Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Alfred is not the only one entranced by Sara. The local Vampire, Count von Krolock, wants her for his coven, and he steals her away one night (while she is in the bath of course.) Sara's Father, the Innkeeper (played by Alfie Bass, one of my favorite Brits) is also turned into a Vampire. Soon, Alfred and the Professor are at the Count's castle, trying to rescue Sara and fend off the Vampire's son, Herbert, who has taken a liking to Alfred (see, this sounds like a Carry-on film. If you have never seen a Carry-on film, consider yourself lucky.)
This film is beautiful to look at. The cinematography and set design are amazing. Sharon Tate is gorgeous. The "Danse Macabre" at the end of the film is hilarious and scary. And the ending is kind of a downer, which surprised me but actually made me appreciate the film all the more. My favorite part of this film though is Alfie Bass. I love this guy. When the Maiden that he is trying to turn into a Vampire tries to ward him off with a cross he tells her "Oy, have you got the wrong Vampire!" Love it!!!
For a great recent review of this film check out "The Horror Digest" at : http://horrordigest.blogspot.com/2009/12/fearless-vampire-killers-rub-dub-dub.html
and please don't let the Polanski creep factor keep you from watching this film!!
This looks pretty good actually.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Speaking of Basterds, here are my favorite non-horror films of the year:
Sunday, December 27, 2009
(Decapitated gingerbread robot courtesy of the Mindless Minion... Click to join her army.....)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Their faithful Friend and Servant, C.D.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
I am in the midst of a full-on Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski obsession. Don't ask me why, I don't know how I get myself involved in these things. For a full background on this duo's relationship, might I suggest you check out My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski by Werner Herzog. It is an awesome documentary and it will make your jaw drop in horror at the behaviour of Mr. Kinski. Of course, I am totally obsessed with him now.....
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Found this video of horror hottie Eli Roth playing "Jew or not a Jew" on TMZ (a guilty pleasure.) The multiple videos go on for about 20 minutes, but it is worth a watch if you are a Roth fan (I am) or you just have time to kill and have ever wondered if Daniel Day-Lewis was Jewish.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Normally I would do my "vs." thing here, but since I have already posted The Wolfman trailer a couple of times I thought I would just go old school today. As I love Zombies, my Father loves The Wolfman. So I grew up with Werewolves, and Chaney's remains my favorite. Chaney's Larry Talbot is a poor schmuck who can't catch a break. First of all, he has to wonder how Claude Rains could possibly be his father (his mother must have been an amazon or something) and then, he gets bit by a gypsy who happens to be a werewolf. Unable to live with what he has become he begins a quest for death. This is like tragic Opera. This would actually make a pretty damn good Opera. Opera folks, you can thank me later for the idea.
Lon Chaney Jr. was a perfect choice to play the Wolfman. Larry Talbot is a bit of a lumbering oaf with sad eyes that you can't help but feel sorry for. Anytime I see Chaney in a film I can't help but think of his signature role. Lets hope that Benicio Del Toro (who I think is pretty awesome) can fill these very big shoes....
Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
And I was right. Now, I don't hate the film at all. It is quite interesting and filled with really fantastic performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee and the Father and Son. Visually, the Director and Cinematographer captured the essence of McCarthy's book. This is a bleak wasteland- what one would imagine hell looks like. The violence and tension are there, particularly during the scene where the Father and Son uncover the horror hiding in the cellar, a section of the book that gave me heart palpitations.
What is missing is the heart of the novel. It is so hard to translate these feelings onto film. Director John Hillcoat certainly tries. We see the boy upset with his Father for not helping fellow travelers. We see the Father agonize over whether or not to kill his son. We see the boy praying, and not being quite sure what that means. And these scenes provoke emotion, but if you have read the book they just seem to fall flat, which is usually the trouble with screen adaptations. With few exceptions (Silence of the Lambs, the original TV Salem's Lot) the film never equals or surpasses the novel. I might have really loved this film had I never read the novel. As it is, I just have to say it was OK. I did enjoy hearing McCarthy's prose read by Mortensen, and Robert Duvall has an incredible, Oscar worthy cameo.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
The hunt is on for a copy of Werner Herzog's version of Nosferatu starring the totally bat-shit crazy Klaus Kinski. I am in the midst of a Herzog obsession. He is also quite crazy and a genius. His next film is a horror film called My Son, My Son, what have ye done? With a title like that you know it's going to be good.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
5 nice things I have to say about "New Moon", and then I am never going to speak of this film again.
- The soundtrack features a pretty good song by Thom Yorke
- The bad vampire chick has pretty hair
- It is pretty funny that Bella takes "Virgin Air" to rescue Edward
- Some pretty good looking guys take their shirts off
- Possible drinking game: a shot every time good looking guy takes his shirt off.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Voting starts today at 2pm.....
And check out my interview here:
Wait, who the hell is Jennifer Golden? Despite all my learnin I can't get my email account to update to my new last name....
Thanks to B-Sol at "The Vault of Horror" for including me with all of these awesome ladies!