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Eraserhead (1977)

Director: David Lynch
Starring: John Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Judith Anna Roberts. USA . 1h 49m

A cult classic surreal black and white masterpiece… to some.. But not for me! I’m not going to bullshit, I’ve never been really into Eraserhead, I adore black and white movies and I really love surreal art (something I paint myself) and films. I’ve never been heavily into Lynch and for me this film is creepy, unusual but nothing all that special. I feel that there are two types of surreal movies, the first is a movie which is all out surreal, no easy to follow story line and completely wacky, for argument sake Dali’s Un Chien Andalou (1929), and there are other films which have a pretty liner storyline but just go about it in random ways.. Much like this one. Continue reading Eraserhead (1977)

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Hausu / House (1977)

Director: Nobuhiko Obayashi.
Starring: Kimiko Ikegami, Kumiko Ohba, Kumiko Oba, Mitshtoshi Ishigami, Miki Jinbo, Reiko Sato. Japan. 1h 27m.

Every now and then I have the urge to watch something completely off the wall, and I’ve seen and heard so much about House over the years and deemed that most of it couldn’t be true..  but finally managed to find a copy at a semi reasonable price so I relaxed into it a few nights ago… then panicked a lot, but there is a lot going on in this cartoon style fairy story. Continue reading Hausu / House (1977)

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

 

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At first I was put off by the title and due to the era of the movie I was expecting some possible comedy cheese thrown into a mindless movie. I was very wrong. While the movie is low budget the effects are quite adequate for the what is required and the film is quite brilliant. Obviously this is coming from a gore loving horror fan who appreciate good/bad movies, so bare with me.

The main character Steve (Alex Rebar) is an ill fated astronaut in this gross and trashy Z production camp horror flick, there is a fair share of nudity and lots of slime and body parts. After Steve West returns from space, he is highly radioactive and starts to melt, after seeing his floor pizza visage he breaks out of hospital and goes on the run, freaking out many a naked couple and a great old crazy couple along the way, as his need for human flesh starts to consume him.

It’s repulsive and if you’re able to switch off your brain (nothing is really explained, it just happens because movie) and ignore the retarded script, there is a lot to enjoy in this movie.

Parts of it remind me of the ridiculous nature of Motel Hell (1980). The film gets darker and more desperate as Steve develops into this melting mess of a creature.can he ever be rescued, is there a cure for this bizarre “disease”? The ending blew me away, it seemed distant from the rest of the film. Thoroughly good film though.

6/10

L – Incredible Movies, Doomed Astronauts, 70’s Sci Fi, 70’s Horror
A – How our fear of space has crafted Cinema
5B – Alex Rebar

Full movie review coming soon.

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

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The Hills Have Eyes  (Horror, Thriller,  1977) (18) D: Wes Craven W: Wes Craven  C: Janus, Blythe, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Dee Wallace, Robert Houston, Martin Speet, James Whitworth, Michael Berryman. 1h 29m. USA.

Synopsis : On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

TAGLINE : Wes Craven’s classic original!

As one of the more memorable exploitation movies from the 1970’s , bringing together fears over nuclear weapons and our beloved bloodthirsty rednecks.

Crazy head hunters stalking people in wilderness may seem like a fictional story, this is actually based on true events. Sawney Beane and his family who were a feral clan  who roamed the highlands of Scotland in the early 1400’s, where they captured, tormented and ate several transients. The execution of the family involved such brutal tortures that inspired the Carter family’s vicious revenge. Family and the lack of a family,  plays a huge part in this film.

Hill Have Eyes (1)Almost leading on from Last House on the Left (1972), it seems that Wes managed to fine tune the plot a little and reverse some roles, whereas the family were pretty remote, he moves this family to an off the map location where help in totally impossible. Everything is just a step further away from any sense of security. While the movie is still just as raw and unsettling it does push a different set of limits and still has very little disregard for the family.

The Carter family go on a road trip and things are pretty easy going, but then suddenly the film takes a curious turn when their car breaks down, they camp up thinking that it’s just a minor delay and a simple fix, but the tension starts to grow in the movie until a huge pivotal scene where the family are soon descended upon by a group so violent savages who have had practice in stalking and attacking in this way before. As the movie continues the most vulnerable members of the family soon have to man up in order to overcome their worst nightmares and be fearless in order to survive.

Hill Have Eyes (3)The theme of this movie is quite similar to some of the olde headhunter stories often presented in comic books, the styles, even though it’s very much all in the same taste as any early Craven movie has a lot of influence from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and it even uses from of the props from that movie set. As a majority of the film is quite heavy bearing it is lightened, there are some great family comedy moments that almost cushion the blow, strangely there are tons of references to “Human French Fries” and other cannibalism quips.

At times it feels like there is almost an age old family feud going on (as old as those hills),  you’ve got the well to do family, with all their airs and graces who are suddenly encroached upon by some revolting peasants (so to speak). Obviously due to the chronic differences in the characters of each family they visually appear different, but also the scripts for each has vast contrast. Scenes with the mountain family are much more dynamic, louder and more energetic.

Hill Have Eyes (4)The lack of a decent soundtrack is disturbing but a decent score on the low budget makes up for that, but it would have taken a similar route as Devils Rejects (2005) with a strong country based OST.

There is a lot of solid acting in this movie, considering some of the costumes and effects for the feral family were a little tacky. It was all managed really well; Dee Wallace was radiant as the older daughter (Lynn) and didn’t have to act when face to face with a tarantula as she was genuinely petrified. The film had the added bonus of having Michael Berryman playing the role of Pluto with his distinctive features and versatility, while the role almost finalised his typecasting it did raise him to the horror icon that he is today. The leading roles were mostly masculine with Bobby (Robert Houston) looking after his sister while the supposed weakling Doug (Martin Speer) changes from modern day metro into primal bad guy while out hunting to save his baby daughter.

Craven has always has this immense edge in his story writing and direction that can cause a lot of people to feel uncomfortable. This film is very unsettling and very raw with it’s approach. It’s quite odd to think that the version we know and love today has the happier ending, if you can call it that, but Wes did have even more upset in store for us.As this frightening esert trip has to be put together on a shoestring, Craven and his team had to improvise where they could, running around the desert chasing down rattlesnakes and collecting road kill to pose as dead animals.

This certainly was a pioneering movie into putting a lot of people of travelling on the unmarked roads. Definitely a nail in the coffin for hillbillies and rednecks alike. Hill Have EyesBeing slightly more of a tea time terror as far as the effects and violence is concerned, the film is littered with unsettling themes, without trying to give too much away, they are regarding the loss of family members and having to use their corpses as props in order to survive. Otherwise it’s a pretty fun flick.

The films works as a terrific violent horror, the only let down would be the abrupt ending, now I’m not discrediting the ending at all it’s a primal burst of energy that is well deserved, but I think there could have been a little more fiennes.

V: While it will always remain one of the granddaddies of video nasties that has inspired a host of movies, including a rare decent remake. I always love watching this film for it’s  direct no shits given approach to gorey horror. There are a few scenes that will never be easy to watch, and after all these years it really does stand the test of time.

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Rating: 8/10

R: Deliverance (1972) ,Hills Have Eyes ®(2006), Last House On The Left (1972), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) Timber Falls (2007).

L:Hillbilly Horrors, Desert Films
5B: Wes Craven,
PD: POST DISCUSSION TO COME

Pumping Iron (1977)

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Pumping Iron (Sport, Biography, Documentary 1977) (12) D : George Butler and Rober Fiore: W: Charles Gaines (book “Pumping Iron”): C: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Katz, Franco Columbu 1h 25m. USA.

 Synopsis: From Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream.

A sweaty slice of 1970’s muscle and bitching, glory riding and iron pumping. This movie is one of the early documentaries that had so much character and potential it could easily be adapted into a cinematic film and excite a new generation of body builders and cinema fans simultaneously. The sport was defiantly at a new high point in the 1970’s with the arrival of Arnie and Lou this helped build many illustrious careers. There are constant broken English quips from Arnold throughout as he is the focus of the film. While the rest of the plot revolved around the physical and emotional struggle to the Olympia. With no discernible screenplay as the film is based on documentary footage, the cinematography while instant there is a lot of obvious close-ups on the individuals and their “amazing” bodies, as there aren’t too many sweeping landscapes in Golds Gym.

The personality of the young buff men is enough to carry this film on through the ages, as one of the long loved bodybuilding movies possibly of all time. It was enough to warrant a sequel of the ladies of body building only a few years later.

Despite hardcore followers knowing the results of the Olympia and the run up events, this film lends it popularity to going behind the scenes and showing the gruelling and comedic training and quirky personalities that are usually hidden behind closed gym doors. It gives light to those intimate moments behind the stage and it certainly does have a group of very entertaining bolshoi people to study for this distinctive venture.

For most of the time the body builders were not heard and just seen sporadically on stage. Within pumping iron there is a first chance to see the sportsmen talking for themselves (and what a job they made of it), it’s half the cringingly bad rapport that you’d expect and half amazingly sentimental and intellectual talks with other builders, it really did open the doors on what is really going on behind the muscle in the gym.

If your not into the sport or a fan at all, then it won’t be as rewarding but it’s still pretty entertaining, if only for the unashamed schits and giggles.

R: Pumping Iron II (1985) Foxcatcher (2014), Generation Iron (2013)

Q: Arnold “Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.”
TIL: Working out in the gym is like cumming…. I’d like to add that I am yet to experience this..
BS: Overall my best scene award goes to Arnies interview when he talks about giving “advices”.
L: Sports Documentaries.Body Builders in Movies.
DGI: Knock a Shot every time a guy flexs his biceps.
5B: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno


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Rating : 9/10

Kisha