The 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.
Producers 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.
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.
“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.
…although not as much of either as I anticipated, I’m sad to say:
Lust for Vengeance (2001), in which a bunch of skeezy Brooklynites occasionally take time out from their busy schedules of snorting, screwing, and toking to get killed by a black-gloved psycho in a motorcycle helmet…
Repligator (1997), in which there supposedly is a reason why an experimental teleportation machine turns everyone who uses it into a sex-crazed female were-alligator, but it wouldn’t be worth your time or mine for me to try explaining it…
Sexsquatch: The Legend of Blood Stool Creek (2012), in which you have no one to blame but yourself if you watch a movie called that…
Stripperland (2011), which amazingly diverges early and often from its stated business of being Zombieland with boobies, and turns out not to be nearly as witless or indefensible as I was expecting.
… or, the House is a Lonely Hunter.
House of Last Things (2013)
I have no idea what to make of this movie. Either it’s a satire working on so high a level it went wa-a-ay over my head, or it’s The Room 2: Haunted Room. What starts as a fairly intriguing, technically-excellent story of interwoven fates soon skips a couple of grooves and tries to make itself a “meaningful” horror movie. Trouble is, the film-makers are even more ham-fisted with their attempts at symbolism than they are doing straight horror.
But… was this intentional? Were they trying to match form and substance, in a movie about the deadening effect of Suburbia? Maybe you can tell me…Will Laughlin is the Braineater.
A decade before Fritz Lang brought the master criminal Dr. Mabuse to the screen, French director Louis Feuillade’s helmed five films centered on the incredibly popular, murderous and highly surreal Lord of Crime, Fantomas. Mr. Feuillade’s work kicked off a European predilection for sadistic cinematic supervillains that continues to this very day.
I will be looking at each film over the next week, so don’t be confused by the fact that we begin our examination with Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine.Jabootu: The Bad Movie Dimension.
Un examen ressuscité:
While the Parisian suburbs are being terrorised by a maniac inflicting random attacks upon the vulnerable, the solicitor M. Joly learns a terrible secret about his lifelong friend, the respected and highly ethical psychiatrist, Dr Cordelier…
Jean Renoir’s 1959 made-for-television adaptation of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde manages to seem revisionist via the simple expedient of going back to the book, with the actor and mime artist Jean-Louis Barrault having a field day in his dual roles.
.Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!