Banged up brute Harry Lomart (Oliver Reed) is in for a long stretch this time, possibly 15 years. Well he has murdered someone but at least his wife will wait for him till he gets out. He keeps fit by working out hard in his prison cell, like a caged gorilla doing pull ups from the pipework on the ceiling. Keep active, keep strong and the years will flyby, then he can be back in the arms of his lady. Yeah he can deal with the shakedowns and crappy food, he’s as strong as an ox. Continue reading
Randomly watched another Alistair Maclean novel getting the movie business after watching The Satan Bug the day before. Not realising until doing this post they were penned by the same author. When Eight Bells Toll had high hopes, with the studio and producers excitedly thinking they had a new secret agent franchises on their hands. The chance of a new James Bond style character to entertain those hungry for more stories of espionage and British secret agents taking on the megalomaniacs. Unfortunately it didn’t go to plan, though we do get one very well written , exciting thriller to watch and I have to say it’s most excellent fun. Continue reading
Head of security Agent Reagan (John Anderson) knows something ain’t just right, he can feel it in his bones. He’s suspicious by nature, the perfect man for the job. Giving everyone who enters the compound the lazy eye, like a wise old Eaglehawk searching down his prey. He can almost sense there’s been a security breach, then again it could be he’s imagining things….. Continue reading
I sat anxiously awaiting the phone call from my good friend David Vincent,….. it never came! Pacing the room, back and forth, I kept looking at the phone on the table, willing it to ring. What could have happened to him? Said he would call around noon to organise a rendezvous point. To meet for lunch, where he would inform me of the incoming invasion, an invasion from beings from another planet……. The Invaders!
Intro – Alien beings from another planet, their destination… The Earth! Their purpose? To make it their world!
Depressed and broken ex boxer Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) can’t help reminiscing back to his heyday as a prize fighter and unfortunately to that fateful day when he took a beating on the ropes. The day he damaged his eye, bringing with it the end of his boxing career. He sits there with great sadness, in his apartment, watching a rerun of the fight. Things aren’t helped for our poor Ernie as his wife Pauline (Peggie Castle) loves nothing more that belittling him, reminding him what a loser he is and how he has ruined their future.
Tagline – Rips into you like a double-crossing Dame!
There’s no way I can talk about the film Cremator without spoilers, so please make haste if you don’t wish to know. This is more of a, what the fuck was that all about post! First up, how this gets labeled as a comedy, along with crime and drama, I have no idea. There are definitely extreme dark comedy moments but the by and large of it is utmost bleak and depressing. Continue reading
Hey! That black boxer with his shining bald head on the screen looks familiar? Without that big cuddly frame and his glasses he’s almost unrecognisable as he bounds up and down firing off punches as fast as his mouth. When the words come out you instantly recall that voice, that unmistakable voice, those deep tones of the dark side, that ultimate bad guy, Darth Vader. You’ll also gonna know those vocal sounds from the likes of Disney’s father of the pride, Mufasa, from The Lion King. And who could forget Eddie Murphy’s Dad, King Jaffe Joffer in Coming To America. He’s the guy thats so iconic that it can only be one guy, that super legend, Mr James Earl Jones. Continue reading
I discovered this tense, well crafted thriller after being impressed by the performance of Neville Brand in director Don Siegel’s brilliant titled and extremely taut prison drama Riot In Cell Block 11. He played the lead character, James Dunn who rebels against the prison system, demanding better living conditions for the inmates. Flicking through his filmography I noted the intriguing Kansas City Confidential directed by Phil Karlson. Neville might not be the lead in this film but he does get to play one of three great quirky bad guys.
Tagline – The Picture That Hits With BULLET FORCE And BLACKJACK FURY!
Here’s a 50 minute mix of mine featuring a barrage of 70’s chase themes from funky as hell soundtracks. Music and trailers from a selection of blaxploitation and seventies action films that hit with a Truck Turner sized funk fist, full force, straight in the kisser. Continue reading
Which way will Robert Ryan go this time? Will he be his classic bad guy, or maybe he’ll sneak in one of his good guy roles? Then again he could be a man on a redemption path we are taken down? It part of the fun with his films, wondering which way he will go. I did a little post on which journey will Mr Robert Ryan take us on the film Crossfire, if you fancied having a look.
Inferno features the man Robert showing us his cub scout skills whilst dragging his leg, moaning, groaning and talking to himself. The tagline below might be a tad over selling it but it sure is a great fun movie. Continue reading