…and the lunatics have taken over

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THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM (2013)

…in which a bunch of Brits set out to prove that they can make an Amityville sequel just as cheap, dumb and pointless as any of the American ones.

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


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    Out with the Old

    There’s a new wind blowing, and it smells exactly like the stale old wind. As Teleport City counts down to its 20th anniversary (good gravy, Charlie Brown), it’s become a little burdensome and full of writing I did in my 20s and am not entirely excited about. So in the service of staying in the game as Teleport City shifts into archival mode (it will remain online), a new site is being launched that will take its place and do mostly the same thing, though with a little more structure. The site, called MEZZANOTTE, is based around themes that run for two months (all of which will be compiled into an ebook/print book at the end of the year). For our inaugural theme, which officially launches in February, we’re tackling giallo movies and soundtracks.

    The new site doesn’t officially launch until Feb. 1, but you can get a sneak peek now, since the B-Masters has been Teleport City’s home since that fateful day a madman named Dr. Freex said to the council, “What about Teleport City?” And where better to start an exploration of giallo than with the film most often referred to as “the first”?

    THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1963)

    Judging Mario Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much from its first scene, it would be reasonable to assume one was watching a Fellini movie, or at least a reasonable imitation of Fellini. The opening shot of a TWA plane in flight toward Rome, the bustling capital of high style, suggests the dawn of the age of the jet set, as does the introduction of the film’s main character, stylish but somewhat naive American Nora Davis (Leticia Román, in Russ Meyer’s version of Fanny Hill as well as the Elvis film G.I. Blues) who is being pestered by her Lothario seat-mate (while she is trying to read a giallo novel, no less).

    You can read the soundtrack reviews here.


    Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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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.

      Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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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.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          …and good riddance

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          Seriously.

          I mean, tributes are nice, but I’d prefer less occasion for them.

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          2017h3.

          I’m not going to tempt fate by expressing any certainty over 2017; I’ll merely wish for a much better and kinder year for all.

          Likewise, no optimistically extravagant promises for the coming twelve months, just a hope that things will be easier and more productive. Thank you to our visitors for your support and input, it is greatly appreciated.

           

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


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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.

            Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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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 things 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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              Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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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.

                Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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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.

                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                    B&W Boris

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                    I have transferred over:

                    (And there’s a bit more on The Walking Dead in Spinning Newspaper Injures Printer.)

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                    I have also posted a very belated update to Et Al.

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


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