Monday, October 15, 2018

The Bloody Pit #74 - AND GOD SAID TO CAIN (1970)

John Hudson and I return to the films of Antonio Margheriti! This time we stick to the spaghetti western theme of our last episode together with 1970's AND GOD SAID TO CAIN, but it is important to note that this movie is a bit of a hybrid. It incorporates elements of horror films to give it's tale of revenge some added kick. In fact, there are several sequences that look very much like something that could have been lifted from one of the director's Gothic tales from the 1960's. The majority of the story takes place over a single stormy night in which death visits dozens of six-gun carrying bad guys as they end up on the wrong side of a bullet or two. Add to that a lead performance from the amazing Klaus Kinski and you have the makings of some western tinged nightmare fuel!

I've included in the show the excellent theme song for the film called Rocks, Blood and Sand. It's sung by Don Powell who also wrote the lyrics with Carlo Savina's incredible music making this a real classic. It's one of my favorite western themes of all time and I think you'll agree. As Mr, Hudson and I discuss this one we take note of the script's smart timeline, the interesting choice of hair color, the odd use of red wardrobe for one particular character and how using men's fear against them is often the easiest way to prevail in a fight. I then take the time to put forth my pet theory about the nature of Kinski's character while John again finds a place for an invisible chimp. Sometimes I hate that man! 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Man-Thing Cover Gallery

Even with all the 'Giant Sized Man Thing' jokes I still found these comics to be terrifying as a kid. They may have been my first horror comics, in fact. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Brief Thoughts - THE STEPFATHER (2009)

Caught up with the remake of THE STEPFATHER (2009) and found it to be pretty good. As with most remakes it's nowhere near the quality of the original film but it's far from bad. In fact, I can easily imagine someone unaware of the 1987 film thinking this 21st century version is a really sharp thriller. And it is. But everything it does was done better the first time around.

The main point of interest for me was to see if this new take on the story would add any twists or if the crucial central performance would measure up. In the original Terry O'Quinn plays the role with an effortless confidence that holds the viewer in amazement at the control he shows. His acting is so nuanced and carefully crafted that it is nearly invisible. He manages the tough balancing act of being scary but also charming with only the slightest hint of darkness peaking out around the edges. From the opening scenes we see he is a merciless killer capable of even child murder but he is able to present an incredibly normal facade to the world. His madness leaks out around the eyes, sometimes giving him the look of an early stage rabid animal plotting it's next move even as circumstances drive it to attack.

In this remake the title character is played by Dylan Walsh and he is just fine. He does a good job but he can't erase the memory of the stronger performance from 1987. Walsh brings real intensity to what he's doing but the darkness seems more transparently on display too soon in the story. Once again, this is a pretty good film but the first version is better.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Video - The Glowin' Bones of Craggie Hope by The Secret Commonwealth

Here's a fine ghost story in song form from The Secret Commonwealth. My podcasting partner Troy Guinn wrote and sings this mournful tune which sets the October season off to a creepy start. 


Here's a fine look at the Universal Dracula that isn't discussed as often as the others. Thanks to Ted Newsom! 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Photos from Cheekwood's Harvest Festival

Each year Nashville's Cheekwood Botanical Garden decorates for Autumn. I'm not able to make it out every year but I got to visit this past Saturday. As you can see, it was lovely! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Paul Naschy for Halloween!

I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone that several Naschy films are available now on Blu-Ray for your Halloween viewing pleasure! In fact, any night in the lonesome October is a good night to watch the classic Spanish horror films of Paul Naschy! There is currently a sale over at the Scream Factory website that includes their two -

Each set contains five films and a pretty good set of extras with a few commentaries from the Naschycast duo. Another fine choice for the inquisitive horror fan is this excellent release from Mondo Macabro - 

As well as this classic horrorific tale that is available in the States for the first time only because Mondo Macabro knows good stuff when they see it! 

Add some Naschy to your Halloween viewing and let us know what you think of what you see! 

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Skywald Psycho Magazine Covers

I never read a single Skywald magazine as a kid. I just never ran across them. That is probably because by the time I started looking for creepy monster magazines Skywald had ceased publication of Psycho, Nightmare and Scream. It's a shame. I've tried to make up for that in the last few years and I've loved the few issues I've found at reasonable prices. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

What I Watched in September

I'm a major fan of Shane Black so I was very excited to see his latest action film. Adding to the anticipation is what I consider to be a long overdue return to the big screen for the Predator franchise. When I learned that Black was enlisting his old writing buddy Fred Dekker to co-script this new story it was like an answered prayer I forgot to voice. Their previous collaboration THE MONSTER SQUAD (1987) is a favorite so these old friends teaming up to bring us a new SF action film sounded great. And, for the most part, it is.

But..... I have always had a simple problem with THE MONSTER SQUAD and that same problem shows up in THE PREDATOR (2018) - the editing. Everything else about this film is well concieved, well executed and well acted with extraordinary action scenes and imaginative visuals throughout. But the movie has been edited to within an inch of coherence. Don't get me wrong - if you concentrate and look around in the corners of the frame you can piece together the things that have been chopped out, but you shouldn't have to do this. Repeatedly the film jumps forward with no explanation for how, why or what. Where and when did the inmates steal an RV? Where did they find a microscope? Could we please have more time to absorb the path the kid character takes to figure out the alien tech? Might it be a good idea to slow things down just a little so we can spend more time getting to know the personalities of the excellent cast? Could we let several scenes play out slower to better enjoy the very fun dialog? I understand wanting to keep the pace of a story fast but this cut of the film is too damned fast and would be well served by a slightly longer re-edit. Fingers crossed for an extended version on Blu-Ray.

French action director Pierre (TAKEN) Morel returns to the big screen for another tale of righteous anger called PEPPERMINT (2018). In this fairly basic story, Jenifer Garner plays a mom who loses her husband and daughter to drug cartel violence, spends five years plotting her revenge and then executes it with a timetable leading to the anniversary of the inciting murders. Garner is very good in the role with her past work as a TV spy seemingly good practice for this film. The movie is well directed and beautifully shot giving the rather standard locations a fresh feel. The script has a couple o surprises in store and they are well played with an ending that was both suspenseful and satisfying. As we were leaving the theater I thought how entertaining it would be to see a series of sequels spin out of this - a kind of DEATH WISH for the 21st century. I certainly know I'd like to see PEPPERMINT 2 more than I want to watch that Bruce Willis Death Wish remake. Miss Garner is giving her all to this character and Willis only engages with a script about every fifteenth time he takes a check.


TORTURE GARDEN (1967) - 7 (rewatch)
THE CREEPING FLESH (1972) - 7 (rewatch)
TERROR FROM THE YEAR 5000 (1958) - 3 (oh, my!) 
THE MUMMY'S HAND (1940) - 7 (rewatch) 
THE WOMAN EATER (1958) - 6 (rewatch) 
THE RAVEN (1935) - 7 (rewatch) 
PROUD MARY (2018) - 6 (crime/action film) 
MATINEE (1993) - 10 (rewatch) (it just gets better with age) 
BURN WITCH BURN (1952) - 9 (rewatch) 
PEPPERMINT (2018) - 7 
DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (1965) - 7 (rewatch) 
INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN (1957) - 5 (rewatch) 
THE PREDATOR (2018) - 6 
SHE DEMONS (1958) - 4 (rewatch) (terrible but fun)
GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN (1958) - 6 (rewatch)  
FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (1958) - 6 (rewatch) 
HELLDRIVERS (1958) - 8 
BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) - 5 (rewatch) 
GHOULIES (1984) - 5 (not nearly as bad as I expected) 
THE SNAKE GOD (1970) - 7 
THE GORGON (1965) - 8 (rewatch) 
VERONICA (2017) - 7 (very good Spanish possession tale) 
SUSPIRA (1977) - 9 (rewatch on Blu)
POPCORN (1991) - 8 (rewatch on Blu) 
SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1984)- 3 (low budget slasher) 
THE OTHER (1972) - 8 (rewatch) 

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Beyond the Grave - Charlton Horror Comic Covers

Even though this late in the cycle horror anthology series sported work by Bob Hall, Joe Gill, Steve Ditko, Bob Ingersoll, Bob Layton and Tom Sutton they have not been reprinted in any form I can find. This book only lasted 17 issues with a seven year hiatus of publication between six and seven. Several of the later 80's issues are difficult to locate but my search will continue. There isn't even a Wikipedia page for the run! I have no idea what clicked in my head about these old Charlton comics but I'm becoming a bit obsessed!