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Strangler of the Swamp (1946)

Posted on January 29, 2017  in Entertainment, Videos


Strangler of the Swamp (1946) by MargaliMorwentari

 

Strangler of the Swamp is a 1946 American horror film, produced and distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation. It was written and directed by Frank Wisbar, and stars Rosemary LaPlanche, Robert Barrat and Blake Edwards. It is a remake of Wisbar’s earlier German film Fährmann Maria (1936)

 

 

Written and directed by Frank Wisbar, this hour-long B thriller from 1946 is so obscure that it doesn’t even rank an entry in Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide, but it’s a perfectly adequate example of the low-budget fare that was cranked out like sausages by Producer’s Releasing Corporation (PRC) in post-World War II Hollywood. Of interest to trivia buffs is the youthful appearance of future Pink Panther director Blake Edwards as the movie’s youthful would-be hero, while Rosemary La Planche plays his beloved, who would sacrifice herself to spare her lover from the title character–the shadowy ghost of a ferryman (played by Charles Middleton) who haunts the local swampland, avenging his wrongful hanging for murder. Steeped in rich, foggy atmosphere, the film copies the effective visual style of Wisbar’s earlier German film Fährmann Maria, and although this shoestring spooker barely registers on the fright meter, it’s still an interesting oddity for hardcore film buffs, who will appreciate the fact that a movie of such minimal consequence has somehow made its way to DVD.

 

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9 Underrated Horror Movies You Need To Watch Right Now

Posted on August 22, 2016  in Entertainment, Videos

9 (More) Underrated Horror Movies You Need To Watch Right Now

You may call yourself a horror fan, but there are times when a flick so inventive and enjoyable slithers across the screen it leaves you thinking, How have I not seen this before? These are nine of those underrated horror movies, to be watched as soon as possible.


1. Lovely Molly (above)

Female lead starts to lose her mind while spending the duration of the reel in little to no clothing. Sound familiar? Well, think again. Yes, Gretchen Lodge, who stars as Molly, a newlywed who sees a demon creature more than she does her new hubbie, spends much of the film completely nude. However, Eduardo Sanchez’s supernatural creep show is more than skin deep; it’s an attempt at reinvigorating the found-footage subgenre. And for better or worse, it’s bone rattling.

Stream it on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.

 

 

2. Coherence

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Still from Coherence via Ugly Duckling Films

Highly acclaimed by critics yet pretty much universally unseen by the general pubic, Coherence is a crazy-compelling psychological thriller whose weird-out factor is through the roof. Similar to Karyn Kusama’s recent breakout hit, The Invitation, this puzzle of a picture is also centered around a dinner party that goes awry. Only this time, it’s the universe that’s responsible for the evening’s troubling chain of events. Sci-fi fiends, this one’s for you.

 

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A Page of Madness

Posted on June 20, 2015  in Entertainment

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A Page of Madness (狂った一頁 Kurutta Ippēji or Kurutta Ichipeiji?) is a silent film by Japanese film director Teinosuke Kinugasa, made in 1926. It was lost for forty-five years until being rediscovered by Kinugasa in his storehouse in 1971.  The film is the product of an avant-garde group of artists in Japan known as the Shinkankaku-ha (or School of New Perceptions) who tried to overcome naturalistic representation.

 

Yasunari Kawabata, who would win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, was credited on the film with the original story. He is often cited as the film’s screenwriter, and a version of the scenario is printed in his complete works, but the scenario is now considered a collaboration between Kawabata, Kinugasa, Banko Sawada, and Minoru Inuzuka.

 

The film takes place in an asylum. Although cut together in an ever maddening maelstrom, the film loosely tells the story of the janitor of the asylum. His wife is one of the patients. One day their daughter shows up at the asylum to tell her mother about her engagement. This sets off a number of subplots and flashbacks which stitch together the family history (for instance, why the mother is a patient and why the daughter is unaware of her father’s job as a janitor).

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Lazy Sunday Movies: El Topo

Posted on March 8, 2015  in Videos

El Topo (English translation: The Mole) is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf performers, and heavy doses of Christian symbolism and Eastern philosophy, the film is about the eponymous character – a violent, black-clad gunfighter – and his quest for enlightenment.

 

 

A bizarre, ultra-violent, allegorical Western, “El Topo” is set in two halves that have widely been compared to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the first half, Jodorowsky plays a violent, black-clad gunfighter who, accompanied by his naked son, sets off on a murderous mission to challenge four Zen masters of gunfighting, and learns from each of them a Great Lesson before they die. In the second half, El Topo sets out to find personal redemption, secluding himself in a subterranean community to learn the ways of peace, but unfortunately death is never far away. First released as an underground film, it was thanks to John Lennon that the film was acquired by Allen Klein of ABKCO, who bought the rights to “El Topo” and then financed Alejandro Jodorowsky’s next film “The Holy Mountain.”

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A Chinese Ghost Story

Posted on November 17, 2014  in Entertainment

A Chinese Ghost Story, also known as A Chinese Fairy Tale, is a 2011 fantasy-supernatural film directed by Wilson Yip, starring Louis Koo, Liu Yifei, Yu Shaoqun, Kara Hui, Louis Fan, and Wang Danyi Li. The film is adapted from one of the tales in Pu Songling‘s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, a collection of supernatural stories set in ancient China.

 

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Late Night Movie: A Tale Of Two Sisters

Posted on November 12, 2014  in Entertainment

 

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.  Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

 

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Late Night Movie: Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky

Posted on November 12, 2014  in Entertainment

 

The story is set in the year of 2001 in a prison owned by a major company. A new prisoner sees his friends being harassed and killed by the guards and seeks his revenge.

 

Enjoy d-_-b

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Napoleon Dynamite is a Dark Movie.

Posted on June 26, 2014  in Writing

Napoleon Dynamite is a movie that few people really got, IMO. It is one of the best illustrations of what it feels like to be lonely, that I have ever seen. The whole damn movie is about portraying the many forms of loneliness. All the main characters feel disconnected, misunderstood, and have nobody to relate to.

Napoleon has no friends and lives in fantasy land. He is shunned by everybody. His brother is self-deluded, wanting to be a cage fighter but staying home all the time desperately seeing love and attention on the internet. Their grandmother is never there for them, though she has a full life of her own ( a twist on real life situation of the elderly). They live next to a huge field… reinforcing the feeling of isolation. Almost every home in the film is shown isolated, actually. Their uncle lives alone on a trailer in the middle of nowhere, obsessed about the past. Pedro is latin and barely intellingible, oddly attired, alien in every sense of the word.

Not even the protagonists seem to truly connect… their dialogues are always a little awkward, as if 80% of the message was received only, often rolling along without any conclusions being reached. There are little details also… like how Napoleon seldom looks at someone in the eyes, in fact his eyes remain barely open throughout the film. Minor details that add to the sense of disconnection.

In the end the protagonists defeat their loneliness: the uncle gets a girlfriend and gets over the past, his brother gets a girlfriend who is clearly in love with him, Pedro becomes president and Napoleon’s dance makes him popular, but even so you don’t really get that great a sense of satisfaction by the time it’s over. You get a sense that there’s so much more that Napoleon needs and that it’s not due anytime soon. In fact he does not embrace the popularity at the end, he runs away. He does not have the emotional tools to deal with any of this. He is still fundamentally an isolated creature.

In the end most people can never really put a finger on what made them feel odd about watching this film… while it is overtly a comedy, the circumstances presented leave you no choice but to feel disheartened… questions pop in your head which make you uncomfortable but are not ever addressed: where are Napoleon’s parents, for instance? It is a plot point that could be cleared up with one short phrase but isn’t. You’re just left to wonder if they abandoned Napoleon, or died, or something of the sort. Whatever happened, we are given little closure, just a bit more discomfort with what we see. It is a discomfort that the filmmaker builds upon more and more, punctuated with absurdist humor which makes you legitimately confused about how you should feel.

It is cleverly disguised as a silly comedy but most people who watch it with that preconception end up a bit confused and with a bitter taste in their mouths… it’s a bit too surreal and a bit too dark…

that’s because it’s not a comedy at all.

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Prometheus fucking sucks

Posted on January 27, 2014  in Uncategorized

 

I bought the movie Prometheus on sale at Best Buy over the holidays for something like twelve bucks.  I figured, Ridley Scott had directed it, and it had something like 74% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time.  The first page of comments were all from famous movie reviewers giving it eight thumbs up, so I thought it had to be good, right?

No.  No, this movie was the worst pile of shit I have seen since Daybreakers, except Daybreakers was fun to watch because it was so awful as to be funny.  I watched Prometheus  and now I cannot live down that the mere act of putting that disc in my DVD player ruined 2-1/2 hours of my life and completely wasted twelve dollars plus tax that I will never be able to spend again.  To say that that money would have been better spent on a Nigerian prince scam is an understatement.

Highlights (or lowlights) of the movie:

  • Idiot crew members: “Don’t touch that, it’ll kill us all.”—Guy touches it three seconds later.
  • More idiot crew members: “Don’t get separated from the group.”—Gets separated by voluntarily walking off.
  • Why did you sign up for this? “Man, we came out here to see alien ruins… Oh, my god, alien ruins!  Let’s get the fuck outta here!”
  • Who screened the people who went on this years-long mission? “Nice to meet the rest of you crew members.  I’m a psychopath, and the guy next to me likes to eat babies.”
  • Quarantine protocols.  Where are they?  Husband contracts alien disease and hides it.  Then, once it gets worse, they finally follow protocol and blast him with a flamethrower.
  • The alien C-section scene, where the MC gives herself a C-section to extract an alien squid-baby put there by her own (human) husband.
  • I haven’t mentioned the sexism.  The MC is a woman who is barren (see above for more WTF).  When the topic comes up with her husband, she gets all weak and, “Why do I exist, waahhh,” as if her role in the universe is just to have babies.
  • After the C-section.  A lack of realism in that the MC is a bit groggy but totally conscious and mobile after having just stapled her own belly closed not three minutes ago.   She stumbles into a private meeting where the “plot twist” happens, still half-naked and bloody.  Instead of asking what happened, everyone laughs at her and calls her a wuss.
  • Again, after the C-section.  Instead of figuring to cut her losses (one squid-C-section, one incinerated husband, crazy shit happening everywhere), the MC says she just NEEDS to find out what’s going on, after having shed exactly four tears for her dead hubby.
  • Alien contact.  Totally meaningless.  The guy at the heart of the “plot twist” goes to meet the alien.  His droid talks to the alien for him, and the alien immediately proceeds to destroy everyone there, clad in shining plot armor.
  • Stormtrooper School of Marksmanship, applied to the people on board the ship when they fight the alien dude.  Not linking to TvTropes because I’m not that cruel.
  • Remember that squid-C-section?  It’s grown into a gigantic starfish vagina with a very mean temper, despite not having anything to eat in the med bay.
  • Again with the quarantine protocol.  Why not gas the squid in the first place?

The part that really troubles me about this purchase is that it was a DVD packaged with a Blu-Ray and an Ultraviolet digital download.  I can’t think of a reason anyone would want ONE copy of this pile of trash, not to mention THREE!  And I can’t even use the Ultraviolet version as a coaster!

I highly regret this purchase, and to those of you who have not wasted your time and money on this film, I am here to help you avoid making the same mistake I did.

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