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Horror Flick of the Week: Nightmare Castle (1965)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2016 by ranranami

It is no secret that a disgustingly high number of classic films, and especially Italian ones, found themselves butchered terribly in their transitions to the American screen. I’ve heard Nightmare Castle is no exception, but if you’re looking for the full version, you can find it under the title of ‘The Faceless Monster’. The discrepancy is 11 minutes. Pacing and I believe a bit of violence being the key missing bits…

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However, I am not necesarilly a purist about these things. Because I can still enjoy it on its own if I haven’t seen the original first, and that’s why I’d recommend Nightmare Castle to any fan of B movies, Italian Gothic horror, Bava-esque settings, and of course…Barbara Steele. The one and only.

Throughout this film, I found myself mostly appreciating the set…the house…the costumes…and the fact that it really wasn’t as slow as some people would have you believe. Especially if you’re used to the sort of dragging elements Italian cinema is especially known for, the general classic philosophy of their filmmaking being that ‘cinema is about the art and the experience, not the plot or the philosophy of being concise.’ Taking that into consideration, there’s quite a bit of plot in this that you wouldn’t otherwise expect. A mad scientist tortures his adulterous wife to death, uses her blood to youthen their maid (who is obviously his dish on the side), then marries her step (or half) sister to get the family property and fortune…did I mention Barbara Steele is in dual roles? Barbara Steele is in dual roles.

A great film for the approaching holiday season. Check it out as soon as possible, and especially if it’s dark and stormy in your neck of the woods. You won’t regret it.

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Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #1: The Idol, When You Were Alive, My Dolly Is The Devil (32-End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by ranranami

Right before Halloween, we come to the end of our current issue. The first story today features an antique…Krishna-Buddha fusion statue? I’m not sure. I’ve never heard of Buddha having 6 arms…but it doesn’t really matter. Such a short story, I was actually surprised by the ending. It’s honestly one of my favorites I’ve read in the comics I’ve shared so far. But I love bitter irony.

The second story is a unique twist on an age-old urban legend, of a young girl trying to get home…but never makes it, and always leaves whatever innocent driver who decided to give her a lift with a chill down his spine. Enjoyable, short, and one of the better versions of the story I’ve read.

Finally, our last story…is vaguely reminiscent of a classic Twilight Zone episode, with a much creepier looking doll.

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Horror Flick of the Week: The Witch’s Mirror AKA El Espejo De La Bruja (1962)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2015 by ranranami

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Spanish is a beautiful language, no matter the dialect. Mexican Spanish in particular is the one I’m accustomed to hearing the most (being from Texas.) I love the husky quality of a slow speech in a Mexican film, especially when you combine it with the crackle of old cinema, and the eery atmosphere of shadows created in a black-and-white picture. Combine that with angry witches, curses, mirrors…you’ve got yourself an incredible picture.

On a dark night, preferably a rainy one too, watch this one by candlelight. Keep your phone off. Don’t let anything distract you…and soak it in like a bath. It’s how all true horror should be experienced, especially dark classics like ‘The Witch’s Mirror’, which tells the story of a witch…obviously…who tried to protect her god-daughter, but failed…and seeks vengeance on the young woman’s husband who murdered her through the power of the same magic she had tried using for good.

Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #1: Last Second of Life, The Woman in the Mirror (Cover-16)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2015 by ranranami

My first impression when I looked at the Black Magic series was ‘wow’. The art style is frankly excellent. Super Hero comic quality, in fact. I decided to do a little looking, and it turns out the series was made by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby…so no wonder the quality is so good. Seeing as the series started in the 50s, too, it’s a bit later than most of the comics I’ve featured so far. In fact, reading this, I grew a little irritated just thinking about how difficult it can be to find good (old) horror comics at the shops I’ve been to. Usually you’ll find gems like this tucked into the back of a ‘Misc.’ box, or beneath a stack of comics nobody has bothered to sort yet.

The stories in Black Magic are classic ones, the kind we’ve seen in many forms for decades on shows and in books. The first one features a man with little respect for death, and even less for the dying. He decides to seek the knowledge of things beyond life best left unknown. The second story proves a point I made in yesterday’s article…that mirrors are downright evil, and old ones are even worse.

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Horror Flick of the Week – Slaughter of the Vampires / Curse of the Blood Ghouls (1962)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by ranranami

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Don’t let the trailer fool you. Lurking out there somewhere in cyberspace (or possibly on a good quality dvd) is an excellent copy of this movie, as crisp as something you’d expect from a prized Bava picture, not from something by Roberto Mauri (who also directed such films as ‘Zorikan the Barbarian’ and ‘The Porno Killers’). Now, it isn’t nearly the same class as Bava’s best, but certainly enjoyable enough to at least spend the night watching with a couple of friends. It’s just a simple, classic kind of vampire story. Evil count. Terrified villagers. Handsome young man struggling to maintain his humanity while he battles evil…

The dubbing is…well, it’s an Italian movie. So the dubbing is fairly obvious. But keep in mind, that’s pretty much how it works out with most Italian cinema, and there are plenty out there worth checking out if you can get over that hurdle many people seem to struggle with. It’s well worth the effort.

Horror Flick of the Week: La Marca del Hombre-Lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Werewolf’s Mark/Etc. (1968)

Posted in Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2015 by ranranami

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It was about time I got around to featuring a Paul Naschy movie (I might even feature him in the near future), and what better movie to suggest than the first of his many…many…werewolf movies: La Marca del Hombre-lobo, aka (in the USA) Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror!

One of the many victims of really crappy dubbing and inappropriate cutting for American audiences, I’d suggest just getting a hold of the original Spanish language version and watching it with subtitles. There isn’t even a Frankenstein monster in the movie…until we got our hands on it. Then we threw this little bit in there…solely to attach this movie as a double feature to an actual Frankenstein movie.

Bitching about cinema massacres aside, ‘La Marca del Hombre-lobo’ is a pretty fun little ride. Dramatic shots with plenty of gaudy lighting. A fancy costume party. Make-up reminiscent of the Wolfman, perhaps if he let his mane grow out…clearly it would influence the designs for Game of Werewolves…I could go on for ages.

Honestly, until I watched this, I thought the twist in the Wolfman remake was a bit…odd. Particularly where the curse originated, but once I saw La Marca, I realized it was a reference to this movie, making Benicio’s film a combination of the original Wolfman and essentially the Spanish one.

Bottom line, Naschy is just a fantastic actor. Even if the movies he was in weren’t always as good as him, he was great onscreen. That’s why this week’s featured film is La Marca del Hombre-lobo/Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror/The Mark of the Wolfman/The Vampire of Dr. Dracula/The Werewolf’s Mark/Les vampires du Dr. Dracula/Hell’s Creatures/O horos ton vrykolakon/Le notti de Satana/Etc. Etc. There are so many titles for this movie, by the time you’re done reading the list, you forget the plot.

Drive-in Trailers: Bad Moon, Surprising?

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2015 by ranranami

I love werewolves. You love werewolves. We all love werewolves. Anybody who says they don’t are either evil incarnate, or dirty little liars. Whether that mysteriously re-occurring midnight shadow is just in our minds or a much more serious issue, lycanthropy is without a doubt one of the most disturbing…yet enjoyable…horror devices out there. In fact, there are so many…this is very likely to be one of multiple future entries featuring these delightfully hairy monsters.

On a side-note, I’d definitely advise against visiting London on the full moon. Just in case…















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