Saturday, June 19, 2021

Trailers From Hell - THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1942)

Here's Joe Dante talking a bit about the odd timeline of the Mummy movies made by Universal Studios in the 1940's. Short form version - somehow the 1940's last for about sixty years in this series! I love it! 

Of course, our podcast on this movie will be dropping very soon. 


Friday, June 18, 2021

What I Watched in May

New films have started hitting theaters again so we ventured out to the drive-in to see A QUIET PLACE PART 2 (2021). I am happy to report that this sequel is at least as good as the original and might have even found ways to be slightly better. In fact, there is one brilliantly edited sequence that is easily one of the most impressive horror moments in recent memory. It brings three separated groups’ tales to their peak of tension simultaneously, intercutting between them in a way that builds their effectiveness perfectly. This is masterful filmmaking and might have been the highpoint of the story except that several interesting things happen in the final act to make this apocalyptic tale bigger and more intriguing. I sincerely hope that a third movie gets made to expand this world again. Plus, I want to see which of my guesses about the monsters turns out to be correct! 

The List 

THE TERROR WITHIN II (1989) – 4 (let’s remake ALIEN/ALIENS again! It’s not terrible) 
STREETS (1990) – 6 (L.A. prostitutes) 
ANGEL IN RED (1991) – 4 (hookers vs. insane pimp)
DUEL ON THE MISSISSIPPI (1955) – 7 
TORCHY BLANE IN CHINATOWN (1939) – 6 (the spark is faded but it’s still good stuff) 
THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1955) – 4 (rewatch) (terrible but I enjoy it so much) 
URANIUM BOOM (1956) – 6 
IN THE YEAR 2889 (1969) – 2 (TV remake of THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED – abysmal) 
BEFORE I HANG (1940) – 6 (Karloff mad doctor tale)
PANIC (1983) – 3 (easily the worst David Warbeck film I’ve seen) 
SYNCHRONIC (2020) – 8 (well done SF) 
BLACK CANDLES (1982) – 6 (rewatch) 
CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE (1940) – 6 (gleeful, silly villainy from Tod Slaughter) 
THE MAN CALLED FLINTSTONE (1966) – 6 (not bad and the songs are actually fun) 
SUBMERGENCE (2017) – 7 (thoughtful, touching drama) 
THE DAY THE SKY EXPLODED (1958) – 5 (Italian sci-fi) 
ASSIGNMENT: OUTER SPACE (1960) – 4 (rewatch) 
ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021) – 7 (too long but fun) 
THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE (2018) – 6 (interesting but nothing exceptional) 
THE INVICIBLE MASKED RIDER (1963) – 8 (Lenzi combines Poe and Zorro!) 
DOCTOR X (1932) – 9 (even better on Blu!) 
ABRAKADABRA (2018) – 6 (interesting throwback to 70’s Italian thrillers) 
NORTHERN PATROL (1953) – 6 
KING KONG (1976) – 8 (rewatch) (the TV version on Blu) 
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DEADLY NECKLACE (1962) – 7 (rewatch on Blu) (Christopher Lee as Holmes)
CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964) – 7 (Christopher Lee in a gothic!) 
A QUIET PLACE PART II (2021) – 8 
EYE WITNESS (1989) – 5 (Lamberto Bava TV thriller) 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Power Records - THE HULK AT BAY (1974)


For Marvel comic book fans of a certain age these Power records releases were one of the most exciting things you could beg your parents to get you as a gift. They were one of the very few ways to have an 'enhanced' form of a superhero tale especially if you lived someplace where the 1960's limited animation cartoons were not rerun. I still get a kick out of these brief audio slices of the Marvel Universe and you might enjoy them too.





Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE WIFE KILLER (1976)


This Greek thriller is very much in the vein of the giallo in some ways while veering from those films in significant ways. There is no black-gloved mystery murderer in THE WIFE KILLER (1976) so that trope is absent. Outside of one early sequence on a yacht the movie doesn’t seem very interested in showing off stylish clothing or homes in near fetishistic fashion either. The missing ‘lifestyles of the rich’ element seems a choice born of budgetary restrictions but the film plays into that absence well by ramping up the sleaze. In fact, the nastier sections of the film’s story are pretty rough as evidenced by the alternate title THE RAPE KILLER. That isn’t as accurate a descriptor as the one Mondo Macabro has chosen to release this under but it can serve as a warning (or enticement) to potential viewers.

I quite enjoyed this filthy little crime tale. It moves at a pretty good pace most of the time and plays its cards close to the vest on several occasions allowing some of the surprises to keep curiosity high. The violence is fairly bloody with the slapping and sexual assaulting of women making for some tough viewing. The plot has some well-done twists with its central idea seemingly pulled from STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951). It looks to be a smart, devious plan to get a lot of money without the problem of living with the person who actually owns it. But such secret plans have many trust points that criminals rarely seem willing to honestly negotiate so trouble is inevitable. THE WIFE KILLER is an entertaining 90 minutes and the film’s satisfying finale pushes this into the category of a solid, recommendable effort. Glad I finally pulled this disc off the shelf!

 


 

Monday, June 14, 2021

FLIGHT TO MARS (1951) Coming to Blu-Ray!

Can't believe I almost missed this news! While this is not my favorite 1950's science fiction movie I'm excited to see it on Blu-Ray. And the list of extras is phenomenal too. 
*************************

Walter Mirisch: From Bomba to Body Snatchers - A new documentary short from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures

 Interstellar Travelogues: Cinema's First Space Race - A new documentary short with celebrated science-fiction artist/historian Vincent Di Fate from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures

 Audio Commentary by author/film historian Justin Humphreys

 Full color insert booklet with essay, Mars at the Movies, by award-winning author Don Stradley.

*****************************

Can't wait for July 20th!



Friday, June 11, 2021

Wild, Wild Podcast Episode #2 - Assignment: Outer Space (1960)

Your next assignment is to travel across the galaxy in search of the greatest scoop of your career. As a journalist with apparently nothing else to do for the next few years, why not accept and join Rod and Adrian as they travel into the farthest reaches of Outer Space?

Officially designated as Italy's first science fiction film, Assignment Outer Space has a lot to offer, but will Rod have changed his mind since his somewhat negative blog review fifteen years ago? Listen and find out...

If you want to check out the film before we spoil it completely, it can be seen here on YouTube - LINK!

Podcast RSS feed LINK 

Acast page LINK