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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pervert! (2005)


 After dealing with Sassy Sue, I found another similar movie to perk my interests. The 2005 sexploitation take-off, Pervert!, should make for an interesting evening, and hopefully, take me closer to my comfort zone!


Plot / A young man comes to spend the summer at the remote desert ranch of his father in hopes of repairing their estranged relationship only to find that he's become a psychotic madman. However, who is responsible for the bizarre murders James has uncovered? Hezekiah pins the blame on his son, and after a series of unexplainable incidents, James begins to doubt his own suspicions. Little does he know that the real killer lurks just under his nose!

This is definitely an over-the-top take-off with some decent special effects (and claymation), phony violence, and a ton of sexploitation, so much so that it is clear that the cast is obviously enjoying their craft. Overall, this is a decent attempt at the classic sexploitation flicks of days gone by. Yes, some of the dialogue falls flat, the acting is sub par and it has all been done before, but if you are in the mood for mindless naked beauties running here and there, this is for you! There is definitely enough nudity and sex to keep someone interested.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sassy Sue (1973)


Tonight I ventured way outside of my normal viewing habits when my wife asked me to watch the 1973 exploitation comedy Sassy Sue. While I am a fan of 1970s exploitation, I sometimes wonder what is in store when she picks out a flick. Yee Haw!


Plot / Pa, a moon shining chicken farmer, is worried that his dim-witted son Junior is becoming way more attracted to their cow Sassy Sue than he should be, so he sets out to gather up all the nubile young farm girls in the area and get them to show Junior what he's missing.


Wow, this is one that I did not expect to stumble upon on Netflix, I honestly did not realize that they were into the 1970s soft-core arena. Yes, the acting is horrid, the dialogue unbelievably laughable, the cinematography non-existent, and overall it is just a BAD film. However, the sleaziness and array of beautiful and curvy women dropping their clothes at a moments notice can totally make up for those inadequacies and at least make it watch able (especially the bath tub scene)! Now, I would hardly recommend this film for everyone, in fact, I could only imagine a small sampling of people to enjoy it considering the hillbilly bestiality and down-home inbreeding overtones that come up from time to time. However, any fan of 1970s exploitation that loves curvy naked women should definitely check it out! Now say MOOOOOOOO!


Monday, September 27, 2010

ETSY Find of the Week - Bess - Altered Art Halloween Ghost Mirror



Bess misses you, and she wants to make her presence known. One look into this vintage mirror will give you and your Halloween guests goosebumps as you see her peering back at you! This is an upcycled antique, brass-framed, domed mirror that has been painted black and distressed. The photo is printed on acetate and backed with black paper for that translucent, spooky look. It has a wooden back and chain for hanging. Measures 17" in diameter. Grab this great OOAK item today at the Scarlet Circus!

Bad Zombie's 'Gorgeous and Gory' Zombie Pinup Calendar - Get Yours Today!


As the countdown to New Jersey's biggest and baddest zombie walk continues (October 30 in Asbury Park), my Friends at the New Jersey Zombie Walk are proud to bring you a Bad Zombie's 'Gorgeous and Gory' 2011 Zombie Pinup Calendar. The bloodiest beauties of the Zombie Walk are crawling out of the Asbury Park debris and onto 12 titillating pages of post-apocalpytic planning in this limited edition calendar! Be the first zombie on your street to have these lovely, lacerated ladies hanging on your wall! Pre-orders will begin shipping the first week of October! Get yours TODAY!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Crazies (2010)



After spending a lot of time in the world of vampires, I needed a change. With that in mind, I decided to watch the 2010 redux of the George Romero classic The Crazies.


Plot / As a toxin begins to turn the residents of Ogden Marsh, Iowa into violent psychopaths, sheriff David Dutton tries to make sense of the situation while he, his wife, and two other unaffected townspeople band together in a fight for survival.


While the original Romero version is a cult classic and very enjoyable film. This version has some very nice elements and in many ways may be destined for the same treatment in the long term. This was a fun film complete with the tension, the violence, and the subtle social commentary that always comes out in a Romero influenced film. Some of the acting was not the greatest and at times, it felt uneven, but for the most part the movie carried the same moody atmosphere throughout the combination of scary moments and even some creative gore. Overall, this movie is a great reinvention and shows what can happen if films are redone the right way.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lifeforce (1985)



 After watching The Lost Boys last night, I decided to stay close to the vampire genre with my next flick. Yes, it is not a true vampire take, but Lifeforce does have some elements that make it close and like the Lost Boys it too was filmed in the 1980s (1985).


Plot / A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies. The only survivor of the expedition and British authorities attempt to capture a mysterious but beautiful alien woman who appears responsible.


While far from perfect, this is a good movie for late night viewing. Honestly, it has all of the elements that make you want to like this film. It is full of nudity, blood, gore, and special effects. Yes, it is a bit uneven, the pacing is a bit off and some of the acting is terrible. But, there are some decent performances and there are some intriguingly creepy moments that just seem to work within this story. In the end, it has to rate as one of the strangest films I have seen, especially in this sci fi/horror genre. Whether it is the solid yet unspectacular storyline or the unlimited amounts of nudity or just the large amount of violence that keep this going really does not matter, it works! This is a great flick for all Sci Fi or Horror fans to enjoy.


Friday, September 24, 2010

The Lost Boys (1987)



After watching Blood For Dracula, I was in the mood to continue the vampire theme. After spending some time recently in Santa Cruz, what a better vampire flick to enjoy tonight than The Lost Boys. This 1987 vampire classic will not only take me back, but is tame enough to let the daughters enjoy it as well.


Plot / Financial troubles force a recent divorcee and her teenage sons Mike and Sam to settle down with her father in the California town of Santa Carla. At first, Sam laughs off rumours he hears about vampires who inhabit the small town. But after Mike meets a beautiful girl at the local amusement park, he begins to exhibit the classic signs of vampirism. Fearing for his own safety, Sam recruits two young vampire hunters to save his brother by finding and destroying the head vampire.


Watching this today, it is clear that it remains the quintessential 1980s flick. This vampire classic captured every part of the decade in a way that has created quite the time capsule with some great acting, a tremendous soundtrack, a solid story and most of all a true feel. The gore and special effects are great and it definitely shows what can be done without CGI! For me, this remains one of the most influential films of my formidable years, and one that I can still watch many times over. If you have not seen it, you are missing out!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blood For Dracula (1974)



After watching Flesh For Frankenstein, I decided that it would not be a complete week if I did not follow that up with Blood For Dracula AKA Andy Warhol’s Dracula from 1974. To me, Warhol’s influence on society and the art world is often overlooked and these films are great vehicles of that genius.


Plot / Count Dracula know that if he fails to drink a required amount of pure virgin blood, he will not survive. His assistant suggests that the Count and he pick up his coffin and take a road trip to Italy, where families are known to be particularly religious, and therefore should be an excellent place to search for a virgin bride. They do, only to encounter a family with virgins ready for marriage. Unfortunately, the Count discovers one-by-one that the girls are not as pure as they say they are.


Filmed directly after Flesh For Frankenstein, this play on the Bram Stoker classic definitely has its moments. While lacking in the overall gore of the pre-mentioned film, this one has some great moments and is really an artistic period piece with superb setting and costume. Udo Kier as Dracula is excellent in his over the top rendition of the count and the gratuitous sex scenes are always appealing. However, the pacing is a bit slow and uneven at times and some of the acting is way below average. It is what it is, a campy romp into the realm of Dracula, one that is definitely more entertaining thanTwilight ever could be.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Flesh For Frankenstein (1973)



After spending some time with Jack the Ripper, I decided it was time for a bit of an artistic change. With that in mind, it was a no brainer when I found Flesh For Frankenstein AKA Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein from 1973.


Plot / In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to its grand connections to ancient Greece. In his laboratory, assisted by Otto, he builds a desirable female body, but needs a male who will be superbody and superlover. He thinks he has found just the right brain to go with a body he's built, but he's made an error, taking the head of a gay aesthete. Meanwhile, the Baroness has her lusts, and she fastens on Nicholas, a friend of the dead lad. Can the Baron pull off his grand plan? He brings the two zombies together to mate. Meanwhile, Nicholas tries to free his dead friend.


When I stumbled upon this the other day I had to admit that my memories of the film were vague, now that I have seen it again it is clear that I enjoyed it even more this time than I did the last. It is almost like this movie just gets better and better as the years go by with a amazing mixture of gore, humor, horror, sex and subversion. While this retelling of the story may be the most unusual adaptation to hit the big screen, the combination of comedy has it all. There is incest, necrophilia, bloody stitches, stomachs, impalements, severed body parts, rape, nudity and sex. The acting is solid with Udo Kier doing an amazing campy rendition of the Baron. The ending is a bit of a mess, some of the plot may be a bit over the top and the cinematography a bit rough, but those flaws are easily overlooked. Yes, this movie is not for everyone, but then again, neither was Warhol’s work, yet it still stands the test of time! Any horror fan must check this one out!