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jaragon

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  1. "Slugs" (1988) mutant slugs terrorized a small town in the creature feature from the Juan Piquer Simon director of "Pieces". Mike Brady (Michael Garfield) the town's health inspector must fight of the nasty creatures with the help of his best friend Don Palmer ( Philip McHale) - we get plenty of gratuitous nudity, bad dubbing and some actually effective gore effects. You can see it on an excellent print on Amazon Prime.
  2. "Bird of Paradise" (1932) A native (Ramon Navarro) has a forbidden romance with Johnny (Joel McCrea) on tropical island
  3. "My Bloody Valentine" (1981) made in Canada slasher about a psycho miner terrorizing a small town by ripping off his victims heart. The setting and blue collar ambience make if different than the usual horror film of that period. The young cast is specially convincing and there are some great gory deaths which can now be appreciated in Scream Factory's blu-ray release. The two disk set includes the rate and unrated cut of the movie and the usual superior extras.
  4. The trailer seems to emphasize the sex not the horror angle
  5. " The Crimson Kimono" (1959) Charlie ( Glenn Corbert) and Joe ( James Shigeta) brobonded during the war and now are partners in the L.A. Police department. They share a nice bachelor pad with separate bedrooms but hey who knows what happens when one of them gets drunk. Their bond is challenge when they investigate the murder of a stripper and meet Chris (Victoria Shaw) a painter. "Chris" has ambiguous sexual name and flirts with both men. Sam Fuller is a macho director so this is the familiar two "straight" men in love with the same woman triangle but they are actually in love with each other plot. Charlie falls in love with Chris first but Joe is attracted to her too. Joe is specially upset because he thinks as an Asian he has no right to her and almost beats poor Charlie to death during a friendly martial arts competition. This another one of those closet gay tropes in which men beat each other up instead of just having sex.
  6. This movie adaptation of he the tv series expands on all the elements that made it a guilty pleasure, beautiful sets and costumes, beautiful women and men ( yes I admit I have a crush on Allen Leech) ,a witty script and a perfect cast. The movie is pure fantasy in which the servants are very happy to serve the upper class and everyone wants to do their best because the king and queen are paying a visit. Thomas Barrrow ( Robert James-Collier) the gay buttler is not as obnoxious as he is on the tv show. The highlight of the movie to me was his visit to a secret gay club which is more interesting than the rest of the movie. Barrow is also given a handsome love interest. This movie is the perfect escape for our current miserable time.
  7. "Graduation Day" (1981) a killer starts murdering the students of a high school track team in this ok slasher. Christopher George plays the demanding coach and there are some future famous faces among the victims Vanna White, Linnea Quigely and Tom Hintanaus who became the body if Calvin Klein underwear ads. The various murders are routine and the killer's identity makes as much sense as their motivation. You can see in on Amazon Prime .
  8. No but it's a kind of bait and switch tactic- I notice the soundtrack even sounds like the music from "Brokeback Mountain"
  9. The film should have been tighter- it felt like a pilot for a night time soap opera that did not sell and then they tried to market the movie as gay love story .
  10. I'm reading tales now and the best thing about the book is that the chapters are short- I really don't care about these people
  11. It's a great looking production. They made a mistake by making the phamtom too good looking-
  12. I have tried to read the book several times and I just really can not get into it. I did see the mini-series
  13. For some reason this was not a success on Broadway? Did anybody see the Broadway production?
  14. I think the trailer sells it like a gay love story but the actual movie which I think could have been helped by some editing is more about the rest of the soap opera family which I really did not care about. The scenery is great and the two guys look great too and it was interesting to see a gay love story in a rural setting. I did not like the ending because the villain did not get what he deserves at least a punch in the face could have been more satisfying.
  15. "West of Eden" (2017) this one is wants to be a "Brokeback Mountain" set in New Zealand. Billy ( Kieran Foster) a rough farm hand fall ins love with Tom ( Luke Thompsom) the affluent farmers son. The problem is that their romance is only a minor subplot in a very long soap opera which feels like a pilot for a tv series. The two lovers are handsome and have chemistry but their love scene in rather chaste. You can see it on Amazon prime and fast forward through most of the dullness.
  16. I really wanted to check out "Underwater" which looks like alien under the sea- but gee couldn't they have come up with a more generic title?
  17. "Cathy's Curse" (1977) made in Canada cult film about a girl who is possessed by an evil spirit- yeah it sounds like another "The Exorcist" rip off but this one has some really weird moments, cheesy effects and plenty of unintentional laughs. The movie has been released on a great looking blu ray from Severin. You get to see both the longer but duller director's cut and the shorter American release which is a lot more fun.
  18. "The Secret of Dorian Gray" (1970) also released as "Dorian Gray" might be the sleaziest version of Oscar Wilde's novel about a young man who sells his soul in order to stay young forever. Helmut Berger plays the title role with Richard Todd as the painter who creates the infamous portrait. Herbert Lom gets all the best lines as one of Dorian's bisexual admirers. The movie is sex craze it borders on the pornographic, even before Dorian is corrupted he sleeps with the innocent Sybil Dane here played by Marie Lijedah the star of many soft core porn classics. Dorian has mostly straight sex with most of the female cast. The gay sex is kept mostly off camera. The movie has some outrageous 60's fashion. It has that bright Italian giallo look. You can see it on a great print on Amazon prime.
  19. "Killdozer" (1974) made for tv movie about a group of construction workers terrorized by a bulldozer which has been taken over by an alien organism. The cast Clint Walker, Carl Betz, Neville Brand and a young Robert Urich are good. The problem is the the bulldozer is not very menacing. The script is based on a Theodore Sturgeon short story but it was obviously influence by Steven Spielberg's "Duel" but Richard Matheson script is much more suspenseful. You can watch it on You Tube
  20. "A Study in Terror" (1965) its Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper in this effective horror thriller with some shocking nasty murders. Great British cast including a young Judi Dench. The movie is of course more mystery than horror but it does have a great sense of the dark side of Victorian London- one can easily imagine Mr Hyde or Doria Gray hanging out the shadows. You can see in a excellent print on You Tube.
  21. Paul Mantee's body is on display in "Robinson Crusoe on Mars"
  22. Mantee is very good in the movie in some ways he reminds me of Robert Conrad. Conrad was better looking which is why he became a bigger star.
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