Saturday, October 28, 2017

" The Hitch-Hiker " on 31 Days of Classic Horror Films

The film opens with a wordless prologue obscured by darkness. The eponymous killer, posing as a hitchhiker, goes on a murderous spree. His body count climbs but is hidden offscreen, suggested by a woman’s purse falling from a car or an ominous shadow cutting across car door. Neither the killer (renamed Emmett Myers and played with psychotic quiet by William Talman) nor the extent of his crimes are revealed until he’s picked up on a pitch-black highway by two unwary fisherman, Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) and Roy Collins (noir veteran Edmond O’Brien). From this simple premise - three men, one gun, and a car on the border to Mexico - Lupino spins a story of survival and sadism. 

Read more HERE in this great little piece about female film maker and Ida Lupino. I always say " I could hang out on my film blog and write about movies, TV shows and anything related all day " 

I also chose this film to tease my editor on Xanaland who goes by the name Hitch Hiker on social media...gotcha 
girl ha ha ha! 

Enjoy tonight's movie and don't forget to subscribe for more classic horror movies this month! 

In case you don't have a fireplace....

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Horror Flicks to Die For! The Most Dangerous Game~ Watch it Here! Made in 1932 with Real Actors on a Real Set!

"Kill, then love! When you have known that, you have known ecstasy!"

The Most Dangerous Game - Zarkoff threatens his guests
The Plot! 

 The personal philosophy of Russian Count Zaroff (Leslie Banks) as he prepares to hunt down human prey Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) on a remote island in the motion picture The Most Dangerous Game (1932).
After a shipwreck, the Count and his assistant rescue a number of survivors and invite them to the comfort of his mansion on Baranka Island. Soon, the survivors dwindle in number and the remaining surviviors discover the Count is a mad and using his guests as reluctant participants in an usual big game hunt. “I have invented a new sensation.”
Giving his human prey a head start, the Count cries, “First the hunt...then the revels” as he follows closely behind with snarling dogs and bow and arrow.

The Most Dangerous Game - Count Zarkoff hunts his human prey

Unfortunately, for the Count, his prey becomes the hunter. As the Count admits defeat (“Yes...yes I insist you have beaten me.”) Rainsford stabs him to death.

The Most Dangerous Game - Rainsford becomes the hunter

"This world's divided into two kinds of people: the hunter and the hunted. Luckily I'm the hunter. Nothing can change that." - Bob Rainsford
In other great movie quotes!  In the film Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) Udo Kier as Baron Frankenstein says, “To know death, Otto, you must first fuck life in the gall bladder!”

The Most Dangerous Game - Movie Poster
The Most Dangerous Game - Map of Baranka Island


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Soundtrack Sunday with Miles Davis for the movie ' SIESTA '

To this day one of my very favorite soundtracks. I remember buying the album in the University District with my then boyfriend Andrew Wood, of Mother Love Bone. He loved Miles Davis. We then saw that it was a movie that was just coming out and went to see it down the street. 

I'm always surprised when I meet someone who's never seen it. With a huge cast starring Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Isabella Roselinni, Martin Sheen, Ellen Barkin, and Jodie Foster, and even a fun cameo with Grace Jones, it was one of the most interestingly cast movies and one of the sexiest I've even seen. 

Ellen Barkin was also married to Gabriel Byrne at the time, I believe they had 5 children together. 

via Wiki~ The screenplay was written by Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on a novel by Patrice Chaplin. The film was shot on location inSpain, released by Lorimar Motion Pictures, and debuted in New York City on November 11, 1987. The film's themes are sex and death. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the score for the film, Music from Siesta, which was written and arranged by frequent Davis collaborator Marcus Miller. Film critic Janet Maslin called it an "excitingly bad, artily experimental film".

Speaking of siestas, why don't Americans practice the art of napping like they do in Spain? 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

100 Macabre Songs for Your Halloween Playlist~Including All the Dark Soundtrack Songs We Wait All Year to Play!

As I was making a playlist  for Xanaland's upcoming party that we have monthly for our local musicians and friends, I realized I had actually come up with a great song list that must be shared. It was super fun to make and tells me a lot about myself, as I have special memories that go with many of the songs. I originally had 130, but narrowed it down to the 100 best. I chose music in the beginning that would be sort of the Halloween cooking music, if you will, and then got more into the traditional Halloween classics like The Munsters theme song, and found some great vintage goodies like the ones used in spooky Betty Boop cartoons; then it goes into the best songs from dark movie soundtracks, like the song by Tito Y Tarantula: After Dark,which is featured in Robert Rodriguez/Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn ."

Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Watch Navajo Joe ~ Spaghetti Western Week on Xanaland!

So get this! This was Burt Reynolds' second starring role in a movie! 

Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe
Hilarious! He kind of looks like a musician ha ha! He was among the last of the really white dudes playing Indian dudes of his era! Who's of course hunting down a group of bandits who are responsible for killing his tribe. The soundtrack is by none other than Ennio Morricone (although credited as Leo Nichols). More on him later, as his name will be popping up a lot this week. 

Now please enjoy Navajo Joe in its entirety 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Beach Girls & the Monster on Strange and Silly Movie Weekend

Oh you bet you're gonna wish you went to film school after you see this! 

I mean who didn't dream about making their own beach monster movie?! It just doesn't seem fair! Here's what WiKi had to say about this almost cult classic 

Interesting production facts~

The surfing footage, used for the scene where Richard runs a film for Mark was shot by one of the most prolific surf filmmakers of the 1960s, Dale Davis, who produced Walk on the Wet SideStrictly Hot, and the landmark The Golden Breed. For some release prints, the footage was printed in color.
According to the trailer for the film, the dancing girls seen in the movie are "The Watusi Dancing Girls" from Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club on Sunset Boulevard.[1]
Most of the interior shots - specifically all those of the Lindsay home - were shot at the West Los Angeles (Brentwood) residence of Henry and Shirley Rose, friends of the producer, Edward Janis. Shirley Rose was also the film's art director. The office scene was shot at the business office of Henry Rose.
All the sculptures and the 'Kingsley the Lion' puppet used in the film, were created by the actor who played Mark - Walker Edmiston, the host of "The Walker Edmiston Show", a children's television program in Los Angeles that featured puppets of his own creation including 'Kingsley the Lion.

interesting soundtrack facts~ 

The score for The Beach Girls and the Monster was arranged and conducted by Chuck Sagle, and a few of the musicians assembled for the soundtrack were members of the surf band The Hustlers (who are known for their songs "Kopout," "Inertia" and "Wailin’ Out") from Riverside, California.[3] In the book, Pop Surf Culture, written by Brian Chidesterand Dominic Priore, the soundtrack of The Beach Girls and the Monster "has got to rank up there among the best … no fewer than 13 different sections of full-bore, deep-reverb tank surf instrumentals throb the soundtrack". The theme song, titled "Dance Baby Dance," was written by Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Joan Janis, and produced by Edward Janis. Arnold Lessing, who plays Richard, wrote the song he sings in the film, "More Than Wanting You." Walker Edmiston and Elaine DuPont, who play Mark and Jane respectively, wrote "There's a Monster in the Surf."

Enjoy this B Movie like you would if it was your own!

Disqus for at the drive in