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The Bay (2012) – What’s the Matter, Parasite Got Your Tongue?

2012’s The Bay is an environmental horror film with one message: stop polluting the water.

Chesapeake Bay, New England has a water pollution problem that the mayor is ignoring. The town’s chicken processing plant is dumping raw sewage into the bay and that is directly affecting the ecosystem of the bay0 Huge die offs of fish is the first sign that something’s wrong. A team of two divers working for environmental agencies are documenting what they find in the bay. On land, a college reporter, in town to document t he town’s summer festivities gets caught up in the story being one of the only news reporters in town when it gets quarantined.

This town is falling apart fast – It’s eventually determined that what is affecting everyone and everything is a parasite that is growing at an alarmingly fast rate due to the waste that’s been dumped into the bay. People are dying horrible deaths, eaten from the inside out.

Shot as a documentary made up of reports and self shot videos as well as some lost footage, the Bay stays interesting if not amazing. I watched it on the suggestion of a friend, and despite some really bad reviews on the Internet Movie Database, I enjoyed it for the most part.

Worth a watch? Well, it wasn’t terrible but you decide for yourself.

Check out the trailer below:


The Fast And The Furious (1955) – Don’t Worry – This One’s Good: It Doesn’t Have Vin Diesel

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I’m pretty sure if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you most likely know I like Roger Corman films. Well this is no different: A Corman film that I like.

1955’s The Fast and The Furious tells the story of a man, Frank Webster (played by John Ireland) who was wrongly accused of murder and wanting to clear his name. Being pursued by police, Webster is forced to take a woman, Connie Adair (played by Dorothy Malone) hostage and steal her car, with Webster hoping to make it to the Mexican border, and freedom beyond it. In order to avoid police road blocks, they pose as entrants in an antique auto race. The fact that Connie knows some of the entrants makes things a little sticky. Along this crazy adventure, Connie falls for Frank and vice/versa. A tale of injustice and love, this movie has schlock written all over it – luckily it’s short and doesn’t give enough time to get sick of it. Actually, clocking in at one hour and sixteen minutes, this movie is just about the perfect length for it’s subject matter.

Oh, and don’t go thinking that that crappy Fast and Furious film is a remake of this film – watch The Chase with Charlie Sheen to see the true remake of this film.

Should you watch it? Hell Yeah…

Heck, here’s the whole damned movie:

 

 


Zombies Vs. Strippers (2012) – Stupid, Yet Still Fun

 

imageAlright, by the title of the blog, you’ve got to know that I like bad movies. That must be the reason I like this one.

Zombies Vs. Strippers is a silly tale about a few strippers, the club owner, the bouncer and a couple of patrons that hole up inside a strip club at the outbreak of a Zombie Virus. Pretty straight forward. The acting’s not awesome (at the same time, it’s not the worse I’ve seen by a long shot), and the budget, like all these type of movies is pretty small, but that’s okay – I didn’t expect and award winning performance like Gandhi or anything – It was good enough to be fun.

Zombies, boobs and laughs – good enough to justify the short, one hour and fourteen minute run time.

If you like B-Movies, then go ahead and watch this movie – just don’t expect too much.


V/H/S (2012) – Plethora of Point of View Horror Stories Wrapped Up Into One

Well, this was interesting. VHS is a 2012 anthology of Point of View horror (you know, from the camera’s view as one of the characters). It’s one of the “shaky cam” movies that have risen since The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield (among others). While not an amazing film, it stays entertaining enough not to just be a waste of time.

The gist of the story is a group of thugs that tape themselves doing crime and then post the videos online have been hired to break into an old house and steal a VHS cassette. They are not told what tape, only that they will know it when they see it.

Upon entering the house, they find an apparently deceased old man sitting in a chair in front of a wall of TVs all hooked up to VCRs, all currently displaying static. The guys were told that the tape they were looking for would be found in the basement, so they all head down except for one of them who is instructed to stay in the room with the body. The guy left in the room decides to see what is on the tapes the old guy was watching… and it isn’t good. Each tape is a different tale of horror, be it extra terrestrial, supernatural or just plain humans being evil to humans. One common thing to all the videos: they were all self shot, point of view videos, like these hoods film. Not all of the individual stories are compelling, and the main story (the one about the guys entering the house to collect a tape) could have used some serious fleshing out, but over all the film is entertaining. This type of movie could easily be a total crapfest (and to be honest, that’s what I expected), but it was kept interesting enough for me. As I said at the beginning, this isn’t a great film, but I did find it entertaining and I have no problems suggesting at as a watch.

Check out the trailer below.


Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – Disturbingly Entertaining Holiday Film

Having watched the recent remake of 1984’s Silent Night, Deadly night, I thought it only proper that I should watch the original – and I am glad that I did.

I remember hearing about Silent Night, Deadly Night back in 1984 when several groups and a lot of busy bodies were up in arms trying to get it banned – I mean, what God loving person would create a horror film based around Santa and Christmas. I’m glad those jerks failed, because I had fun watching this movie.

The gist of the story? A young man, after just been warned about Santa by his previously catatonic grandfather, witnesses his father and mother being killed by a maniac dressed as Santa. He and his then infant brother end up being raised in an orphanage run by Nuns (and a Mother Superior that is a BITCH). Things are okay for him, except around Christmas, where Santa still instills fear in him (gee, I wonder why). Over the years, he grows to be a strapping young man who gets a job working in the warehouse of Ura’s Toy shop. All is well until they need a stand in for the store’s  Santa Clause. They give him the job… and then he snaps.

This is glorious, cheezy Holiday death. I’ve never seen this film up until last night, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. While not a big budget film, it was done well enough  to be compelling. Sure, it’s a silly film and full of cheeziness, but in my book that is a good thing. Watch this film? Hell Yes. Watching this film, I see the similarities in the remake, though it was more of a re-imaginaing than a remaking – they both deserve a watch, though.

‘Tis the Season for watching Christmas Horror films, and this is one of the ones you need to see.

Check out the trailer here:


Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! (2006) – This Makes Thankskilling Look Like a Masterpiece

I watched 2006’s Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! last night and kind of wished I didn’t. 

This is a poorly made movie about a young, mentally challenged boy that is being raised by a single mom. The mom has a new boyfriend that she doesn’t realize is a murderous thug who manages to wrangle himself into living with the pair. The boy, obsessed with Easter, doesn’t like Mom’s new boyfriend, and confides this and other things to his pet bunny, given to him by a homeless man, a few days before Easter.

On Easter day, Mom has to work a double shift and the boy is left in the care of the boyfriend who decides that this is a great time to party, and offers up the boy to a pedophile drug dealer he knows in exchange for drugs and money. The attempt to rape the boy is foiled when a mysterious stranger in a bunny masks starts killing all the degenerates. So, bad guys/gals die, a secret is revealed, then another and then everyone (who’s still alive) live happily ever after.

Yeah… screw that shit. This is crap. Reading the reviews on imdb.com makes me believe that the cast wrote most of the reviews. This is a waste of time with little or no redeeming values. Watch it if you want.

Here is the stupid trailer:


Hollywood Boulevard (1976) – How Can Such a Piece of Crap Be So Fun?

1976’s film, Hollywood Boulevard, is a spoof of the cheezy, low budget crapfest 

movies of the 60’s and 70’s made by the king of Drive-In B-Movies, Roger Corman – and it is all fun.

This movie popped up on Netflix as a recommendation after watching a series of low budget flicks. I had less than 2 hours to watch a movie, and this was 82 minutes long, so it was a perfect fit – I loved it. 

The premiise of the movie? A young want to be actress moves to Hollywood to become a star (Candice Rialson as Candy Wednesday). She eventually lands a role in a really low budget film as a stunt woman, which leads to a roll as an actress in a Filipino Exploitation film. One issue though: Some one is killing the actors on the sets of these movies, and everyone is trying to find out who. Much of this movie is compiled from scenes from past Roger Corman films (something he did many times), making it EVEN lower budget. Also, it stars Mary Woronov as Mary McQueen and Paul Bartel as Eric Von Leppe.


I’m going to cheat and paste in the Wilipedia description of this film – yeah, I am:

In a prologue, pompous film director Eric Von Leppe (Paul Bartel) is shooting a skydiving sequence for low-budget Miracle Pictures in which an actress is killed. Candy Wednesday (Candice Rialson) arrives in Los Angeles to make it as an actor. She gets an agent, Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), but struggles to find work until she inadvertently gets involved in a bank robbery as a getaway driver. This gets her a job for Miracle Pictures as a stunt driver. She meets Eric Von Leppe, temperamental starlet Mary McQueen (Mary Woronov), sleazy producer PG (Roger Doran) and friendly scriptwriter, Pat (Jeffrey Kramer). Candy and Pat fall in love and she starts to get work as an actor, becoming friends with fellow starlets Bobbi (Rita George) and Jill (Tara Strohmeier).

Everyone goes to the Philippines to make a movie, Machete Maidens of Mora Tau, starring Candy, Mary, Bobbi and Jill. Candy has to play a character who is raped which upsets her. Later on during the shoot, Jill, Bobbi and PG have a threesome. During the filming of a battle sequence, Jill is shot dead by an unseen attacker.

Back in the US, Candy, Walter and Pat all go to see Machete Maidens at a local drive in, where the projectionist tries to rape Candy but she is rescued by Walter. While shooting a chase scene in a science fiction film, Mary, Candy and Jill are almost killed in a car accident. Jill is called back to the studio late at night and is stabbed to death.

Candy begins to suspect Patrick is the killer. But it turns out the real culprit is Mary. She tries to kill Candy at the Hollywood Sign but it falls on her and crushes her to death. Candy is reunited with Pat and becomes a film star.

This is silly, stupid and so cheap. 

I loved it.

Unable to find the trailer, here are a series of clips put to Beethoven:




How To Be A Serial Killer (2008) – A Must Or A Must Not See, But Only You Can Decide Which One It IS

I am mildly disturbed  by how entertaining I found this movie, seeing as it kind of makes light of a serial killer and his protege. Okay, not kind of, but does in fact make light of a serial killer and his protege.

2008’s How To Be A Serial Killer is the story of a serial killer,Mike Wilson (played by Dameon Clarke) who decides to teach his trade to a down trodden Video store clerk, Bart (played by Mathew Gray Gubler of Criminal Minds fame) as a way to improve his life. He takes Bart on a roller coaster of a class in what it takes to be a serial killer, and how life affirming being a serial killer is. I know: that’s so completely and utterly wrong on all levels. Yet there it is. And there is this movie. A movie I found witty and funny and so utterly dark, all at the same time. That can’t be easy to do, can it?

Mike, the serial killer brings us the movie in sections with an introduction for each part. In these introductions, we find Mike on a stage in a role that that seems some where in between a motivational speaker and an actor in a self indulgent one man play. Also, we are sometimes interrupted by a Dr. Goldberg (played by the very familiar George Wyner) who will explain a trait that is prevalent in serial killers, right before cutting away to a scene that demonstrates the very same trait. 

Writer/Director Luke Rici created something very unique in this film and for that I think he should be very proud. That said, though there are many people I now that I would not feel comfortable recommending this to – but that is okay, as this film isn’t meant for them. If you can get past this whole twisted, dark idea and watch this movie with an open mind, then I recommend this movie for you.

Here’s the trailer:



Zombie Babies (2011) – No. No! No! No! No!

Okay… so I watched this movie. Yep… I watched this movie.

My very good friend and movie watching buddy suggested we watch this micro budget film (made for less than $1000), after he read a review in Rue Morgue Magazine. Yep… And we watched it.

The gist of the story? A group of freaks are holding a budget “Abortathon” offering very low priced abortions for one night a year. A number of stupid couples decide to take them up on the offer. The babies are aborted, but a leaky still with a special mixture spills out on the pile of dead fetuses, causing them to become murderous, gross zombie creatures. The people that die die in stupid, horrible ways, but that’s okay as you’ll probably end up hating them anyway.

This whole movie should have been aborted.

Good on the makers for making a movie for under $1000, bad on them for making this movie for under $1000.

Don’t watch this piece of shit. If you have to, here’s the shitty trailer for this shitty movie.


Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) – It’s Because of Movies Like This That This Blog Exists

If you haven’t watched Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (ATKT), and you are a reader of this blog, then you should stop reading now, watch the movie and then come back. I’ll wait here.

Okay, so now you’ve watched this movie, what do you think? Bad? Damn straight. Low budget? Oh hell yeah! Unwatchable? I wouldn’t necessarily say that.

So, 1978’s ATKT is a silly, low budget spoof on the low budget creature features that were being made willy-nilly in the 1970s. It seems like a exercise to see how lame a creature could be and still have people watch the film. I think they succeeded in this.

Basically, the story revolves around a group of scientists who have gathered together to try to come up with a defense against, aggressive, killer mutant tomatoes that have suddenly popped up, killing any human they come into contact with. A crack team is sent to look for chinks in the Tomato defenses – including a lieutenant who is dragging a parachute behind himself continuously (hell, he looks like he landed right out of World War II), And underwater expert who is continuously in a wet suit and a master of disguise who is anything but a master of disguise.

I’m not going to write a lot about this movie other than to say that despite it’s stupidity, and lameness, I liked this silly thing they called a movie. If you like bad movies, then this is a definite must watch… and it has the most awesome theme song.

Add this movie to your collection, folks.

Here is a trailer:


Mindwarp (1992) – Bruce Campbell Cheeziness to the Max

Mindwarp (also known as Brain Slasher) is a 1992 post environmental apocalypse sci-fi/horror film staring Bruce Campbell. Three groups of humans exist: those that were saved and brought to a complex, shielded from the destructive rays of the unshielded sun, and those forced to live outside. Most of those are mutants called Crawlers, who live in an underground, hellish society, coming to the surface to scavenge for old technology, and the occasional straggler to be captured and most often used for food, but occasionally used as breeding stock. The other, smaller group are regular humans, struggling to survive against the deadly sun and the evil crawlers – Bruce Campbell is one of this group. The movie surrounds a young lady who is part of the “lucky” group that is protected. She questions her existence as it is just comprised of sleeping and then being hooked up to the Infinisys sytem that allows them to enjoy a simulated reality of their choice, as there is nothing to do locked away from the outside. She hates it and rebels, getting herself expelled fron the safety of the indoors. Finding herself outdoors, she is quickly captured by crawlers, and almost as equally quickly rescued by our trusty hero, Bruce Campbell.

Bruce explains to her where she is and what exactly he saved her from. Then they make out and promptly both captured by crawlers and brought below to the subterranean world of the Crawlers. 

In this dank evil world, Bruce is relegated to a work gang, while the girl is brought to a room to be tested for breeding comparability  Here are back and forth skirmishes, they escape, get captured, escape again, get captured again. Then there’s a big twist when we find out who runs the Crawler world. Throw in a couple more little twist and then run the credits.

This is a typical early 90s Bruce Campbell film: low budget and cheezy dialogue. It’s silly, and yet I liked it – like I said, it’s got Bruce Campbell in it! If you’re a Bruce Campbell film then you know you have to see this film, and it is better than some of his other post Evil Dead movies.

Sorry folks, but I couldn’t find a trailer anywhere!


The Twilight People (1973) – The Island of Doctor Moreau With a Different Name And Oh, So Bad

I recently watched a very good compilation of horror films called Celluloid Blood Bath, and saw a trailer for this silly film. The main thing that stood out was a leathery bat winged dude that made me laugh so hard that I hunted down this movie… Ugh!

So, this is one of many films made in the Philippines in the late 1960s and early 1970s due to the low cost of production and cheapness of humans. This one fit with the rest: cheap and crappy.

A knock off of the Island of Doctor Moreau, this film was so disjointed that I couldn’t really follow what was happening. Add to it the fact that I believe a real may have been spliced in incorrect order, as their are some strange parts where a scene ends unexpectedly and goes into another in a manner that makes no sense.

The most notable part of this film is the fact that Pam Grien is in it, and that leathery Bat-wing guy.

Check out the trailer here:


Strippers Vs. Werewolves (2012) – Way Better Than I Expected

Okay… Now I expected Strippers Vs.Werewolves to be bad, really bad. I really didn’t expect much at all from this film. Man was I wrong: this was a really fun film.

Lets see… Werewolves and other creatures of the night exist, and one gets killed by a stripper when she gets scare while performing a private dance for him and stabs him in the eye socket with a silver pen. The club owner, who has experience with werewolves, hatches a plan to get rid of the body.

Meanwhile, back at werewolf headquarters, they are starting to miss their now dead werewolf friend and start hunting for him. 

About this time, we find out that the stripper who killed the werewolf is engaged to be married to one of the werewolves, though she doesn’t know he’s a werewolf. Funny thing: he doesn’t know that she’s a stripper and is the one that killed the member of his pack.

So, the werewolves leave a trail of death on their search for the killer of their brother, while the strippers prepare for the inevitable werewolf onslaught.

Stylishly filmed, and the actors actually act. There are a few familiar faces (Hey Guy Ritchie – did you try to make a horror film?). Now, I’m not saying this film deserves any awards, and to be honest it is a little too long for the amount of actual story. It’s low budget, and for a werewolf film, you never see a transformation from man to wolf – just one moment you see the human face, then the next moment they’re a werewolf. Also, Robert Eglund gets top billing but does sweet f#$% all in this film – he’s a ruse to get people to watch (I hate when film makers pull that kind of crap). That said, it’s a fun action packed, silly film that deserves to be watched.

Here’s the trailer:


The Crater Lake Monster (1977) – Somebody Give This Monster About Threefiddy…

The Crater Lake Monster is a terrible movie about an ancient Dinosaur that is disturbed when a meteor crashes into the lake. Of course that monster starts eating everyone it can get.

Looks like a Plesiosaur has hatched when it’s ancient egg was warmed when this meteorite crashed and settled on the bottom of crater lake. A fisherman, and a handful of random people become it’s victims. Scientists, already at the lake studying nearby native cave painting (that of course include a painting of hunters trying to kill an aquatic dinosaur, want to study the creature while the local police officer wants it dead.

This movie stars pretty much no one, and the creature is an awkwardly animated beast… There really isn’t a lot going for it.

Wow… Why do I like this movie so much? Because it is funny and cheezy in alkl the right ways. Stupid? Oh you better believe it.

I’m going to past the Wikipedia plot summary for you because I’m not doing it any justice. Here’s what ol’ Wikipedia has to say about this wild ride of a film:

The Crater Lake Monster is a 1977 B-movie horror filmdirected by William R. Stromberg for Crown International Pictures, and starring Richard Cardella. The script was also written by Stromberg and Cardella, and their affiliation withThe Crater Lake Monster marked the zenith of their careers.[1]

The storyline revolves around a giant plesiosaur, akin to theLoch Ness Monster, which appears in Crater Lake, next to a small Oregon town. As people are attacked by the monster, the Sheriff (Cardella) investigates along with a group of scientists in order to stop the creature.

The best thing about this movie has to be the stop motion effects of the creature – much better than I expected (but not great in any way shape or form).

I freakin’ liked it, but I won’t necessarily suggest it, lest you hate it and blame me.

Check out this trailer and you judge for yourself:


Bad Ass (2012) – A Movie Based on a 3 Minute Youtube Clip That Danny Trejo Manages to Pull Off

Anyone remember that clip that Youtube a year or so ago where the old guy kicks the ass of an asshole on a bus, leaving the asshole asking for an “Amberlamps”? This movie is loosely (very loosely) based on that. Still, Danny Trejo makes it worth watching.

Trejo’s character, a seven year Vietnam veteran that was never able to fully transition back in to society, has passed the years in relative obscurity, working his hotdog stand for years while life passed him by. That all changed one day when he reluctantly kicks the ass of a couple of skin heads on a bus that are picking on an elderly black gentleman. Trejo’s act is caught on cellphone video and uploaded to the net where he becomes an instant Internet star when the video goes viral. A few more similar incidents like this manages to cement his reputation as “Bad Ass”

When Trejo’s buddy gets killed and the police don’t seem to be putting any effort into finding the killer, Trejo take the cause into his own hands. His investigation leads to a lot of bad guys getting their asses kicked (or worse), and right to the corrupt mayor.

This is a cheezy, low budget movie with a very tenuous plot…but I freakin’ loved it. A real grindhouse feel (without the fake dirty film effect), I have to recommend this movie if you came to the site because you like low budget wonders.

I say watch it.

Here’s the trailer:

And here’s a link to the original clip that inspired it:


Killdozer (1974) – Made for TV Cheeze That Brings Back Memories

Killdozer was a 1984 ABC made for TV movie about an American construction crew working on a small island off the West coast of Africa building an airstrip that become victims to one of their heavy bulldozers that becomes possessed by an ancient force that fell from space a long time ago. 

The movies starts with a shot of a meteorite (meteor at that point, I think), plunging to Earth, coming to rest on the island. Next, we cut to modern (1974) day where the Mack, (played by a young Robert Urich), a member of the construction crew runs into trouble while trying to move a strange metallic rock. Unable to move it, his  Foreman Kelly (Clint Walker, tries, but when the blade of the bull dozer makes contack with the rock, a blue light emanates from the rock, jumping to the blade of the dozer, and throwing Mack in to convulsions, that later end with his death. Soon the remainig crew are picked off one by one by this possessed bull dozer. They try to survive, why looking for a way top stop the mechanical monster.

I know the premise sounds stupid (no, is stupid), but I watched this originally as a kid and it really stuck in my mind – especially the epic battle between an excavator and the bull dozer – fun stuff. This isn’t an amazing piece of film history, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting, while not stellar, is acceptable – and at just under an hour and 10 minutes, it won’t take much time from your life.

I’ve just discovered that the whole film is available on Youtube, and have included a link to that below.

Here’s the trailer:

And look what I found here: the whole damned movie on Youtube:


Zone Troopers (1985) – Aliens, Allies, Nazis and World War II

I don’t recall ever having heard of Zone Troopers before last week. That’s 26 yeas and two months after it was released. I’m not sure why it took so long to watch as it was pretty fun.

Taking place some time in World War II, a patrol of American G.I.s, behind enemy lines in Italy discover a big secret: they stumble upon an alien ship that has crashed to Earth.The Nazis are rushing to get to the ship, and have already captured an Alien. Snooping around by one of the troop and a reporter gets them captured by the Nazis complicating things even more. Luckily for these two they have a few things going for them: the Nazis obviously learned to shoot from the same folks that teach Star Wars Storm Troopers to shoot, and secondly that they’re led by the Sarge, played by penultimate “Oh that guy”, Tim Thomerson. The Sarge is the toughest Sarge out there I guess, and he shows it. There’s one scene where he mows down a bunch of Nazis that had what was left of his depleted patrol pinned down. It was like one man versus the Nazis. Pretty cool, if stupid stuff. Then there’s the scene where one of the captured G.I.s punches Hitler right in the face. You don’t see that every day. Anyway, the Sarge and a G.I. rescue their two captured comrades and the captured alien. They start off towards their lines while being pursued by Nazis looking to recapture the alien. After some battles and such, the alien meets up with there own kind – they show up the Nazis in a silly battle and eventually mostly everyone lives happily ever after…except that it would still be World War II, which I imagine mostly sucked for all those involved. But i digress. The special effects aren’t much to write home about, but neither are they terrible for what I must have been a pretty low budget production. In a couple of places I might even call them good. The Bug Eyed alien was interesting looking too. Not too bad at all for a low budget flick.

In a nutshell Zone Troopers was a fun watch. Nothing amazing, so don’t set your hopes high, but altogether a fun, cheezy sci-fi flick. If you get a chance, go ahead and watch it – I don’t feel like I wasted my time. And you know what? As of just now – while writing this, I just discovered that it is available on Youtube for however long that lasts. That link, of course, will be under the trailer, so you really don’t have any good reason not to watch it! Hehehehe…

Here’s the Trailer:

And here’s the whole freakin’ movie:


Ed Wood (1994) – A Masterpiece

I remember being excited when I read that Tim Burton was making a film starring Johnny Depp as the infamous B-Movie director/actor/writer Ed Wood. I remember saying I was going to go see that movie opening night. That was in 1994. Tonight I watched this film for the first time. Will someone tell me what is wrong with my head?

For those out there that don’t know who Ed Wood was here’s a real quick description: A strange, driven cross dressing film maker, Ed Wood created such low budget classics as Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster the movie he will forever be remembered for, Plan 9 From Outer Space – widely considered to be one of, if not the worst movies ever made. I wrote about it recently here on the blog. Several of these Ed Wood’s films starred his friend, the ageing Bela Lugosi. This is the story of Ed Wood and his struggle to get these classic, terrible films made and the people that got caught up in the whirlwind that he was. Johnny Depp is amazing as Ed wood himself. I really enjoyed his portrayal of this quirky individual. He really had me rooting for a lunatic. Bela Lugosi is played by Martin Landau in a roll that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Landau made me forget that it wasn’t Lugosi himself. Add to that amazing supporting rolls from an all star cast that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Jeffery Jones (and more), and you have a great film. Ed Wood is simply a great film. I am a big Tim Burton fan. I am a big Johnny Depp fan. I love those cheezy Ed Wood films. Tim Burton made a film about Ed Wood starring Johnny Depp. Perfect… Everything works. Add to the that the film was great and that is why I call this a masterpiece. Tim Burton made a film about a film maker that was better than any film that film maker ever made. Try saying that ten times while hopping on one foot while juggling. 

If you haven’t seen this film, you must. If you have seen it, then why not watch it again. 

Here’s the trailer:


Mars Need Women (1967) – And Actors

Mars needs women – they have a Y chromosome deficiency on the planet making the deficit of women to men at a 100 to 1 level (like any lan party or comic convention), and they’ve come to Earth to replenish their supply of babes.

A quirky, super low budget film that was made for television, this is kind of fun. Good? Oh, Hell no – but fun. A lot of actors in this are also found in Curse of the Swamp Creature and Zontar – The Thing From Venus (both reviewed on this blog), as I believe they share writers/directors. I guess there was a stable of actors for use in these crappy films.. I doubt that the film made much of a splash at the time, as it is hard to find a copy of it now. I did find a copy on Youtube (that I watched to write this), but most links reference the Rob Zombie song of the same name.

Here is the plot summary from Wikipedia:

The premise is that a military decoding station has intercepted a message, only three words, “Mars Needs Women”. As the plot unfolds it’s revealed that Martians have a genetic deficiency that produces only male babies. They launch a mission to Earth consisting of five Martians who recruit volunteer women to come to Mars. They meet strong resistance on the part of the Earth authorities. 

Oh, and a Martian falls in love with a hot female DNA expert.
 

Should you watch it? Oh, probably not, but if you decide that you want to check it out on youtube.

Here’s a clip:

And here is the whole thing (no,  i’t not in Russian – there’s just Russian subtitles available if you need them):