Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Back To Bond: Talking SPECTRE & Never Say Never Again



These are late and I haven't posted in who knows when.  I figured people might be interested in my thoughts on the new 007 film SPECTRE.  I guested on Out Now with Aaron & Abe to share those thoughts.  During the same week, my podcast, Cult Cinema Cavalcade (you'd better be listening!) took on Never Say Never Again.  Both podcasts are super fun, so give them a listen.  And I know the question you're currently asking...James Bond Will Return, but what about Naptown Nerd?  And to that, I never say never...this blog is just currently on her majesty's secret service as of late, so it will have to die another day.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ranking The Gates Of Hell Trilogy



The Gates of Hell trilogy is an interesting little nugget.  This truly is one in theme and feel as the movies, while not directly connected, feel related to one another.  Some of that is in the thematics, but I'm sure a lot has to do with Lucio Fulci as well.  its interesting as these just started basically with Fulci wanting to continue exploring an idea with a film he just finished.  I do wonder if this was always meant to stop at three movies, or did he just never get the opportunity to return to this well.  He did return to do Zombi 3/Zombie Flesh Eaters 2, even if he wound up not finishing the film.  I do like the Gates of Hell Trilogy and it comes in the middle of the heart of Fulci's best work.  Aside from this Trilogy, his quality straight horror and non-giallo work would probably only latch Zombi 2/Zombie/Zombie Flesh Eaters, New York Ripper and Cat in the Brain to the list.  Yeah, Zombi 3/Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 is a hoot, but I'm not going to call it anything great.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gates Of Hell: The House By The Cemetery (1981)



The House By The Cemetery
1981
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Paolo Maclo, Ania Pieroni, Silvia Collatina, Dagmar Lassander, Giovanni De Nava
Rating: Unrated

Mae, time to go home and remember your manners. Now that Bob is staying with us, be sure to treat him like a Freudstein. For other guests are surely destined to drop in.
                   ~Mary Freudstein

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gates Of Hell: The Beyond (1981)



The Beyond
1981
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzea Monreale, Giovanni De Nava
Rating:  X

Woe be unto him who opens one of the seven gateways to Hell, because through that gateway, evil will invade the world.
               ~Emily

Friday, October 2, 2015

Gates Of Hell: City of the Living Dead (1980)



City of the Living Dead*
1980
Director: Lucio Fulci
Starring: Catriona MacColl, Christopher George, Carlo de Mejo, Janet Agren, Antonella Interlenghi
Rating: Unrated


It's her... Mrs. Holden. This morning she was inside a coffin at the funeral home, and now she's here in my kitchen!

                   ~Mary Woodhouse

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rankenstein: Ranking The Universal Frankenstein Films



Ah, the end of a big retrospective.  This wound up being bigger than anticipated, eh?  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Its one of my favorite horror franchises and movie monsters of all time.  Its always great to see the chances, jumps, tropes and many other things that were originating with this very series.  And its incredible the legacy that these films have left that is still going strong.  Go out looking at Halloween decorations (hell yes, tis the season) and you'll see its the image of Karloff from Whale's film that is THE definitive one.  

Now comes the time to put an order to all these films, which is not too tough of a task until we get to the very top.  Thanks for keeping up with this one and I hope you enjoyed all the "extra" little pieces and films that got thrown in with it.  I also hope you'll come along and enjoy the direction I'm going next.  Thanks again!

Back To Bond: The Living Daylights COMMENTARY



It was very much around 3 years ago that I did my first podcast commentary guest spot on Out Now With Aaron & Abe to discuss From Russia With Love and then subsequently 3 more Bond films.  Apparently I did decent enough as I've been honored to have found myself as a mainstay on the Out Now bonus commentary episodes ever since (And will continue to do so every time they ask me).  We covered 4 Bonds during that time (Connery, Moore, Brosnan, Craig), so now we move on to Timothy Dalton with The Living Daylights.  As most of you know this is one of my favorite all time Bond films (Both of Dalton's are).  Scott Mendelson returns and joining is one of the coolest MI6 agents around, Randy Shaffer.