Thursday, August 26, 2010

Short Movie Reviews

Chained Heat has Linda Blair and Sybil Danning, with the added bonus of John "Dean Wormer" Vernon doing what he does best; being a complete bastard. Oh, and there is Tamara "Cleopatra Jones" Dobson too. This one follows all the WIP rules, but still hold a few surprises. This is likely Sybil Danning's best performance, though I have not seen all of her films. Blair is kind of dull, but then again, she is the good girl, and they are always kind of dull. (Torrent)

Verdict: Worth watching, if you can find it.

Not Quite Hollywood looks at Australian exploitation films and the industry that made them. It is chocked full of clips and commentary, and features Quentin Tarantino talking about the movies he loved. It is an interesting look at the industry and culture in Australia at the time, and shows pretty well how they got from nudie comedies to Mad Max in a relatively short time.

Verdict: Fun for exploitation buffs.

City of the Dead aka City of the Living Dead, aka The Gates of Hell, is my first venture into the wild world of Lucio Fulci. When a priest kills himself in the town of Dunwich (really?) and All Saint's Day approaches, the dead begin to walk the Earth. Now, aside from the odd giallo, Italian horror is not my thing. It is definitely a change of pace. It gets hard to tell if these are zombies, or ghosts, or what. They are corporeal, but are able to teleport... The undead priest is different from his "zombie" fellows in both killing style and means of destruction. This would likely make a good Call of Cthulhu adventure.

Verdict: Interesting.

Pecker stars Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci. Aside from it being pretty wacky, and Ricci's posing for her photographer boyfriend and bitching out customers at the laundromat she works at, it is kind of tame. Honestly, this is the first John Waters film I stopped watching and don't care if I start it up again. (DVD)

Verdict: Meh...

Irma La Douce has Jack Lemmon, Shirley McLaine, and a bit part by Tura Satana. It is the story of a Parisian prostitute and an honest policeman turned pimp who fall in love, but not without some difficulties. It is a funny film that looks at the inconsistencies of sexual politics and treatment without getting too heavy. (DVD)

Verdict: A lot of fun. Worth finding.

The Living Dead Girl was recommended highly by both Tenebrous Kate and The Vicar of VHS. If I were to pick to people to dispute a film's merits with, it would not be these two. Not your standard vampire movie this. Well, is she a vampire, or just a ghoul? I'll leave the dungeon masters to determine which. This is my first entire film by Jean Rollin, and it did not disappoint. It is often difficult to tread the water of Euro-Horror, but this one was thoroughly enjoyable. (DVD)

Verdict: Despite some cheese, it is an interesting film.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Yeah, Pecker wasn't one of Water's finest moments.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Yeah, after the "fullofgrace" scene, the wife started giving me the "can we watch something else" look. I obliged.

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