Inspired by this commentthread, and suffering from the flu, and kinda feeling in a desk-clearing mood... Here's comes another pict-o-rama!
SUPER-SIMIAN-MINI-REVIEWS(to assuage my guilt)
Stake Land (2010) I dunno, another Zombie-esque Apocalypse flick? Sheesh, I'm burned out.... I didn't like Zombieland the first time, Bill Murray cameo excepted.
The Crawling Eye (1958) Y'know, this could very easily be an episode of The X-Files, or whatever "Cops As Paranormal Investigator" show is popular now. Sure, it's far-fetched, but if you treat it as the "pilot" for a TV series, it's great: engineer Allan (F-Troop's Forest Tucker) comes to the Trollenberg mountain in Switzerland at the behest of the Professor: in addition to a series of gruesome murders, there has been a cloud with high levels of radiation hovering in the exact same spot for several days right next to the mountain.
On the train ride, Allan meets a woman with psychic powers--who ends up in telepathic contact with the hideous H.P. Lovecraft/nightmare-giant-eyeballs living in the cloud. It seems Allan and the Professor encountered a very similar situation in the Andes a few years earlier. With the help of the telepath and her sister, as well as an intrepid reporter, these humans prepare to battle an intergalactic menace!
The Brood (1979) Almost perfect. Now that I'm older, I get a lot of Cronenberg's flicks much better than when I was a kid. And this is one of them.
Red Angel (1966) I still haven't gotten around to seeing director Yasuzo Masumura's Blind Beast, but I own his Giants & Toys, so there. Set on the front lines at a combat hospital in China, Red Angel is shocking in its realism towards showing the horrors of surgery, as well as broaching subjects usually unspoken: like horny soldiers raping nurses, how crippled soldiers are never sent home so no one can see the horrors, and how does a man with no arms masturbate?
And all this is the fault of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Which I discussed here, but need to add: ROLL ON, OH MIGHTY SIMIAN WARLORDS!
That was my original idea for the title of this blog, a sort of summation of nearly everything I'd ever wanted cinematically: regularly playing on the ABC Channel 7 4:30 movie--or on WOR-TV Channel 9's 4 O'Clock Movie--the greatest monster movie in the universe, and incredible combo of miniatures, men in suits and stop motion, with entire continents destroyed!
But then there was a coup d'etat, and Tzar Ivan I of Ivanlandia took charge.