Saturday, October 27, 2012

October Movie Challenge 2012 (10/27)

Remember, if you would like to make a pledge toward Scare-A-Thon 2012 (benefitting FRIENDS OF CHILDREN) at any time, drop me an email at to let me know how much you would like to pledge per film. Your donation is tax deductible, 100% of goes directly to aid the kids, and seriously, even a penny per film helps. Thanks in advance!

Spasmo (1974) (1st viewing) d. Lenzi, Umberto (Italy) 94 min.

More psycho-terror than giallo, swinging sexyguy Robert Hoffman thinks he sees a dead girl on the beach, but it turns out to be Suzy Kendall who proceeds to lead him on a wild chase through murder, intrigue and a really serious case of sibling rivalry. There are also any number of life-sized sex dolls scattered throughout the film, which really don’t seem to have much to do with anything. Oh, and they never really explain the title either.

Two Orphan Vampires (1997) (1st viewing) d. Rollin, Jean (France) 107 min.

Blind by day, a pair of nubile vamps “see blue” when the sun goes down and wander around doing their neck biting thing. An intriguing concept, but in spite of Rollin’s confident cinematography and requisite prominent display of the female form, this is a silly, silly movie bogged down by waaaaay too much inane chatter from the titular teens.

Mansion of the Doomed (1976) (1st viewing) d. Pataki, Michael (USA) 89 min.

Severely freaky deaky story from early in producer Charles Band’s career, one that concerns brilliant surgeon Richard Basehart going a little bonkers after his daughter Trish Stewart loses her eyesight in an auto accident. Convinced he can set things right, Basehart proceeds to start plucking the peepers from any number of unsuspecting victims and then caging the poor blind bastards in his basement! Gloria Grahame is Basehart’s dedicated assistant, while an impossibly young Lance Henriksen is Stewart’s boyfriend who becomes a part of his lady love's life in ways he never thought possible. The eyeless visages are the work of aspiring f/x artist “Stanley” Winston, while future Fugitive director Andrew Davis handled the cinematography chores. Good, grim stuff.

Total Movies: 87
First Time Views: 87
Money Raised for Friends of Children: $896.97

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