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The Terror Of Ray Milland


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Like many stars of old, Ray Milland found his way to the horror/fantasy genre in the 1960's and 70's. Some of it I've seen. Some I've not. Frankly, the results are not bad. PREMATURE BURIAL enjoys the usual dignity and atmosphere afforded to most of Roger Corman's Poe adaptations. It's a fascinating story, well presented. PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO is quite well done. Intiguing, thought provoking, good characters. I've just seen X for the first time. Another Corman/American International project, it suffers from an annoyingly slow pace. There's a little too much talk. But it's a thoughtful story, kind of poetic (religious undertones?), with some bizarre, sensational visuals. The low budget look enhances, rather than distracts from the experience. I like it.

 

FROGS? THE THING WITH TWO HEADS? Haven't been treated to those yet. That's a weekend that probably deserves to be lost!

 

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Don't bother watching the movie "Frogs", it is STUPID !

All you see in the movie is simply a bunch of standard frogs and toads hopping on the ground. At the end I think they "said" CHARGE! They did not show how they did Ray Milland in but I think he was gummed to death! LOL !

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Hi,

I have a confession to make.... I'm not sure how to put this.... Okay I'll blurt it out... *I HAVE FROGS ON DVD!* ...There! I said it.... That's right!... *I HAVE FROGS ON DVD*... Are you all happy now?

 

It came out when I was around eight or nine. I was never so scared and creeped out in my life. Everything I was scared of was crawling or slithering around in this movie. Snakes in trees, in chandeliers, the scene where that lady runs through the woods with snakes everywhere. Then you have the lizards, the spiders which seem to work in tandom to do in that one guy. The alligators. OMG!!! Then there were the frogs, well I wasn't that scared of the frogs actually, but it got me thinking about it. They were some big frogs ya know!

 

Poor Ray Milland! I really felt for the old man. He's just trying to have a nice family gathering where he can manipulate, control and generally irritate his loved ones and their guests and these darn creatures won't let him be!

 

I saw this on sale a few years back and of course snatched it right up. Watching it again, well sure it's insane and silly, but then here come the snakes and the lizards and the spiders. OMG again!!! It's a guilty pleasure of mine. I'll admit it. Oh I feel the weight has been lifted off my shoulders now. I promise to watch a Bergman or Lang or Murnau to cleanse my palette.

 

Please don't taunt me.

 

BTW, *Panic in Year Zero* is another of Ray Milland's later films that I like. *Love Story* came out just a litte before *Frogs.* It's that theme song I still remember.

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Joan - "Trog"

Bette - "Baby Jane..."

Tallulah - "Die Die My Darling"

Milland - "...Two Heads"

 

Where do old actors (and Oscar winners) go to die in today's times? Frogs, Snakes, Ants, Triffids. Well...it was a genre and I guess our old faves needed the money. I remember seeing the lovely Frieda Inescort in "Alligator People."

 

A shame. Fun to watch and rag on...but a damned shame.

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> {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}

> Joan - "Trog"

> Bette - "Baby Jane..."

> Tallulah - "Die Die My Darling"

> Milland - "...Two Heads"

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> Where do old actors (and Oscar winners) go to die in today's times? Frogs, Snakes, Ants, Triffids. Well...it was a genre and I guess our old faves needed the money. I remember seeing the lovely Frieda Inescort in "Alligator People."

>

> A shame. Fun to watch and rag on...but a damned shame.

 

Somehow it doesn't seem right to lump Bette Davis in with that crew, at least for that particular film. Don't forget -- Bette received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, something that can't be said for the others.

 

Di

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Hi there Diana:"Somehow it doesn't seem right to lump Bette Davis in with that crew, at least for that particular film. Don't forget -- Bette received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, something that can't be said for the others."

 

Of course, you are sooooo right. And I agree Bette shouldn't have been lumped in that category. I was just trying to make a point and I was clutching at straws. (My apologies Bette!)

 

Hey Milland...I don't think anyone's saying they dislike Ray Milland. Just remarking on the stinkers he made late in his life to pay the bills. Some of his films are guilty pleasures for some board members here.

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> Hey Milland...I don't think anyone's saying they dislike Ray Milland. Just remarking on the stinkers he made late in his life to pay the bills. Some of his films are guilty pleasures for some board members here.

 

 

Yes, I used the wrong words! I understand that people were saying they didn't like the movies, not the person!

 

I might be a little bit defensive about poor Ray though! LOL!

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> {quote:title=CineMaven wrote:}{quote}

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> Of course, you are sooooo right. And I agree Bette shouldn't have been lumped in that category. I was just trying to make a point and I was clutching at straws. (My apologies Bette!)

 

No worries, CineMaven -- your list idea was a valid one. I do think adding her name to it with The Anniversary as the movie makes better sense. I suspect even Bette would agree. :-D

 

Di

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