Saturday 24 April 2021


Escape (1930) - Early Ealing drama.

Mystery Train (1931)

Money Talks (1932) - British Jewish comedy.

Se also the Divorce of Lady X (1938) and mr. Emmanuel (1944), with a Cushingesque  Felix Aylmer.

Bed of Roses (1933)- Dreary 30s drama.

Sequoia (1934) - Proto Disney wildlife.

The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937)/Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)/Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)/Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Tom Sawyer, Detective (1938) - Donald feckin' O'Connor.

The Gaunt Stranger (1938) - Edgar Wallace krimi.

Romance on the Run (1938) - Republic timewaster.

6000 enemies (1939) - Porridge for Pidgeon. 

Boy Slaves (1939) - Young prison dash.

Mutiny in the Big House (1939) - Routine prison yarn for Monogram.

The Great Man Votes (1939) - See Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos clips undubbed!

They Came by Night (1940) - Routine British crime movie with eccentric turns by Will Fyffe and Kathleen Harrison.

Smilin' Through (1941) - Oirish muck.

The Prime minister (1941) - Gielgud is Disraeli. Beat that, Arliss. 

Tarzan and the Secret Treasure (1941) - Routine jungler.

I Killed that Man (1941) - Poverty row crimer. 

Gallant Lady (1942) - Poverty row time-killer.

See also Dangerous Lady (1941)

They flew alone (1942)

Rationing (1944)/Blonde Inspiration (1941)/Washington Melodrama (1943) - Catching up on the MGM I had missed.

Goupi Mains Rouges (1943) - Routine French drama.

Remarques (1944) - Routine Gabin.

Alaska (1944) - Monogram northern.

The Great Sacrifice (1944) - Colourful Nazi shite. 

I live in Grosvenor Square (1945) - Routine propaganda.

See also Great Day (1945)

Beware of Pity (1946) - Routine tearjerker

Suspense (1946)/The Hunted (1948) - Strange, hypnotic ice skating noirs, vehicle for British skater Belita.

Under the Sun of Rome (1948)

Bamboo Blonde (1947)- Routine RKO b musical.

 Le Silence est dor (1947) - Chevalier for Clair.

The Imperfect Lady (1947) - Another Britoid music hall drama. 

Homesteaders of Paradise Valley (1947) - Republic b-oater.

The Noose Hangs High (1948) - Abbott and Costello  go to Eagle-Lion. 

It's A Joke, Son (1947) - Forgotten radio character Senator Claghorn, now known only for inspiring Foghorn Leghorn.

This was a Woman (1948) - Routine melodrama with Sonia Dresdel.

See also the Third Visitor (1951)

State Peniteniary (1950) - Routine Warner Baxter classic. 

Southside 1-1000 (1950) - Undistinguished AA noir.

Cargo to Capetown (1950)  - Routine shipbound melodrama.

Volcano (1950) - Routine Anna Magnani melo.

Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) - Routine drama with Lloyd Bridges.

The Lady and the Bandit (1951)  - Louis Hayward is Dick Turpin. 

Pride of St. Louis (1951) - Dreary baseballer. 

Guilty Bystander (1951) - Routine poverty row noir. 

Man Trap (1952) - Hammer quota quickie noir with Paul Henreid. 

Last Train from Bombay (1952) - Routine colonial tosh.

Target Hong Kong (1953) - Typical yellow peril. 

City of Shadows (1955 )-Republic toh with Victor McLaglen.

Let's be Happy (1957) - Forgettable Edinburgh-set musical.

Surprisingly, no Finlay Currie, John Laurie or Duncan Macrae, but you do get Gordon Jackson singing in a kilt.

Hong kong Confidential (1958) - Faux-quota quickie proto-Adventurer tripe with Gene Barry as a club singer/spy trying to find an Arab prince.

Fate of a Man (1959)

il Vedovo (1959)

The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959) - Barely immoral. 

Karate Hand of Death (1961) - Rubbish would be kung fu.

So Evil, So Young (1961) - Reform schooler Danziger's style.

The Nun and the Sergeant (1961) - Heaven knows Mr. Allison with added Japanese schoolgirls. 

The L Shaped Room (1962) - Brock Peters actually sounds Mancunian when he's supposed to be from the Caribbean, but when your costar is Pat Phoenix, it's hard not to.

The Wild and the Willing (1963) - McShane and Hurt and Brett drink. 

Do you know this Voice (1964) - Interesting quickie with Isa Miranda and Dan Duryea in the Uk suburbs.

None but the Brave (1966) - Toho war fare, weirdly directed by Frank Sinatra.

 The Master Demon (1991)/Sword of Heaven (1985) - Low budget American attempts at Asian action fantasy. Sword at least has a Belfast sidekick.

First Surrender (1971) - Undistinguished giallo with Javier Bardem's ma. 

Sweet Jesus Preacherman (1972) - Why the hell did MGM buy this?

Midnighter (1973) - Charming Lithuanian kidvid.

Catherine and Co (1973) - Somehow charming, thanks to Jane Birkin.

Simona (1974) - Laura Antonelli bullfighting vehicle.

The Astrologer (1975) - The greatest Republic Pictures revival attempt/vanity project ever set in Glasgow. 

Crypt of Dark Secrets (1976) - 

Polk County Pot Plane (1977)

The Bodyguard (1978) - Dodgy Americanisation starring Chiba as himself?!?

Burnout (1979) - Tired racing picture. 

Improper Channels (1981)  Dreary Canuck drama. See also Friends, Lovers and Lunatics (1989)

Moonlight Mask (1982) - Ropey Japanese motocross Lone Ranger.

Hearts and Armour (1983) - Excalibritta!

Dream One/Nemo (1984) - Curiously overlooked in terms of 80s comic book movies, a weirdsville Boorman-produced Film on Four Europudding starring Jason Connery as Little Nemo, with Mathilda May, Carole Bouquet, Harvey Keitel, Nipsey Russell,

POW The Escape (1986) - Routine Cannon fare.

War Dog (1987) - Swedish actioner.

Berserker (1987) - Faux-Scando slasher.

Death Run (1987) - Amateur but ambitious Michael J Murphy post-apocalyptica.

Hollow Gate (1988) - PM slasher schlock. The one highlight is one of the actors is named George Cole. Not Arfur, sadly. 

Savage Justice (1988) - The sensei/monk looks like Ken Morley.

Lily was Here (1988) - Remembered only for the Dave Stewart theme. 

Never Say Die (1988) -  Saw an edited version of this. Tightened but it seemed to go in circles. Temeura Morrison an interesting tough guy. 

Traxx (1988)/Action USA (1989) - Texan madness.

Riverbend (1989) - 60s set southern drama, an interesting but flawed vehicle for Steve James, at last given a starring role. 

Hell High (1989)  - Dreary not-Canadian-but-cold slasher.

Rescue Force (1990) - Like an Andy Sidaris film seemingly on no budget, but with foreign locale shooting.

Baby Brown (1990) - Ifrikan copshite.

Beastmaster 2 (1991) - Initially cheeseball fun, soon tails off.

Lena's Holiday (1991) - Slightly erotic unfunny romcom.

Nothing but Trouble (1991) - Oh, Dananananaykroyd, what were you thinking?

Evil Toons (1992) - Grim Fred Olen Ray film.

Leprechaun (1993) - Surprisingly fun.

The Gifted  (1993) - Ambitious indie African-American alien invasion film.

Night Train to Venice (1993) - Supernatural erotic thriller made by Cannon, that yes, Hugh Grant regrets.

Monolith (1993) - Sub-Glickenhaus actioner starring Bill Paxton. John Hurt must have done this for lager money (knowing his career, a big bottle of Lamot)

Deadfall (1993) - Coppola family gettogether.

Death Machine (1994) - Stephen Norrington, having worked on Hardware decides to make his own-faux-Richard Stanley film.  It's glossy, it has Hootkins, it's 2000 AD-y Fauxmerican dystopia, but it hurts me to say this, it's sillier than Hardware.  Rather too po-faced yet at the time goofball. 

Four Rooms (1995) - Technically part of the Roald Dahl cinematic canon, doomed to be confused with Blame It on the Bellboy. 

Mother Night (1996)

I woke Up Early the day I died (1996) - Billy Zane IS Ed Wood.

The Impostors (1998) - A great underrated comedy. Platt and Tucci should have made more of these films. A discovery?

Pi (1998) - More paper than tin. 

Breakfast of Champions (1999) - watched this alongside The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996), and the two kind of blended.

Friday 19 March 2021


 The Last Fight (1983)

True Identity (1991) - Feels like a Screen Two, despite how much money Disney threw at it.

Your Cheatin' Heart (1964) - Did they cast the wrong George Hamilton?

Amok Train (1989) - Jesus, this is one good looking film. 

Brothers in Blood (1987) - the only Vietnam war film to have a lead be a soldier turned avant-garde spoken word artist drag performer. 

slugs (1988) - Eh.

Shadow of the Vampire (2001) - It's a one joke premise.

Original Gangstas (1996)

A Gnome named Gnorm (1990)

Weapons of Death (1977) - Tonally a mess

The Boy who Stole a million (1960) - Sub-Euston comedy.

Wicked Stepmother (1988) - What was Cohen thinking?

Fortresss (1992)

Disembodied (1998)

The Cat (1992) - Bonkers, vilent Hong Kong horror/action about an alien cat. 

Death Becomes Her (1992) - It's just a feature length Tales from the Crypt.

Baby Blood (1990) - French attempt at comedy gore. 

Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) - Natasha Lyonne seemed suited to 70s period dramedies. 

To Sleep with Anger (1989) - A stressful, confrontatonal film. Danny Glover's smile, grr...

Afraid of the Dark (1991) - A quota quickie for the 90s.

Pin (1988)

The Unholy Three (1925)

The Green Fog (2017) - Guy Maddin edits lots of film of San Francisco together.

See also Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) and Careful (1991) and The Saddet Music in the World (2003), The Forbidden Room (2015), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), Keyhole  (2011), Brand it on the Brain (2003)

Bay of Angels (1963) - Typical Demy.

Mystics in Bali (1981)

Poltergeist ii (1986)/Poltergeist III (1988)

Poison for the Fairies (1986)

5 Women for the Killer (1974) - Dreary giallo with Francis Matthews.

Philadelphia Here I Come (1975) - The American Film Theatre captures 70s Irelan, a world of Quix and Vim and Flash and Boland's biscuits, and Kellogg's corn flakes.  And all the Irish stars.  Young 

Mutilations (1987) - Ambitious stop-motion aliens vs Oklahoma am-drammers. 

The 2 Marshalls (1960) - More Toto.

Shackout on 101 (1955) - Weird to see Lee Marvin young. 

Once Upon A Girl (1976) - It' horrible. Cartoon fairytale porn, with  Hal Smith doing a variant of his Winnie the Pooh voice as Mother Goose and the voice of Frank Welker.

Nightmare Beach (1989) - Almost refuses to be a slasher. 

Hail Mafia (1965)  - Shadow blend around the actors., Jack Klugman's prematurely aged face hanging out of darkness The cheapness of the film just helps.

Prelude to Happiness (1975) - Amputee romance. Bizarre artefact.

Black Candles (1982)  - Larraz makes a basic Satanic sex film, set in England.  

Executive Koala (2005) - Oddly enchanting. 

Seeding of a Ghost (1983) Typical Shaw honron.

Ishtar (1987)

New Jack City (1991), King of New York (1991), Bad Lieutenant (1992) - Get these confused.

Reversal of Fortune (1990)/Six Degrees of Separation (1993) - I often get these confused too. 

Street Trash (1987) - Typical gorecom grot.

Been watching a lot of NYC movies - Cadillac Man (1990), Boomerang (1992), Blue Steel (1990), Hudson Hawk (1991), Who's That Man (1993), Palermo Connection (1990), Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991), Out for Justice (1991), In the Spirit (1990), The Refrigerator (1991),  A Shock to the System (1990), Lonely in America (1990), What about Me (1993) The Hard Way (19991), All the Vermeers in New York (1991), Still Life (1990),  Funny About Love (1990), The Pickle (1993), Maniac Cop 2 (1992). Maniac Cop 3 (1993), Awakenings (1990), the Super (1992), Strictly Business (1991), Green Card (1990), Ghost (1990), Street Hitz (1992), Sinners (1990), By the Sword (1991), State of Grace (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), II Secret of the Ooze (1991), New York Cop (1993), Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991), Metropolitan (1990), Q and A (1990)Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD (1990), Men of Respect (1991), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Presumed Innocent (1990), Mo Better Blues (1990), Do the Right Thing (1990), Pillow Talk (1959), Funny Girl (1969), Johnny Suede (1991), Straight out of Brooklyn (1991), Billy Bathgate (1991), Naked in New York (1993 - an indie Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992),  The Night we Never Met (1992), the Saint of Fort Washington (1993), Home alone 2 (1992), Malcolm X (1992), the Fisher King (1991) Prince of Tides (1991), Scent of a Woman (1992, with added Munsters), Mac (1992), Sugar Hill (1992),Frankie and Johnny (1991), Night and the City (1992), The Wedding Banquet (1993), Other People's Money (1993), Laws of Gravity (1992), Deceived (1991), Chain of Desire (1992), A Stranger Among Us (1992), Queens Logic (1991), Single White Female (1992), Light Sleeper (1992), Staying Alive (1983), The Pickup Artist (1988), Vampire's Kiss (1988), Plutonium Baby (1987), Call Me (1988), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Running on Empty (1988), Crossover Dreams (1985), Robot Holocaust (1986), Family business (1989), Special Effects (1984), Perfect Strangers (1984), Cobat Shock (1986), the Oracle (1986), Necropolis (1987), Prime Evil (1987), Tenement (1985), Lurkers (1986), The Undertaker (1988), Black Rain (1989), Legal Eagles (1986), Forever Lulu (1987), Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Call me (1988), Rooftops (1989), Beyond Therapy (1987), Sea of Love (1989), Slime City (1988), Splatter University (1984), Last Rites (1988), True Believer (1989), Someone to Watch over me (1986), Eat a bowl of tea (1989), Slaves of New York (1989), Roseland (1978), True Blood (1989), Body Rock (1984), Lonely Guy (1984), Unfaithfully yours (1984), True Love (1989), Sidewalk Stories (1990), Romantic Comedy (1983), Trilogy (1969), Old Enough (1984) World according to Garp (1982), Crocodile Dundee (1986), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Fast Forward (1985), Wild Style (1983), Mutant hunt (1986), A Rage in HArlem (1991), Stuck on You (1982), the plot against Harry (1971)

Whispers in the Dark (1992) - This cost $30 million. A "too classy to be a horror" "erotic thriller" with Alan Alda as a murderous nutter? 

Freelance (1971) - Nice, sleazy turn from Peter Gilmore.

L'Amour de Braque (1985) Gallic nonsense.

Victor/Victoria (1982) - Nice to see Michael Robbins. 

Night of the Living Dead (1990) -

Monday 8 March 2021


 100 Days (1991)  - Bollywood giallo.

Stone in the Mouth (1983) - Bland thriller with Harvey Keitel.

Walking the Edge (1984)-  Half-arsed vigilante movie with Robert Forster and Nancy Kwan 

Hard Target (1993)- Serviceable but entertaining actioner, but never reaches the madness it quite needs.

Scrubbers (1983) - It's like a Magdalene home but they watch the Long Good Friday on VHS. Features as the borstal staff lesbian icons Pam St. Clement and Miriam Margolyes, plus Dana Gillespie and Pauline Melville. 

Fantasma D'Amore (1981)- Michael Kroecher is a delightfully weird presence. 

Revenge of the Radioactive Reporter (1990)- Dipshit Toxic Avenger, then Dipshit Darkman.

 Laser Mission (1989) - Brandon Lee tries to be a Bond-type. He looks a bit Duncan Jax here.

Girl with a Pistol (1968) - London-set swinging Italian comedy.

The Loves and Times of Scaramouche (1976) - The Italian Royal Flash?

Les Ordres (1974) - Cold, clinical Canadian drama.

Leonard Part 6 (1987) - Err, it's as bad as I feared. Joe Don Baker is wasted. Poor Tom Courtenay, especially as he'd stopped acting in films for a decade before the Dresser relaunched him, and then he decides to do this?!? 

Train D'Enfer (1966) - Rote Eurospy with Jean Marais.

Il Sorpasso (1962) - Amiable routine Italian comedy.

The Cossacks (1961) - Rote Italian would-be epic.

Wake Up and Die (1966) - A proto-Eurocrimer.

I Deal in Danger (1966) - TVseries Blue Light with Bob Goulet transferred to the big screen.

Crooks in Cloisters (1963) - Amiable all-star Britcom.

Isabel (1968)

Slap af Frede (1966)- Danish spy "Comedy".

Duel of Champions (1961) - Alan Ladd looks sick here.

Buddha (1961)  - Lots of Japanese-looking "Indians" in this sumptuous but hard to follow epic.

Lion Man (1976)

2 Colonels (1960) - Toto and Walter Pidgeon, together at last.

THe Phantom of the Ritz (1989) - Snooze.

See also Torment (1986) - despite a neat idea with a final girl. 

Innocent Prey (1984) - Bland Aussie slasher. Ironically if they'd actually shot the Texas stuff in Australia, it'd have been more fun.

The Corpse Eaters (1974)- Homemade Canadian gore.

Miami Blues (1991) - Amiable, faux-Coen Brothers lark. 

The Purple Ball (1987)

Wolshead - the Legend of Robin Hood (1969) - Dismal pilot for an Arthur of the Britons-type series.

The Last of the Knucklemen (1978) - An excellent collection of Aussie character actors. 

Byleth (1972) - Ropey Italian horror. 

Bad Charleston Charlie (1972) - Ropey gangster comedy.

The Horse (1970) - Typical Gabin.

Dracula's Daughter (1972) - Typical Jess Franco smut. 

Bad Charleston Charlie (1972) - Ropey gangster schlock. 

Cut Throats Nine (1972) - Bleak, tough but authentic feeling Spanish western.

The Intruder (1975) - A typical Florida tax shelter film that was never made to be released.

Tales from the Hood (1995) - Better than Boyz N THe Hood (1991), simply because of Clarence Williams III. 

She Came to the Valley (1979) - Peculiar, weirdly 50s type western. 

Satanico Pandemonium (1975)

Hard Knocks (1980) - Dreary delinquency from Australia. 

Revenge (1986) - 80s Oklahoma slasher shite. How did they get Pat Wayne into this?

Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981) - Amanda Plummer and Diane Lane plus Burt Lancaster in an anachronistic-feeling western. 

The American Scream (1989) - Not the fun the video cover promotes, but a hideously ropey snow-slasher/sex comedy. 

Long Island Cannibal Massacre (1980) - It's a Ronseal kind of film. 

Akenfield (1974) - Didn't realise Peter Hall's epic of rural English life was contemporary set.

An American Hippie in Israel (1972) 

Eliza Fraser (1976)

Mutant (1984)

Lone Wolf (1988) - Werewolf versus, wait, they're teenagers?

Interface (1985) - Low budget, charmless Texan cyberpunk.

In the Shadow of the Blue Rascal (1986)

Boomerang (1976) - Routine Delon vehicle.

The Legend of Blood Castle (1975)

The Cop (1970) - Routine Eurocrime.

Watch Me When I Kill (1977) - Generic giallo.

Mamba (1988) - Rote snake horror with Mrs. Sting. 

Stone (1974) - Routine biker adventure, but being Austalian, that adds a lot.

Hell River (1974) - Half-baked but somewhat charming war film with Rod Taylor again doing his quarter-arsed American accent (still sounds Aussie, mind) and Adam West with bleached hair as a Nazi. 

Windwalker (1980)

Mad Mutilator (1985) - Amateurish French slasher.

Moon in Scorpio (1987) - Dreary middle-aged yacht slasher with Britt Ekland.

DEadline (1984)

Freakshow (1989)

Edge of the Axe (1989) - No sign that this is by Jose Larraz, but hey ho, it is.

Cardiac Arrest (1980)

Centrespread (1982)  - Typical Australian grot.

See also Hoodwink (1981) and Heatwave (1982), Man of Flowers (1983), The True Story of Eskimo Nell (1976),  Felicity (1978), Running from the Guns (1987), Kadaicha (1988)

Alley Cat (1984) - Rote vigilante pic.

Evils of the Night (1985) - Neville Brand looks like a nan.

48 hrs (1982) - Sure I had logged this, but no. It's just a fine cop buddy movie.

See also Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Oddballs (1984) - Is this supposed to be a kids' film?

Witness (1985) - Can't believe this was not shot in Canada.

Jason Lives - Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)   - Huh.

Future Kill (1985) - Miserable punk SF

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) - Supergirl and Lisa Simpson (in Southern "Mumma's watchin' her stories" mode) versus Man in a Suitcase. 

Teen Wolf (1985) - What a load of shite.

The Nest (1988) - Routine bug movie.

Demonwarp (1988) - Rural alien horror with George Kennedy.

The Wraith (1986) - The Car with a cyberpunk sheen.

Steel Dawn (1987) - Mad Pat in Sarth Ifrika. 

Reform School Girls (1986) - Pat Ast an underused presence.

Faceless (1987) - This might be my favourite Jess Franco. That cast...

The Housekeeper (1986)- Dreary Canadian psychodrama Ruth Rundell Mystery with Rita Tushingham. Begins in London, though the snowy Canadian industrial locale has a  more Northern look to it. 

Stand Alone (1985)/The Annihilators (1985) - Ropey New World actioners, but at least Stand Alone has Charles Durning giving it his all and Bert Remsen looking like Len Fairclough.

City Heat (1984) - Burt and Clint (and Richard Roundtree briefly) in one of those "Bugsy Malone with adults" films. 

The Red Headed corpse (1971) - Rote giallo.

Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (1989) - Aussie kids TV esque Canadian coproduction.

See also George's Island (1989)

Bedroom Eyes (1984)  Twink's pal Dick does sexy stuff.

Thunder Run (1986)/Rolling Vengeance (1987) - Routine truck stuff.

Kill Me Again (1989) - Routine Val Kilmer.

Pouvoir Intime (1986) - Fair Canuck thriller.

Nightmare  on Elm Street III - Dream Warriors (1987) - Nan Martin should have done more horror stuff, as a Sheila Keith-like presence. 

Heathers (1989) - the sheer late 80s-ness of it is a problem for this Millennial. Not the other stuff, which is fine. It's just 1989 was a time when things looked tacky. 

The Unnamable (1989) - Routine late 80s horror with plenty of FX, gloss but little actual meat and dull performances.

Killer Party (1986) - Feels like a Goosebumps, but then you realise William Fruet worked on that.

Dead Ringers (1988) - Excellent performance from the man in the pink castle. 

Out of the Dark (1988) - Divine emanating drag king vibes as a hard boiled PI is the one highlight. 

Creepshow 2 (1986) - Holt McCallany's big Irish head  dressed up as a Native American - like a member of the Indian Showband...

Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) - The Princess Bride Italian style. 

Bodycount (1986) - The Italains gamely do an American slasher, but there's no style or excitement.

Spookies (1986) - Is this supposed to be a kids' film?

Let Sleeping Cops Lie (1988) - Routine Delon vehicle.

Pumpkinhead (1988)- Typical mid-range 3-star US horror.

One Crazy Summer (1986)  Too obnoxiously zany

River's Edge (1986) - Dreary 80s indie music in film.

Twentieth Century (2019) - I like the visuals, but this latest film from the Winnipeg Film Group never really comes together. Nice to see once ubiquitous Canadian funnyman Sean Cullen again. 

Wednesday 3 March 2021


 A Shot at Glory (2000), A Special Day (1977), Communion (1989), Mutant on the Bounty (1989), Mission to Venice (1964), The Strangeness (1985),  Omicron (1963), Robot Jox (1990), Star Crystal (1986), La Ciel sur la lete (1965), You are a Widow, Sir (1971), Silver Dust (1953), Deep River Savages (1972), Prison (1988), Hector the Mighty (1971), REvenge of Ivanhoe (1965), Our Man in Jamaica (1965), Twister's Revenge (1987), The Naked Witch (1964), Jerry Cotton - Dynamite in Green Silk (1968), Alerta - Alta Tension (1967), Candidate for  a Killing (1969), Supercolpo da 7 miliardi (1967), Wonderful Land of Oz (1970), Puss 'n' Boots (1971), Queen of the Seas (1961), Blood Sword of the 99th Virgin (1959), the Man from Orgy (1970), A Life at Stake (1956), Formula for Murder (1985), Secret of the Sphinx (1964), the Doll (1962), Charlie Chan's Secret (1936), the Trap (1946), the Golden Eye (1948) and Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1936), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) and Charlie Chan at the Racetrack (1936) Bloodtracks (1985), Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959), Memphis Belle (1990), Sexy Susan Sins Again (1968), Four Crazy Draftees in the Army (1974), Santo vs Blue Demon in Atlantis (1969), This, that and the other (1970), A pair of Briefs (1962), Wetbacks (1956), Sandra (1965), Robin Hood and the Pirates (1960), Secret Agent 777 (1965), Cool It Carol (1970). No my Darling Daughter (1962), Father Dear Father (1973), My Crazy Head (1971), A man to Kill (1967), Kill Agent Gordon (1966)/Superseven Calling Cairo (1965)/Operation Poker (1965), Man on the Spying Trapeze (1966), CarrĂ© de dames pour un as (1966), Black Box Affair (1966), Circle of Intrigue (1956), A Man to be Killed (1967), L'Honorable Stanislas  (1963), Cinq Gars pour Singapour (1967), Der Fluch des schwarzen Rubin (1965), Super Spook (1975), Blood on the Stars (197?), Sunny (1941), Starcrash II (1981), the Wild Ride (1960), Deadwood '76 (1965), Munchies (1987), Gunmen (1994), Man is not A Bird (1965), The Happy Family (1952), Battle of El Alamein (1969), Soul Hustler (1973), Bloody Moon (1981), Virgin Witch (1972), Young Man with a Horn (1950), High and Low (1963), Woman in the Dunes (1966), Lady in Danger (1934), Top of the Food Chain (1999), Runaway Nightmare (1982), the Tin Girl (1970), Naked Evil (1966), Murder without crime (1950),  Brief Ecstasy (1937), I Complessi (1965), Double Cross (1941)

Cross Country (1983) - Bland Canuck thriller.

Mongrel (1982) - Aldo Ray, Miller lite and a killer dog...

Doorman (1986) - Forgettable if well-made semi-slasher with Bradley Whitford.

Dead Bang (1989)

Midnight (1989) - Lynn Redgrave as Elvira versus Tony Curtis. Like The Mummy Lives, not a comedy.

The Private War of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968) - Rotuine Bob Hope comedy. 

Kilink in Istanbul (1967) - Bond and Dracula soundtracks appear in this luantic Turkish item. 

Sudden Death (1985) - Routine female rape/revenge. 

Strike Commando 2 (1989) - The fact that Richard Harris in this horrid ninja/Raiders/Rambo knockoff is so staggering that I thought at points it were  a lookalike, but then he opened his mouth, and when a strange culchie/Yank twang came out in that unmistakeable voice, no, it is him. 

Passport to Shame (1959) - Rote Brit noir with Diana Dors and Eddie Constantine.

Mad at the World (1955)  - Surprisingly rote JD-er 

The Frightened Lady (1940) - Rote Edgar Wallace.

The Edge of the World (1937) - A very Scottish picture.

MIdnight Limited (1940) - Rote Monogrammer. 

The World Ten Times Over (1963) - Decent turns by Sylvia Syms and Billy Hartnell. 

Living Legend (1980) - Earl Owensby plays the legendary king of rock and roll, Eli.

That's right, Eli.

This not-Elvis however sings with the voice of actual Roy Orbison (whose career was in the gutter -hence his appearances in the Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club).

The songs are ear-scrapingly terrible, despite that voice.

Owensby has no charisma or presence, and you don't buy that he is this huge rock star. Dean Stockwell was a better lipsyncer to Orbison. Plus Orbison's voice is so inimitable that it just doesn't fit Owensby's lips. You may as well have just cast Orbison.

Tuesday 5 January 2021



The Color of Pomegranates (1968), Blood Massacre (1991), Spirit of the Raped (1976), The Final War (1961), The President (1961), The Old Guard (1960), Tarzana (1969),  Les Grandes Families (1958), The Losers (1970), Bruce Lee and I (1975), Martin Luther (1954), The Power (1984), Guess What Happened to Count Dracula (1971), Modern Girls (1986), The No Mercy Man (1973), Black Fist (1974), Bloody Friday (1974), Robinson Crusoe (1970), Don't Mess with my Sister (1988), Alien Space Avenger (1989),Uranium Boom (1956), Satan's Harvest (1970), It Can be Done, Amigo (1972), The Red Chinese parable Breakng with Old Ideas (1977), Toto, Peppino and the Fanatics (1960), W (1974), Underground (1970), Route 666 (2001), Maniacts (2001), Pact with the Devil (2004), Long Time Dead (2002), Falcon and the Snowman (1985), Arachnophobia (1991), Orloff against the Invisible Man (1971), Night of the Sharks (1987), Ginger in the Morning (1973), Gulliver's Travels (1939), the Son of Hercules aGainst the Mole Men (1964 - with Raffaella Carra!), the Limping Man (1953), Criminal Affair (1968), Lonely Wives (1931), Invisible avenger (1958), Wild Women of Wongo (1958), Inspector Hornleigh (1939), Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939), Inspector Hornleigh goes to it (1941), Trapped (1949), From Hell to Borneo (1967), the Boxer (1972), Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1953),  Chained for Life (1952), Tokyo Story (1953), The Virgin Goddess (1974), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931), Dear Murderer (1947), Elves (1989), Boy God (1982), Saint and the Dance of death (1960), Private Buckaroo (1942), Eldorado (1966), the King and I (1956), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), Entrapment (1999), How to Make A Doll (1968), Evel Knievel (1971), The Only Thing You Know (1971), Secret Nation (1992), the Handyman (1980), lex Beaux Dimanches (1974), the Confession (1964), Little Cigars (1973), Slumber Party 57 (1976), Angel's Brigade (1979), Racquet (1979), I Sailed to Tahiti with an All- Girl Crew (1968), Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974), Up in the Cellar (1970), Naughty Stewardesses (1975), Moving Violations (1985), Grand Seduction (2013), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Five Minutes to Love (1963), the Chinese Bungalow (1940), Further up the Creek (1958), Rabid Grannies (1959), Candles at Nine (1944), Case of Charles Peace (1948), the Blue Man (1985), Nobody's Perfekt (1981), Lemonade Joe (1964), the Siege of Sidney Street (1960), Bombay Talkie (1970), French Quarter (1978), Ride the Hot Wind (1971), the Sheriff's Strange Son (1982), Assault on Agathon (1976), Dr. Satan (1966), Rocambole contras las mujeres arpias (1966), Frauds (1993), Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962), the Tanks are Coming  (1951), Carry on, Admiral (1957), Wild Riders (1971), Dial Help (1988), the Lamp (1987), Silent Madness (1984), Fatal Games (1984), A Slight Case of Larceny (1953), Flat Top (1952), Dark Journey (1937), the High Bright Sun (1964), They who Dare (1954), Esther Waters (1948), Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), Shogun's Ninja (1980), the Naked Zoo (1970), the Hooked generation (1968), Psychedelic Priest (1971), The Woman Between (1931), the Man from Yesterday (1932), along Came Love (1932), Delightfully Dangerous (1945), the Quiet Duel (1949), The Inheritance (1977), Lemmy pour les dames (1962), Le Distrait (1970), A Different Story (1978), All my Good Companions (1969),  and two by Chabrol - just Before Nightfall (1969), and the horrid The Breach (1970), Lola (1981), Veronika Voss (1981), Santa's Christmas Elf named Calvin (1971), Santa's Christmas Circus (1966), the Magic Christmas Tree (1964), International Crime (1938), Affair of Cappy Ricks (1937), Wallaby Jim of the Islands (1937) , the Dirt Gang (1972), Appointment with Fear (1985), Shame (1968), Sannikov's Land (1973), Commandos (1968), Fury of the Wolfman (1971), Author, Author (1982), Satan War (1980), 84c mopic (1989), The Beloved (1971), Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957), Robot vs Aztec Mummy (1958)