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The Evil (1978)
The Evil, 2 October 2014
4/10

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The movie is wasted only by scenes of people sliding around and people getting killed by electric shocks. There isn't enough to qualify this as spine-tingling fun. It is also laughably dated in visual material! Try to watch that sick girl shake all over the floor in her undies for a change and you'll see why! The only exception would be Andrew Prine sinking in mud and attempting to commit suicide.

At first, I was expecting a shrieky classic haunted house spook show, but this wasn't it. Granted, THE EVIL suffers from a serious lack of diversity, or a story. You know a movie that has a conflicting situation between good and evil, and the end always turns out to be quite simple.

Any low-budget horror movie can do A LOT better than this, but for the moment, give THE EVIL some extra credit for its dark and thunderous setting that lives up to my expectations. This one spoils the most hardcore horror fans for not being frightening enough though.

Judex (1963)
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Judex, 14 August 2014
7/10

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Preposterously inane film directed by Georges Franju, it barely reaches above average. There's no story, it's all just 'action' between the banker, a shadowy Judex, the banker's former governess and the banker's dull daughter. It's got some art leaning which saves it from tedium.

It's a homage to Louis Feuillade who is known for the serials Fantômas, Les Vampires and Judex and his films made between 1904 and 1926.

Also has an overblown fifty-minute program "Franju le visionnaire" where an overestimated and pretentious Georges Franju's bloats over his films, he even states that he "hates fairy tales because they 'bore' him". Well, I loved them as a kid. Anyone who didn't like fairy tales is a highfaluting snob I think.

Still, it's a nice package put together by The Criterion Collection.

Hercules Against The Barbarians, 21 July 2014
3/10

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Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964). Sub-standard peplum/Sword-and-sandal flick that has nothing to do with the Sword-and-sandal genre. I think it's just a re-titled Maciste (a Hercules-like figure) flick. Hercules aides the Polish against a Mongol invasion in the 13th century . Mark Forest plays Hercules and he's a complete bore. Most scenes are dull and boring. There's a bit of interest in the Mongol bad guys played by a few hefty European weight lifters, other than that, it's sub-standard stuff.

Maciste contro i Mongoli (1963) or Hercules Against the Mongols (USA) uses the same two sons of Genghis Khan that were in Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964).

Mark Forest as Hercules/Maciste is again a stiff bore.

Hercules/Maciste fights against the three sons of Genghis Khan. Not much happens. Scenes are recycled from this and put into Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964).

Sub-standard peplum/Sword-and-sandal flick that has nothing to do with the Sword-and-sandal genre. I think it's just a re-titled Maciste (a Hercules-like figure) flick. Hercules aides the Russians against a Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

Mark Forest plays Hercules and he's a complete bore. Most scenes are dull and boring. There's a bit of interest in the Mongol bad guys played by a few hefty European or American weight lifters, other than that, it's sub-standard stuff.

Hercules Against the Mongols, 21 July 2014
4/10

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Maciste contro i Mongoli (1963) or Hercules Against the Mongols (USA) uses the same two sons of Genghis Khan that were in Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964).

Mark Forest as Hercules/Maciste is again a stiff bore.

Hercules/Maciste fights against the three sons of Genghis Khan. Not much happens. Scenes are recycled from this and put into Hercules Against the Barbarians (1964).

Sub-standard peplum/Sword-and-sandal flick that has nothing to do with the Sword-and-sandal genre. I think it's just a re-titled Maciste (a Hercules-like figure) flick. Hercules aides the Russians against a Mongol invasion in the 13th century.

Mark Forest plays Hercules and he's a complete bore. Most scenes are dull and boring. There's a bit of interest in the Mongol bad guys played by a few hefty European or American weight lifters, other than that, it's sub-standard stuff.

The Lineup (1958)
wonderful film, 21 July 2014
8/10

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** This review may contain spoilers *** Awesome old film noir that boasts an impressive collection of bad guys (Richard Jaeckel as a dipsomaniacal wheelman, Eli Wallach as a psychopathic bagman enforcer). A mysterious heroin kingpin called "the man", Robert Keith as a vicious but intelligent mentor to Eli Wallach (Robert Keith, you'll know as Richard Kimble's father in "The Fugitive" and episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") he likes to write "last, or end quotes" from the people Eli Wallach murders in a little black book.), a suave trench coat wearing fingerman, and a couple of really dry and boring, but procedural, head cops.

This is a "daytime" film noir. Eli Wallach is superb as a bad guy.

Good locations as well in the San Francisco area, a city where I lived. The Veterans Building (opened in 1932) in the Civic Center Historic District, the Mark Hopkins Hotel (1926) on Nob Hill, Cliff House and Sutro Baths (swimming pool complex but ice skating rink in film, torn down), The Legion of Honor museum, the elevated double-decker Embarcadero Freeway (demolished after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake), the Seaman's Club (YMCA of San Francisco Building), Steinhart Aquarium (California Academy of Sciences - damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, torn down), De Young Museum (damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, torn down), United States Customhouse, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and plenty of old docks and piers.

Has some silly stuff like a cop in the Golden Gate Park picking out the car of bad guys based on the driver having a "tan", and a cop on the north end of Ocean Beach (Cliff House and Sutro Baths area) picking out the car of bad guys again, but still a wonderful film.

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70's Devil movie, 21 July 2014
7/10

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When going into a 70's Devil movie, you have to realize that if you have any expectations coming into one of the 70's Devil films, it's guaranteed that you'll think they're the worst movies you've ever seen.

If you come into it thinking that it's the worst movie you'll ever see, then you may find to be pleasantly surprised, just like I was when I watched Enter The Devil (1972).

Of course, it goes without saying that the movie is incredibly low budget and it shows through and through, but it still means something that I enjoyed it.

What mainly caught my eye about this film was that though I was aware of how low budget the movie actually was, I couldn't help by find myself being creeped out at different parts throughout, which is something I never expected out of a 70's Devil movie like this.

Black Rock (2012)
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horribly misconstrued abomination, 21 July 2014
2/10

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*** This review may contain spoilers *** At the end of this video, I wouldn't call it a film because it lacks just about everything that a film entails, you will be scratching your head wondering who the people were that are responsible for such a devoid, horribly misconstrued abomination. It is so blatant and idiotic. It is contrived beyond belief.

Everyone finds themselves on an island, where three war veterans are hunting for "deer" (the script writer doesn't know that deers are not found on small islands I guess). Apparently three war veterans can't do away with three cantankerous, skinny women who do nothing but argue. Two people get killed. One who is a woman, all because she stood up at night, when a war veteran was "ready" for her. Okay.

The two war veterans do nothing but argue as well. The two cantankerous, skinny women go out at night to "undig" an old time capsule that has a pocket knife so they can "fight back" against the two war veterans, who must be morons as well. Apparently they can find their way around in the dark with relative ease.

Guess how it ends? It stands up there with "Olympus Has Fallen" (2013) as totally idiotic.

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Entirely pointless, 16 July 2014
5/10

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*** This review may contain spoilers *** This is a highly lacking western that strays from any common sense. It begins with an absurd and contrived "attack" on William Holden's ranch. He sets off to Mexico where he picks up the most venomous and unlikeable convicts, mostly foreigners, for the big "Revenge". Why they would help him is unknowable. They are indecisive, swerving between following him and shooting him and leaving him for dead, which makes little sense.

Next they bust him out of the same prison they were in.

William Holden, and everyone else for that matter, have no redeeming qualities that make the viewer side with them at all. They are riffraff and murderous, lecherous and loathsome.

One pointless action scene has Kiowa or Comanche Indians attacking an armed regiment of U.S. Cavalry in broad daylight. William Holden and his bunch put sticks of TNT in the ground and by some means, are able to "shoot" them to explode. Most Indians are killed off (about 100) and only one of William Holden's bunch is shot dead. Why Kiowa or Comanche Indians would attack in such a manner is susceptible, because they would wait until dark.

A lot of "horse tripping" (Horse tripping is the practice of roping the front or hind legs of a galloping horse) is to be found here, most likely breaking a lot of horse legs. It is hard to watch.

By the weak ending, William Holden doesn't follow up on his big "Revenge" so the whole film is entirely pointless.

The only commendable quality of the film is the scenery, which is beautiful. Filmed around Mexico, there's an old abandoned mining town with a rope-stayed foot/horse suspension bridge. The town is "Puente de Ojuela" in the Chihuahuan Desert, of eastern Durango, Mexico.

Blood Relations, 14 July 2014
8/10

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In the realm of Italian horror films director Pupi Avati is a highly unique stylist. Both The House with Laughing Windows, (1976) and Zeder (1983), were really weird and filled with intense psychological insight. In Balsamus l'uomo di Satana (Blood Relations) (1968), he starts out and finds his stepping. It is a weird film, full of hidden duplicity and double-dealing. There are killers who are unseen and clues to be found.

It is a very rare film and if you can find a copy of it, I suggest if you enjoy these types of Italian films in the veins of Dario Argento or American, British or other thrillers such as Psycho, Vertigo or Peeping Tom, then pick it up.

I was lucky enough to get into a private screening in Italy, courtesy of the director's family.

WUSA (1970)
Wusa, 28 June 2014
8/10

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This is a strange little film, you never get the feeling that you know entirely what is going on.

There's some intriguing dialogue hidden in the middle, but the whole theme is entirely esoteric and vague. Performances are quite good.

Paul Newman seems torn but does nothing at all to overcome the lethargic pull he's drawn to. Wusa is radio station in the South where the drunk Newman gets a job.

The film is intentionally claustrophobic with counter-culture elements spread throughout.

The ending is rather ambivalent.


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