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Cold, cruel, depressing… and recommended

King Of The AntsWhile I guess I’m giving King Of The Ants a thumbs up, it was a cinematic experience I’d rather not repeat any time soon.

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The sexy side of mercenaries

Hell SquadLas Vegas showgirls are whipped into shape to become mercenaries in Hell Squad. Hey, it could happen. Not in this universe, but it could happen somewhere.

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Dinner in Blood Diner, nothing could be finer

Blood DinerSuccessfully combining broad comedy with graphic bloodshed is tough to do, but the makers of Blood Diner managed to do it pretty well.

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Psychic Kids & Sinnin’ Socialites

Teleport City remains in a state of suspended animation, but I’m managing to squeeze out articles elsewhere that might be of interest.

First, an article actually on Teleport City: Holiday Entertainment Extravaganza is a summary of some of our Christmas traditions, which includes episodes of The Avengers, Man from UNCLE, and the BBC’s Ghosts for Christmas specials, as well as music and drinks.


On the Cultural Gutter, my examination of science fiction in folk horror continues with These Lonely, Haunted Places, a look at the controversial British TV movie Penda’s Fen; and concludes with Into the Woods, a reflection on growing up in an American version of a folk horror location as well as a look at three thingsĀ I think form a foundation for American science fiction folk horror (Phantasm, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and Stranger Things).


While I normally don’t tout my booze writing on Alcohol Professor here, a few of the more recent ones tie directly into Teleport City material (or at least obsessions). Martini and Myth is a four-parter about the origins of the Martini, it’s many variations, and how James Bond came to prefer them shaken and made with vodka. Spies at the Savoy, similarly, is a history of London’s historic American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, the cocktails invented there, and the role it played in World War II. Night of Booooozy Tales was my Halloween article, pairing cocktails/liquors with horror authors (Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Lafcadio Hearn, Margery Lawrence, M.R. James, and Edgar Allan Poe) and one of their famous books or stories. And most recently, Christmas with Nick and Nora is a guide to cocktails you can make over the holidays to make sure your Christmas is a booze soaked as The Thin Man movies.

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Well… a better career move than THE FLY II…

LionheartLions sleep for about two-thirds of a day every day, and you’ll likely join them if you watch Lionheart, despite the movie having a few good touches here and there.

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I swear this is a good movie

Under OathIgnored when released and promptly forgotten about, the Roger Corman production Under Oath is a real sleeper waiting to be discovered.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Muppets from Hell

HELLO DOLLY

A (cough) typically scary scene from 'Zapatlela'

Following up on Lyz’s typically brilliant take on Child’s Play, it’s time switch gears a little to take a look at the ways in which Tom Holland’s groundbreaking film was interpreted, re-interpreted, re-re-interpreted and mis-interpreted by the various cinema industries in India…

Child’s Play in India

The four movies are:

  • Papi Gudia (1996), in which something was definitely lost in translation;
  • Mantra (2005), which gets a surprising number of things right for a movie nobody seems to have ever heard of;
  • Zapatlela (1993), which takes the story in a totally unexpected (and very silly) direction; and
  • Ammo Bomma (2001), in which Indian cinema turns to an Indian movie for inspiration… and fails to be inspired.
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Bah, humbug!

Christmas Is Here AgainThe animated holiday movie Christmas Is Here Again makes Ziggy’s Gift look… well… even better than perfect in comparison.

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BFF…and E…and E…

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CHILD’S PLAY (1988)

…in which the world’s most terrifying doll becomes much less scary once it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer…

 

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Ventriloquism 101

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DEAD SILENCE (2007)

…in which small-town America must be taught once again that vigilante justice is generally not a good idea…

A lesser entry in the ventriloquist’s dummy sub-genre, Dead Silence at least makes up in quantity what it lacks in quality.

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[NB: Probably NSFW—some grue.]

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We also take another look at the roots of this particular sub-genre, with The Great Gabbo (1929).

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