Ahhh, pigs and the psychos who love them. We will avoid dissecting a 1970s drive-in film for the social commentary and take a literal look at 1972's "Pigs." Who among us hasn't scrambled for a quick and easy way to get rid of a corpse? As our friends in the 4H Club will tell us, feeding human remains to pigs is the only sure fire way to do just that. So, in cities or suburban areas, we still rely on vats of acid, but in rural areas...well...you use what you have...pigs!
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
How can a 1992 film utilizing clay-mation and stop-motion f/x for the creatures be bad? Exactly! "Winterbeast" may be low-budget and suffer from sub-par acting and writing, but it is so much fun. In an age of overused CGI, this Massachusetts made horror film is so refreshing. Fans of Ray Harryhausen will love the effort by film-maker Christopher Thies.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The very beautiful Tawny Kitaen has a ferocious side. In 2002 she kicked the daylights out of her husband, Major League pitcher, Chuck Finley. 15 years previous, in the 1986 film "Witchboard," a possessed Kitaen would do the same to actor Todd Allen. I'm not saying that playing around with a Ouija board in that horror film doomed Finley's fate, but one never knows about that paranormal stuff. We can say that no one has ever used a Ouija board and later remarked, "...gee, I'm so glad we thought of using a Ouija board, that worked out well."
Monday, February 13, 2017
She's all grown up! America's favorite macabre kiddo...Wednesday (Lisa Loring) from the 1960's hit show, "The Addams Family." In 1988's "Iced," Lisa Loring delivers a mostly nude and very bouncy performance before meeting an icy demise...also in the nude. Like skinny dipping, nude romps in hot-tubs are never survived. In this slasher film, set at a ski resort, will anyone survive?
Saturday, February 11, 2017
They're beautiful. They're blonde. They wear tight satin pants, high-heeled boots and leopard print tops. They will make you forget about ABBA and Roxette. The Swedish all-girl band Rock Cats! Uh oh, these damsels will be put in great distress and might not survive a Swedish slasher. Today we peek at a slasher film from Sweden, 1983's "The Bleeder" (aka "Blodaren").
Thursday, February 9, 2017
It wasn't called color-rama, but it should have been. The film technique where a red filter is used every time a vampire has feeding on his mind. Perhaps the "Underworld" franchise was wise to discard that technique, but for 1964's "The Blood Drinkers," color-rama flourished. Made in the Philippines, this weird bloodsucker film, despite being quirky and experimental, is still a classic vampire themed horror story.
Marco (Ronald Remy) is a sad vampire. He has a voluptuous vampire bride, Tanya (Eva Montes), but of course, one is never enough. Lying in repose is Katrina, on the brink of death. Marco wants this beautiful blonde Filipino babe as his main bride. One might imagine this will cause some friction with the sultry Tanya later in the film. To keep Katrina alive, Marco attacks and absconds with the blood of young women in order to feed her.. He needs to go further. Marco must surgically take the heart of Katrina's sister, Charito (both played by Amalia Fuentes). The brunette has no idea that her sister Katrina exists.
Thanks to a vampire bat named Basra, Marco puts Charito under his spell. Fortunately for Charito, the handsome hunk, Victor (Eddie Fernandez) has fallen in love with her. Victor carries a gun and fights well. As Victor is engaged with Marco's ghouls, Marco makes his move for Charito. Marco has ghouls, vampire babes, and bats to help him. Charito has Victor, the church, and eventually the police. When the screen turns a shade of red, beware! That means Marco is coming for blood. Who will prevail?
Will Marco cut out Charito's heart and give it to Katrina? Will Tanya put up with any of this nonsense? Will Victor ever figure out he needs to trade his gun in for a wooden stake? Remember, wooden stakes don't kill people, vampires do (...er, or something like that). Weird in plot and in cinematic technique, "The Blood Drinkers" (aka "Blood is the Color of Night") is available on YouTube...in COLOR-RAMA!!!
|Marco and Katrina|
|Tanya and Katrina|
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
In 1977, Marquette, a heavy underdog to Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels, stunned the sports world. Coached by Al McGuire, the Warriors upset the heavily favored UNC. In poetic fashion, the final television shot of the game was a tearful, but victorious Coach McGuire. Shortly after this championship game, knowing he could not top this feat, McGuire retired. He and Billy Packer would then be a staple on NCAA basketball telecasts for years to come. Today we take a peek at 1982's "Girls Nite Out," in which beautiful cheerleaders are sliced up by a puritanical bear...starring Al McGuire.