Greek Tragedy

ISLAND OF DEATH

The idyllic Greek island of Mykonos, where Zeus once battled the Titans, has long been a sunny vacation paradise favored by, among other populations, gay and lesbian holiday-makers. Although swamped during the high summer months by A-listers too cool for the sweaty EDM and glow sticks (or maybe just cell phones now) scene of Ibiza, the island takes on a more subdued character once the last throng of bikini and Speedo clad celebs have migrated elsewhere for the fall, leaving behind an eclectic population of salty locals, Bohemians, and artists. It’s probably no accident that director Nico Mastorakis chose this welcoming island as the spot to unleash his duo of deranged sociopaths in Island of Death.


Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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    A little more WTF-ery

     

     

     
    As an addendum to the Roundtable, I have copied over the, uh, idiosyncratic 1925 version of WIZARD OF OZ.
     

    Remarkably, the scene in which Larry Semon is left with egg on his face seems not to have been intended ironically.

     

     

     

     

    (I have also copied over HIS MAJESTY, THE SCARECROW OF OZ, which should not be construed as a criticism: while occasionally odd, it is not remotely in the same ballpark.)

     

     

     

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


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      Giallo, Fulci Style

      My WTF entry is finished. I just need to do screencaps. And the film I’m doing offers so, so many choices. In the meantime, please enjoy Lucio Fulci flexing his hatred of humanity.

      DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING

      There is a deep vein of cynicism running through the center of Lucio Fulci’s Don’t Torture a Duckling (aka Non Si Sevizia un Paperino). The same can be said for the vast majority of the man’s work. His filmography is littered with the bodies of people snuffed out in manners most gruesome, and their virtues are no ward against the brutalities (realistic or fantastic) of the world. Hell, in literal and metaphoric fashion, awaits us all in Fulci’s cinema. Rather than focusing on the supernatural, Don’t Torture a Duckling sets its sights on the innate evil in humanity


      Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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        Yak Wat the…

        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.


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          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!


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            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.


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              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.


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                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!


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                  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.


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                    But first, some catch-ups

                     
                    I haven’t done an ‘update’ post here for a while, about the stuff I’ve been transferring over to the blog; so I thought I’d take care of that before getting stuck into the new Roundtable:

                     

                     
                    I have now transferred and tidied up:

                    The Flying Saucer (1950)
                    Revolt Of The Zombies (1936)
                    The Last Warning (1929)
                    The Magic Cloak Of Oz (1914)
                    The Patchwork Girl Of Oz (1914)
                    The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (1910)

                     
                    I have also added two new Et Al. posts: April17, in which the journey through 2007 continues, plus there’s a bunch of random stuff that came out of the tape-box; and Aug17, in which 2007 is finally wrapped up, while I also reveal a shameful growing addiction to the Midday Movie…
                     
                     
                     
                     

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


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