Blu-Ray Review: The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960

Indicator continue their Blu-Ray re-releases of the great Ray Harryhausen’s work with this volume containing three of the films he made between 1955 and 1960. It includes glorious HD prints of It Came From Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, curiously skipping Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (which has previously been made available on DVD in a set with the first two titles). In my earlier review of the Sinbad Trilogy, I professed my love for Harryhausen’s stop motion creations and how they played a key part in my cinematic upbringing, so I was thrilled to be offered another set of his films to review, particularly since I’d only seen one of them previously (It Came From Beneath the Sea). My thoughts on the three films are below:

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Trailer: Alien Trespass

Maybe this is old news, but sitting down for my screening of Duplicity this evening and up flickered a trailer for a movie I’d not heard anything about and was frankly a little surprised to see… in front of any movie I suppose Alien Trespass

You can look at it from two perspectives. A fun, campy throwback to the old sci-fi, b-movie drive-in films of the 1950’s or… a Mars Attacks! rip off (sans ginormous, A-list cast). Either way, looks like fun. Check out the pretty quicktime trailer below…

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31 Days of Horror: Day 12 – Freaked

Freaked VHS CoverSo, I have been sitting here in front of the computer for the past 20 or so minutes trying to come up with a way to describe the 1993 movie Freaked. Of all the movies I’m going to mention this one is probably the least horrific and it is also probably the dumbest but you know what it is also one of the funnest. I can not think of another movie with giant eyeballs that wield machine guns, Mr. T in drag as a transsexual, Bobcat Goldthwait as a man with only a puppet hand for a head, a giant half man half worm, a half man half cow, a man with a giant nose for a head, Randy Quaid as mad scientist who looks like the Colonel from KFC and finally a guy in a scuba suit. This list doesn’t even actually cover a few of the extra freaks in this bizarre midnight madness type movie that was originally supposed to be a vehicle for The Butthole Surfers but was picked up by 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately after initial testing the studio only gave it a real limited release and the real reason it is still available is due to the whole kitsch cult factor.

I was going to give a brief synopsis but you know what… screw it. This is one bizarre messed up movie that makes good use of practical effects to create some amazingly bizarre (in a humorous way) characters. It doesn’t rely on just sick humor but it also possesses some really well thought out gags. Don’t get me wrong it does have a lot of really sick shit in but it is all good in my book. While I can fully understand why a movie like Freaked would totally fail when it came to market testing I also think the studio missed their chance to create a true cult classic. Freaked is a perfect Midnight Madness movie where fans of genre cinema can get together and have one hell of a fun time.

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Oh and if I haven’t sold you on this one without really telling you much about it I will also add that you need to see this for Ortiz, the Dog Boy. Once you watch this let me know how long it takes you to figure out the actor.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Day 13 of the 31 Days of Horror.





B-Movie Celebration Announces Lineup!

Second Annual B Movie Celebration PosterAnd it’s massive! I can almost see Colleen trying to devise a plan for getting out there!

Starting on September 26th and running through to the 28th, Franklin Indiana will be the B-movie capital of the world thanks to the Second Annual B-Movie Celebration. This year’s lineup is nothing short of spectacular featuring a total of 50 films, many in glorious 35mm. A few gems in the lineup include Shogun Assassin, Forbidden World, Death Race 2000, Carnival of Souls, Night of the Living Dead, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Psycho, Nighthawks, One Mission B.C., The Time Machine and War of the Worlds. That’s just a taste, be sure to check out the entire lineup.

This year’s celebration will also be paying tribute to Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon and will feature appearances from Tom Savini, Conrad Brooks and Tom Holland among others. It sounds like this is the place to be for B-Movie fans and may be well worth the trip for many a folk. Tickets for the event are a steal at $99 for the early bird pricing.

So mark the calendars, check the local motel listings and flights and start planning your three days of B-goodness! For more details on the event including the full lineup of films, admission prices and event schedule, check out the official B-Movie Celebration website!