Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to one and all! 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Monster Chiller Horror Theatre from SCTV

As a youngster I dreamed of one day getting to see an entire film hosted by Count Floyd. 
It could still happen! 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Brief Thoughts - STUNG (2015)

The other night I watched another recent horror effort on NetFlix and once again I struck gold! I went in knowing very little about the story other than it surely had something to do with bugs and that is really all you need to know about it as well. Well - I'll give you a bit more information to whet your appetite.

Paul (Matt O'Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook) are caterers hired to provide food and drink for an afternoon outdoor event at a country estate house. Affairs go well even though Paul's mild clumsiness threatens to derail things at points. But once the sun goes down the guests are suddenly attacked by a swarm of very aggressive insects that begin to do more than just sting the party-goers. Soon the survivors are barricaded inside the mansion fighting off an ever increasing threat of creepy, crawly monsters intent on killing everyone in sight.

STUNG is a great example of smart filmmaking at every level. The script is clever in it's use of the standard monster film structure and is well written enough to give us characters that are relatable without being caricatures or stereotypes. The story is played straight but some solid humor grows out of the personalities of the various individuals. First time feature director Benni Diez handles the story very well getting great performances from the younger cast and giving veteran Lance Henriksen one of the best small roles he's had in a few years. The special effects are very well done with a good combination of impressive, elaborate practical creatures and enhancing CGI blended together incredibly well. This is a great little film that would do well with an appreciative crowd or with a solo viewer looking for a good new find. Highly recommended!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Creature Commando Covers!

I had checked out of Weird War Tales by the time the Creature Commandos came along in issue #93 and that is a sad fact. Now I'm using the recently published trade collection of their entire run to see what I missed. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Bloody Pit #45 - DR. BLACK MR. HYDE (1976)

Larry Underwood and I have known each other for nearly thirty years. We spent our younger days getting into various types of trouble together but don't get to hang out as much as we'd like anymore. So when Larry suggested covering the blaxploitation horror film DR. BLACK MR. HYDE (1976) I realized that it just might be a good time to reconnect over some great 1970's cinema! Good call, Larry!

In recent years Mr. Underwood has become best known in Nashville as TV horror host Dr. Gangrene, a role he has played on and off for more than 16 years. As cool as that might be I'm an even bigger fan of his ongoing YouTube series TheFantastic Films of Vincent Price in which he is covering every single film with an appearance by the great actor. I highly recommend these fun examinations of Price's career and look forward to the 1970's era. Cool stuff!

In this episode the two of us settle in to look at DR. BLACK MR. HYDE and take the time to discuss the surprisingly small sub-genre of which is a part. I really thought there were a LOT more films of this type! Regardless, this film is a good representative example of the genre with some great performances and a complicated main character at it's center. The movie has a few variations on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story playing with expectations about motivations in some neat ways. The film also goes out of it's way to comment on race and class in American society. Bernie Casey and Rosalind Cash are the big name stars but it's Alabama born actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka as a police officer investigating Hyde's crimes that steals every scene he is given. I would have been happy to see a sequel film just about him and his cop partner.

If you have any comments or questions about the film or the podcast the email address is Let us know what your favorite Blaxploitation Horror film is or your favorite Blaxpolitation film of any sub-genre. Any other TRUCK TURNER fans out there? Thanks for downloading and listening. 

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Humor

Monday, October 24, 2016

Naschycast #56 - Revisiting HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB

In this episode we do change the script a bit. There have been some great new Blu-Ray releases of Paul Naschy films and we wanted to give each of them a look to see what new information about the great man might be gleaned from them. So, in the first segment of the show we discuss the CRIMSON and COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE discs at length giving our opinions of these fresh presentations. No one will be surprised that this leads to discussion of the merits of the two films as well so be prepared. This is the Naschycast after all.

Then we turn to the main topic of the evening - a look back at HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (1972). We originally podcasted about this classic over six years ago in episode #2 and for an in depth scene-by-scene dissection I will point everyone to that show. Here we speak more broadly about the movie and the elements that we still find impressive and of value. To add to the discussion this time we convinced fellow podcaster and all around good guy Christopher Page to send in his thoughts on the film. He has only recently begun to discover Naschy's work and his point of view informs how your longtime co-hosts dig into the beating, bloody heart of HRFTT. With a little luck we'll be incorporating other fan's thoughts on the classic films of Naschy in the future.

We end this episode with what turns into a rant. The topic is one that hadn't been on our minds until recently but once broached we felt it should be talked about. Thanks to longtime listener Villa Wolf for sparking this discussion and helping both co-hosts come clean about our past fanboy tactlessness. Down with the gate-keepers!

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) Poster Art and Lobby Cards