So bad, not even Carradine shows his face

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The Mouse And His ChildJohn Carradine lent his voice to several animated movies during his career, The Mouse And His Child being one of them. In this particular one, he’s given very little to do. Though considering the end results, he got off lucky.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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    I am zombie, hear me roar

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    REVENGE OF THE ZOMBIES (1943)

    …in which a German scientist attempting to create an army of the living dead to serve the Third Reich uses his own wife as an experimental subject—and discovers that, dead or alive, she still has him whipped…

    This Monogram anti-epic is an improvement over its predecessor thanks to a focus on John Carradine doing mad science rather than on the antics of Mantan Moreland—but it’s Veda Ann Borg who unexpectedly steals the show.

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    Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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      Please, no more(land)!

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      KING OF THE ZOMBIES (1941)

      …in which agents of the US government searching for a missing admiral stumble across the operative of – *cough, cough* – an unidentified European nation, who uses a combination of voodoo and hypnotism to create zombies and exert mind control.

      A horror-comedy in which “horror” takes a seat right up the back, this film is chiefly a vehicle for the, uh, idiosyncratic comedy stylings of Mantan Moreland.

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      Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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        Maybe not the last… but among the least

        Last Of The LivingFrom New Zealand comes the horror comedy Last Of The Living. Unfortunately, writer/director Logan McMillan is no Peter Jackson.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          From Vintage Ford to Some Broken-Down Vehicles

          He was tall, lean and aristocratic-looking. He had piercing eyes, a mellifluous & powerful baritone voice, and a commanding stage presence. You could hand him a script in the morning, and by early afternoon he knew not only his own part, but everybody else’s as well. He was a supremely accomplished actor on stage and screen, who established himself as a member of John Ford’s regular troupe, and worked with other fine directors including Douglas Sirk and Rouben Mamoulian.

          But we’re prepared to forgive him for all that.

          For unlike other talented actors — who find themselves forced to take on ever-more embarrassing roles as age and changing fashions catch up with them — John Carradine actually liked making terrible movies. He made ’em even when he didn’t have to. He had a tremendous sense of humor about himself and his career, and found that doing low-low-low-budget schlock gave him the chance to cut loose and really enjoy himself. Thus he also found himself listed in the stock company of directors like Al Adamson and Jerry Warren, making some of the most ridiculous movies ever made.

          So join us through the month of May, as we look at the (often simultaneous) highs and lows in the career of a man who rarely turned down a role:


          CARRADINE, Thou Wayward Son
          Will Laughlin is the Braineater.


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            Homelessness Roger Corman style

            StreetsThe drama Streets is interesting for being a somewhat more serious than usual production for Roger Corman. But don’t worry – he made Christina Applegate almost get naked in one scene.

            Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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              Doesn’t even have camp appeal

              Summer Camp NightmareThe idea of a revolution by kids in a summer camp had potential, but the Roger Corman production Summer Camp Nightmare doesn’t work in just about any angle you can think of.

              Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                You WILL like it when it’s angry

                The Angry Red PlanetThe low budget science fiction movie The Angry Red Planet is unusual because it entertains in two ways, being both unintentionally amusing and surprisingly effective.

                Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                  Nuts of the round table

                  Sword Of The ValiantProducers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus managed to get an unforgettable cast for Sword Of The Valiant. They got Sean Connery, Trevor Howard, Peter Cushing, and John Rhys-Davies. And Miles O’Keeffe. Well, I did say the cast was unforgettable.

                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                    While I was Busy Cutting Off Faces

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                    OK, running more than a little bit late for the “Quelle horreur!” round table, but…well…some French excuse. I don’t know. Anyway, I’ve finally pulled my act together and completed my entry.

                    Eyes Without a Face/Les yeux sans visage

                    feat“With a few exceptions scattered throughout the past hundred years or so of feature filmmaking, the French never really embraced the horror film. Instead, the French response was cinema fantastique. Certainly it had elements of horror, sometimes more overt than others, but more traditionally recognizable characteristics of horror were mixed into a dreamy mist that also included romance, science fiction, mystery, and melodrama all spun with a disregard for logical narrative structure and progression in favor of a dreamlike (or nightmare) quality. Of the many films that make up the body of cinema fantastique, few have developed an enduring reputation, good and bad, quite like that of Georges Franju’s Les yeux sans visage, aka Eyes without a Face.

                    Keith Allison is the ruthless overlord of Teleport City.


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