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Ca$h

The thriller Ca$h takes an old formula and revives it with some fresh twists to good effect.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

I don’t balk with my talk about hawk

Baker's Hawk

Intelligent yet entertaining, Baker’s Hawk is the kind of great family movie that sadly isn’t being made anymore.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Richard Harris – ass kicker!

The Deadly Trackers

While the casting of Richard Harris in a movie about bloody vengeance may seem odd, The Deadly Trackers is evidence to prove that anything is possible… and can work out well.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Shocked even me

The Entity

If you can get by its distasteful premise, The Entity is a horror movie with attributes to appreciate… just not attributes you might be expecting.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Baby’s First B-Masters Cabal Roundtable

It was during Roundtable #4: Review All Monsters that Teleport City was invited to join this illustrious group of cult film luminaries. With such a grand opportunity presented to me, of course I would use it to champion what was, until the release of Godzilla: Final Wars, generally considered to be Godzilla’s worst moment.

GODZILLA’S REVENGE

But first, Ichiro must dream, dream, dream himself away to sweet monster Island, where Minya introduces him to an unimpressed Godzilla, who would rather swat airplanes out of the sky than talk to his stupid son’s nerdy friends.

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Keith Allison is the chief Bacchanologist at Teleport City.

Catch a Throwing Star from Cannon Films

Two more patch jobs on missing or never completed Roundtables.

#9: Catch a Throwing Star!

ENTER THE NINJA

By the 1980s, things really got out of hand, and more than a few movies from both sides of the Pacific featured people in wildly colorful ninja outfits running around the streets of modern day cities. You don’t get very far as a spy if you look like a spy, and there is very little that’s nondescript about a guy in metallic red pajamas and a face mask running down the streets of modern-day Duluth while waving a katana over his head.

#13: Go Go Go-Go Boys!

REVENGE OF THE NINJA

Sho Kosugi is a former ninja (I didn’t know there were such thing — do you get a good 401k as a retired ninja?) who moves to Los Angeles to run an antique shop with his friend. What he doesn’t know is that his friend is using the antiques as a way to smuggle dope.

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Keith Allison is the chief Bacchanologist at Teleport City.

Cat Demon Lady

Continuing to play catch-up with Roundtables past. This time…#66: Were-What?

KURONEKO

A crumbling ruin. A mist-shrouded forest. A lone samurai making his way home late at night meets a seemingly defenseless young woman. So begins the horror of Kaneto Shindô’s tale of ghosts, vengeance, and the wrongs visited upon women by entitled men. Kuroneko is a film that feels older than it is. Shot in 1968, five years after Shindo’s more famous horror movie OnibabaKuronekohearkens back to the more humanistic period pieces and sword-fighting films of the 1950s. Kuroneko is also one of my favorite films. And not just because it has cat demon ladies in it. Though, really, cat demon ladies should be an enormous draw for anyone.

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Keith Allison is the chief Bacchanologist at Teleport City.

…and He said it was good

…And God Spoke

Hilarious and more accurate than you might think, the mockumentary …And God Spoke is an obscurity that needs to be much better known.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Ghosts of Roundtables Past

And so begins the effort to fill in Teleport City’s missing Roundtables and broken links. I figured I would start with the classy material first, so here we go.

#61: WTF!? (August 2017)

ISLAND OF DEATH

Shows like Game of Thrones, Black Sails, and that Spartacus series that was on Starz trot out sleazy perversions on a weekly basis that would have sent many a film in the past to the “banned in 31 countries” scrap heap. There’s more gore, incest, twisted sex, and nudity in those shows than in Island of Death, and yet most viewers, including viewers not accustomed to scummy exploitation films, accept it lovingly into their lives while still finding something like Island of Death to be “too much.” There’s something about context, or about presentation. Sleaze and weirdness is always more effective when it’s presented in a rawer, less technically polished medium, and perhaps the concentrated weirdness, cinematic style, and film grain render an old exploitation film more shocking even when, quantitatively, it should be less shocking.

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Keith Allison is the chief Bacchanologist at Teleport City.

Come to the Dark Side! We’ve got churros…

 

Maldicion de la llorona This review was not exactly what I had in mind. For this current Roundtable, I’ve been working on a big project — one I’ve been planning for years. Unfortunately, Life has intervened with my plans yet again, in a particularly cruel way, and I have not been able to finish it in time.

However, the recent release of the movie Curse of la Llorona reminded me of something: several years ago, I’d started reviewing the classic Mexican movie that originally held that title. I’d left the review just short of finished, and re-reading it I realized that once I finished it, it would fit the subject of our current Roundtable just about as well as any other.

So, while I am still working away at a Roundtable entry I think will be worth the wait once its finished, here’s:

La Maldición de la llorona (1961)

 

Will Laughlin is the Braineater.