Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anniversary - The Flash















2015 is the 75th anniversary of my second favorite DC Comics' superhero The Flash and BOY- has he had a great year so far! A hit TV show has put him on the map as far as the public is concerned and he will even be hitting the big screen next year. 
These are some of the comics I first remember buying featuring the Scarlet Speedster although they aren't the first ones I read. A cousin of mine had a stash of Flash books that got me interested and his appearances in the JLA stoked my fascination. 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brief Thoughts - HOUSEBOUND (2014)


Just a very quick note to bring attention to the film HOUSEBOUND (2014) that is currently streaming on NetFlix. I had been advised by several online friends to seek this one out and now that I have I will follow suit.

SEE THIS MOVIE!

There.


Now, a few non-spoiler details. HOUSEBOUND is best gone into with no or little prior knowledge of the plot but I will say that it would be categorized as a horror/comedy and has elements that wouldn't feel out of place in one of fellow Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson's early work. The story involves a young lady forced to return to her childhood home to serves eight months of house arrest. As any woman in her early twenties might, she feels resentment at the situation and frustration with her mom and step-father. She gradually starts trying to make use of her time and eventually her boredom turned curiosity results in learning that her mother thinks the house is haunted! Soon enough she too begins to notice things that only seem explainable by supernatural means. That is all I will say.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE ALPHABET MURDERS (1965)


I'm not the biggest fan of Agatha Christie film adaptations and I'm not sure why. It might be because the few I've seen have been a little too long, far too star-studded and slightly too much in earnest to do more than mildly intrigue me. Or it might be that I don't find Miss Marple a very interesting protagonist and most of the Agatha Christie movies I've read about seem to focus on her so I tend to take a pass. Her other series sleuth Hercule Poirot I have not seen much of on screen. I think I witnessed him once but he was played by Peter Ustinov and I remember little more than a silly accent and much squinting in bright Egyptian sunlight. I'm sure there was a murder or two but......

I became mildly interested in seeing THE ALPHABET MURDERS (1965) because I was informed that it was directed in an inventive style by Frank Tashlin. Tashlin is best known for directing a slew of Jerry Lewis comedies and the Doris Day vehicle THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT (1966) so I wasn't too keen on diving into his lesser well reviewed efforts until I realized he also made one of my favorite lesser known Christmas films SUSAN SLEPT HERE (1954). That film is a little gem of comedy genius even if it has a whiff of the 'creepy uncle lusting after the forbidden niece' layered over the top of the entire tale.


So, with all that in mind, I have to report that THE ALPHABET MURDERS is a blast from start to finish. That's not to say it a perfect film- far from it. But it does have a cool mystery at its center, a strong cast playing up to the story and a breezy sense of light menace that keeps the thing moving along. I think that everyone involved must have had fun making the film on location in England although I wonder what the British actors thought of the very American Tony Randall taking center stage as the Belgian main character. Not that Randall is bad in the role- indeed, he is very good - but I half expected Robert Morley to eventually pause, look to the camera and drolly comment that perhaps he should be playing Poirot instead. I suppose that the only reason such a thought enters my head is that Tashlin starts this film in the radical fashion of having Tony Randall break the fourth wall and address the audience to say that he will be playing Poirot in the movie we are about to watch. I wasn't expecting that! And I'm sure film-goers in 1965 weren't either. Still, it is amusing and certainly effectively sets the tone for what is to come. And did I mention Anita Ekberg as the femme fatale? Oh, my!


Overall this is a fun film and well worth seeing for its stylish direction, silly humor and sly sense fun. It's hard to take very seriously but I doubt anyone involved was attempting to make a pulse pounding thriller so expectations should be dialed down to comedy levels for maximum enjoyment. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beyond Naschy #14 - THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY (1974)


Major spoiler warning! We talk about the entire film this time out, all the way through to the ending image - I just had to!  And  man - this episode sprawled out of control! With great joy, Troy and I cover the Spanish Horror gem THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY but the verbal side trips stretch the show to a length I am slightly sheepish to see. But maybe the long running time is a good thing? Maybe providing a nearly three hour long podcast is appreciated! I hope.

At any rate, we start out talking about a couple of recent horror films (IT FOLLOWS, THE LAZARUS EFFECT) and in an amusing (and accidental) way this discussion informs our analysis of the film we focus on here. You never know what connections exist, huh?  This the is the eighth Leon Klimovsky feature film we have covered which puts him at the top of the list of directors we have examined. This gives us a chance to talk about the very good qualities he brings to the table as well as the less than admirable choices that seem to consistently afflict his work. We both feel that a through exploration of his lesser known movies might be fascinating as long as we can locate English friendly copies.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Amazing Flash Gordon animated short!



If you are a fan of Flash Gordon or even if you only know of the character by name and reputation I think you'll get a kick out of this excellent little short. Presented as the second chapter in a serial it bypasses the origin of Flash and his companions leaping directly into the action. Check it out!

Friday, May 15, 2015

ARCHER OF FIRE (1971) poster art





How can I NOT want to see this film


Thursday, May 14, 2015

MANT! - the reconstruction!

MANT! (2013 Reconstruction) from Plan 9: Genesis on Vimeo.

For those who have never had the pleasure of seeing the fantastic Joe Dante film MATINEE (1993) this will seem..... odd. But for the rest of us this is gold! Where is the Blu-Ray?