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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Celebrity Endorsement: Tom Savini!


I first encountered Tom Savini's amazing makeup effects when I saw Friday the 13th in the theater. I learned his name reading about that movie, and I was excited to see other movies he worked on, like Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.









I actually met the man in Chicago right after Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter came out.










We met back up this year in Charlotte, NC - and Tom Savini reveals that he knows all about good blogging:












Thanks a lot, Mr. Savini! Looking forward to our traditional 30 year reunion in 2044!













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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #178!



The Changeling  (Associated Film Distribution, 1980)


This is a corker ghost story - a tale well told. I haven't seen it in a very long time - I want to see it again soon.











The Scarlet Clue  (Monogram Pictures, 1945)


The Charlie Chan movies had definitely taken a step or two down the quality ladder by the time Monogram got ahold of them. But you still have Sidney Toler - along with Benson Fong and Mantan Moreland - so it's still watchable.















Frankenhooker  (Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment, 1990)

A wonderfully crazy horror comedy with a young man trying to get his girlfriend back together after a horrifying lawn mower accident. Things do not go well. Highly recommended for those so inclined.










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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/23/14!

Who cares what picture we see?


Camilla Sparv would if you looked her in the eyes when you asked, so tonight it shall be...








I've never seen this flick - it was never available at any of my many video stores over the years - but it looks like good silly fun - and it's on DVD in the video vault - so we could be checking it out together any time - even this very evening - if you wanted to head over this way!








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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #177!








The Disco Exorcist  (Scorpio Film Releasing, 2011)


It might be a little pre-fab in its cult aspirations - but mashing these two genres together could be funny - I'll let you know what I think if I see it!










The Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth  (Arch Oboler Productions, 1966)
 This Twilight Zone-ish movie originally came out in the mid-60's as The Bubble, but the version under this title was put out by Monarch Releasing Corporation in 1976. I've never seen it - but 60's sci-fi in 3-D? Sign me up!










George A Romero's Diary of the Dead  (Third Rail Releasing, 2007)



I enjoyed this fifth Romero zombie movie for the most part - though the CGI gore effects were a let down after Dawn, Day, and Land. I have yet to see Survival - but I'm starting to hear the zombies are a little sparse in that one. We shall see when I check that one out one of these days.









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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/16/14!

Who cares what picture we see?



Bradford Dillman would - you know it and I know it. So we're going with this one:











Between his first two James Bond movies, Roger Moore starred in this old fashioned romantic adventure drama with a corker cast. It has Bond people behind the camera too - including director Peter Hunt five years after On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This movie only played a few drive ins in the US as the second half of the double feature due to being controversially filmed in South Africa during apartheid.



This is the kind of movie that used to play on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on your local channels in the 80's and it's in the video vault for a viewing anytime - even tonight - if you care to come check it out with me.






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

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #176!






The Man from Hong Kong  (20th Century Fox, 1975)

Legendarily originally meant to star Bruce Lee before his untimely demise, this is a blast of very entertaining martial arts action with fish out of water Hong Kong cop Jimmy Wang Yu in Australia on the trail of rich psycho Australian gangster George Lazenby. This unheralded gem not only gave us stunt superstar Grant Page in his first film work - but also gave us the incredibly catchy theme song Sky High from the group Jigsaw. Seriously, you need to see this movie!














Caddyshack  (Orion Pictures, 1980)



I don't know if this is an alternate poster - but I've never seen this one before! And of course, I love the movie!











The Pace That Kills  (Willis Kent Productions, 1935)


This is one of those crazy 30's roadshow pictures - movies made to titillate under the guise of cautionary tales. Enterprising film guys like David F. Friedman would load the film cans and a pile of ad slicks and posters into the trunk of his car and head out across the country, stopping in each small town and leasing the film to a local theater or drive-in owner - showing it for three or four days, making a pile of cash from curious yokels, then heading out to the next venue. I love to read about those days - and you now know one of my primary destinations when they get the time machine working.














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

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/8/14!

Who cares what picture we see?



I go to bed believing Jet Li does, so in honor of his newest film coming out in six days, let's go with...












I love team ups and crossovers, so you know I loved this big noisy action movie that featured a gaggle of action stars both past and current. Here is my full review for those so inclined.





And you know if we're celebrating number three's impending bow in theaters this is really going to be a...





Saturday Night at the Movies Double Feature!





A quick intermission, then it's on to feature #2:










The sequel is bigger, louder, and funnier - with scads of in-jokes flying all over the place. I thoroughly enjoyed this one too - with even more added action star goodness in the form of Norris and villain Van Damme.


Both movies are on Blu-Ray in the video vault - and we can go theatrical or extended cut on part 1 - two big action movies ready to spin any time - even this very evening - in preparation for The Expendables 3 in theaters on August 15th! Woohoo!




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