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Thursday, September 4, 2008
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We move away from puppets and Muppets at the Alberta St Pub. They were a blast and my apologies to anyone who got that rash going around. But the stage area has been mopped and scrubbed, and we have talked the fire chief out of pressing charges.
Anyways, we are on to newer and older things. First in a series of black and white movies will be Young Frankenstein .
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Monday, April 7, 2008
I’m not sure what to say about George Rameroe’s Night of the Living Dead that has not already been said. It is truly a milestone in our fascination with zombies, and even horror in general. The movie is noted for its political and social commentary on the 1960’s American culture of its time and also for its engaging dialoge.
Some of the most dramatic scenes are those with no zombies. One such scene involves the lead role of Ben (Duane Jones) and Barbara (Judith O'Dea) exchanging their accounts that led them to the farm house. Originally a stage actor Duane carries his role well giving such moments intensity and realism. It should also be noted that casting Duane, an African American as the lead role was also controversial for the era.
With a budget of $114,000 the production of the film was forced to be resourceful. Zombies were often played by friends and investors in the film while wearing second hand store clothes. Even though color film was the norm for the time the film was shot in black in white saving money and ultimately adding to the films gritty feel.
Night of the Living Dead is a great film and a must see for anyone into zombies-horror, but like a little substance with it…a little meat on the bone. -MH
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The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Directed and screenplay by Lucio Fucli, the Italian director known for his flare for gore once again delivers in House by the Cemetery (1981) though the lag time in between blood soaked scenes can get a bit long. Fucio also directed the classic Zombie 2 (1979) which arguably makes for a better overall movie.
In HbtC, Dr. Norman Boyle (Paolo Malco) moves from New York to Boston for a new research position. Along with the new job Dr. Boyle moves his family into his predecessor’s house that has a bad legacy. After the predecessor went insane he murdered his family and then committed suicide. One of the main characters is Dr. Boyle’s son, Bob (Giovanni Frezza.) Bob is a blue eyed blonde haired ten-year-old who you can not help but hate. When Bob receives psychic warnings not to go to their new house his parents understandably take them as more proof their child is mentally handicapped. Bad acting matched with cheesy dialogue attempt to make Bob cute but fail laughably.
The family practices a level of denial that would make the Bush Administration proud. Be it gravestones in the kitchen, rabid bats, or the creepy nanny moping up blood; the Boyle family remains in their quaint New England house until the bitter end. The plot may be lacking and it is not the director’s best work, but The House by the Cemetery still has its place. There is plenty of gratuitous gore that is paced with long scenes of vacant staring and while there is a plot, you should not look too hard for it. Why is that a good thing? Well you can get another beer and make jokes with no fear you will miss anything. And you just might find yourself cheering the ‘monster’ on!
…but will you get what you wish for? Will Bob and his family escape the evil lurking in the basement?
Come Monday night and find out! -MH
Playing this week at Alberta St. Pub; March 31st, 9PM FREE!
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The House by the Cemetery (1981)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Playing Monday; March 24, 9PM
Written and directed by Del Tenney I Eat Your Skin was released four years before George Ramero’s Night of the Living Dead and like other pre-Ramero zombie flicks indulges in Voodoo origins. You know; witch doctors, blood letting, and human sacrifices? That kind of Voodoo.
The opening scene features Haitian natives sacrificing a Betty Davis look alike and a goat. Meanwhile, in peaceful
The original title of the movie, Zombies might have been more appropriate as there is not much skin eating though the zombies do seem to suffer from bad skin and pickled eyeballs. Overall I Eat Your Skin is full of great one liners, cornball machismo, and weird dance numbers making it worth the watch.
But it makes for a better viewing when you've got a beer and friends you can laugh with. So come on out!-MH
Playing at Alberta St. Pub; March 24, 9PM FREE!
I Eat Your Ski (1964)