYNN LORING 1943-2023

I just got his information.

Lynn Loring was married to Roy Thinnes from 1967 to 1984. She was a writer, producer and actress.

She appeared in TV shows such as "The Invaders" and movies such as "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun", "Black Noon" and "Horror At 37,000 Feet" all of them starring Roy Thinnes as well.

Loring passed away on December 23, 2023 at the age of 80.

LION OF ST. MARK 1963 (TUBI)

Not too shabby of a swashbuckler.

This is set in Venice in 1620. It seems pirates attack the city once a week and nobody has been trying to stop them.

One night during a party the pirates attack and steal the guests jewelry. or at least try to. One man on hand is named Manrico (Gordon Scott), and he makes a fool out of several pirates during an short fight.

He then vows to protect the city from these attacks, and slowly he gains an army and the name "Lion Of St. Mark". He also has help from a good friend named Jandolo (Rik Battaglia).

Manrico falls for a lovely female pirate, Rosanna, played by Gianna Maria Canale. They keep their romance a secret for a while. but soon the wrong people find out and Manrico must fight for his country and his the heart of a woman.

This is a beautifully shot film and the colors really standout. The cast is superb and know how to handle the material. The only problem I have with this movie is the running time. It run about 106 minutes and there isn't enough to keep it from dragging at times.

However, this is a small problem that really shouldn't steer you from seeing this adventure film.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Eric Braeden is 83, Jennifer Rubin is 62, and Lamberto Bava is 80.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

SPOOKIES 1984 (VINEGAR SYNDROME) BLU-RAY

This is a film I have long wanted to see, but never had the chance.

This hs a very typical 80's horror film, and it is made up from two different movies as one can easily see when watching.

The very short plot line you see everywhere says it's about an evil sorcerer living in an old mansion with his dead wife and he hopes to use the life force from some people who get lost and arrive at the house to bring his wife back to life.

Yeah...ok. The mixing of these two films ends up having it make no sense whatsoever, but it still is a really fun film if you can get by the "what the hell plot".

The creature effects are great for such a low budget film, and I think the most bizarre one is the "Spider Woman" which comes across as really creepy and scary.

The Muck Men are ok creatures, but the other standout is The Grim Reaper. I am amazed at how well done everything is. It's a shame this was intercut with another film called "Twisted Souls".

The presentation is beautiful and I am glad this finally made it's way to Blu-ray. A real curio and well worth seeking out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Lindy Booth is 45.

Monday, April 1, 2024

RIP BARBARA RUSH 1927-2024

One of my greatest young man crushes has died.

Barbara Rush started her acting career in 1950 and appeared in almost every genre of movie and TV show. I loved her in everything I saw her in.

I was first introduced to her in the 1953 sci-fi classic "It Came From Outer Space" and the love affair started. I looked for her in everything I could.

She ios best known for her role on the above mentioned movie but she also starred in "When Worlds Collide", "Black Shield Of Falworth", "Bigger Than Life", "Moon Of The Wolf", "Eyes Of Charlie Sands" and many, many more.

Her television appearances were too many to mention them all, but she was in "Night Gallery", "Outer Limits", "Ironside", "Streets Of San Francisco", "Matt Houston" and "Fantasy Island" just to name a few.

Barbara Rush passed away on March 31st, 2024 at the age of 97.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...

Heather Young is 79, Jonathan Haze is 95, and Traci Lind is 56.