Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
Director: Silvio Narizzano
Main Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Yootha Joyce, Donald Sutherland
Storyline: A young woman goes to visit the mother of a past fiancé and becomes overwhelmed with her need.
Review (Spoils): Patricia Carroll (Stefanie Powers) arrives in London with her new fiancé but before she can move on she promised that she would finally meet her old fiancés Steven’s mother (Tallulah Bankhead) (he died and Patricia has moved on). She travels out of town to an old beaten down house to finally meet the woman. She is old, strong opinionated, strangely religious and obsessed with her son. As Patricia tries to survive the visit she learns that she is not leaving anytime soon and has to keep lying to survive her visit. We quickly learn that mother is not all that she portrays to be.
Die! Die! My Darling is something a little different for a Hammer Film. This film is based mostly in an old house and a broken down mind. We have the very gorgeous Stefanie Powers playing the lead victim and lady who is being held against her will and captured because a mother is insane over the loss of her son. As the truth of Patricia starts to come to light the more nuts the mother is driven. The characters and acting is extremely well done and the even the storylines between the main plot is an interesting twist. Such as the hired staff that work for the mother and what’s in it for them. The religious over tones keeps the film entertaining and there are even some funny scenes but at the same time the mood can be very dark and icky at the same time. Some bright red blood, knives, gun shots, a green dead body, a couple prayers, lots of “poor Steven”, long legs and sexiness. This film has it all.
Rating: This title has been thrown around for long time from music from the Misfits right to the creepy and classic tunes of Alice Cooper and Steven. This movie is a classic! This is the perfect ex-mother in-law has lost her mind film. Tallulah Bankhead is one scary mom and very strong headed and when she finally snaps the fun begins. This is a classic horror film that everyone should checkout very entertaining.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Director: Philip Kaufman
Main Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy
Storyline: People are being replaced one by one with alien like clones.
Review (Spoils): In a small town located in San Francisco people start to see that people who they have known their whole lives are acting differently. When more and more people start to complain about the same thing with other people they know a group investigate it. Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland ) escapes an attempt to him and gathers some friends to escape the alien madness. On top of this the cute Elizabeth (Brooke Adams ) notices a strange pod and brings it home to her place to find out what kind of strange flower it was. Then her boyfriend becomes one of them and she follows him to see that he is exchanging parcels with strangers she has never seen before.
We have a couple of health care workers getting involved and trying to track down what is happening to the people they love. Why have they become these unemotional zombies? We have some goo, some strange flesh pods, and some fleshy clone bodies with weird white tendrils, pod people that make screeching sounds, mutated dog and a confusion of who is still human or a pod person.
Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams are awesome in this film and both stand out as characters that you care about.
Rating: Bring on the remakes! I have not seen the original but now I will and review that one but this film was not horrible and I can see how this is a classic sci-fi horror. I love films of this era so I kind of knew I would dig this film. Plus we have Leonard Nimoy what’s not to love!
Don’t Look Now (1973)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Main Stars: Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason
Storyline: A young couple grieve over the death of their young daughter. They move to Venice where they receive weird warnings of doom and their daughter from a psychic.
Review (Spoils): John (Donald Sutherland) and Laura Baxter (Julie Christie) move to Venice after the drowning of their young daughter in a pond. They come upon an elderly psychic that brings messages of their daughter which leads to the mother to believe that her daughter is wandering the streets in her little red coat. This leads to a haunting tale and stress in their marriage.
This film is not a straight on horror film, hell some might even disagree it is one at all. I find the haunting imagery of the red coat and the drowning itself was something that has stained my mind as a young kid when first seeing this film to even now. The conflict and acting of both the leads is very well done and Julie Christie was as sexy as ever.The film plays on a broken down couple, a serial killer and a disillusion of haunting memory of their child.
Rating: This is not your standard horror film but a tale of shock, stress and a nice mix of a serial killer tale. The movie plays like a ghost story but in truth it is about a killer on the loose and sometimes you can get lost in that which is not a bad thing.