The 70’s were a hedonistic time and self-indulgent time. There were more films about Satanism during the entire decade than there were about GOD, just an interesting fact. This isn’t an American phenomenon either, across the pond in Europe and Spain; they were doing their own dirty work. One of the best was ‘A Candle for the Devil”.
One of the things I love about these films is that they start off with a normal banal trip that detours into bloody terror. I think vampires are perfect for this kind of story. They are the most charming of monsters, but their charm is based on a singular desire, fulfilling their needs. One man who was great at portraying this was Paul Naschy, though he was famous for portraying immortal werewolf Waldemar Daninsky, he conveyed many motives often associated with the vampire. He did, however, play the king of vampires in 1974’s Count Dracula’s Great Love.
“It must suck to be in the trunk”
I come across a lot of films, some good, most bad, and every once in a while, a true gem, a movie that you can’t conceive of your collection without owning. When I first heard about twisted twins productions and “Dead Hooker in a Trunk”, I was, of course curious. What I got was better than I thought a title like that would deliver.
The film opens with an introduction to our little archetypical girl gang at a dive club juxtaposed with the murder of a blonde girl in a red dress. The Badass (Sylvia Soska), the hot, rough around the edges decision maker, the Geek, (Jen Soska) her too good for her own good twin sister, and the Junkie, a vocalist and sorta the bane of the group. After a night of partying, the geek asks her sister to pick up her friend, Goody two shoes from his youth group on their way to score some drugs for the Junkie. It seems like just another day in a mundane existence except for one thing, there’s a dead body in the trunk! This sets the four off on a mission to dump the body and find out why it’s there in the first place. With several interested parties eyeing their every move, it’s only a matter of time before something bad happens. This film is an exploitation fanatic’s dream feast with all the fixings, Including, but not limited to eye gauging, pseudo amputation by chainsaw and Semi truck, electrical tape eye patching, rag doll limb attachment and a cowboy pimp!
Frankenstein movies are kinda hit and miss aren’t they. The story itself has been done so many times with varying success that it really doesn’t affect us anymore. Personally, I think the best films outside of the Universal and Hammer sets were the ones produced in the 1970’s. They were weird, sexy and most of all, took the man in different directions. How can you beat a title like Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks”?
The poor Mummy, always neglected. I was reading today that the mummy doesn’t even count as a zombie. The Mummy wasn’t even invited to Universal’s Monster mashes of the 40’s, they settled instead on a “hunchback”! REALLY? If you read my previous Mummy centric post “The Aquaman of Horror” you see that Mummies have offered a lot to horror over the years but still no respect! He’s dead right? He has risen and seeks to destroy the living right? If you ask me, the mummy is just a zombie with a better social position.
It’s rare to have a film maker remake his own film, only a few have even tried. I love 1964’s “Danse Macabre” starring Barbara Steele so I’ve always been curious about this remake known by many names including "Dracula's Castle of Blood?!" Well, with a bottle of Patron and an ice cold Rollin Rock, I sat down to enjoy this second trip to Blackwood Manor.
I have a lot of Evil Dead on my shelf. Eight versions of the original film, four versions of the second and I’ve lost count on how many Army of Darkness discs I have. I always say “Never again” and then buckle when a new version comes out.
Well I was home playing Dead Island when my girl sent me a pic with the caption “Don’t have this right?” I saw the skull staring back at me with a big 25 on the cover. Here we go again. She brought it home and the world stopped for that crazy cabin in the woods. Evil Dead 2 is kind of a touchstone for me. It’s probably the first film that truly solidified my love of horror and everything that goes with it.
It’s time to talk Argento. The strange and creepy Italian man with the beautifully strange and creepy daughter. I feared him and fell in love with her. One of my favorites is Trauma. I rented it from a local video store and popped some corn one evening. I was in the mood for something different and this was the ticket.