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Ingrid Pitt 1937-2010
by mondojustin (mondojustin)
at November 24th, 2010 (09:16 pm)

Rest In Piece...


The Favorite FIlms Of Stanley Kubrick @ mondo-video.com
by mondojustin (mondojustin)
at November 21st, 2010 (07:54 pm)

Thanks for all the kind words in regards to my Shelley Duvall interview.  She was so amazing to interview.  On that note, did you guys know about Kubrick's favorite films list?  Kubrick was a huge fan oddly enough of, White Men Can't Jump, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  And he hated The Wizard Of Oz.  Here's my article about, and the list of his favorites:

Interview with Shelley Duvall - Discussion Of Lost Incinerated Outtakes from The Shining
by mondojustin (mondojustin)
at November 20th, 2010 (09:21 pm)

Hey guys..

I just did this amazing interview with Shelley Duvall.  I made it a point to discuss with her directly, the lost scenes from the Shining that they shot, but were destroyed by Kubrick.

Here's the link to the interview with Ms. Duvall


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Review: 1408
by This is Sparta! (dracadancer)
at October 20th, 2007 (03:32 pm)

1408 (2007)
directed by Mikael Hafstrom
Runtime: 94 mins
Rated PG-13 for thematic material including disturbing sequences of violence and terror, frightening images and language.

Summary: Writer Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a paranormal skeptic writing books focusing on haunted places. When Enslin gets a random postcard in the mail warning him not to stay in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in New York, he's determined to check out the notorious room himself. Hotel manager Mr. Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) has strong objections to Enslin's stay and warns him no one's lasted more than an hour in the room. Despite Olin's warnings, Enslin is determined to go through with his stay and convinced that the horrific past of 1408 is just mere coincidence and a myth. But what Mike Enslin is about to experience is no myth, as 1408 truly is a room where the guests don't check out at the front desk.

Review - The thing I like about movies based on Stephen King books or stories is that, even if they're not scary, he always gives evil a mild sense of humor. Evil likes to mess with you, and sometimes it messes with you in humorous ways. For a PG-13 horror movie this wasn't that bad. It wasn't really scary at all, and the crazier things got in the room the less scary it was, but it was entertaining to watch. The plot was predictable and had a few gaping holes in it. Like it never explained WHY the room was evil or WHY they let so many people stay in the room when the room kills everybody that goes in it. I mean how many people did they have to go through before they said, "Hey, maybe we shouldn't let people stay in that room"? 56 apparently.

There's nothing here you probably haven't seen before in other 'trapped in a haunted place' type horror movies. It reminded me a lot of Event Horizon in fact, just with less gore and in a hotel room not on a spaceship. There was a kind of 1950s-60s old school horrorish feel about it that I liked though. The bottom line is that John Cusack is a good enough actor that he makes this one man show of a movie work. If you would like to watch John Cusack act like he's going slowly insane, then this movie is worth watching for you, but don't expect any real scary moments. Three and half stars (the extra half a star just for the scene with John Cusack arguing with Samuel L. Jackson in his mini fridge).

Things I Learned From This Movie:
- When Samuel L. Jackson tells you not to stay in the evil effing room, DON'T stay in the evil effing room.
- If you're going to stay in a haunted room, be sure to take lots of liqueur. It makes the whole experience much easier.
- If Evil wants to give you a sandwich, do yourself a favor and just take the sandwich.
- Do not hold Evil close to an open flame. It's extremely flammable.
- Evil sounds a lot like an overly pleasant airline stewardess.

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Pigs (spoilers ensue)
by horripilatus (horripilatus)
at October 20th, 2007 (02:49 am)

current mood: amused
current song: kodou by dir en grey

pigs (spoilers ensue)
Pigs - 1972
aka Daddy's Deadly Darling, Daddy's Girl (USA), Horror Farm, Lynn Hart, Pigs (USA) (recut version), Roadside Torture Chamber (USA) (reissue title), The Killer, The Killers, The Strange Exorcism of Lynn Hart, The Strange Love Exorcist
directed by Marc Lawrence
note: apparently the Troma version is censored for some unknown reason...(that's the vers. I watched)
time: 80 mins
Tag line: Once the pigs tasted blood... No one could control their hunger!!

summary: (spot the nepotism!) Toni Lawrence plays Lynn, a disturbed young woman who escapes from a mental hospital where she was committed for killing her abusive father who raped her. Stealing a nurse's uniform and car, Lynn ends up in a small California town where she meets and shacks up with Zambrini (Marc Lawrence), an old farmer who runs the local motel and roadside cafe. Zambrini also owns a group of pigs that he keeps in a pen behind his house who have developed a taste for human flesh. When Lynn begins killing a number of men who remind her of her dead father, Zambrini helps her out by disposing of the bodies to the pigs. Investigating the disappearances, the local sheriff eventually becomes suspicious of Lynn's past.

Bottom line: If you love B-horror, why haven't you watched this yet?

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psychic killer - warning: spoilers
by horripilatus (horripilatus)
at October 19th, 2007 (03:41 am)

current mood: hungry
current song: Hard Rock Hallelujah by Lordi

Psychic Killer (1975)
directed by Ray Danton
Rated: PG, but this before Pg-13, etc. There's a naked lady, so kiddies, be warned!

Tag line: "First it drives you mad, then it kills and kills and kills!"

summary: Mental patient Arnold Masters, hospitalized for a murder he didn't commit, learns astral projection--the art of leaving one's physical body and transporting the soul someplace else--from a fellow inmate. Upon his release, Arnold uses his new powers to bump off the people he holds responsible for his arrest, his mother's death while he was imprisoned and the price of meat! Lt. Morgan and Lt. Anderson are the cops on his trail, while his caring shrink, Dr. Scott, tries to prevent any more deaths.

Bottom line: Some parts are a bit slow and unbelievable, but you love B-horror, so you can handle it (I'm sure you've seen worse). Watch it once, but don't base your life around it.

(i hope this was okay to put in the review comm. i like poking fun at my beloved b-horror. I hope the pictures are okay, too)

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Review: The Thirsty Dead
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 14th, 2007 (07:45 am)

current mood: blah
current song: Dream Theater "Space-Dye Vest"

The Thirsty Dead
- 1974

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 1
Director: Terry Becker
Writer: Terry Becker
Charles Dennis
Lou Whitehill
Cast: Jennifer Billingsley
Judith McConnell
John Considine
Tani Guthrie
Fredricka Meyers
Run Time: 88 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG
Date Reviewed: October 14th, 2007

Plot: Beautiful young girls are kidnapped off the streets of Manila by a death cult that needs their blood to remain immortal.

Comments: The Thirsty Dead. Title makes you think that maybe the movie's gonna be about vampires or zombies or something. Well, it's not. It's about cultists. Not cool, human sacrificing cultists, either. Really lame, ridiculously dressed, really stupid cultists who are actually really good hosts to their prospective sacrifices. The movie actually starts out like it might be pretty interesting, with random girls getting kidnapped. There's even a particularly creepy shot when the girls are loaded into a little boat in the sewers by these hooded guys and they take off down the sewer as what's either a dead baby or a rogue babydoll goes floating downstream. That right there is the only time the movie even hopes to achieve any level of creep factor. It goes downhill fast from that point. How fast? Try, the very next scene fast.

Somehow, the sewer system in the city leads to... a river going through a jungle, complete with big ass mountains everywhere. There's no transition between the two locations. The boat sails down the sewer system and in the very next shot is in the middle of the jungle. Night has become day and the boat has magically teleported some undetermined distance away. Once the boat hits land, the two chicks are very casually lead through the jungle to spot where two other chicks are casually waiting. They're all kidnap victims, apparently. These are the most low key, relaxed kidnap victims ever. One of them is even glad she's been kidnapped, hoping she'll be sold into white slavery. Obviously, whoever wrote these characters doesn't know fuck all about how kidnap victims actually act. Either that, or all the characters just got back from their frontal lobotamy appointments.

From the spot in the jungle, the cloaked guys strip down to their underwear, then lead all four girls into the mountain where the cult lives. The cult is about the most worthless group of rejects ever. They drink the blood of their sacrifices, mixed with some kinda potion, to stay young and beautiful forever. Beautiful is a relative term, considering what they're wearing. Somehow, they're stuck in the middle of the jungle and yet they can have really fancy theater costumes that are never dirty. The cult's sacrifices aren't actually killed, either. They're just drained a little of blood and then magically healed by leaves. Yea, fucking leaves. The cultists hold these leaves against the wounds and they just magically disappear. Also, the eternal youth and beauty thing? It only works within a small perimeter around the mountain, so it's about as good a gift as an empty beer keg. Sure, it kinda looks cool, but it's ultimately useless.

Of course, one of the four brainless maidens has to be the 'chosen one' destined to lead the cult onto greatness. How much greatness could she lead them to when they're confined to a single fucking mountain anyway? She calmly checks out what all the perks are, what's in store for her and her 'friends' (even though they just met, apparently "being kidnapped together brings people close together" according to the girl), and she actually seems pretty into it until she realizes she's gotta drink human blood to join the club. I guess that must be against her vegan diet or something, cuz she totally flips a gasket over it. So she gets to go back with her friends and some random old hag helps them to escape. Why they need help to escape is the true mystery, since the girls are in a room without bars. The room doesn't even have a door... it has fucking love beads. They claim the mountain caves are like a maze, but what the hell does that matter? There's apparently no guards anywhere, and they just stroll on out before getting recaptured by the main dude cultist, who brings them all back then proceeds to help them escape again. Redundancy much?

Overall: Probably even more annoying as the beginning of the movie actually looked pretty promising. As soon as they board the magical teleporting boat in the sewer and jump over to the jungle though, it drops like fly in a bug zapper. Save your time with this one, your brain will thank you.

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Review: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 13th, 2007 (05:58 am)

current mood: sick
current song: Kane Hodder "Attack on Tir Asleen"

Night of the Living Dead
- 1968

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 9
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: John A. Russo
George A. Romero
Cast: Duane Jones
Judith O'Dea
Karl Hardman
Marilyn Eastman
Keith Wayne
Run Time: 96 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Date Reviewed: October 13th, 2007

Plot: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Comments: The first in Romero's Dead series and the first time zombies were portrayed as flesh-eating fiends, too. The switch from traditional voodoo-style zombies into the flesh-eating ghoul variety is really a stroke of genius, which is all the more obvious judging by the sheer number of zombie movies that've been made since this flick came out. To say Night of the Living Dead is a classic is almost an understatement. It really is the godfather of modern day zombies. Without Romero and Russo's unique perspective on the genre, who knows what kind of zombie movies there'd be today.

Although it was created on a shoe-string budget, the movie really doesn't look it. Part of it is due to Romero's brilliant camera work, which is mostly, if not entirely, handheld. The angles are dramatic and the jittery, never-too-stable movements add an intensity to the whole movie. The lighting mixed with the black and white film (used for budgetary reasons) actually help create an even better mood. The eerie score helps even more and blended all together it makes for a very atmospheric and creepy movie. The zombies look pretty good, too, for as much detail as you can see of them and there's even some pretty graphic zombie munching scenes.

Unlike what you'd expect from a small budget movie, Night actually manages to score a whole slew of pretty damn talented actors. If the technical aspects help to craft the atmosphere of the movie, then the actors definitely help to sell the situation being depicted. Duane Jones and Karl Hardman's conflict is really the focal point of a lot of things and it's nicely portrayed. An interesting character twist is Barbara, who's originally portrayed as the main character in the movie, but pretty quickly gets regulated down to near-comatose trauma victim. While interesting, she still pretty much becomes dead weight for most of the movie. Her interraction with her brother Johnny at the start of the film, though, is great, though.

A lot of classic movies have quotable lines that surface somewhat regularly in pop culture references. A movie might have one or two of these. Night of the Living Dead has a whole handful of great lines that have moved so far beyond the actual movie that people who haven't even seen it will most likely be able to quote it. If that's not a sure sign of a movie really embedding itself in the subconsiousness of society, I don't know what is. Not to mention, it contains, what I think, is one of the most creepy, disturbing and terrifying zombie scenes ever filmed, all involving a little girl and a gardening instrument. Things go from bad to worse for all the characters as the night goes on and even as dawn arrives, things don't get any brighter. It's the perfect anti-Hollywood ending and it just makes the movie that much better.

Overall: Not to throw down a gauntlet or anything, but seriously, if you haven't seen this movie, I don't know if you can really consider yourself a true horror fan. Alright, maybe that's going a bit too far. But you definitely can't call yourself a true zombie horror fan.

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Review: King of the Zombies
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 12th, 2007 (05:37 am)

current mood: bored
current song: Tom Waits "Crossroads"

King of the Zombies
- 1941

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 4
Director: Jean Yarbrough
Writer: Edmond Kelso
Cast: Dick Purcell
Joan Woodbury
Mantan Moreland
Henry Victor
John Archer
Run Time: 67 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Date Reviewed: October 12th, 2007

Plot: During World War 2, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The easily-spooked manservant soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies and ghosts. Exploring, the 3 find a voodoo ritual in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence by transferring personalities into his zombies. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their creator.

Comments: An odd but entertaining little zombie flick. The problem is, it's only entertaining for really one reason. Mantan Moreland, the guy who plays the manservant. He makes this movie. Without him, the whole thing would've just collapsed into pure mediocrity. As it is, the movie still isn't wonderful, but it's still fun to watch thanks to Mantan. The other actors do a passable job, and the story seems to more or less hold together, it's just that the rest of it is all just pretty bland, really.

A World War 2 zombie movie actually sounds like a potentially cool concept. Unfortunately, there really isn't much to do with World War 2 in this movie. They thing takes place somewhere in America and the only real connection to the war is that the main characters are searching for a missing General who disappeared in the area. Where the hell this middle of nowhere, swampland area is, who knows, but apparently it requires flying a plane, getting low on fuel and then going into a storm that causes you to crash land. Doesn't make much sense, really. Why would they send a search team comprised of a pilot, some random guy and his manservant out to find a military general? Wouldn't there be a few more people involved? And why just load em into a plane and send them flying around, tracking down some supposed beacon? What're they gonna do when they find the beacon? Since there's obviously no airport anywhere near where it is, crash landing seems the only possible way they could've gone to find him.

Once the voodoo zombies turn up, things get a bit more ridiculous. Why there's a mansion in the middle of the swamp where a creepy old guy is turning people into zombies, there's no real explanation. He seems to be content just being the king of the zombies and chilling in his place. All of his companions in the house with him are zombies, with the exception of the kitchen staff. Apparently, zombies are useful when it comes to having them shuffle down hallways and stand around drooling, but if you want a decent meal, then you're shit outta luck. That's another thing, the zombies don't really do much in this movie aside from shuffling around. They don't kill, they don't attack and they don't 'eat meat' as told by the zombie king himself. Too bad. At least if these were flesh-eating zombies they'd be more inclined to rip some shit up.

As I said, Mantan is the heart and soul of this flick. Without him, it would totally fall apart. Even though he's a bit of a stereotypical character, he plays it so well and his comic timing is so perfect, that he's absolutely hilarious. His general freaked out attitude and reactions to all the crazy things he's going through are great. His character's brief stint as one of the bumbling zombies is especially funny. He's seriously the black Don Knotts.

Overall: Although the rest of the movie is pretty plain and boring, it's still worth watching for Mantan Moreland. His performance makes the whole movie entertaining as hell.

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Review: I Eat Your Skin
by steelcorpfilms (steelcorpfilms)
at October 11th, 2007 (11:45 pm)

current mood: bouncy
current song: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

I Eat Your Skin
- 1964

Reviewer: Indy McDaniel
Rating: 4
Director: Del Tenney
Writer: Del Tenney
Cast: William Joyce
Heather Hewitt
Betty Hyatt Linton
Dan Stapleton
Walter Coy
Run Time: 84 minutes
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Date Reviewed: October 11th, 2007

Plot: A cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies. Uninterested in this information, the unfortunate man is forced by his evil employer to create an army of the creatures in order to conquer the world.

Comments: This is a pretty wacky zombie movie, but the wackiness actually helps it out a bit. It keeps it from getting incredibly dull and boring and it makes it a lot more entertaining to watch. The characters are actually pretty good in a really cheesy kind of way. The zombies look pretty cool, too, with some nice make up effects that actually come out as pretty creepy. There's even what looks to be a bit of inspiration for Resident Evil in here.

Up until the point of Romero's version of the zombie film, zombies were just a product of voodoo. This flick, coming four years before Romero's groundbreaking zombie move, is actually somewhat of a crossover between the two. There's a definite voodoo element to the movie. It takes place on Voodoo Island, there's a bunch of natives who live there that practice voodoo, and the zombies act like traditional voodoo zombies. The process that creates the zombies, though, is much more similar to the flesh-eating variety and a hell of a lot like Resident Evil since it involves a zombiefying serum that transforms living people into the walking dead.

The characters are all pretty unique in relation to each other and amusing to boot. Although some of their behavior seems pretty ridiculous, it mostly just adds to the general level of amusing cheese in the movie. The main guy is a drinker, smoker and womanizer, and yet somehow manages to come off as something other then a total ass. The relationships between the characters is pretty interesting, too, without the usual trademark interactions going on all the time, even though there is still a bit of it. The whole thing has a bit of a tongue-in-cheek attitude that works pretty well.

Where the movie starts to fall apart is towards the end. The pacing seems to move along at a pretty good speed, but the end comes very abruptly and everything gets wrapped up in a nice neat package so that a happy ending can be achieved. Somehow the secret lab being used to create the zombie army is linked into the entire island, so that when it blows up, the whole island goes up in flames. The scientist who made the zombies lives long enough to deliver his paragraph or two of exposition before kicking off. Then everyone goes back to normal, everyday life like there was never any island of crazy zombies.

Overall: Not a bad zombie flick and kinda interesting to see what could be a very high likely pre-cursor to the switch from voodoo zombies to flesh-eaters. There's even a pretty graphic decapitation. If it weren't for the highly rushed and sappily cliched ending, it'd be even better.

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