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23 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

 

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I will at least say he has an almost perfectly symmetrical face-something most people are unconsciously attracted to.

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Laffite posted: This is a Instacart shopper. I almost let her go without asking for a pic. She did not hesitate to comply. I'm not sure what the other pic is but it is not related to monster stuff.

Of course she complied-people get tattoos for attention, otherwise they'd be under clothing. Judging by how amateurish the Frankenstein drawing is, I'd guess the other leg is supposed to be the Bride? Just awful.

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Blondie Goes To College (1942) Movies! Network 5/10

Blondie and Dagwood decide they want to go to college but pretend they are not married.

#10 in the series, not one of the best but some interesting things. Baby Dumpling is sent to military school and he quickly becomes a sergeant. Larry Parks (4 years before his Oscar nomination for The Jolson Story) plays a college football star interested in Blondie. Lloyd Bridges has an early role as another football player. One milestone in the series has Blondie announcing she is having another baby, which sets up the next entry. 

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13 hours ago, Bethluvsfilms said:

Cushing's Dr. Frankenstein always believed  that with his experiments, the ends justified the means (no matter how unscrupulous his means turned out to be).

Also in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED (again, SPOILERS here) his rape of the young lady Anna (whom he blackmails into allowing him to perform his experiments in her boarding house) is even more deplorable, as his attack on her has nothing to do with his mad desire to create and recreate life into the bodies he infuses with.

I think FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED is the only HAMMER FRANKENSTEIN** I have not seen; I recently saw FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL and have to say that I was surprised that I enjoyed it. The only one in the franchise that I outright dislike is FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN; although i note that there is just something about CURSE OF leaves me cold and i can't explain why, but i don't hate it. (**i have not seen the RALPH BATES reboot one either)

I've heard/read about this rape scene in ...MUST BE DESTROYED in various bios and it seems SO ODD, because CUSHING did not have the kind of physicality to be intimidating and also he seems to have been an absolutely lovely, genteel, very kind and pleasant person in real life- so why they would want to put him in this position is odd to me...

ps- just out of curiosity, what are some of your overall HAMMER favorites?

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2 hours ago, Fedya said:

Why should this surprise anybody?

(Sorry, but one of my bugaboos has long been the naivete among people who thought going to a la carte cable channel lineups would be oh-so-much cheaper.)

Doesn't surprise me at all.   Corporations are generally greedy in order to satisfy Wall Street prognosticators, so they can meet their numbers.  It does get tiring being in the middle of the back-and-forth battles between corporate giants over carriage rights, though.   

My main concern is that we seem to be headed to a vertically integrated world that isn't much different than the studio oligopoly system that was struck down by the Supreme Court in  1948 in U.S. v. Paramount Pictures, Inc, where the studios controlled virtually all aspects of the production, distribution and exhibition of their product.

BTW, just yesterday, the Department of Justice was granted a motion to lift the Paramount Decrees, which starts a two year sunset termination period.  That means the studios will once again, if desired, be able to create vertically integrated organizations after the decrees are terminated.

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13 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I've heard/read about this rape scene in ...MUST BE DESTROYED in various bios and it seems SO ODD, because CUSHING did not have the kind of physicality to be intimidating and also he seems to have been an absolutely lovely, genteel, very kind and pleasant person in real life- so why they would want to put him in this position is odd to me...

ps- just out of curiosity, what are some of your overall HAMMER favorites?

As nakano mentioned, the European distributors wanted to added some what they believed to be some needed sex appeal into the film (though I would hardly call a rape scene 'sex appeal').  And Cushing was NOT very happy about it, and not surprising considering he was such a gentleman in real life.

HORROR OF DRACULA is my absolute favorite, but I also adore THE BRIDES OF DRACULA, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, THE MUMMY, THE BRIDES OF DRACULA.

I enjoy THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA quite well, as well as the first two FRANKENSTEIN entries in the series (CURSE and REVENGE). 

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN is probably my least favorite in the series as well. Been a long while since I saw FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL though.

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3 hours ago, nakano said:

The scene was added after the movie was done,European distributors wanted some sex in it! CushIng was upset over this and very protective of Veronica Carlson,For him it was not a scene  he wanted and not necessary at all.

Thank you, I missed this when the thread carried over to this page.

 

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Last night, we watched You and Me.  A small gem and both stars shone.  Maybe it was unbelievable, but it worked for me.  I was envious of the bigger apartment Sylvia and George got when the landlady found out they were married.  Have no idea what I will watch tonight.

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Down to Earth (1947).  Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, James Gleason, Edward Everett Horton, Adele Jergens, Marc Platt. 
It’s all about Rita in this movie. She is stunning. I first learned of Rita when I was in High School. She had just passed away and they were showing clips of her on tv. I was immediately enamored. Cinemax then had a movie marathon and I gave my grandmother a bunch of blank vhs tapes. I got the bio book “If This Was Happiness” for Christmas and read the entire book that night. So I’ve been watching this movie for years! 
As for the movie...

*the cast. Great cast. Larry Parks is very good. Nothing earth shattering, but he’s cool. Marc Platt is a bit of an over-actor. His dancing is great though. James Gleason and Edward Everett Horton are their usual strong support. I’ve always liked them both because they just seem like the nicest guys. Adele Jergens comes in fast, and goes out fast. She’s always fun when she pops up in a movie, but she’s not in this very long. 
* the music. I have a few of these songs on various Rita compilations. Ironically my favorite song isn’t sung by Rita. The opening song “Kiss of the Muse” just swings. It’s one of those swinging movie musical songs that just makes you smile when you hear it. 

It’s just a fun movie to watch. 

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5 minutes ago, Kbernhard said:

Down to Earth (1947).  Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, James Gleason, Edward Everett Horton, Adele Jergens, Marc Platt. 
It’s all about Rita in this movie. She is stunning. 

And anyone who sees this movie knows, no, it was not "the movie that Xanadu remade".  Aside from the mention of Muses, any remote detectable similarity ends there.

It's strange enough that Columbia tried to turn it into a pseudo-sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan at the last minute.

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10 hours ago, Fedya said:

Sorry, but one of my bugaboos has long been the naivete among people who thought going to a la carte cable channel lineups would be oh-so-much cheaper.)

What bugaboo they are cheaper.

 

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17 hours ago, Janet0312 said:

Am watching a guilty pleasure The Lost Boys.

There’s absolutely nothing to feel guilty about in taking pleasure from that movie.


🎶 “Mary, Mary, you’re on my mind...” 🎶

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I came across this curiosity today, a BBC radio dramatization of a vintage unproduced script for a HAMMER DRACULA FILM called- And this is bad- THE UNQUENCHABLE THIRST OF DRACULA. 

It’s a pretty straightforward script reading, with actors reading the parts and a narrator  reading the action, They borrow music cues from James Bernards various scores as well as some familiar sound effects, and the guy playing Dracula sounds a lot like Christopher Lee, (and in true Hammer fashion, Dracula himself only appears in the story for about 8 to 10 minutes, if even that.)

I have no idea where in the series  it was supposed to have been made, since the story is set in 1934, I get the impression it was at least written after the third movie ( HAS RISEN FROM  THE GRAVE.)
The story is set in India.

Yes seriously – India, and there’s even a cave with erotic drawings &  a determined British heroine straight from EM Forster.
Apparently the screenwriter took an extended holiday in India, maybe he went with The Beatles to visit the Maharishi, I can’t say, but the effort comes across as a “what I did on my summer holiday” assignment or a long lunch with a friend who has just gotten back from getting bombed in Mumbai over the summer  AND HE KEEPS SAYING NAMASTE AND ASKING FOR CURRY. 

It starts out pretty interesting, but it gets awfully silly, and before you know it we’re in TEMPLE OF DOOM territory- Which, silly as it is, it is really pretty damn entertaining.

I can easily see why Hammer chose not to produce this film, there was absolutely no way they were going to film on location in India, or redress their back lot to resemble India, or hire hundreds of extras, or put up the lolly for the elaborate sets and special effects and stunts the script details.

This is still a pretty interesting production , and the acting is good

there are worse ways to spend about an hour and 20 minutes, especially these days.

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10 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

there was absolutely no way they were going to film on location in India, or redress their back lot to resemble India, or hire hundreds of extras, or put up the lolly for the elaborate sets and special effects and stunts the script details.

If you want true Bollywood Horror, I recommend:

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Re: the "ohm"symbol instead of the cross as Vampire repellant ^^^ is just one of the translations you'll spot. I have this on a Mondo Macabro release double feature with the equally great Purana Mandir.

Bollywood horror contains all the classic elements of a vampire story: pretty women victims, creepy cemeteries, religious overtones, angry mobs with torches.....all with elaborate singing & dancing numbers sprinkled in.

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Sorry to move this away from Hammer horror films because I really like them. However, I watched SILVERADO over the week-end from 1985. Like TOMBSTONE, it's one of my favorite Westerns.  The casting is great and it's a good story.  Unless you consider the STAR WARS movies as Westerns (which many reviewers do), I think it's Lawrence Kasdan's only venture into the genre other than WYATT EARP.  Also, it was an introduction to Kevin Costner for many of us. I thought the best performance was by Brian Dennehy  as Cobb. I've always thought he was under rated as a character actor and was sorry when he left us last Spring. Kevin Kline was good too as Paden. His portrayal of a reluctant "good guy" was spot on for me.  All and all I never tire of seeing this film. I think my favorite scene is when Jake backs out of the saloon and  takes out two of Cobb's men by drawing and firing simultaneously both right and left. 

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37 minutes ago, Hoganman1 said:

Sorry to move this away from Hammer horror films because I really like them. ...

 

me, entering the chat:

 

I rented FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! (1969?) this weekend.

it was pretty lively, but largely formulaic- although there was some borderline black comedy (or maybe that is my perverse worldview taking over.) The actor playing THE MONSTER was very, very good- although for some odd reason I have a hard time grappling with the fact that the consistent thread through the HAMMER FRANKENSTEINS is THE DOCTOR and not THE MONSTER- who is, each time, a "one-off" creation (whereas THE MONSTER is the thread in the UNIVERSAL series.)

 

one thing that makes this one stand out is the brutal, but rather non-sequitor rape and later murder of a surprisingly drab** VERONICA CARLSON by PETER CUSHING's BARON, while i found the rape to be illogical on multiple levels (primarily the fact that CARLSON has at least 30 pounds on CUSHING) the decision to kill the character at least breaks with the rigid formula HAMMER persisted in sticking to wherein the HEROINE always comes thisclose TO DEATH, but escapes.

 

** "surprisingly drab" for VERONICA CARLSON is HOTTER THAN YOU OR I COULD EVER HOPE TO BE.

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I like Kate Bush but that video was weird.  

Last night I stuck with TCM and Goldie Hawn.  I actually preferred Seems Like Old Times as opposed to Foul Play.  I've seen First Wives Club so many times that I feel I can quote the dialogue.  Charles Grodin is a highly underrated actor (and a good guest on Letterman).  I also like Harold Gould.  Foul Play was more of a spoof/homage to Hitchcock movies; still very enjoyable.

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Butterflies Are Free (1972) TCM 10/10

A young blind man seeks independence from his over protective mother, he falls in love with a free spirited actress.

I love this film, it is set in the long gone hippie era of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is a comedy/drama with great performances. Edward Albert is touching as the blind man, you really feel his pain in some of the more dramatic moments. Goldie Hawn, as usual is cute and funny in her role but she also can be selfish and callous at times, making for a more interesting character. Eileen Heckart deserved her Oscar as the mother, the role is not a stereotypical over bearing mother, she is also very wise and loving. Plus she has some of the funniest lines. There is a scene where Goldie is walking around just in her bra and panties and tells Heckart that she is an actress. Heckart's reply "Might I have seen you in anything...besides your underwear?" And I love the folky music in it too, Albert sings the title song and a bit of John Denver's "Country Roads".

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7 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

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Butterflies Are Free (1972) TCM 10/10

Eileen Heckart deserved her Oscar as the mother, the role is not a stereotypical over bearing mother, she is also very wise and loving. Plus she has some of the funniest lines. There is a scene where Goldie is walking around just in her bra and panties and tells Heckart that she is an actress. Heckart's reply "Might I have seen you in anything...besides your underwear?"

 

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On 8/5/2020 at 7:40 AM, TikiSoo said:

One of my oldest dearest friends works on that show. She has great things to say about the cast & crew.

Last night I watched HOPSCOTCH '80 catching up with TCM's recent broadcast. It was yet ANOTHER Ronald Neame movie-man that guy has a great filmography including every genre. 

It's the story of a CIA spy played by Walter Matthau, who gets coldly replaced & fired after years of successful work. Dangerous situation, as he has so many government secrets. The movie is his attempt at writing a tell-all book, then escaping undetected so he can retire with his long term gf played by the wonderful Glenda Jackson.

In fact, ALL the acting is superb and the story is well told with twists & turns you never quite follow until it all wraps up in the end. Gorgeous European locations add to the enjoyment, as well as very amusing comedic touches. For example, while typing his book, he speaks to a photo of his slime ball boss wonderfully played by Ned Beatty. With every sentence, the camera interchanges with a shot of the photo and the boss's expression changes from smiling to concern to horror! 

I don't want to reveal anything about the story. But if -like me-you don't get enough Matthau in a movie, this one is a true gem. A real WOW of an ending too. (available as a Criterion release)

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Incidentally, Neame directed another film with Walter Matthau the following year called First Monday in October. It's not as good as Hopscotch and unfortunately has a egregiously overgraphic and unnecessary scene involving a pornographic movie screened as part of an obscenity case, but most of the rest of the film was old-fashioned and charming. It was a battle of the sexes comedy ala Tracy and Hepburn with Walter Matthau as a liberal (and recently divorced from Jan Sterling) Supreme Court justice and Jill Clayburgh as a new conservative addition to the court, the first woman to be voted onto the court.  They clash, but they ultimately come to mutual understanding, and to some degree of love. The film came out only a month  after Sandra Day O'Connor was appointed to the court so it was certainly timely. It's worth a look.

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Marathon Man (1976)

I went to the dentist today and had a long session, which seemed a lot longer, with the dentist drilling out a large cavity in one tooth. She did a good job and I didn't feel any pain, though half expecting it any moment. When I got out of the chair the first thing I did was thank her for not being like Laurence Olivier. She laughed.

This, in turn, prompted me to watch, for the first time in years, this paranoia inducing thriller about a marathon running college student who gets mixed up in international intrigue including a Nazi on the run in a search for diamonds who, among other things, knows how to derive secrets from anyone with torture devices that involving amateur dentistry. Plot holes, aside, it's a generally superior thriller, with Dustin Hoffman a good everyman with whom the audience can identify, Roy Scheider as his brother working for "the Division", William Devane as a cohort, Marthe Keller as a girl Hoffman meets and, in a small bit role, once again as a thug, old time screen heavy Marc Lawrence.

But the most memorable aspect of the film remains Olivier's cold blooded, intelligent, calculating performance as a monster in human disguise. And the scene in which he has Hoffman tied down to a chair, his mouth pried open, as he brings out his drill, I have to wonder how many others, like myself today, have thought of that moment as they visited their dentist. We have reason enough already to dislike those visits to the dentist's office, but I figure Marathon Man, at least, makes us realize that it could be even worse.

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3 out of 4

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