Creature Double Feature 6: FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (Hammer/20th Century-Fox 1967)/FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (Hammer/Warner Bros 1969)


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Hammer Horrors were a staple of Boston’s late, lamented “Creature Double Feature” (WLVI-TV 56), so today let’s take a look at a demonic duo of Frankenstein fright films starring the immortal Peter Cushing in his signature role as the villainous Baron Frankenstein.

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN was the fourth in Hammer’s Frankenstein series, made three years after EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN. The Baron is back (after having apparently been blown to smithereens last time around), this time tampering with immortal souls rather than mere brain transplants. The movie features some ahead-of-its-time gender-bending as well, with the soul of an unjustly executed man transmogrified into the body of his freshly dead (via suicide) girlfriend, now out for vengeance!

Young Hans (Robert Morris), who watched his father guillotined as a child, grows up to work for muddle-headed alcoholic Dr. Hertz (Thorley Walters , in an amusing performance), who revives the cryogenically frozen Baron…

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Diamond Among the Coal: Bela Lugosi in BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT (Monogram 1942)


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I’ve written about Bela Lugosi’s infamous ‘Monogram 9’ before, those ultra-cheap spectacles produced by the equally ultra-cheap Sam Katzman for low-budget Monogram Pictures. These films are all Grade Z schlock, redeemed only by Lugosi’s presence, giving his all no matter how ludicrous the scripts or cardboard the sets. BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT is a cut above; still schlock, but the pulpy premise is different from the rest, and Bela gives what’s probably his best performance out of the whole trashy bunch.

Lugosi plays kindly Karl Wagner, a benevolent soul who runs the Friendly Mission down on the Bowery. But wait – it’s all a front for recruiting down-on-their-luck criminals into Wagner’s gang of thieves. And when he’s done with them, he bumps them off and gives the corpses to ‘Doc’, a dope fiend ex-medico who uses the bodies for his own nefarious purposes!

But wait again! Wagner’s not really Wagner, he’s…

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Southern Fried Slasher: THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (AIP 1976)


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In 1946, the town of Texarkana, on the Texas-Arkansas border, was rocked by a series of brutal attacks on its citizens from February to May that left five people dead and three seriously wounded. The psycho, who wore what seemed to be a white pillowcase with eyeholes cut in it, caused quite a panic among the townsfolk, and the local and national press had a field day sensationalizing the gruesome events. The case was dubbed “The Texas Moonlight Murders”, and the mysterious maniac “The Phantom Killer”. Famed Texas Ranger M.T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullus was brought in to lead the investigation and rounded up a few suspects, but no one was ever formally charged with the grisly crimes. To this day, the case has never officially been solved.

Forty years later, Texarkana native Charles B. Pierce produced, directed, and costarred in THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, a film based on those…

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Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 10/29/18 — 11/04/18


Me, after Halloween

Oh my God, what a week!

It’s been exhausting but it’s been rewarding!  On Tuesday, Jeff and I saw Big Data perform at the House of Blues!  Then on Wednesday, Halloween!  And now …. now, I’m trying to rest.  I’m probably not going to be as prolific a film blogger over the upcoming week as I was in October.  Horrorthon took a lot of effort but it was totally worth it!

Plus, this upcoming week is my birthday week!  On November 9th, I will be another year older and …. yeah, let’s not talk too much about that.

Here’s what I accomplished this week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. 14 Cameras (2018)
  2. Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
  3. Dead on the Water (2018)
  4. Detour (1945)
  5. Halloween (1978)
  6. Halloween 2 (1981)
  7. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982)
  8. A House Divided (1913)
  9. Inferno (1980)
  10. Killer Under The Bed (2018)
  11. Lady Gangster (1942)
  12. Lady in the Death House (1944)
  13. Masque of the Red Death (1964)
  14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  15. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
  16. The Perfect Mother (2018)
  17. Psycho Prom Queen (2018)
  18. Six: The Mark Unleashed (2004)
  19. Suspiria (1977)
  20. The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)
  21. Where Are My Children? (1916)
  22. Whispering Footsteps (1943)
  23. Zombie at 17 (2018)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 911
  2. American Horror Story
  3. American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Birth of the Living Dead
  7. The Brady Bunch
  8. Camping
  9. Charmed
  10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  11. Dancing with The Stars
  12. Degrassi
  13. The Deuce
  14. Doctor Phil
  15. Face the Truth
  16. Friends
  17. Hell’s Kitchen
  18. Homecoming
  19. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  20. Jamestown
  21. King of the Hill
  22. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  23. Legacies
  24. Mike Judge Presents Tales From The Tour Bus
  25. Night Gallery
  26. The Office
  27. Parking Wars
  28. Saved By The Bell
  29. Seinfeld
  30. Shipping Wars
  31. South Park
  32. Survivor 37
  33. The Twilight Zone
  34. The Walking Dead
  35. You
  36. Young Sheldon

Books I Read:

  1. The Craven House Horrors (1982) by Hilary H. Milton
  2. You Are A Cat (2011) by Sherwin Tija
  3. You Are A Cat In The Zombie Apocalypse (2013) by Sherwin Tija
  4. You Are A Kitten (2011) by Sherwin Tija

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Big Data
  4. Broken Peach
  5. Charli XCX
  6. Elle King
  7. Emerson Drive
  8. Erika Costello
  9. Goblin
  10. Grace Lightman
  11. Jakalope
  12. IC3PEAK
  13. Kedr Livanskiy
  14. King Princess
  15. LANY
  16. Leo Moracchioli
  17. Lindsey Stirling
  18. Mai Lin
  19. Matthew Dear
  20. Michael Fredo
  21. Moby
  22. Mothica
  23. Ninja Sex Party
  24. Public Service Broadcasting
  25. Slashtreet Boys
  26. Tara Lee

Links From Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: 30, Keep Walking, Foggy Morning, Foggy Neighborhood, Foggy Neighborhood 2, Foggy Neighborhood 3, Foggy Neighborhood 4, The Dead, Keep Watch, Watch Tower, Rain, Rain 2, Rain 3, Rain 4, Rain 5, Rain 6, Rain 7, Rain 8, Rain 9, Rain 10, Rain 11, Rain 12, Storm, Storm 2, Storm 3, Storm 4, Storm 5, Storm 6, November, Ducks, Army, and Mockingbird Station!
  2. On my music site, I shared music from Above & Beyond, Big Data, Broken Peach, Emerson Drive, Adi Ulmansky, more from Adi Ulmansky, and IC3PEAK!
  3. On Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. Alec Baldwin Was Always Trash
  5. Liberals Scorned Me For Liking Ballet
  6. Ridley Scott to Develop Gladiator 2
  7. Voter Education: Eight candidates who have expressed blatantly anti-Semitic views, or who openly associate with anti-Semites

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Mai Lin, Slashstreet Boys, Leo Morachioli, Grace Lightman, Adi Ulmansky, another one from Adi Ulmansky, and yet another one from Adi Ulmansky!  I reviewed Episode 5 and Episode 6 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  I shared The Twonky, Little Shop of Horrors, and Night of the Living Dead.  I paid tribute to Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, George Romero, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi!  I shared scenes that I loved from The Wicker Man, The Fog, Zombi 2, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween III, and Targets!   I shared Episodes 19 and 20 of Kolchak and The Curse of Degrassi!  I also reviewed Nadja, The Vampire and the Ballerina, Vampire Circus, a book about The Night of the Living Dead, Dead in the Water, Killer Under the Bed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six: The Mark Unleased, Lady Gangster, Whispering Footsteps, Footsteps in the Night, Lady in the Death House, The Billionaire Boys Club, and Fifty Shades Freed!  I also shared a Peter Cushing interview6 Trailers For 6 Films That Still Scare Me and an AMV of the Day!
  2. Erin shared the following artwork: Blood of Dracula, On the Edge of the Galaxy, All True Love Stories, Virgil Finlay, Ghost, more from Virgil Finlay, Window, Walk on the Water, The Path Between, and Torment!  She also took a look at the Skeletal Covers of the Pulp Era and shared several vintage Halloween postcards!  She reviewed The Jackie Robinson Story, wished you a Happy Halloween, and posted the final post of October!
  3. Ryan reviewed Going to Heaven and From Crust Till Dawn.  He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
  4. Gary reviewed The Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Revenge of the Creature, The Creature Walks Among Us, The Other Side of the Wind, and the Stone Killer! He also shared Bela and Boris doing the Monster Mash!  He also shared a little more Bela and Boris!  Finally, he cleaned some Halloween leftovers out of his DVR and shared a one-hit wonder!
  5. Case reviewed Episodes 7, 8, 9, and 10 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  6. Jeff reviewed Demon Wind, The Carpenter, and FleshEater, and shared 8 Frightening Serials from Dr. Who’s Classic Era!
  7. Arleigh shared Highway to Hell!

(Want to see what I accomplished last week?  Click here!)

Cleaning Out the DVR #21: Halloween Leftovers 3


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Time to reach deep inside that trick-or-treat bag and take a look at what’s stuck deep in the corners. Just when you thought it was safe, here’s five more thrilling tales of terror:

YOU’LL FIND OUT (RKO 1940; D: David Butler) – Kay Kyser and his College of Musical Knowledge, for those of you unfamiliar…

…were a Swing Era band of the 30’s & 40’s who combined music with cornball humor on their popular weekly radio program. RKO signed them to a movie contract and gave them this silly but entertaining “old dark house” comedy, teaming Kay and the band (featuring Ginny Simms, Harry Babbitt, Sully Mason, and the immortal Ish Kabibble!) with horror greats Boris Karloff , Bela Lugosi , and Peter Lorre . It’s got all the prerequisites: secret passageways, a creepy séance, and of course that old stand-by, the dark and stormy night! The plot has Kyser’s…

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Horror Film Review: Buffy the Vampire (dir by Fran Rubel Kuzui)


Watching this movie was such a strange experience.

Now, of course, I say that as someone who grew up watching and loving the television version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Back when Buffy was on TV, I was always aware that the character had first been introduced in a movie but every thing I read about Buffy said that the movie wasn’t worth watching.  It was a part of the official Buffy mythology that Joss Whedon was so unhappy with what was done to his original script that he pretty much ignored the film when he created the show.

So, yes, the 1992 movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer showed how Buffy first learned that she was a slayer, how she fought a bunch of vampires in Los Angeles, and how her first watcher met his end.  But still, Joss Whedon was always quick to say that the film should not be considered canonical.  Whenever anyone on the TV show mentioned anything from Buffy’s past, they were referencing Joss Whedon’s original script as opposed to the film that was eventually adapted from that script.  (For instance, on the tv series, everyone knew that Buffy’s previous school burned down.  That was from Whedon’s script.  However, 20th Century Fox balked at making a film about a cheerleader who burns down her school so, at the end of the film version, the school is still standing and romance is in the air.)  In short, the film existed but it really didn’t matter.  In fact, to be honest, it almost felt like watching the movie would somehow be a betrayal of everything that made the televisions series special.

Myself, I didn’t bother to watch the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer until several years after the television series was canceled and, as I said at the start of the review, it was a strange experience.  The movie is full of hints of what would make the television series so memorable but none of them are really explored.  Yes, Buffy (played here by Kristy Swanson) has to balance being a teenager with being a vampire slayer but, in the film, it turns out to be surprisingly easy to do.  Buffy is just as happy to be a vampire slayer as she is to be a cheerleader.  In fact, one of the strange things about the film is just how quickly and easily Buffy accepts the idea that there are vampires feeding on her classmates and that it’s her duty to destroy them.  Buffy’s watcher is played by Donald Sutherland and the main vampire is played by Rutger Hauer, two veteran actors who could have played these roles in their sleep and who appear to do so for much of the film.  As for Buffy’s love interest, he’s a sensitive rebel named Oliver Pike (Luke Perry).  On the one hand, it’s fun to see the reversal of traditional gender roles, with Oliver frequently helpless and needing to be saved by Buffy.  On the other hand, Perry and Swanson have next to no chemistry so it’s a bit difficult to really get wrapped up in their relationship.

I know I keep coming back to this but watching the movie version of Buffy is a strange experience.  It’s not bad but it’s just not Buffy.  It’s like some sort of weird, mirror universe version of Buffy, where Buffy starts her slaying career as a senior in high school and she never really has to deal with being an outcast or anything like that.  (One gets the feeling that the movie’s Buffy wouldn’t have much to do with the Scooby Gang.  Nor would she have ever have fallen for Angel.)  Kristy Swanson gives a good performance as the film version of Buffy, though the character is not allowed to display any of the nuance or the quick wit that made the television version a role model for us all.  Again it’s not that Buffy the movie is terrible or anything like that.  It’s just not our Buffy!