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Streets of Dire

Streets of Dire

Streets? More like a whole city of dire! Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Jim Steinman, all as part of my attempt to put together a musical equivalent of the Pigman Cometh cartoons, and this led me to the Steinman song “Nowhere Fast,” which in turn led me to “Streets of Fire,” the […]

Is This Woman The Ultimate Gold Digger?

Is This Woman The Ultimate Gold Digger?

Yes, without a question. I mean, other women have married old men who are half dead for their money, but this one married one that was all dead. Stiff as a board, dead as a duck, yet, thanks to some highly skillful embalming, still remarkably fresh! This is just the start of the grim and […]

Swine Out Of Hell

Swine Out Of Hell

Or is it Pig Out Of Hell? I don’t know, haven’t made up my mind. Swine is a bit harsh but more forceful, pig is softer but not as impactful nor as phonetically pleasing as swine. I’ve been working on this piece on and off for at least one year, the earliest copy of the […]

Attack of the Fifty Foot Nothing

Attack of the Fifty Foot Nothing

“Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman” is total and utter tripe. And I wasn’t expecting much, just a few scenes in which the titular gal stomps on some really dodgy-looking miniature buildings, but we don’t get even that! In fact, we don’t even see the giantess of the title until the last 10 minutes of […]

Attack of the Giant Leeches!

Attack of the Giant Leeches!

For some strange reason ( probably wanting to shut my brain down for a while, thereby preventing the kind of cerebral event that would make a real mess of my study walls) I recently took it upon myself to watch some really, really low budget movies from the fifties and sixties. This decision turned out […]

Beware The Wasp Woman!

Beware The Wasp Woman!

Two word review : utter crap. This Roger Corman helmed tale of a woman who uses a wasp-based serum to rejuvenate herself – no prizes for guessing what the serum’s primary side effect is – is a movie with no redeeming features at all. From the very start you know you’re in trouble – there […]

Boris Karloff meets Charles Whitman

Boris Karloff meets Charles Whitman

SPOILERS AHEAD “Targets” is one of those movies I’ve been curious about for decades but never gotten round to watching. Until last week, when I got round to watching it… “Targets” is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it was Peter Bogdanovich’s first film as director and, second, it was one of Boris Karloff’s last films […]

Boris Karloff Meets Jack Nicholson

Boris Karloff Meets Jack Nicholson

“The Terror” is a terrible, terrible movie, made by Roger Corman only to squeeze some more money out of the sets for “The Haunted Palace” before he sent them to the knacker’s yard. Not surprisingly the only good thing about this mess is the sets, though I must admit the cinematography is also quite adequate. […]

Tales of a Gnomish Wanderer

Tales of a Gnomish Wanderer

I never paid any attention to Jason Statham until he popped up in “The Expendables,” at which point I decided I would finally get round to watching one of his solo movies. Then I forgot all about him and his movies for a couple of years. Then I bumped into a really cheap two-disc set […]

Beware The Giant Snail People

SPOILERS AHEAD A couple of years ago, at around the time that Redd Inc. came out,  I mysteriously lost interest in horror movies. For about three decades horror had been my favorite genre and suddenly I didn’t care anymore. I still don’t know what happened, It’s not as if I decided horror movies were evil […]