Cult Labs

Go Back   Cult Labs > Film Discussions > General Film Discussions

Like Tree143834Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 22nd December 2018, 11:30 AM
Frankie Teardrop's Avatar
Cultist on the Rampage
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Leeds, UK

Spending time trying to tszuj my horror fiction into something other than a two-bit Thomas Ligotti rip-off means that these days I don't get to watch and review all that much (cue audible sigh of relief from my readers). That said, it would be remiss of me not to leave some kind of sticky trail whenever I do get to charge up my DVD player, so from now on I've decided to do that in the labour-saving form of semi-Haiku.


Red ball rolls down stairs
In house of autumnal grief
Good, not amazing.


Slasher lacking blood
Killer is just guy in coat
Student hi-jinks bore


Nick Cage crazy trip
Velvet neon bikes of hell
What happens, really?


Feverish nonsense
Bad ‘action’ as if made by
Gibbering baboon


Burned creep’s portmanteau
Nineties slasher goes meta
No escape from screen


Moriarty goofs
Cohen gunk conspiracy
Don’t eat yoghurt, now


Thirteen Santa deaths
Peak Brit-grot sleazetacular
Eyes smile, Tosh Lines snaps
Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2018, 05:56 PM
Demdike@Cult Labs's Avatar
Cult Emperor
Cult Labs Radio Contributor
Senior Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Lancashire
Default Decemberdike

December 21st

Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971)

Twenty years after a female mummy is brought back to England, members of the expedition are killed one by one and the expedition leader's daughter is possessed by the spirit of the dead Queen.

Despite Hammer's film having such a lurid title it doesn't actually feature a mummy at all. Although it does have a beautifully preserved Valerie Leon as the embalmed queen despite being hundreds of years old looking like she'd just walked out of a beauty salon in 1971.

This was to be the last film of director Seth Holt. Towards the end of the six week shoot the director collapsed on set and died of a heart attack. Hammer producer Michael Carreras took over during the final days shooting. I don't know if this was the reason but the film feels a bit mixed, some scenes are tense and really engage the viewer, whilst other sections of the film appear quite dull, even boring.

The film features some wonderfully, gory, artery pumping and ripped throat scenes that Tom Savini would be proud of. As with all Hammer's mummy films the sets are quite superb, even though the film takes place in the modern day, the museum that houses the mummy of the Queen could easily have been from the early twentieth century.

Andrew Keir fresh from the excellent Quatermass and the Pit is sadly underused here as Professor Fuchs, the expedition leader. Peter Cushing had actually begun filming the part but pulled out due to the death of his wife.

Due to the films commercial failure Hammer ended their interest in mummy films after this their fourth attempt at the subject.
Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2018, 08:43 PM
bleakshaun's Avatar
Cult Addict
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Burntisland

A regular Xmas film for me; needs no introduction. I still love it

Sent from my PRA-LX1 using Tapatalk
It says here you're a HERETIC
Reply With Quote
Old 22nd December 2018, 08:50 PM
gag's Avatar
gag gag is online now
Cult Veteran
Good Trader
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Here there and everywhere
Blog Entries: 2

Originally Posted by bleakshaun View Post
A regular Xmas film for me; needs no introduction. I still love it

Sent from my PRA-LX1 using Tapatalk
A lot of the Xmas films like gremlins , home alone , die hard etc I haven't watched for ages and never seen more than twice .
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 06:44 AM
iank's Avatar
Cult Acolyte
Join Date: May 2015
Location: QLD, Australia

Funny Farm. A New York sports journalist and his wife decide to pack it in and start a new life in a small country town in a bid to get out of the rat race and have a simpler life... but things don't go entirely according to plan. Chevy Chase stars in this very enjoyable late 80s comedy that is just gently humorous for its first 3/4, but becomes absolutely hilarious in its last act (which is also, entirely coincidentally as I don't recall ever seeing this before or, if I have, it must have been the late 80s and I certainly don't remember, set at Christmas, rather wonderfully). I really enjoyed this.
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 02:39 PM
troggi's Avatar
Cultist on the Rampage
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Portsmouth, UK
Blog Entries: 18

For the first, time since taking a young lady to the cinema to see it in the early '80s (I wondered why I could only remember bits of it), I sat and watched Fulci's "City of the Living Dead" (with absolutely no distractions).

It still has the charisma it had way back then but shows it's age and lineage. I still love the set pieces; the drilling, the maggots, the over-enthusiastic scalpings, and the disgorgement of yards (sorry,it's metres now) of internal human plumbing!

Remembering, something that I'm not usually profficient in, all those set-pieces from, what could be 35 years ago, is quite remarkable for me and means that I don't think that it will be long until I view it again. Great film and should be required viewing for anyone with a penchant for horror films. 78/20!
"Sometimes my soul just moves so slow
Like a dream of diesel heart that just won't go"

Monster Magnet
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 03:23 PM
Paul Zombie's Avatar
Seasoned Cultist
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Southport

Masque of the Red death.

Prince Prospero(Vincent Price) plays a Devil worshipping tyrant who persecutes all the local villagers and burns down their houses when he discovers the red death in the town. and kidnaps Jane asher, her father and her lover in his castle. meanwhile he is having a big party for all the nobles and says they will be protected from the plague at the castle.

Very colourful film indeed from film director Roger corman with great period sets and atmospheres. light on gore, but makes up with genuine creepiness.
Vincent price is in top form in this one as the evil prince trying to corrupt the sweet and innocent francesca( excellently played by the gorgeous Jane Asher). and with the beautiful hazel court also co-starring as well as Juliana, Prospero's muse and a eager student of Satanic worship who likes to brand herself with an upside down cross.

Very well done horror classic and highly entertaining, with a great scene with a chap in an ape suit getting roasted alive as a punishment for terrorising a tiny dancer. 87 out of 100.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg masque-of-the-red-death-1.jpg (42.7 KB, 2 views)
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 05:27 PM
Demoncrat's Avatar
Cult Veteran
Good Trader
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: summerisle
Blog Entries: 21

It returns!!

Elizabeth Harvest (Sebastian Gutierre)

Effectiveish chiller. New bride takes time to adjust to her new life. Worth looking at.

Possum (Matthew Holness)

See this. Like A Dark Song, it's flawed but a grimmer wee thing you won't find this year.

Attack Of The Tattie-bogle (2018)

Unremarkable slasher with silly title. Mate brought it round as he is obssessed by films called "Attack of ..... "

"It's come off!"

"I'm no philosopher ... I'm the guy .. who gets the firewood"
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 06:18 PM
MrBarlow's Avatar
Cult Addict
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Dundee
Blog Entries: 1

The Sword In The Stone 1963.

Out hunting young boy Arthur meets magician Merlin who thinks he is destined for something else than being a knight's squire.

This was a classic Disney film from start with the narratiin of the sword appearing in the stone to Merlin The Magnificient being clumsy and his faithful grumpy owl companion Archimedes who has a stupid laugh when Merlin tries to fly a plane. It does have good animation and good humour in it, still worth a watch even though its 55 years old. 8 out of 10.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 51R1BDQAF5L.jpg (50.0 KB, 3 views)
" I have seen tree's that look like tortured souls"
Reply With Quote
Old 23rd December 2018, 08:11 PM
MrBarlow's Avatar
Cult Addict
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Dundee
Blog Entries: 1

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987.

Neal Paige is trying to get to Chicago from New York, along the way he meets Del Griffithca loudmouth shower ring salesman and a friendship forms slowly aswell as comedic disasters.

This was a great conedy drama from John Hughes combined with Steve Martin and John Candy as the hapless duo who start off bickering about a taxi, to plane delays and becoming friends. It does have its funny moments from slagging off a guy who runs a taxi service which Martin insults and regrets it, Candy thinking he has his hands between pillows and the F-word rant at the car rental. Worth a watch 8 out of 10.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 9ocp6pKCauo8HiLcJcEC82VmuRk-0.jpg (98.2 KB, 3 views)
" I have seen tree's that look like tortured souls"
Reply With Quote

Like this? Share it using the links below!

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Our goal is to keep Cult Labs friendly. If you feel discouraged from posting by certain members' behaviour then you can e-mail us in complete confidence.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
All forum posts are contributed by members of the site; Cult Labs cannot take responsibility for all content posted on the site. If you have an issue with content posted on the site please click the 'report post' button.
Copyright © 2014 Cult Laboratories Ltd. All rights reserved.