We haven't had a good Giant film in a long time....decades! Steven Spielberg's Big Friendly Giant film is the newest one, and is a mere insult to anyone with a brain. So let us return to 1958, when evil conquistadors were still on everyone's mind (...or was that Communists?) and take a look at "Giant From the Unknown."
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Zimbabwe born Kathleen Breck is a lovely B movie actress. In her role as Elsa Tenney in 1966's "The Frozen Dead," she will lose her head and conquer the Nazis in the process. Eisenhower and Patton couldn't totally rid the planet of the Third Reich, but a very heroic and cute Ms.. Tenney came at them from a different angle. Perhaps Ms. Breck's role doesn't possess the stature of Elsa Lanchester's role of the bride or Simone Simon's feline role, but those two actresses didn't defeat Hitler's war machine, either. Also, Ms. Breck's performance dwarfs Mila Kunis' in her trash-epic, "Jupiter Ascending."
Friday, August 19, 2016
Booze Dope Bimbos....Beta Delta Beta, actually. The nickname is well deserved. During rush week at Tambers College, our fraternity will demonstrate why they keep getting de-certified by the college administration. Oh yes...in addition to bad behavior, usually involving naked bimbos and cadavers, an ax murderer will chop up the sexiest coeds at this college. In 1989's "Rush Week" we will see lots of murders, naked coeds, and lots of gratuitous scenes concerning either a shower or nudes posing with corpses.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
What are we most afraid of? Ignore the polls which suggest drowning and public speaking scare us the worst. Nope, not being mauled by a grizzly or dying in a plane crash, either. The one thing that can do us the most harm, and indeed frightens us tons more than the previous referenced fears...ourselves. Meosha Bean, who appeared on this blog last January (click on this link Meosha Bean ) has created, and stars, in a new horror short...."Me Myself and I." In this film, Ms. Bean takes the fear we have of ourselves and moves it from an abstract point of view to something more literal.
Me Myself and I
Me Myself and I
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Shot in Turkey, this Italian production is heavy on Poe influences. 1972's "The Red Headed Corpse," seems to have taken a plot from a romantic comedy, and altered it to make it a deranged voyage into the taboo and macabre. What does every pseudo-man want? A beautiful woman who doesn't speak, fawns all over him, wants sex constantly, and never questions him! Yeah...right! This always works out. Not! Unfortunately for our protagonist, this dream girl develops a voice and some selfish wants. What follows is....well...madness.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
It just didn't go as planned. Nope, but for fans of scifi and horror, this is no surprise. New Earth...so much promise. Whatever angst and apocalypse our original Earth faced, the new place promised to be a utopia, I'm sure. Yeah, right. Hence, a science fiction short which is sure to win awards at festivals, 2016's Darkwave: Edge of the Storm . Directed and created by Darren Scales, this 24 minute short packs so much. In a supreme compliment to a short film, I am eager to see the 90 minute full length feature leading up to it, and the 90 minute full length feature which this film sets up. Or even better, a BBC series.
Monday, August 15, 2016
1954's "The Snow Creature" is a brutally honest horror film. We are used to shrieking at the sight of machetes, gore, lunatics, and mutations in our horror films. Truth be told, the horrors we face every day in actuality may be a bit more frightening. For instance...running into a nine-foot tall beast from the Himalayas...who hasn't done that? Dealing with government agencies who insist your paperwork isn't in order...eek! Misinterpretations of customs regulations causing your experiments to cease....that gets me all too often. So let us take a look at this horror film directed by Billy Wilder's brother, W. Lee Wilder.