Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Whether in good movies or bad--and he did more of the latter than the former, sadly, John Carradine was always a joy to watch, even as his health failed and it became obvious he was going on autopilot. Carradine at his worst was still more interesting than most of his latter-day co-stars at their best!
Period dramas, westerns, comedies, noir, but most of all horror films. Carradine played Dracula in such a weirdly diverse collection of films ranging from HOUSE OF DRACULA and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN to BILLY THE KID MEETS DRACULA, 1978's NOCTURNA, and McCLOUD MEETS DRACULA!
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Back in the 1980s, this little gem of a movie was considered one of the worst movies ever made and rightly forgotten. But how bad could it be with that cast? It became one of my Holy Grails when it came to movies. And eventually I did finally get to see it about 3 decades later. And, hey! It's okay! It's low budget, old-fashioned, filled with one-liners and stunt casting, nice photography and a pretty good musical score. Along with the cast listed above, Stooge Moe Howard appears, too, as does the great cartoon voice actor Henry Corden. Below are some clippings that show the film was in the works several years before the DICK VAN DYKE SHOW ended.
Interestingly enough, I apparently actually saw DON'T WORRY, WE'LL THINK OF A TITLE at the Madison Theater when I was 7 years old as, according to the Newspaper Archives, it played a s a 2nd feature to Bob Hope's BOY, DID I GET A WRONG NUMBER, a picture I definitely remember seeing with my parents at that time! I'd hate to have had to put both of those titles on the three sides of the theater marquee though.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016
VAMPIRA was a 1974 horror movie spoof from England that found some success in the US under the new title, OLD DRACULA, in the wake of Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. The two films have less than nothing in common, however, with this one decidedly British. The ever classy David Niven, who was working quite steadily in A list projects during this period, essentially plays himself as a classy vampire, and former LAUGH-IN star Teresa Graves (GET CHRISTIE LOVE) plays his resurrected love interest. Another former LAUGH-IN star, Jeremy Lloyd, wrote the picture. Lloyd also created ARE YOU BEING SERVED? around that same time and that series' star Frank Thornton appears here as well. Linda Hayden, Veronica Carlson and even the CARRY ON series' Bernard Bresslaw show up to heighten the British feel. I caught the film on a matinee at Cincinnati's Skywalk Cinemas, not having a clue what to expect, and enjoyed it immensely. I can only imagine how disappointed fans expecting Brooks-style humor must have been.