Gene Kelly dances and sings in an attempt to woo a teenager. Mostly a mediocre musical with a visually stunning final number.
This has all the look and feel of a typical spaghetti western except this takes place in 19th century Spain. Franco Nero plays what looks like a Union soldier but is actually a Spanish colonel. He gets hoodwinked by a pretty Gypsy girl and then it’s all downhill from there as he make mistake after mistake in order to please her. Klaus Kinski shows up, is predictably deranged, and further screws up his plans. The story is not nearly as action-packed as one would expect, but I enjoyed it and the characters.
After watching the famous version from a few years later, I wanted to see this, the first adaptation of Gaslight. It feels roughly the same but this version’s casting of the female lead is not as good. I appreciated that there was more emphasis on the relationship between the husband and the maidservant. Made him even more sleazy.
The Devil’s Nightmare would pair nicely in a double feature with Bava’s Lisa and the Devil. Both films tell the story of a group of doomed travelers who have to spend the night in a castle as their souls are collected by the devil one by one. Devil’s Nightmare isn’t quite up to the caliber of Bava but it has it’s share of haunting imagery especially through the performance of the demon white-faced Erika Blanc’s succubus. A little more budget and a little more visual atmosphere would have helped, but this gothic horror surely punches above its weight.
The title here is somewhat deceptive. The yeti vs. werewolf battle you would expect is just tacked on to the end. Most of the movie is about a Himalayan warlord who keeps slave girls as a means of curing his bacne. A scientific yeti expedition gets ensnared by the bandits. Meanwhile, Paul Naschy gets ensnared by demon cave girls and subsequently werewolfed by them. Parts of this crazy plot work, others fall flat under the cheapness of the location and the production.
Season of Storms is a fitting palette cleanse after the main Witcher series thud of an ending. There’s no more Ciri multiverse antics and it’s just a nice solid tale about Geralt that harkens back to the short story compilations. Even though there is an overarching plot, it feels episodic as the various sub-plots are told in discreet chunks. I certainly enjoyed it but opinions around the ‘net are mixed.
This is the first book I’ve read that was written by a saint. It’s the description of an ideal state in which everything is free and everyone is awesome. A lovely thought, but just about everything about the society More envisions is negated by the simple fact that humans are flawed, At least he thought women were people too.
Never mind the satanically suggestive title, this is just a cheesy riff on Robin Hood. Naschy plays the king who is convinced by his sorceress wife to abduct and torture village girls in search of everlasting life. The hero of the tale (not Naschy) runs around in tights and does some mediocre swashbuckling. The story has some promise but the end product is just too cheap, dull and flatly filmed to recommend.
Decades ago I played through Quake II and I remember being quite impressed with the opening cinematic. Starship Troopers was still fresh in my conscienceless and that feeling of being part of a botched invasion and left alone on a hostile planet really struck a chord. With the fancy 3-D graphics, it all seemed so real… and brown. Seeing this new remastered version, despite its many improvements, reminded me of just how primitive this game is compared to what we have today.
Fortunately for Quake II, the actual mechanics of the game are what made it so great. This is the definitive (I loathe this term) Boomer Shooter. Fast motion, twitchy gunplay, barely any attempt at story. The main drawback of the game is its drab and repetitive level designs. This remaster includes a huge, newly created mission pack that proves that the engine is capable of some more creative and non-brown environments. This bonus pack is worth the cheap $10 price tag, but, if that wasn’t enough, you also get the N64 version and two other expansions. Admittedly, by the end of the last expansion, I had quite enough Quake II for this lifetime.
This remaster has widescreen support, better enemy A.I., better lighting effects, and, most importantly, an in-game “quest arrow” system to help you find your way to the exits.
Paul Naschy’s attempt at a black-gloved (and red pants’ed) killer giallo feels like result of a twisted game of telephone. All the cornerstones of the genre are there, but there’s something off-kilter about it all. Naschy plays a cigar chomping cop investigating a series of murders involving drug addicts and prostitutes. Before he knows it, the murders start to affect he circle of hip, pervy friends. The movie has its moments, but they are few and far between and the extremely weak plot does it no favors.