Last night I watched Gamera vs Monster X (1970) Geez! What a stupid piece of cr*p! This makes Godzilla vs Hedorah look like David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia.! On the plus side American International Pictures did give it a good English Dub as they did with most of the Japanese films they handled.
Last night I watched Gamera vs Monster X (1970) Geez! What a stupid piece of cr*p! This makes Godzilla vs Hedorah look like David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia.!
That should be the accolade on the box
I would have been around six when this movie was sold directly to TV in the U.S. and I remember watching it because of one extremely stupid sequence that even at that young age I knew was bad. I stuck with it because it had giant monsters and there was probley nothing else on.
Gamera vs Zigra (1971) The final film in the original Gamera series and it's terrible! The studio that made the Gamera films went bankrupt shortly after the movie's release. There was nothing wrong with the Gamera movies bing aimed at kids but apparently the people making them didn't think kids wanted to see good movies. This isn't worth much comment. It didn't make it to America until 1987 when it was sold directly to TV particularly to cable channels that were starting then. Another one for completists only.
The Meg. Now THIS is up Arch's street. 75m prehistoric Megalodon awakens to cause mayhem. Science Fiction Horror film, American and Chinese production. Bad news.......stars Jason Statham (who I normally like) Local bus stop has this film poster up. I'm guessing it won't be there much longer
THE MEG (2018) Jason Stratham vs a Megalodon, a gigantic prehistoric shark. This was much better than I expected . To borrow a phrase my mate MIAS, it is good escapist nonsense. I thought it was fun and avoided some cliches and had good characterization. There is also a lot of action. Not the worst way to spend two hours of your life.
A group of American college backpackers (plus a German & a Greek) go to visit a remote Mayan temple. Only to find themselves unable to leave, as a local tribe refuse to let them back down once they have come into contact with the place. Turns out there's something very nasty that has made its home there...
This is based on a Scott 'A Simple Plan' Smith's novel, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. There's plenty of gore and tension -including one particular amputation which will make you go 'Ouch!' whilst watching it - plus the adversary they face is both novel and interesting (I won't mention what it is, just that it's fun, at times icky and formidable - and in many ways highly believable). Most of the injuries or death that concern the cast are not because of the 'thing' in the ruin but rather from accidents that occur as the stranded group desperately try to fight for their sanity and survival.
I saw 'The Ruins' years ago not long after it came out. I seem to remember really enjoying it.
I watched the UNRATED Canadian release. It has all the gore and scenes which are missing from the R-Rated one*. Including some very cool making of stuff, which I dunno if they are in the UK release or not..... Honestly dude the time they must have spent getting the 'creeping death' right is just insane. You want to see how much work went into it. Admittedly some was CGI but mostly it was latex and prosthetics. Very cool.
*I have a feeling I heard somewhere that the R-Rated version was the one we got in the UK. The BBFC didn't cut it but it was already cut by the MPAA before submission. The version I saw last night ran 93m20s According to the BBFC website the UK dvd runs 86m44s or there is an alternate version at 93m21s. Whether the alternate version has just the endings and deleted scenes I dunno? I have not seen the UK dvd release.
Tonight's first Halloween movie comes via the way of the unusual creature feature 'Splinter' (2008)
A couple are taken hostage in their car by another couple who are on the run. However as they get to a petrol station, they are attacked by the twisted remains of the attendant, who has apparently become host to some sort of deadly parasitic organism.
With now only three of them left they attempt to work together and stay alive, as the thing outside tries to get at them...
The first time I watched this I thought it was rubbish, however this time I quite enjoyed it. Lots of predictable action ensues but it's still quite good fun due to the deadly and rather grotesque thing trying to get at them. Oddly this features another amputation, which is almost a carbon copy of the one in The Ruins both released the same year too ...... now that's spooky.
Worth a watch and fun, but not as good as The Ruins.
Tonight I watched na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Rat Man (1988).
A mad scientist creates a highly intelligent rat-monkey hybrid (So it's not even a rat-man then ) in an attempt to win the Nobel Peace Prize (Eh!?!) and it escapes it's cage and goes on the rampage on a Caribbean island. He's a goofy little bast*rd and has zero social skills. His claws and teeth are coated in leprosy venom or summat, and at only two feet tall he can hide in all sorts of places you least expect - on top of a wardrobe, in a toilet, inside a fridge, in a hand bag etc etc. Primarily focussing his attentions on a glamour model (Eva Grimaldi). Whilst her sister (Janet 'Eaten Alive' Agren), aided by a reporter (David 'The Beyond' Warbeck) comes to her rescue. 'Neee, you'll never be a superstar like me Kevin.'
In the end the film is not let down by it's wildly implausible and crazed premise, or indeed it's central critter - he's actually quite a vicious little bugger and good value - but rather it's dull dialogue in between attacks, a seemingly endless synthesiser score and frustratingly dark lighting. Seriously had I had to endure any more scenes of stupid people walking from one dark room to the next to a track of repetitive droning synth music, I'd have been the next one climbing the f***ing walls and jumping off wardrobes to bite people's faces off.
Fair play to Nelson De La Rosa who plays the Rat-man though, he's one ugly, little blighter in this and seems to be revelling in his role. Average.
Rat Man (1988) is that the one directed by David Lean or was it Kurosawa?
Guiliano Carnimeo was the culprit. He often went under the Americanised name of Anthony Ascot. Mostly he’s famous for directing a bunch of Sartana films. But he also did a lot of Italian comedies, The giallo, The Case Of the bl*ody Iris (with Edwige Fenech) and the cr*p post apocalyptic adventure Executioners of the Year 3000.
‘A maniac butchers a fashion model on a Caribbean island and leaves the body to be eaten by rats. The model's sister suspects something isn't quite right with the police investagation and decides to go snooping on her own. With her friend, Fred, their investagations lead them to an unknown part of the island where they discover a monstrosity of a rat like man. The creature is killed by Fred, but the true horror of it's nature is just beginning...’
This is the story summary from IMDB and still further proof that many of the people that post on there either just steal other site’s information or are idiots that don’t know what they are talking about. Here’s where the synopsis goes wrong:
1) A maniac does not butcher a model. He chases her into a wardrobe, where she tries to hide and the Rat Man is chillin; pissed off at this intrusion Rat Man attacks her and she dies of a fright induced heart attack.
2) The model’s sister goes to look for her sibling after the police call her in to ID the remains of the first girl and it clearly isn’t her sister. So there is no ‘suspicion re: the investigation’, the police aren’t hiding anything, they are just incompetent.
3) They don’t discover the monstrosity of the Rat Man, just a bunch of his victims, coz he hides in Janet Agren’s handbag.
4) Fred does not kill the Rat Man. The Rat Man escapes on a plane, which it implies at the very end just as the credits roll. All we hear is screaming passengers. For all we know Rat Man kills everyone on board including the pilots and using his heightened intelligence flies the plane to Fort Lauderdale, where he begins a chain of successful beach bars and restaurants!
5) The true horror of Ratman’s nature does not begin here (at the end of the film)... Coz the film kind of sucked and there wasn’t a follow up. So we don’t know anymore about him other than he was mental.
So as you can see, whoever wrote that plot summary (some idiot by the name of Humberto Amador), has clearly never seen the film and is talking ratsh!t.
A Shaw Brothers rip off of King Kong. Wherein some Chinese adventurers go in search of the fabled, titular creature. After being attacked by tigers, elephants and a leopard, most of the explorers get browned off and go home. Except one, who meets a woman who has grown up in the jungle and she is best friends with Peking Man, so together they all go to Hong Kong, where Peking Man is treated badly and goes apesh!t and causes loads of aggro.
Here’s the pro-tour:
1) The Peking Man (dude in a gorilla costume) is actually from India not Peking. In fact with a costume that bad, I’ll be honest, I’m surprised he wasn’t from Pound Land.
2) Evelyne Kraft who plays the female Tarzan, Samantha, is well fit. So I spent the entire film wondering when she was next gonna fall out of her skimpy jungle costume.
3) Evelyne Kraft shimmies up and down a tree. Which is rather suggestive and you get a proper upskirt eye-full! Nice
4) There is a terrific scene where Evelyne Kraft and Danny Lee fall in love. It’s really funny. Evelyne puts a leopard in an ‘aeroplane spin’ and together her and Danny Lee gambol through the jungley undergrowth. It’s just beautiful.
5) All the animals are sad when Evelyne leaves for China. An elephant even cries.
6) The British army men who blow up Peking Man at the end are real b*st*rds.
7) The ending is really sad
Overall it’s about what you’d expect from Chinese cinema, back in the 1970s. The FX are pretty lousy but get the job done. Morally it’s corrupt and devoid of any real emotion. Nonetheless it’s action packed and a laugh.
Evelyne Kraft and her pet animals are absolutely adorable.
Apparently it’s Quentin Taratino’s favourite movie or something.
I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t recommend it wholesale.
Revenge of the Creature (1955) BD from USA (Region Free) 2D or 3D versions both available on the BD.
I decided to watch this in the 3D version that is one of the options on the disc. This was the first sequel to the 1954 classic 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon' which was also made in 3D. The 3D effects in this sequel I thought were more striking and effective than its predecessor. There are some really good 3D scenes when you see the underwater shots filmed at the real life Marineland of Florida oceanarium. Where they are subduing the creature with a cattle prod looks excellent as the pole seems to come out of your TV screen.
The plot is pretty basic. The Creature is captured from his home of the Black Lagoon in South America. He is brought to Florida to a marine park to study and keep captive. Of course he escapes and chases after the film's token female.
The cast are the usual bland efforts like John (Tarantula) Agar and Lori Nelson. Ms Nelson is still with us at the age of 85.
This film is probably now best known for being the first film role of a 25-year-old then unknown actor called Clint Eastwood. He has a few lines in an uncredited role as a lab assistant. Eastwood had another small role in another John Agar monster movie 'Tarantula'.
This is good fun creature feature and the pq is excellent.
Extras: Commentary and Theatrical Trailer.
Honestas non est optimum consilium est: consilium non solum est.
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) BD from USA (Region Free)
Sadly the second and last sequel to 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon' was not made in 3D. And no Clint Eastwood as a lab assistant.
The plot seems to ignore the ending of 'Revenge of the Creature'. A group of scientists are down on a Florida river trying to find The Creature who has been spotted by a local fisherman. This film does try to explore some new plot angles rather than just have the monster terrorising people again. The boffins find that the monster has more humanoid attributes than previously thought. I particularly liked the plot strand where the beast starts to become more human.
The cast are nothing to write home about. You get the re-teaming of Rex Reason and Jeff Morrow who had starred together in the previous year's classic sci-fi movie 'This Island Earth'. Rex Reason is certainly one of Hollywood's blandest clean cut leading men. The token totty is provided by Leigh Snowden who sadly died of cancer aged only 52 in 1982.
The pq is excellent.
Extras: Commentary and Theatrical Trailer.
Honestas non est optimum consilium est: consilium non solum est.