LEE/CUSHING RIDE THE RAILS, TUCKER & DALE
RIDE EVIL, AND ANTS RIDE YOUR URETHRA…
THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
Hey Bastards. Hope all you Jack and Jills got the holidays started right last week. Welcome back to your regularly scheduled program. Last week was nuts around the DG HQ but the next three walls are done and ready to roll as soon as it’s showtime. Some good shit dropping this week so let’s get ramblin’. As always, click the cover art to buy the flick from Amazon and support The Wall.
DG PICK OF THE WEEK
It started when producer Bernie Gordon wanted to maximize his investment in a train he bought for his 1972 film PONCHO VILLA; this Corman-esque move lead to HORROR EXPRESS. This may be better known as the Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing movie that almost wasn’t. Shortly after agreeing to be in the film, Cushing’s wife passed away and the happy-go-lucky actor plunged into depression. It was his old friend and co-star Lee who heavily leaned on Cushing’s notorious work ethic and got him back in the film. The result is a fun as hell 90 minute rail ride full of Lee/Cushing goodness, blood, thrills, chills, and Telly Savalas aka The Bald Headed Bastard.
HORROR EXPRESS has been a midnight movie staple for as long as I can remember thanks to its status in the public domain. Severin has gone back to the film’s original 35mm negatives and it goes without saying that it has never looked better. Having said that, it never looked great in the first place and the source print looks like it has some scratches but who the hell cares. This a Severin release doing what Severin and only a few others could do; take a genre favorite and roll out the red carpet on the extras which includes a 1973 audio interview with Peter Cushing. This a solid release for a film that was long overdue for a little respect. Since BMX BANDITS, Severin has slowed down a little bit. It’s releases like this though that show how fucking money they are as a distributor. Nice work Severin.
- Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: New interview with director Eugenio Martín
- Notes from the Blacklist: Producer Bernard Gordon discusses the McCarthy era
- The Guardian 1973 audio interview with Peter Cushing
- Telly and Me: New interview with composer John Cacavas
- Introduction by Fango editor Chris Alexander
- Theatrical trailer
The set-up is old school 80’s horror. The payoff is shy of SHAUN OF THE DEAD but in a world of horror-comedies that suck, this payoff is pretty fucking good. TUCKER & DALE delivers the goods.
I have only seen this bastard once back in (probably) the mid-90’s. I remember it being a crazy riff on hixploitation. It’s cheap as hell though so it’s on the list and in the cart.
You know when you rock THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 and that soundtrack camps out in your skull for a week or four? HOLLYWOOD MAN pulls the same job, the film is tough as nails too so it’s win/win for fans of 70’s action.
If you’re buying this package of 70’s blaxpoitation badass for TNT JACKSON, go for Shout! Factory’s LETHAL LADIES COLLECTION. TNT JACKSON looks awesome on that release and you also get FIRECRACKER and TOO HOT TO HANDLE. Otherwise, have at it hoss. THE BLACK GESTAPO is probably my runner up for the 2nd slot on this set.
Did John Carradine ever say no to a script? Me thinks no. This flick is better than it has any right to be. Despite dick for a plot, it uses the location really well which creates some pretty cool shots.
A disturbed Vietnam vet returning home via Belfast invades a house shared by eight nurses and proceeds to terrorize and murder them… sounds like a good plot. It’s the combination of both NAKED and MASSACRE in the title that gets me though. I haven’t seen this so I am not saying buy it… just sayin’.
This movie is hands down one of the best things to hit the screen this year. It would have been cool to see this do a little better than it did at the box office but here’s your second chance. This has a SCARFACE tone and attitude and it’s damn near flawless. Dig it!
Toho’s ninth Godzilla flick is one of their best, with eleven of the studio’s Kaiju stars featured in what was at the time supposed to be the final film in the series. The climatic ten on one battle between Earth monsters Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and company and space monster King Ghidorah is a franchise highlight.
I don’t think I have clutched my cock this much since SHOWGIRLS hit Laserdisc. I don’t mean clutch in the good rub-rub kind of way, I mean clutch as in “HOLY SHIT DON’T LET THAT EVER HAPPEN TO MY LOVE SWORD!” kind of way. This film is the balls… or I should say urethra… or… oh fuck just watch the bastard. Bill Zebub is going to be a Featured Filmmaker soon so we will hear more from him later. Until then, enjoy some ants in your pee-hole. Welcome to the world of Bill Zebub bastards!
Fuck you Jaime Sommers.
I haven’t had a chance to watch this bastard yet but I am a sucker for horror anthologies, zombies, and flicks that wallow in their own absurdity so I am in.
This is far off the grindhouse path but it’s a comedy classic and a huge chunk of my childhood. I still quote lines from this fucker. I wish they dumped a few more extras onto this, and a commentary from Martin, Chase, and Short would have been epic but wish in one hand and shit in the other. Actually, never mind the shitting in the hand, just buy the Blu-ray.
FINALLY, FROM THE DRAWERS OF THE HYPE FILE…
Yeah, I know everyone has shit on this film but I dug it. It’s an effective tribute to the Amblin films of the 80’s. It’s ultra-corny and JJ Abrhams isn’t the director that Spielberg is (yet), but it’s cool as hell to see this type of film being made again. Trust me.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK BASTARDS,
We’re back next week with ELVIRA’S MOVIE MACABRE: SANTA CLAUSE CONQUERS THE MARTIANS/BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE, POINT BLANK (2011), VIRGIN NYMPH GRINDHOUSE TRIPLE FEATURE, DON’T OPEN TILL CHRISTMAS, POP PUNK ZOMBIES, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
Thanks to Poe for the DESTROY ALL MONSTERS write-up.
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