Be back soon

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Yeah, yeah I know, I hardly post as it is so expectations are low. I won’t be posting for at least a week because of the holidays. Hope to be back to posting next Thursday. It may not be just empty promises this time as I am actually well into writing reviews for The last woman on earth, Project Moonbase and Circus of Horrors and I watched Terror of the tongs recently and hope to write that one up soon. Don’t write me off yet, I still hope to be back with more reviews very soon. Have a great holiday and take care!

The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler

1971/1972

Before there was a Night Stalker show there were these two made for TV movies. The first one was…

The Night Stalker

Someone in Las Vegas is killing young women. Despite the attempts by the police to keep details of the murders quiet an overenthusiastic report named Carl Kolchak finds out the bodies have been drained of blood and begins to put together that the murders may have been done by the same person. Then someone begins stealing blood from blood banks. He, who is don this a vampire? Well, it’s beginning to look that way. Eventually the killer is not only seen while stealing blood and killing, but he is confronted by police yet they can’t stop him physically or with guns. Kolchak again brings up the idea of a vampire and the higher ups growl at him. They do identify him as a guy who is over 70. Eventually Kolchak discovers the killers lair and confronts the yes, vampire. Of course Kolchak gets his tail kicked, but he manages to stake the vampire and end this reign of terror. Kolchak then writes about the vampire was the killer and he was staked, the article was printed and everyone was happy. Oh, wait he did write that, but the higher ups tell him they will arrest him for murder if he doesn’t get out of town. They instead run a story that tells how the police killed the murderer in a shootout and they live out anything about him being a vampire. Kolchak grudgingly leaves, but swears to get his story heard one day.

 

The Night Strangler

Kolchak ends up in Seattle where someone else begins killing young girls. Much to the chagrin of the Seattle police Kolchak begins finding out details that suggest the killer has rotting flesh and has been killing a few woman over a course of a few weeks in the Spring every 21 years for over a hundred years. However the police tell him this is crazy talk and suggest a few holes in the previous killings that make it seem not as connected as Kolchak start. Still Kolchak believes the killer just has a few more killings to do and then he’ll vanish for another 21 years. With the help of a researcher Kolchak pins down the killer as a former Civil War officer who founded a medical center in Seattle and never seem to age. The police try to get the killer, but he overpowers them and then vanishes. Kolchak begins to think the killer is staying in the semi buried ruins of what was old Seattle before a fire in the late 1800’s. He gets a belly dancer friend to go with him. In the end it’s Kolchak who finds the killer and yes again gets his tail kicked. The killer tells him how he kills to make and elixir to stay young every 21 years. He know has what he needs for this batch, but Kolchak smashes it before he can take it. The bad dude instantly ages and the police arrive in time to see him in his state and then he expires. Kolchak writes about the 150 year killer who stayed young fixing a cocktail out of liquids from the bodies of the woman he murdered. Yeah, he writes it but the printing is stopped by the cops and turned into a more normal murder gets his due story. Kolchak is kicked out of Seattle as are his editor and his belly dancer friend.

Both films are strong made for TV movies. The first one has an okay story, but cast get the most of it. the second one has a better story and an even better supporting cast plus some nice visuals. I have only seen these and never seen the show, but ME-TV is getting to read put it into their new winter line-up so I cannot wait to see all the episodes.

Upcoming junk and stuff

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Obviously I have not written much the past few weeks. My dad has had some health problems and I have been helping him along with the regular stuff so writing time has been limited. I’m still hoping to get back into it. The good news might be that I have watched Terror of the tongs and Circus of horrors recently so I just need to review them soon. Once I get those done I still owe like six Halloween themed reviews of TV episodes. If I can get those done then maybe I’ll finally get at some Gamera and Godzilla reviews plus other films I have been promising forever like Five and The man who turned to stone. Hang in there and take care!

The Satanic Rites of Dracula

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1973
1-Wearing a furry vest marks you as an evil henchman.
2-Laying nude on a table is probably a sign you are soon going to be cut open.
3-Just because you get sliced open while nude doesn’t mean a Satanic ritual can’t revive you.
4-If you suspect vampires are around then there is always an expert on the subject nearby to help you out.
5-If you suspect a sniper is near then don’t get out of the car without a bullet proof vest.
6-If you are a vampire and you have a sprinkler system in the house be ware someone may use it against you.
7-If there is a mystery business partner in on an evil plan then it’s likely Dracula.
8-Even in the bright colored clothing times of the early 1970’s Drac still wears black.
9-If you enter into a business deal with Dracula it probably won’t end well for you.
10-Dracula can come back from the dead and manipulate the richest men in the country but he isn’t smart to avoid getting ensnared by a hawthorn bush.

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Upcoming junk and stuff

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Still hoping to get back to posting more regularly. On the burner I have of two Hammer flicks- the second (then) modern day Dracula story The Satanic Rites of Dracula and (loosely historically based) actioner the Terror of the tongs. Also hoping to review Universal 50’s giant bug attacks film The deadly mantis. In addition to that I still hope to get to the shows I promised back around Halloween which I think there were about six of those. The good news I have watched all of these so now I just to write about them which tends to be the more difficult part. I am very much hoping to knock out all of the above during December plus bring back Skeletor’s animated villain of the month and 80’s video games.
I’m still hooked on Timeless on Monday nights as it’s the only current show I watch regularly. I’m sure everyone watched the new Kong Skull Island trailer. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for March so I can see this one!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Monster Club

1980 (although I have seen 1981)

This anthology starts with horror author (John Carradine) trying to help a sick man (Vincent Price). The author says he’ll help the man get food not knowing the guy is a vampire or he said he hadn’t had a bite in weeks so Price bites him because he’s a vampire. The vampire has only drank enough to feel better, but author is okay. The vampire invites the author to the Monster Club to repay him. There a bunch of cheap as crap monsters dance at a cheese ball nightclub. Way to repay him. The vampire tells tales of different kinds of monsters. I the Shadmonk the female of a couple of crooks pretends to like a pasty, rich dude in order to steal from him. Turns out the freak has the power to whistle and turn his target into a burnt mess. Despite kind of liking the weird dude the woman listens to her crooked boyfriend and tries to steal from the whistler. Of course it ends with her getting fried into a nasty thingie. Next up The vampires is a semi-comedic affair about some sloppy vampire killers trying to kill a kid’s vampire dad. The head vampire killer gets turned in a fanged type and gets staked in the weakest vampire staking ever done. The vampires dad guy faked out the other killers by using a stake proof vest and ketchup. On to the last story. This one has a movie director going to find a spooky village location or his latest horror flick. He finds a dandy, but unfortunately it’s inhabited by ghouls that feast on corpses but hey they’d like to chow on this director too even though he seems a bit tough and old. He finds a young girl who is a cross between a human and a ghoul thus a bit of an outcast. The purebred ghouls are after them because you know they like flesh. The director and the girl try to escape and well you know it doesn’t turn out well. The author and the vampire wrap up the film back at the monster club with a song and there is music in between all of these stories as well. Roll the credits.

The positives-Hey it’s a horror anthology somewhat in the style of the 60’s-70’s Amicus films. The cast includes Vincent Price, John Carradine, Stuart Whitman and Pleasence so that’s a plus.
The negatives- The music ranges from decent to annoying and it really dates the film. I would have gladly traded most of the music numbers for another story.

The wrap around story and the vampire story are both played for laughs and both are alright at best. The Shadmonk story is horror, but it’s slow yet it turns out to be decent. The ghoul story is the real gem of the bunch with good acting, solid scenery and a tight enough story. This film get an overall bad reputation for the music and the title. If you like British horror anthologies it’s worth checking out.

Asylum


1972

This guy wants to be a doctor at an insane asylum. He must be cra… oh no wait he wants to help those kind of people. He was supposed to see a Doctor Starr, but it turns out his associate is now in charge be care Starr went whacko and attacked his associate. Now Starr is upstairs and this applicant told all he has to do is go upstairs, interview the patients and identify which one if Starr. If he gets it right then he gets the job. That sounds insa… like a fine idea. He goes upstairs and the orderly Max leads him to patients one at a time. The first patient tells about how her lover killed his wife, chopped her up and put her in the freezer. Then her parts came to get the two who conspire to kill her. In the second story a tailor tells of how he was desperate for cash to he took an odd job of making a suit out of a weird fabric and having to make it only at certain hours. Once he completed the job he was told A- he wasn’t getting paid, B- the suit was made to resurrect the guy’s son from the dead and C- f the tailor didn’t give up the suit he’d be shot. Tailor fights back and accidently kills the other guy so he takes the suit back with him puts it on his mannequin which promptly comes to life and attacks him. The Tailor was deemed nutbar and placed in the asylum. Next up a young women tell of how she was a looney house before and then came back home. She regularly mention a friends named Lucy, but her brothers tells her not mention that name. The Lucy shows up, causes trouble and the woman finds her brother dead and insists that Lucy did it. The woman point to her reflection in the mirror saying Lucy is there. The next guy seems pretty smart, but it turns out he makes this robot that loos like him. He then wills his soul into the little robot, sends it down stairs where it kills the doctor who was doing the interview. The young doctor who was interviewing for the job smashes the robot revealing guts and killing it’s human counterpart upstairs. The young doctor races up Max and tells him of the odd thing that just happened. He sees something in the back of Max’s office and goes over to it. He removes a sheet to reveal a corpse. He tries to flee, but is strangled by Max who reveals himself to be Dr. Starr. Dr. Starr later invites another applicant in for probably a not so nice visit. Roll those credits.

The negatives- The story about Lucy lacks the punch of the other stories.

The positives-The cast includes Patrick Magee, Herbert Lom, Peter Cushing, Barry Morse and more so yeah a very good cast that elevates some basic stories. The wrapping story is perhaps the best f the seven Amicus anthologies. I hadn’t seen this one for years and definitely liked it better now than I did say ten years ago.

Upcoming junk and stuff

srHoping to get back to speed this month although it’s always a major bummer when Halloween ends. I didn’t really do as much this year for Halloween as I have in the past. The kids are getting older and in between work, the kid’s soccer, the world series and other things Halloween just wasn’t the focus it used to be for me.

Hoping to review all the stuff I promised last month and didn’t get to plus some movie reviews. On Halloween I watched Asylum from Amicus films and Hammer’s The satanic rites of Dracula. So I’m hoping to review those two this month as well.

Take care!

Champs!

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In case you missed or hate baseball last night was a fantastic game seven and made all the better because the Cubs won ended the 108 year drought. It was a game of real ups and downs between two great teams. The Cubs may have lost had the rain not given them time get their heads together and finish of a great season. I live in Ravens and Orioles country. However I have been a Denver Broncos fan since the 1970’s and Cubs fan long enough to have seen some really bad seasons. So for me the sports gods have been good so far this year. Now if only Maryland Basketball could win the NCAA tourney and the Caps could take the Cup next year.