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Monday, October 17, 2016

Spookiest Synth Scores of 2016 (Erich's Spotify Mix)

It's mighty balmy for October, which is unfortunate. All my sweaters are hanging around like delayed airline passengers. But in the meantime, there were a lot of great soundtracks this year, including Netflix's  STRANGER THINGS' synthesizers capturing a mix of both John Carpenter and Brad Fiedel. Also seek out SOUTHBOUND's great soundtrack from The Gifted, as well as THE WITCH, GREEN ROOM, NEON DEMON.... well, it's all here, and it's all... including some from last year and such because time is immoral.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dig the Surreal Howling Banshee Opening of this Pre-code Movie.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all, the helpful Screen Test brings us this uber-bizarre pre-code. Haven't seen beyond the opening, but it's so weird and surreal it's worth watching even if the rest of it sucks.

(PS from 10/17/16 - the movie is gone, and I forgot the name of it!! HAhahaha)

Monday, June 27, 2016


I keep forgetting what a treasure trove of odd rarities is to be found over on Daily Motion. I was just wondering why I never bought the old Image DVD of this, and viola! I'm sure the quality isn't as good as the disc, but that's kind of a joke in and of itself. Enjoy, as I will, and forgive us our lazy reliance on narration to cover MOS the way we forgive Ed Wood his... ah hell, Ed needs no forgiveness. His movies are our life. Mr. Narrator, this is Bob Dylan to me!
The Astounding She Monster (1957) - Feature by FilmGorillas

Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime ("Our Band could be your Life")

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Michele Soavi's LA SETTA

Mighty glad to see this barely available stateside Michele Soavi gem, LA SETTA, on youtube... but... for how long? A kind of Rosemary's Baby gone gonzo loco, it could be the prequel, in a sense, of THE VISITOR...rather than the DEMONS 4 it's sometimes billed as. But DEMONS was never a good series. When it comes to directorial vision and skill, the apple fell far from the tree with heavy-handed--if crowd pleasing--Lamberto Bava. But Argento's other DP, Soavi, soared... until he stopped doing horror and moved over to TV. Who can blame him, really? But look how long this movie's been seen and treasured, man. It's my favorite Herbert Lom performance. Hard to believe it came out in 1991. Dude, it looks like it was made in the 70s, early 80s at most. I mean that in the best way...

Soavi also did THE CHURCH and CEMETERY  MAN, the latter is great; the former is kind of bland, to me, just a lot of terrifying vignettes in a beautiful, weird setting. But hey, as the cowboy on the hill said to Justin Theroux, sometimes there's a buggy... (see Shrouds of Soavi)

(PS 3/30/17 - It's gone)
(PS 6/02/18 - now it's on Blu-ray!)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NIGHT WORLD (1932) on YouTube.

NIGHT WORLD (1932), a kind of Universal Studios WONDER BAR, with George Raft as a dickish gambler with eyes for Mae Clarke, a sweet gamin from the chorus stuck on a callow lush. Meanwhile a louche manager keeps them rehearsing late so he can leer at the dancers' legs; Boris Karloff is the manager, with a wife who doesn't like him. Go figure. Busby B. did the musical numbers, kind of. And it's on Youtube, who knows for how long. And I'll tell you what, I aint seen it on TCM in a spell.