Coming to The Last Drive In

THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON- SUNSET BOULEVARD, DRACULA’S DAUGHTER & LADY IN A CAGE

When the Spider Woman Looks: Two Glorias-”Wicked Love, Close ups & Old Jewels”- The Sympathetically Tragic Villainesses of Sunset Blvd (1950) and Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

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Walter Graumen puts Olivia de Havilland in peril as a Lady in a Cage (1964) ” Oh, dear lord… I am… a monster!”

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OBSCURE SCREAM GEMS, THE UNKNOWN TERROR (1957)–NIGHT CALLER FROM OUTER SPACE (1965)–THE FLESH EATERS (1964) AND KRONOS (1957)

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Don’t attempt to adjust that dial, we have taken over your television set: The Transendental fancy of The Outer Limits 1963

THE BELLERO SHIELD–A FEASIBILITY STUDY–BEHOLD ECK–MAN WITH THE POWER–THE ARCHITECTS OF FEAR

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Robert Siodmak’s noir masterpiece The Killers (1946) The first 12 ‘Killer’ minutes!

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Shelley Winters: ‘Bloody Mama -The Voluptuous Diva of Cinematic Psycho Drama’

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60′S CINEMA: Ship of Fools–In Cold Blood–They Shoot Horses Don’t They–Mother Joan of the Angels–Lolita–Blow Up–Psycho and– The Swimmer!

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Continuing 150 Days of MonsterGirl’s Classic Horror

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Quotes… Trailers AND…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MonsterGirl’s 500th anniversary post

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THE HAUNTING- ‘There’s nothing to see…In the dark, in the night… Robert Wise’s enduring masterpiece!’

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See you at the snack bar!


Quote of the Day! Blast of Silence (1961)

BLAST OF SILENCE 1961

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“You were born with hate and anger built in… took a slap on the backside to blast out the scream… and then you knew you were alive!”

Directed by Allen Baron (who worked mostly in television, in particular Kolchak: The Night Stalker “The Devil’s Platform”, “The Werewolf”, “The Ripper” and shows like Room 222, Barney Miller and Charlie’s Angels)

This gritty and brutal noir stars Allen Baron as Frankie Bono a professional hit man who returns to New York City for a ‘job’ taking out someone in the mob. Trying to keep a low profile Bono is recognized by a childhood friend from the orphanage and a girl who he used to have feelings for. The contrast between the two extremes shine a drastically divergent light on Bono’s desolate existence. He begins to question his journey as a killer-Pet rats and bleak shots photographed by Merrill S. Brody (Violent Women 1960, Terror in the City 1964, The Name of the Game tv series) make for a unique and darkly toned film.

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This has been a blast from -Your Ever Lovin’ MonsterGirl

 

 


From The Vault: The Naked Edge 1961

THE NAKED EDGE 1961

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“ONLY THE MAN WHO WROTE PSYCHO COULD JOLT YOU LIKE THIS”

Director Michael Anderson ( The House of the Arrow 1953, The Dam Busters 1955, Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958, Conduct Unbecoming 1975, Logan’s Run 1976, Dominique is Dead 1979 ) creates a wavelength of dark tension and monochromatic extremes in this atmospheric post noir suspense yarn.

Adapted for the screen by Joseph Stefano’s (The Outer Limits 60s & Psycho 1960) based on the novel by Max Ehrlich (The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Glass Web, various dramatic television series)

The Naked Edge opens as the credits roll in a manner similar to Saul Bass, we are dropped into a gruesome stabbing in the darkly lit office building, where George Radcliffe (Gary Cooper)is the key witness.

Sadly, This would be Gary Coopers last film, after battling cancer. The Naked Edge was released a month after his death, but was not received well at the box office.

After Mr. Evan Wrack (the marvelous Peter Cushing) grills the only witness to murder in court Gary Cooper in his last role plays American George Radcliffe whose testimony helps bring a guilty verdict for murder and theft of his co-worker Donald Heath (Ray MacAnally) who then gets sent to prison.

There’s a question as to whether Heath actually committed the crime???

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Years later…

George’s wife Martha, the always enchanting Deborah Kerr begins to suspect her husband when various clues start pointing in his direction… Is she married to a cold blooded killer?

With a fantastic supporting cast, Peter Cushing, Michael Wilding, Eric Portman, Diane Cilento,Hermione Gingold, as Lilly Harris, Ronald Howard, Helen Cherry, Wilfrid Lawson and Diane Clare.

Dramatic musical score by William Alwyn (The Fallen Idol 1948, She Played with Fire 1957, I Accuse! 1958, A Night to Remember 1958, Burn Witch Burn 1962)

Most impressive is the offbeat cinematography by Erwin Hillier  (The Mark of Cain 1947, The House of the Arrow 1953, Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958, and perhaps his best–the extraordinary Eye of the Devil 1966 again with Deborah Kerr, David Niven and Sharon Tate)

Hillier’s quirky angles and low lighting add an apprehensive atmosphere, and loads of key frames that are just beautifully shot as a refrain to the tension. Both Anderson & Hillier love to emphasize faces… it’s a touch that I love about their work together.

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George Radcliffe:“Do you think a woman could live with a man and sleep with him and not know she was sleeping with a murderer?” Martha Radcliffe: “Do murderers make love differently?

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Lilly Harris-”He implied that the fear of talking, had something to do with the fear of giving… sexually that is”

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There are thousands of films in my collection… this has been one of them! Your ever lovin’ MonsterGirl


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