Monday, July 30, 2018

THE OUTER LIMITS: The Guests / Season 1 Episode 26 - 1964

In today's story, a young drifter finds an old man dying by the side of a remote country road. Seeking help, he goes to a mansion he sees atop a hill, and, the inhabitants are surprisingly unhelpful. Except for a young woman there, the others seem mean-spirited and uninterested. As he tries to leave through the front door though, the drifter is forced backward and then goes upstairs guided by a mysterious compulsion. He discovers that the house is the lair of an amorphous, gelatinous alien being that is keeping the group of humans there suspended in time until it can comprehend the disposition of humanity!

This episode stars Geoffrey (HE GREEN HORNET) Horne, Nellie (BEWITCHED) Burt, Vaughn (JAILHOUSE ROCK) Taylor, Luana (PIT AND THE PENDULUM) Anders and Gloria (BLOOD AND LACE) Grahame.

Here's young drifter Wade Norton, he's speeding through the backwoods in his hot rod when he nearly runs over an old dude laying face down in the road! Looks like that'd really hurt too!

Wade notices a mansion on the top of a hill, so, he goes to see if the people that live there can help him with the situation...

Well, he's greeted by some very strange people that show little interest in his story.

Wade tries to leave but is prevented by a weird force that then lures him up the stairs and into one of the rooms. There, he sees a freaky sight!..

A floating blob communicates with him and gives him an explanation as to why it's there!

Wade tries to find a way out of the madhouse but there's just no exit!

The blob then gives a grandiose speech while in a vision of clouds, telling Wade that it did not think humanity was worth saving, based on the petty actions of the people it was observing at the mansion.

Tess, the good one, and Wade have fallen in love, she shows him the way to leave the place, but, she cannot go with him. She sacrifices her own life to show Wade why she can't go...

The blob tells Wade that the missing equation to its analysis was love, and that he should leave the mansion immediately.

The mansion disappears to reveal a giant brain!! Then, well, it diskapears! The remaining three just got a quick ride to Hell!.. So, hope you enjoyed the post, Eegah!! is back on the 1st to start another monstrous month, here, at The Dungeon!

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Welcome to another Sa- Turd -ay Night Special in The Dungeon, and an incredible gobbler from Turkey made in 1967 called "Sihirbazlar Krali Mandrake Killing'in pesinde" or "Killing vs. Mandrake." translated here, "The King Of Illusions, Mandrake Killing's Pursuit."

"Mandrake the Magician" was a syndicated newspaper comic strip that was created by Lee Falk in 1934, before he created another one of his legendary characters, The Phantom. Some people actually consider Mandrake to be the first superhero in the comics! This King comic book is a good example of how varied Mandrake's career has been!

In this film, Mandrake is played by Güven Erte. Lothar is now called Abdullah for some reason!

His name is either Kiling, or Kilink, or Killing, and he likes to collect women and force them into prostitution! He also likes to carve the letter K in people!

 Good job benefits, free booze!

 This is Kiling and his two main associates. The Joker looking guy with the big K etched in his mug is a real bastard!

 This is the kind of trick Mandrake likes to perform. He'll take an object or a person, and change it into something else right before your eyes!

 Kiling and Mandrake are both very proficient at sneaking into people's bedrooms at night, and rooting around for stuff without waking up anybody!

 This gal tries to escape by climbing out a window but Kiling, being the nice guy that he is, mows her down with his car as she's running away!

 But maybe that was better than how some of the other girls are getting treated.

Here's a pretty cool James Bond type device! It's a transistor radio that turns into high powered rifle! I guess they haven't figured out that app for a phone yet!

I was doing some digging around, and the history of Mandrake is much more interesting than this movie, which might just be the best Mandrake film made to this day!

 In 1928, a German movie was made called "Alraune" or "A Daughter Of Destiny" or "Unholy Love," but it was also known as "Mandrake." "Alraune" is German for mandrake root! Of course it has nothing to do with Mandrake the Magician, but the story line was just too wild to not pass along. A scientist who is interested in the laws of heredity, impregnates a prostitute in a laboratory with the semen of a hanged murderer. Wow! I wonder where that's heading!

In 1952, the Germans re-created "Alraune" and released it as "Mandragore" or "Mandrake!" It stars Hildegard Knef and Eric Von Stroheim, and in this version, a scientist creates a perfect woman, but since she doesn't have a soul, misery follows her everywhere! I've got to see this one, and I just found out that I can watch it on Prime for no extra charge! Cool!
 In 1939, a 12 episode serial came out called "Mandrake the Magician" that starred Warren Hull as Mandrake, and Al Kikume as Lothar, Mandrake's assistant! In 1954, there was a 25 minute short called "Mandrake the Magician" starring Coe Norton and Woody Strode as Mandrake and Lothar, and in 1979, they made a TV movie called "Mandrake" that had Anthony Herrera as Mandrake and Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Lothar! There have been other references to Mandrake in TV etc. but those are all the high points as far as I can tell!

 Now it's Mandrake's turn to sneak around! Pretty cool, he turns Kiling into a dog for a day!

And neither will you

Even though it seems like Mandrake the Magician has been exploited in every possible medium at some time or another, he still has yet to gain the star power he deserves, but trust me, the definitive Mandrake movie has got to be on a drawing board somewhere, I guarantee!!

Friday, July 27, 2018


Today we take a look at the movies of Sheila Noonan, aka Sheila Carol, one of my favorite horror gals. There is literally no info on this fun girl, her IMDb bio only gives her birth name, Sheila Nichols, and that she's known for three movies! All I can figure out is that she was married I guess in 1959 to someone either with the last name of Noonan or Carol. Then, after her last movie in 1960, looks like she disappeared from the face of the Earth! What the Hell!!..

Her first role was on TV's GUNSMOKE in 1957, then, she appeared in four movies, three for Roger Corman and one for Jerry Warren.

First up is A BUCKET OF BLOOD from 1959, Sheila plays a patron of the very hip, Yellow Door Club, where Walter Paisley is a lowly waiter turned murdering artistic genius! Eegah!! and I saw this one when it came out, hilarious. We were just 11 years old at the time, maybe a clue as to what's wrong with us!

Next is BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE, this time Sheila plays the moody bad girl, Gypsy Boulet, in the very bizarre tale of a cave creature that stalks some burglars. She even sings 'Home On The Range' while taking a bubble bath, great stuff for kids!

Again in 1959, Sheila stars as Lauri Talbott, in the Jerry Warren wonder, THE INCREDIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD. Sheila got to hang out with John Carradine, Robert Clarke and Phyllis Coates in this dingy tale that includes the weirdest looking, bug-eyed 'cave man' ever filmed!!

Sheila's last flick is SKI TROOP ATTACK in 1960. In this one she plays the cold as ice German, Frau Karl Heinsdorf. All I want to know is, what ever happened to Sheila!!

Check in tomorrow for more as we wind down good old (hot) July, here, at The Dungeon!..

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