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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Country: USA

Director: Roger Corman

Main Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Anthony Carbone, Judy Bamber

Storyline: A busboy at a local artist hang out wants to be somebody and when he accidently puts clay over top of dead cat and becomes a celebratory it goes straight to his mind.

MV5BNDYwODk0NjkwOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTYyMzcxMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_Review (Spoils): Walter (Dick Miller) is a bit of a loser who is stuck busing tables and listening to things that he wants to be part of such as music, poetry and art. He is tired of being made fun of and buys some clay and tries to make a statue of the charming Carla (Barboura Morris). When it all failed he loses his mind and kills a cat and covers it in clay. This becomes a piece of art and he shows it off and gets recognition. This starts the madness of his art and people start to go missing and slowly Walter starts to feel like a beatnik king.

This film is creepy and actually visually done well. You can sense the tension in Walter even the beatnik stuff can be overdone and annoying. We are graced with dead cats, clay, some strangulation, a frying pan, stabbing and a hanging. This all leads to a poor man who wants to be somebody and be loved by Carla.

Rating: I love this film, not sure why but I feel it is a cult classic that gets lost in the monster movies shuffle. I believe Dick Miller did an awesome and hats off to Roger Corman for a funny and yet creepy film.

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7/10 Beers!

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Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Country: USA

Director: Roger Corman

Main Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson

Storyline: Trapped on a shrinking island and over ruled by brain eating giant crabs!

MV5BMTQ0MTUyMjgxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjI2NzUyMQ@@__V1_SX214_AL_Review (Spoils): A small group of scientists travel to an island to explorer the effects of nuclear weapons. They become trapped when their plane gets destroyed for some unknown reason.During their investigation they come across that they have been left stranded because of brain eating yet intelligent colossal crabs. Even one of them speaks in a French accent.

The movie is a cheap 50s monster drive –in film which is great to watch once in awhile but the speaking crab drove me nuts it was beyond silly. Yes this film is not to be taken serious but the voice was painful to hear. Yes it is a Roger Corman classic and the crabs themselves are very interesting but if they would off left the voices off it would have been better.

Rating: This is a classic sci-fi horror B film. If you can get past the lame voice and the cheesy ending you should be ok for a campy monster film.

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5/10 Beers!

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The Wasp Woman (1959)

The Wasp Woman (1959)

Country: USA

Director: Roger Corman, Jack Hill

Main Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris

Storyline: A cosmetics woman creates a jelly from queen wasps to create a formula of youth but it has bad test results.

MV5BMTMxODE2MDg5Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDIwMDEzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_Review (Spoils): Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot) runs a cosmetic firm but feel her aging is affecting her business and social life so she contacts a scientist named Eric Zinthrop. He has created a formula of youth from the jelly from wasps. She willing becomes the first test subject and injects herself with it. Her personality changes (not for the better) and slowly she becomes a massive bitch. Professor Zinthrop gets hit by a car and is taken out of the scene and now she has no cure when she slowly becomes the wasp woman.

The story is very basic and a lot of the film plays like The Fly except you do not feel empathy for the wasp woman. The special effects are cheesy but yet very cool and the storyline is not bad either. I have seen way worse films then this so I’m not sure why this isn’t more a classic.

Rating: I did not mind this film, it was what it was suppose to be, a cheesy monster film. If you’re looking for a drive in monster film this one is not so bad.

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4/10 Beers!

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Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Country:  USA

Director:  Roger Corman

Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders

Storyline: A husband is being haunted by the ghost of his wife in a gothic castle.

MV5BNTkwMzYyNzcwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcwMDU2NA@@__V1_SX214_Review: Francis Barnard (John Kerr) travels to Spain to visit his sister Elizabeth’s (Barbara Steele) grave and investigate her death. He meets her husband Nicholas Medina (Vincent Price) who is driven mad from his childhood and from the ghostly presence he is experiencing of his late wife Elizabeth. Nicholas sister Catherine (Luana Anders) tries to hide his madness and the experience of their father’s torture chamber which is found in the dungeons of the castle. This all leads to what really happened to Elizabeth and is she really haunting the mind of Nicholas? The whole story unfolds and the truth is found and Nicholas shows the true colours of his family past.

Rating: I find this is Vincent Price at one of his best. He always plays the best madman and his facial expressions are top notch here. This is a classic Poe tale with non other then one of the kings of horror Mr.Price himself for this haunting tale. Fear the iron maiden!!!

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6/10 Beers!

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The Raven (1963)

The Raven (1963)

Country:  USA

Director:  Roger Corman

Main StarsVincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Storyline:  A magic user has been turned into a raven and turns to his former sorcerer to help him.

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Review (Spoils):  This is based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem which Vincent Price is known to do. What we have is Bedlo (Peter Lorre) comes to Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) for help as he has been turned into a raven from an evil wizard named Scarabus (Boris Karloff). Through this we also learn that Scarabus has enchanted Craven’s long lost wife Lenore (Hazel Court) who he believed to be dead!

The acting is well done in the film but the horror is lacking in this Poe film unlike other films that Vincent Price has done.  This is film is more of spoof then actually to be taken serious even the special effects are a little silly. Nothing shocking here except some crazy spell effects.

Rating:  As for Vincent Price films this one lacks as there are a lot better ones out there to checkout for the king of macabre.

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3/10 Beers!

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