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    Newt Cox
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    Hack O Lantern-Joe Bob airing on Shudder. Way better than I expected. Was surpised to see Jenna Fine in this.

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  • Takuma
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    Vampire Lovers (UK, 1970) - 2/5
    Dated Hammer horror with plastic beauty Ingrid Pitt seducing naí¯ve countryside girls behind men's backs. Loads of nudity, but the whole thing feels silly, clumsy and morally conservative. Peter Cushing only shows up in the beginning and end. Twins of Evil did something similar far more convincingly a year later.

    Twins of Evil (UK, 1971) - 3.5/5
    Sisters Mary and Madeleine Collinson, one virginal and the other not so, move in with uncle Peter Cushing who just happens to be a man of faith who spends his nights chasing sexy young girls and burning them to death in the name of God! A later day Hammer film with a welcome blurring of lines: evil is seductive and the good guys are blind. Some great supporting characters, surprisingly grizzly violence at the end, and nudity mixed with classic Hammer magic. Cushing (having just lost his wife in real life) is excellent in the dark role, too!

    Countess Dracula (UK, 1971) [VoD] - 3/5
    Old and ugly Ingrid Pitt discovers how she can become young and beautiful Ingrid Pitt again - by bathing in virgin blood. Late Hammer with some blood and boobs, but the film is remarkably tame for the era, and the tale itself sits comfortably with older incarnations of the same / similar tales. It is a reasonably good film, however. Pitt is better than she was in Vampire Lovers, and Nigel Green is great as the envious lover who constantly gets traded for younger flesh. The ending is painfully predictable, though. Based on "Blood Countess" Elizabeth Bathory.

    Dracula A.D. 1972 (UK, 1972) [VoD] -3/5
    A bunch of kids resurrect Dracula in modem day London. Thankfully Peter Cushing is in town (as the old grandson of Van Helsing). Not a highly regarded film (and admittedly one has to wonder why they brought Dracula to modern day and then essentially limited his movements to one old church?) but it's a rather entertaining movie nevertheless. Lee & Cushing are always watchable together, and the modern twist at least makes it more interesting than Dracula has Risen from the Grave (1968) or Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970).

    Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (UK, 1974) [VoD] - 3/5
    A young medical student caught playing with body parts is sent to a madhouse, the same one they sent Dr. Frankenstein to some years prior (yeah, some serious incompetence on the court's part here!). You can guess the rest. Gory, occasionally disturbing Hammer with a pinch of old magic remaining. It was behind the times, but works pretty well in retrospect. But no boobs. Bummer.

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  • Matt H.
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    BUCKTOWN - Decent Blaxploitation featuring the great Thalmus Rasulala and, of course, The Hammer. It has basically the same plot as VIGILANTE FORCE, made the following year, but in an urban setting. One thing that bothered me was how whiny Pam Grier is in this - she's really annoying.

    VENUS FLYTRAP - Above average SOV rip-off of HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK that has a lot of oddly heartfelt dialogue scenes that really seem out of place in a home invasion exploitation flick.

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  • Matt H.
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    KILLER FISH - This was a nice surprise. I thought it was totally fun and I've never enjoyed a Karen Black performance more - she's great in this! I think I actually prefer it to Dante's PIRANHA; the piranha attack footage is superior and it's generally more involving. The Scorpion Blu-ray has an amazing special feature: a nearly hour long discussion between William Lustig and Frank Pesce (who appears in the film) as they sit in a restaurant. It's basically just Pesce telling awesome Hollywood stories.

    TINTORERA - Second or third time watching this and what ruined it for me this time is the endless, brutal footage of real sharks being killed. I understand that the main characters are shark hunters but did we really need to see over a dozen sharks killed? They could've shown one sequence where they killed a shark and we'd get the picture, but there's at least three different sequences where they go underwater and spear sharks in the head and we watch them bleed out for a couple minutes. It got on my nerves and it started to become really obnoxious and spoiled what is otherwise a really interesting hang out movie that I still think is worth watching.

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  • Andrew Monroe
    Pallid Hands

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    Originally posted by agent999 View Post
    This one seems to be quite polarising. It didn't do much for me or family members who watched it (it's on Netflix in the UK). It's certainly a handsome film but just didn't really click with me. I didn't have problems with the pacing, but the story just seemed unremarkable, at times convenient and indebted to The Searchers. Apart from the sequence where Hanks incites unrest in the town it didn't seem to have much of the Paul Greengrass signature.
    There is definitely a SEARCHERS influence. It's low key and deliberately paced but I was mesmerized. There's enough action and character development to keep you involved. And that emotional scene between Hanks and the girl near the end just hit me straight in the heart.

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