September

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I am aiming to get back into writing in September with some horror movie reviews. Hopefully it will happen because I have seen seven of the nine films I am planning to review. Below is the schedule I hope to stick to.

9-1 through the 9-3 The 1986 version of the Fly.

Week of 9-4 The Mad Magician and The man who turned to stone.

Week of 9-11 Screaming skull and The Monolith monsters.

Week of 9-18 Hammer’s The mummy and The Vampire Lovers.

Week of 9-25- A Gamera movie and a Godzilla movie both to be determined.

If time allows Skeletor may be by and an 80’s video game with a horror or monster theme may happen as well.

 

September and October

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I’m hoping to get back into writing next month for sure. For September my aim is to get warmed up for October. So in September I’ll aim to review at least eight  films including The Mad Magician, Vampire Loves, The man who turned to stone, Screaming Skull, The Monolith Monsters, Hammer’s The Mummy and likely a Gamera movie and a Godzilla movie. For October I’ll do the Halloween Hootenannny thing again where I review Hallooween , horror and monster themed episodes of a bunch of TV shows. I missed at least five last year that I promised. So I’ll go back and look at last year’s post to see what I missed and make sure those get done this year. Then I’ll add in more shows and hope to review three per week. Shows will include Buffy, Sabrina, Scooby Doo, Logan’s Run, The Greatest American Hero, Tales from the darkside, Night Gallery, Star Trek the next generation, The adventures of Brisco County Jr., 3rd rock from the sun, Barney Miller and maybe a few more.

Take care!

The Bat People AKA: It lives by night

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1974

A couple are out exploring caves because I guess they don’t have lives. The wooden acting dude gets bit by a bat although given how bad his acting is he likely should have been hit by one instead you know like a Louisville Slugger kind of bat. Anywho they trouble the local doctor with their nonsense. There’s a lot droning on blah blah blah disease blah blah blah monsters and that kind of lunacy. The guy turns into a really cool looking bat guy just like the one in the poster…. no just kidding, he is a monster in the shadows grabbing women and killing them in rather boring ways and the film shows as little as possible. A local sheriff goes from semi-helpful to mean to nutbar in his pursuit of the boring bat dude. Our main couple make love which is not surprisingly dull and the woman opens her eyes to see her mate has transformed into a bat lover! Everyone gets tired of spewing out the dialog such as it is so the films races to an end. Some bats get the sheriff and some other dull, uninspired hooey goes on to and oh please roll the credits and have mercy on us.

The negatives-

The film starts out with some promise and there was potential to do something. The problem is they go for a subtle route of talk and no action or horror or suspense and the film mostly dies a quick death.

The positives-

There are some great locations and mostly they make as much use out of them as they can. The film begins alright with our lead getting bit by a bat and hints that he is becoming a monster. These parts had me thinking if they could increase the suspense this could have been a 70’s version of the classic man into monster type film that was popular in the 40’s and 50’s. Alas the makers of this fiulm just didn’t push hard enough with that angle. Trek fans will quickly notice that three of the four main characters were played by people who were guests in episodes of the original series. Long time character actors Michael Pataki (Korax from the Trouble with tribbles) and Paul Carr (Kelso from Where no man has gone before) actually try hard and help some in their supporting roles in this film.

Ultimately it’s a film that isn’t exciting enough for horror fans and it’s almost even too boring for fans of bad films to really make it through the whole thing. It’s a shame because there really was some potential here early on and some capable people in the cast.

 

 

Upcoming junk and stuff

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1970’s sci-fi week rolls on with Saturday morning shows. As a kid in the 1970’s I loved my cartoons but some of my first tastes of sci-fi on TV came through live action shows on Saturday mornings during that decade. I remember watching  The land of the lost and later that day taking  my plastic dinosaurs out to the sandbox to play out what I just saw. I think I got in trouble more than once for dumping buckets of water into the sandbox while trying to recreate the opening waterfall scene from the above show. Anyways I hope to review episodes of The land of the lost, Ark 2 and Space Academy plus Skeletor should be by.

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The Six Million Dollar Man-The return of Bigfoot

1976

 

The good-

1-Bigfoot!

2-A Bionic Woman cameo.

3-John freakin’ Saxon, baby!

4-Stefanie Powers in a tight jumpsuit.

5-A two parter, this show normally did well with those.

The bad-

1-Steve Austin’s horrible season four cheese ball mustache.

2-Sandy Duncan acting totally out of place as a ditzy alien.

3-Shiny suited alien thugs.

4-Takes a while to really  get going.

5-The show was overall better when Steve was fighting spies instead of robots, Bigfoot and aliens. Yes, this one is of course debatable.

This show lasted six years which made it the longest running American sci-fi show of the 1970’s. It changed a lot during the five seasons as it from spy thriller with light super powered action to a full out sci-fi, heavy on the super powers show. I think it’s a decent show but not for everyone. I tend to prefer space shows from the 70’s, but every once in a while I get in a phase where I’ll watch several episodes of this show.