Saturday, February 6, 2016

Movies Watched in 2015 (offered with no comment)

I managed to somehow mess up my Google Doc of my movies-watched-for-the-year master list, so I don't really have the normal stats - first time viewings, etc.

Indestructible Man1956VideoFeature
Remembering Lon Chaney (Indestructible Man)2006VideoShort
Kim Newman on H.P. Lovecraft (The Haunted Palace)2014Blu-rayShort
Hold That Ghost1941VideoFeature
I Was a Teenage Monster Shirt Painter2007VideoFeature
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster1966Blu-rayFeature
Academy of Doom2008VideoFeature
Bubble, The1966Blu-rayFeature
Guardians of the Galaxy, The (3D)2014Blu-rayFeature
Bad Blonde1953VideoFeature
Night World1932VideoFeature
Pearl of Death, The1944VideoFeature
Atraco en la jungla1976VideoFeature
Invisible Man's Revenge, The1944VideoFeature
Frankenstein vs. The Mummy2015StreamingFeature
Vampire's Ghost, The1945VideoFeature
Son of Ingagi1940VideoFeature
Haunted House of Horror, The1969VideoFeature
Dead Men Walk1943VideoFeature
Sangue chiama sangue1968VideoFeature
Superseven chiama Cairo1965VideoFeature
Relaxed Wife, The1957TCMShort
War of the Robots1978VideoFeature
So Your Wife Wants to Work1956TCMShort
Horrors of Spider Island1960TheaterFeature
Theory of Everything, The2014StreamingFeature
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief2015StreamingFeature
Deliver From Us From Evil2006StreamingFeature
Cyborg 20871966StreamingFeature
Imitation Game, The2014StreamingFeature
Mystery in the Bermuda Triangle1970VideoFeature
Die! Die! My Darling!1965VideoFeature
Planet of the Apes1968TheaterFeature
Top Flat1935TCMShort
Hitler Lives1945TCMShort
Gone Girl2014StreamingFeature
Mill at Clader's End, The2014TheaterShort
Flight to Mars1951VideoFeature
Mad Magician, The1954VideoFeature
Invisible Ghost1941VideoFeature
Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (Hosted by Dr. Dreck)1957VideoFeature
Man Made Monster (Hosted by Svengoolie)1941MeTVFeature
Frankenstein Conquers the World (Hosted by Morgus)1965VideoFeature
Wrong Way Butch1950TCMShort
Mad Max: Fury Road2015TheaterFeature
Maze, The1953VideoFeature
Fed Up2014StreamingFeature
Tales of the Grim Sleeper2014StreamingFeature
The Hypnotic Eye1960TCMFeature
Evan Straw2010VIdeoFeature
Imposter, The2012StreamingFeature
Source Family, The2012StreamingFeature
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father2008StreamingFeature
Horror Hotel (Hosted by Midnite Mausoleum)1966VideoFeature
Tales of Dracula2015VideoFeature
Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (Hosted by Svengoolie)1956MeTVFeature
Dungeon of Dr. Dreck, The2008VideoFeature
Ghoul, The1933Blu-rayFeature
El Monstruo Resucitado1953VideoFeature
Rasptin: The Mad Monk1966Blu-rayFeature
Tall Stories: The Making of Rasputin: The Mad Monk2012Blu-rayShort
Believe It or Not (Second Series) #51932TCMShort
Face of Fu Manchu, The1965VideoFeature
Kids For Cash2013StreamingFeature
Phonies Beware!1956TCMShort
Beneath the Planet of the Apes1970Blu-rayFeature
From Alpha to Omega: Building a Sequel - Beneath the Planet of the Apes2012Blu-rayShort
Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop2015StreamingFeature
Cosmic Monster, The1958TCMFeature
Destroy All Monsters1968VideoFeature
Vengeance of She, The1968VideoFeature
Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction2015StreamingFeature
Leech Woman, The (Hosted by Svengoolie)1960MeTVFeature
Wasp Woman, The1959TCMFeature
Man in the Barn, The1937TCMShort
Kaijunited: Japanese Monsters & Us2012StreamingShort
Hot Rod Girl (Hosted by Professor Fred's Movie Marvels)1956VideoFeature
In Heaven There is No Beer?1984TCMFeature
Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.1966Blu-rayFeature
First Men in the Moon1964Blu-rayFeature
Killers From Space1954VideoFeature
War of the Gargantuas, The1966VideoFeature
Strange Confession1945VideoFeature
Z for Zachariah2015StreamingFeature
Frozen Ghost, The1945VideoFeature
Pillow of Death1945VideoFeature
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau2014StreamingFeature
Space Children, The1955Blu-rayFeature
Rewind This!2013StreamingFeature
Pulp Fiction: The Golden Age of Storytelling2009StreamingFeature
Night Walker, The (Hosted by Svengoolie)1964MeTVFeature
Video World2013StreamingShort
Interview with Jack Arnold (Revenge of the Creature (3D))2015Blu-rayShort
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack2001Blu-rayFeature
From a Whisper to a Scream1987Blu-rayFeature
Return to Oldfield: Making From a Whisper to a Scream2015Blu-rayShort
Statement of Randolph Carter, The
Case of Patient Paul Edward Kelley, The2015TheaterShort
Escape from Midwich Valley2014TheaterShort
Stomach, The2014TheaterShort
This Horror So Unreal
Awaiting Lazarus2013TheaterShort
Derleth's Brain2015TheaterShort
Littlest Cthulhuist, The2015TheaterShort
Jack Pierce, The Maker of Monsters2015VideoFeature
Pitch Perfect 22015StreamingFeature
Bourne Supremacy, The2004StreamingFeature
Bourne Ultimatum, The2007StreamingFeature
It! The Terror from Beyond Space1958Blu-rayFeature
Body Snatcher, The1945VideoFeature
Crimson Cult, The1968Blu-rayFeature
Music Macabre: An Interview with Kendall Roclord Schmidt2015Blu-rayShort
Dracula A.D. 20152015StreamingFeature
Martian, The2015TheaterFeature
Godzilla vs. The Thing1964VideoFeature
Blood for a Silver Dollar1965Blu-rayFeature
Sorcerers, The1967VideoFeature
Vesuvius Xperiment, The2015VideoFeature
Menace with Five Arms, The2013VideoFeature
Cemetery Without Crosses1969Blu-rayFeature
Insidious: Chapter 32015Blu-rayFeature
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014StreamingFeature
Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015TheaterFeature
Escape from the Planet of the Apes1971Blu-rayFeature
Special When Lit2009StreamingFeature
Danny Johnson Save the World2015VideoFeature

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Countdown to Halloween 2015 - Counting Down the Monsters #8 - Carrefour

I used to watch zombie movies. A LOT. These days, though, I just don't care much about the newer stuff. I think maybe watching so many of them for my old podcast might have burned me out a bit, and I had some things happen in my personal life that drove me away from a lot of modern horror anyway.

That said, I still like a good black-and-white zombie flick. And I Walked With a Zombie (dir. Jacques Tourneur) is one of the best. I first saw this film before I got into podcasting, but I can't remember exactly when. I do know the first time I started taking the movie seriously was, again, when I was asked to appear on the B-Movie Cast. I was taken with the film. It's beautifully produced and wonderfully acted. The story works on a number of levels, and there are so many things to see and learn in the film. I did talk about the movie with writer Paul McComas on my own Monster Kid Radio podcast (here and here), and, honestly, I can keep talking about it on any podcast or other platform.

Darby Jones appears as one of the most iconic zombies in all of film history in this film. As Carrefour, he has little screen time. The time he spends on screen, however, is so captivating, so moody . . . SO GOOD.

Jones would come back as the zombie Kalaga in Zombies on Broadway (dir. Gordon Douglas), but he's not nearly as effective here. I blame the make-up being slightly askew and the direction just not being as tight. Even the presence of the master Bela Lugosi doesn't help (although it is interesting to see Lugosi in another zombie film after the ground breaking White Zombie (dir. Victor Halperin)).

Darby Jones doesn't need anyone to help him stand out as a zombie in I Walked With a Zombie. He just needs a bit of shadow, a touch of atmosphere, and some loving cinematography, all of which I Walked With a Zombie provides.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Countdown to Halloween 2015 - Counting Down the Monsters #7 - Professor Henry Morlant

After Boris Karloff made a horror name for himself with Frankenstein (dir. James Whale) and The Mummy (dir. Karl Freund) in the states, he returned home to England to reunite with his family, and ended up making a film in his homeland as well. That film was 1933's The Ghoul (dir. T. Hayes Hunter), and while Karloff himself might not have had the grandest of times making the movie (he wasn't a fan of make-up artist Heinrich Heitfeld, who reportedly didn't speak English), I still find the film enjoyable and creepy.

Throw some faux-Ancient Egyptian elements into a film, and I'm hooked. I love that aesthetic, and that's a big part of the reason I love most mummy films (which I'm sure I'll get to as this month continues!). Karloff himself was in one of the (if not the) best mummy films, so to see him continue to skulk around an Egyptian tomb in The Ghoul was a real treat.

Karloff, as always, is a delight, and to see him in another movie with Ernest Thesiger is a bonus. Also, The Ghoul expertly incorporates a bit of Richard Wagner's "Der Götterdämmerung" into its soundtrack. (Previously, I'd been associating that music with Excalibur (dir. John Boorman), but I think I dig it a LOT as a funeral march now!)

This is the lanky, younger Karloff, so he's this thin creep of a man in the movie, and his performance (combined with the make-up) gives him the look of a professor-turned-ghoul. He exacts his revenge on those who've wrong him . . . and it's unnerving. I'm purposefully being vague about many more details of the movie because it really is something I think more people should see for themselves!