The Exterminating Angel (1962) – Sacrificial Lamb Satire

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When it comes to movie titles, The Exterminating Angel is pretty spectacular. Being that I only read a small synopsis for the plot I had imagined it would be in the vein of Agatha Christie’sAnd Then There None” and that the exterminating angel was a description of some femme fatale who was unleashing her wrath on the unexpecting party guests. Haha how wrong could I have been!

Luis Buñuel

This, I find out to my complete joy and fascination is a film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel. A true master of surrealism and credited to be one of the most original directors in the history of film medium! Doh I knew the name but had never seen anything by him. Well you have to start somewhere I guess and the beauty is, I now have a whole bunch of his movies to blow my mind and if The Exterminating Angel is anything to go by, I’m in for some real treats.

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Tagline – The degeneration of high society!

Upper class Edmundo Nóbile and his wife, Lucia invite a bunch of friends and associates back to their luxury mansion for music and late night drinks. As the night continues on into the early hours everyone starts to settle down to sleep on the couches, sofas and even the floor. When morning arrives no one seems keen to leave. Even when they start to feel the need to return to their homes, family or work, they find that once they reach the threshold of the opened doorway they can’t quite bring themselves to walk across it. This predicament carries on and on, causing all manner of countless problems for our guests.

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The film is filled with dread, panic and depression, with symbolism and surreal moments aplenty as waves of dreams and delirium take over as food and water runs dry and sleep desperation sets in. Within the horror there is an undercurrent of dark comic humour as these rich aristocracy get brought down a peg or two. What happened and how does it end? Well you have to watch it but Luis Buñuel lets the viewer come up with his own interpretation and it makes the film so much more because of it.

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Luis Buñuel also wrote the screenplay and story which features such fine dialogue and banter lead interactions. Being set in one room I can only imagine it would make the perfect stage play, it’s such a wonderful film and the whole reason I do this blog to find gems like these. One very happy wolfie.

Luis Buñuel quote – Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.

Wake in Fright (1971) – The Greatest Australian Film?

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Another month, another bonkers film to add to the list, Wake in Fright from 1971 is essential watching. Marooned in a small town resembling some kind of maddening limbo land, a possible stop off for hell itself . But to be honest this could be just an ordinary Australian outback town going about its everyday life for all that I know.

Think Walkabout meets all of Crocodile Dundee’s mates, add a gazillion gallons of booze and crank that unbearable blistering heat up to maximum overdrive, blast in mountains of dry hot dust and you get a slight picture of what to expect. Who needs water when the beer flows like white rapids at the bottom of a waterfall.

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Tagline – Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have some dust and sweat, mate? There’s nothing else out here.

On his journey into the mouth of madness is school teacher John Grant (Gary Bond) a young man bored out of his mind determined to escape the sleepy town of Tiboonda. As school breaks for the holiday term John makes a beeline for the train station to visit his girlfriend in the big city of Sydney.

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Fun Fact 1 – John Grant sounds exactly like comic actor Matt Berry‘s characters like Bainbridge from the Mighty Boosh and Dr. Lucien Sanchez from Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Big smile from me every time he spoke.

Unfortunately for our man John his train connection brings him to the town of Bundanyabba otherwise known as the Yabba by the locals. A surreal place where there is one main religion, the religion of booze. Promoting the most booze to ever be consumed on film I can only imagine.

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Cop Jock Crawford – “another beer”

John meets a series of characters on his adventure from the friendly but pushy policeman, Jock Crawford (Chips Rafferty) to the kind Tim Hynes (Al Thomas) and his slightly strange daughter Janette Hynes (Sylvia Kay). Then there’s the nutcracker town doctor Doc Tydon (Donald Pleasence) to the bullish introduction to Joe (Peter Whittle) and Dick (Jack Thompson). Everyone puts in a stellar performance and everyone grabs your full attention throughout.

Wake In Fright (1971) Tim Hynes (Al Thomas) John Grant (Gary Bond)

John Grant – “And what do you do?” Doc Tydon – “I drink.”

So many of the set pieces have you transfixed with fear or wide eyed fascination as you watch, especially the gambling sequence where you become as intoxicated in those flying marked coins as the obsessed men playing it. You just can’t help but be mesmerised by John Grant’s journey as he tries to leave the town.

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This is truly an Australian masterpiece. A story adapted from a 1961 novel by Kenneth Cook and directed by Canadian Ted Kotcheff the guy who unleashed Rambo on us in 1982 with First Blood.

The history of the film is a mammoth journey in on itself, as lost prints of the film were found at the eleventh hour in a box marked to be destroyed. I read that the films editor Anthony Buckley took it on himself to find the original prints which took on a ten year voyage of discovery.

Wake In Fright (1971) Dick (Jack Thompson)

Please be warned the kangaroo hunting section is barbaric and extremely unpleasant. It’s very tough to watch, so be wary if you watch it. The footage is said to be done by licensed hunters but whatever way you look at it, it is very shocking.

A producer’s’ note at the end of the film states – The hunting scenes depicted in this film were taken during an actual kangaroo hunt by professional licensed hunters. For this reason and because the survival of the Australian kangaroo is seriously threatened, these scenes were shown uncut after consultation with the leading animal welfare organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom

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If you love this then I thoroughly recommend Sunday Too Far Away which has a similar theme, well, of drinking shit loads of booze in the outback but with added sheep.

Fun Fact 2 – It’s currently being made into a 2 part mini series with Wake In Fright (2017) in post-production at the time of posting. To be honest there really isn’t any need to remake it as it’s perfect.

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If like me and you love Australian cinema then I highly recommend you becoming a “Yabbaman” and getting on this trip if you’ve not seen it.  But if you have, what did you think?

Grab a case of the grog, put another shrimp on the barbie, sit back and enjoy the ride. Watching films don’t get much better. Here’s the trailer for a little peek. Take it easy and drink sensibly hehe … Mikey Wolfie

Further Reading Links

Wake In Fright (1971) New Yorker Article
Wake In Fright (1971) Making Of Notes Guardian Article
Wake In Fright (1971) Wikipedia

Enemy Territory (1987) – “Ghost” Busting

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Enemy Territory is another movie in a long tradition of tower blocks and council flats being turned into all out war zones, think of The Raid, Attack The BlockDredd. But add some elements of Walter Hill’s The Warriors, a dash of The Lost Boys and dollop of any black and white buddy movie from the 80’s, I’m gonna go for Running Scared.  Then you get a taste of what to expect in this really surprisingly brilliant low budget little gem.

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Tagline – In Enemy Territory they take no prisoners. You’ve got to kill your way out…

Insurance salesman Barry (Gary Frank) gets sent to pick up a policy sale from an elderly woman in a notoriously rough housing project called Lincoln Towers. Being naive and well pretty damn dumb he strolls into the tower block and gets himself “marked” right off the bat. What he didn’t realise was this high-rise building is run and terrorised by a tough gang called The Vampires, lead by their ferocious leader, The Count (Tony Todd).

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It’s not till Barry gets to the top floor that he becomes aware that The Count wants his blood after he promises to kill this “Ghost”. Luckily Will (Ray Parker Jr) was funning a young lady as shots are fired outside and being the telephone repair man he is, comes racing to the rescue. Fortunately our handsome Will is an ex Vietnam veteran and ex Ghostbuster and takes control of the situation. But it’s not long before The Vampires turn up again and all hell breaks loose.

Baffled tower block guard to Barry – “And they sent a white man? This time of night? Are you from Neptune or Vulcan or some such!?”

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With a solid bunch of very likable characters being met along the way as our heroes try their best to escape. From the sweet old lady Elva Briggs (Frances Foster) to her sexy niece, the wise and feisty Toni Briggs (Stacey Dash).  You get an outrageous bonkers performance from Tony Todd as he barks out orders to his men whilst spouting out silly, almost poetic vampire lines and keeps shouting for his trusty side kick “Psycho“.

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There’s a small cameo, almost scene stealing part from messed up wheelchair bound war veteran Parker played with a crazed look in his eye by Jan-Michael Vincent. But grabbing the limelight from him was young baseball bat rolling rookie “cop” Chet played by Deon Richmond.

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Seriously if you like 80’s films and like me this one had passed you by then I thoroughly recommend it. Unfortunately it’s not really had a proper DVD release and apart from VHS cassette this eighties movie has only seen a disc release in the Netherlands of all places, which sadly seems to be a reproduction of the VHS source. So if you want to see this like I did then you’ll be happy to know some kind fellow has uploaded it to Youtube here. It has Dutch subtitles but seriously it’s not a problem. If you want to see it then that it’s I’m afraid.

Grab some garlic and a wooden stake, a 4 pack of beers and sit back and roll the cameras. Enjoy….. Mikey Wolfman

Further Reading Links

Enemy Territory (1987) IMDB

Enemy Territory (1987) WIKI

The Collector (1965) – Stamp Collecting

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Social misfit and butterfly collector Freddie Clegg (Terence Stamp) prowls the streets of London in his Ford Thames 400E van stalking his childhood fascination, the beautiful art student Miranda Grey (Samantha Eggar). With his trusty bottle of chloroform to hand, he hopes that after keeping her hostage she will grow to love him.

Freddie’s inner monologue – “I knew where she was every minute of the day!”

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Freddie looks and waddles around in much the same way as the Penguin in the series Gotham. He’s a former picked on bank clerk who came into some big money but unfortunately has way too much time on his hands.

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Miranda is a feisty young lass who gives a good fight in her unfortunate predicament locked away in an ancient windowless stone basement. Trying to play him and find a weaknesses in the unbalanced loners psyche.

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It’s a dark premise that the two young leads both give tremendous performances. Two hours might be a tad too long for some with the slow pace but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the story unfold. Read there was actually a 3 hour cut which director William Wyler wasn’t at all happy with chopping right back, completely removing a role by Kenneth More.

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William Wyler the director of mega classic Ben Hur apparently turned down making The Sound Of Music for this project. The Collector might be small in comparison to that giant successful film but it did win a host of awards with Oscars Nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director and Best Writing and Screenplay by Stanley Mann and John Kohn. Plus Samantha Eggar won Best Actress Golden Globe and at the Cannes Film Festival where Terence Stamp joined her, adding Best Actor.

The Collector (1965) Samantha Eggar and Terence Stamp

Fun Fact 1 – William Wyler is said to have asked Terence Stamp to ignore Samantha Eggar, giving her the cold shoulder off the set as much as possible without her knowing to add to the tension between the two actors.

Fun Fact 2 – British punk mod band The Jam released a single called The Butterfly Collector with it’s title being said to have been inspired by the film! It features on the B-side to Strange Town

Further Reading Links

The Collector (1965) IMDB

The Collector (1965) Twenty Four Frames 

The Collector (1965) New York Times Review Bosley Crowther 1965

Wolf Lake (1980) – Messed Up War Veterans

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An hour and half and not one sign of any wolves, lycans or otherwise. No one howling at the moon, no metamorphosis from human to wolf or visa a versa, I want my money back! Well it was free, so I mustn’t grumble, Wolf Lake Youtube.  Will give them the lake part of the title though, there was one big ass lake. Wolf Lake is located in Yukon, Canada but I’ve just read it was filmed in Mexico!

Tagline – Survive the night at Wolf Lake if the suspense doesn’t kill you first!

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This pretty darn depressing movie from the 1980’s stars the one and only Rod Steiger, the star of one of my favorite movies, well top five for sure, A Fistful Of Dynamite aka Duck, You Sucker. Now this might be a B-movie, exploitation style film but to be fair Rod does give it a pretty good performance as the menacing alpha male bully Charlie, an ex sergeant world war two veteran who has recently lost his son to the Vietnam war.

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Charlie to David – “You are a boy aren’t you? With all that hair you could be a bearded lady?”

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Coming to the Wolf Lake with 3 old war buddies to unwind, drink, hunt and reminisce. Unfortunately a young couple who are looking after the lodges get in way of boys time and when Charlie discovers the lad David (David Huffman) is a Vietnam deserter all hell breaks lose.

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David to Charlie – “If Bullshit was music you’re be a brass band Charlie!”

David and his girlfriend, a rather saucy young lady called Linda played by Robin Mattson, will be giving “no stars” and a pretty stern review on Tripadvisor.

Tagline – The hunter. The hunted. The hatreds hidden too long.

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Charlie’s hunting buddies are Wilbur (Jerry Hardin), George (Richard Herd) and Sweeney (Paul Matee). Three actors you will certainly go “oh that’s the guy from thingy, oh what’s it’s called?” and have been in hundreds of films, TV movies and television shows between them.

Directed by Burt Kennedy who made a bunch of cowboy and western films but also made the classic film, wait for it…. Suburban Commando with Hulk Hogan hehe..

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I’ve hit a lot of depressing films recently and this is another for the doom pile, think Straw Dogs. So if your happy levels are maybe a little too high, then I suggest you watch this to level them back to normal.  I do have a bunch of comedy satires to clear the cobwebs out, watch this space.

To be honest I enjoyed the tension and the performances, especially Rod Steiger who growled and snarled out all his lines with venom. It’s a rare one to find so grab it on Youtube before it goes if you fancy it.

Further Reading Links

Wolf Lake (1980) IMDB

Wolf Lake (1980) Cinematic Shocks Blog

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Fools Gold

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Quite seriously the beginning opening sequence of Aguirre The Wrath Of God is ridiculously breathtaking, so stunning. A visually beautiful set piece, the panning shots of hundreds of men marching down the side of cliffs and mountains carrying all manner of unnecessary items. Hundreds of slaves and sherpers, interspersed with men in full armour, conquistadores in all their glory.

Tagline – A breathtaking journey into the heart of darkness.

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Add to this gorgeous scene the haunting music from the German ambient new-age electronic band Popol Vuh that actually penetrates the soul, it transfixes you. Electric keyboard strings and voices pre-warn of the coming doom and despair.

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A 16th century Spanish expedition of soldiers and noblemen on a mission in search of the fabled gold of El Dorado. After hitting a dead end filled with mud and cut off by the white rapids of the flowing river. The leader of the main party has no choice but to abandon their plans and high hopes of riches. With no food supplies, helplessly lost, and with the reality of despair setting in, a group is organised together to build rafts and set off in search of food and rescue. Deep down everyone must see this as a hopeless task but proudly they fight on.

Tagline  – On this river, God never finished his creation.

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What they probably didn’t expect was politics, mutiny, cannibals, psycho locals, their own inner demons and a lunatic leader by the name of Don Lope de Aguirre, played by Klaus Kinski who looks as mad as he will become. Directed by one of Germany’s greatest original filmmakers Werner Herzog, a man who has such a talent for investigating the inner conflict of the human condition and always brings such obscure and awe inspiring films to make the viewer invest themselves full force into the experience.

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You try and hide in the most god forsaken places but those blooming pan pipers find you everywhere!

This is a journey in the heart of darkness, a truly poetic picture filled with metaphors and similes. I can imagine many essays have been written and discussed about this film, so I won’t drivel on in my illiterate way but believe me this is a fascinating film. Plus I know when that opening scene will ever leave me. Here’s the music.

Popol Vuh – Aguirre, The Wrath Of God Soundtrack

To be honest I should’ve seen this many years ago but you can’t watch them all and it’s now been ticked off list mountain. I very much recommend it, have you seen it before? Let me know your thoughts….. BTW one of those Conquistador helmets would make a most excellent popcorn bowl. Take it easy and enjoy film… Mikey Wolfman

Further Reading Links

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Roger Ebert Review

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) IMDB

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Wikipedia

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) -Watch out for class Lower 5B

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To be honest this film made me feel better for the hell we used to put our teachers through. The random shouting, throwing of paper planes, rubbers and general disruption seems so ordinary and bland. We sure would have upped our game if we had seen this back in the 80’s

So intrigued by that film title name of Unman, Wittering and Zigo, I had no idea what it meant until I watched it. It happens to be the last three names on the school register for the class of Lower 5B, a boys boarding school in a remote English coastline village.

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John and Silvia Ebony

Wishing to start well in his new profession of teaching and make a good impression is John Ebony, played by David Hemmings (Blow-up, Barbarella), a man on a mission to teach. Hoping to excel in his first post and make a permanent position at the prestigious school. With his wife Silvia, (Carolyn SeymourGumshoe) they move into one of the schools houses on the grounds.

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Now what our hero didn’t know is the fact he is filling in someone shoes, a dead man shoes. Because the last teacher had had an unexpected fall from the cliff edge to his demise and John is here to replace him.

He is given the unfortunate class of Lower 5B. A group of rich kids, rogues and juvenile delinquents. Some are intelligent, wishing to work, some are bullied and others are just plain thugs. One thing all these 20 odd boys have in common is they work like a collective hive mind, like legion. Starting and finishing each others sentences, with one goal, to destroy their teacher.

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) We've all got alibis

Cloistermouth – And that’s why we killed him, sir.

Making no secret of the fact they may of killed the old lecturer, they toy with John, breaking him down, using him to do their deeds. Until he fights back and tries to stop this horde of blazer wearing reprobates, unfortunately escalating matters to a very upsetting climax.

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This is a very effective thriller which draws you into the unsettling story well, most notably the gymnasium scene that is very dark, twisted and shocking.

Excellent performances from all the talented cast. I did think Carolyn Seymour’s portray of Silvia as a wonderfully feisty and sexy free spirited lady,  raising the temperatures of the boys to popping point with her legs, steals the show.

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Directed by John Mackenzie who made the classic British gangster film with Bob Hoskins, The Long Good Friday. The film is based on a 1958 radio drama of the same name.

If you can I very much recommend tracking this possibly forgotten gem down. Like Grange Hill on steroids. Keep safe… Wolfie

Random fact – I’ve read it was parodied by Rowan Atkinson in his sketch as the headmaster reading out the register on stage at the Amnesty International comedy and music fundraiser The Secret Policeman’s Ball in the 80’s. I so remember watching it but had never realised the connection until now.

Further Reading Links

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) IMDB

Rowan Atkinson’s Headmaster Sketch Youtube

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1972)

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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.

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Say cheese..

If you aren’t familiar with Kolchak then think of a 70’s incarnation of The X-Files. Freak of the week mystery horror and science fiction. The X-Files comparison is from Chris Carter himself who was inspired by Kolchak in his creating of the series. Even having Darren McGavin, in an episode called Travelers, playing an FBI Agent who had worked on the first X-Files case, like a forefather to Mulder.

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Kolchak – The Night Stalker is the first TV movie adapted from a novel by Jeff Rice called The Kolchak Papers. After it’s success a second TV movie was commissioned called The Night Strangler (I’ve not seen this one yet) then a 20 episode TV series which aired between 1974 and 1975.

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I was lucky to stumble across it by chance when it was shown on British television sometime in the 90’s. Only managed to watch a few episodes but kept an eye for it whenever it was shown. Chuffed to bits that I now have the boxset on it’s way to me after seeing a video by Mike Take On The Movies recommending it. Especially excited to see episode 5 The Werewolf, I wonder if it’s anyone I know?

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Right what’s the The Night Stalker TV Movie about?
Carl Kolchak is working in Las Vegas when a series of gruesome strange deaths of young ladies start to appear during the night. Getting a sniff of the story, Kolchak tags along to the annoyance of the cops, to find out more. What unravels itself to our reporter is the unbelievable notion that these sinister murders all bear the resemblance to folklores of vampires! It takes some persuading of the police force chiefs and government officials, could this really be a modern day Dracula? Armed with his portable tape recorder, camera, cross and wooden stake, our hero reporter goes off into the night searching for that killer story.

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Barry Atwater makes a great strange looking bloodsucker as Janos Skorzeny

This is really good fun tv entertainment featuring some excellent fights, chases and spot the body doubles scenes. Oh and a funky as hell music score by composer Bob Cobert ramping the tension to the max with chase themes and blazing funk jams.

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The mystery cassette tapes

Now on a random note my “Day Walking” self did a series of music mixes called The Soul Mystery sometime back. Investigating different types of music with soul. Bit’s of soul and jazz with a touch of folk. Well helping out with the detective duties picking the tunes is our mystery reporter Carl Kolchak. He was the first helper of 5 mixes. The others were Dr Scott Nelson (4D Man), Sapphire & Steel, Dr. Charles Forbin (Colossus) and then finally Colonel Glenn Ross (Doppelgänger). All in the name of fun I must add.

Happy viewing and enjoy yourself…. Mikey The Wolfman.

Further Reading Links

The Night Stalker (1972) IMDB

The Night Strangler (1973) IMDB

Kolchak: The Night Stalker  WIKI

The Naked Prey (1965)

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This thrilling and extremely brutal action movie film is set in South Africa sometime in the late 19th century and stars Cornel Wilde being chased by a group of T-1000’s.

Tagline – a manhunt of indescribable terror and screaming suspense!

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Wilde plays an unnamed safari guide for a party of white ivory hunters. The leader of that group is an immensely nasty character, rude and obnoxious. He refuses the wise words of the guide to give a local tribe a gift to pass through their land in peace. And in that small piece of stupidity he had sealed all the group’s fate. In horrifying, horrific and terrifying ways.

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Boss warrior who never gave up.

The first 20 minutes is a total blood bath as the helpers of the hunting group get chopped and bashed, left, right and center, leaving the leaders to a more imaginative gruesome end. These guys really dreamt up some innovated killing moves as each member gets his comeuppance in different bizarre ways. Baked alive on a spit as a human mud cake. Made to dance the fandango as a feathered chicken and chased by a hundred ladies ready to tenderise that white meat. Another, bound and tied with his face at the only opening of a circle of fire with a poisonous snake dying to escape. It’s kooky macabre viewing to say the least.

Tagline – Stripped, weaponless, alone and only ten desperate seconds ahead of the killers!

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Now for our safari guide he gets striped down to his pants and given a chance to be hunted. Given the head start of where the arrow lands is when he will start to be pursued. One at a time and then 10 warriors charging after him at speed.

What reveals itself is a wilderness survival film through the harsh but beautiful landscape. Trying to stay alive by any means, searching for food and water, dodging wildlife, like lions, crocodiles and snakes and hand to hand combat with which ever dude catches up to him.

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Fun Fact – This film is actually based on a real life tale. The story of a frontiersman and fur trapper named John Colter who was stripped naked and chased by Blackfeet Indians in Wyoming 1809. You can read about Colter’s Run on Wikipedia.

It’s exhilarating edge of your seat viewing. All the chase scenes are accompanied by firing percussion drumming and Nguni tribal songs are dotted about throughout the movie.

Along aside all the violence and carnage there are some really very tender moments between the chased and a young girl who looks after him for a while. Heartwarming and beautiful as they sing songs together. Then back to the task in hand, run for your life.

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A sweet moment in the film

Fun Fact 2 – Cornel Wilde was 52 years old making The Naked Prey and said to be sick during much of the filming, but he pressed on, saying the illness added to his performance. Now that’s a man who takes his artform seriously.

Cornel Wilde directed, produced and ran his arse off in this film. A brave choice of film to make after being a such a Hollywood star of big films like The Greatest Show on Earth, The Big ComboLeave Her to Heaven to name just a few. Oh and the one on my to watch list, Beach Red, which he also stars and directs.

Fun Fact 3 – Just to add to the madness, there was a comic book adaptation of the film too released through Dell Publishing.

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Looks like from the scenes that it closely follows the film
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Superb poster.

Further Reading Links

The Naked Prey (1965) IMDB

The Naked Prey (1965) Wiki

Cornel Wilde

John Colter – Colters Run

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

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Elvis Presley and JFK are alive and living in an old people’s nursing home. Slowly decaying with age and boredom, they get a new lease on life when an ancient Egyptian Mummy wearing cowboy clothes turns up feasting on the elderly residents souls.
Elvis, or Sebastian Haff as he is going by now, is more concerned about a growth on the end of pecker and JFK, aka Jack,  is worried Lyndon B Johnson is back trying to hunt him down.

Tagline – The King vs. The King of the Dead

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This is a barmy surreal horror comedy and a delightful buddy movie with the Elvis conspiracy story thrown in. As cult movies go, this is freaking insane and quite honestly one of my all time favourites.

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The magnificent Bruce Campbell pulls off a real life Elvis with ease. No stranger to the world of horror and comedy, Bruce Campbell is a mega star. Famous for playing Ash in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 1 & 2 and Army Of Darkness plus the hilarious Ash vs Evil Dead TV show. He is a walking talking cult hero, a bonafide god amongst men.

JFK is an old black dude played by Ossie Davis. A veteran of cinema throughout many decades and has played many diverse parts from the likes of Sidney Lumet’s The Hill, appearing in Spike Lee’s films to even being Grandpa Archer Dolittle alongside Eddie Murphy! 

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Flash back time

Ella Joyce plays the Nurse who fires off stern disapproved looks at our Elvis and rightly so, the poor lass is on lotion duties for his aligning member. Plus he doesn’t say too much but I love the gun totin Lone Ranger called Kemosabe who is pretty much off his rocker, played by Larry Pennell.

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Directed by Don Coscarelli who is famous for his fantasy horror films like The Beastmaster (1982) and Phantasm (1979) which he has turned into a series. Bubba Ho-Tep is based on a short story written by Joe R Lansdale in 1994 which was part of an series of tribute stories for a book called The King Is Dead (Tales Of Elvis Postmortem). Don Coscarelli has a sequel in the works with the fantastic title Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires.

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Fun Fact – Ossie Davis was one cool dude. An activist during the Civil Rights Movement he was friends with and was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Fun Fact 2 – Bruce Campbell has a book out with the brilliant title of “If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor.” 

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Further Reading Links

Bubba Ho-Tep IMDB

Bubba Ho-Tep WIKI

Novella By Joe R Lansdale Good Reads

If Chins Could Kill Bruce Campbell Good Reads