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Demdike@Cult Labs 19th October 2017 10:36 AM

I kinda like that barn dance scene. It's fun and different. (Poor quality but fun)

Had it been filmed by Deodato or Fulci or some other Italian hack you'd all be wanking over it's brilliance! :brainfood:

Inspector Abberline 19th October 2017 08:06 PM

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Twilight Zone "Living Doll", Season 5 Episode 6
Telly Savalas tries to pit his wits against his step daughters new doll,"Talky Tina",a doll which seems to have a mind of her own.Telly seems to have upset Tina some how and instead of saying all the usual cutesy things she tends to say stuff like "I don't like you",which winds up Savalas no end. In fact eventually he gets so mad he goes all medieval on Tina's ass,attacking her with power tools and a blow torch,but all to no avail.Eventually Tina gets her revenge,next time your kids leave toys on the stairs just have a quick look to see if any of them are smirking as you trip and fall down the stairs.

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Razorback (1984)
Massive wild boar stalking the Australian outback and gnawing down on anything it can get its tusks into.Russell Mulcahy animal gone mental is mostly style over substance,like his music videos,its all flash cuts and strobbing light effects.But its saved by an outstanding performance from Bill Kerr,whose career goes right back to the radio series Hancock's Half Hour. Kerr is out for revenge when his grandson is taken away and eaten by the giant razorback,I suppose it makes a change from dingo's. Its hard not to like a film about giant man eating boar,its just a shame most of the characters are so unlikable,you actually want them eaten.

Demdike@Cult Labs 19th October 2017 10:21 PM

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The Skull (1965)

This Amicus production about a collector of 'special things' starring Peter Cushing (and Christopher Lee) who purchases what is allegedly the skull of the Marquis de Sade is directed by Freddie Francis is really quite a mini masterpiece that has plenty of inventive and disturbing moments that make it feel unique amongst the films of its time.

The flying skull on show is as effective as could be achieved in the days before CGI. The wires do occasionally show but it can't be helped and hardly hinder the sequences as it stalks the house in a wavelike effect which moves pictures and furniture aside as it passes by. The shots from the skulls viewpoint are certainly original and give the viewer the sensation of seeing events from the skulls point of view, its a nice effect but is perhaps overused at times. There's also a nightmarish dream when Peter Cushing's Maitland falls under de Sade's influence is pretty disturbing and when he wakes finds himself in an apartment with no idea how he got there. Its a very disorienting moment and stands up well to any shocks being produced at the time.

The Skull makes a perfect nights entertainment as the first of a classic horror double bill alongside...

The Creeping Flesh (1973)

... why? Because Freddie Francis who also directs this uses the same camera trick / shot from inside a creatures head as it stalks Cushing... stop me if we've been here before.

Peter Cushing stars as a scientist who discovers a mysterious skeleton whilst exploring New Guinea. On returning home he discovers it comes alive when touched by human blood eventually transforming into a murderous creature.

The Creeping Flesh is a bit of a classic. It's grotesque in the extreme and features an outstanding performance from Lorna Heilbron playing Cushing's daughter who he injects with serum from the er' creeping flesh that turns her into not so much a raving sexual predator as a raving repressed sexual predator.

The creature begins to come to life when it comes into contact with water as Cushing soon discovers when he grows a penis, sorry a finger... look it's veiny and throbs, does it look like a finger to you?

The Creeping Flesh is brilliantly paced by Francis and never feels rushed and has a beautifully macabre finale which throws into doubt everything that has gone before. Brilliant stuff!

bizarre_eye@Cult Labs 20th October 2017 06:48 AM

I also really rate The Skull, Dem.

I keep meaning to pick up the Eureka Blu-ray at some point to replace my far from great Legend Films release.

Rik 20th October 2017 08:26 AM

Always had a soft spot for the Creeping Flesh because it was the first Horror film I watched on TV when I was a kid :nod:

Demdike@Cult Labs 20th October 2017 10:33 AM


Originally Posted by bizarre_eye@Cult Labs (Post 554969)
I also really rate The Skull, Dem.

I keep meaning to pick up the Eureka Blu-ray at some point to replace my far from great Legend Films release.

The Legend films release looks fine upscaled. However i too have the Eureka set in my wishlist as it's a favourite of mine too.

Nosferatu@Cult Labs 20th October 2017 11:37 AM

REST STOP (2006) – A young woman is stalked by a maniacal killer who has already killed her boyfriend. A really promising setup because of the confined location, sympathetic lead, and general sense of unpleasantness, and the execution is not bad either. Considering it was £1 from Music Magpie and seemingly a DTV film, I've seen much worse.

BEWITCHED (1981) – This Shaw Brothers film is unusual for two reasons: it's not in the usual 2.35:1 ratio and it is set in Thailand, not Hong Kong or mainland China. It's set around the court case of the man who is on trial for murdering his daughter and goes back and forward in time to when he visited Thailand and was possessed by an evil spirit, with a detective who investigates the case also becoming possessed, and a Buddhist monk doing battle against the forces of evil with some profuse sweating, really innovative quick cutting and hallucinatory lighting. It's not a traditional horror by any means, but I like to great deal and will listen to Bey Logan's commentary in the next day or two.

UNHINGED (1982) – Perhaps being notable as one of the original 72 'video nasties', this oddity by Reagan Ramsay and Don Gronquist follows three young women who have a car crash when travelling to a music festival. Stranded in the middle of nowhere and with Gloria quite seriously injured, Nancy and Terry agree to seek refuge with Marion Penrose, a spinster, and her bitter, wheelchair-bound mother. It's quickly evident to Nancy and Terry that things are not 'normal' in the house as there is a large human tooth under Terry's bed and they can hear heavy breathing, seemingly by a man, from upstairs. Unbeknownst to them, there are peepholes around and someone watches them showering. I watched this before checking out the remake and, strangely because of knowing how it ends, found it more disturbing than on first viewing. It is very sedately paced and, with most violence being suggested and not gratuitous or otherwise 'obscene', so I've no idea how it ended up on the infamous DPP's list.

UNHINGED (2017) – I'm always sceptical about modern remakes, but open minded enough to give them a go. Maybe because I'm not a huge fan of the original film, or perhaps because of something else, I found this remake infinitely preferable to the 'reimagining' of films like The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It definitely ups the violence and intensity of the original, increasing the number of women from 3 to 4 and changing the location from backwoods America to England, and the reason for the trip from a music festival to a wedding, but much of the rest is the same. It's a film I enjoyed (I think that's the right word for an intense and violently downbeat film) and intend to watch again after listening to the commentary for the 1982 version of Unhinged, something I intend to do this weekend.

Demdike@Cult Labs 20th October 2017 11:51 AM

I went into Asda again this week for Unhinged but still no copy nor a place for it on the shelf. They did have Hellriser but in truth after reading the back and seeing the pics it didn't look like it was worth spending £7 on.

Antropophagus 20th October 2017 12:49 PM

Day 14 - Tenebre
Day 15 - Nightmare City
Day 16 - Evil Dead Trap
Day 17 - The Night Flier
Day 18 - Rosemary's Baby
Day 19 - The Funhouse

Inspector Abberline 20th October 2017 06:36 PM

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Three national guardsmen on manouvres (including a very young Warren Oates) encounter what seems to be a teepee very near to Little Big Horn where General Custer had his last stand. Not the most exciting of episodes,as apart from the odd horse and an Indian arrow being shot into one of the soldiers back,we do not get to see any action at all,every thing is simply implied off screen.That said its a very interesting premise,that has been used since in various different films,and the three main leads do the best they can with what is a limited script,but the end punch line is still pretty good.

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Patrick (1978)
Patrick played by Robert Thompson,is in a deep coma after killing his mother and her boyfreind by throwing an electric heater into there bath,(obviously there in the bath together),there sexual antics had been annoying Patrick,so he decided to heat things up abit.Now Patrick is a patient at the Roget Clinic,under the gaze of Dr. Roget.Then along come's Susan Penhaligon (who seems to appear in everything I watch recently) as Kathie Jacquard,she immediately takes a shine to him,even after he spits in her face,(one of the few ways he can communicate),but unknown to the doctors and nurses of the hospital Patrick has hidden powers.Richard Franklin who directed two of my favorite films from the early 1980's, Road Games and Psycho II,does a fine job in what is basically another variation of a Carrie rip off,with a touch of the Psychic Killer (1975) there are some genuinely creepy moments as Patrick flexs his psychic muscle.I really love the scene where Penhaligon is being interviewed for the nursing job by Matron Cassidy, " Why did you choose the Roget Clinic, Mrs. Jacquard? We tend to attract certain types - lesbians, nymphomaniacs, enema specialists..."

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