Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TM Gallery: Dime Mystery, Black Sabbath, The Copenhagen Affair

Dime Mystery Magazine, December 1935

Black Sabbath
Italian horror trilogy hosted by Boris Karloff. A) Nurse takes a diamond ring from a corpse who then seeks revenge. B) Prostitute receives calls from a dead man she betrayed. C) A Balkan hunter becomes a vampire. 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 3 - The Copenhagen Affair

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Author Overview: Brett Halsey

I saw over at James Reasoner's blog a new western novel by actor Brett Halsey.  The name was a bit hazy, but I recognized the face.  His filmography listed plenty of eurospy and eurowestern titles so I know I'd seen him plenty of times, but I had a particular movie in my mind when I saw him.  Took me a while to remember he's "Big Stupid" from the MST3K version of The Girl in Lover's Lane:

I checked out his titles on Amazon and they appear to be sleaze epics, either historical or mirroring phases of his career (soap operas, Italian film making, etc), so I'll definitely be checking those out.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TM Gallery: The Mugger, Acid Rock, Sonny Boy

The Mugger by Ed McBain
This mugger is special.

He preys on women, waiting in the darkness…then comes from behind, attacks them, and snatches their purses. He tells them not to scream and as they're on the ground, reeling with pain and fear, he bows and nonchalantly says, “Clifford thanks you, madam.” But when he puts one victim in the hospital and the next in the morgue, the detectives of the 87th Precinct are not amused and will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.

Dashing young patrolman Bert Kling is always there to help a friend. And when a friend's sister-in-law is the mugger's murder victim, Bert's personal reasons to find the maniacal killer soon become a burning obsession…and it could easily get him killed. 

The Destroyer 13: Acid Rock
Vickie Stoner knows some things. Things that could put a number of very wealthy, very influential men in prison if she testifies about what she knows. At least one of those wealthy, influential men would prefer that she not, and has offered one million dollars to the first assassin to silence her. Vickie just wants to pop some pills, expand her mind and bed the lead singer of Maggot and the Dead Meat Lice. Which makes her a hard girl to keep safe. The FBI certainly can't seem to do it. Set a thief to catch a thief, so the saying goes; set the Destroyer (and Chiun) to catch an assassin. 

Sonny Boy
In a remote desert town, a psychopathic petty crook (Smith) and his transvestite girlfriend (Carradine) kidnap and raise an orphaned infant, cage it like an animal and train it to steal and kill on their command. Years later, when the half-wild Sonny Boy escapes and embarks on a bloody rampage, the couple’s monstrous attempt at "child development", provokes the local populace into vengeful retaliation. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TM Gallery: Power Blade Warriors, Green Slime, The Utopia Affair

Power Blade Warriors: Taken By Force
In the apocalyptic future, the Cosmic Order of the Roller Blade are both protectors and crusaders. These beautiful females are armed with samurai swords and travel on skates. They must wander the wasteland fighting off marauders and destroy all of the evil that lurks around them. 

Green Slime
After a perilous mission to an asteroid, a crew returns to its space station, unaware a bit of ooze from the asteroid clings to a crewman's uniform. The green goop grows into monsters.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 15: The Utopia Affair by David McDaniel
While Napoleon Solo was deskbound at U.N.C.L.E. HQ in New York, desperately fighting off multiple THRUSH OFFENSIVES, Alexander Waverly nervously waited for the end of his forced vacation in the Utopia. But even here Waverly was not safe, for THRUSH had discovered his whereabouts and had infiltrated two of the most deadly assassins in the world. Their assignment: kill Alexander Waverly! Only the cunning and determination of Illya Kuryakin, guarding Waverly without even the U.N.C.L.E. chief's knowledge, could save U.N.C.L.E. from a double disaster. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Asylum (1972)

Asylum (1972)

An Amicus horror anthology written by Robert "Not Richard Matheson" Bloch.  The framing story has a new doctor arriving at an insane asylum where the former director had a breakdown and is now one of the patients.  His audition to get the job is to interview the inmates and guess which one was the director.

Bloch has a wealth of short stories to draw from, but sadly three of these stories were of the "thing that shouldn't be alive is alive" school, namely severed body parts, an entire body, and a meat-filled tiny robot.
Much like Trilogy of Terror, I found the meat robots both chilling and silly, much like Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces. 

The big reveal at the epilogue was both silly and chilling as well, featuring my favorite cinematic maniacal cackling.

Stories in the film were also televised in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, and Monsters.

On Amazon Video.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TM Gallery: The Dark, Ilsa: The Tigress Of Siberia, Silicon Valley Slaughter

The Dark
At night, "The Mangler" stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. A TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective set out in search of the killer, but must turn to a mysterious psychic for help when they stumble upon the realization that they are dealing with something not of their world. 

Ilsa: The Tigress Of Siberia 
 Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines.

The Terminator 2: Silicon Valley Slaughter by John Quinn

Monday, May 14, 2018

TM Gallery: Angel of Vengeance, Crucible of Terror

Angel of Vengeance aka Ms 45
Abel Ferrara's cult classic follows a mute garment-district seamstress who, after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites a one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City's entire male population. 

Crucible of Terror
British horror from the early seventies in which a deranged sculptor is using the bodies of beautiful young women as the basis of his bronze creations.