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Old April 12 2014, 06:38 AM   #811
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

^ ach, I wanted to see those as well

The Cosmic Monsters (or The Cosmic Monster as the title card would have it) reminded me of Devil Girl From Mars in that a lot of the action takes place in those plain English village pubs that seem like nothing but wood and a little booze. I don't know if there are any shots where the oversized insects actually interact with the cast.

I found The Wasp Woman more watchable than it had any right to be but it's filmed real slick and Susan Cabot keeps your attention and it's as much soap as horror. I know Invasion of the Bee Girls was inspired by it but after seeing it I think that Catwoman was as well.
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Old April 12 2014, 02:48 PM   #812
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I found The Wasp Woman more watchable than it had any right to be but it's filmed real slick and Susan Cabot keeps your attention and it's as much soap as horror. I know Invasion of the Bee Girls was inspired by it but after seeing it I think that Catwoman was as well.
What version of Catwoman do you mean? The Wasp Woman was a 1959 film, and the character of Catwoman debuted in the comics in 1940 (although she wasn't revealed as Selina Kyle until 1950). Are you referring to the TV Catwoman specifically?
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Old April 12 2014, 06:27 PM   #813
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^ Sorry, I meant the Halle Berry film not the character. I haven't seen it in a long time but the story of the cosmetics company and the Sharon Stone character seem to have roots in The Wasp Woman.
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Old April 17 2014, 07:00 PM   #814
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Finally got around to seeing The Cosmic Monster(s) and The Wasp Woman. TCM (hey, it has the same initials as the network!) was kind of a mess. It was like it was edited down from a longer, more coherent film. We'd get a split-second glimpse of something happening (like the assistant being injured or the UFO crash) and then have to rely on later dialogue to gradually fill us in on what was supposed to have happened. Plus I couldn't get invested in the romantic triangle involving three of the least attractive or charismatic romantic leads ever. Not to mention the really terrible special effects of the giant insects -- they didn't even bother to slow down the footage, or to hide a blatant jump cut in the film running on the rear-projection screen that the leading lady was cowering in terror from. Oh yeah, and then there was the randomly evil portrayal of the lead scientist. Not a lot of thought put into that.

Although there was some decently researched science in the discussion about the Earth's magnetic field and cosmic rays. And I liked how they got help from a benevolent alien who called himself Smith -- one could almost imagine he was some future incarnation of the Doctor, although he had a slightly sinister air that made him seem more like a reformed incarnation of the Master.

The Wasp Woman was a lot more fun. The cast and characters were appealing, there were a lot of fun lines and character beats in the script, and it was kind of nice that most everyone in the movie meant well or at least had sympathetic motives -- although it was unclear just how Janice's personality had changed, or how much, and whether she'd simply become evil or was horrified at what her alter ego had done but was terrified of being exposed. Also the actress was too slight to be credible as a physical threat, although I guess maybe her build was appropriate for a Wasp Woman. Anyway, I thought Corman did a good job directing, both with the actors and stylistically.

Although throughout the film I couldn't help thinking, "Hey, Janice, if you're concerned about not looking old, you really ought to stop smoking."
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Old April 25 2014, 04:51 PM   #815
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

May schedule:

SAT 5/3
2:00 AM: Mad Max ('79): Debut of Mel Gibson's post-apocalyptic character.
6:30 AM: The Satan Bug ('65): Bioweapons thriller that I vaguely remember seeing the last time they showed it.

MON 5/5
6:15 AM: UFO ('56): AKA Unidentified Flying Objects: The True Story of Flying Saucers. Apparently this is a half-documentary, half-dramatization about the early years of government research into the UFO claims that spread through the public in the late '40s and early '50s, made during the time. It sounds like sort of an ancestor of Jack Webb's Project U.F.O. TV series from the '70s. Might be an interesting historical artifact.

THU 5/8
1:00 PM: A Thousand and One Nights ('45): Despite the name, it's strictly a comedy version of Aladdin (which isn't actually part of the original Nights but was a separate folk tale interpolated by a French translator in the 1700s). Similar to the Disney version in having comic-relief characters making anachronistic pop-culture references, but with a hot female genie played by Evelyn Keyes and a comic sidekick played by Phil Silvers (with Cornel Wilde as Aladdin).

SAT 5/10:
4:00 PM: Our Man Flint ('66): James Coburn Bond parody about a secret agent battling weather-controlling villains.

SUN 5/11:
3:45 AM: Hausu (or House) ('77): Bizarre Japanese haunted-house horror film.

FRI 5/16:
3:00 AM: Little Shop of Horrors ('60): Original Roger Corman version.

SAT 5/17-SUN 5/18: Horror marathon:
8:00 PM: The Haunting ('63): Robert Wise haunted-house film.
10:00 PM: The Legend of Hell House ('73): With Roddy McDowall and Clive Revill.
11:45 PM: Poltergeist ('82)
2:00 AM: Death by Invitation ('71): Entry in the "reincarnated witch avenging the descendants of those who burned her at the stake" genre.
3:30 AM: Burn, Witch, Burn ('62): AKA Night of the Eagle -- Charles Beaumont/Richard Matheson adaptation of Fritz Leiber's witchcraft novel Conjure Wife.

SUN 5/18:
10:00 AM: Brigadoon ('54)

TUE 5/20: Another horror marathon!
Midnight: The Doctor and the Devils ('85): Grave-robbers film with Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, and Patrick Stewart!!
1:45 AM: The Curse of Frankenstein ('57): First in Hammer's Frankenstein series.
3:15 AM: Mr. Sardonicus ('61)
4:45 AM: The Haunted Palace ('63): Corman film with Vincent Price and Lon Chaney, Jr.

FRI 5/30
6:30 AM: Metropolis ('26): Apparently the full 2010 restoration.

SAT 5/31
2:15 PM: Helen of Troy ('56): Robert Wise does the Trojan War.
4:30 PM: World Without End ('55): Post-apocalyptic/time warp film that's shown up in this thread before.
6:00 PM: From the Earth to the Moon ('58): Jules Verne adaptation with Joseph Cotten and George Sanders.
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Old April 25 2014, 05:08 PM   #816
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Thanks as usual for posting that. A few annotations:

The Legend of Hell House is, of course, based on the novel Hell House by Richard Matheson. Not to confused with The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which was the basis for The Haunting. Got that?

The Haunted Palace is a funny case. Although it was sold as a Poe movie, and the title comes from a poem by Poe, it's actually an adaptation of a Lovecraft story, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." Complete with the Necronomicon, Elder Gods, etc.

And Hausu is indeed truly bizarre and worth checking out if you've never seen it before.

Finally, I admit I'm surprised and a bit disappointed that TCM didn't schedule a Godzilla marathon to coincide with the new movie.
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Old April 26 2014, 08:21 AM   #817
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...I'm surprised and a bit disappointed that TCM didn't schedule a Godzilla marathon to coincide with the new movie.
Greg, succinctly stated.

Well, at least I have the original "Gojira" with subtitles stored on my DVR from the last time TCM presented it.

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Old April 26 2014, 02:02 PM   #818
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Well, at least I have the original "Gojira" with subtitles stored on my DVR from the last time TCM presented it.
Not always a guarantee. Not long ago, my DVR started failing and the cable tech replaced it, but apparently there's no way to copy saved programs from one DVR onto another, so I lost everything I had stored on it.
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Old April 26 2014, 06:40 PM   #819
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Well, at least I have the original "Gojira" with subtitles stored on my DVR from the last time TCM presented it.
Not always a guarantee. Not long ago, my DVR started failing and the cable tech replaced it, but apparently there's no way to copy saved programs from one DVR onto another, so I lost everything I had stored on it.
That happened to me once.
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Old April 26 2014, 09:44 PM   #820
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Don't listen to 'em, Bill, they're just jealous.
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Old April 26 2014, 11:27 PM   #821
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Belated schedule update: Not sure how I missed this on the April schedule (maybe they changed it again), but tonight they're doing a fairy-tale theme:

SAT 4/26-SUN 4/27
8:00 PM: Beauty and the Beast ('46): The Jean Cocteau version.
10:00 PM: The Glass Slipper ('55): Cinderella musical with Leslie Caron and Keenan Wynn.
Midnight: Hans Christian Andersen ('52): Danny Kaye musical telling a completely fictitious version of Andersen's life. Notable for songs like "The Inch Worm."
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Old April 28 2014, 10:42 AM   #822
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That's a great schedule for May. There are several things on there that I've never seen before.

So you can't export from DVR, huh? That sucks.
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Old May 3 2014, 08:08 PM   #823
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Thanks as usual for posting that. A few annotations:

The Legend of Hell House is, of course, based on the novel Hell House by Richard Matheson. Not to confused with The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which was the basis for The Haunting. Got that?
No Roddy McDowell in the latter, but some of his best work in the former.
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Old May 3 2014, 08:52 PM   #824
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Apropos of nothing, but the Sony Movie Channel is running Harryhausen films all day today (Sat., May 3) more or less in chronological order. Strangely enough, it'll conclude with "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" rather than "Clash of the Titans", Ray's last film. Maybe Sony doesn't have the rights to air that one.

Sony will also broadcast Harryhausen material on Wednesdays at 8 PM all month.

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Apropos of nothing, but the Sony Movie Channel is running Harryhausen films all day today (Sat., May 3) more or less in chronological order. Strangely enough, it'll conclude with "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" rather than "Clash of the Titans", Ray's last film. Maybe Sony doesn't have the rights to air that one.

Sony will also broadcast Harryhausen material on Wednesdays at 8 PM all month.

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Yep - a little miffed though that they didn't include one of my old RH favorites - "Earth VS The Flying Saucers" in the selection they showed on 5/3/2014.
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