Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Director: Edward D.Wood Jr.
Main Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnso, Bela Lugosi, Maila Nurmi
Storyline: Aliens invade the world to create zombies and vampires to create the perfect world.
Review (Spoils): A man and his wife die within days of each other and get captured by aliens and bring them back to life. The aliens hope to stop mankind from creating a powerful bomb that could affect the whole universe. But to make matters worse we have a flying hubcap of a spaceship being spotted by people and they call the army for help!
Ok not sure where to start with this cult classic except that man this film is bad……………..real BAD. The acting and the writing is just put together last minute and does not make sense. We have scenes switching from day to night back to day in the same damn scene. We have some cheesy effects, cardboard acting and background and a never ending replay of Bela Lugosi scene shot (as he died during the making of the film). We have a sci-fi thriller that has no thrills but at the same time is not the worse piece on my screen.
Rating: Ok some good points of the film, don’t take it serious, the last film of Bela Lugosi, we love Tor Johnson, we have Vampiria and it is suppose to be horrible. The bad points of this film, the storyline is weak and after eight attempts you would think to give up? A cult classic and a Ed Wood classic, it’s a film you need to see just to say that you did.
Filed under Vampire, Zombie
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Main Stars: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
Storyline: A man who is interested in the supernatural comes across a ill woman in a inn who is slowly becoming undead.
Review (Spoils): Allan Gray gets lured into an old inn (he is interested in the supernatural) where an older man and his two daughter live. Through the passage of an old book detailed on vampires and the sickness of one of the daughters it happens that she is actually been bit by the undead. We have betray and a bottle of poison which could be a setup or to actual but the young woman out of her misery.
The story can be a bit confusing as the film was originally shot as a silent film but audio was jammed into it making it not as beautiful as it could have been. Julian West is awesome and the highlight of the film as the film like others of its time is focusing on scenery and mood. The over expressions can be a bit over played but the film overall is a classic and a work of art.
Rating: We have a classic gothic film that is a sheer classic for horror. Yes it has some glitches like stated above the storyline can be a bit confusing but the visual of it is worth the watch. The dark eeriness is there…..
Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Director: Freddie Francis
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing
Storyline: After the castle being blessed Dracula comes back from the dead to seek revenge by possessing the priest’s niece as his lover.
Review (Spoils): Dracula (Christopher Lee) is back and his return is well memorable as he the blood touches his lips and red shot eyes awaken. Once again this Hammer Film has brought classic gothic like scenery and as well the bosomed beauties the films are known for. The film isn’t just a film on Dracula but also a struggle in faith and loyalty.
We have battles with priests and the vampire himself, the beauty of Veronica Carlson, classic Dracula from Christopher Lee, brighter then the sun red blood, nasty bit marks, drinking games, blood red eyes and the sassy barmaid Barbara Ewing. Christopher Lee blows the screen away yet again playing the role as the prince of darkness and this might be one of the better ones of the Dracula series from Hammer.
Rating: This is one of the best of the Dracula films and even from Hammer itself. We have the delights of the two young actresses and we have a fun tale of an innocent woman and not so innocent man. We have some interesting plots and conversations such as the dinner where the young states he is an atheist to the priest. This film is quite enjoyable and the time does fly when watching this film. Defiantly a nice sequel to The Horror of Dracula, well worth the drinks.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
Director: Ubaldo Ragona
Main Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Christi Courtland
Storyline: A disease wipes humanity off of Earth into vampires and one man tries to survive alone.
Review (Spoils): A plague kills of most of the people on Earth and leaves their bodies as walking vampires. Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) is alone as he sits and reflects on his past life, surviving on what is left on the planet and killing off the undead. While narrating to himself he tries to not lose his mind in his own thoughts and sorrow. Even the undead taunt him to join them in their unholy horde.
We have some good vampire slaying, lots of flashbacks of when he had a normal life, the long torment of looking for anyone else out there, some staking, misunderstandings and shootings. This tale falls under The Night of the Living Dead feel but this time vampires.
Rating: I found Vincent Price outstanding in this film. He talks his way through the film with how the plague is seen in his view and the torture and pain it has caused to himself and his family. It pulls on he has finally found what he has been looking for on companionship but then it spits it right back in his face the torment. A vampire film unlike the others in the past. One scene that I still laugh to myself is the”cut the cake mommy” scene. This film is a horror classic.
Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Director: Alan Gibson
Main Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham, Caroline Munro, Marsha Hunt
Storyline: It’s 1972 and someone has raised Count Dracula and he hunts down the bloodline of Van Helsing.
Review (Spoils): the final battle of 1872 with Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) and Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) has the vampire falling to his death from a piece of wooden wheel through the heart. During this battle the great Van Helsing also dies from his wounds. He gets buried and the some of the vampire ashes and ring are kept in secretive by his apprentice. In 1972 now the Count gets resurrected by a bloodline relative of the apprentice. The Count is raised and he starts to continue his hatred towards the Van Helsings.
What we have here is the sequel to Satanic Rites of Dracula and a nice Hammer Film located in the 70s. We have top notch acting yet again from Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, some sexy 70s babes (what’s a Hammer film without the ladies) and crazy 70s lingo. This film sure is not as great as the past one’s of the series but the Dracula series from Hammer is still going strong with this entry. The opening battle scene alone is a horror classic.
Rating: When it comes the Hammer films the Dracula series is by far the best of them. Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are great yet again. This might be the weaker of them but trust me this does not make this a bad film. It’s worth to drink too and check out and “Tell us about the blood Johnny?”
Let Me In (2010)
Director: Matt Reeves
Main Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Sasha Barrese
Storyline: A young boy befriends a young girl vampire
Review (Spoils): Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee ) lives a poor life of being picked on because he is a little different. He dreams of the day when he confront his bullies and make them pay, well along comes adorable Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz). She appears only at night and is new to the neighbourhood and people do not know much about her. While this cute kid love affair is building the police are on a hunt for strange cult that drains blood from their victims, which is really Abby’s dad you is a ancient vampire and he needs to feed his daughter.
Remake time again, and this time it is not bad. We have lots of blood in this one and both leading character Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee hold it well together. Something about Chloe Grace Moretz makes you entranced to the film. She is cute and yet scary as hell when she is pissed off. This nightmare like fairytale shows the softer and harder side of being a child that just does not fit in and yet twisted with the shady vampire side of things. We have great acting, gloomy story and lots of red what is there not to like about this film.
Rating: I personally hate remakes so I did not have high hopes for this as I did enjoy the original Let the Right One In. But Chloe Grace Moretz stole my heart with her performance in this film and made this remake something that is gearing very close to the being as good as the original. If you have not seen this film go do it…its vampire fun with a side of dark childhood.
Director: Richard Blackburn
Main Stars: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton
Storyline: A young girl returns home to see her sick father and it all turns into a vampiric ghoulish nightmare.
Review (Spoils): Young Lila (Cheryl Smith) heads to see her sick father after she receives a note to go to him. She gets chased down by ghouls and finally she passes out as pale skin vampires interrupt. She wakes up to a young woman named Lemora (Lesley Taplin) who explains to her and takes her in. She explains to her that her father is very sick and he is strapped down not to hurt himself and others. This leads to the storyline of ghouls and vampires and some lesbian in your window. In the end we have a chase, some more battles and the choice between Lemora and Lila’s father.
We have some blood, a real gothic feel, vampires, ghouls and some nightmare type sequences. The film was supposedly banned due to the anti-Catholic vibe the film brought but I did not feel that when watching the film. Sure there is some don’t wear a crucifix but what movie of vampires of demons does not. It could be the relationship between the two girls that lead it to be banned during this time of the 70s because it was very much out there.
Rating: The feel is dark, gloomy and does have a macabre gothic feel to it. Is this film a classic I’m not sure but it is worth checking out if you like dark really unknown but horror films of the 70s era.