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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Movie A Day! : 238-242 “Hey man, turn down the lights!”

A short one this week, only five titles. Woe is me! The week kind of got away from me, and I’ve been binge watching other stuff. That’s right, I’m going to blog Doctor Who! The first one should be this Wednesday. Sorry Asbestos, you’ll want to skip them, but you might be entertained? Movie a day ain’t going nowhere though (sadly, in every possible meaning that that phrase can mean), and there may be the odd Broken Record happening to. So don’t despair if you hate Doctor Who! It’s easy to ignore these blog posts. Though you shouldn’t!

Here’s the stuff I’ve watched this past week.

I don’t think Jim is using that mic stand in the intended way….

238 09-07 The Doors : Live At The Bowl ‘68 (2013) 3/5
This is a concert film of the Doors playing live at the Hollywood Bowl. Did you guess by the title? Widely considered to be their best filmed performance, they are in musically top notch form. The blu-ray sounds great. This is the debut of the complete concert, an edited version was previously available, and on this one they gave it a widescreen cropping instead of showing the full frame from which it was originally filmed. It’s mostly okay, but there are more than a few shots that suffer from it, where close-ups are just too close due to the cropping. Otherwise it’s good, but watch it for the music, the performance is intense and good, but visually uninspired with Morrison zonked on acid and glued to the mic stand like his life depended on it making it a bit dull visually. Seriously, you would think they were hanging out instead of performing. Fucking dope fiend hippies!

239 09-09 Requiem For A Heavyweight (1956) 4/5
240 09-11 The Comedian (1957) 4/5
Both of these are live broadcast plays from the PLAYHOUSE 90 program. Both written by Rod Serling, they both look at the weaker aspects of the human condition in unflinching ways.

REQUIEM stars Jack Palance as a past his prime boxer. Once ranked 5th in line for a title shot, now he’s so beat up, he could end up blind if he has another fight. The film deals with the scramble of his manager who’s desperate for another payday to clear up some gambling debts while Palance deals with his pride, knowing that he has nothing to show after a life of fighting. As per usual, the performances are incredible, the play moves at a quick pace and it’s impossible to not get swept up into it.

THE COMEDIAN is an entirely different beast. This one looks at live television itself, with Mickey Rooney playing a superstar comedian with the most popular show on TV. Edmond O’Brien is his head writer, burned out and trying to save Rooney’s face after his plan to steal skits written by another writer backfires. Oof, that sounds more complicated than it should. I should be better at these vague recaps. I’m not a Mickey Rooney fan, but he is incredible in this as the biggest, most egotistical star on the planet. O’Brien is no slouch either, and this really is must see TV. Plus it’s direct by John Frankenheimer who would go on to direct classics like THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and the ISLAND OF Dr. MOREAU remake with Marlon Brando.

The poster is helping this movie with that kind of tag line…

241 09-12 The Long Gray Line (1955) 2.5/5
This one is a John Ford film, and his first CinemaScope production. It stars Tyrone Power as a jaunty Irish immigrant and great guy who ends up having a long career at a great place, West Point. It’s based on a true story, my problem is with Ford’s handling of it. Ford was incredibly fond of hokey Irish blarney and mythological Americana and this film is just too overboard in both respects with nothing to balance it out and actually be a great picture. It’s not a bad film, and Power and Maureen O’Hara are both good in it. It just feels very dated and of it’s time compared to Ford’s greater works.

242 09-13 Oh You Beautiful “Doll” (1973) 2/5
Here’s another sleaze fest from the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome. It’s actually the third film in a set, the other two being more horror oriented so I’m holding off to watch them in October. More on that in another blog. Anyway, this one is about an over the hill actress, the great looking and youthful Cleo O’Hara in horrible make-up and wigs, who is running an acting school as a ruse to lure young men to her apartment to fuck. It’s too porny (softcore and ludicrous) to be trashy fun, which is a shame since this Walt Davis directed vehicle kind of sits with John Water’s trash classics from the seventies, but is missing the over the top glee that make the Water’s films stand out and so much fun. The other two films in the set look even more bonkers, so I’m excited to get to them next month!

That’s about it for this week. Hopefully this Wednesday will be the Who blog debut, otherwise it will be next week. I’m trying to bank some for October. Who’s more obsessed about a blog than he should be? Blogging fills the hole in your life right? Please?

As always, comments, shares, etc are all welcomed. If this get popular enough maybe I could get free movies to review like all the other loser movie bloggers? THEY’RE NO BETTER THAN ME WITH THEIR HORSESHIT DEGREES!

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