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. 

Video - THE OTHER DRACULA - THE VAMPIRE FILMS OF JOHN CARRADINE



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!