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creepy 80s flick
i bought this $1.00 DVD at a grocery store called save lot,its a double feature from east west DVD,they put out a lot of good movies for a dollar,the other movie on the DVD is a little known zombie movie called;garden of the dead.scarecrows is very dark and original.too bad the picture quality on the disc isn't that great.a bunch of robbers land a plane and get terrorized by creepy scarecrows.thats all I'm gonna say,don't want to spoil it.but be on the lookout for this movie.ill be reviewing garden of the dead soon.but for a buck you cant beat this horror double feature,OK no big name stars in either movie,but if you want good scares scarecrows delivers,just like domino's pizza.its a low budget movie but the special effects are very well done.not to be confused with the low budget scarecrow slayer series.check it out. 7 out of 10.
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
not as funny as the first two
when i saw the previews for scary movie 4 my expectations were high. as a whole the movie is'nt that funny.there are scenes that are.the Dr Phil and shaquille o'Neal scene was the best.the king Kong spoof never made it,even in the out takes.well at least its a little better then scary movie 3.i think it was much funnier when the wayons brothers did it.Anna Farris and Regina king are the only survivors from the first 3.scary movie 4 spoofs war of the worlds,the village,million dollar baby,saw,and the grudge.there was supposed to be a cameo by Paris Hilton and a spoof of that awful;house of wax but she was too busy.i believe scary movie has jumped the shark after the 2nd one. its time to retire the scary movie franchise or give it back to the wayons brothers.i give this movie 5 out of 10.
Road to Bali (1952)
very good comedy
I'm so glad you can find good movies for a dollar at this store called dollar tree,it gives me a chance to see movies i may have missed before. the road to Bali is on this double feature along with bob hopes my favorite brunette.the quality of this DVD is pretty good,great color although there are no chapter stops or extras,hey this was a dollar. the road to Bali is a great comedy with some musical numbers all sung by actor's bing Crosby,bob hope,and beautiful Dorothy lamour.a song and comedy team(hope and Crosby)is tricked into deep sea diving in Bali for a treasure protected by a giant squid.peter coe and Micheal ansara play some unsavory characters.and look for cameos by Humphrey Bogart,Jane Russell,Carolyn Jones,and dean martin and jerry lewis.remember bob hope and bing Crosby did a cameo for their film scared stiff in the same year.ill have to say i enjoyed the road to Bali.and i have to thank dollar tree once again for providing good quality movies at a great price,even though i would pay more for this great movie.for trivia buffs this was the only road movie that was in color,according to the movie book video hounds.i recommend this to all fans of good nostalgic comedies.i give road to Bali 10 out of 10.
Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)
chiller theater classic
as a kid in Paterson new jersey i loved channel 11's chiller theater,the claymation hand coming out of the grave grabbing the letters that spell chiller,anyway Frankensteins daughter is a wonderfully cheesy b-movie that scared me as a kid,but now its one of my favorite cheesy monster films.the monster is supposed to be a woman but looks like a man monster with lipstick.the spooky music was used in missile to the moon the same year which was a remake of the 3d movie cat-women of the moon.harold Lloyd Jr plays a descendant of Dr Frankenstein,so he decides to create a monster in the basement of his doctor employer,whose niece(Sandra knight)is unknowingly used as a guinea pig for Dr franks experiments.she turns into a bug eyed big toothed monster that looks amazingly like one of the she demons.no surprise it was made at the same studio as she demons,Astor films. john Ashley the king of b-movies from the 50's and later star of the Filipino monster movies plays the girls boyfriend.i actually thought this was better then the usual b-movies.Sandra knight went on to star in the terror with her future husband jack Nicholson,and the legendary Boris karloff.7 out of 10.a good bad movie.
Peeping Tom (1960)
very good movie
i saw peeping tom on rob zombies underground cinema on turner classics,i have to admit it is a good movie,scary like Alfred Hitchcock's;psycho.but for some reason i did'nt think it was a movie in color.anyway its a highly recommended film.if rob zombie says its good i have to agree with him.he knows good horror/monster films.i don't really know anyone in the cast except Moira shearer, who did some movie called the red shoes,heard of it but did'nt see it. the story concerns a shy but demented photographer who likes to film his victims before killing them with his spiked tripod.remember this is 1960 so don't expect buckets of blood and gore.i cant believe i never seen this movie before,but then again there's a lot of vintage films i never seen yet.i recommend this movie and i also recommend rob zombies underground cinema on turner classics.8 out of 10.
House of Dark Shadows (1970)
big screen Barnabas Collins
as a baby boomer i sort of remember the series dark shadows,for its time it was creepy and scary.werewolves,vampires,time travel,a Gothic old house,and the blue whale tavern.and this was a soap opera during the late 60's thru the 70's.i recently seen this on turner classics,i know a bit late,but never seen the sequel yet either.the movie is good and does the TV show justice.all the same cast members.Jonathan frid as Barnabas Collins the vampire with his sinister cane with a wolves(?) head.a guy my sister dated in the 70's had a cane like Barnabas,i don't think it was the original.maybe it was but as a horror buff i was in awe of the cane.i remember reading through that great magazine famous monsters of film-land for tidbits on the series.and the upcoming movie. i don't know why i did'nt see it when it was released.maybe because of the pg rating(then GP)i was too young.i recommend house of dark shadows to all the baby boomer's who watched the dark soap opera.8 out of 10.
roger Corman returns as director
as a die hard Gothic horror movie fan i try to watch all the versions of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein,some great some really bad.when i heard that roger corman was going to direct this i was excited,roger corman has'nt directed a movie in a very long time so i knew this was going to be quite special.with Raul Julia,john hurt,Bridgett Fonda,and Jason Patric in the cast,its a big budget production,the story is kind of bizarre,what if Mary Shelly's Frankenstein was based on a true story? well this kind hearted but well meaning mad scientist(hurt)gets sent back to the past with his futuristic talking car(like kit from knight-rider)and meets Mary Shelly(Fonda)and Dr Frankenstein(Julia)and his monster(nick brimble)this movie was based on the novel of the same name.its got a hauntingly good score,everything works,i liked Frankenstein unbound,i believe Mary Shelly would be proud.I'm glad roger corman directed this,he did a great job.8 out of 10.
not bad Jodie foster movie
mesmerized is a good but very underrated movie about the true story of Victoria Thompson in the 1800's.Jodie foster is great in the role and her acting is above average as usual.well I'm a huge Jodie foster fan so i try to watch all her films,even the little known ones.john lithgow plays her creepy older husband.and Micheal Murphy(Howard sterns private parts)plays a minister who's into hypnotism.well i bought this DVD at a dollar tree store for a buck,the other feature is an early demi Moore film from 1981 called choices.as for mesmerized,i was surprised that i enjoyed it,after reading some of the posts i was determined to judge it for myself.all others should do the same,every one has different tastes. if you like Jodie foster then i recommend mesmerized.i give it 7 out of 10.sorry no spoilers.not giving away any of the plot.that would be a sin.
Eva, la Venere selvaggia (1968)
mad scientist goes ape
king of Kong island or Kong's island has nothing to do with king Kong,and it is'nt even on an island but its an entertaining little goofy b-movie about a mad scientist(Marc Lawrence)turning gorillas into remote controlled killers from brain implants.well now its up to Hercules actor(brad Harris)to save the day,playing a mercenary this time.there's also a half naked wild woman named eve who is a friend of the gorillas,well before they are tampered with.when i first saw this i think it was on Elvira's movie macabre.which makes it more interesting. if you like grade b monster movies with zero plot then you will like Kong island.i bought this as a twin pack from retro media,the other movie is the long lost British made queen Kong,which i will review soon. as for Kong island,i give it 6 out of 10.
sexy violent classic Russ Meyer
i have only seen a few Russ Meyer films,this one and beyond the valley of the dolls.but faster pussycat kill kill is a great one,and ahead of its time for 1965.its about three sexy go go dancers(tura satana,Lori Williams,hajj)involved in causing mayhem and even murder.there's enough violence to give this an r rating,but when i saw it on rob zombies underground on turner classics it was rated m,it was uncut,there's no nudity but tura satana,hajj,and Lori Williams look sexy throughout the whole movie.tura satana always looks like shes going to bust out of her top,and this was before breast implants,Russ Meyer delivers a real good sexy violent b movie with a lot of action.and a cult following,I'm surprised they did'nt try to remake this.i remember tura satana in a really bad movie called astro zombies starring the great john carradine, but ill have to say faster pussycat kill kill was a great Russ Meyer movie.filmed in glorious black and white.10 out of 10.