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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.

Scream Queens and Glamorous Ghouls

Posted in People with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by ranranami

Recently I made a picture post devoted to the male horror greats in their youth, who made the silver screen come alive (ironically). Now I’ve decided to give you guys a bit of a treat, for the women onscreen who, whether evil or innocent, still stand today as creepy icons.

 

 

 

 

 

Simone Simon

 

Perhaps not so famous to most of us, she was incredibly gorgeous, and especially in Catpeople, which is what makes her an icon, in my mind.

 

 

 

Ingrid Pitt

 

Ingrid was one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen onscreen. With one look, she could probably seduce every man on-set in her prime. This helped her incredibly deadly characters, and was only emphasized by the grace she seemed to exude with every movement or word. If it’s not apparent, she’s one of my favorites.

 

 

 

Vampira (Maila Nurmi)

 

I don’t think I need to explain why this lady is an icon.

 

 

 

 

Vera Miles

 

Psycho. Nuff said.

 

Jamie Lee Curtis

 

Honestly, I can only ever picture one woman when it comes to slasher chicks. She’s the top girl in these movies, even after all the different movies that have come out. Though Jamie is defined by more than just her famous horror role, Micheal would be nothing without her.

Elvira (Cassandra Peterson)

 

 

She’s the mistress of the dark. I really don’t need to add anything else.

 

 

 

There are so very many actresses out there who’ve made their splashes on the big and little screen in very scary ways, but not nearly enough time in the world to cram them into one entry. In the future, I hope to mention a few more, but hopefully this will do for now.

Horror Flick of the Week: Monster Club (1980)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2013 by ranranami

So, it’s a horror anthology movie of various scary stories set to the backdrop of monsters in a club telling them. A very 80s sort of movie, with new wave music in-between tales. Currently it’s available on YouTube in it’s entirety, if you’d like to check it out.

The music is incredibly fun, but the movie doesn’t really seem to know what it wants to be. Yet it works. It’s one of the funnest movies you could watch, and I think it owes to the man that inspired the stories, R. Chetwynd-Hayes. A majority of his books are out-of-print, but they’re worth checking in to. The man creates a world of his own, very dry wit amid a strange population of monsters. He even makes a kind of family tree for them (like what might happen when a werewolf and vampire have a child, or a ghoul and a vampire, or a ghoul and a shagmock…) which is reflected in this movie really well.

What really stands out for me, though, is that it looks like everyone involved with this picture had a great time. The transition from story to story is done pretty well, and the meat of each tale has a hint of originality, if not cute humor to it. This is an early evening Halloween movie to watch when the kids start to come around asking for candy, and a great opener for a horror-themed party.

If none of that was confusing, just watch this awesome number.

 

You can just feel the new wave leaking out of the screen…and maybe a little bit of blood, but that’s normal.