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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:29 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Vulcan, Son of Jupiter - Italian 60s sword and sandal film in which the classical mythology is bent to extremes to portray a film of intrigue, alliances, treason and war. Mars allies with Venus to tebel against Jupiter, they use a Thracian king to provide the muscle. Vulcan, the son of Jupiter sets out to stop them, he fullfills the role of a Hercules-like type of man: oiled and muscled he adds victory to victory. Venus is not really portrayed as the goddess of love, but more as a powerhungry female who is ready to sleep with any guy who comes out on top. Of course there is the comedy sidekick, a midget this time (it was apparently still ok to make fun of short people like that in the 60s). There is also a very well shaped woman dancing around for good measure, being Vulcans love interest. In the endfight, Vulcan and Mars keep it simple: fistfights and some wrestling, nothing supernatural. Only for genrefans I guess, bad moviefans can have some fun with this but not too much.

Horror of Party Beach - 60s beach film with an annoyingly high pitched voice singing beachsongs to the crowd who are dancing while toxic waste monsters are emerging from the sea and murdering young girls and guys. A young man who just lost his girl to the monsters and who is an assistant to the local scientist, helps to find out what the monsters are and how to destroy them. The scientist has a servant who accidentally finds out. In the meantime, the daughter of the scientist is in love with the young man and of course all ends well. Pretty typical oldie scifi monsterflick, nothing special to remember it by, or it must be that annoying singing. Acting tends to be overacting in this one and the story sometimes makes no real sense. The house full of girls doesn't get credited as actresses so maybe they were just friends of the crew? We'll never know I guess. If you are into 50s / 60s scifi then go and watch this.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:06 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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The Nullarbor Nymph - starts out as a found footage thingy but fortunately switches to mockumentary style about a wasteland in Australia called the Nullarbor Plains where accordong to legend a wild woman is chasing men around who dare to travel across the plains. These men disappear and it turns out that the woman, the Nullarbor Nymph, eats them, in particular a very specific piece of the men. When two employess of Water Australia travel around to check the taps which supply water in the wild, they encounter this woman. GFor the younger employee, who gets bossed around by his colleague all the time, this is a painful experience since his relationship ended shortly before that and the nymph looks suspiciously like his ex. Some kind of a park ranger greenhorn also gets added to the mix because he reacts to a distress call sent out of the Nullarbor Plains. In my experience Australian horror films are either over the top or quite funny and this one has elements of both. Not all jokes are a success, but the nymph eating scenes are rather over the top and I had some good laughs too. Acting is OK, atmosphere and character development are sort of absent because this movie doesn't need either of those. Running for only 65ish minutes this is a nice passtime for when you are short on time for watching a normal feature length film. Bad moviefans can have a luagh but I'm pretty sure they're not the only ones.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2021 3:03 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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One Million AC/DC - softporn set in prehistoric times, 90% of the film is filled with fur clad people cuddling/having sex, you don't see any genitals though. The remaining ten percent are filled with stock footage of dinosaur puppets, men in apesuits and mammoth suits, one fistfight and corny jokes like "you have the best weapon in the cave". Ultimate background film as there is literally no story to follow, the moaning sounds might get annoying though. Bad moviefans might like it, it's a curiosity that's for sure. If you want a plot however, skip this one.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:07 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Dracula's Daughter - Jess Franco from early 70s, pretty atmospheric film on a ice location in Portugal. Jess plays a pretty prominent role himself too, not just a cameo like he was gonna do later. Story is pretty simple: a woman inherits a key to a room in a castle, she is the last descendant of the count who lived there and the story is that the count was a vampire. After she has visited the crypt where the count is buried, people start dying in the surroundings, so the police start an investigation. A reporter is also being nosy and comes up with theories of his own even though nobody wants to hear them. While the police are looking for a killer, the locals know better and point at the supernatural which is of course laughed away by the superintendent leading the investigation. When will the police and the reporter start believing there is more than the plain eye can see? This film is one of  Franco's better ones, especially because of the atmosphere. The horror is not enough, it never gets scary and the gore is pretty meh but still the film keeps your attention (apart from the pretty long drawn out kissing and cuddling scenes which are one of Franco's trademarks). Pretty nice film, recommended. Bad moviefans better look for a different Franco, there are plenty others to enjoy for them.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:16 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Bloody Wednesday - the title sounded like a slasher to me but it turns out it's a psychological horror about a man being/going mad. This guy, a car mechanic, gets fired one day because he suddenly lost all knowledge of reassembling an engine. Jobless and homeless, his brother sets him up as a caretaker for an empty hotel which is for sale: the man can stay there for a while. A band of thugs harasses him but he calls the police and they are arrested. He hears and sees more people in the hotel: guests, the bellboy, etc. Are these people real or a figment of his imagination? His doctor tells him most of it is fantasy, but nevertheless he acts upon his visions because for him they look so real. This gets him into various dangerous situations, especially when some of those visions actually *are* real. The title doesn't make sense in this 80s video release, it was an interesting film though: the line between madness and reality is very thin and blurry and they portray it nicely. Acting is so so, sometimes you can see the actor try and look tortured but it just doesn't come across. Not a very good film, but not very bad either: it wasn't what I expected it to be but I wasn't disappointed.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:29 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Hagazussa - this film is something else. I don't think I have seen anything like it. It's from Austria, that's already quite special to me, and it plays out in the mountains during the 15th century when Albrun loses her mother to a mysterious disease. Years later, when she is a mother herself, she gets to deal with black magic and folklore surrounding witchcraft. The film is very implicit, you have to pay attention to keep track but it's pretty slow at the same time so it's not always easy to stay concentrated. Acting is good, atmosphere is making the film almost on it's own: the eerie sounds, the landscape, the shadows, wow. I didn't understand the film fully so I might give it a rewatch not too far into the future. I liked how your view on Albrun changes throughout the film and the atmosphere is really something like I mentioned. Overall this is a somewhat strange film, intriguing but also a tad unsatisfying because I couldn't really grasp it in it's entirety. If you want something original, go for this.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:46 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Emmanuelle 4 - Emmanuelle is running away from her long time lover Marc, and to escape him definitely and to start a new life, she gets a full body plastic surgery change in Brazil. She now looks totally different:  only her memories stay the same. The psychotherapist supporting her in the mental aspect of this change accompanies her everywhere for the next three months, in which Emmanuelle visits lots of parties, rides horses on the pampas and travels to a jungle outpost. She doesn't seem to be able to rid her mind of Marc, even though she tries hard and has sex with tons of men and women, among whom is the psychotherapist. This film takes a pretty long time to pick up pace, but when Emmanuelle is "made over" and travelling around Brazil she jumps on almost every man she sees. For the sex scenes you will have to be more patient than in, say, part 2, but overall you will see enough of those. A bit of a weird psychological twist on the Emmanuelle story, but it's an OK watch.

Cannibal Mercenary - another Desert Island Classic bootleg with dubious image quality (AR switching a few times in the opening scenes and again near the end). The opening sequence is a total Apocalypse Now rip-off, after that we get some voice over telling us something about the protagonist's daughter who is being ill and then we sink into a bunch of fistfights before he gets an assignment he doesn't want: he is retired, but the half million dollars are too tempting (because he can send his daughter to a better hospital with it) so he goes anyway. On the mission in Vietnam the scenes are filled with very violent hand to hand combat including machetes, axes and huge rocks. Both the Thai combatants and the Vietcong have M16s with a greasegun and an RPG mixed in. Scenes don't make sense all the time but they are riddled with nice corny lines like "They say time heals all wounds, but a hundred years are not enough to make up for it. Life is truly pathetic. War, money and unfaithful wives". The dub makes things worse in most cases. The Thai have to deal with some cocaine dealer in the middle of the jungle who has a very fake moustache and has a following of cannibalistic henchmen. In the showdown the heroes endure some of the worst torture tricks with supoerhuman strength and the ending is quite predictable.  Typical Asian 80s action flick with over the top violence, a nice treat for bad moviefans because there is so much to enjoy in the action scenes and in the dubbed dialogue.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:26 pm  Post subject: Re: The Movies You Watched Today Topic!
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Sweet Sixteen - a very nice slasher which ticks all the right boxes: 80s, teenagers, knifekills, red herrings, etc. There is a "babe" also but there is a slight problem with it: it's a child. In the movie she plays a 15-year old girl but yet the camera zooms in on her underwear really closely while she is changing, I guess times have changed, that shit doesn't fly these days anymore. I must say I was pretty nostalgic watching this one, not because I had seen it before but it gave me the right vibes all over. I also guessed the killer right in one go, that certainly helped :) Acting is OK, setting is nice, rural town with local sheriff who never gets to do anything and now has this serial killer to deal with. Some nice subplots about the new kid in town having trouble to adapt, the woman being in love with the sheriff but he is shy from proposing to her and the native Americans being harassed by racist townfolk.  Not really anything bad to say about this one, never a dull moment. Recommended, especially if you are into 80s slashers.

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