Dracula’s Japanese Vampire Bride

VAMPIRE DOLL

vdoll34Japan’s occasional flirtations with an interest in vampires are, like most things having to do with Japan and Western pop culture, a bizarre mix of revulsion and fascination with the foreign — a dichotomy that is almost certainly born of the interests of the young simply not lining up with the prejudice of the old (something that is not unique to Japan, or to any culture). One portion of the Japanese population can import and read home-grown vampire fiction as cautionary tales about the corrupting influence of the foreign on Japan, while another portion of the population can read those same tales and simply walk away having enjoyed a fun horror story about strange creatures.

Keith Allison is the ruthless overlord of Teleport City.


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    It’s what the proverbial bear makes in the title place

    The ForestEven when you consider the quality of many slashers from the 1980s, The Forest is way below average for the genre.

    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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      Elvis Played a Chopper Pilot Once…

      Sorry– inside joke.  I bet Teleport Keith gets it, though.  So anyway, this is how I’ve been torturing myself since frigging November:

       

      Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978), in which no one ever said the Antichrist had to be human…

      Sherlock Holmes (1916), which has recently wriggled its way off of the Lost List to give us a taste of the original Definitive Holmes Player…

      Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), which is so much worse even than you remember…

      Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), in which George Lucas belatedly remembers that these movies are supposed to lead into the ones he already made…

      Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which he double-belatedly remembers that they’re specifically supposed to be showing us the origin of Darth Vader…

      Virgin Witch (1972), which astonishingly is probably the best thing I reviewed this go-round…

      and…

      Wild Country (2005), which would have been the best if only writer/director Craig Strachan had realized that we’d know it was werewolves all along.

       
       
       

      El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.


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        Quintessential McQueen

        BULLITT

        image32-1024x614These days, Bullitt‘s reputation is built almost entirely on the exhilarating eleven-minute car chase. Even people who have never seen the movie have seen that scene, or at least have heard of it or seen it referenced in other media. This isn’t without reason; it’s a damn good car chase, full of screeching tires, the guttural growl of V8 engines, and a distractingly persistent green Volkswagen Beetle. But all the focus on the chase scene can sometimes cause people to forget that surrounding the damn good car chase is a damn good cop film, one with a gritty cinéma vérité style predictive of the filmmaking that would rise to prominence in the 1970s. Plus, you know, there’s Steve McQueen.

        Keith Allison is the ruthless overlord of Teleport City.


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          When being ‘in the Zone’ turns out to be a really dangerous idea…

          The Bad Place: A B-Masters' Roundtable

          Stalker (1979)

          Three people go off into the wild in search of a possibly-supernatural phenomenon. On their way, they bicker with each other, getting on each other’s nerves (and sometimes the nerves of the audience, too). We never actually see any of the terrifying things that confront them… but toward the end, a woman makes a tearful confession directly into the camera, and…

          And…

          Ummm, even though all this is technically accurate, I see I’m inadvertently giving a description of the wrong film. Let me try again:

          Our protagonist goes from a mundane, monochrome world into a mysterious land of color, where nothing is quite the same; and (with some curious, ill-matched companions and a dog) follows a winding path on a quest for a magical place where they’ve heard their wishes will be granted… Theyyyyy’re off to see the…

          Oh, boy. Now I’m really describing the wrong movie. Forget it. Just read the damned review, OK?

          Will Laughlin is the Braineater.


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            Blame it on the Boogie

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            I had two different lists of possible second films for this Roundtable: one of bad-place-but-not-a-haunted-house films, one of potential Resurrected Reviews that fit the profile…

            …only then, having waded through the entire cinematic Amityville oeuvre* – and I think waded is the right word – I got curious about how The Murder House trope might operate away from the Amityville framework.

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            SINISTER (2012)

            …in which a struggling true-crime writer, in an attempt to reboot his career, moves himself and his family into the site of a notorious, unsolved mass murder and child abduction…

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            (*Yes, yes: I’m aware that there’s one more to go and at least one more on the way. Sigh.)

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


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              …and last and least…

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              Is there anything more annoying than being quite sure you own a film, then finding out at the critical moment that you don’t?

              Mind you, it speaks volumes that this was the one I didn’t buy…

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              THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (2005)

               

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              And with that done, I think I’ll go and have a quiet psychotic break…

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


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                Dutch Girls and Teddy Girls

                THE EROTIC ESCAPADES OF EMMANUELLE, PT. 2

                mstv copyIn this installment of what looks like it’ll be, well, it’s gonna be a lot of installments…anyway, we look at Sylvia Kristel’s early life, her modeling career, entry into film by way of the Eurocrime thriller BECAUSE OF THE CATS, and the early photography career of Ken Russell, whose 1969 film Women in Love was one of the most important films in breaking down sexual taboos in mainstream cinema.

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                  A Wild-er drama

                  Quackser FortuneThe title of the movie Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx fortunately does not overshadow the great amount of charm and humanity in the movie itself.

                  Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                    Czech Madness and Argentine Giallo

                    Teleport City continues its unannounced transfer to Jet Set Cinema with one of the best and one of the worst

                    MARKETA LAZAROVAml11

                    Marketa Lazarová – the tale of warring clans in the 12th century – has been heralded as perhaps the greatest Czech film of all time. Stark landscapes, inventive cinematography, and a fractured, experimental narrative certainly make for an unforgettable experience.

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                    A shot on digital video POV take on giallo from Argentina that makes too many mistakes to be regarded as anything other than “better luck next time” despite the promising high concept of a giallo style killer being stalked by another giallo style killer.

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