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A Tribute to Paul Naschy

Posted in Media, People, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2017 by ranranami

How best to describe Paul Naschy? Was he Lon Chaney with the face of John Saxon? Was he the Vincent Price of Spain? To tell you the truth, Paul Naschy was one of a kind. Actor, director, screenwriter, and even sometimes producer. He wore every mask at one point or another, and played ever role, from Wolfman to Frankenstein, to Dracula, and even Satan himself.

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Where Lon Chaney Jr played the American Wolfman, Naschy’s Casanova version of the role practically chewed the scenery. No matter the quality of a film, the poor dubbing, or awful edited versions that have been butchered a hundred times for American audiences, there’s no denying how compelling Naschy still is in those films. He was just that good. He was also known to be a fantastic, down-to-earth kind of person, too, which goes a long way in my book for any major star.

Shout Factory just released some epic collections of Naschy films I’d like to get my hands on, having settled for some of those more questionable releases I’ve mentioned, and it was about time too.

I couldn’t resist ending on this fantastic tribute video I found. I hope some day more of the world will really come to appreciate this brilliant man. Oh, and by the way, happy halloween!

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Horror Flick of the Week: Popcorn (1991)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2017 by ranranami

This one took more than one attempt to watch, because it opens with a trippy dream sequence. Narration and dream sequences are two film devices I tend to struggle with, as they are fairly lazy attempts to tell a story without properly showing it. Then, just a couple of weeks ago, I tried again. Why? Because just look at that poster! There’s no way in hell a movie could have a poster like this and not turn out to be awesome!

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This time I made it. After the dream sequence, which I can appreciate now is a clear not to Giallo, the movie got so much better. College students get one special night to take what could possibly be one of the most incredible movie theaters in history and host a horror film marathon. William Castle style. Gigantic props flying around, smell-o-vision, shockers in the seats, and everything in-between. Popcorn is a bit of a love story to classic horror, despite the main actress’s at times grating voice (despite this, Jill Schoelen was, and is, a lovely person). It doesn’t stop there, however, as strange memories plague her character throughout the film, and bizarre murders begin to take place. Madness? Ghosts? A killer stalking the night? I guess you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Horror Flick of the Week: Blood and Lace (1971)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2016 by ranranami

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Drive-in fodder, ‘American Yellow’ pictures, stuff that’s just stylized enough to maybe hint that the creators may have occasionally watched something Italian. This movie matches those descriptions all too well. Blood and Lace is a movie that you may only watch once very late at night, but there’s just enough quiet tension in it, and just enough of a bizarre mystery as well as a combination of strangely mixed plot elements…to basically make this movie stick like glue to the back of your skull for years to come.

I first saw this movie when I was about 12, and I can honestly say…I still love the opening POV camera style for the poor protagonist as she has to relive a nightmare of watching her mother being murdered again, and again, and again…not only that…but in the dream, she actually sees it from the killer’s perspective.

Plus, y’know…gotta love that late 60s/early 70s ‘do. I wonder how much of the ozone was eroded from the hairspray used on the women in this film alone? There are definitely some bizarre twists in this movie, which is why it’s the flick of the week, just in time for Halloween too!

 

 

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.

Horror Flick of the Week: Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Uncategorized, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2016 by ranranami

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Filmed in Dallas. Absolutely…bizarre. Because it’s hard to tell whether the filmmakers were trying to make something scary…or something just…awful. Then at times the comedy comes through, and at other times…are they trying to be scary again? Yes? No? I’m not really sure….At any rate, I feel like everyone who likes a good bad horror movie needs to watch ‘Bloodsuckers from Outer Space’ at least once in their lives.

 

Don’t get me wrong, when I say this is awful. I don’t hate this movie at all. Because this was the first zombie film I ever watched. There is such an intense fondness in my heart for Bloodsuckers from Outer Space for that reason alone, that I can’t honestly say ‘don’t watch this. It’s terrible.’ My mom had this film on her shelf for years, and every time I’d look at the green and black VHS cover, I’d get chills up and down my spine remembering how awful it was watching a farmer vomit blood at the opening until he morphed into some sort of weird…blue…scarred…zombie thing. I didn’t notice the tube at the side of his mouth when I was 5.

Basically, this is like Diet Troma. A far more watchable movie than anything actually from Troma (Toxic Avenger aside, because I freaking love that one). And for the most part…family friendly. Kind of.

At any rate, Bloodsuckers tries to be a brilliant horror satire, and it fails. Killer Klowns ended up being much for successful in that regard. But…it’s still charming. And it’s a movie everyone needs to see once in their life, especially if they’re from Texas.

Horror Flick of the Week: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2015 by ranranami

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In light of this year’s tragedy (which only serves to make me even more aware that eventually John Carpenter’s going to kick the bucket too), I decided to recommend something I’ve not only got on this month’s watch list for you guys, but probably one of the best horror film documentaries I’ve ever seen. Painstakingly created by people who clearly loved the NOES series, which excellent stop motion interludes between sequences…this is a documentary I could easily say might become part of my personal yearly Halloween watch list.

If you like Robert Englund. If you like Wes Craven. If you like NOES or Freddy. If you like horror documentaries. If you like any and/or all of the above, I urge you to watch this as soon as you can. It’s just that good.

Horror Flick of the Week: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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

Hey gang, looks like yet another year of Cryptkeeping madness for me. So I decided I’d start it off with tossing out a nice little classic slasher suggestion. If you haven’t seen it and don’t know how it ends, for the love of god DON’T look it up. You’ll ruin the fun. Even if you do know, though, give the movie a watch anyway.

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The acting is odd. It’s a combination between decent actors on one side and god-awful Troma-level actors on the other. Somehow it comes together well enough to be an entertaining little romp best coupled with Friday the 13th. Now don’t get me wrong…it’s nowhere near as good as F13, so you might want to watch it first. You might also want to avoid sending any kids you might have now or some day off to summer camp too…