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WTF? A B-Masters' Roundtable

There are WTF? Films that break you in a good way: movies that expose you to new ways of thinking. Movies that broaden your perspective. Movies that give you a new appreciation of the human condition. This is not one of those. This is the opposite of one of those.

Since this is my first review of 2017, as I recover from a terrible case of writer’s block, I’ve decided to take the easy way out for this Roundtable. I’ve decided to review one of the least WTF-worthy (but still mind-boggling) movies of a director who doesn’t seem to have made any other kind of film: Sompote Sands’s Yak Wat Jaeng vs. Jumborg Ace.

(PS — my real WTF! review will be coming in the next couple of days. I’m also working on reviews to fill in the Roundtables I’ve missed.)

Will Laughlin is the Braineater.

The things we do for love


 

 
THE UNKNOWN (1927)

…in which an armless man who earns a living as a circus performer by throwing knives with his feet falls in love with his beautiful young assistant, who has a deep-seated phobia about men’s hands.

Why, yes—this is a Tod Browning / Lon Chaney collaboration; how did you guess?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I make no bones about it

X-RayYou don’t need a medical degree to diagnose the Golan-Globus horror movie X-Ray (a.k.a. Hospital Massacre) as suffering from badmovieitis.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Ninja nutzoid

Ninja: American WarriorNo discussion of crazy cinema would be complete without a look at the ninja movies of Godfrey Ho, and Ninja: American Warrior is a good example of his work.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Unreal estate

 

 
 
 
 
HAUSU (1977)

…in which it takes me over 7500 words to explain that I am lost for words…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[NB: Possibly NSFW: a little nudity, some blood, random body-parts, and a super-sized serving of WEIRD.]
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                  Awww… Kitty!

 
 

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

Dungeons and drag-ons

Ator The Fighting EagleThe sword and sorcery movie Ator The Fighting Eagle doesn’t get that far off the ground.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Top Sensation

TOP SENSATION
To call a film “explosive” which stars Edwige Fenech is one thing. To call a film “explosive” which stars Rosalba Neri is another, albeit similar, thing. To call a film “explosive” which opens with Neri flinging dynamite around with all the glee and gesticulating of a silent film actor is a bad pun. To call a film “explosive” which stars both Fenech and Neri and features the aforementioned opening is the come-on of the century.

Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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Stay a-way!

They Went That-A-Way & That-A-WaySome movies you can tell are really bad even before watching them. They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way is one of these movies.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

A real sleeper

The PersonalsTouching and funny, the independently made comedy-drama The Personals cries out for being released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

The Devilish Sister of the Jazzy Queen has Been Robbed

Or something to that effect. I will eventually et to the Peter Cushing roundtable of now nearly two months ago, but until then…

THE SISTER OF URSULA
The Sister of Ursula is like watching a Jess Franco film without that director’s flare. Contemplate that one on the Tree of Woe. Sex scenes, the Italian coast, outlandish murders — everything about The Sister of Ursula seems to operate under the directive of “Well, this should be good, but we’re going to mess it up.”
JAZZ ON FILM: FILM NOIR
Jazz on Film: Film Noir is a five-disc box set collecting together some of the seminal jazz soundtracks from noir cinema from the 1950s, exploring the evolution of the musical style from its presence as a scene in a movie to its integration into the scores themselves.
THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIME
As with his previous film, Miraglia takes the modern setting integral to the spirit of gialli and dresses it up in a bit of old-fashioned Gothic spookiness by, once again, setting a portion of it in a moody Gothic estate full of dark secret passages and dungeon chambers.
JEWEL ROBBERY
Now that’s the life — where, during a mild bit of cat burglary, you sneak into a lavish hotel room via the window and find Kay Francis in a low-cut evening dress, relaxing languidly across the foot of the bed, waiting for you with a glass of champagne in her hand.
DEVIL IN THE BRAIN
Sergio Sollima didn’t direct very many films. His career is split fairly evenly between theatrical and televised fare. Devil in the Brain is not what anyone would consider a technically outstanding movie, but it is solid in its craftsmanship.

Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.

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