There is no way the subject matter could be portrayed in a satisfactory way,and the result was a choppy mess.
I like old curios,but this one tested my patience.Sure a Nymphomaniac killer in a 1948 film is probably groundbreaking.
The end result was like Sound of Music without the music.
Cannibal Holocaust: What better film to watch when armed with a ham baguette than Ruggero Deodato's masterpiece? Still as powerful as ever, I seem to enjoy it more every time I see it. Completely flawless, brilliantly made, well acted, Riz Ortolani's fantastic score, turtle soup, even a few darkly witty lines, and that last 20m is a real gut puncher. I always feel like puffing my cheeks by the time the end credits roll. A personal fave, I'm sure the mood to see it again will come round soon.
"I love the smell of my palms in the morning" - Apocalypse Now.
I watched half of BROKEN and turned it off.
Very dull indeed.
I watched Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 last night in honour of the recently deceased Lou Perryman.
It's a STILL a really fun movie - there are one or two little niggles that have only surfaced on recent viewing, but not nearly enough to spoil it.
Born to lose
DIE, DIE MY DARLING
The best bit of this fiilm is when Talullah Bankhead actually says "Die, die my darling". Also Donald Sutherland dribbles quite effectivley. That's about it.
The UK dvd upscales a treat; there are some lovely shots at the end that are lighted with different coloured gels.
PUMPKINHEAD: Ashes To Ashes
I quite enjoyed this. Lively, gory fun - rattles along nicely, decent demon attacks. It isn't just a bunch of teenagers isolated and slaughtered, it has quite a twisted set-up. Not bad.
Death Walks on High Heels. I really enjoyed both the giallo and the beauty of the leading lady!
Leatherface is mediocre and the fourth movie is just garbage.
Yesterday, Nick & I watched Ed Wood's The Violent Years - fabulous fun from start to end.
Born to lose
The Blood Beast Terror
A giant blood drinking moth roams the countryside, while Peter Cushing battles hard to keep a straight face. Not good.
Curse Of The Crimson Alter
After a lively start, this one kind of peters out a bit as it stumbles towards its ( disappointing ) climax.
Nice to see Lee, Karloff and Barbara Steele in the same movie, but it's a bit of a missed opportunity methinks. Nice interview with Chris Lee on this one.
I've been picking up a few of the excellent DD Entertainment dvds of late. I'm certainly glad I bought The Creeping Flesh at the time, looking at some of the ridiculous prices quoted for it on Amazon
I went from the sublime to the ridiculous this weekend.
The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. This film never diminishes in its power to spellbound. Also considering the technical limitations when it was made compared to todays CGI dominated film industry it's an incredible achievement.
I also love watching those trademark triple shots: Jessica Tandy walks into the old farmer's bedroom, long shot of the farmers leg on the floor, broken glass, debris, mid shot to the farmer's corpse, more debris everywhere, close up to the farmer's blood streaked face, his eyes clean pecked out. That's a horror scene all right.
Doll Graveyard by Charles Band. A girl falls into a shallow hole she's been forced to dig by her abusing father and, uh, dies. Father buries her along with her creepy dolls. A hundred years later... nerdy teen digs up the dolls... dolls come to life and go around bayoneting guys in the groins with their helmets... blah blah blah. Really enough time wasted on this crap. Real crap. even watching it drunk it was crap.
Likewise, I kind of like Curse of the Crimson Altar as well. You have to dig that green painted skin psychadelia man! I've got the DD one, but I believe the German DVD is the one to have because it features an alternative opening sequence which I believe was filmed for continental releases of the film. I think Marc Morris may have had something to do with supplying material for that one, although I'm not totally sure.
And as for the The Creeping Flesh, well I think that is wonderful little film with a good cast. I believe the US DVD is the one to have.
The Birds is one of the Hitchcock films that I still haven't seen all the way through, although over the last few months I've watched Vertigo, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much (colour remake), North by Northwest, Saboteur, Stage Fright, Strangers on A Train, I Confess and Rear Window. Some I'd seen before, others I hadn't.
For me the birds is stronger than most in this subgenre in that there's no back story as to why the birds behave that way, and ultimately there's no solution, which makes it a very chilling apocalyptic film. The birds I suppose are a metaphor for chaos, the untamed side of nature. In these worrying times concerning the environment it's even more relevant now.
Watching The Birds I couldn't help but wonder if The Mist might have been an even better film if the film makers had followed Stephen King's original story and not attempted to explain the monsters with all that sci- fi mumbo about parallel universes and gateways. Many of the great twilight zone episodes had no rationale behind them. This is what big studio film makes have forgotten about audiences; we don't need to have all the dots joined up to enjoy a film.
Man On The Moon. Very good film and easily Jim Carrey's best performance IMO.
This one got me interested in Andy Kaufman. Comedic genius,prankster or just a downright weirdo? What do you think?
This afternoon was dark, damp and miserable so I decided to kick back and watch the obscure 1978 short film Panic. It's 18 minutes long and if you don't know the story then it's about a woman who has a fall out with her boyfriend one rainy night and drives off. She picks up an old hag en route but soon gets creeped out by her hairy hands and constant staring and so finds a way to get her out of the car. She then phones her boyfriend, explains what happened and then goes to hand in the hag's possessions at a nearby police station. When they begin investigating what's in the bag they find a meat cleaver while at the same time her boyfriend (who's driving to meet her) has a meeting with the hitch-hiker. That's pretty much the long and short of it, it's simple but effective. I happened to see the unofficial 2001 remake Left Turn first and that is a blatant almost shot for shot rip off. It does expand on Panic's errors though in my opinion, for example I find it more unsettling that the hag doesn't talk in that than in the original and the cackle at the end is really eerie. It lets itself down though with a fairly tongue in cheek sequence in the police station and that's the advantage that Panic has because it's bleak and uncompromising. Over all I'd say it's a draw, both are excellent short films and the remake can be found on YouTube if you look hard enough.
I'm glad I finally got to see this rare film.
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