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Review of The Wasp Woman

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The Wasp Woman Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This movie is simply early 60’s sci-fi fun! It’s about a cosmetics business owner that is worried about showing her signs of aging, and learns about a recent discovery of a jelly made by wasps that turn back the signs of aging. So of course she volunteers out of desperation to be a test subject. Well she of course gets over zealouse and takes too large of a dose and becomes… Wasp Woman devouring her prey. The acting and effects are pretty well done for the time. This film is a fun one for a rainy, lazy day.

Reason to Watch

If you want to show your kids the movies that made you the weird parent you are this is a good one to show ’em. It worked for me.

Context

1960 the pubescent period between atomic and psychedelic cinema. A late night gem.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

None.

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A fly swatter and a box of wine.

Trivia

The co-director’s credit listed above for Jack Hill is a consequence of The Wasp Woman’s release to TV in the 1960s. At a brisk 66 minutes, the film was deemed too short for a network time slot. Hill was hired to lengthen it, which he did by providing two new sequences. One of these opens the film: a leisurely stroll through an apiary, the confrontation between Zinthrop and the angry accountant, and Zinthrop’s dismissal. The other consists of a detective – played by Jack Hill! – searching for the missing scientist after his accident. Sadly, this footage is certainly not representative of Hill’s work, and adds little to the film but running time. However, it was this version of The Wasp Woman that I saw, so I thought I should mention it. (http://twtd.bluemountains.net.au/Rick/tww.htm)

Educational Content

None.

Justification for Rating

It’s not bad enough to be good, but it’s not bad enough to be great.

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Review of The Vampires’ Night Orgy

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Rating: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This is the story of a group of workers who have been hired to come and work for a gentleman out in the country. On the way they have to stop in a small town that looks as if it has been abandoned. They make themselves at home at a small inn and wake up the next morning to find the town does acttually have occupants. They are welcomed by the townspeople but when they go to leave they find that their van will not start. They are talked into staying for a couple of days by a woman the townspeople call the Countess and she displays great hospitality towards them. But through their days of staying there the encounter several misfortunes and many meet their end.

Reason to Watch

Although the quality of the video is horrible and the music played throughout the movie make you want to scream, there are a couple of nice tit shots from pretty hot women for the seventies. So it was not completley a waste.

Context

This moveie was made in the mid to late seventies.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

” The Countess says you can continue your work, with one arm.”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Things to do in order to make it through to the end of the movie in one sitting. First off invite your girlfriend over so that you will have something else to occupy you when you start to fall asleep. Second be sure to have the mute button on the remote on standby so when the god awful music starts you can mute it for a min or so.

Trivia

The victims were lucky in this movie because apparently the vampires teeth in this movie were not sharp. Never saw any blook or puncture wounds after a kill.

Educational Content

If you ever break down and you end up in a town that is appears to be desserted, dont go into the local bar and make yourself at home and drink the vamps booze. It might just piss them off.

Justification for Rating

I give this movie a 4.5 because of the parts that made me laugh due to the stupidity of it all. And the tit flashes gave it an extra point.

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Review of The Terror

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The TerrorRating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson – yes THE Jack Nicholson, we all have to start somewhere.) has been separated from his regiment meets a call called Helene (Sandra Knight), when she suddenly disappears Andre’s attempt to find her leads him to the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). In the castle Andre learns that the girl he has seen was the ghost of the Baron’s wife who died 20 years ago. Audre doesn’t believe in ghosts so pushes for the full story and learns that the Baron had been away at war and when he returned he found his wife in love with another so he killed her, now she haunts him telling him to kill himself so they can be together.

There are few more twists and turns that will leave you as confused as you might expect to be after watching a Roger Corman film. But this is a strange rarity in the horror genre, a ghost story and while it lacks a creepy little kid exclaiming that he sees dead people, it is still pretty good.

Reason to Watch

There is great talent here, Nicholson and Karloff and Coppla behind the camera, however it is the behind the scenes story that makes this interesting. Roger Corman had just finished work on “The Raven” and still had Karloff under contract for a few more days, so this script was thrown together over night using the costumes, set and even the Raven from the previous film. This is not uncommon for Coleman, both “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Last Woman on Earth” were born the same way.

Context

In the early 60s films had not yet fully made the transition to color, so this is a quite a treat for a low budget film, although most prints floating around are quite washed out. Karloff was still a name but his glory days as Frankenstein’s Monster and Im-ho-tep were well behind him.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“In the name of the government of France I demand you to open”
“With all respect Baron, for a ghost she is a very active woman”
“You seem to have thing confused, you’re servent not I, I’ll ask the questions”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

In honour of Jack Nicolson\u2019s imput wear dark glasses, in honour of Frances Ford Coppla smoke a cigar and in honour of Roger wear the clothes you wore last week and dine on yesterday’s pot noodle.

Trivia

Filmed in four days with five directors. Uncredited directors included Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill and Jack Nicholson

Sandra Knight who plays the Helene was actually married Jack Nicholson a year before the film was released. They divorced 6 years later after she appeared in Blood Bath, her career ended, while Nicholson went to star in Easy Rider for which he received his first Oscar nomination.

Educational Content

1. Don’t piss off your mother-in-law.
2. There are better ways to kill yourself than flooding your grave.
3. If a girl is good to be true, she is probably dead or trying to lead you to your death.
4. Like photos, paintings never lie.
5. Sighting The government of France will open all doors.

Justification for Rating

Given the talent on-board for this film it could have been a little better. As it is, it is an interesting ghost story with two titans of the silver screen, one at the end of his career, the other at the beginning.

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Review of The Sadist

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Rating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

The Sadist has been a well-kept secret of movie and a top-notch thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat in theater.
The sadist offers simple story and another advantage of the sadist is its cinematography.
Only during the movie’s overly long climax did the souffle start to collapse.
For the film’s first hour, it’s very tense and anxious, but the stupidity of our heroes gets too extreme during the finale.
After a few mysterious minutes during which no help can be found at a service station, the culprit emerges: a snot-nosed punk with a gun and his dopey girlfriend.

Reason to Watch

The sadist climax is too long and the first hour of the film is too tense. one of the most underrated B-movies ever.

Context

The Sadist, the low budget debut feature of one James Landis. It’s partly the content, sure, but the real smack to the senses comes from the knowledge that it was made and released back in 1963.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

The words of a sadist, one of the most disruptive elements in human society. To have complete mastery over another, to make him a helpless object, to humiliate him, to enslave, to inflict moral insanity upon the innocent. That is his objective, and his twisted pleasure!

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking.

Trivia

This low-budget film was noted for its excellent cinematography. It was the first American film for Vilmos Zsigmond who was working under the name William Zsigmond

Educational Content

It will not have any educational content.

Justification for Rating

“The Sadist” is purty durn good moovie

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Review of The Monster Maker

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Rating: ★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This 1944 film is about one Dr. Igor Markoff (J. Carrol Naish) who is a mad scientist. He formulates a concoction named acromegaly, which is a kind of virus. This virus when injected into any persons body, causes them to become hideously deformed. The bones get extended and the facial features get distorted.
Markoff is a very unscrupulous person and he injects a famous concert pianist Lawrence (Ralph Morgan) with the virus. He wants to swindle out a fortune from Lawrence in return for an antidote to the virus. He also wants Lawrence to agree to marry his pretty daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay) to him, as she bears a resemblance to his late wife as she appeared in her youth.

Reason to Watch

I was expecting something spectacular to take place in the movie, but ah! it was a rather boring and uniquely worthless waste of time.The pretty Wanda McKay was perhaps the only reason to keep my interest alive.

Context

The move was made in the United States by the Turner Classic Movies in the early 1940s.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“That cock-and-bull story was already old in Caesar’s days”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

it is weird and hackneyed movie and i would not have been able to sit through the 62 minutes of it had I not kept an abundant supply of Coke and Popcorn with me. The crunchy popcorn kept taking my mind off.

Trivia

Perhaps the most convincing thing about the movie was the mask worn by Lawrence when the acromegaly virus had progressed to an advanced stage. I was reminded of the mask worn by the title character in The Elephant Man (David Lynch).

Educational Content

All the education I got from the film was that there are viruses which can really deform you for life. Mad people have to be kept miles away from research on such projects. I wouldn’t like the world to be inhabited by deformed and scary looking people.

Justification for Rating

I would not have given a rating of 2.3 to the film if it had been a little longer. Thank god for small mercies. It was over in just over an hour so I was spared a long torture.

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