Almost "King Kong, which would premier in 1933, but 1932's "The Most Dangerous Game," one might say, birthed the classic gorilla flick. Like "King Kong," this film stars Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Both these films had David O. Selznick, Merian Cooper, and Ernest Schoedsack involved in the making and production. Also, like "King Kong," this film has also been re-made, but even more frequently than the gorilla epic. In fact, readers of this blog may find the plot of today's feature a bit familiar. Both Turkey Shoot and Awaken , which have been reviewed on this blog, are terrific rip-offs of "The Most Dangerous Game."
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
One might argue that 1987's "Dark Age" is merely another Australian crocodile film, which offers nothing new. That would be unfair. Yeah, I do admit that much of this film may be interpreted as a cheap rip-off of "Jaws." Entire scenes seem to be lifted out of Spielberg's expensive rip-off of "Moby Dick." However...would you rather see a gratuitous rip-off of "Jaws" or a rip-off of "Silkwood"? For horror fans, "Dark Age" is an interesting film which inspired many plot devices in those made-for-Syfy films.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
All well respected literary journals agree that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a near miss on being considered a great classic. the Oxford Review of Literature quotes, "...perhaps a more drastic plot device to anchor this story to the sublime. Bikini clad Amazon women, for example, is just what Shelley's story thirsts for." So in 1981, "Frankenstein's Island" was released in order to fill out Shelley's horror story and perhaps convert it into a timeless classic. After all, is there any film plot in which very alluring bikini clad women, who run and jump a lot, will not enhance?
Friday, March 17, 2017
From Italy, we have a vampire tale which will appeal to fans of romance novels. 1964's "The Slaughter of the Vampires" (aka "Curse of the Blood Ghouls") is equipped with flowery language, a big castle, a waltz in the ballroom, and a hunk prince-type fawning all over the vulnerable, buxom lady dressed in white gowns. Don't fret guys, this film has a really attractive leading woman, lots of vulnerable cleavage action, and some vampires. Directed by Roberto Mauri, probably for the benefit of his wife or GF, let us take a look a neat Gothic horror tale.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Teachers aren't paid enough. We trust them with our most precious asset, and still ridiculous athletes make hundreds of times more money than them. How can we blame these heroic educators if they go a little crazy sometimes? In 1989's "Hell High," we meet a biology teacher who goes a little crazy. Warning, this is a weird and awkward film, but the last 30 minutes are worth waiting for.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Icky, slimy, hissing parasites are our villains today. In 1958's "The Brain Eaters," we have a mix of "Night of the Creeps" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Though a B movie from the 1950s, many might choose to read lots of social commentary into this film. Let them, but I suggest you just have fun and enjoy the little creatures, arrogant hunk heroes, a couple of damsels in distress, and...here's the surprise...Leonard Nimoy! Yes, Mr. Spock himself is a major part of this exciting science fiction/horror offering.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Former Miss France and Bond Girl, Claudine Auger, absolutely owns the camera in any film she is in. In 1971's "A Bay of Blood" (directed by Mario Bava), she will also attempt to own everything else by way of murder. To be fair, everyone in this film is a homicidal maniac, so what is a little murder among murderers? Unfortunately, this is an Italian horror film, hence Ms. Auger isn't too beautiful to die horribly. Will she survive a plethora of seedy characters? Should she?