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””
The Spook Who Sat by the Door is a novel by writer, poet Sam Greenlee which was published in 1969 causing quite the stir with it’s controversial political message. A satire on revolutionary reaction to civil rights in America during the sixties. A race motivated story with a direct response against the white oppression lived by African Americans in the United States. To shake things up, giving power to the people through the means of freedom fighters to push their important message across.
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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 “Cremator (1969) – Crazy Cremating Czechoslovakian Cinema!”
Balding, slimey, lothario Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) makes his way through life as a confidence trickster. Seducing older ladies with his charm and perfectly rehearsed, fictional backstory. Attracting vulnerable elderly ladies whom maybe less lucky in love, wheedling his way into their lives with charisma and the lure of his Spanish accent. Once he has ensnared his prey, the plan is to marry and steal all their cash. Ray scans the lonely hearts columns for his victims, unfortunately there is abundance of unloved, alone ladies for him to play his cruel games on. Continue reading “The Honeymoon Killers (1970) The True Life Lonely Hearts Killers”
I always manage to leave just enough time between viewings of Outland for it to still give me an exciting fresh feeling. Probably watch it every six years since my first viewing in the late 80’s. Actually, I could watch it on Earth, then squeeze myself into the Galileo spacecraft, go into hypersleep for the six year trip to Jupiter I, wake up and watch it on the space station, return home and repeat.
Continue reading “Outland (1981) Sean Connery In Space With A Shotgun! Nuff Said!”
Oh if only this movie had taken the tongue in cheek route and had fun with itself rather than playing it with a deadpan serious tone. At least then you could forgive the wooden acting and lethargic pace. Strange Invaders is a homage, satire to the 50’s sci-fi films of yesterday. Bringing nostalgic vibes of 50’s classics like Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I also got a vibe for 60’s Earth takeover series The Invaders which starred Roy Thinnes.
Continue reading “Strange Invaders (1983) RoboCop’s Partner Smokes Her Way Through Alien Invasion”
After seeing the trailer to the new Netflix science fiction movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton called Bright, the comparisons reminded me so much to the 80’s cult favourite Alien Nation. With that memory sparked I fancied watching that movie again. Continue reading “Alien Nation (1988) 80’s Sci-fi Interspecies Conflict In The Buddy Cop Formula”
First up! How the festive giblets could I have ever missed this prized turkey cult classic science fiction film before! Seriously this must of been at eye level in every VHS rental store in the 80’s. I bet my grubby teenage hands would of even picked it up and pondered renting it before something else took my attention. In a way I’m so glad I did miss it, as what an absolute treat to find it now. Oh my days, what 5 star fun that was and unintentionally stumbling upon an alternative christmas flick in the mix. It’s the season to be jolly for sure. Continue reading “Trancers (1984) Happy Christmas Sci-Fi Zombie Cult B-Movie Festive Fun”
Moviedrome started life in 1988 and as a 17 year old lad, hungry to be entertained by interesting and challenging films, Moviedrome was a god send and truly a massive inspiration for my movie obsession. Presenter Alex Cox had written and directed the cult classic Repo Man (1984) and the brilliant Sid and Nancy (1986) the biography of Sid Vicious from The Sex Pistols. At the time I knew those two movies well but I didn’t know Alex Cox, he reminded me of William Sanderson aka J.F. Sebastian of Blade Runner fame as he appeared at the beginning of each screening of the film he was about to present. Continue reading “The Inspirational Moviedrome Series of Ultimate Cult Films With Alex Cox”
Only have myself to blame for this prime piece of stinky stilton! Wow what a turkey. Whilst being faced with a monster hangover on Saturday I knew I needed a distraction. What better way could help than a cheesy 80’s action film, preferably one I hadn’t seen before. With a quick search, I noticed the intriguing title of Black Moon Rising.
Tagline – From the mind of John Carpenter comes the towering adventure that thunders across Los Angeles and explodes 30 stories above it!
Continue reading “Black Moon Rising (1986) Supercar, Sarah Connor and Tommy Lee Jones In 80’s Nonsense.”