Friday, April 20, 2018

BATMAN / Columbia Serial Chapter 3 - The Mark Of The Zombies - 1943

Here's the first appearance of BATMAN in the movies... In this 15 chapter series, the story goes like this... Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's Little Tokyo where they turn American scientists into zombie slaves! I chose this chapter because I liked the sound of the title.

This serial stars Lewis (WILD WOMEN OF WONGO) Wilson as Batman / Bruce Wayne, Douglas (died at age 37) Croft as Robin / Dick Grayson, J. Carrol (THE MONSTER MAKER, DRACULA vs. FRANKENSTEIN) Naish as Dr. Daka and Shirley (WORLD WITHOUT END, THE LAND UNKNOWN, IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE) Patterson as Linda Page.

At the end of the last chapter, Batman and Robin go through Hell to save their gal pal Linda Page from the clutches of Dr. Daka's evil henchmen!

So, on to today's story... Dr. Daka can't wait to use his zombie maker on this scientist, he's taken downstairs where all the fun is! That's a cool looking machine, I want one!

After a few minutes in the chamber, our scientist pal is ready to obey his crazed master...

Wow, this looks like a neat place to have some fun. Eegah!! and I would definitely be interested in checking it out for a dime!

It's really quite hilarious to watch this gangster buy a ticket and go on the ride through the Cave Of Horrors!! Thing is, he's using a secret route to report to Dr. Daka. He even has to have his hand x-rayed to assure he's one of the doc's gang before he can access a hidden door!

Okay, here's my WTF! still capture... I don't care how much they paid me as a stunt man, I would never agree to do this one! Again, WTF! This is what happens after Robin knocks this guy through a ceiling window, wow!

At this time, Batman and Robin are protecting this old fart with secrets Dr. Daka wants for some reason. During a scuffle, he calls out for freakin' pizza!! Anyway, he finds a gun and starts blindly shooting, almost killing Batman and Robin, but somehow ends up chasing off the goons!

The costumes look kinda dorky, but, what the Hell, right?!.. Our heroes get a clue and head out for another confrontation... Notice that Robin drives!

Our chapter ends with the doc's guys trying to blow up a bridge and there's an oncoming train!

Of course, Batman gets bonked on the head and is in dreamland there on the tracks!..

So, come back next week to see what happens in chapter 4 - Not really, but, check in tomorrow for more cool junk from The Dungeon Gang!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THE VIOLENT YEARS - "Untamed Thrill-Girls Of The Highway!" - Ed Wood (1956)

 Over the course of the last ten years or so, I've watched a lot of bad movies, and I have to tell you that "The Violent Years" is right up there with the worst of them!
 Welcome back to The Dungeon!

 "The Violent Years" is an extremely simple story as written by Edward D. Wood Jr., and I can't see mocking it, because it's already a mockery of itself! It's that ridiculous!

 When I was rooting around looking for more info on "The Violent Years," I found out that there was an MST3K version. I haven't seen it, but that had to be like shooting fish in a barrel!

 This vicious gang of four girls include Miss Citizenship Paula Parkins. Paula was played by Jean (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack Of The Puppet People, Atomic Submarine) Moorhead!

Phyllis is Miss Self Restraint! This was Gloria Farr's one shot at fame!

Miss Politeness was Joanne Cangi as Geraldine! Joanne's only other foray into acting was as a telephone switchboard operator in "It's A Great Life."

Last but not least is Miss Loyalty also known as Georgia as played by Theresa Hancock. This was also Theresa's only ever role.

On the right is Barbara Weeks as Paula's Mom Jane Parkins. She is so busy with her social life that she has no clue that her daughter is a conniving juvenile delinquent. If your daughter is 21 and still in high school, you just might need to start wondering if her and her friends are up to no good, don't you think?

These girls are really bad, and Ed would never try and explain anything like where they got all these guns from! They like to rob gas stations!

They like to harass people! They make this gal strip, then they tie her up, and make off with her boyfriend!

All four walked off into the woods with him, and unless he got killed or beaten pretty bad, he just might have kind of had a good time!

The innocence of youth? Not this time!

Pajama Party? This is a smoking and drinking makeout party!
In every one of the couples spit swap, they are also all holding cigarettes between their grubby juvenile fingers!

For a cheapass movie, "The Violent Years" has some pretty cool music in it. No composer is given credit for it, but the Music Director was Michael (King Dinosaur, The Unearthly, The Devil's Hand) Terr.

When offered an opportunity to trash the school for pay, it's like a dream come true for these bad girls, and they go right to work!

A security guard hears the racket they're making busting stuff up, and calls the cops, and everything goes South from there. First Phyllis gets shot and killed, and then Paula shoots one of the police officers!

Not until the end that is!

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, then suddenly it's a stark, cold and lonely world!
Next time kids, dare not to be stupid, or you might end up here too!
This has been a public service announcement from Eegah!! and Tabonga!

Monday, April 16, 2018

FROM BEYOND / Everything Is Alive... And Hungry! - 1986

Here's another H. P. Lovecraft story from the RE-ANIMATOR gang, this time, a group of scientists have developed a machine called The Resonator, it allows whoever is within its range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But, when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by creepy, biting life forms!

It stars Jeffrey (THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS) Combs, Barbara (ROBOT WARS) Crampton, Ted (BASKET CASE 2) Sorel and Ken (DAWN OF THE DEAD) Foree. I actually saw this one when it came out...

After a deadly accident with the Resonator, Crawford Tillinghast (Combs), Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Crampton) and Bubba Brownlee (Foree) return to the house where the Resonator is located... Then, they turn it on!

Besides a feeling of euphoria they have, some very strange creatures appear and attack Bubba!

Then, Dr. Edward Pretorius (Sorel), who was killed in the original accident, appears and changes into a slobbering monster. He takes a liking to the female, Dr. Mc Michaels!

Even with the machine off, its influence takes over Mc Michaels sensations. So, what else, she starts feeling super sexy and shocks Bubba when he walks in on her trying to put the make on the damaged Tillinghast.

The machine can come on at any time and if you try to turn it off, well, it shocks the Hell out of you!! A maggot swarm demolishes big Bubba, some sick shit going on around here, man!

Dr. Pretorius has a new trick up his.. err.. you know. Anyway, a weird eyeball pops out of his head. It's a cool psychedelic way of seeing things!..

Instead of seeing this...

You see it like this!.. Far out!

Tillinghast then gets his extra eye! By this time, him and Mc Michaels are out of the house, both undergoing therapy! Later, he feasts on his nurse's eye socket for the halibut!..

Don't ax me, they jus' be crazy!!

Okay, back at the ranch... It's time to rumble, Tillinghast and Pretorius fight it out, but hey, monsters generally beat the crap out of puny humans!

Mc Michaels is feverishly trying to destroy the Resonator but's always in constant danger.

Pretorius has gone totally bonkers and only has a few seconds left to exist...

Our heroine was able to rig up a bomb on the machine, we'll end it here, with 13 seconds left on the timer, just before it goes... KA-FUKIN-BLOOWIE!!!!

Well, that's it today, tune in Wednesday where Eegah!! dares you to check out his cargo!

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