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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:50 am  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Mutant War - with this generic name Brett Piper made a sequel to Battle for the Lost Planet and we see the hero trying to survive in the hostile world under the rule of the aliens, who are pigs and not tapirs as I leanred in this movie. The Sylvester Stallone lookalike from part one is gone, but instead we get a punk gang who are about to kill Harry Trent and his entourage but then change their minds and help him (sure). The monsters are partially the same stop motion creatures from part one, some are new. This time no woman to protect but a kid, who is looking for her sister. They liberate someone but that's not the sister. Still, the group grows a little bigger each time and finally they take the aliens on and of course win. Lots of more of the same in this film, but if you liked part one, you will like this one.

The Frightened Woman - aka Femina Ridens (which emans "Laughing Woman" btw). Italian film about a journalist getting kidnapped to be the S&M slave of a rich guy for a weekend and then be killed. She tries to turn her fate by waking his interest in the nature of women. Weird story, pretty OK plot. Acting is OK too, the strangeness of this film is in the habits of the rich guy, depraved and sadistic. No hardcore S&M btw, no violence or nakedness (apart from the occasional shot here and there). The ending was quite nice, but I was actually wanting more, it all stayed a bit too tame in my opinion.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:01 am  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Thor the Conqueror - Italian fantasy flick about Thor, who gets born in a very violent way: his father is having a sword fight with several enemies and he also gets shot with arrows, of which the second one hits his throat and proves to be fatal. As a baby he himself gets pierced by an arrow too, but the wizard saves him from certain death by doing *poof*. When Thor is grown up, he goes on a quest to be the master of his territory, but he also wants to take revenge on Noot, the guy who killed his father. When Thor liberates a woman from the hands of some cannibals, the wizard tells him several pre #metoo things like "The female is stupid. Take her, she is yours. Have your way with her." Even though Thor is raised by this wizard, he talks like an imbecile, leaving out words to exaggerate his barbaric nature I guess. Lots of fighting, with swords and axes etc. He captures a woman and takes her to be his bride but then he gets kidnapped by a tribe. The woman liberates him and they enter a peaceful village nearby. When this village gets raided by Noot (who must be in his 60s by now, but doesn't really look it), it's time for Thjor to take his revenge. He returns to the burial site of his father, where the arrow now pierces the skull instead of the throat and then he sets off to the fight. Very corny film, with loads of dumb stuff as described above. I had a lot of fun with it, gonna check out more stuff by Tonino Ricci, Rush and Rage are looking good :) Thor is recommended for bad moviefans!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:46 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Edison Death Machine - this indy movie starts out with a fake silent movie, but it's nicely done and gets you into the background of the storyline rather fast. The silent movie is about a "resurrection machine", and this machine happens to be in a museum but nobody knows what it is or how it works. A director of the msueum gets seduced in a bar and when he takes the girl inside the musuejm they get robbed. The thieves get compromised however, so instead of the planned painting, they take the machine, of which the director just mintues before found some old manual in the side of the box. To try out if it works, they resurrect Elvis, and afterwards they go around the world to resurrect ancient celebrities to take away their gold and other costly artifacts. All of a sudden they get to deal with some mobster who demands millions of dollars so they have to complete "one more job". Of course this one will go wrong... Nice film, even though some of the cast aren't stellar, it's not superobvious that this film had a low budget. The sfx are pretty nice, even though the mummy mask is the same as the pirate's mask ;) but it was a charming effort and a pretty good result. If you like B-movies you will be fine, not hardcore SBiG but a nice way to pass the time if you are into those films.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:27 am  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Bad Moon - 90s horror with Muriel Hemingway as Janet, a lawyer living in the countryside, with her son Brett and German shepherd Thor. Her brother Ted returns from one of his exotic trips and soon comes to live in the rear of the garden, in his trailer. However, Ted carries a dark secret, which makes him go into the woods when the moon is up. Nice monsterflick, the wolf scenes were OK, the changes were also OK, acting was average. Nothing groundbreaking, some pretty good gore and some strange behaviour (I mean, who keeps on f*cking while a monster around your tent is tearing apart your crew? She must have been incredibly hot!) make this movie a nice passtime, no must see for bad moviefans although they might enjoy it as well.

What Really Frightens You? - pfft this was rather boring, fortunately it lasts for just over an hour. A guy does interviews with the question from the title, later the interviewees get visions about the things they told him. One guy fears a monster under his bed since childhood, a girl frears to be naked in the streets and being touched up in a stripckub and a third person fears the gangs from his old neighbourhood. It was all pretty plain and never got exciting anywhere. Forget about this quickly, or even better: don't even start watching it.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:43 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Death Nurse II - this is a waste of time. If you have seen Death Nurse and siurvived, don't vbother tortuing yourself with the "sequel". Same actors, same location, same sceens used from previous films of the same director, same MO of the killer, same, same, same. Aren't there *any* differences? Yes, there are. There are two actors who were not in part one and in this one you get lots of scenes from part one rerun (which in part one is impossible for obvious reasons). This is cult I guess, but please, only watch this as the last movie on your movienight with friends and lots of drugs and booze. Since you are passing out anyway, you won't be missing much with this one. Bad moviefans: just pick one of the two Death Nurse films, it doesn't really matter.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:08 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Ape - bought a bunch of movies on DVD, several classics, among which this one with Boris Karloff. Actually this film is not a horror, it's more a thriller. It's from the 1940s and only runs for an hour, so there is not much room to build up tension. The storyline is very simple: a doctor is experimenting with a cure for spinal paralysis, and therefore he needs spinal fluids. A circus visiting the town has a huge ape in a cage and for some reason these two stories come together in an underwhelming plot twist. So this is not a film I can recommend unless you are a Karloff completist. If you're not, pick a different film if you want to know Karloff's performances, many of them are better than this one.

The Hound of the Baskervilles - another classic, based on the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story. Starring Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville and Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes. Nice story but again not so much horror. It is from Hammer, so the horror atmosphere is there, but this is more a mystery. Acting is nice, I guessed the "guy who did it" from the start though, so it's not a real mystery for seasoned fans of genres like giallo. So even though I enjoyed this film, I'd rather watch a real horror with Cushing and/or Lee, so that the atmosphere and their acting can give me chills, at least for a bit.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:51 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Emmanuelle 2 - the sequel with Sylvia Kristel who became world famous making these movies, according to the backside of the DVD. The storyline is simple, Emmanuelle comes to Hong Kong to see her husband and on the way there and after her arrival there are plenty occasions for her to have sex or dream about it. After you are accustomed to the characters nothing surprising is gonna happen anymore. For some reason I thought this softcore porn was rather stylish, but that's maybe because the story is not going berserk in order to end up with two people having sex. In one of the final scenes Laura Gemser shows up, who would end up playing Emanuelle (notice the subtle difference) in several films made by more infamous Italian directors. This one is OK, I enjoyed it more than part one which was rather boring imo. I also bought parts 3 and 4, so we'll see if it gets sleazier each time ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 4:40 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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The Raven - bought this one together with some other classics, but this wasn't as I had expected. I knew of course the Edgar Allen Poe poem, but this film is more of a children's movie. It's listed as a comedy too and it shows: the corny jokes roll over the screen very often. The magic in the film is shown with very cheesy sfx like coloured beams shooting across the room. Boris Karloff delivers as the "evil wizard", Vincent Price is less talented in comedy than in horror imo so I hope that the remaining films I still have to see with him as the lead are less for a laugh and more for a scare.

The Quatermass Xperiment - had heard so often about this film and had pretty high expectations, as this is considered some sort of a cult classic. I must say I had a good time although I was expecting a bit more. The story is about a rocket returning from space and of the three astronauts only one is still alive. He is in shock, though, so he can't explain why only the suits of the other two remain. This mystery is played out nicely, but as soon as you find out what's going on (and that doesn't really take very long), the film loses a chunk of it's interestingness. Effects aren't that bad considering the age of the film and acting is good. Black and white, so if that doesn't deter you and you like 50s scifi films, then give this one a chance.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:59 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Death Warmed Up - a mad scientist is experimenting on people to control their minds. In one such experiment, he orders Michael to kill his own parents. Afterwards he is being locked up in a mental institution, and when he is released seven years later, he wants revenge on the doctor. He goes on a trip with his girlfriend and another couple of friends, and coincidentally they end up on the island where the doctor has his practise now, drilling into people's skulls to ultimately fulfill his experiments. When Michael goes after him, they get into trouble with some strange thugs and also with several escaped patients from the local mental institution, who look like some sort of zombies because they have been lobotomized by the doctor. Advertised as the New Zealand gore movie from before Peter Jackson's Bad Taste, this indeed has plenty of gore, mostly blood squirting out of killed people. The story is a tad confusing at times, but overall this is a very nice effort from an independent crew like this. If you like gore, B-movies or films from lesser known countries, you will have fun with this one.

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Blood Creature - aka Terror is a Man. In the first 20 minutes of this film, sound and image don't match, it's a misprint on the DVD. Therefore it's impossible to follow the story, but when it's synched again it's easy to pick up (the film is pretty slow, so nothing much has happened and in the first synched dialogue the characters summarize the events from the night before). Backside of the DVD and imdb both say that this runs for 90 minutes but that's a huge exaggeration: this version of the film clocks in at 72 minutes, and that's more than enough. I guess the difference has to do with the desync part at the beginning, so if you buy this, avoid the Dripping Blood edition! The remainder of the film is not super interesting, it's about a mad doctor on an island, mixing a panther and a man in order to make a superhuman being. Slow and pretty boring, the "creature" looks more like a mummy making cat noises (because of all the bandages you really don't see anything) and the ending is predictable. Can't really recommend this to anyone, maybe my judgment would be less harsh without the 20 minute fuckup.

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