Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
After a couple of non - Paul Naschy months we come back with a posthumous Naschy film released just last year. Although this may be the Naschy movie with the least amount of Naschy in it, we are thrilled that the legacy of his career is still inspiring young Spanish filmmakers. WAX is a variation on the old 'wax museum' classics of old with a heaping helping of modern sensibilities thrown in for good measure as a young television journalist is locked in a supposedly haunted building for the night. He films his experiences and we also witness the night's events through the museum's security cameras. The biggest draw for fans of Euro-Cult films of the Golden Era of the 1960's and 70's is the star turn by Jack Taylor.
Taylor is an amazing actor who has worked with
nearly all the big names of that period from Franco, Naschy, de Ossorio, Larraz
and even Simon in the incredible PIECES (1982). There are lots of knowing nods
to Spanish Horror of the past and Naschy's career gets singled out as well.
Much creepy fun is here to be enjoyed and we try to talk about as much of the
film as possible without spoiling it, even as we are interrupted by Katie the
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
BEYOND 1984. BEYOND 2001. BEYOND LOVE. BEYOND DEATH.
The recent Blu-Ray release of this truly bizarre John Boorman film has me smiling the smile of the cult movie fanatic. I love this thing with every fiber of my being. I have the novelization sitting on the bookshelf - I need to finally read that.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A while back I watched the Alistair MacLean adaptation WHEN EIGHT BELLS TOLL (1971) and loved it. This prompted me to seek out more films crafted from MacLean novels so I watched PUPPET ON A CHAIN (1971) which was very good and BEAR ISLAND (1979) which was solid as well.
Of the two POAC is better, but I was more intrigued by
The film has an amazing cast - Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Redgrave, Lloyd
Bridges, Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee - and is set in a snowbound locale
that appeals directly to my love of isolated settings. I clicked 'play' with
the memory of this film being a regular offering on HBO in the early 80's but I
couldn't be sure if I had ever seen it. Well, ten minutes in I was not only
sure I had watched this movie before but I remembered a BEAR ISLAND LOT
of the plot. I remembered so much, in fact, that I recalled the solution to the
mystery as well as the identity of the surprise villain! Oh well. I still
enjoyed catching this one again because its a fine story with some good
performances and a fun series of action scenes in the snow. The stuff done with
motorized snow sleds is incredible! And I love that Sutherland is such a
taciturn bastard for most the film and that we only become sympathetic to him
because he is the one unraveling the reason people are turning up dead.
Much like the MacLean film adaptation BREAKHEART PASS (1975) this film feels chopped down from a longer length. There are several scenes that we seem to join when they are already in progress and edit away from before they are done. This doesn't disrupt the plot but it does make the film often feel like we should have more context for character motivations. I can recommend this to folks in the mood for a good adventure story with some nice twists. Now if it were only available on DVD!
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I'm deep into making notes for our podcast covering WAX (2014) and thinking about various wax museum movies, of course. This is probably my favorite and if you haven't seen this Pre-Code gem here is your chance. The entire film in all its two-strip Technicolor glory! I love YouTube!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
March was a very busy month. With me working almost every day there was little time for movies so I only got to watch a relative handful and didn't make it out to the theater at all! Disappointing, to say the least.
The most recent film I caught was last year's LEGEND OF HERCULES which I had been lead to believe was awful but I found it to be a wonderful throwback to classic 1960's style peplum. It recalls the older form of these movies down to even having a really terrible lion that attacks Hercules only to be bested by the demigod! Of course, this being the 21st century, the lion is bad CGI instead of a bad lion throw-rug but the unintentional amusement is the roughly the same. Even with this dodgy scene the film is pure sword & sandal fun with a solid storyline, competent acting and great fights - I really enjoyed it. In fact, it may be the first film directed by Renny Harlin I have every fully embraced. Well- I liked
DEEP BLUE SEA and I found his version of the EXORCIST prequel
interesting but with crapfests like , THE LONG KISS
GOODNIGHT and MINDHUNTERS on his resume he has little to be proud of. Do people still defend DIE HARD 2 and CLIFFHANGER? CUTTHROAT
GODZILLA VS THE SMOG MONSTER (1971)- 5 (rewatch)
IT HAPPENED TOMORROW (1944)- 7 (fun comedy/fantasy)
THE COLOSSUS OF RHODES (1961)- 9 (Sergio Leone's sword & sandal epic)
TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS (1983)- 5
URSUS IN THE
(1963)- 7 LAND OF FIRE
THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973) - 6
WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS (1965)- 4 (rewatch)
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (1976) - 7
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (2014)- 7 (solid peplum -that CGI lion was bad, but...)