Movie A Day!: Split Anorexia

Another week of non-stop news horror. Apparently everyone involved in the media industries I love are scumbags. I mean, I figured as much, but the level of it is getting ridiculous. Here’s the latest bunch of stuff I watched. Mostly special features from discs watched in October and some documentary things.

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431 11/14 Split Second (1953) 3/5   Tight noir about a couple of killers holding hostages at a nuclear test site on the eve of a nuclear test. It’s good, but I found it couldn’t hold the tension once it became a one room deal.

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432 11/14 Bygone Behemoth (2010) 3/5   Fun animated short about a past its prime monster that can no longer get Godzilla like movie roles. It plays mundane which helps make it special and the stop motion animation is top notch.

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433 11/15 Louis Theroux Dark States: Heroin Town (2017) 4/5   Theroux starts his new documentary series with this look at how prescription medicine has resulted in 1 in 4 people being addicted to heroin in Huntington West Virginia. It’s bleak stuff, but presented well as always.

434 11/16 Louis Theroux Dark States: Trafficking Sex (2017) 4/5   Theroux looks at prostitution in Houston, talking to both the women and the pimps. Another rough look at life but fascinating to see.

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435 11/17 A Fish Called Wanda (1988) 3/5   I saw this one back in the theater and recall it being hilarious. It still is, but it’s weird that the Americans are funnier than I recall Cleese and Palin being. It still works, but the whole thing feels a little slow and the soundtrack dates it badly. Not to mention the casual joke plot that reeks of homophobia in this age. It’s hard to be mad at though since Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline are so good.

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436 11/18 Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale (2016) 3.5/5   This one tells the unnecessary story of what happened immediately before episode four. I found it superior to The Force Awakens. The plot moves better, cast is great. Only real problem is the digital recreation of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher is monstrously creepy. Let’s keep the digital actors to those who have never existed in real life.

437 11/19 Re-Animator: Resurrectus (2007) 3/5   A fine documentary on the making of the film that covers all the bases.

438 11/19 Louis Theroux Dark States: Murder in Milwaukee (2017) 4/5   Theroux’s latest documentary series ends with a look at gun violence in Milwaukee, a city that has a disproportionate amount of gun violence based on its population. As always, it’s dead solid and this whole series is well worth your time. The brilliance with Theroux is that he is there to learn and understand, as opposed to opine and judge, and you end up getting a better understanding of complicated issues that have no easy answer. Just watch all his damned docs!

439 11/20 Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia (2017) 4/5   I’m presuming this one was filmed in the same period as DARK STATES, but aired separate as it’s not about an american issue. It’s a tragic look at what anorexia really is to those who suffer from it, and shows how complicated it really is. All without judgement.

 

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Movie A Day! : 266-272 “Hymm-Humming Hell Cat!”

I think this is my fiftieth blog on this site. I feel like I should post something more personal than my silly movie lists, but I just don’t feel like it. feel free to look back on a previous Broken Record post, I doubt anything has changed.

Here’s the rest of the movies I watched last week, all scary ones so read this one with the lights on.

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266 10-04 Evil Come Evil Go (1972) 3/5
This one is a Walt Davis film about a religious fanatic woman that is travelling around picking up guys and killing them while they have sex. Because sex is bad, ok? It’s actually quite fun, with Cleo O’hara in the lead as the girl being particularly good. This one is a pretty strong sexploitation horror from when softcore was transitioning into hardcore, so there’s sadly a bit too much time spent on nudity over the horror which causes it to run out of steam after the opening 20 minutes or so. Ends up I shouldn’t of been surprised, it’s produced by Bob Chinn who would go on to cement his place in history with the Johnny Wadd films starring John Holmes, who himself gets a credit here as assistant director. Apparently Holmes did the special make-up effect for the first kill. It’s not the greatest bit of gore you will find, but is the highlight of the film.

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267 10-04 The Legend of Hell House (1973) 3.5/5
Blind bought this one based on word of mouth. It’s a pretty neat update on the haunted house story, for the time anyway. There was too much importance put on psychic powers for my taste, but the effects are good and it does get genuinely suspenseful. Being a big fan of THE EVIL DEAD, I can’t help but think that this is the missing link between THE HAUNTING and Raimi’s film. This one should be noted for an amazing performance by Roddy McDowall as well. So good stuff, I just didn’t love it.

268 10-04 Widow Blue! (1970) 3/5
This is the last Walt Davis film released on this Vinegar Syndrome disc, and boy is it a doozy. Also known as “SEX PSYCHO”, it’s one of truly demented films from the early days of seventies exploitation where porn is on the horizon and the filmmakers are going for broke. This film has everything in it. Explicit sex? Yup! Gay sex? Yup! Gore? Yup! All together in one scene? Yup! People having sex on top of a guy they just killed via a Herschell Gordon Lewis type neck chopping? Yup! As far as I can tell, this film would only appeal to Charles Manson. sadly, it runs out of steam halfway through, which is around when porn legend John Holmes shows up (unbilled) and it becomes more of a sex film that a horror/sex hybrid. That said, for fans of this kind of “Something Weird” stuff, it’s a goldmine. Completely uncut as far as I know, and all three films on the disc should entertain.

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269 10-05 The Face Of Marble (1946) 1.5/5
This was the next film on that four pack I mentioned last blog and I have a feeling they front loaded the disc with the good movie, “Jonathan Drake.” Everything was bad on this one. The plot which was a Frankenstein, voodoo mish mash was poor and annoying, no performances of style to elevate it. The transfer had pretty much every issue a film can have with little gray scale, print bounce, compression, ugh. Everything about it was the pits. Lousy $10 disc! Thank goodness the Skulls of Jonathan Drake was good.

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Corruption, not for girls.

270 10-05 Corruption (1968) 4/5
Peter Cushing plays a surgeon who has to resort to murder in order to save his model fiancee’s burned face. I was expecting a bit of a Hammer flavour to this one, and it sort of is like a Hammer, but man does it get vicious! I don’t think Cushing ever got more crazy than in this one, and the film keeps building up suspense by adding layers to all the main characters. I watched the International version that had more boobs and blood, but I imagine the regular release is just as good. Both are on the GRINDHOUSE RELEASING blu-ray I picked up, and the quality is fantastic. So it’s a swinging look at swinging London with Cushing murdering non-vampires, what’s not to like? (It’s also suitable for women if you’re a woman who likes proto-slasher horror.)

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271 10-05 Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 4.5/5
It feels wrong to call this a classic, but it really is. It’s offensive, horrific, gross, and leaves you feeling almost despondent. Which means it absolutely succeeds in it’s goal in a way few films ever have. This was my 4th time watching it and it hasn’t lost any of it’s impact. It’s a real shame that they had to have animal cruelty in it. I can’t imagine the movie will ever have a better presentation than what GRINDHOUSE RELEASING has done with this blu-ray. If you’re a fan, it’s a must own.

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272 10-05 Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) 4/5
This one is considered a lower lever Universal Horror film, but I’ve always really enjoyed it. Lugosi is a carny scientist who claims to have a missing link ape named Erik and is obsessed with breeding Erik with a white woman. It’s incredibly twisted, hyper-sexual compared to most Universal Horrors, and even with all the censorship that plagued the film to this uncut final result. Lugosi is just as good in this as he is in DRACULA which helps keep things moving.

One thing I failed to mention in my Cannibal Holocaust review since I’ve seen it so many times in the score. It has one of the most hauntingly beautiful scores you will find in a film that plays against some of the most horrible imagery you will see. It helps add to the power of the film. So while I can’t recommend the film to anyone due to the real life animal cruelty involved, it succeeds in many ways in what it was trying to accomplish.

That’s it for now. At the rate I’m going I’ll probably have another movie post before the weekend.

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