Monday, July 27, 2015

Confession Time - EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC (1977)

This may cause me ridicule for years to come and my Film Reviewer's licence might be revoked but I must confess - I love EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC! 

There! I've said it! I love EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC. A lot. I think it is brilliant and I often look forward to rewatching it for weeks at a stretch before finally allowing myself the two hour indulgence that is EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC. I'm a fan! Really! I'm not kidding. I'm not in the Pauline Kael camp claiming it to be better that the origianl but I can stand with Kim Newman who said "Exorcist II doesn't work in all sorts of ways... However, like Ennio Morricone's mix of tribal and liturgical music, it does manage to be very interesting." And it IS very interesting which may be why I find it so damned fascinating. 

Am I alone here in the wide wonderful world of blogger-dom? Are there any other fans of this movie? although it is often listed as one of the worst films of all time surely there are others who find it as mesmerising as I. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Gary Gygax Day!

July the 27th of this year would have been Gary's 77th birthday. As someone who spent many hours of imaginative fun playing the games he brought to the world I want to take a moment to remember him and his accomplishments. The above adventures are some of the favorites from my youth and I can still remember those afternoons and long nights, the battles waged, the mysteries solved and the thrills experienced. Thank you Mr. Gygax! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Artist Joe Phillips Conjures Up an Old Hollywood Take on Superhero Movies

I simply could not resist posting these amazing images! In another world I hope these exist.....

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Super-Team Family covers

If you're a comic book fan and are unaware of the great site Super-Team Family The Lost Issues you should check it out. Each day they post a new cover from a wished for but impossible team-up comic. If only some of these could come to pass they would make history! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

NaschyCast #52 - DOCTOR JUSTICE (1975)

The NaschyCast returns with a French produced gem from the 1970's. Paul Naschy's role in this action adventure is pretty small but the film is well worth seeing for the rest of the cast and the fun story. DOCTOR JUSTICE is based on a series of French comic books that were very popular at the time about Dr. Benjamin Justice. He is a humanitarian doctor that works for the World Health Organization tackling medical problems all over the globe but that's not all. He is also an expert in judo (6th dan), ju-jitsu, karaté and is in the top physical condition of a conditioned athlete. In this film he is played by the great John Phillip Law as an incredibly unflappable, optimistic force for all that is right and good (justice, no?) with a will to put every bit of his abilities in the service of bringing criminals to heel. In this case the (very) good Doctor is up against some very clever oil thieves who have found a way to highjack an entire tanker of the black gold while the ship is still in transit - and without the crew even knowing the oil is gone! These criminals are lead by Gert Fröbe who will be instantly recognizable as Auric Goldfinger from the Bond film, of course but the rest of the bad guys a prove to be of interest as well including a martial arts expert that makes the numerous fight scenes very entertaining.

Troy and I are happy to be back in the saddle with a Naschy film to discuss even one with as little of our hero as this. We keep the show on track for the most part but there are the usual side conversations about what we've been watching and reading lately as well as some music talk. The Mail Bag this time out gives us some food for thought but we are always hungry for more feedback so if you wish please contact the show at to add your musings to the proceedings. Thanks for downloading and listening to our babble - we are grateful for your attention!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Doc Gangrene Takes a Look at a Vincent Price Boardgame!

The great (and award winning) video series The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price by modern Horror Host (from Nashville, natch!) Dr. Gangrene takes a brief detour into some of the odder ephemeria of Price's career. Now where is that piece on making shrunken heads from apples?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Planet of the Apes TV series lunch box!

I remember seeing this when I was a kid but I never had it.