Wednesday, October 05, 2022

What I Watched In September 2022

I’m a fan of George Miller’s work but was surprised to learn about THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (2022). I guess after the adrenaline rush of the last Mad Max film I had forgotten how good a director he can be when the story isn’t being told in high energy action form. This new film has Tilda Swinton as an introverted professor and Idris Elba as the (no joke) djinn she accidentally summons into her life. I find it hard to imagine two such dissimilar concepts filling the same cinematic space in my head but I swear this intimate romance is the best film I’ve seen all year much as FURY ROAD was in 2015.

In a way this movie was made for film nuts or insatiable readers intent on devouring stories in an attempt to understand them and, through them, understand our own emotions, desires and needs. Swinton’s character is smart enough to know that the ‘three wishes’ she is presented with are more likely a curse than a gift, but the newly freed magical creature must discharge his duty or be once again a prisoner. So, we watch the cautious woman and the sympathetic Djinn work to find the best solution to their mutual problem. This plays out as a series of beautifully told tales of past events in the Djinn’s life that illustrate the mistakes and tragedies that had him in his bottle prison for so long.

This is a gloriously emotional film that I encourage everyone to see. It is a romantic fantasy that doesn’t insult your intelligence. It is a fable that contains books of wisdom to impart. It is an exciting, engaging look at the realities of life, aging, acceptance and how letting go of someone you love can make you the happiest person alive. THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (2022) presents a vision of life that is glorious and wonderful. It has reaffirmed my love of this world and the very flawed people around me. See it.

The List

THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (2022) – 9

THE BLOB (1958) -7 (rewatch on the big screen!)

MANIAC (1963) – 7 (twisty Hammer thriller)

BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970) – 8 (rewatch on Blu)

HOTEL FEAR (1978) – 7 (fascinating Italian drama)

WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR (2022) – 7

HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1973) – 7 (rewatch on Blu)

HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021) – 7 (rewatch on Blu) (extended version)

THE HOUSE ON THE BAYOU (2021) – 6 (interesting horror thriller)

SANTO VS THE RIDERS OF TERROR (1970) – 5 (rewatch) (aggressively odd Santo tale set in the 19th century)

BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN (1967) – 8 (Harry Palmer dealing with mad Americans)

DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (1954) – 6 (Noir FBI tale)

CHICAGO CONFDENTIAL (1957) – 6 (DA Brian Keith convicts the wrong man)

FIVE STEPS TO DANGER (1957) – 6 (Interesting crime tale with Sterling Hayden)

VAMPYRES (1974) – 8 (rewatch on Blu)

ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? (1978) – 5 (OK TV movie – overlong)

THE BROTHERHOOD OF SATAN (1971) – 8

LET’S KILL UNCLE (1966) – 6 (fun William Castle black comedy)

THE DEVIL INSIDE HER (1977) – 6 (completely insane possessed baby film w/Joan Collins)

HOCUS POCUS 2 (2022) – 6 (better than the first)

Video - SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH (1943)


After three films set firmly in the second world war Universal veers into gothic territory for a horror tinged adventure incorporating elements from one of Doyle's original stories. Perfect viewing for a dark October night! Oh - and there's a podcast on the way, of course. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Terrors of Dracula Cover Gallery

I'm reading a reprint collection of this Eerie title and really enjoying it. I'll spread the various tales out over the entire month and have some new-to-me classic horror thrills to goose the season along!

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Naschycast #70 - HUNCHBACK with Bob Sargent!


Troy and I once again welcome Bob Sargent to the Naschycast! This time we discuss one of our favorite of Paul Naschy’s horror tales, THE HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (1973).

This film’s inspired madness is certainly worth talking about and we find some fresh areas to explore. For instance, the relative ease that Naschy’s poor hunchback Gotho has kidnapping women for the mad doctor’s experiments is a topic of some debate. Also, the fact that several characters have some knowledge of what is going on but they never compare notes well enough to raise the necessary alarm is something puzzled over. We notice that it doesn’t help that the local cops can’t seem to find a clue when it’s sitting right in front of them lying straight to their faces! Seriously – how suspicious does Orla have to be before you follow that nutcase around just to check up on things?

Bob brings up some interesting questions that we’ve never examined before including the presence of some very odd decorations in a certain apartment. I think I’ve solved one of them but the other is still a mystery. Maybe you can help us out.

If you have any comments or suggestions or if you have a guess about what that strange hanging object in Rosanna Yanni’s place might be naschycast@gmail.com is the place to send them. Thank you for listening! 


 

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Happy October 2022!

As you might expect, I am looking forward to the usual 31 days of Halloween fun that this fine month brings us each year! There are many activities and many movies that will keep things creepy for the next four weeks. I'll try to post fun images and new scary season podcasts here to help push things along. 
Happy October! 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Classic Thunderbirds Movie Poster Art

On this day in 1965 the first episode of Thunderbirds premiered. We only got 32 episodes and two movies but the show's influence lives on. FAB!