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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Strangest & Most Violent Mummy Film? "The Mummy's Curse" (1944) (video)




(spoilers)

"The Mummy's Curse" is the final film in Universal's "Mummy" series.


And despite some lighter moments than the two previous films...
...it may also be the most violent, if judging by body count alone.

The Mummy (Lon Chaney) makes the most of his ample screen time in this one.

The film also contains perhaps the single strangest scene in any "Mummy" movie...
...the mud-caked resurrection of Kharis' beloved Princess Ananka (Virginia Christine).

Ananka struggles stiffly out of her earthen tomb, then staggers toward the light.

The film is a lively swan song for Kharis--one of vintage horror's weirdest monsters.  


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Friday, August 16, 2019

"DON'T LET GO" Starring Storm Reid and David Oyelowo Opens Aug. 30th -- See Trailer HERE!




OPENING DAY ANNOUNCEMENT

"DON’T LET GO"

CHANGE THE PAST. SAVE HER FUTURE.

Starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time)
Directed by Jacob Estes (Mean Creek)

Opening Nationwide on August 30th

WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:




In ​Don’t Let Go,​ detective Jack Radcliff (Oyelowo) gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.

Distributors: Blumhouse Tilt, Universal’s OTL Releasing and Briarcliff Entertainment
Starring: David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson, Brian Tyree Henry, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, April Grace and Alfred Molina
Directed By: Jacob Estes
Screenplay By: Jacob Estes
Story By: Jacob Estes and Drew Daywalt
Producers: Jason Blum, Bobby Cohen and David Oyelowo
Release Date: August 30, 2019


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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "The Bystander Gets Slapped" (video)




Moe and another Stooge slap each other back and forth several times.

Suddenly Moe stops, shrugs...

... then turns to the other Stooge, who's just watching, and slaps him.

(threestooges.net)

HOI POLLOI (1935)
CRASH GOES THE HASH (1944)
CUCKOO ON A CHOO CHOO (1952)
FOR CRIMIN' OUT LOUD (1956)


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gripping Sci-Fi Drama "AUGGIE" Opens in Theaters on September 20 -- See Trailer HERE!




SCI-FI DRAMA "AUGGIE"

OPENS IN THEATERS ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Starring Legendary Character and Voice Actor Richard Kind
With Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper and Larisa Oleynik

WATCH THE TRAILER:




Samuel Goldwyn Films is set to release Matt Kane and Marc Underhill's sci-fi drama AUGGIE in theaters and on VOD beginning September 20, 2019. The film stars Richard Kind (ARGO, A SERIOUS MAN, Red Oaks, INSIDE OUT) along with Larisa Oleynik (ATLAS, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) Susan Blackwell (MARGIN CALL, Master of None) and newcomer Christen Harper.

In AUGGIE, Felix Greystone (Richard Kind) is forced into early retirement and falls in love with an augmented reality companion, to the detriment of his relationship with his wife and daughter. At his “early retirement” party, Felix is given a pre-release version of an AUGGIE, a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that project a perfectly human companion onto his world. When Felix’s wife Anne gets a promotion and his daughter Grace gets serious with her boyfriend, Felix suddenly feels very alone.


He opens up to his new companion, AUGGIE, and is recognized and appreciated by her. He feels the ache of loneliness dissipate. AUGGIE reawakens a passion in Felix, and to his own surprise, he begins to fall for her. In a world that feels too good to be true, it’s difficult for Felix to recognize his increasing addiction to the technology, losing sight of what truly matters.

Release Date:                      September 20, 2019 - Opening in theaters and on VOD
Directed/Written by:            Matt Kane, Marc Underhill         
Cast:                                     Richard Kind, Larisa Oleynik, Susan Blackwell, Christen Harper
Genre:                                  Sci-Fi, Drama
Specs:                                  81 min
Distributor:                          Samuel Goldwyn Films



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Jimmy Durante As Adam, The First Man ("Hollywood Party", 1934) (video)




"Hollywood Party" was a screwball comedy with a gaggle of guest stars...

...featuring Jimmy Durante in some downright surreal sketches.

Not the least of which being his riff on reincarnation.

This segment casts him not only as the first man, Adam...

...but also as America's most famous horse.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

INFERNUM -- Movie Review by Porfle




After seeing so many big-budget horror flicks that depend on gore, flashy effects, and sudden loud noises to try and get scares, it's nice to see someone who can take a low budget and some real talent and make a movie that's genuinely old-school scary.

Which is what writer-director Dutch Marich (MISERABLE SINNERS, HUNTING, BLEED OUT) does with his new film, INFERNUM (Indican Pictures, 2019). Great locations, limited interiors, and pretty much no special effects combine with a capable cast and imaginative script (and yes, one or two well-earned jump scares) to fashion a tale that chills the blood in a way you don't see very often anymore.

In the opening, a little girl's parents leave their camping tent one night to investigate a roaring noise in the woods (later described as a "paranormal rift" through which one may hear the hellish sound of "wailing and gnashing of teeth") and disappear. 


Twenty-five years later, Camille (Suziey Block, DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III, MEANING OF VIOLENCE) is still dealing with her terror and loss by interviewing people with similar experiences as part of an art-school graduation project.

When she misses an anniversary dinner with her boyfriend Hunter (Michael Barbuto, HUNTING, HAPPY CAMP, BLEED OUT), he loses it and goes off on how she embarrasses him with her "a loud noise ate my parents" obsession.

Hunter also chafes at how much time she spends with young James (Clinton Roper Elledge, RUSH), a gawky film student making a movie about Camille and helping with her project's audio-visuals.


This part of INFERNUM is fairly well-done, but it only becomes apparent later how director Marich is setting us up with this borderline-tiresome "lovers' spat" routine just so he can spring the scary on us later.

This comes when Camille and James hear of a mysterious loud noise in a forest in Nevada and drive there right away to investigate, although Camille insists on not getting too close. 

When the road to their destination is closed due to an avalanche, they must instead take an antique museum train that has been pressed into service to transport people to their homes. 

Hunter, it turns out, has followed them and ends up on the train, too.  The three of them are in the middle of an awkward situation in the caboose as we wait for the train to reach its destination so things can finally pick up. (Meanwhile, the night shots of the train traveling through the darkness are beautiful.)


INFERNUM goes from "okay" to "masterful" when they wake up from a brief nap to find that the train has stopped in the middle of a dark tunnel, with no one else aboard except for a woman named Rita (Sarah Schoofs, GUT, BLACK WAKE, THEATER OF TERROR) who has lost her husband.  The engineer, the conductor, and the other passengers are all gone. 

The acting gets better and more natural as the characters go from wandering hesitantly through this unknown situation into flailing about in sheer terror when all the lights go out and that familiar roaring noise starts rushing over the exterior of the train.

One really gets the feeling of being isolated and alone in a very dark, very spooky place, thanks to skillful staging and direction, with shots that are stark clashes of darkness and light conveying eerie, oppressive gloom. 


In fact, this film has more atmosphere and suspense than ten average horror flicks smashed together.  And as is so often the case, it's what we don't see but are forced to imagine that is the scariest.

Of course, not all filmmakers can pull off such a thing, but here our imaginations are working overtime to help conjure up whatever awful force is menacing the poor souls on that train as the fear factor continues to rise.

INFERNUM manages to evoke the immediacy of the best "found footage" films, with all the breathless suspense and creeping terror but without the awkward contrivances.  It would make a hell of an extended "Twilight Zone" episode.






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"A BUCKET OF BLOOD" Comes To Blu-ray From Olive Signature Films 9/24/19




Olive Films is proud to announce the following September 2019​ release:

"A BUCKET OF BLOOD" -- Olive Signature

LIMITED TO 3,500 UNITS



US+CANADA
PREBOOK:          8/27/19
STREET:             9/24/19

A BUCKET OF BLOOD –
OLIVE SIGNATURE   BD
CAT:                 OS019
UPC:       887090601900
SRP:                 $39.95

A BUCKET OF BLOOD – OLIVE SIGNATURE

DICK MILLER
(Gremlins, The Trip, The Wild Angels)
BERT CONVY
(Semi-Tough, Hero at Large, Susan Slade)
BARBOURA MORRIS
(The Trip, The Haunted Palace, The Wasp Woman)
ANTONY CARBONE
(Extreme Close-Up, Pit and the Pendulum, Last Woman on Earth)
ED NELSON
(Airport 1975, Runaway Jury, TV’s Peyton Place)

Directed by
ROGER CORMAN
(The Trip, The Wild Angels, Gas-s-s-s)




In honor of its 60th anniversary, this Olive Signature edition of A Bucket of Blood celebrates the film’s enduring legacy. Shot in five days on a shoestring budget of $50,000, A Bucket of Blood remains one of the most iconic collaborations between Roger Corman and Dick Miller, and has rightfully earned its “cult classic” status.

YEAR: 1959
GENRE: COMEDY, HORROR
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 66 mins
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO


OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

    Mastered from new 4K scan
    “Creation Is. All Else is Not” – Roger Corman on A Bucket of Blood
    “Call Me Paisley” – Dick and Lainie Miller on A Bucket of Blood
    Audio commentary by Elijah Drenner, director of That Guy Dick Miller
    Archival audio interview with screenwriter Charles B. Griffith
    “Bits of Bucket” – Visual essay comparing the original script to the finished film
    Essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller
    Rare prologue from German release
    Super 8 “digest” version
    Theatrical trailer
    German theatrical trailer
    Gallery of newly-discovered on-set photography


With A Bucket of Blood, the multi-talented Roger Corman singlehandedly created his own genre hyphenate: the black-comedy-beatnik-culture-horror film. Dick Miller (Gremlins, The Trip) stars as Walter, a busboy at the hep-cat hangout the Yellow Door CafĂ© who dreams of artistic greatness. Inspired by the scribes and artists who surround him, Walter is introduced to the world of sculpture quite literally by accident – thanks to thin walls and a sharp steak knife. From his very first piece – the aptly titled “Dead Cat” – Walter is hailed a genius by the art snob set, a wunderkind who, unbeknownst to his doting devotees, has raised murder to the level of high art. But when the tortured artist turns his creativity towards the human form, he’s sure to make their blood run cold.

Rounding out the cast are Barboura Morris (The Trip, The Haunted Palace) as Carla, the woman of Walter’s dreams; Bert Convy (Semi-Tough) as undercover cop Lou Raby; Antony Carbone (Pit and the Pendulum) as Leonard, owner of the Yellow Door; and Julian Burton (The Masque of the Red Death) as Maxwell, the Yellow Door’s resident poet-philosopher.

A Bucket of Blood is written by Charles B. Griffith (Death Race 2000), photographed by Jacques R. Marquette (Burnt Offerings), edited by Anthony Carras (The Comedy of Terrors), with music by Fred Katz (The Little Shop of Horrors), and art direction by Daniel Haller (Pit and the Pendulum).


Buy it at Olive Films





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Saucy Pre-Code Banter In "Mystery Of the Wax Museum" (1933) (video)




Glenda Farrell is a delight as wisecracking girl reporter Florence Dempsey.

Frank McHugh is her long-suffering editor, who fires her at least once a day.

Fay Wray is Florence's beautiful roommate, a hopeless romantic.

And sometimes they get up to things that are just a bit, well, pre-code.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

PERFECT SKIN -- DVD Review by Porfle




A darkly voluptuous visual sense pervades director and co-writer Kevin Chicken's disturbing horror thriller PERFECT SKIN (Indican Pictures, 2018). It's so richly, perversely eye-pleasing, in fact, that it makes the equally entrancing story and performances even more compelling and almost seductive.

Not to say, however, that much of what we see isn't utterly hideous. Late in the story we're shocked by scenes of gore which, while not prolonged or overly gratuitous, still wield a potent gut-punch. And some of the images are so bizarre as to weave a strange fascination like something out of a fever dream.

But before we descend to that level of dizzying horror, we first meet Polish immigrant Katia (THE SHADOWS, THE LOOKING GLASS), recently ousted from her job as an au pair and currently out on the streets of London without a pence or a place to stay.


She manages to move in with her friend Lucy (Jo Woodcock, DORIAN GRAY, MONOCHROME), who introduces her to tattoo artist Bob Reid (Richard Brake, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, BATMAN BEGINS, HANNIBAL RISING, "Game of Thrones").   

Three things happen: (1) Lucy is called back to her native Australia due to an emergency and leaves the rent money with Katia, (2) Katia runs out to a nightclub and goes on a drunken bender with the rent money (no wonder she lost her job as an au pair), and (3) we discover that Bob's a weirdly-disturbed dude who's into extreme body modification and has a disease that's robbing him of his skills as a fine tattoo artist.

Long story short--Bob covets Katia's untarnished skin as the perfect canvas for his final tattoo masterpiece, so he kidnaps her and locks her in the basement of his tattoo parlor. The rest of the film shows Katia's long, agonizing descent into body modification hell as an increasingly bugged-out Bob has his way with her.


Meanwhile, the director has his way with the camera and with us, making all of this look somehow darkly beautiful and fervidly horrific at the same time. It reminds me of how Bruce Timm's animated "Batman" cartoons from the 1990s were drawn using black paper instead of white, as most of these shots seems as though they've been drawn out of the darkness itself and finely etched into haunting, modern Gothic images.

Various plot threads include a missing person police investigation, the return of Lucy and her very unfortunate involvement in the ongoing situation, and the sight of Bob being a divorced dad trying to work out visitation with his kids. (The latter almost, but not quite, humanizes him.) 

Most of all, of course, is the continuing evolution of Katia into an unwilling work of demented art that's ultimately both hideous and fascinating.  Surrounded by death and horror in busy Bob's basement, she seems to be giving in to him as her will seeps away.


But is it Stockholm Syndrome, or simply her attempt to lull him into a false sense of complacency before trying a daring escape?  Either way, her transformation is riveting, and we wonder just what kind of monstrous human artwork she's destined to become at the hands of this enigmatic madman.

To reveal any more would lessen the deeply suspenseful narrative that PERFECT SKIN so deftly weaves. With an excellent cast and outstanding production values, it's an experience both viscerally repellent and strangely, disturbingly captivating.


Buy it at Indican Pictures

TECH SPECS
Runtime: 80 minutes
Format: 2:35 HD
Sound: Dolby SR
Rating: R
Language: English
Captions: English
Extras: Trailers


Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/335951100



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Great 3 Stooges Running Gag: "Toupee Or Not Toupee?" (video)




A man's toupee gets removed somehow...

...sometimes by a shooting bullet...

...or by some other comical means...

...which is usually Stooge-related.

(threestooges.net)


POP GOES THE EASEL (1935)
HOI POLLOI (1935)
DISORDER IN THE COURT (1936)
A PAIN IN THE PULLMAN (1936)
PHONY EXPRESS (1943)
THREE DARK HORSES (1952)
TRICKY DICKS (1953)


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