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Monday, August 3, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #223!





Back in the saddle again! My screenwriting assignment is completed - for now, at least. Let's get back to some blog shenanigans!




Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed  (Hammer Studios, 1969)


You can't go wrong with anything Hammer and starring Peter Cushing, though this is a lesser entry in the series, in all honesty. I haven't seen it for years and years - but it's in the video vault and will be getting a new watch one day soon.










The Premonition  (Avco Embassy Pictures, 1976)


Still trying to capitalize on the success of The Exorcist more than a year later, this low budget thriller is worth a watch. I finally saw it on VHS in the last couple of years. It's not jam packed with action, but it's interesting and it has the always cool Richard Lynch.









The Astounding She Monster  (American International Pictures, 1957)

A female alien comes to Earth and bad things happen. Anything AIP from the late 50's is fun - and this is no exception.









Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/1/15!

Who cares what picture we see?



Ian McShane would, no doubt, so we're going with this one tonight...










I go back and forth on remakes - but this second version of the classic from the heyday of Roger Corman's New World Pictures at least includes Corman as a producer - giving him his first major studio picture in decades. Suck it, Fast and Furious franchise!


However, it also singles The King of Pop Cinema out as the producer of the original film - leaving out the contributions of the film's writers and the author of the original story - at least until a tiny credit in the end crawl.


The movie is a big and noisy car crash epic with even clunkier dialogue than you might expect. But it's a good cast -  including Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, and a badly miscast Joan Allen - and it does keep moving thanks to director Paul W.S. Anderson.


But if we're going to watch this one, let's make this a...




Saturday Night at the Movies Double Feature!




That way we can also screen the original movie...












Now that's more my style - and look at the cast here: David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov, and LA disc jockey "The Real" Don Steele. This version was directed by Paul Bartel, who battled producer Roger Corman tooth and nail to include the film's campy humor - which Corman was notoriously against until the finished film included it and was well received. These days Corman tends to misremember that he pushed to get the humor added. Well, he is up there in years...


And a special LGOOH! shout out to this blog's friend Beverly Gray - whose excellent blog Beverly in Movieland is always worth visiting. Ms. G (as I like to call her) was toiling in the trenches at New World pictures in those days, and it was she who gave the film its wonderful twist ending - all hail Beverly Gray!



I have both of these movies in the video vault ready to race into my player at any time - even this very evening - if you care to race over to my place to check them out with me!









Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Celebrity Endorsement: Heather Langenkamp!



Of course I first noticed her when she showed up as Freddy Krueger's dream girl in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street...




I loved it when she came back in the better sequels....











and I enjoyed her run in the ABC sitcom Just the Ten of Us....















....and I'm very pleased to report that Heather Langenkamp knows good pop culture blogging when she sees it...

















Thanks, Ms. Langenkamp!








Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #222!



Should be back to regular posts next week...










































Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 7/25/15!

Who cares what picture we see?


Vijay Amritraj most certainly would, so we will make this tonight's choice...











Oh man - 1985. Sho Kosugi. Ninjas. And a trailer narrator who says "neenja." It's on glorious VHS in the video vault, and we could be checking it out any time - even this very evening if you'd like to come watch it with me.






Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Ninja, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #221!


I'm actually done with the paid writing gig and catching up here - when I am caught up I should get back to posting more and with more words.

















































Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 7/18/15!

Who cares what picture we see?


Robert Walden - not likely. However, we will pick this one for tonight...









One of writer/director Jeff Lieberman's always interesting thrillers, this one has people losing their minds - and their hair - ten years after dropping Blue Sunshine LSD in college. Zalman King, star of the infamous Trip with the Teacher and creator of The Red Shoe Diaries - plays the lead - who loses some friends to the initial outbreak of madness and eventually looks guilty to the police for subsequent deaths. The only way to clear himself is to figure it all out...


I first saw this one on Showtime in the early 80's - and I now have it on a fine special edition DVD - ready to spin any time - even this very evening - if you'd care to come by and check it out with me!






Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!