I love the way Oliver Reed can go from the pure brute force anger filled badboy roles to lighthearted comedic sweet roles, Hannibal Brooks is by far the latter. Ollie plays reluctant soldier, Stephen ‘Hannibal’ Brooks, a captured prisoner of war, imprisoned at the Stalag VII-A camp near Munich. Brooks gets the chance to help out at the local zoo, feeding and shuffling poo, giant poo at that. The bringer of said big poo is Lucy the Elephant (Aida). Brooks is shocked by the sight of Lucy but it’s not long before the two become great friends. Lucy quickly warms to Brook’s sweet, calming nature and obeys every word he says. It’s not long before these two friends will be spending a lot of quality time together.
I believe it was sometime during the winter of 1980 that I received a call from director John Landis. It had been snowing but hadn’t settled, I sat on the sofa contemplating life. To be honest it had got a bit boring since running Bubba Zanetti and his Hellhounds out of town. It was a fierce battle, a fun battle but now the bad guys were quiet for now and I needed a distraction.
Been slowly introducing the classics to my two children and what better excuse is there than Father’s Day. Nothing beats family time, to me, than watching a movie I so loved as a teenager and hopefully passing on it’s “greatness” to another generation. Predator, Total Recall, Rambo, Aliens have all been unleashed on them but this time it’s John Carpenter’s The Thing and quite frankly this one is a freak show. Continue reading “The Thing (1982) Fathers Day AKA Freak The Kids Out Day”→
The adventures of Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) a Chicago newspaper reporter who investigates the strange, supernatural goings on in the dark of the night. One things for sure, if Kolchak’s in town then weird and mysterious things are not far away. Continue reading “Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1972)”→
Now I’ve known Larry for many years and even though he’s at least 2 generations my senior, the old boy can still party. Well last night we really went to town knocking back the whiskey and beers, spinnin records and chatting about life way into the late hour. Just as dawn was beginning to appear, Larry started slurring his words and on cue, the ramblings about the whole Creature From The Black Lagoon debacle had to be endured again. I smile, sit back and let him get it off his chest again, really how could I resist that gormless face? Continue reading “Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)”→
I had a nice surprise visit from my old friend Yohan the other day. Just popped on by for a catch up before heading off to one of the stars in the constellation of Orion. He’s a lovely guy but total germaphobe. Refuses point blank to take his spacesuit off. Luckily he has a small hole to sip cocktails through a straw but our conversation is awkward, just muffled sounds and consists mainly of smiles and thumbs up. Now I was just about to watch the classic 50’s science fiction film The Thing From Another World and he squeezed in next to me mumbling something along the lines of “those pesky carrot monsters are the bane of the galaxy”. Continue reading “The Thing from Another World (1951)”→
High concepts and low budgets. The King Of Kings, Lord of Lords of the B-Movie empire. From producing over 200 odd films and directing something like 50 movies Roger Corman is a God to independent film making. He is also credited to have given a helping hand to few novice “directors” in their early days. Four big ones at that, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Francis Ford Coppola all learnt their craft in the deep end on Roger Corman projects. Continue reading “Roger Corman Interview With Marc Maron”→
I had my two friends Steve and Pam join me for this viewing of the radiated atomic ant creature feature Them from 1954. Lovely couple but Pam is an outrageous flirt and Steve spent the whole time moaning that the plot was too close to the real events that happened to his mining colony on the Moon of Callisto. Where after using nukes to clear the tunnels for the easier movement of the iron ore they failed to see that tiny creatures, much like termites, lived in the rock. Few months later the blasted things were the size of cars and chomping their way through the miners. Steve managed to get out ok due to the fact his lizard skin isn’t at all tasty. Oh how we all laughed at that whilst I topped up his glass and offered him one of my Montecristo Cigars.
Tagline – A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!
Quick rundown of plot goes as follows. Nuclear testing out in New Mexico has resulted in these insane gigantic mutant ants being created. Ant’s being ants just want to get on with their lives building colonies and attacking anything that gets in there way. Using the sewers and tunnel systems of Los Angeles they make their way to the city looking to make a nest and chomping through some people along the way. Can our heroes help save the day? Tune in to find out.
It’s magnificent fun, has a good message and has big mo-fo giant ants, what more do you want? The effects are top notch for the time too. This is sci-fi horror gold.
“When Man entered the Atomic Age, he opened the door to a new world. What we may eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict”.
Adapted from a story by George Worthing Yates and Directed by Gordon Douglas. Where this film could’ve easily have gone into top ten B-Movie lists of all time. In reality it’s much better than that and took a heap of money and is still fondly remember and beloved by science fiction and horrors fans from around the world.
Also gets billed as being one of the first films to use the “Nuclear Tests” makes “Gigantic Mutant” formula and what with Godzilla coming out in the same year I don’t know who got in there first? Do you know? Let me know please. I read The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was in 1953 which would beat them both. Not seen that, it’s going on my watch list now. Rubs my hairy palms together….