Yesterday I received the late Christmas gift of this amazing book! I love the art of the Italian fumetti cover paintings and this one focused on Emanuele Taglietti shows just how impressive the man's talent could be. After reading the book's essay on his career I'm even more stunned by the speed with which he was able to produce these incredible pieces. If you find the cover art below eye-opening I suggest looking through the entire book because these are the safest, least R rated images I could post. Yep!
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Monday, December 26, 2016
Stanley Kubrick's film version of THE SHINING is one of the most analyzed or over-analyzed horror films of all time. This shouldn't shock anyone as all of Kubrick's get this kind of obsessively detailed study, but the incredible number of fascinating and sometimes kooky theories are endlessly fascinating to me. If you share my love of this kind of deep overthinking about this film here are a couple of recent pieces I've checked out on YouTube.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Friday, December 23, 2016
Via Turner Classic Movies I checked out this little comedy the other night and was glad I did so. It caught me attention because it stars one of my favorite actresses from 1930's
Miss Glenda Farrell. I've been a huge fan of hers since discovering the great
Torchy Blane film series sixteen years ago and so I try to see her work any
time I can. She always adds a touch of spice to whatever she's in and it helps
that she plays smart, sarcastic and independent very well. The twinkle in her
eye is always a knowing one.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
I've known of this little Christmastime occult monster tale for years but never sought it out until now. The only point of interest it had for me was the presence of TV's Grizzly Adams in the person of big, hairy Dan Haggerty. I have some vague memories of the show and of him as a pleasant enough actor with a certain skill set that I just couldn't imagine translating well to a horror film. Turns out I was right.
But I did laugh a LOT at Haggerty's discovery of a bomb planted in his car! That whole scene must be seen to be disbelieved!
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
For our second annual Holiday Horrors episode we take a look at the highly controversial 1984 killer Santa slasher SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. Deemed, at the time, to be an affront to all that is good and sacred about the idea of a fat stranger breaking into your home in the dead of night to eat cookies and leave crap under a tree. It has since become a much beloved December viewing ritual for millions of fans. OK! So, maybe it was tempting fate to have the advertising for the film play off the fact that a man in a Santa suit runs around axing people on Christmas Eve, but the effort put into stomping this film into the mud was a bit excessive. Luckily, all three co-hosts were alive in 1984 (we are OLD) and have memories of those strange days. We never had a chance. Shame on us all, indeed!
Settle in with the beverage of your choice to listen to Troy, John Hudson and Rod go through this twisted Christmas classic pointing out favorite moments and puzzling over dangling story threads. We discuss jerk co-workers, well stocked toy stores, dangerous gifts of our youth, odd places for copulation, traumatic Christmas images, good and bad child actors as well as the dark ideas behind putting angry nuns in charge of defenseless orphans. We also touch on the protests that got this film yanked from theaters after two weeks and the reasons behind that move by Trimark. For more detailed information about that please read the excellent article over at The Hysteria Lives by the always reliable Jason Kerswell. It's well worth your time, as is the entire site.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Holy Christmas Ghosts! I thought I was fascinated with various versions of A Christmas Carol and I am well aware of how many times it has been filmed but WHOA! I have to take a major step back and gape in awe at what Heath Waterman has edited together here. By taking scenes from about 400 different TV and film adaptations of the tale and craftily editing them he has made a unique look at this wonderful story. Simply amazing!
Monday, December 12, 2016
Possibly the greatest thing ever made!
"In the Earth-66 Multiverse, The Arrow TV show premiered in 1966 instead of Batman. With his super friends The Flash, Supergirl, and The Legends; Arrow fights crime in Star City against several nefarious foes and bases his operation in the Arrow Cave. Watch his crime-fighting adventures every Wednesday night - same Arrow-Time, same Arrow-Channel!"
Friday, December 09, 2016
I mostly watched a lot of television in November but there were some outstanding movies taking up my time as well.
HELL OR HIGH WATER is one of the best reviewed films of the year and it's easy to see why. The story is solid, the cast is fantastic, the dialog is excellent and the entire affair is quite well done. I will add my voice to the choir and say that it is a very good film and one I think will stand up over time. But - and this is a problem - it also seems to fear that the audience is too stupid to figure out what the movie's major theme might be. Indeed, it hits that theme (banks are run by criminal scum looking to screw regular folks out of house & home) a little too hard and too often in the first half of the story. If I saw one more foreclosure sign or debt scam billboard blocking the desert view I think I was going to scream. In fact, I was seriously on the verge of getting up to leave the theater in disgust with this hammer blow level of overemphasis but then the second act kicked in and I was interested enough to stick around. I'm glad I did as the film gets better as it goes along, but I hope the filmmakers have more confidence in their viewers next time out or I may give up before I care about the tale being told.
That's not to say it's a bad film. Far from it. It is actually a pretty well done western made within the strictures and structures of the 21st century way of crafting a broad appeal entertainment. I enjoyed it for many reasons, not the least of which is the very good cast. Everyone brings their 'A' game to this one, really digging in and working to turn the old story into a fresh experience and for the most part they succeed. There are times when it feels as if a few scenes have been trimmed to keep the pace quicker but nearly every actor gets a chance to shine. Of course, the more colorful characters get more of the spotlight, but that was true of the 1960 film too.
I feared that this new film might pullback from some of the darker elements of the original tale but surprisingly it did not. Good people get hurt and die, disappointing actions are committed by people who we root for and not every deserving hero makes it to the end of the story. These things made happy to have seen this version and I was glad to see such a solid attempt at a remake. It isn't great but it is pretty good. I think ts nice to have this new film as a companion piece to Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) and Sturges' version.
JASON X (2001) - 8 (rewatch)
MARS ATTACKS! (1996) - 8 (rewatch)
THE CORPSE VANISHES (1942)- 5 (rewatch (mad, silly mad scientist tale)
HE WAS HER MAN (1934)- 7 (Cagney and Blondell class this one up)
BAD MOON (1996)- 8 (director's cut) (well made and touching werewolf tale)
FIVE STAR FINAL (1931) - 7 (scandal sheet drama with Edward G. Robinson and Boris Karloff!)
WHITE COMANCHE (1968) -5
HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016) - 8
THE GAY FALCON (1941) - 6 (first in the series)
RAFFLES (1939) - 7 (suave thief is chased by canny cop)
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) - 8 (rewatch)
SATAN'S SABBATH (1972) - 3 (a.k.a. The Possession of Virginia) (slow, tepid and often nonsensical Canadian mess)
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (2015) -9 (rewatch)
CROCODILE FURY (1988) - 3 (terrible but completely fun!)
NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985) - 1 (deadly awful mess)
THE PIT (1981) - 6 (psycho child/monster oddity)
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) - 7 (good but not great western)