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  1. LiamCasey

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    You guys had me at "Jack Palance"! I'll need to see this one.
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    Recently Watched Horror

    Overlord (2018) - Blu-ray w/ Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell (son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn), Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Bokeem Woodbine (the only name in the cast that I immediately recognized), Iain De Caestecker and Dominic Applewhite. Story by Billy Ray. Screenplay by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. Directed by Julius Avery. And produced by J.J. Abrams (probably the reason for watching this in the first place) and Lindsey Weber. Here it is. Already 12 days into the month of October and I've finally gotten around to watching a horror movie. Although sometimes one forgets exactly what one is watching. My first thought while watching this movie was "Hey, didn't the makers of this movie know that the U.S. Army wasn't officially desegregated until after World War 2?". Quickly followed by "Hey, you are watching a movie about Zombie Nazis! And you are going to start nitpicking it for historical accuracy?!?". Basically no more and no less than a fairly enjoyable B-movie genre mashup joyride. And, although there has been a number of movies that mix Nazis with horror and/or science-fiction (even Universal's old school horror movies included Invisible Agent (1942)), this movie has a lot more to do with first-person shooter video games like Call of Duty: Zombies and Wolfenstein. So it is best to watch this one as if you're watching someone play such a game. Which means that I am fairly confident that Martin Scorsese wouldn't classify this as "cinema" either.
  3. LiamCasey

    "Movie" v "Film".

    I fall into the “movie” and “film” are interchangeable category. For what it is worth, “cinema” to me is the place to see a movie.
  4. LiamCasey

    Long Titles (6 words + up)

    Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)
  5. LiamCasey

    Recently Watched Horror

    Hopefully that is just for the short term, my friend. Take care of yourself.
  6. Maybe. The superhero movies of the 2010s are just as much of an escapism as were the disaster movies of the 1970s. And he did do one of those.
  7. The Devil's Possessed (aka El Mariscal del Infierno) (1974) w/ Paul Naschy, Norma Sebre, Guillermo Bredeston, Mariano Vidal Molina, Graciela Nilson and Eduardo Calvo. Directed by León Klimovsky. And written by Paul Naschy. Can I get away with just writing "Ugh!" at this point so we can all go on to something else? In 15th Century France, Barón Gilles de Lancré (Paul Naschy) returns home after failing to be rewarded by his king for his military victories on that king's behalf. And, therefore, turns to alchemy in order to obtain the Philosopher's Stone so he can use that to achieve his goals instead. But the price of that stone, as per his friendly neighborhood alchemist Simon de Braqueville (Eduardo Calvo), is the blood of damsels (among other things). A price which, after very little prodding by his sexy (of course) wife, Georgelle (Norma Sebre), he agrees to pay which leads to a reign of terror in his barony. Which, of course, leads to a peasant uprising. Which is eventually led by our generic hero and the baron's former comrade in arms, Gaston de Malebranche (Guillermo Bredeston). Considering how many of Paul Naschy's movies hearken back to the Universal movies of the 1920s through the 1940s, it should come as no surprise that one of them would be reminiscent of Tower of London (1939). Up to and including the fact that all the horror in it is man made. Matter of fact, if Paul Naschy wasn't in this movie, it would probably have been simply classified as an action adventure. And then I probably wouldn't have wasted my time watching it and writing this. And then you wouldn't be wasting your time reading this. And, as an action adventure, this movie is a stew with meats and vegetables pulled not only from the aforementioned Tower of London, but also from Macbeth (naturally with a wife like this) and Robin Hood (extremely so with rebel peasants fighting from the woods and with our hero physically proving himself to said peasants and with the robbing of the baron's second-hand man himself and with the rebel leader secretly participating in the baron's tournament and with, of course, a damsel to rescue from the baron's dungeon) plus comic swordplay as per the then recent duology featuring The Three Musketeers (albeit a poor imitation of that choreography) and even (yes, I am going totally tongue in cheek at this point) Monty Python (simply because everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition!). But a very bland stew nonetheless. Random comments: 1.) This is the third of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set. 2.) And, of the Naschy movies that I've watched (or rewatched) during this go around, I would rank this one last as follows: a) Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) b) The Hunchback of the Morgue (1973) c) Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) d) A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975) e) Night of the Werewolf (1981) f) Count Dracula's Great Love (1973) g) Human Beasts (1980) h) Vengeance of the Zombies (1973) i) The Devil's Possessed Matter of fact, if this was the first Paul Naschy movie that I had ever seen, it would probably have been the last Paul Naschy movie that I had ever seen. 3.) A literal translation of the Spanish title for this one is "The Marshal Of Hell". 4.) This is the only movie that the second billed Norma Sebre, the third billed Guillermo Bredeston and the fifth billed Graciela Nilson have in common with Paul Naschy. 5.) As for the fourth billed Mariano Vidal Molina, he also appeared with Paul Naschy in Curse of the Devil (1973) (a Waldemar Daninsky movie), A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, The Cantabrians (1980) (a sword and sandal movie) and Howl of the Devil (1987) (where Paul Naschy plays everyone!). 6.) And, as previously mentioned, this is one of the sixth billed Eduardo Calvo's ten movies with Paul Naschy with the others being Disco Rojo (1973) (a crime movie which translates as "Red Light"), The Killer is One of the Thirteen (1973) (naturally another giallo with a title like that), Curse of the Devil, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, The Mummy's Revenge (1975), Cross of the Devil (1975), Inquisición (1977) and Human Beasts (albeit only vocally in this last one). 7.) And, again as previously mentioned, this is one of eight movies with Paul Naschy that was directed by León Klimovsky with the others being The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971), Dr. Jekyll vs. The Werewolf (1972), Vengeance of the Zombies, A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, Death of a Hoodlum (1975) (a crime movie), The People Who Own the Dark (1976) and Secuestro (1976) (another crime movie which translates as "Kidnapping").
  8. Night of the Werewolf (aka El retorno del Hombre Lobo) (1981) w/ Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández, Beatriz Elorrieta, Pilar Alcón and Narciso Ibáñez Menta. And written and directed by Paul Naschy. But no Luis Ciges! 😮 At long last, we get to El Hombre Lobo! In 16th Century Hungary (although from a historical point-of-view, that opening text should have indicated the 17th Century), the werewolf Waldemar Daninsky (Paul Naschy) is in thrall to Countess Elizabeth Báthory (Julia Saly) and, when she is sentenced to be entombed for the rest of her life, he is relieved to be "executed" (a term that one should always use loosely in supernatural movies) along with the rest of her cohort. Flash foward 370 years and (in the usual coincidence that is also common to supernatural movies) Daninsky is resurrected accidentally by a pair of grave robbers while Báthory is resurrected purposely by an evil student of the occult (Silvia Aguilar). With Báthory coming back as a real rather than a figurative vampire. Who quickly turns the evil student, one of her compatriots (Pilar Alcón) and Daninsky's assistant (Beatriz Elorrieta) into fellow vampires. Which sets us up for the eventual conflict between the werewolf (along with his lover (Azucena Hernández)) and the vampire women. Aided by the fact that whatever had him under her power in the past doesn't appear to exist in the present. Now, there is little that is new in this movie. Especially since this is, for the most part, a remake of an earlier El Hombre Lobo movie: The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971). There is wolfsbane. And there is a walking stick with a silver head (but not a wolf's head). And there is the sign of the werewolf (although in this case it is a pentagon rather than a pentagram). All out of The Wolf Man (1941). And the werewolf being resurrected was obviously inspired by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). And a werewolf under the power of a vampire is right out of The Return of the Vampire (1943). And the concept that a werewolf can only be killed by one who loves him is right out of The House of Frankenstein (1944). And this is not the first movie that features Countess Elizabeth Báthory (Ingrid Pitt's Countess Dracula (1970) is the one that most easily comes to mind). And her resurrection was obviously inspired by Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966). Although, in this case, the person hanging upside down was female and, this being a Naschy movie, wears a lot less clothing. However, although none of the pieces are new, the jigsaw puzzle is put together fairly well. And, since all of the El Hombre Lobo movies are fairly independent of each other, this one would be a worthwhile introduction to that series of films. Although a good movie, however, it came out at the wrong time. Although technically a contemporary movie, once the women arrive in search of Báthory, this movie is pure old school gothic at that point. And even Hammer had stopped making old school gothic movies for many a year. And 1981 itself was a year made for true contemporary werewolf movies: The Howling, Wolfen, An American Werewolf in London. So, although this was not Paul Naschy's last movie, it definitely marked the end of an era. Random comments: 1.) This is the fifth and last of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection Blu-Ray set. Of the movies on that set, I would rate this one third below both Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) and Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) but above both Human Beasts (1980) and Vengeance of the Zombies (1973). 2.) A literal translation of the Spanish title for this one is "The Return of the Wolf Man". Which is, technically, a valid title since the werewolf is resurrected in this one. But probably has that sequel feel that whomever released this one was trying to avoid. 3.) The original U.S. title for this one was The Craving. Now that one leaves a lot to be desired. 4.) Paul Naschy wears a beard in this movie. I think he looks better that way. 5.) Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar and Azucena Hernández were all in Human Beasts. 6.) The first werewolf movie mystery: If you are a werewolf who doesn't want to kill anyone. And you have an assistant that you can trust. And full moons are not exactly random events. Why aren't you arranging to have yourself locked up for the night? 7.) The second werewolf movie mystery: Why is the full moon already so high in the sky before the werewolf turns? 8.) The third werewolf movie mystery: Why do people who are ready, willing and able to kill a werewolf allow the werewolf to get so close before they do so? 9.) And, finally, I have The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-Ray set on order. So you all may have to suffer through me doing this five more times! Although, at my rate, that will take another ten months! 😀
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    I Just Watched...

    In my opinion, The Mummy (1932) featuring Imhotep as the title creature should probably also be considered a standalone movie separate from Universal's four 1940s movies featuring Kharis.
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    I Just Watched...

    Looks like we're in sync here. I would put these same four movies in the same order.
  11. LiamCasey

    Which Lost Film Would You Love to See?

    Charlie Chan Carries On (1931) - The first appearance of Warner Oland as the title detective. One of six lost Charlie Chan movies (four sound movies with Warner Oland and two silent movies with others).
  12. Human Beasts (aka El carnaval de las bestias) (1980) w/ Paul Naschy, Eiko Nagashima, Lautaro Murúa, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández, Kogi Maritugu, Roxana Dupre, Pepe Ruiz and Julia Saly. Plus Luis Ciges (of course). And written and directed by Paul Naschy. Paul Naschy portrays a mercenary/hitman who is seduced by his attractive (of course) and pregnant Japanese lover (Eiko Nagashima) into aiding her brother (Kogi Maritugu) and his wannabe left-wing terrorist group (à la Japan's Red Army or West Germany's Baader-Meinhof Group) in a diamond theft along a deserted road for funding purposes. But obviously not seduced well enough since, after killing the diamond courier and his bodyguards, Naschy then kills off the other members of the terrorist group with the exception (of course) of the brother and sister and makes off with the diamonds. And, in what appears to be a quick transition from Japan to Spain, the brother and sister have recruited others to their cause and have tracked down Naschy. Where, of course, more killings occur and Naschy is wounded. At this point the movie abruptly shifts genres from crime to horror as the unconscious Naschy is taken to the estate of a doctor (Lautaro Murúa) who is locally renown for his pig stew, his two attractive (of course) daughters (Silvia Aguilar and Azucena Hernández) and his attractive (of course) maid (Roxana Dupre). Whom nurse him back to health and keep him hidden from his still on the hunt former lover. For reasons that are far from altruistic (and far from being obscure). And all under the eye of another attractive (of course (repetitious aren't I)) woman (Julia Saly) who may be real or may be a ghost or may just be a figment of Naschy's imagination due to his injuries. All of which leads to an abrupt conclusion where karma kicks into overdrive and delivers its deserved comeuppance upon all. Random comments: 1.) This is the fourth of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection Blu-Ray set. And, of those first four movies, I would rate this one below both Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974) and Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) but above Vengeance of the Zombies (1973). 2.) Even outside the usual sexual treatment of women in a Paul Naschy movie, this one is far from being politically correct. It has a black African female who is whipped while topless by a white European male whom she calls "master". And the whipping is not only for punishment but also for the sexual pleasure of both parties. And, elsewhere, a white European female stating "I think all Asians look alike." And, elsewhere, the multiple uses of a word that, in an entirely different context, would refer to a bundle of sticks or twigs bound together for burning. 3.) As with Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, this movie also includes a scene where a pig is to be killed. Unlike the earlier movie, though, we cut away from the explicit details and only hear the pig's death squeals. On the flip side, though, this one includes a scene where the pigs get their revenge. 4.) A literal translation of the Spanish title for this one is "The carnival of the beasts". And there is a costume party scene that correlates to that translation. But that scene appears to exist simply to justify that title. It adds nothing to the movie as a whole. Although it does provide us with an excuse to see Paul Naschy dressed as Napoleon Bonaparte. Which he visually pulls off. But, considering how often a Napoleon delusion is comically portrayed as a sign of insanity on both the big and small screens, it struck me as just another awkward distraction. 5.) Similar to many Universal horror and science-fiction movies of the 1940s and 1950s, the soundtrack for this one is not unique to the movie but is, rather, a collection of samples from earlier movies. And whomever chose those samples chose well in my opinion. 6.) The background for the opening credits for this movie is Pieter Bruegel's The Triumph of Death. Also a good choice in my opinion:
  13. LiamCasey

    What Are You Watching Now?

    North to Alaska (1960) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine. Plus Mickey Shaughnessy, Karl Swenson, Joe Sawyer, Kathleen Freeman, John Qualen and Stanley Adams. And produced and directed by Henry Hathaway. The seventh movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. He sure made a number of movies with singers.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    The Alamo (1960) - DVD w/ John Wayne (Col. Davy Crockett), Richard Widmark (Col. Jim Bowie), Laurence Harvey (Col. William Travis), Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Joan O'Brien, Chill Wills, Joseph Calleia. Plus Ken Curtis, Denver Pyle, Hank Worden, Olive Carey, Ruben Padilla (Generalissimo Antonio Miguel Lopez de Santa Ana) and Richard Boone (General Sam Houston). Written by James Edward Grant. Music by Dimitri Tomkin. And produced and directed by John Wayne. The sixth movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. TB indicating earlier that The Horse Soldiers (1959) "feels like we're transitioning from the John Ford Stock Company to the John Wayne Stock Company". So, of course, The Alamo follows The Horse Soldiers on this collection.
  15. I also thought that horror stars would make for prime candidates with respect to this thread. But it appears that Lon Chaney Jr. has 4 such movies, Vincent Price has 3, Peter Cushing has 3 and Christopher Lee has 5 or 6 (depending upon one's opinion of extended editions). But, no surprise, none of those movies would be considered horror movies.
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    I Just Watched...

    I've been contemplating picking up this trio of movies.
  17. The Longest Day (1962) is another movie that accounts for many many actors.
  18. John Wayne played multiple Johns over his career (up to and including his final movie as John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)). Heck even Sean (as in his Thornton character from The Quiet Man (1952)) is just John for the Irish. Of course, to avoid being in a rut, he did portray a Tom Wayne in The Three Musketeers (1933). 😊
  19. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (aka Los ojos azules de la muñeca rota) (1974) w/ Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León, Inés Morales, Antonio Pica, Luis Ciges, Pilar Bardem and Maria Perschy. Directed by Carlos Aured. And written by Paul Naschy and Carlos Aured. In this one we have Paul Naschy portraying a drifter in contemporary 1970s France (at least that is where we are supposed to believe this is set) who has visions of strangling a young and attractive woman and who gets a job as a handyman on an estate inhabited by three young and attractive women (natch!) all with physical and/or mental handicaps; one with a mutilated right arm and hand and with self-esteem issues (Diana Lorys), one a wheelchair-bound paraplegic which may or may not be psychosomatic (Maria Pershcy), and one who is **** incarnate (Eva León). And, of course, we have young and attractive women in the vicinity of that estate who are being murdered in fairly gruesome fashions. And, of course, we have many people who have secrets, including the paraplegic's resident nurse (Inés Morales) who is also a young and attractive woman and the nearby town's doctor (Eduardo Calvo). And, of course, we have many people who are suspects, including the estate's former handyman and the nearby town's resident ogler of young and attractive women girls (Luis Ciges). And, of course, we eventually find out whodunit. I would attempt to go into more detail but that would be at the risk of airing spoilers. But I suspect that we all know the basic path that these types of movies follow. And although there is nothing really new in this movie and there are some things that strike me as odd, the pieces are put together well and the plot holds together from start to finish. And the ending is a bit more surprising than usual. As a matter of fact even the movie's title makes sense once all is said and done. In many ways this movie is an ideal counterargument against anyone who believes giallo films can only be Italian. And, although I am partial to horror movies with monsters in them, I would rate this one above both the previously watched Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) and Vengeance of the Zombies (1973). Bottom line: This one needs to show up on TCM Underground if it hasn't already. I think many of our fellow board members would enjoy it. Random comments: 1.) This is the third of five movies in The Paul Naschy Collection Blu-Ray set. And the first in that set to include an audio commentary track; this one by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn from NaschyCast. All of which means nothing to me but it was interesting to listen to. 2.) This movie has also gone by the titles of House of Psychotic Women and House of Doom albeit in edited versions. 3.) The director of this one, Carlos Aured, was also the director of Horror Rises from the Tomb. He also directed Paul Naschy in The Return of Walpurgis (1973) and The Mummy's Revenge (1975). In light of my enjoyment of two of their collaborations, I hope to get to those two other ones one of these days (assuming that they are even available) but, at this rate (8 months since my previous Paul Naschy movie! Where does the time go!), I wouldn't hold my breath! 4.) And it appears that Luis Ciges may be the Spanish equivalent of Michael Ripper as he is the only person other than Paul Naschy to have appeared in this one plus Horror Rises from the Tomb and Vengeance of the Zombies. 5.) Antonio Pica also appeared in Vengeance of the Zombies. And was, again, playing a police officer. 6.) We also have the same composer (Juan Carlos Calderón) from Vengeance of the Zombies. And, for the most part, the soundtrack, again, left much to be desired. My subconscious kept expecting James Coburn to appear as Derek Flint. However the composer did make excellent use of Frère Jacques as a motif for the killer. Although that may have been driven more by the director and/or the screenwriter. 7.) And, cast/crew-wise, I must make reference to Pilar Bardem who not only portrayed the owner of the local bar/diner in this movie but, in real life, is the mother of Javier Bardem who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for No Country for Old Men (2007). 8.) Surprisingly, Paul Naschy only portrayed one role in this movie. So it appeared he was cutting back in that particular area. But he still bedded two women (and attempted to criminally force himself upon a third). So he was not cutting back in that other area. 9.) In a throwback to the older Universal horror movies (especially The Wolf Man (1941)) we have the "villagers" (albeit without wooden torches) in pursuit. And the pursued even gets a foot caught in an animal trap. 10.) As with Vengeance of the Zombies, this movie also includes a scene where a live animal is killed; in this case a pig. Now I'll admit I like bacon. But I'll also admit that I don't wish to see this particular step in the making of that bacon. Consider me a hypocrite if you wish. But it is what it is.
  20. LiamCasey

    I Just Watched...

    Is it time for me to get back to my Paul Naschy discs?!?
  21. LiamCasey

    I Just Watched...

    Andy Griffith sure made some "as far away from Mayberry as I can get" television movies in the early 1970s.
  22. LiamCasey

    What Are You Watching Now?

    Very true (and not just for the "Do you prefer the leg... or the breast?" scene 😉). And she does a very fine job in the role. As a matter of fact, although I suspect that the relationship between the John Wayne and William Holden characters are supposed to be the driving force of this movie's fairly episodic plot, it is the relationship between her character and Wayne's character that is the key for me. In many ways, the slow buildup of that relationship from hate to love makes this one of John Wayne's more romantic movies (although, as usual, he does not play a romantic character). And how often does one get to use the words "John Wayne" and "romantic" in the same sentence.
  23. LiamCasey

    What Are You Watching Now?

    The Horse Soldiers (1959) - DVD w/ John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, Hank Worden, Denver Pyle, Strother Martin, Carleton Young, Anna Lee, Russell Simpson and Althea Gibson. And directed by John Ford. The fifth movie in the John Wayne Film Collection. I swear this movie airs at least every other day on Starz Encore Westerns. Which is not necessarily a bad thing considering how bloody rewatchable this one is.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Eiko Ando, Sam Jaffe and So Yamamura. And directed by John Huston. The fourth movie in the John Wayne Film Collection.
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    What Are You Watching Now?

    Legend of the Lost (1957) - DVD w/ John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi and Kurt Kasznar. And directed and produced by Henry Hathaway. The third movie that is part of the John Wayne Film Collection. And one of the two movies released in the 1950s that John Wayne appeared in that I have yet to see (The other being I Married a Woman (1958j for which he only has a unbilled bit.).

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