Saturday, June 12, 2021

SETTE ORCHIDEE MACCHIATE DI ROSSO - "Seven Blood-Stained Orchids" (1972)

This Edgar Wallace Saturday Night Special is a little bit different than most, starting with it's Italian, and not German!

Everybody else gets their credits superimposed on them from one of their scenes, but not big shot Antonio, he gets a full shot of just his name!
Antonio (When Men Carried Clubs And Women Played Ding Dong" Sabato just passed away this last January at the age of 77.

Being German, gooshy Uschi Glas, billed here as Uschi Glass, was in quite a few other Edgar Wallace films like "The Gorilla Gang," and "The Sinister Monk." She also graced the screen in classics like "Suck Me Shakespeer," and "Schmucklos!"

I think this was the only Edgar Wallace film that Pier Paolo Capponi was in, but he was in Argento's "The Cat o' Nine Tails."

I don't think Marina Malfatti was in any other Edgar Wallace films either, but she was in another bloodstained feature in 1973, "The Bloodstained Lawn!"

As far as I can tell, Rosella (Black Belly Of The Tarantula) Falk was in no other Edgar Wallace films either.

I don't see any other Edgar Wallace films in his portfolio, but talk about versatile, Claudio was in everything from "Gidget Goes To Rome," to "The Death Ray Of Dr. Mabuse."

But not for long!!
Marisa Mell was also in EW's "Secret Of The Red Orchid," and along with Cladio Gora was also in "Danger: Diabolik!"

I think I could have passed for that guy holding the bottle in 1972!

"Seven Blood-Stained Orchids" is a movie about a serial killer in Italy!

Now this is a formidable looking police car if I ever saw one!

They call him The Half-Moon Killer for good reason! He leaves one of these at the scene of the murder!

Pretty cool record if you're into straight razors!
"Sette Orchidee Macchiate di Rosso" was directed by Umberto (Eaten Alive!) Lenzi, and the great soundtrack was composed by Riz Ortonlani.

Friday, June 11, 2021

EVIL BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE / Starman Fight The Monsters - 1966

Here's a redo of a small post we did way back on June 10, 2008, 13 years and 1 day ago!! Whatever that means. Anyway, here's a Japanese flick starring Starman put together from three other movies, and basically why it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. That's why you gotta love it!..

As in all the Starman stories, we start first with a visit to the Emerald Planet, somewhere in space. The 'people' there are a strange lot, they don't do much but they do send Starman to Earth to stop alien invasions there...

In this one, this scientist has the evil brain in this metal case, trying to get away from the police who are chasing him. While being captured, he ends up dropping the case into a stream and it's lost.

After the police question the scientist, he's released and begins working with others to stop the menacing evil brain from outer space! He tells all about the horrible things the brain is capable of, some really gruesome stuff!

And here's his audience, young kids!!! What the Hell, man! And the kids are eating it up!

Starman joins the discussion in his Earth duds, but before he leaves, he changes into his super hero attire and flies away as they wave goodbye, he's on their team, yay!

Here's the mad doctor and his one-legged henchman... So you know, you know?

Man, reminds me of when I built my model train scene on a piece of plywood in the garage when I was a kid.

Starman sneaks around in the mad scientist's backyard and sees where the secret lab is, plus, they have the case with the evil brain inside.

Then from one of the movies, the Space Mutant appears who's touch is certain death!

And from the Poison Moth Kingdom is this fancy Dan! Stylin'...

This sends chills up my spine. Starman barely stops these two weirdo before they were going to use those pikes to attack the small boy and girl from the earlier pic!.. Seriously!!

Cool shot of Starman tossing aside that goofball.

The threats just never end, our hero just smiles back before trouncing the jerk!

Let us not forget the other movie monster, this is the Devil's Incarnation, and has another touch of death especially for you!

They finally find the evil brain but it 'splodes!

The Space Mutant shows up again but ends up as a small pile of writhing gristle!

I guess they find the real brain and pour acid on it, game over man! Have a great weekend, try and have some fun!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DAS VERRÄTERTOR - "Traitor's Gate" (1964)

"Das Verrätertor," now that's a mouthful, and the English translation as "The Traitor's Gate," or the betrayed gate, are words that just don't go together well, and I think that just kinda sets the mood for this Edgar Wallace Wednesday feature. Actually, when I got this, it was labeled "Trailor's Gate," and I was really have a hard time trying to figure out what in the Hell that meant!
"Das Verrätertor," was made in 1964, and is a little different from many of the Edgar Wallace films of the same time period, because they don't use the same players as much.

"Das Verrätertor" was a novel written by Edgar Wallace, but the screenplay was by Hammer's Jimmy Sangster credited as John Samson.

Something else that's different about this film is that it was directed by Dungeon fave Freddie Francis.
Gary Raymond was a co-star on the popular 60's TV show "The Rat Patrol" as Sergeant Jack Moffitt, but I think this was the only Edgar Wallace film he was in.
You just can't hardly have an Edgar Wallace movie without Klaus Kinski in it. There are a few, but usually he's lurking around in there somewhere!

Another unfamiliar face in Edgar Wallace films is Catherine Schell. This was only Catherine Schell's second on screen appearance, the first being "Lana, Queen Of The Amazons." She would later be in "Moon Zero Two," "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," and appear as Maya in "Space:1999." Catherine came from a royal bloodline, and her Father was a Baron, but World War II put and end to all that.

Margot Trooger was also not in a lot of the Edgar Wallace films, except for this one and "The Mysterious Magician," and "Again The Ringer."

Same thing with Albert Lieven, besides this film he was in "The Devil's Daffodil," and one episode of "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre."

Und....(That's German for 'And' for you non-German speakers. It took me three years of high school German class to figure that out!).............Eddi Arent, who like Klaus Kinski was in almost every Wallace film!
(And personally, sometimes I wish he wasn't.)

The basic story here is that a group of crafty thieves try and steal the Crown Jewels which are housed in The Tower of London!

Maestro Peter Thomas was once again responsible for the music, and that's reason enough in my book, to watch this film!

Other than that, there's a lot of this..............."Hilf Mir!!"

"Was meinst du damit, dass ich albern aussehe?"

"Keine Sorge Boss, das wird ein Kinderspiel."

Just using the keys would have been the simplest solution!

But you just can't go wrong with a team of guys with cutting torches. Just ask anybody who has ever had their catalytic convertor stolen! Very Effective!

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??