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Revenge of the Blood Beast

Revenge of the Blood Beast



1966 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 79 min. / Il lago di Satana, La sorella di Satana, The She-Beast / Street Date January 17, 2017 / 29.95

Starring: Barbara Steele, John Karlsen, Ian Ogilvy, Mel Welles, Lucretia Love

Cinematography: Gioacchino Gengarelli

Film Editor: Nira Omri

Original Music: Paul Ferris

Produced by: Paul Maslansky, Michael Reeves

Written and Directed by Michael Reeves

It’s back into the genre argument pits with the interesting director Michael Reeves. Reeves has persisted as a cult figure far longer than most directors with only three credited feature films. The movies are uneven but promising, and certainly the artistic equal (or better) than most of the work being turned out at the time by American-International and the majority of the Euro-horror crowd. The second half of the 1960s saw a general depression in the horror field, with Hammer losing touch with its audience and continental fare turning to sex content to generate interest.
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Review: "Johnny Angel" (1945) Starring George Raft; Warner Archive DVD Release

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By John M. Whalen

It’s night and a ship moves in the water through a dark curtain of fog. We see George Raft as Captain Johnny Angel on the bridge peering out into the pea soup as another vessel looms ahead suddenly in the darkness, abandoned and drifting in the water. Raft sounds the foghorn but there’s no response. He boards the derelict with several of his crew to search for clues as to what happened. They go below to the captain’s quarters and finds it wrecked. A picture lies on a desk in a shattered frame. Raft picks it up and we see it is a picture of him as a younger man standing next to an older one. A crew member enters the cabin and says there is blood below, and water in the hold, but no signs of life.

“Maybe your father’s okay,
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The Outfit

John Flynn's The Outfit (1974), a brutally efficient bit of business based glancingly on Richard Stark’s procedurally inquisitive and poetic crime novel of the same name, is a movie that feels like it’s never heard of a rounded corner; it’s blunt like a 1970 Dodge Monaco pinning a couple of killers against a Dumpster and a brick wall. I say “glancingly” because the movie, as Glenn Kenny observed upon The Outfit’s DVD release from the Warner Archives, is based less on the chronologically unconcerned novel than an idea taken from it. On the page Stark's protagonist, the unflappable Parker, his face altered by plastic surgery to the degree that past associates often take a fatal beat too long to realize to whom it is they are speaking, assumes the detached perspective of a bruised deity, undertaking the orchestration of a series of robberies administered to Mob-run businesses
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Friday Noir: Mitchum and Greer hablan español in ‘The Big Steal’

The Big Steal

Directed by Don Siegel

Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring

U.S.A. 1949

What does it is matter if one possesses a powerful, booming voice if one cannot use it to the full extent? Robert Mitchum, Hollywood legend and an actor whose voice could sound like that of a giant when pulling those vocals chords hard enough, discovers such an unfortunate predicament rather early in the 1949 Don Siegel directed film, The Big Steal. As an American traveling the Mexican countryside who speaks little to no Spanish, he quickly discovers the necessity in siding with people he is unsure if he can trust, a situation that might seem familiar to many a world traveler. Alliances with mysterious people is always a welcome ingredient in these sorts of movies, although in the case of this film, said alliances carry all the more meaning due to the circumstances.

The film reunites two of the genre greatest stars,
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Jane Greer on TCM: Out Of The Past, The Company She Keeps

Jane Greer, Out of the Past Today is neither Jane Greer's birth nor death anniversary. Even so, Turner Classic Movies is devoting Saturday evening/night to the dangerously seductive star of a number of (mostly) Rko productions of the late '40s and early '50s. And who's complaining? Unfortunately, Out of the Past, perhaps Greer's best-known film and performance, is already in the past. It was shown earlier this evening. Right now, TCM is showing Don Siegel's Mexico-set crime drama The Big Steal, featuring Greer, her Out of the Past co-star Robert Mitchum, William Bendix, Patrick Knowles, and silent-film veterans Ramon Novarro and Don Alvarado. Next comes my favorite Jane Greer performance, as the good girl gone bad — or bad girl attempting to go good — in John Cromwell's The Company She Keeps. This all-but-forgotten little melodramatic gem is a must for another reason as well: Lizabeth Scott,
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Planet Of The Apes, Joan Crawford, Film Noir Classics: Packard Campus

Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum, Ramon Novarro in Don Siegel's The Big Steal Judy Garland would have turned 89 today. It goes without saying that Garland is one of the stars featured in the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation's June 2011 schedule. Unfortunately, the Garland screening of For Me and My Gal took place yesterday. So, it's too late for me to recommend it. However, I can still recommend several other gems awaiting movie lovers at the Packard Campus this month. Those include Franklin J. Schaffner's Planet of the Apes (June 10); Ranald MacDougall's Queen Bee (June 16); and the film [...]
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San Sebastian to honor Don Siegel

San Sebastian to honor Don Siegel
Madrid -- Director Don Siegel will be honored with a showcase of his work at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday, saying they wanted to look at an outstanding classic moviemaker whose work was not always sufficiently appreciated.

Calling Siegel the "creator of pivotal B-movies such as "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," (1956), renovator of detective movies in the 60s and 70s with "The Killers" (1964) and "Dirty Harry" (1971), and mentor to Clint Eastwood as an actor and director," the festival said it will focus its classic retrospective on his work.

Born in Chicago in 1912, Siegel directed more than 60 movies, including "The Big Steal" (1949), the western "The Duel at Silver Creek" (1952) and, one of the key titles in the arena of political, scientific and extraterrestrial paranoia: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956).

Siegel, who died in California in 1991, also directed "Escape of Alcatraz," (1979), the last movie to start John Wayne
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