The Incident (1967) NY Subway Terror Hits Like A Switchblade Knife

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My gosh! This one hits harder than a sucker punch from super steroid filled boxer, Ivan Drago. I wasn’t expecting it! Damn man that was an intense ride! What a film! Absolutely terrifying!

Tagline – As Shocking As Anything Let Loose On The Screen!

Drunk hooligans, Joe Ferrone (Tony Musante) and Artie Connors (Martin Sheen) are two aggressive, psychotic thugs. After being turfed out of a pool hall they crawl the streets looking for more booze. With no liquor stores open, they become bored and dangerous. On the hunt for kicks, money, booze and girls. Anyone unlucky enough to come in their radar is in for a rough time.

Artie Connors – “Don’t get offended baby…. I just dig your jugs, that’s all!”

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During this time we get to see a diverse group of New Yorkers setting off for the late night elevated train through the city on towards its destination of Grand Central Station. An elderly Jewish couple (Jack Gilford and Thelma Ritter), two young soldiers on leave (Beau Bridges & Robert Bannard). Mousey school teacher (Mike Kellin) and his hen pecking wife (Jan Sterling). There’s a pushy big talking young man and his “girlfriend”. An angry frustrated black man (Brock Peters) and his poor wife (Ruby Dee). There’s a drunken bum, an alcoholic (Gary Merrill) and a young homosexual man (Robert Fields). Also a couple with their young daughter in tow.

This melting pot of characters all have a fateful destiny with Joe Ferrone and Artie Connors.

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Tagline – A Bold, Gritty, Terrifying Story Of Inner-City Terror

The filming techniques, editing and being black and white give this film real urgent gritty power. From the camera swigging around the posts of the train, to up close and personal shots, to dropping down low for unique angles.

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The clever device, which is used brilliantly in this film, is who will be the tough guy or girl? Who will stand up against this hostage situation. Is it even the right thing to do? Do you just sit there and hope they move onto the next victim? Or do you take one for the team, so to say? What would you do in this very realistic setting?  Fight, flight or freeze?

Tune into the frenzied, claustrophobic thriller to find out what happens.

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A Few Things I’ve Learnt

  • Director Larry Peerce sounds like he used guerrilla tactics to get his film. After not receiving a permit to film on The NYC Transit Authority’s property they resorted to filming subway scenes with concealing cameras inside bags.
  • Somehow I’d managed to miss Tony Musante over the years, well apart from being in the superb The Last Run with George C Scott. Anyone seen the New Jersey detective series called Toma starring Tony? Sounds great.

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  • This was the debut film appearance of Martin Sheen after breaking away from TV shows.
  • Joe Ferrone looks like a deranged Guy Martin (British Isle of Man TT motorcycle racer), with those unique giant face hugging sideburns, a real spitting image.
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Joe Ferrone look alike Guy Martin? 
  • This film had originally been made as a TV movie back in 1963 called Ride With Terror  and gave Tony Musante a dry-run for his part as Joe Ferrone. I believe he was the only original cast member to carry over to the film. Guessing he gave it another full on passionate performance. Would love to see this earlier version to compare. Anyone seen it?

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Aggressive, brutal realism is on constant rewind here, non-stop menacing panic keeps you squatting right at the edge of your seat. You are there, in the firing range with them, stuck in the carriage of hell and it’s fooking terrifying!

There’s a moral to the story in there, just you gotta work out for yourself if it’s right or wrong. Go check it if you haven’t seen it and let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by the wolf den.

PS at time of writing this crazy film is up on youtube to stream.

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Brainstorm (1983) The Christopher Walken Virtual Reality Mind Experience

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Spanish poster for Brainstorm

Rented this on VHS cassette tape in my teens, though I didn’t realise until many years later this was the second and last movie to be directed by legendary special effects guru, Douglas Trumbull. His first, and always to be a favourite sci-fi movie for me, was the eco warrior Bruce Dern film, Silent Running. A film with a message to mankind and of course those three very cute robots called Huey, Dewey and Louie.

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Douglas Trumbull has been influencing, creating and entertaining us for years, his visual flare is embedded in the souls of so many science fiction movies. All classics, all favourites and all films I could put on at any time of day and be transfixed to the screen.

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Douglas Trumbull Tyrell Pyramid Blade Runner 

He worked his magic on the special photographic effects of Blade Runner, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Andromeda Strain and the big one, 2001: A Space Odyssey. With all those beloved films having the Trumbull touch, it was about time I revisited Brainstorm to see if I could remember anything and to discover how it holds up after all these years.

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Well I can safely say it holds up very well and to be honest I couldn’t recall much which made it more exciting. Obviously it the weakest out of his works but it’s really good fun. Interesting concept pushed along by fine performances in the pursuit of discovery. Great ideas are thrown around and what with us all trying Imax cinema experiences at some point and the constant ambition and longing for virtual reality, this film hits on a fair few key notes. Yeah of course it loses the plot and takes a curve ball turn but it’s so worth it for the psychedelic Trumbull endgame effects bonazza.

Tagline – Imagine a machine that records feelings, emotions and even your hopes and dreams. And to think you can transfer these experiences from one mind to another.

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Scientific researchers Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) and his chain smoking, no nonsense partner Dr Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) are working on an experimental technology. Developing a prototype system that records real time experiences of of someone’s vision and feelings, with the ability to play them back through a virtual reality headset. Beaming the actual real-life experiences and emotional perception right into the viewers mind. Capturing the point of view sensations of the memory within the recording device and releasing the adventures straight in the brain noodle of the player.

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Burroughs Wellcome Pharmaceutical Corporation HQ Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

With no lack of thrilling experiences to record they set to work improving the system and experimenting. And what with the CEO of the company Alex Terson (Cliff Robertson) wanting something to “really knock my socks off” they set to work recording everything from roller coaster rides, water slides, surfing, random monkey, horse riding, race cars…… Sex! What really could go wrong?

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Tagline – The door to the mind is open!

It’s not long before the military potential of the technology is realised and a fight ensues to keep it out of their hands. Louise Fletcher is superb as the feisty scientist who really doesn’t take any shit, Walken is actually pretty sane for most of the film! Also in the cast is Natalie Wood (unfortunately in her last film) she plays Walken’s estranged wife Karen Brace.

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A few random things….

  • Douglas Trumbull’s Dad Donald was a special effects guy too and I read he worked on The Wizard Of Oz and was also involved with Star Wars A New Hope and personal fun favourite Lifeforce.
  • It was sad to hear that Natalie Wood died under somewhat suspicious circumstances right near the end of filming. She drown after falling off her boat. Douglas Trumbull was so upset he decided to pack in directing films.
  • Douglas Trumbull is involved with a strange and wonderful entitled film in production at the moment, The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot. It definitely has my intrigue, whether it’s a film or a TV series I don’t know but I look forward to investigating when it’s released.

Brainstorm (1983) boss Alex Terson (Cliff Robertson)

This is a quirky fun film filled with great performances, crazy ideas and best of all, all the 80’s technologies and visuals on show. Well worth hunting down for a watch if you haven’t seen it. Let me know if you rented this delve into virtual reality on VHS back in the day, or you get to see it soon.

Have fun at the movies…. Mikey Wolf

Ps at time of writing Brainstorm is available to stream on Youtube

The Prowler (1951) Voyeuristic Creepy Sexual Tension Noir Drama

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The Prowler has been sat, patiently waiting for me to get on with it. Nearly started it a few times but knew I was really going to enjoy this one, so I was happy to wait till it was the perfect time. Knowing it was directed by Joseph Losey, who hits more times than not and being even more psyched by the two stars, Evelyn Keyes and Van Heflin. Continue reading “The Prowler (1951) Voyeuristic Creepy Sexual Tension Noir Drama”

Never Let Go (1960) Deranged Peter Sellers Vs Dam Busting Lip Stick Pedder

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Yep that’s right, Peter Sellers as a deranged car salesman. I have to say I never knew he played such a villainous character as he does in Never Let Go. He plays Lionel Meadows, a sinister, pencil thin mustachioed, wildly smiling and vicious, dodgy car showroom wheeler and dealer. An aggressive, tough gangster who runs his business like a machine, ticking all the boxes to ensure everything goes smoothly and he stays, king of his empire.

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Jigsaw (1962) Brighton Based Murder Mystery Puzzler

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The city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England brings us this thrilling, twisting and turning tale of terror to our screens. A murder mystery which we get to watch from start to finish, daring us to workout who the devious culprit could possibly be. It maybe a slow burn story, leaving no stone unturned as we follow our two main detectives as they try to solve this brutal murder case. But following the clues like a jigsaw puzzle, watching these two experienced investigators slot each piece into place is brilliant to watch. Unfortunately the pieces of this particular jigsaw puzzle might not just fit together! Continue reading “Jigsaw (1962) Brighton Based Murder Mystery Puzzler”

The Browning Version (1951) The Moment The Human Soul Is Split In Two!

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If you ever wondered what the breaking of a human soul looked like on film? then this is the perfect place to view such a devastating blow.

That moment when a scaving remark is delivered with such utter venom, resulting in a visual much similar to the work of scientists splitting the atom on the Manhattan Project. To go from a warm, emotional, heartbreaking scene with a sweet moment of clarity to an instant smash down with a demolition sized ball of destruction. It truly knocked me right of my feet. Continue reading “The Browning Version (1951) The Moment The Human Soul Is Split In Two!”

Ministry of Fear (1944) Nazis, Bombs & Spies, Fortune Tellers & Cake!

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Having sat in his room staring at the swinging pendulum of his ticking clock for two years straight, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) has had time contemplating life and reflecting what the future will hold for him. After being on his own for those years, Stephen fancies the hustle and bustle of London, to be surrounded by people again. He’s probably picked a bad time to visit London, the city is being pounded by the Germans during The Blitz but he’s determined. With a spring in his step he takes off to the local train station. As he leaves his building of residence, the camera pans to show the engraved sign on the wall, Lembridge Asylum! Continue reading “Ministry of Fear (1944) Nazis, Bombs & Spies, Fortune Tellers & Cake!”

Pathfinder (1987) Shivering Snowy Scandinavian Survival Fable

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In this Norwegian, freeze your goolies off, action adventure film from director and writer Nils Gaup, we get to witness a survival tale set in the bleak frozen lands and fjords of Northern Norway, some time around 1000 AD. Pathfinder is a tale about the Sami people, a traditional reindeer herding community living in the harsh regions of the north. A peaceful people, keeping in small family groups, utilising the resources of furs, hunting and coastal fishing. With the help of their Pathfinder, a spiritual shaman, they plan their days to a beat of a small drum and mystical symbols. Continue reading “Pathfinder (1987) Shivering Snowy Scandinavian Survival Fable”

Bad Boys (1983) America’s Own British Borstal Prison Drama “Scum”

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As teenage boys, these gritty prison dramas and brutal tales of youths fighting the system and getting banged up were all the rage in our VHS rental days! The grand daddy of these was the notorious savage borstal prison TV play and later, film Scum which starred Ray Winstone.  A few other titles around the time were Made In Britain, McVicar and even the girls had a go in Scrubbers. Yeah we really were way too young to watch these films but I guess in a strange way that rather than make us into raging psychotic hoodlums, I think they put a terrifying fear into you that there’s no way you going to end up in the clink. Continue reading “Bad Boys (1983) America’s Own British Borstal Prison Drama “Scum””