Saturday, October 20, 2012

Recommended Double Feature: COUNT DRACULA (1977) and FRANKENSTEIN : THE TRUE STORY (1973)

Two great mini-series adaptions of classic monster stories, two examples of 70's made for TV madness, They take liberties with the source text (as most adaptions of Frankenstein and Dracula do) but are still highly entertaining. Both feature memorable and distinctive takes the iconic monsters, some amazing moments of gore for TV movies and some pretty sexy moments as well.



As per IMDB the plot of COUNT DRACULA (1977)“For those familiar with Bram Stoker's novel, this adaptation follows the book quite closely in most respects. Jonathan Harker visits the Count in Transylvania to help him with preparations to move to England. Harker becomes Dracula's prisoner and discovers Dracula's true nature. After Dracula makes his way to England, Harker becomes involved in an effort to track down and destroy the Count, eventually chasing the vampire back to his castle.”



There is no trailer so here is a scene from the film.



Thoughts: A long time favorite, when I first saw it at 10 years old it blew my mind. The entire cast is terrific. Louis Jordan does a fantastic job as Dracula, he's as charming as he is evil, the gentleman of the Bela Lugosi combined with the savagery of Christopher Lee. I think his is one of the best takes on the character. Let’s not forget Frank Finlay’s performance as Van Helsing; brave, wise and maybe just a little bit crazy. His is probably my second favorite Van Helsing of all time but only because no one can ever top Peter Cushing. Everyone else involved with the production does a great job as well. The films use of video effects to be arty sometimes fall flat but one the other hand there are moments of bloodshed that will scare and disturb.



And as for Dracula’s three sexy brides. Well, my 10 year old self might not have sold his soul for a chance to be their vampire lord but he might have looked over the price list.













As per IMDB the plot for FRANKENSTEIN : THE TRUE STORY: “A more psychological telling of the Mary Shelley story has a different kind of monster...”


Here is the trailer for the film.




Thoughts: Now if COUNT DRACULA took liberties with the source material, FRANKENSTEIN : THE TRUE STORY throws most of the book out the window. The movie lifts elements from just about every aspect of the monsters cinematic history and rearranges them as it sees fit. You get glimpses of the James Whale’s classic, the Hammer films and the Bride of Frankenstein. In this version of the story the monster starts out as a very handsome man and slowly deteriorates over time. Like all the best versions of the story the creature is an innocent but Victor’s rejection makes him into a monster. In doing so this gives the whole affair a very original spin. The side plot concerning Dr. Polidori’s creation of Prima only adds to the story of science mad science and betrayal. The entire cast is excellent, James Mason’s Dr. Polidori is wonderfully loathsome, over the years I have come to appreciate Michael Sarrazin performance as the monster more and more and despite the fact he brings much of the ensuing misery on himself you can’t help but feel sorry for Leonard Whiting’s Dr. Frankenstein.



Once again, for a TV movie, this production is surprisingly violent and sexy. You can’t take your eyes off Jane Seymour as the sexy and evil Prima and the scene where she meets her final end is particularly gruesome.


When I first saw this at age eight I thought the title meant that the Frankenstein monster had really existed. It really changed my worldview for a while...














Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The trailer for I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK looks romantic and creepy...

From FAMOUS MONSTERS

 

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Some DOCTOR WHO news and pics!

BLEEDING COOL brings us this info and set pics...


The line-up for the rest of Doctor Who's seventh series has been confirmed, and here's how it shapes up...
It's official, a Neil Gaiman-penned episode of Doctor Who is set to air as the penultimate in the current series.
Wrapping around the Gaiman episode, there are two by showrunner Steven Moffat, two byLuther's Neil Cross, two by Mark Gatiss, and one by Stephen Thompson...




Monday, October 15, 2012

Is the trailer for ALTER EGOS super enough for you?


And it is back to THE LIGHTNING BUG'S LAIR for a review of ABSENTIA.

Absentia is a film that I started to watch a dozen or more times before finally making the plunge. I don’t know if it was the generic looking art of a screaming woman being dragged away or the legalese sounding title which looked out of place on a horror film, but it just didn't seem like the kind of horror that would appeal to me. However, after hearing about it for a while, and Netflix’s relentless campaign to suggest it to me, I relented and I am glad I did. There seems to be a new wave of horror that combines the bone chilling and the supernatural with a hefty dose of human drama. Stories of longing or loss pervade these films, and while some succeed in the balance (Exit Humanity), others (I’m looking at youThe Tall Man.) feel more like a bait and switch than horror fare. While Absentia takes some time to get rolling, it is a film that manifests some genuine emotional moments nestled neatly with the notes of a creepy creature feature...

 

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THE LIGHTNING BUG'S LAIR wisely recommends THE HAUNTED PALACE.

 

...The film opens as warlock Joseph Curwen (Price) has just entranced a young girl from town up to his palace. This was just one of several girls bewitched by Curwen. He was using black magic in an attempt to breed the girls with a powerful demon in order to create a superior race. The citizens of the town Arkam decide to take matters in to their own hands to save the town. They assembled an angry mob, storm the palace, sieze Curwen, and burn him at the stake for his crimes. In his dying breath, Curwen curses the town’s people and all of their descendants  As a result of either the curse, or the demon breeding attempts, several mutated children were born in Arkam throughout the years...

 

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When Neil Gaiman's wife Amanda Palmer dresses up as Doctor Who does it count as foreplay?

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Why not spend your Halloween catching up with THE COLD INSIDE


  




BOOK ONE
A Soul In Tension
Chapter One
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Two
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Three
     part one
     part two
     part three


Chapter Four
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Five
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Six
     part one
     part two
     part three


Chapter Seven
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Eight
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Nine
     part one
     part two
     part three


Chapter Ten
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Eleven
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Twelve
     part one
     part two
     part three


Chapter Thirteen
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Fourteen
    part one
    part two
    part three

Chapter Fifteen
     part one
     part two
     part three
BOOK TWO
The Son And The Heir

Chapter Sixteen
     part one
     part two
     part three

Chapter Seventeen
    part one
    part two
    part three

Chapter Eighteen
     part one
     part two
     part three

THE COLD INSIDE (a serial novel) Chapter Eighteen part three



The Cold Inside
Chapter Eighteen
part three
By AL BRUNO III

Monday November 28, 1994


Stan the Man, that was what they had called him in high school. He was the dude that was always ready to skip class and always got invited to the best parties. He was the dude that every guy wanted to be friends with and the dude that every girl wanted to hook up with. Why? Because he was the guy with the weed. 

And he kept his rates incredibly reasonable because he was more interested in being Stan the Man than he was in making a profit.

All that ended in 1986 during his second try at twelfth grade. It was a Sunday morning, he hadn't slept for two days, he was a little bit drunk and a little bit high. Driving back home he had crested a hill and become momentarily sun-blinded. Stan didn't remember anything else, he didn’t remember losing control or the crash that turned his sweet ride into an accordion and he sure as Hell didn’t remember hitting anyone.

But he had, some eighth grade paperboy honor student. The stupid nerd had been killed instantly. They tested Stan's blood at the hospital, and he quickly found himself arrested and indicted before he was well enough to walk. The police got warrants and searched his home; they found his supplies, all of them.

There was a lot of talk about making an example of him, he was nineteen and looking at decades behind bars. Even his Public Defender was begging him not to go to trial. So Stan copped a plea and the judge sentenced him to fifteen years but in the end he only did six, but six years was long enough.

He came out with no diploma or job prospects. The old neighborhood had changed and the old gang was too busy growing up and selling out to spare a moment for the ex-con that had been Stan the Man. He tried to start dealing again but his reputation made suppliers skittish. The parties were different now, the girls, the vibe and most of all the music; Metal had been replaced with Grunge, Rap and pretentious art-house garbage. Besides, in his day you invited the dealer to hang out at your party but now they wanted you to drop off the stuff and go. It was like they thought you were the pizza delivery man or something.

So he left Buffalo for Albany and got a lousy job and a crappy apartment. Stan the Man tried to start his life over but now he was Stanley the Nurses Aide and it sucked.

Half-drunk he flicked his attention from Baywatch to the clock on the VCR. He needed to get to sleep soon, he was on a 5 AM to 1 PM shift. It was his job to roust the oldsters from their beds and get them ready for breakfast. Stan tried not to think about it, he tried to concentrate on the bodacious babes running in slow-motion across his TV screen

Stan's first thought when he heard the knock at the door was that his rent check had bounced again and his landlord was there to scream and curse. Then he realized that there was no way his rent check could bounce, he'd just put money in the account. 

All the while he tried to boozily balance his checkbook in his head the knocking continued. Finally Stan yelled “All right! All right!” and swung himself up from the couch and walked over to the front door.

There was an old man on his front porch. He just stood there, glaring.

Stan took another pull from his beer, “What do you want?”

The old man blew him a kiss.

There was a mound of dust in the old man’s hand and it sprayed everywhere. It caught in Stan’s eyes, hair and mouth, “What the fuck are you doing?”

Now the old man was smirking. He brushed the remaining dust from his palm.

Stan tried to slam the door closed but his arms suddenly felt heavy; it took all his effort to just make them twitch. Then his legs began to wobble and he started to fall.

The old man caught him and shoved him backwards.

Stan crashed to the floor taking out the sidetable he kept his wallet and sunglasses on. It hurt like Hell but he couldn’t cry out, he couldn't even reach up to see if he was bleeding.

“My name's Phil. You don’t know me but we have a mutual acquaintance.” The old man said as he closed the front door and, after a moment's fumbling, locked it. “Lucy Dowd.”

Stan could only shift his eyes as the old man drew closer. He had no idea what this was about, he wondered if he was dreaming in front of the TV.

“Lucy Dowd, the old woman you've been robbing.” The old man, Phil, drew back his leg and kicked Stan in the ribs with crushing force.

Stan blacked out for a moment but when he came to he still couldn't move and he could only breathe in choking gasps.

“I wasn't sure it was you until I put that wad of cash in her drawer. I saw you take it but you didn’t see me,” Phil walked into the parlor and turned off the TV. “I'm full of tricks like that. You think what’s happening to you now is bad? There was one guy I did this to, he still can’t move a friggin' muscle. He’s been flat on his back for thirty-six years.”

The old man stepped over him and wandered into the kitchen. Stan’s eyes teared up at the thought of spending the rest of his life like this. Working at the Carvale Home for the Elderly and Infirm had taught him all he needed to know about bedsores and infected catheters.

“Tempting as that might be I don’t have the time or the resources to pull something like that off these days. We only have a few hours,” Phil stepped back into his field of vision, he was holding a serrated carving knife. “But we'll make the most of it won’t we?”

Stan wanted to scream, or fight back or beg but all he could do was wait.



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Sunday, October 14, 2012