Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
I'd forgotten about this till I was tidying the twins bedroom the other day, jammed as it were between the first season of Littlest Pet Shop and Mark of The Devil.
They really should know better I mean they are 9 after all.
Flesh Eater (AKA Zombie Nosh, Revenge of the Living Zombies. 1988).
Dir: Bill Hinzman.
Cast : Bill Hinzman, John Mowod, Leslie Ann Wick and Lisa Smith and the local job seekers club.
|Well excuse me boss, I must've come up here with the wrong impression, I thought we were here to have fun!|
Welcome to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in the good ol' (and by the look of it freezing centre of) US of A where a rag tag bunch of red-necked (and red faced) 'teenagers' are having a fun filled weekend wobbling about on the back of a tractor.
That's not all they have in mind tho' as their good times don't just end with a ride on some filthy farmyard machinery, you see they plan to spend the night in the woods getting drunk and 'making out'.
Whilst all these teen shenanigans are going on the local farmer Barney Moe has noticed that a huge hole has appeared in one of his fields, luckily for us (and the plot) he's not from Norfolk so doesn't try to fuck it instead he has a little dig around and uncovers a rather unconvinging paper-mache stone with a scary inscription:
|Beware! The bin men!|
Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Mr. Bill (my illustrious acting career) Hinzman!
But before Moe can ask how or why (or even to get his Alpha VHS signed) Hinzman has popped out of the ground and popped his teeth into the farmers neck.
Losing acting ability as quickly as he's losing blood our hapless chap lies on the ground shaking like an epileptic in a fridge whilst a few miles down the dirt path the teenage dirtbags are indeed busying themselves getting drunk and, most disturbingly attempting to shag each other.
Yes indeed, the movie gives us a rare opportunity to watch two real and very camera conscious teenagers awkwardly making out in blindingly lit, acne revealing close-up.
You can almost imagine director Hinzman, one hand on the zoom button and one down his trousers shouting "Touch her titties!" from just off screen as the pair clumsily go thru' the motions, the boy praying that the girls bra strap doesn't stick for fear of Hinzman giving him a kicking.
|"Blood in mah mooth!"|
Thankfully, Hinzman soon jumps infront of the camera and proceeds to put the zit-faced teens (and us) out of their misery via a rusty pitchfork thru' the chest and a rubber heart removal cum breast fondle before stumbling off to menace the rest of the cast, each victim rising from the grave as a member of the undead.
Either that or they're all on crack or cheap cider.
It's probably a good time to point out that the subtle tit touch from Hinzman doesn't appear to be at all accidental seeing as at any point during the movie when a female (young or, um younger) is called upon to be attacked it's our erstwhile director doing the biting, invariably squeezing one of her breasts as he does it.
It's almost as if it were planned this way so as to give him a chance to get his sweaty sausage fingers on some young virginal flesh.
Or maybe I'm just pissed of that I never thought of it first.
Either way before long there are at least a dozen (OK I'm being kind) of the undead (some with breasts some without) wandering aimlessly around the forest in search of a half decent script whilst the surviving (non molested) teens decide to barricade themselves in a farmhouse much like that other Bill Hinzman starring zombie movie.
|That reminds me, the gammon in the fridge has gone off.|
Obviously the zombies have seen the aforementioned movie and decide to attack before the refurbishments are finished, eating all of the main cast except for the two leads (no doubt the directors daughter and her boyfriend), leaving them with no choice but to run away in the hope of extending the movies running time to a full 90 minutes.
Not too surprisingly the undead give chase.
Fairly slowly obviously but it's the thought that counts.
no choice but to head into town to find some fresh young meat
At this point the film degenerates into a tourist guide to the woods and hedgerows of Beaver Falls but with added random murders and nudity, firstly in somebodies house (complete with nude babysitter) and then in a barn-based fancy dress party which Hinzman and his zombie buddies soon turn into a blood bath.
Possibly because the revellers fancy dress outfits were a lot more impressive than the movies actual make-up.
Surprisingly for the amount of females present there's tittie touching in this scene but big bad Bill does manage to grope a teenage cheerleaders ample arse as she tries to escape up a ladder.
|"Put it in me!"|
This routine of extreme trick or treating (well it is Halloween night) continues unabated for what seems like several days when finally the local police and fire department, aided and abetted by a group of gun crazed locals turn up and kill everything before setting fire to a farm and finally, in a scene totally unlike the end of NOTLD accidentally kill the surviving teens with a bullet to the head and a nail in the coffin of independent film making.
|Flesh Eater on Bluray?...Isn't that a wee bit like making Ridley Scott reshoot Alien with the lights on?|
Mumbling, bumbling and drunkenly stumbling across the screen like an Alzheimer's riddled drunken uncle, William Hinzman shows himself to be the original one-trick convention guest with this threadbare vanity project designed for the sole reason of playing on his 'fame' as the cemetery zombie, a role he also returned to in John Russo's abysmal NOTLD anniversary edition and no doubt various supermarket, envelope and eyelid openings.
|"I'm sorry, I have my woman's period".|
Whilst there's nowt wrong with the fella making a few bob off the back off a fleeting appearance in a hit movie (just check the guest list for any Collectormania event) there's something not right in seeing the source of that fame dragged out and violently buggered in front of you.
Which is effectively what Hinzman attempts to do to Night in this truly abhorrent tribute cum sequel.
Shot with all the skill of Jill Dando's gunman from a script consisting of a series of random ideas hastily scribbled on the back of a used tissue and acted out by a collection of Ikea furniture, Flesh Eater brings nothing to the undead table except the idea that middle-aged zombies adore teen tits.
|"Little Mix number one for Christmas...MONSTA!"|
No budget, no idea and no mercy, Flesh Eater by it's very nature is a must see movie if for no other reason than to show that George Romero was indeed the talented one behind Night of The Living Dead dspite what Hinzman and John Russo might have you believe.
Oh and the fact that it makes Survival of The Dead almost watchable.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Sorry about the delay, been too busy watching good films.
Oh and Dracula 3D.
But more of that later, for now let's pop on our swimsuits and chance an encounter with the...
Killer Crocodile (1989).
Dir: Fabrizio De Angelis (as Larry Ludman).
Cast: Sherrie Rose, Van Johnson, Ennio Girolami, John Harper, Richard Anthony Crenna, Ann Douglas, Julian Hampton, Bill Wohrman and a huge crocodile.
In what looks like a garden pond somewhere in the deep south (it's the trousers), a couple of pissed stained and hideously dubbed old men are sitting in a kiddies boat discussing the current state of the river and lack of fish therein.
As the camera slowly glides, well judders, in towards our old chums as they continue their ad-libbed rant a big wooden bright green emulsioned crocodile jumps out of the bushes behind them whilst making a roaring sound, it's mouth stiffly opening and closing like an old barn door.
Cue the Jaws theme (well as near as dammit without getting sued) as we're treated to a croc's eye view of a filth ridden pond whilst, on the not too distant shore a man with a guitar and a bowl haired lady get out of a car.
Obviously intrigued as to what's going on the crocodile silently watches as guitar man starts to pluck his funky stuff, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend whose expression seems to fluctuate between slightly bored, annoyed and comatose.
|"I can see your house from here Peter".|
Finishing his romantic serenade, Mr. Music reveals his true intentions; he means to have the sex with the lady.
Unfortunately (for him) she prefers to frolic about in what looks like a sewage overflow rather than let him put it in her.
Them the breaks I suppose.
Within seconds of entering the water tho' our small-hipped heroine is attacked by the so called 'killer' crocodile and dragged off to her death.
Meanwhile somewhere in the Philippines a group of instantly forgettable mature students are searching the local waterways for evidence of illegal chemical dumping.
Sexy bespectacled Mark (Hampton AKA Pietro Genuardi from Paganini Horror and Dellamorte Dellamore) is busy taking random photos (hoping no doubt to get a few upskirt shots) whilst Kevin (Crenna son of the late great Richard) and his pal Bob (Harper) are busying themselves hitting the water with a stick.
It wouldn't be an Italian horror movie without some attractive ladies but obviously the budget wouldn't stretch so here we have the permanently scowling Pamela (Rose), the 'handsome' Jennifer (Douglas, looking like someone's mum) and buck-toothed local beauty Cynthia (possibly).
There is also a small dog which none too surprising is more charismatic than the rest of the cast combined.
|"My dog's got no knob". "How does it make love?" "It's a bitch".|
Although Cynthia is convinced that their expedition is fruitless it's not long before our tree-hugging chums come across a huge pile of rusted beer barrels oozing shaving foam.
On their sides reads "TOXIC WASTE, PROPERTY OF MR. B. ADMAN'S CHEMICAL COMPANY".
Bob, wearing his best decorating overalls and a gimp mask swims over to the barrels in order to take a radiation reading, which is pretty smart seeing as he's actually holding a Karl Zeiss light meter, and what do you know, it goes off the scale.
Heading back to the boat he declares that tings are worse than he initially thought and the industrial waste they've just discovered is the worst kind imaginable, it's so toxic that it could possibly make crocodiles grow to giant sizes.
Realizing that the expedition is ill equipped to handle a clean up job of this magnitude (fuck it, they'd be hard put to organize a kiddies boat party), Kevin decides that they should camp out overnight then approach the local authorities the next morn.
Being characterless lemmings the others just nod in agreement.
|"Must kill water with stick!"|
With night fast approaching our intrepid crew set up camp at the edge of the local play park (near the duckpond) and spend the rest of the evening trying to decided who is the most tired/least attractive/next to die etc. whilst our doggy pal, bored with such human pursuits and desperate for a shite merrily runs off into the trees.
A few minutes later the groups monotonous conversation is interrupted by a huge yelp.
Being a dirty foreigner (compared to the others of course) and being the only non-named actor in the cast it's obviously Cynthia's job to go look for the furry lil devil, calling out as she wanders through the bushes, eventually arriving at where the boat is docked.
It's a bloody big park.
Kneeling at the waters edge she finds the dog's bloodied collar but before she has time to even scream the crocodile jumps out of the water and eats her whole.
Which is weird because they usually spit that bit out.*
|Sade, up the casino, Brighton, 1987....YESCH!|
The next morning as the crew begin to tidy away their camping equipment they begin to wonder as to the whereabouts of Cynthia but only for a few minutes because in no time at all their sailing off to town to report the pollution.
They're not all bad tho' as they do make a few half arsed attempts to call out her name as they leisurely chug down stream.
Arriving in town the group jump into a dilapidated old truck in search of the police station whilst a mysterious man in a hat watches from behind a bush.
Bizarrely enough our cool crew discover that not only does the town have no law enforcement at all but also that the fish market doubles as a morgue (but only on Tuesdays), anything legal is dealt with by a sprightly old ginger gentleman called the judge (former Hollywood heart-throb Van Johnson, obviously over his head in unpaid rent boys) and points them in the right direction.
Basically they're told to follow the smell of gin, piss and lavender.
|Beware children, this Van is not full of sweets.|
Unfortunately the judge is a bit of a bastard, togged up in his thin cotton finery and nipple revealing shirt and wastes no time in telling the plucky conservationists to fuck off before he puts them in jail for some reason or another.
After a half-hearted bitch fest where Pamela accuses the judge of being in bed with the man from the chemical factory (not literally mind, tho' I wouldn't put it past him, I mean Bill Wohrman is a fairly hunky piece o' meat) our teens head back to the boat deciding, like a cut-price junked up Scooby gang to search for Cynthia themselves.
As they leave the man in question, Jeff Sexington Foley (the aforementioned Wohrman) forces himself thru' the judges backdoor and demands that the meddling kids be dealt with. The judge however just sighs and cryptically tells Foley that he will have to stop "dumping his stuff in the swamp".
Is it just me or is this movie going all homo-erotic?
|Insert cock here.|
Back on the boat the group are busy using all their skills to find their friend which, I admit appears to involve splashing the water with a big stick whilst occasionally shouting her name.
The tedium is soon broken when the boat runs aground on a big rock, which at least gives them another reason to use the stick and Pamela an excuse to strip to her bra and pants.
Seriously tho' that's not as promising as it sounds.
Seductively swimming around the boat in an attempt to dislodge it Pamela pulls a big branch away from the hull and is fairly shocked when a half chewed Cynthia pops up.
Dragging her aboard (and searching her pockets for loose change) our heroes reckon she's been attacked by a massive (maybe chemically mutated) crocodile and head back to town to confront the judge.
|Put it in me!|
This would probably be a good idea if the local doctor wasn't in the judges pocket too because even tho' he kinda admits it looks a wee bit like a crocodile attack he's all too happy to side with the evil Foley, who suggests that the group murder their guide for some strange reason he hasn't thought of yet.
Just as the hanging (to the left) judge is about to have them arrested (by whom we are never told) the legend that is Sir Ennio of Girolami enters the room.
He will be playing the role of Joe, the huge hatted, hairy chested rough n' tough big game hunter for the rest of the movie and it's a pleasure to have him aboard.
Joe knows his stuff and after examining Cynthia's wounds announces that they're looking for a crocodile that's least 20 feet long that answers to the name of Terry.
More importantly tho' Joe offers to find it, kill it and skin it.
But not necessarily in that order.
|Bruce Forsyth picks a ring.|
Back at the group's boat, Jennifer and Kevin convince the others (over a few beers) that they owe it to Cynthia to find the crocodile responsible and, um, make sure no-one kills it so that they can prove that Foley is dumping his muck in the river.
But for this they're going to need Joe's help.
As is the way in these situations our heroes decide that it'd be best to get Joe drunk before broaching the subject so, wallets in hand head over to the local bar cum bingo hall, not noticing the crocodile slowly swimming it's way to the dock behind them.
|"shite (actor) in mah mooth!"|
As Kevin, Pamela, Joe and the gang sit and enjoy a Babycham or three whilst discussing the best way to catch a crocodile a small raggedy girl sits happily playing with a Cabbage Patch kid on the dock (her family can't be that poor then) as a couple of local bad boys aimlessly toss a ball about before deciding it'd be much better fun to knock the doll into the water.
Cue the almost Jaws theme and ten minutes of kiddie based terror as the crocodile attempts to eat the screaming child as she clings onto the rapidly sinking dock for dear life, the towns folk standing around nonchalantly on the shoreline as if watching a football match.
How fucking unpopular must this kid be?
Luckily at least one of the townsfolk seems to care (it's either her dad or the local pedo) as one guy runs towards the dock to help but rather than just pull the girl up he climbs down into the water (next to the crocodile) and attempts (badly) to push her up.
Or at least get a good glimpse of her undies before she dies.
Not too surprisingly he slides into the crocodiles massive mouth and gets eaten, alongside a second rescuer who clumsily puts his foot in a hole right above the still hungry crocodile and (you'll never guess) gets eaten too.
It's like the Darwin Awards gone mad.
By this time our heroes have turned up at the dock to see what all the shouting was about and within seconds have jumped into action, Kev and Bob jump into the water and begin beating the crocodile with a big plank whilst Joe shoots randomly at anything that moves.
Mark on the other hand is busy taking photo's in the hope of at least getting 50 quid from You've Been Framed.
Oh no, the little girl slides into the water but luckily Bob manages to grab her hair and throw her to safety whilst Joe continues to shoot things from his boat.
By this time the crocodile has decided that he's had enough of this eating extras lark and swims off into the middle distance as Joe waves his fist at it between shooting at stuff.
The scene is now set for a battle like no other (alright a battle like the end of Jaws, Orca Killer Whale et al.) as Joe prepares to kill the crocodile and Mark and co. prepare to save it....
I predict blood, sweat and eggy stains.
From the fevered mind of ex-postman cum producer and director Fabrizio De Angelis comes probably the greatest Van Johnson starring killer crocodile movie ever made.
I would have said Ennio Girolami starring but as we all know, he's also in the sequel, directed by SFX god Giannetto De Rossi.
But we're leaping ahead of ourselves, what of the original (and best) of the pair?
|"Not the face love!"|
Well what can you say about a movie that epitomizes everything that is so right (and so, so wrong) with low budget '80's Euro' horror cinema?
Shoddy camera work, sunburned actors, stilted almost surrealist dubbing, ludicrously fashionable haircuts and a lack of respect for the laws of storytelling that would make Baron Munchhausen balk crash headlong into an almost 'fuck you' disregard for budgetary constraints as it proudly displays it's star attraction, a 20 foot long balsa wood crocodile for all to see.
And for that I can only salute all involved.
The perfect bedmate for Enzo G. Castellari's The Last Shark, this film needs to be seen (and revered) by today's teen horror fans as a shining example of what can be achieved for 30 quid and a cheap awayday ticket to the seaside.
Rob and Eli take note.
*Can we take a moment to celebrate that particular jokes 150th appearance on this blog. Thank you.
Monday, April 8, 2013
In tribute to the late, great Sir Jess of Franco let's take a look back and probably his greatest work.
Apologies for the almost serious tone of the review but it was written years back before I realised no-one actually reads this stuff.
Bloody Moon (1981)
Dir: Jesus Franco
Star: Olivia Pascal, Christop Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganoff and some other folk with made up names.
Annoyed at the fact that she finds his face scary (especially after the intimate moments they've just shared) he decides that rather than sort the misunderstanding out over a nice cup of tea it'd be easier to stab her to death with a pair of scissors.....as one would.
Years later he is released from 'hospital' into his sister's care, allegedly cured and ready to return to society.
Just one thing the doctor's warn her, "...avoid references to that unfortunate night. He might not be that cured.".
Which is nice.
Obviously the best thing to do is to take Miguel back to the scene of the murder, (now open as The International Youth-Club Boarding School of Languages, run by Miguel's wheelchair bound mum).
So dear viewer let's sit back and see what happens.
Luckily for those viewers who like to take the piss out of easy targets like the disabled etc. the school is populated by the biggest collection of freaks this side of a Todd Browning convention (or Glasgow city centre on Giro day).
There's the grunting handyman, Paco, a beast of a man obsessed with hitting sign posts randomly with hammers whilst rubbing his crotch; a slug murdering gardener; a twitchy, ferret like head professor and a South American studly tennis tutor with a permanent hard on and a never ending line of ladies willing to sit on it.
Good job then that all the students are female and decked out in crotch splitting hot pants, Farrah flicks and skin tight tee's, coming out with such quality lines as: "The best way to learn a language- is in bed!"
Miguel meanwhile, has become obsessed by the raven haired (yet shark toothed) Angela (Gerganoff), a girl he sat opposite on the train journey to the school and begins to follow her around like a lovesick (and bowl-head) puppy.
Feeling renewed (alright horny) by these pangs of young love our scarred sibling decides to ask Manuela if they can continue their incestuous relationship (as you would), even going as far as to attempt a sexy seduction by licking the grit from between her toes.
After taking a minute to think about it (and no doubt about what happened last time) she refuses.
Miguel is heartbroken (and maybe, just maybe a teensy bit mad): "Only if we could get rid of everyone, then things could go back to the way they were." He cries.
Then the fun really begins as Angela's friends are dispatched one by one.....oh and someone cuts a grass snake in half.
Unfortunately for our heroine, nobody believes her story of a killer on campus (but we know better).
The killer even goes so far as to hang one in her cupboard but helpfully removes it before she can get help.
Confused and scared, Angela finally looks to Miguel's mum and sister for support (well, obviously not the mum, she can't support herself without sticks let alone Angela).
Will the killer be caught before it's too late?
A totally screwy mix of sex, violence and cack handed dubbing from Spain's busiest exploitation maestro, the great Jesus Franco, a man who would film his elderly mother suffering a stroke if he thought there was a market for it.
Franco spent his career churning out everything from sordid women in prison flicks to sordid lesbian vampire ones and who holds the record of being the 'director' with the most movies on the DPP ‘video-nasties’ list in the UK during the 80's.