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Updated: 2018-01-17T15:36:16.350-05:00


Screenshots: Thief (1981)


"I am the last guy in the world that you wanna fuck with."[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Carla Gugino



Screenshots: Vertigo (1958)


"Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere."[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Margot Robbie



Suck this!: My Top Ten Favorite Films Of 2017


Well 2017 was a real bitch. Glad to see it go. At least there were movies to help keep me sane. I watched a bunch of films in 2017. Some good, some bad. Among those were some great ones. So let’s get to the list.Honorable Mentions:Dead Silence (1989)- Not the killer dummy one This one is an ultra no-budget SOV slasher that’s sooo bad it’s amazing.Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)- This is the kind of insanity I expect from Takashi Miike. Filled with the kind of crazy, over the top characters and situations you’d expect from him (for instance within the first few minutes of the film we see a cop hold up a severed head, grinning like a loon).The Woman (2011)-Disgusting, Disturbing, Perverse look at a messed up family.Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012)- This is the gritty Dark Knight epic to see. Amazing adaption of the classic 80’s graphic novel. Robocop makes for a hell of a Batman.The Scribbler (2014)- Dark superhero tale with a brave staring performance by Katie Cassidy.10) Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)Another year another Universal Soldier flick. Yeah I watched them out of order. Less of a head trip then Day of Reckoning, Regeneration is still a hell of a straight to DVD action film. There’s an fantastic opening car chase and brutal fight scenes throughout. There’s a great extended-tracking-shot set action piece. Topping it off are Van Damme and Lundgren both giving intense performances.9) The Climber (1975)A possible inspiration for Brian De Palma’s 1983 remake of Scarface, The Climber is the classic “rise and fall of a criminal” tale (made popular by such films as Little Cesar, The Public Enemy and the original Scarface and every Grand Theft Auto game.) Some times brutal, sometimes arty. The Climber is a topnotch Italian crime drama.8) The Purge: Election Year (2016)It’s not right. These films keep getting better. The Purge films feel like The Running Man crossed with Rockstar’s amazing stealth game Manhunt. Looking forward to where this series goes next.7) Doberman Cop (1977)Doberman Cop is all about the misadventures of yokel cop Joji Kano (“Sonny” Chiba), who arrives in Tokyo’s nightclub district wearing a straw hat and carrying a squealing pig under his arm. This film comes as a shock, as having seen my fair share of gritty yakuza tales as of late. I expected another grim, bloody (and a bit rapey) crime drama, which this refreshingly wasn’t…rather this is a lighthearted romp with a very glitzy, sparkly, ABBA feel that is magnificently ‘70’s…and I enjoyed it thoroughly.6) The Galaxy Invader (1985)Don Dohler never fails to entertain the hell out of me. The redneck and highly dysfunctional Montague family vs. a not so little green man from outer space. It’s just as kooky and fun as you think it would be. Like an Outer Limits episode done with zero the budget.5) Exorcismo (1975) Paul Naschy’s answer to a little horror film that came out in 1973. While it doesn’t have the deeper themes of that film, it’s a good ride. With plenty of 70’s Satanic action. I liked the giallo feel of bits of the film. With a masked killer offing a few folks during the goings on. I also really dug possessed Leila. Her crazy antics are great as is her makeup. Naschy’s Father Adrian. One of his cooler non monster roles. Hippies, possession, bad clothes, facial hair aplenty. Everything I want in a 70’s horror flick.4) The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) Imagine if someone mixed The French Connection, Dirty Harry, and a giallo together with some zany comedy bits and you’ll get a feel for The Suspicious Death of a Minor. By all rights it shouldn't work, yet it does thanks in no small part to the combo of director Sergio Martino and writer Ernesto Gastaldi. The duo brought us three amazing gialli: The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh (1971), Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972), and All the Colo[...]

Crap I watched: December 2017


First time viewings are marked with a *


Monster on the Campus (1958) *
The Neanderthal Man (1953) *
Beowulf (1999)
Doomsday Machine (1972) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
Cash on Demand (1961)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
The House That Would Not Die (1970) *
Saint (2010)
The Lift (1983) *
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
The Shaft (2001)
The Werewolf of Washington (1973) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
Pulp (1972) *
Peeper (1975) *
Lurkers (1988) *
The Boys Club (1996)
Ghost Rig (2003) *
City in Panic (1986)
Christmas in Wonderland (2007) *
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996)
Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks (1974) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
Die Hard (1988)
Snowmageddon (2011) *
Hot Dog... The Movie (1984)
Less Than Zero (1987)
Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004)
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)
Home for the Holidays (1972)
Red Christmas (2016) *
Black Christmas (2006)
Deep Red (1975)
Last Stop on the Night Train (1975)
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)
Blood Beat (1983)
Black Christmas (1974)
First Blood (1982)
Doctor Who (1996)
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017) *
The Iron Bodyguard (1973) *
The Big Boss (1971)
Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
Ten Tigers from Kwangtung (1980)
The Chinese Connection (1972) 

Hump Day Posters: My Top Ten Favorite Posters of 2017



Screenshots: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)


"Sand is overrated. It's just tiny, little rocks."[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: My Top Twelve Femme Fatales of 2017


 12. Anna Kendrick11. Brianna Hildebrand10. Sara Paxton 9. Maisie Williams8. Gal Gadot 7. Selena Gomez 6. Cara Delevingne 5. Hailee Steinfeld 4. Maika Monroe 3. Jennifer Lawrence 2. Taylor Swift1. Mia Wasikowska[...]

Hump Day Posters: Happy New Year (2014)


Screenshots: Less Than Zero (1987)


"Do you know that you girls have televisions between your legs?"[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Candice Swanepoel



Screenshots: Gremlins (1984)


"Now I have another reason to hate Christmas."[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Kate Mara



Screenshots: Melancholia (2011)


"You know what I think of your plan. I think that it's a piece of shit."[...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Sofia Boutella



Screenshots: Beowulf (1999)


"I'm like you. I'm one of the damned."[...]

Crap I watched: November 2017


First time viewings are marked with a *


Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)
Psycho II (1983)
Absentia (2011) *
The Human Race (2013) *
Observance (2015) *
Silent Retreat (2016) *
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015) *
Starry Eyes (2014) *
Storage 24 (2012) *
Ice Road Terror (2011) *
The Haunting of Alice D (2014) *
Blood Punch (2014) *
Bloody Homecoming (2013) *
Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) *
A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975) *
Devil's Possessed (1974) *
Tomb of the Werewolf (2004)
Exorcismo (1975) *
The Werewolf and the Yeti (1975)
Dr. Jekyll vs. the Werewolf (1972)
Count Dracula's Great Love (1973) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
Brimstone (2016) *
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
Clue (1985)
Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye (1973)
Dark and Stormy Night (2009) *
The Old Dark House (1932)
Legacy of Blood (1971) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
There's Always Vanilla (1971) *
Season of the Witch (1972)
The Crazies (1973)
He Knows You're Alone (1980)
Night Screams (1987)
The Mutilator (1984)
Pieces (1982)
Madman (1981)
House of Traps (1982)
The Initiation (1984)
The Devil's Wedding Night (1973) (Elvira's Movie Macabre)
Goodbye Gemini (1970)
The Big Combo (1955)
Detour (1945)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) *
Devil Times Five (1974)
Vampire at Midnight (1988)

TV Shows-

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law - Volume 3 (2005-2006)

Full Moon Friday Night # 5


Hey! It’s back again! What was I saying about doing these regularly? This week we’re back to the series that not only started Full Moon, but started an insane crush.Puppet Master II (1990)Director: David AllenWriters: Charles Band (story), David Pabian (screenplay)Stars: Elizabeth Maclellan, Collin Bernsen, Steve Welles, Charlie Spradling, Nita TalbotIn a cemetery behind the Bodega Bay Inn, the puppets from the first film dig up the corpse of André Toulon. They then use a potion on their master, bringing him back to moldy life. Months later, a team of parapsychologists are sent to the hotel to investigate the bizarre murder of Megan Gallagher from the first film. Alex Whitaker, also from the original is suspected of killing her and has been locked up in an asylum. Raving on about the strange antics going on at the Bodega Bay Inn. Soon members of the team start seeing weird shit. The new owner of the inn shows up, looking like an Invisible Man cospayer. Or perhaps it’s Benjamin Knight from Mandroid! Before long the puppets start picking off the team one by one. Who will survive and who’ll get naked?Puppet Master II is my favorite of the franchise. Granted I haven’t seen all of them, but of the ones I have, PM II is the best in my humble opinion. You have David Allen doing a solid job directing. A better main villain then the first feature film. It’s a shame he never got to do more. Allen passed away in 1999. The PM films started to have a Universal feel to them starting here. And with Toulon looking like the Invisible Man only adds to that feeling. We also get a brand new puppet this go around, Torch. One of the most bad ass members of the puppet crew. He even gets to play human torch with a bratty little kid!PM II was the film where I first laid eyes on the amazing Charlie Spradling. I was hooked instantly. It was love at first sight. And I tracked down other films with the lovely Charlie. Which in the pre-internet era was a lot of fucking hard work and dumb luck. Kids with their IMDB these days. Anyway, I was the only one who became infatuated with Charlie Spradling. She quickly became a fan favorite at Full Moon. Becoming a fixture of Full Moon’s Video Zone.If you want some classic Full Moon puppet action, with ample nudity and gore, Puppet Master II has you covered. Check it out! [...]

Femme Fatale Friday: Vanessa Hudgens