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    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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    The First Film That Comes to Mind...

    Dracula (1931) Next: Victoria Cross winner(s)
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    Tommy Lee Jones

    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen...”
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    The Martian (2015) Next: Piedmont, New Mexico.
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    The Pied Piper of Guadalupe (1961) - Sylvester vs. Speedy Gonzales.
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    Double Feature

    The Unholy Three (1925) Next: The Unholy Three (1930) - Obviously I'm stuck in an unholy rut!
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    Boris Karloff got fourth billing in Frankenstein (1931) after Colin Clive, Mae Clarke and John Boles. John Boles?!?
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    Double Feature

    Topper (1937) - He sees dead people too! Next: The Unholy Night (1929) - Another Roland Young movie.
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    What are you reading

    "Stage career"? 🤣 That would imply that I'm an actor! Trust me, when it comes to being on stage, I am, at best, a dilettante. But I enjoy being a small part of the creative process. And, in answer to your question, since I don't consider myself an actor, I do my best to do what the director tells me to do.
  10. 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:
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    What are you reading

    This one is already on my shelf waiting to be read and your post is tempting me to get to it sooner rather than later. Considering that I read the first volume when it came out way back in 2001, though, I will probably reread that one first.
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    What are you reading

    At the risk of disappointing you, Sarge, my reading of Charlotte's Web was not the first step on such a worthwhile literary endeavor. I will be taken part in a local production of a play based upon that novel and thought it best to revisit the original source material prior to the start of rehearsals.
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    What are you reading

    Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Obviously my current reading is not as esoteric as LawrenceA’s!
  14. Charley Varrick (1973) - TCM w/ Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr, Andy Robinson, Sheree North and John Vernon. And directed by Don Siegel. Caught this one as part of a double feature in a second run theatre back in the '70s. Haven't seen it since but my memories of it (especially of Mr. Baker's performance) are strong enough that I've been looking forward to tonight's airing.
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    on svengoolie tonite

    Now on Svengoolie...
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    Northern Pursuit (1943)
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    I Just Watched...

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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    The Italian Job (2003) Next: Mapleton, Massachusetts
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    Reptilicus (1961) Next: Whitby Harbour
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    The first actor/actress that comes to mind..

    Eve Arden (Radio's Philip Boynton to her Connie Brooks) Next: a violin poorly played
  22. ... which screws up my normal method of making lists! 😞
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    The Third Man (1949) Next: Florin
  24. 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.
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    Double Feature

    Fourteen Hours (1951) - More Paul Douglas. Next: The Desperate Hours (1955)

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