I rewatched this Harreyhausen classic last night and it really hit the spot. I've loved this movie for years but it had been over ten years since my last viewing so it was nice to have the movie surprise me a few times. I had forgotten how appealing James Franciscus is in the lead role even though his character is less than the hero at times. I had also forgotten just how beautiful Gila Golan was and that she had been obviously dubbed. I'm guessing her European accent wasn't quite what the filmmakers were looking for in the role of a Mexican national. And I had forgotten that Richard Carlson plays a large part in the story meaning that he is in three of my favorite science fiction monster movies of all time! (The other two being THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE (1953) of course.) This is a perfect film for summer viewing as it takes place mostly in the bright blazing sunlight. You can almost feel the sweat!
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
One of the pleasures of attending G-Fest this year in
Chicago was getting the
chance to meet one of my comic book heroes from days past, Tony Isabella. Mr.
Isabella has a long list of comic book credits (including a great run on
Hawkman!) but what he is most remembered for these days is the creation of the
character Black Lightning for DC Comics in the 1970s. After years of legal
wrangling with DC Comics about the creator's credit of that character Mister Isabella
and the company are now happily in collaboration again. Indeed, things have
been settled to the point that Mr. Isabella is a part of the production of the
newest DC TV show - Black Lightning! This mid-season replacement show premieres
next year on the CW and I can hardly wait!
Of course Mr. Isabella was at G-Fest in his capacity as a Kaiju fan and presided over a number of panels revolving around giant monsters both in their comic book form, novelizations and on screen. But being an old comic book fan what I was thrilled most about was the chance to get in him to sign my trade paperback copy of the original run of Black Lightning comic books. Luckily Mr. Isabella is an incredibly nice man and was willing to talk to an aging fanboy about his work. He even imparted some information about the production of the upcoming television show, his participation in it and the possibilities at this juncture of a second season. Let's just say I'm really looking forward to seeing Black Lightning finally hit the small screen next year.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
This is an excellent look at the glory and beauty of one of my favorite movies. The fellow who made this is to be commended for his skill and good taste! I especially love the behind the scenes photos.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
When is an Antonio Margheriti movie NOT an Antonio Margheriti movie? When it's HERCULES, PRISONER OF EVIL (1964).
As followers of this podcast will have noticed I am a fan of the films of Mr. Margheriti and have an ongoing thread of shows covering his work with co-host John Hudson. Our plan is to slowly (oh, so slowly) review each of his movies in no particular order. So imagine my surprise when my Adrian Smith, my co-host from last year's CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST episode, said he wanted to cover something directed by the man! Was
to muscle into Hudson's
job? Nope! It turns out that although Antonio's Anthony Dawson pseudonym is in
the credits of this peplum adventure it seems he didn't actual direct it. Margheriti
was far too busy completing a different movie and handed the reins of this one over
to his assistant director Ruggero Deodato! And that's not the only interesting info
Mr. Smith has found about this film.
for his second dip into The Bloody Pit as we explore this prime example of an
Italian sword and sandal epic. We discuss the various pseudo Hercules
characters (Ursus, Samson, Machiste, Flintstone, etc.) that were all
transformed into Hercules in the English dubs. We run through this film's story
pointing out where the movie adheres to the peplum template and the few places
it deviates. This movie sports a monster, some unexplained magic and a few sexy
ladies so if you are already a fan of the genre you know what you're in for. We
had a few technical issues while recording but I think you'll find the show to
be perfectly listenable and pretty informative. The majority credit for this
one goes to Adrian who, besides working on his doctoral thesis, has started a
blog focused on Margheriti movies called - Blogeriti. Or The Antonio Margheriti Blog. Whichever title
seems less silly. I can't wait to see what he has to say about more of my
favorites as he covers the man's career.
Thank you for downloading and listening to the show. If you have any comments or suggestions the email address for the show is email@example.com. Let us know what you think and what your favorite peplum adventures are. We'll talk to you next time.