6 items from 2011
By Lianne Spiderbaby
Can you think of a better way to open a film than with Lon Chaney singing, “This cannibal orgy is strange to behold – and the maddest story ever told!” over rattling piano keys? Me neither. Jack Hill’s solo directorial debut, Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968) has reached epic cult following heights, and filmmakers like Rob Zombie and Quentin Tarantino site it as one of their favorite films of all time. Spider Baby is a deliciously creepy tale about three orphaned, inbred siblings who suffer from Merrye Syndrome – making them demented, deranged, and dangerous. Ralph (Sid Haig), Virginia (Jill Banner), and Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn) are in the care of Bruno (Lon Chaney), a naïve chauffeur who loses control over the overgrown children as they partake in mischief, murder, and complete chaos.
We've been hoping. We've been praying. And finally the announcement has come. The Captain himself has joined the ranks of Rob Zombie's ensemble cast for The Lords of Salem, and we're tickled friggin' pink!
Zombie broke the news via Facebook that Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween, Spider Baby) will play "Dean Magnus", the other half of the witch-finding duo known as "The Brothers."
He joins Barbara Crampton as "Virginia Cable", a camera operator for a local kid's show at Salem Public Access TV called "Lobster Joe's Fishy Fun Show"; Michael Berryman as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called "The Brothers"; Christopher Knight as Keith Williams, aka Lobster Joe, the host of Lobster Joe's Fishy Fun Show a staple of local Salem television; Judy Geeson as Lacy Doyle, owner and landlady of Heidi Hawthorne's apartment; Ken Foree as Herman Jackson, one third »
- Uncle Creepy
The latest list in sound of sights month long look at the greatest horror films ever is taking a different look on the horror genre. There is a very narrow line that divides finding something funny and scary, which is exactly the sort of film this list is celebrating. As a genre there is two ways you can address the comedy horror. The first and the much more popular route is comedy about horror, these films rarely attempt to attain any qualities other than a comedic jibe at the genre. If you were to pick one classic example it would be Young Frankenstein – a film that satirises early horror and Frankenstein in what is close to comedy perfection (the Gene Wilder effect). The contemporary take on the genre has given the world some of the worst films of recent times in the Scary Movie franchise and its brood of mutant off-shoots. »
- Robert Simpson
For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.
Justine Smith (11 viewings) Total of 31 viewings
Spider Baby or The Maddest Story Ever Told
Directed by Jack Jill
This movie is very fun, not so much scary as gleefully depraved. The film revels in it’s childhood attitude, »
On “From Manila With Love,” a 45-minute making-of documentary included on the new Women In Cages Collection triple-feature set, legendary exploitation director Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Switchblade Sisters) rattles off the compulsory elements of a women-in-prison movie. At a minimum, Hill notes, it must have women showering, fighting in mud, and being tortured. Hosing scenes are optional. In the next breath, Hill likens these obligations to Shakespeare’s need to include swordfights and a comic-relief character in his plays to meet the audience’s expectations. Though comparing Shakespeare to foxy mud wrestlers is the cultural equivalent to a sudden drop »
Films about mad artists have always been a personal favorite of mine. A basic list would include Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) , House of Horrors (1946) starring the late great Rondo Hatton, House of Wax (1953), Bucket of Blood (1959), and the recent hilarious horror comedy Murder Party (2007). Have fun making up your own list. To it, make sure to add Blood Bath (1966). This weird little number was produced, written and directed by none other than the late ?great? Jack Hill. Hill made schlock but I'll wager you have fond memories of a few of his titles, especially if you are over 40. The Wasp Woman (1960), The Terror (1963), Spider Baby (1968), The Snake People (1971), The Fear Chamber (1971) »
6 items from 2011
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