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Wake in Fright (1971) I though this was an old Aussie horror flick when I rented it, it's actually a drama/thriller, but it was really good. An outback schoolteacher on Christmas break (weather is hot in Australia during Xmas!) gets drunk during a one-day stopover on his way to Sydney, loses all his money gambling, and gets stuck in a two-week drunken nightmare that turns violent in the end. A running theme in the film is that the locals insist that the stranger drink with them, and won’t take know for an answer, to the point where refusal is the ultimate insult and will not be stood for. At one point the teacher describes it as “aggressive hospitality.” One thing that was extremely unpleasant was a kangaroo hunt with real footage (it's acknowledged during the end credits that it was shown to make the viewer aware of the atrocity) but there was a lot of it and it was rough to stomach. But on the other hand, the rest of it was really good, and Donald Pleasance was top billed as the village doctor who lives in squalor and trades his services for booze, which he drinks morning, noon and night. The teacher stays with doctor and starts to get a bit comfortable in his new sudden role and a broke lush, but that will soon come to a shocking halt. Canadian director Ted Kotcheff did North Dallas Forty, First Blood, and Weekend at Bernie;s to name a few. I guess he has range. Recommended.
Ha, I knew I'd find this here somewhere! Watched this a while ago and was quite impressed. Loved how the downward spiral strarted with the primitive coin tossing game. Lots of great yet disturbing scenes, culminating in the kangaroo hunt and the "morning after" scene at the doctor's place. Ought to be a classic.
Did I really write "won't take know for an answer"? Yeah, this was great, I'll need to work up the courage to watch it again one day. I did see Walkabout only a couple weeks ago, it reminded me of it. Also, I haven't posted my recents in ages.
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The Fifth Floor (1978) Cathy is a discotheque waitress who gets poisoned on the dance floor and is held against her will in a psych ward when the doctor decides it was a probable suicide attempt. Who poisons themselves then goes dancing? While there she encounters an odd cast of characters including a rapey orderly (Bo Hopkins), a mean nurse (Creature From the Black Lagoon’s Julie Adams,) a suicidal inmate (It’s Alive’s Sharon Farrell) and a goofy but harmless Robert Englund. Entertaining exploitation with nudity.

Mad Love (1935) Peter Lorre is Doctor Gogol and he has an obsessive crush on an actress, so much that he maintains an unhealthy relationship with a wax statue of her. When her husband, a concert pianist played by Frankenstein’s Colin Clive, has his hands crushed in a train accident, Lorre grafts the hands of a convicted murderer onto Clive’s arms. Lorre tells the couple that he repaired the hands, but for some reason, these "repaired" hands no longer have a feel for the piano, they like to throw knives! Lorre is at the top of his game here. This all-time classic has been remade several times.

So Sweet, So Dead (1972) This giallo has been released under a few different alternate titles, including “Penetration” and “The Slasher…is the Sex Maniac.” Farley Granger (Strangers on a Train, Rope) is a detective trying to solve the killings of married women, all of whom have been cheating on their husbands. The killer’s calling cards are photos that prove the accusations, which he drops on his victims after he’s killed them. The story was a bit bland for the most part but picked up nicely in the third act, and the nudity was constant and gratuitous enough that I couldn’t get bored.

Hellhole (1985) Susan (Judy Landers) gets amnesia and is committed to an asylum after witnessing her mother getting murdered by mobsters. The killer gets a job as an orderly to make sure she doesn’t remember. Mary Woronov and Marjoe Gortner are evil doctors who do brain-serum experiments on inmates who misbehave, sometimes resulting in death or insanity. Former Russ Meyer-wife Edy Williams is a mob informant who gets commited to keep an eye on Susan. Former Howard Hughes wife and Mighty Joe Young star Terry Moore is an inmate who does a “Sunset Boulevard” parody. Robert “Maniac Cop” D’Zar is Woronov’s muscle. This one is just LOADED with nudity, including an extended shower fight. Highly entertaining.

Communion (1976) Set in the early 60s, ten year-old Brooke Shields (in her fist feature film) is brutally murdered in a church right before her first communion, and all fingers point to her 12 year old sociopath sister, Alice. An aunt and ex-husband come to console the grieving mother, who refuses to believe the accusations. Acts of violence continue to occur and VHS covers in the 80s tried to push this as a Brooke Shields vehicle under the alternate title, Alice Sweet Alice, she was gone after 15 minutes, but this is a lot more than just a gimmick. Very good movie. Recommended.

Amuck (1972) Greta (Barbara Bouchet) takes a job as a live-in secretary for an eccentric novelist (Farley Granger), but she’s really there to do some amateur sleuthing. Her best friend was the last person to hold that position, and she’s disappeared without a trace. Granger wasn’t fooled for a moment, he starts feeding her his “new novel” which is about how to dispose of a young woman’s body without a trace. The woman of the house (Rosalba Neri) throws lavish parties, possibly the key to the friend’s disappearance. Not a lot of murder in this giallo, in fact the majority of it is about a murder that occurred before the story gets started, but it’s a good story with a good ending, and A+ babes Babs and Rosie provide A+ nudity throughout.

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972) A bunch of young and good-looking British actors go to an abandoned theater on a closed pier to rehearse a play, and someone starts murdering the cast. Jenny Hanley (Scars of Dracula) and Candice Glendenning (Horror on Snape Island) headline the long list of beauties in this one, and lots of nudity. If Pete Walker isn’t the most underrated filmmaker of the decade, then I don’t know who is.

Black Mountain Side (2017) A research station in remote Alaska discovers ancient artefacts, then the members go crazy and get sick. This cosmic horror gimmick wasn’t too bad, but the characters were as dull as the Led Zeppelin instrumental that shares the name with this movie. A couple fun scenes in there, but I would never watch this twice.

Blood Moon aka Wolf Girl (2001) Amazing Fantasy/Horror film about a teenage girl with hypertrichosis (her entire body is covered in hair) who plays the "wolf girl" in a traveling sideshow. Having no friends her own age and facing unusually cruel taunts from the crowd, she dangerously decides to undergo an experimental treatment that has taken hair off laboratory rats. When the experiment starts to work, she begins to experience some personality changes. The more hair she loses, the more she acts less human and more like a wolf! She also hallucinates violent images of getting revenge on the mean teens that taunt her, and the desire to act on them. Tim Curry is the kind carnival owner and Grace Jones plays a half man-half woman. The sideshow acts were quite entertaining as well, midget strippers, hermaphrodites, contortionists, etc. If this were a real sideshow, I'd be first in line. There was some blood and nudity as well, but not an overdose of either. I saw this several years ago and flipped over it. Not as great as I remembered the second time around, but still enjoyable.

Ugetsu (1953) I like samurai movies and ghost movies, and though this had both, it was really neither. In Civil War torn 16th Century Japan, two villagers leave their wives, one to become a samurai, and the other to be a successful merchant, but the success doesn’t last for long. Very good morality tale, and again, not a horror film but there were ghosts.

The Five Venoms aka Five Deadly Venoms (1978) Here’s a Kung Fu flick from the Shaw Brothers that has it all. Five students trained at the “Poison Clan” over the years with masks, each with their own unique style, and each keeps their identity a secret. The first two students are the Centipede has lightning fast quickness, as if has 100 hands, and the Snake, who strikes with deadly precision. The third is the deadly Scorpion, and the fourth and fifth are The Lizard, who can walk on walls, and the Toad, who is practically impervious to pain. When the teacher is near death, he sends a young student, who he trained in all 5 styles, but none of them long enough to be a master, to find all 5 students and find who is using their skills for good or for evil, then align himself with the good one(s) and flush out the bad ones. Make sense? No? Who cares, it was pretty amazing. Several one on one fights between the students and their different styles, as the younger student manages to flush them out. Lots of blood and death and action. Not a single lady, if I’m not mistaken. I’m not a genre expert by any means, but this one was a barrel of monkeys. Recommended.

Sleepaway Camp (1983) The Friday the 13th knockoff that beats the original. Not overly gory, and no nudity, what makes this low-budget New Jersey flick better than the ocean of similar movies that flooded the video stores in the early 80s? Something about the characters, their clothes and their dialog just speak to me, enough to make me watch this one more times than I can count. Shy Angela attends summer camp for the first time, gets picked on by bullies, who are in turn threatened by her cousin Ricky, then turn up dead. The camp owner suspects Ricky but has no proof. As the days go by, the cousins acquire more enemies, and the body count rises, leading to one of the most fun and talked about climax of any horror film ever made. Lots of laughs and cursing, bad Jersey accents, outrageous mullets and boys in half-tees and short-shorts make this watch an absolute pleasure. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

The Howling (1981) Dee Wallace is a TV Anchorwoman who helps catch a serial killer in an L.A. porno shop, and her post-trauma finds her recovering in commune, which she soon finds is inhabited by werewolves. This is simply the best werewolf movie there has ever been, and I assume will ever be. Loaded with familiar genre faces (John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Robert Picardo, Patrick Macnee, Kevin MCarthy), and cameos from Roger Corman , Forrest Ackerman and Mick Garris. Every single book cover, TV image, can of chili sitting on kitchen counter was an inside joke. Characters were named after directors of previous werewolf films (George Waggner, Terry Fisher, Freddy Francis). Special Effects master Rob Bottin’s next project would be the Thing. Director Joe Dante got the Gremlins job because Spielberg liked this so much. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this, and it delivers the goods every time. Possibly my all time favorite movie.

When a Stranger Calls (1979) Carol Kane is a babysitter tormented by terrifying phone calls, and though the premise is lifted from 1974’s Black Christmas, it’s one of the most effective and iconic opening 20 minutes in any horror film. After the great start, we go to seven years later when the killer escapes from the asylum and Private Eye Charles Durning tracks him all over Skid Row. Not exactly action-packed, but still good stuff if you don’t expect the rest of the film to resemble a slasher, although director Fred Walton came back with April Fool’s Day 1n 1986. Ron “Superfly” O’Neil plays a cop.

A Quiet Place (2018) The world’s population has been decimated by blind, artichoke-faced creatures who will tear you to bits in a second, but only if they hear you. A family lives in silence in the woods, communicating through sign language. So they decide to have a baby. A loud screaming, crying baby that puts their other children at risk. Great idea. I hated the parents, I just could not root for them. Also, it seemed to me that how much sound it took to draw the monster fluctuated. Starring and directed by Jim from The Office, this was a box office smash.
The Disembodied (1957) The beautiful Alison (50 Foot Woman) Hayes is a doctor’s wife in the jungle, who moonlights as a Voodoo Priestess when the sun goes down. She tries to seduce and later tries to kill some Americans who stumble upon them. Even at 66 minutes, this was dull, and only worth a watch to see Alison dance in a Leopard bikini.

Medusa vs the Son of Hercules aka Perseus Against the Monsters (1963) I normally wouldn’t choose to watch this Spaghetti Sword & Sandal crap, but Svengoolie showed it. It followed a similar story as Clash of the Titans with Perseus as the protagonist. He needs to slay the Medusa to free the hundreds of soldiers that she had previously turned to stone in order to balance the sides in a war. The Medusa didn’t look like the Gorgon that we’re familiar with, it was a giant glowing eyeball with tentacles. Kinda neat actually. There was also a dragon that looked pretty good despite the budget, but this was dull for the most part. Note that Arturo Dominici from Black Sunday was one of the kings.

Walkabout (1971) A “walkabout” is a rite-of-passage for teenage Aborigine boys, where they survive on their own in the Australian Outback for weeks/months at a time. The cute-as-heck teenage Jenny Agutter and her kid brother are stranded in the desert after some cruel circumstances, and are pretty close to death when they find an Aborigine boy on his Walkabout, who despite the language barrier, teaches them to fend for themselves in the wild. Not horror, but some horrific things happen, and Jenny of course, starred in American Werewolf and Logan’s Run, while director Nicolas Roeg made Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Very good movie, but beware, there’s a good deal of animal killing scenes. Nudity:yes. Also a Rod Stewart song.

I also watched all all 7 Chucky movies, but I've already reviewed them.
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Post by 101Walterton » 31 Aug 2018, 5:01pm

Walkabout is the only one of those I’ve seen. It was essential watching for every teen boy for obvious reasons 😉

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31 Aug 2018, 4:40pm
The Howling (1981) Dee Wallace is a TV Anchorwoman who helps catch a serial killer in an L.A. porno shop, and her post-trauma finds her recovering in commune, which she soon finds is inhabited by werewolves. This is simply the best werewolf movie there has ever been, and I assume will ever be. Loaded with familiar genre faces (John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Robert Picardo, Patrick Macnee, Kevin MCarthy), and cameos from Roger Corman , Forrest Ackerman and Mick Garris. Every single book cover, TV image, can of chili sitting on kitchen counter was an inside joke. Characters were named after directors of previous werewolf films (George Waggner, Terry Fisher, Freddy Francis). Special Effects master Rob Bottin’s next project would be the Thing. Director Joe Dante got the Gremlins job because Spielberg liked this so much. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this, and it delivers the goods every time. Possibly my all time favorite movie.
I really like this movie until the last second when the fourth wall gets broken. Drives me nuts every time.
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31 Aug 2018, 5:10pm
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The Howling (1981) Dee Wallace is a TV Anchorwoman who helps catch a serial killer in an L.A. porno shop, and her post-trauma finds her recovering in commune, which she soon finds is inhabited by werewolves. This is simply the best werewolf movie there has ever been, and I assume will ever be. Loaded with familiar genre faces (John Carradine, Slim Pickens, Robert Picardo, Patrick Macnee, Kevin MCarthy), and cameos from Roger Corman , Forrest Ackerman and Mick Garris. Every single book cover, TV image, can of chili sitting on kitchen counter was an inside joke. Characters were named after directors of previous werewolf films (George Waggner, Terry Fisher, Freddy Francis). Special Effects master Rob Bottin’s next project would be the Thing. Director Joe Dante got the Gremlins job because Spielberg liked this so much. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this, and it delivers the goods every time. Possibly my all time favorite movie.
I really like this movie until the last second when the fourth wall gets broken. Drives me nuts every time.
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Post by tepista » 31 Aug 2018, 5:27pm

101Walterton wrote:
31 Aug 2018, 5:01pm
Walkabout is the only one of those I’ve seen. It was essential watching for every teen boy for obvious reasons 😉
You can see a Walkabout from your kitchen window, yeah? ;)
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Deadfall 2012
Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek.
Above average thriller with a Fargo in the snow type vibe, incestuous undertones, graphic violence, un PC language & content, solid performances from cast.
Well it was all of a £1 from the treasure trove that is Poundland, on blu ray I might add, the cast sold me.
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Post by JennyB » 04 Sep 2018, 9:43am

When a Stranger Calls (1979) Carol Kane is a babysitter tormented by terrifying phone calls, and though the premise is lifted from 1974’s Black Christmas, it’s one of the most effective and iconic opening 20 minutes in any horror film. After the great start, we go to seven years later when the killer escapes from the asylum and Private Eye Charles Durning tracks him all over Skid Row. Not exactly action-packed, but still good stuff if you don’t expect the rest of the film to resemble a slasher, although director Fred Walton came back with April Fool’s Day 1n 1986. Ron “Superfly” O’Neil plays a cop.

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JennyB wrote:
04 Sep 2018, 9:43am
When a Stranger Calls (1979) Carol Kane is a babysitter tormented by terrifying phone calls, and though the premise is lifted from 1974’s Black Christmas, it’s one of the most effective and iconic opening 20 minutes in any horror film. After the great start, we go to seven years later when the killer escapes from the asylum and Private Eye Charles Durning tracks him all over Skid Row. Not exactly action-packed, but still good stuff if you don’t expect the rest of the film to resemble a slasher, although director Fred Walton came back with April Fool’s Day 1n 1986. Ron “Superfly” O’Neil plays a cop.

You know how friend groups have little inside jokes/catchphrases? For awhile ours was, for some reason, "Have you checked the children?"
What a bizarre coincidence! I thought of that flick a couple days ago and dl'd a copy from youtube, but haven't watched it yet.
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Red Dust 2004
starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, filmed in South Africa, fairly harrowing story I would imagine based on real events, this film highlights the offer of an Amnesty to Government soldiers, Police & officials who confess to their atrocities and a full disclosure of their crimes, they are then let off scot free if they are proven to have told the truth, this story is about a black member of the government that wants to find out about what happened to his ANC colleague who dissapeared after being interogated 15 years previously, this is a film where certain events need to fall into place before a certain individual can be held to account but in the process compromising the integrity of the black M.P
...A window into South Africa's historical past, not pretty.

Re: The Howling & Walkabout, enjoyed both films in my youth and they still stand up today, both films offer different tension for the viewer
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Post by tepista » 06 Sep 2018, 4:42pm

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Re: The Howling & Walkabout, enjoyed both films in my youth and they still stand up today, both films offer different tension for the viewer
I enjoyed Walkabout way more than I expected to, really good stuff.
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The Boss suggested we watch this, what with the Bandit finally driving off into the sunset in a celestial Trans-Am. Still a dumb fun movie, especially Jackie Gleason's way over-the-top corrupt redneck sheriff. And lots and lots of tight bell-bottom jeans. Still, most of the dialogue is really stilted and a lot of scenes seem to have been edited with just random chunks taken out and no sense of segueing into others. And, yikes, Bandit's car has the Georgia state flag on its front license plate holder, with the Stars & Bars. Yeah, a different time and all, but jarring nonetheless.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 15 Sep 2018, 11:46am

The Boss is watching Gangs of New York right now. I'm wandering around the house, doing the dumb things that I do, but every time I come within earshot, I hear a tin whistle being played. So I've come to conclude that in 1860s New York, Tammany Hall mandated tin whistles around the clock, all throughout the city. But why? That's the part I don't understand.
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15 Sep 2018, 11:46am
The Boss is watching Gangs of New York right now. I'm wandering around the house, doing the dumb things that I do, but every time I come within earshot, I hear a tin whistle being played. So I've come to conclude that in 1860s New York, Tammany Hall mandated tin whistles around the clock, all throughout the city. But why? That's the part I don't understand.
Ive never been able to stomach more than a few minutes of that movie.

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