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Old September 22 2013, 10:00 PM   #691
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I think there was a character called bladerunner on Mad Max...I may be mistaken
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Old September 22 2013, 11:30 PM   #692
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^^ Are you thinking of The Night Rider?
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Old September 23 2013, 04:27 PM   #693
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I decided to DVR Total Recall, which I haven't seen in many years. I came to find the violence distasteful for a while, but it's been long enough that I decided to take a fresh look. It actually holds up better than I remembered; gratuitous violence aside, it's an effective thriller that gives you some things to think about, and its visual effects were really cutting-edge stuff for the day, just before CGI started taking over everything. They had extensive computer assistance with the motion-control cameras and animatronics, but what we saw onscreen was all real physical models and puppets and conventional animation, except for the CGI "x-ray" skeletons at the subway checkpoint. And the FX really hold up extremely well; they did things with miniatures and animatronics that were on a par with a lot of modern CG.

Although I can't say the designs hold up as well. It's hilarious to me how people in the '90s assumed that telephones would get bigger in the future. In this movie, Back to the Future Part II, and "Lisa's Wedding" on The Simpsons, futuristic phones were these massive wall- or table-mounted units with screens and elaborate controls. And the playback unit for Hauser's message to Quaid was this big briefcase. And this is supposed to be 71 years from now, IIRC.

Of course, the big question in this film is, are Quaid's experiences real or hallucinated? Here are my thoughts, spoiler-boxed for length:


Granted, the whole point is that there is no obvious right answer to whether it's real or imagined, and either interpretation has its problems. But I have my preference, so there it is.
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Old September 24 2013, 05:24 AM   #694
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That Valley of the Dragons was pretty terrible and was really screaming out to be in color (though prob would've interfered with the stock footage). Though as Christopher mentioned, that bikini top during the swimming sequence was rather eye-opening.
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Old September 24 2013, 02:31 PM   #695
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I watched The Satan Bug, but it wasn't very interesting. There were a few glimpses of familiar faces, like John Anderson, Ed Asner, Simon Oakland, and the guy who played Sgt. Carter on Gomer Pyle, plus a nonspeaking appearance by James Doohan as an ill-fated federal agent. But Anne Francis was essentially wasted as a character who had little reason to be there except to provide some vague, tacked-on romantic interest and be an audience for the hero's exposition in a couple of scenes. The story barely qualified as science fiction and was really more of a Cold War thriller, though not particularly thrilling. The first half was more of a mystery story, and I figured out who the culprit was pretty early, and then the film just kind of casually let the audience know that person was the culprit rather than making a big reveal, so that was kind of awkward. The main point of interest was a Jerry Goldsmith score, but this was from early in his career and wasn't one of his more noteworthy works.
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Old September 27 2013, 12:26 AM   #696
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Time for October, which unsurprisingly features a whole bunch of horror films:

TUE 10/1
Noon: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962): George Pal Puppetoons!

WED 10/2
8:00 PM: Doctor Dolittle ('67)

FRI 10/4
8:00 PM: Carnival of Souls ('62): "New Wave" horror picture.
9:30 PM: Night of the Living Dead ('68)

SAT 10/5
1:30 AM: Bride of Frankenstein ('35)
3:00 AM: Frankenstein Created Woman ('67): Hammer horror with Peter Cushing.
4:45 AM: The Wasp Woman ('59): Roger Corman horror film.
6:30 AM: Captain Nemo and the Underwater City ('69, though TCM site says '70): Low-budget British film written by Pip and Jane Baker, who would later do some mediocre Doctor Who serials in the '80s. With Chuck Connors.
10:30 AM: The Gorgon ('64): Another Hammer film with Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Noon: The Devil's Bride ('68): Hammer Satanism film with Lee.

SUN 10/6
2:00 AM: Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula ('66): So, this exists. John Carradine plays Dracula.
3:15 AM: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter ('66): Annnd... so does this. These two movies were released as a double feature.
4:45 AM: Destination Earth ('56): Less interesting than it sounds -- a promotional cartoon for the oil industry, about a Martian coming to Earth to study American prosperity.
3:45 PM: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ('68)

TUE 10/8
1:00 AM: Throne of Blood ('57): Akira Kurosawa's Macbeth adaptation. I'm counting it as genre because it has a spirit in it, but mainly because it sounds interesting.

FRI 10/11
3:00 AM: Son of Sinbad ('55): Arabian Nights movie with Vincent Price. Hardly any fantasy elements, judging from the Wikipedia entry, but Sinbad is a fantasy character, and, heck, so is Vincent Price, so I'm counting it.
8:00 PM: Horror of Dracula ('58): The first Lee/Cushing Hammer Dracula film.
9:30 PM: Isle of the Dead ('45): Boris Karloff vampire movie. With Alan Napier.
11:00 PM: Dead of Night ('45): British horror-anthology film with Michael Redgrave. The restored full-length version.

SAT 10/12
1:00 AM: The Haunting ('63): Robert Wise haunted-house classic.
3:00 AM: The House of Seven Corpses ('74): What I suspect is a less classic haunted-house movie.
4:30 AM: Horror Castle ('63): Italian Gothic horror with Christopher Lee. Doesn't seem to have supernatural elements.
Noon: The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll ('61): Hammer takes on Dr. Jekyll. With Lee.
4:30 PM: It Came From Outer Space ('53): Jack Arnold/Ray Bradbury classic.
6:00 PM: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil ('59): Post-apocalyptic tale with Harry Belafonte.

MON 10/14
Midnight: Nosferatu ('22): The silent classic.
2:00 AM: Vampyr ('32): Another German vampire film, this one with sound.
3:15 AM: The Vampire Bat ('33): Sensing a theme here. Fay Wray is in this one.
4:30 AM: The Vampire ('57): I never would've guessed. Mad-science take on vampires, with Kenneth Tobey.

WED 10/16
5:45 PM: The Manchurian Candidate ('62): Borderline genre at best, but what the hey.

THU 10/17
9:45 PM: The Story of Mankind ('57): TCM's shown this before. Irwin Allen "epic" with all-star cast recapping human history.

FRI 10/18
1:30 AM: Master of the World ('61): Vincent Price as Jules Verne's Robur.
8:00 PM: Burn, Witch, Burn ('62): Been shown before, I'm sure.
9:45 PM: The Tomb of Ligeia ('64): Last of Roger Corman and Vincent Price's Poe adaptations.
11:15 PM: The Seventh Victim ('43): Satanist horror, directed by Val Lewton.

SAT 10/19
12:30 AM: Curse of the Demon ('58): Another Satanic-cult movie, directed by Jacques Tourneur.
2:15 AM: I Walked With a Zombie ('43): Another Tourneur film -- note that it's a voodoo-style zombie movie, not the later Romero-style.
3:30 AM: The Leopard Man ('43): More Tourneur, a serial-killer film.
6:00 AM: The Mask of Fu Manchu ('32): Can even Boris Karloff make a Yellow Peril film worth watching?
10:30 AM: The Devil's Own ('66): Black magic in England, with Joan Fontaine.
12:15 PM: The Plague of the Zombies ('66)
6:15 PM: Dr. Strangelove ('64)
8:00 PM: Freaks ('32): Tod Browning's controversial film.
9:15 PM: Mark of the Vampire ('35): Browning directs Lionel Barrymore and Lugosi.
10:30 PM: The Devil Doll ('36): More Browning, as Barrymore shrinks people. With Maureen O'Sullivan!

SUN 10/20
1:15 AM: London After Midnight ('27): The silent Tod Browning film which he remade as Mark of the Vampire (above). With Lon Chaney.
2:15 AM: Incubus ('66): William Shatner speaks Esperanto! Yes, they're actually showing this!
3:45 AM: The Hypnotic Eye ('60): Mesmeric horror.
5:15 AM: Rosie ('60): This is weird -- a failed sitcom pilot about a talking dog.

MON 10/21
4:30 PM: King Solomon's Mines ('50)
6:15 PM: Eye of the Devil ('66): Occult-themed British film with Deborah Kerr and David Niven.

TUE 10/22
4:30 PM: A Place of One's Own ('45): Haunted-house film with James Mason.

THU 10/24
Vincent Price marathon:
8:00 PM: House of Wax ('53)
9:45 PM: The Mad Magician ('54)
11:00 PM: House of Usher ('60): First Corman Poe film.

FRI 10/25
Price marathon continues:
12:30 AM: Diary of a Madman ('63)
2:15 AM: The Tingler ('59)
3:45 AM: House on Haunted Hill ('59)
5:15 AM: The Bat ('59)
6:45 AM: Tower of London ('62)
8:15 AM: The Raven ('63): Another Corman Poe film, with Peter Lorre and Karloff.
And later in the evening:
6:30 PM: The Walking Dead ('36): Karloff film from the director of Casablanca.
8:00 PM: A Bucket of Blood ('59): Corman film with Dick Miller.
9:15 PM: Dementia 13 ('63): Francis Ford Coppola's first mainstream film, starring William Campbell.

SAT 10/26
I'm leaving out a few non-SF/supernatural thrillers airing overnight.
4:30 AM: Village of the Damned ('61)
8:00 PM: Bride of Frankenstein ('35) again.
9:30 PM: The Mummy ('32)
11:00 PM: Cat People ('42): Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur classic.

SUN 10/27
12:30 AM: White Zombie ('32): With Lugosi.
2:00 AM: Psychomania ('73): Another British Satanism film.
3:30 AM: The Witches ('66): This is the exact same film as The Devil's Own from Saturday the 19th, but it's listed under its UK title here for some reason.
4:15 PM: Children of the Damned ('64): Sequel to Village of...
6:00 PM: Them! ('54): Debut of the giant-radioactive-insects genre.

THU 10/31
Midnight: Freaks ('32) again
Then a Christopher Lee marathon, mostly Hammer films:
6:00 AM: The Curse of Frankenstein ('57)
7:30 AM: The Mummy ('59)
9:00 AM: Horror Castle ('63) again
10:30 AM: Castle of the Living Dead ('64)
12:15 PM: Dracula, Prince of Darkness ('65)
1:45 PM: The Devil's Bride ('68) again
3:45 PM: Dracula Has Risen From the Grave ('69): Yeah, he does that.
5:30 PM: Horror Express ('72)
Then an interlude and another Vincent Price marathon:
8:00 PM: The Pit and the Pendulum ('61): Corman/Poe
9:30 PM: The Haunted Palace ('63): This is the one Greg Cox mentioned that's billed as a Poe film but is really based on an H.P. Lovecraft story.
11:15 PM: The Masque of the Red Death ('64): Corman/Poe

FRI 11/1
Marathon continues:
1:00 AM: The Abominable Dr. Phibes ('71)
2:45 AM: Twice-Told Tales ('63): Collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne stories.
5:00 AM: The Tomb of Ligeia ('64) again
6:30 AM: The Conqueror Worm ('68): Despite the Poe title, actually a British film called Witchfinder General.
8:15 AM: Theatre of Blood ('73)
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Old September 27 2013, 12:35 AM   #697
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

I know it's the wrong month to hope for it, but I wish they would do When Worlds Collide.
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Old September 27 2013, 01:05 AM   #698
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Thanks for posting all that, Christopher! A few observations:

I can't resist pointing out that The Devil's Bride, Burn Witch Burn, Master of the World, House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and The Raven were all scripted by the late Richard Matheson.

The House of Seven Corpses: Yeah, much less classic than The Haunting. Trust me on this. I wasn't able to sit through it, and I have a huge tolerance for old horror movies.

London After Midnight: Since this film is sadly lost, I'm guessing this is the "recreation" TCM aired a few years back. It's not the actual movie, but an attempt to recreate the movie using the surviving still photos and title cards.

The Mask of Fu Manchu: This is actually pulpy fun, and Myrna Loy is memorable as Fu's sexually depraved daughter---IF you can overlook the jaw-dropping racism. ("We will destroy the white man and take his women!") I understand that's a very big If.

Lots of good stuff, although pretty much the same mix TCM has been showing for the last few Octobers, so I've seen most of these before. But the Val Lewton stuff is always worth rewatching, and I've always had a weakness for Hammer horror.
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^After having sat through the first two Weissmuller Tarzan movies this past month, I think I've had my fill of '30s cinematic racism for a while.
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^After having sat through the first two Weissmuller Tarzan movies this past month, I think I've had my fill of '30s cinematic racism for a while.
Fair enough. I confess I loved Mask of Fu Manchu as a kid, but was squirming uncomfortably the last time I rewatched it.

Meanwhile, I should mention that Burn Witch Burn is actually an adaptation of the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber, and NOT the novel Burn Witch Burn by A. Merritt.

(Another Blade Runner type situation?)
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There are a ton of movies from that era that offend our modern sensibilities. It's just something I take in stride when viewing them. After all, who's to say that our attitudes would have been any different if we had lived back then. Very few people transcend the spirit of the age they live in; those that do are the ones that change things for the better. The rest just go with the flow.
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There are a ton of movies from that era that offend our modern sensibilities. It's just something I take in stride when viewing them.
I'm well aware of that, of course. But that doesn't mean I don't get tired of watching it after a while.
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More observations: Of the Hammer Films, The Devil's Bride and Plague of Zombies are particularly worth checking out, especially if you've never seen them before. And The Seventh Victim is one of my favorite Val Lewton movies, although I remain convinced that the movie is confused about who the actual protagonist is.

The movie is told from the POV of Kim Hunter's character, a sheltered young woman searching for her missing, more worldly sister amidst the bohemian decadence of, er, Greenwich Village, but you can make a case that it's really the sister's story.

(SF alert. Kim Hunter, who plays the young ingenue, is better known to genre fans as Dr. Zira in the original Planet of the Apes movies.)
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Is Plague of the Zombies voodoo or Romero style zombies?
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Is Plague of the Zombies voodoo or Romero style zombies?
Voodoo, absolutely.

It came out two years before Night of the Living Dead, so Romero zombies weren't even a thing then.
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