Remember how unsettled John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" made you feel? Well, take that film, add in a couple of teaspoons of David Cronenberg and we have 1992's "Hellmaster." Key ingredients of the Carpenter near classic were a dying church, which may have in part symbolized the faith we have lost as a culture, and some creepy street people, which perhaps reminded us of neglect for the more needy in our society. In "Hellmaster," our inability to deal with homelessness comes back to haunt us. Sure...throw in a mad scientist or two and some occult of the satanic nature...oh yes, lots of gore, and some gratuitous nudity and kills...and we're off!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
What lies deep inside you? Is it something like marble...strong, solid, reliable, able to make a good base? Or is it mud and sediment...worthless and soupy? Push yourself past the limits that have been self set, and you'll find out just what lies at the bottom of your psyche. Today we have a gem that may remind some of "Southern Comfort" or "Black Rock." The comparison to those films may be a fair one, but the character study in 2016's "Quarries" stands on it's own, and will come across as brutal and satisfying.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
The benefits of being the BFF of the Marquis De Sade are numerous. In the case of The Crimson Executioner, the most notable perk is an endless supply of nubile young lasses. See, if you're the Crimson Executioner, you have your work cut out for you. The impure must be cleansed and removed from the general population. Oh those problematic young beauties...flaunting their bodies and spreading immorality throughout society...yep...The Crimson Executioner is just the guy to restore morality and purity throughout Europe. Today we look at an Italian horror film from 1965, "Bloody Pit of Horror." Oh yes! This cinematic masterpiece is filmed in PSYCHOVISION!!!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Ghosts! Murder! Sabotage! Insanity! Conspiracy! Oh yes, a good one today. Set in an old lighthouse off the coast of Wales, we have 1935's "The Phantom Light." Dark nights, raging seas, claustrophobic settings highlight this horror/mystery tale. Throw in a ditzy blonde, who may know a lot more than she is letting on, and plenty of nefarious lighthouse staff folk, and we're ready to go.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
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!
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.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
No cute puppies frolicking with chubby babies here. No seashells or balloons, either. Fields of flowers or little girls in blue satin dresses? Nope. Wrong blog for that. Today we have brutal and bloody torture. In 2010's "The Final" we have an ominous dark tale of high school. In an age when anti-bullying is the latest celebrity cause (God help us!), we take a look at some high school dweebs who put an end to the bullying in a most gory way.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Lailani Sarelle! Rivaling Phoebe Cates famous pool scene in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," this actress delivered some of the best swimsuit scenes of the 1980s. Not in a sex comedy, however, but in a horror film. What do two very sensuous swimsuit scenes have to do with a story concerning bloodthirsty cannibalistic ghouls? Nothing, but they certainly did not hurt the plot. Today's feature is 1986's "Neon Maniacs."
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
In the 1980s, women's athletic programs at colleges were second fiddle to male athletics. To counter this injustice, Title IX would eventually be enforced. This federal law guaranteed female teams would receive equal funding than the male teams (football was excepted from this rule). Opposition to this step of equality, or perhaps unnecessary government intrusion, could have taken a couple of different avenues. First: Mobilize critics of Title IX, lobby congress, run expensive ads on TV, and change hearts and minds one by one. This strategy would have been time consuming and expensive. A less expensive option: Stalk nubile female athletes, follow them into the shower or steam-bath, wait for them to strip, then chase them all wet and nude through hallways and skewer them with a javelin. Today we take a peek at 1984's "Fatal Games."