With films like "The Last House on the Left" and "The House that Dripped Blood," 1974's "The House that Vanished" hit America's Drive-In theaters in the 1970s. A bygone era we all miss. Mystery mixing with horror, a beautiful damsel in much distress, and creepy suspects aplenty grace this film. Andrea Allan stars as a fashion/underwear model who likes to get undressed. You might remember Ms. Allan as one of the purple-haired control room gals from the show "U.F.O."
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
I recently read in The Huffington Post that smart people have fewer friends. Apparently there are a shortage of smart people in the world, and geniuses do not tolerate the stupid. One wonders if this means that smart people have more imaginary friends. Without fiends...wouldn't one's mind compensate? Imaginary friends would be capable of so much which actual people couldn't achieve. They could keep us entertained...never be annoying...always be available...and murder everyone else in our lives. Wait! What was that last one? Let us look at 2015's "Banjo," from the U.K.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
....have your attention yet? What an opening scene! Two bus loads of attractive Japanese teens are sliced in half by an evil wind..body parts flying. Blood spurting everywhere! The carnage isn't even close to over, and the eventual death count will impress even all of you "Kill Bill" fans. Today we look at a gore-fest from Japan, 2015's "Tag" (aka "Tag Riaru Onigokko"). The death toll will be in the hundreds, and all of them will be blood spurting masterpieces.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
...an all-star cast indeed, as far as this blog is concerned. Teaming up are Jon Mack, lead singer of Auradrone, queen of the icky insect films, and Jessica Cameron, scream queen, Producer and Director. Both these actresses symbolize the great strides women have come in horror films. No longer frail damsels in need of of a protector, Ms. Mack and Ms. Cameron are alluring and tough. With cowardice and fear enveloping those around them, these two change pace and man-up to fight an evil foe. From Executive Producer Roger Corman, we will look at 2011's "Camel Spiders."
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Ahhhh, the 1980s. Aerobics replaced Disco as the trend. Who can forget those tight, shiny, satin aerobic outfits that graced many spas? Any actress or beauty who looked good in one of these outfits came out with a VHS aerobic-workout tape. 1987's "Aerobi-Cide" (aka "Killer Workout") capitalized on this trend, sending a slasher into one of these spas to inflict gory carnage on very fit damsels.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Blonde, petite, frail, all dolled up. Nope, not a victim.....a lethal assassin! 2015's "Final Girl" takes, what looks like a prom queen, and turns her loose on monstrous killers. Something about a beautiful young woman, all made-up, wearing an alluring red gown....and killing a bunch of bad guys just does something to make a nothing day suddenly all seem worthwhile.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Can a halfwit ex-junkie save New York City. Unlike Japan, where the army and air force would mobilize when Godzilla or Rodan showed up, major U.S. cities have big budget problems. Unless we're talking about a 32 ounce soft drink, forget about the military in NYC and make way for a very unlikely hero. "Q," a Larry Cohen film from 1982 gives us our first big monster movie since the classic Japanese ones from the 50s and 60s. Lotsa a fun, and a great plot, replete with that biting New York cynicism, let us take a peek.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Exactly one year ago, "Iron Girl" was reviewed on this blog. The long awaited sequel is here, 2015's "Iron Girl: Ultimate Weapon." The very alluring Kirara Asuka reprises her title role. Marvel and DC? Please....BORING! For some great super hero (...er superheroine, actually) films, let us go to Japan. Over-the-top, spurting blood from jugular veins, decapitations, gratuitous nudity, sword-play, and martial arts....Iron Girl is where it is at!
Monday, March 14, 2016
Giant fire-breathing tarantulas attack L.A. with bad CGI. Enough said.....I'm not going to convince you to love this film...even though I thoroughly enjoyed it. Oh yes, it stars Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy) and yes,,,Michael Winslow (the dude who made all the sound effect noises in those "Police Academy" films)...and yes...he makes sound effects in this one. too. Plenty of cameos abound, including a tie-in to the "Sharknado" films. For you guys out there, Nia Peeples is sultry as a shotgun wielding, kick-boxing heroine.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Absolute trash that should never have been made? Or, an important horror film about the depravity we are destined to achieve? 2010's "A Serbian Film" is one of the basest films ever appearing on this blog. After the end credits, I asked myself if this work presented the material in a titillating manner, or was it made to disgust us? Was this film made to advocate a behavior, or to warn us against one? I saw this film as a warning, and the makers of it as artists trying to warn us of where we might be headed.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Who are the Agents of P.O.W.E.R.? Very sultry super-heroines that keep the city safe. Today we will meet four super ladies, clad in tight, shiny and revealing super heroine costumes. They’ve been keeping Metro City safe from evil criminals, but that is about to end. However beautiful they are, what the bad guys have in mind for them will be humiliating and destructive. So get ready as some very alluring heroines are handed a most punishing beat-down. Let us look at a soon to be classic C movie, 2015’s “Agents of P.O.W.E.R.”
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Today we look at another Joe D'Amato (Absurd and Anthropophagus) film. You know what that means! Yep...Intestines. 1970's "Beyond the Darkness" is a weird one. If necrophilia and cannibalism were taboo in the 1970s, Joe D'Amato didn't care. Disembowelment, gouged out eyes, and acid baths will rule the day. Made in Italy and probably banned all over Europe (prudes!), let us delve into this shocker.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
The merging of the Anaconda and Lake Placid franchises has occurred. Big snakes, large crocs, covert corporate experiments....and lots of bikini babes (sometimes half bikinis) grace 2015's "Lake Placid vs. Anaconda." Corny CGI, horror film cliches, and lots of gore and nudity elevate this film to a must see, at least as far as this blog is concerned. However cliche this film appears, a scene near the end of the movie featuring a croc, an anaconda and a helicopter in flight is classic!
Friday, March 4, 2016
I've always loved war films. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of good movies about America's war effort in Afghanistan. 2009's "Sand Serpents" might be the best one, and perhaps the metaphors included in this work make it a relevant piece. Warning....this is straight to DVD and Syfy Channel quality, so if you have no patience for those types of film...you will not like this one. If you're like me and giant ugly worms always enhance the viewing experience...well...this one is for you.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Before there were the Kardashians, Paris Hilton was the identity of America....or perhaps what America had become. Sadly, a nation that grasped the culture of reality shows and celebrity, in many instances, ignored virtues that make countries great. There is hope! In 2005, when "House of Wax" played at movie houses, entire audiences cheered when Ms. Hilton met her most gory demise. Perhaps that seemingly inappropriate gesture, signals that our culture has what it takes to regain goodness. Hence, today we look at "House of Wax."