GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE

 I think I first heard of Gammera by seeing the movie listed in an early seventies TV Guide and as a young kid I found the idea of a giant, fire breathing turtle pretty cool. I recently picked up a dvr set of the uncut Japanese versions from Monsters in Motion and have slowly been going through them. I know it drives the purists crazy but I usually prefer the Americanized versions as they are what I grew up on. Yeah, that includes GODZILLA too. Oh sorry,  I meant GOJIRA. That’s how you know when somebody takes this shit too seriously, they insist on saying “Gojira”. Say what you will but I think Raymond Burr really ties it all together nicely and as a kid I was sorta baffled by Perry Mason being in a Godzilla flick. It’s great having access to both though and the bulk of the Gammera movies on public domain releases look like crap. Anyway, the Japanese versions look great. The sharp, crisp picture really shows the nice effects work. Like GODZILLA, GAMMERA THE INVINCIBLE is a pretty somber film with a fair amount of sadness to it. It’s the only one in B & W and that adds a lot.vlcsnap-10593614

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Some of the subtitles are great. My favorite says “Plato’s philosophy and old legends mentioned fire breathing turtles.” Really makes you think.

The Japanese version has some Americans in it as Air Force command staff but they are replaced in the American version with different guys and Albert Dekker and Brian Donlevy are added as well. My favorite part of the American version is a news program debate between opposite sides of the Gammera issue. Here is the clip:

 

Here’s is the Japanese version opening and first few minutes:

and the American version from Alpha video’s disc:

Japanese version rock club clip:

 

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Some of you Marvel Comics readers may recognize “Plan Z” as the same plan that was used on the Hulk a couple of years ago. It failed on Gammera as well.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA by Daniel Johnston

 

 

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I’m thinking I should sell this.

BRIDES OF BLOOD

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So I watched a couple of Goliath flicks…

and they kinds blurred together. The first had Brad Harris in Goliath Against the Giants (GOLIATH CONTRO I GIGANTI). Some sort of evil king who doesn’t want Goliath making trouble. It takes a while for Goliath to get home because of the Amazons, sea monster, storms and so on. The Giants are at the end and are more like cavemen. The sea monster and a dragon, possibly the same monster or maybe cousins, were very cool. At one point while creeping through a dungeon he stabs a gorilla in the breadbasket. t’s a great looking flick and a crisp transfer from Sinister Cinema.

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GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON (LA VENDETTA DI ERCOLE) had Mark Forest fighting an evil king and assorted monsters. The unlikely Broderick Crawford plays the evil king who is ticked off about Goliath mucking things up. I think a lot of it had to do with a woman. There’s elephant head smashing, a centaur with a mullett, a bat monster, a guy in a bear suit, a three- headed dog, lots of colorful costumes and sets, a Les Baxter score and a bit of stop motion dragon. Another great looking dvd from Something Weird.

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So I watched a couple of zombie flicks…

sorta zombie flicks anyway. The happy go lucky GRACE and the rainbow of happiness DEADGIRL. Read about it at Gorillanaut.

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DEATHDREAM

I watched this again a couple nights back and I had forgotten how much I liked it. It’s a pretty shocking and bleak low budget horror flick and the first movie I know about  which deals with vets coming back from Viet Nam. 

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WOLFHOUND

at GORILLANAUT

Bring your own vodka and mail order bride

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FINAL GIRL FILM CLUB- THE DEVIL’S RAIN

FINAL GIRL FILM CLUB

I love a good seventies devil worshipping picture especially one that has a cast that plays like the greatest Quinn Martin show never made. All this thing needed was William “Cannon” Conrad tearing ass around in a big ol’ Lincoln Continental. William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Keenan Wynn, Ida Lupino , Mr. Douglas himself Eddie Albert and big Ernie Borgnine all star in the most Satanic p.s.a. ever about the importance of returning your overdue books to the library. Right from the opening credits you know it’s gonna be spooky as it sounds like the part of the SLAYER record before the guitars and double bass drums start. Not to mention the expert technical advise of the devil’s own Billy Mays, the guy responsible for selling THE SATANIC BIBLE to sullen teens everywhere, Anton LaVey.  So Anton’s real name was Howard, which wasn’t satany enough so he decided to call himself Anton. No matter how you slice your bread, that’s just douchey.

The plot has devil worshipping Ernie Borgnine trying to recover the book of devil stuff he needs to make old Satan happy . Why it has taken him so long to get it from such a group of idiots is anyone’s guess.

Shatner does a early version of his Rack Hanson character from KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS and man o’ man is he horrible at fighting demon stuff. He blows it immediately even with the magic necklace. So Skerritt steps up with the help of Eddie Albert. I guess none of that really matters as long as Shatner gets tortured and Borgnine gets all goat- man like some kind of Dr. Moreau’s island escapee. Borgnine reads the hell outta his various satanic hoodoo dialogue, he’s all ” Lucifer, the goat of the pit and what not”. He’s good. Borgnine good. Sadly Skerritt is almost as bad as Shatner at devil busting even when wise old Eddie Albert bust out the demon book with names written in blood that Skerritt is remarkably incurious about.  Skerritt seems hell bent on being captured but fortunately Albert has The Devil’s lava lamp for about six seconds before he blows it too. But at least we’re getting to the ultimate melted crayon conclusion.

 

"No Mr. Douglas, I'd say more Goat-Man than Man-Goat really, although..."

"No Mr. Douglas, I'd say more Goat-Man than Man-Goat really, although..."

 

You know who else would’ve been really good in this as Corbis if Borgnine had been unavailable? Andy Griffith. Or Dark Andy Griffith. The guy who played evil parts after leaving Mayberry. Like in PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS,  which also had Shatner. Check this out:

Of course that has nothing to do with THE DEVIL’S RAIN, but still. 

I really like THE DEVIL’S RAIN as for me it’s just a perfect drive in picture, just pure dopey devil chic cheap entertainment. It takes me back to being a kid reading Ghost Rider comics, listening to Black Sabbath, watching Kolchak  on TV. I remember when I saw this at the theater I convinced a neighbor kid to go with me whose favorite movie was THE SOUND OF MUSIC. So he was sorta like a Rod or Todd Flanders. I would think anybody with a taste for star studded schlock would like it. The poster really needed the star’s pics on the bottom like AIRPORT 77.

 

"But reign makes so much more sense, doesn't it?"

"But reign makes so much more sense, doesn't it?"

 

"Sookie, sorry about the mess we made in your house "

"Sookie, sorry about the mess we made in your house "

 

 

 

" This DemonSphere TV sucks. I can't even tell who has the ball."

" This DemonSphere TV sucks. I can't even tell who has the ball."

DAY OF THE ANIMALS II: Nature Hates Canacorn

At BRIDE OF AWESOMENESS

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Why Rob Zombie shouldn’t do THE BLOB.

Because he just shouldn’t. It’s not for him. It’s really a job for Carpenter or Cronenberg. You know it, I know it and even baby Jebus knows it. So c’mon, find something else for him to do. It’s nothing personal, it’s just not up his alley. It’s the worst idea ever.