Friday, June 30, 2017

SANTO vs. EL ESPECTRO DEL ESTRANGULADOR / Cinematográfica Norte, Estudios América - 1966

I'll end the month with this fun Santo flick, this follow up story starts with the recovery of the body of the Strangler, who had died at the hands of the police at the conclusion of the first film. The disfigured killer is taken to the city morgue, and, reading of the killer's death in the newspaper, Tor, the Strangler's assistant, heads for the morgue to take back his master's body. It seems though, the Strangler isn't actually dead!.. After being revived at his hideout, the Strangler vows revenge. There are shades of the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA going on, the Strangler is facially scarred, spends his free time playing his pipe organ and hangs out at the Opera House...

Tor has recovered the Strangler from the morgue and takes him to their hideout, there, the presumed dead maniac bounces back and plays his evil heart out on his creepy sounding organ!

It's Tor's job to sculpt the masks to be worn by the Strangler. Tor reminds me of the Charles Bronson character in HOUSE OF WAX starring Vincent Price from 1953.

Santo gets captured by the Strangler's goons and is put under a pile driver! Don't worry though, our hero escapes this infernal device by the skin of his ass!

Great shot of the Strangler as his ascends a ladder in the stinky old sewer system, it's how him and Tor get around without being seen!

Wow, Santo had some great crime labs in his early films, this is probably the best one!

Our hero tracks down the villains in the cemetery, and after battling it out, Santo is freakin' buried alive!! After pushing up on the earth above him, he barely escapes the death trap!

The Strangler's a tricky dude, he has a mask made from a detective in order to infiltrate the Opera House, where he has an evil plan he wants to implement...

The plan is to cut the rope holding the chandelier up and have it drop on the main opera star while she performs! Luckily enough, his aim is off and it misses her by a few feet!

This is insane! The Strangler kidnaps Santo's little crime buddy and beats the crap out of him!

Santo's having some problems getting to the Strangler in his hideout, so, he's forced to play Superman and bend some iron bars to get to the crazy killer!.. Damn!!

But, the Strangler is a really tough dude and brings it on! He knocks a huge metal whatchacallit over onto our downed hero and it looks like he's out for the count...

Luckily, the place catches fire and the Strangler actually dies in the flames... Hooray!!.. Hey, Dude punched a kid!.. More than once!!

Anyway, Santo makes with a twenty-three skidoo and heads for the exit, his little buddy is waiting for him in the car, making for a happy ending! Eegah!! starts off a new month for us tomorrow, so's, check it aus!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TWIN PEAKS - David Lynch - "Part 08" (2017)

 "Twin Peaks" update. Episode 08! I told my 94 year old Mom that it was safe to come back and try and watch it because there started to be a semblance of a story, but I just called her, and told her to forget I ever said that, because with episode 08, David Lynch has gone back to what he probably wanted to do all along, be extra weird! This is the 8th of 18 episodes, and if they're going to introduce a plot of some kind, I think it's about time to start!

 David Lynch can do whatever he wants because he's earned it! He has got a great eye, and what I call good taste in music! Episode 08 didn't wait until the end to throw out the music, this time, it's in the first few minutes, and for good reason, because there's not going to be time later!

 The bar crowd rocks out like a local cover band is playing 80's classics, but...............

 The hard poundin' music is actually being performed by Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails!

 I'm not a big Nine Inch Nails fan by any means, but this tune is absolutely prefect for this scene, and sounds great!!

 That's it for story for a good 30 or 40 minutes!  I don't really know, but I'm guessing David Lynch isn't a big fan of nuclear weapons!

 The camera heads right into the heart of the explosion for another five minutes!

 Maybe Buffalo Springfield said it best, "There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear...."

 So, we go from that scene, to this scene, to the next scene and beyond without any dialogue!

 The shots are meticulous, and the attention to detail is astounding, but I still don't know what the fuck is going on, and the bad part is that I don't even care to try and find out!

 Very cool diner, but it just makes me wonder, what happened to "Twin Peaks," and where are Shelly and Norma? I was tricked you know, because before this show even aired, the info I got off of IMDB was all bogus, fake news as it were, probably all supplied by one David Lynch!

Dude levitates down from space, is pissed because he can't get a light, and becomes a murderous AM radio talk show host from Hell! I don't know about you, but I like the SubGenius version of Bob a lot better!!

 And let's not forget about the hatching of the frog bug, and the spot it decides to call home!

I don't have time to dredge around on the internet and try to find meaning to all this! If  David wants to come over to my house and drink a couple of margaritas, and explain it, then fine, but otherwise I'll just continue watching and waiting for a superficial story that isn't there, and he can keep doing whatever crazy stuff he wants, because this obviously is not about attracting viewers old or new, but I have to admit that in some perverted way, it is fun to watch!

Monday, June 26, 2017

BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR / Re-Animator II Productions - 1989

Here's part two of the whacked out 'Re-Animator' saga, this time, Dr. Herbert West, Dr. Dan Cain and assistant Francesca Danelli are medical volunteers in a civil war in Peru and are researching how to create human life from dead tissue using wounded soldiers as guinea pigs! At the Miskatonic Hospital, Dr. Cain is treating a terminal patient, Gloria, and becomes obsessed with her, even though he and Francesca are lovers. When the snoopy Lt. Chapham investigates events that occurred at the the Miskatonic Hospital, he learns that body parts are missing from the morgue, and, Herbert and Dan become the prime suspects.

This totally crazy flick from Hell stars Jeffrey (ROBOT JOX) Combs as Dr. West, Bruce (THE LAST STARFIGHTER) Abbott as Dr. Cain, Claude Earl (SHE FREAK) Jones as Lt. Chapham, Fabiana (ROBOCOP 2) Udenio as Francesca, David (SYNGENOR) Gale as Dr. Hill and Kathleen (HALLOWEEN 4) Kinmont as Gloria.

Dr. Cain needs a breather, Dr. West is completely consumed with his insane experiments and is wearing his lab partner out... Come on, man!!

When Lt. Chapham shows up at the home of the doctors, he asks lots of weird questions... At the same time, Dr. West has to try and recover one of his little experiments that got loose before they get their asses busted!

There's a happy place with lots of calming clouds for the totally insane at the hospital, nice!

This is a funny part when Dr. West attaches an arm to a leg. The damn thing kicks and strangles him and he's barely able to put it in a garbage bag before ending all the fun!

Lt. Chapham is back. He discovers the mad lab and is ready to bust the boys, but, Dr. West deep sixes him and shoots him up with the glowing green serum. West is overpowered and the crazy cop escapes into the night!

In the meantime, the boys take the dead body of Gloria from the hospital back to the lab with the idea of bringing her back to life with their serum!

In a twisted scene, Lt. Chapham, now under the power of the head of Dr. Hill, takes the head and forces a doctor to perform surgery on it. What the Hell's going on here?!

The crazies show up at the boy's place. Chapham shows his badge and Francesca is attacked!

Down in the lab, Gloria is now re-animated and bonds with Dr. Cain. When Francesca enters the lab, her and Gloria get into a cat fight for the man they both love.

The old brick building is falling apart, and a bunch of blundered experiments escape from their imprisonment and start causing even more problems for the boys!

Lt. Chapham takes down Dr. West just before the stone ceiling comes tumbling down!!..

Dr. Hill joins in, he now has bat wings grafted to his head so that he can now fly around and bug people! Well, the butt head Bathead also falls victim to the cave in...

Dr. Cain digs his way out of the collapsed building, crawls through a hole in the ground in the graveyard and saves Francesca from a fate worse than death!.. Check in again Wednesday for more, from... The Dungeon!

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