Legendary filmmaker Joe Dante is a titan within the movie trade, having directed the whole lot from Gremlins and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch to classics comparable to Piranha, The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, Matinee, and Small Troopers. He even received behind the digital camera for segments in Twilight Zone: The Film and Nightmare Cinema, to not point out episodes of “The Twilight Zone”, “Wonderful Tales”, “Eerie, Indiana”, and even “Masters of Horror” (S1 & S2 are each now streaming on Screambox).
And between creating new horror classics, Dante can be behind the superior Trailers from Hell and “The Motion pictures That Made Us” Podcast. Speak about retaining busy!
As you already know, Bloody Disgusting just lately took the reigns on the newly-relaunched Screambox, a subscription-based streaming platform loaded with motion pictures that additionally hosts our stay channel, BDTV. We’ve such sights to point out you over the following 12 months, however we kicked it off with 5 movies Barbara Crampton is watching on Screambox and adopted it up with six from veteran horror director Mick Garris!
As we speak, we’re digging deep into our catalog with Joe Dante, who curates six movies he’d have pulled straight off the video retailer shelf!
Go straight to Joe’s picks right here. And skim his write-ups for every of the movies beneath!
CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA
In 1960 Roger Corman decamped to Puerto Rico to shoot one other of his non-union FilmGroup productions, The Final Lady on Earth. However by no means one to waste a possibility, he referred to as upon his longtime scribe Charles B. Griffith (A Bucket of Blood) to give you a fast script for one more image to be shot there with the identical solid and crew. It took 3 days to jot down, 5 days to shoot. The end result was one of many wackiest (and tackiest) sci-fi spoofs of the period, recycling the plots of two earlier efforts, Bare Paradise and The Beast from Haunted Cave. Grifters plan to rob the Cuban treasury by faking a sea monster to scare the authorities away. Solely (you guessed it) it’s actual! At one level the motion pauses for the heroine to sing a torch tune with the lyric, “Kiss me, child, and The Creature from the Haunted Sea”. Most individuals noticed this on TV, with added materials shot by Monte Hellman to pad the temporary operating time.
Spottily launched in 1972 in a fuzzy dupe of the tough reduce, this Spanish-made sci-fi-horror hybrid fell into the general public area and has since been restored to its authentic state. It’s 1906 and anthropologist Christopher Lee’s frozen fossil of the lacking hyperlink has gone astray on the Moscow-bound Trans Siberian Specific. The humanoid fossil has been invaded by a shape-shifting alien, which absorbs the minds and our bodies of assorted interval characters, together with a mad monk and a lusty Cossack performed by Telly Savalas. That is one enjoyable trip, smarter and wittier than you would possibly anticipate. It was Lee’s 18th co-starring position along with his buddy Peter Cushing of the 22(!) they made collectively.
THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE
A sleaze basic. Filmed in 1959 at Tarrytown, NY, as The Head That Wouldn’t Die, this sat on the shelf til it was lastly picked up for launch by AIP in 1962. A randy mad physician retains his fiancée’s severed head alive in a tray, together with a monster within the closet, whereas he scouts the strip golf equipment for nubile our bodies to plop her head atop. Low-cost, overwrought and tasteless, however entertaining in a scuzzy, demented approach. The top is performed by Virginia Leith in what have to be deemed a comedown from her debut in Kubrick’s maiden effort, Concern and Want.
MESA OF LOST WOMEN
“Have you ever ever been kissed by a woman like this?” The thoughts reels at this, the following smartest thing to an acid journey with out acid. Cobbled collectively from the ruins of an aborted venture, this plotless farrago is a uniquely cracked parade of mad medical doctors, mutant dwarfs, horny spider ladies and off-the-charts appearing by a crew of exploitation stalwarts. Jackie Coogan, in full Uncle Fester mode, is the mad physician obsessive about turning spiders into, what else, buxom temptresses. It doesn’t make a lick of sense, however motion pictures this unusual don’t come down the pike on daily basis, so you want to take this journey a minimum of as soon as. The continuously repeated flamenco guitar riff by cartoon composer Hoyt Curtin is actually mind-bending.
I as soon as likened Jack Hill’s quirky debut movie to a sitcom directed by Luis Bunuel. This one-of-a-kind jet-black comedy casts Lon Chaney because the harried caretaker of an inbred household of homicidal maniacs. Bizarre, darkish and humorous, with standout performances by Chaney, Sid Haig and the mesmerizing Jill Banner, 17 years outdated in her debut right here, who died in a automotive accident at 39. Director Hill was dissatisfied when launch of his low finances $55,000 12-day film was sidelined by bankrupt producers and it sat undistributed for years. It practically turned a misplaced movie, inconceivable to see, till it was rescued by residence video within the late 90s.
CURSE OF THE DEMON
Director Jacques Tourneur reconnects with among the Val Lewton magic he introduced to sit back classics like The Cat Individuals and The Leopard Man with this creepy 1957 occult thriller that ranks as one of many best supernatural motion pictures ever made. Skeptical psychologist Dana Andrews finds extra evil than he bargained for whereas making an attempt to show satan cultist Niall MacGinnis, one of the vital dangerously magnetic Satanists in horror historical past. Atmospheric, literate and fantastically made, this was reduce right down to 83 minutes for simpler double billing, however restored to its authentic 96-minute size for residence video. There stays some controversy as as to whether the titular demon was meant to be proven onscreen or left to the creativeness, however what we get to see actually does appear to be Hell.
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