Monday, October 24, 2016
In this episode we do change the script a bit. There have been some great new Blu-Ray releases of Paul Naschy films and we wanted to give each of them a look to see what new information about the great man might be gleaned from them. So, in the first segment of the show we discuss the CRIMSON and COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE discs at length giving our opinions of these fresh presentations. No one will be surprised that this leads to discussion of the merits of the two films as well so be prepared. This is the Naschycast after all.
Then we turn to the main topic of the evening - a look back at HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB (1972). We originally podcasted about this classic over six years ago in episode #2 and for an in depth scene-by-scene dissection I will point everyone to that show. Here we speak more broadly about the movie and the elements that we still find impressive and of value. To add to the discussion this time we convinced fellow podcaster and all around good guy Christopher Page to send in his thoughts on the film. He has only recently begun to discover Naschy's work and his point of view informs how your longtime co-hosts dig into the beating, bloody heart of HRFTT. With a little luck we'll be incorporating other fan's thoughts on the classic films of Naschy in the future.
We end this episode with what turns into a rant. The topic is one that hadn't been on our minds until recently but once broached we felt it should be talked about. Thanks to longtime listener Villa Wolf for sparking this discussion and helping both co-hosts come clean about our past fanboy tactlessness. Down with the gate-keepers!
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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Here's a great 8 minute long film based on H. P. Lovecraft's short story The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It's very effective and all the creepier because it tells it's story without any dialog. Well- almost. Check it out!
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Last weekend I got the chance to see PHANTASM (1979) on the big screen for the first time. It was wonderful to watch this longtime favorite in a darkened theater with it looking and sounding fantastic. This event rekindled my love of the film and the entire series so a few days later I sat down to watch the latest and last of the run entitled PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016). After the high of the original I was pumped for the experience but I was also realistic because as much as I love the first two movies there was a definite drop off with the third and fourth films. I've come to terms with LORD OF THE DEAD (1994) but OBLIVION (1998) was some pretty thin soup. And once I learned that series creator/director Don Coscarelli was not behind the camera for this final film I knew I needed to dial down my hopes.
Well, I have to admit that I enjoyed it. Oh, it's not great or even very good but it is very much in keeping with the rest of the series. It has the core cast back once again doing their thing very well with Angus Scrimm giving us one last villainous turn as The Tall Man. The story hangs together pretty well advancing things to an apocalyptic future in an alternate dimension that feels like the correct path for the tale they've been telling. The film has some exciting sequences that could have used a bit more money to pull off perfectly but this is also in keeping with the previous entries. Oddly, some of the most effective scenes involve Reggie and Mike together trying to dope out how things have unwound in this new reality in which they find themselves. Seeing these two guys onscreen again was very nice and made me happy that this film got made.