This is the 15 minute interview with Naschy that was produced by American DVD companies Anchor Bay and Blue Underground for their releases of WEREWOLF SHADOW and CURSE OF THE DEVIL. If you've not been able to see it here is your chance! Its a good overview of how Jacinto Molina became Paul Naschy and stalked his way into horror history.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I don't usually post this type of thing here but I find this video to be one of the funniest short films I have seen in years. I live with a cat that pretty much rules our house by virtue of her cute actions, amusing attitude and general loveable nature. It is silly to anthropomorphize the wee beasties but I often ascribe thoughts to Katie the Cat that seem logical given the evidence at hand. If you live with a feline friend I'm sure you'll see a little of your sad kitty in this hilarious video.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Most of my favorite Superman stories involve him in the Justice League or teaming up with other Super Heroes. These covers make me want to read each and every issue of DC Comics Presents now! And catch MAN OF STEEL this weekend, of course.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I realized today that I didn't post the poster art for the film that spurred my talk with William Stout so here you go. And while I'm at it here's an image of the characters that were supposed to be romantically involved - at least in Stout's original version of the script.
Creepy, huh? Oh, and here's the trailer as well. If you haven't checked out the interview with Mr. Stout you can learn more at this LINK.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have enjoyed reading film novelizations since I was a wee lad. I have great memories of reading the STAR WARS and ALIEN novelizations long before I got to see the films and I've always thought that having those stories already present in my head when I sat down for my first viewing added to the experience. Usually though I have ended up reading the novelization well after seeing the film the book was based upon. There are a number of reasons for doing this. In my opinion the best reason is to see what changes were made to the finished film that stayed in the novel. These can be things as small as extra snatches of dialog or as big as entire sequences that didn't get filmed for various reasons. I always find the books interesting and quick reads even if they offer little in the way of top level writing or really anything more than simple, effective prose. But simple and effective prose is all these books require so when I read one of them I know what to expect.
Until now the only unifying trait tying all the novelizations I have read together would be that I actually liked the film being transmogrified into a book. That might seem like a given but I have finally broken that streak by reading a book based on a film I consider very, very bad. Indeed, I find INVASION USA (1984) so bad I entered it into our annual Turkey Night of Bad Cinema recently to introduce others to its incredible ridiculousness. So, why read the novelization of a terrible 80s action film starring renowned plank of wood Chuck Norris? This blog post by Joe Kenney over on GloriousTrash made it necessary.
So, now that I've read INVASION USA what do I think? Its a blast! Exactly as Mr. Kenney noted this version of the story actually makes sense. In the film Norris' blank-eyed hero Hunter seems to just repeatedly, magically appear where ever villain
terrorists are causing havoc. Hunter then mows the bad guys down with his
mini-submachine guns and then fades back into the night. Always the night. It
is this repeated pattern of superhuman ability to locate the bad guys followed
by near comic slaughter that makes the film so damned funny. But in the novel
we see that Hunter is smartly tracking reporters that are being tipped off by
the terrorists to increase the amount of news coverage each event receives. See
how easy that was to fix? Why is that not in the movie?
Also, the antagonism between Hunter and
Rostov is explained very well with a nightmare
flashback detailing the opportunity Hunter had to kill the dastardly fellow
several years before. This information makes Hunter's repeated use of the
phrase 'time to die' actually mean something in the narrative. It also makes Rostov's blind hatred for
Hunter clear and understandable which is far beyond what the film seems capable
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Most of the dialog in this trailer is in Italian but there is enough English spoken to make the two and half minutes worth it for us mono-linguists. I can't wait for the chance to see this documentary on the life and work of the great Mr. Margheriti just to get a look at some of the behind the scenes footage. And any chance to see some of the details of how he accomplished his miniature effects on such small budgets is pure Euro-Trash film gold! Supposedly a DVD is due out this Summer but I have no knowledge of when it might make it to our shores.
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Sometimes I am lucky enough to meet very accomplished people whose work I admire. Often these are authors I seek out for the chance to discuss their books or research subjects but in the past decade or so I have been able to meet several people who work in the film industry at one level or another. This has been fascinating as most of them have been very willing to talk about their work and also relate anecdotes about the pitfalls of filmmaking. To my good fortune, one of these people has been William Stout. Mr. Stout is an acclaimed illustrator, creature designer, storyboard artist, production designer and the writer of a few screenplays. This last bit of his resume was a surprise to me when his name turned up as the co-scripter of the Roger Corman produced barbarian epic THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS (1984). I had decided one uneventful night to revisit this little film now that it was available on DVD from Shout Factory and my surprise at this credit was total. As soon as I verified that it was indeed the same William Stout I knew I just had to ask him about it.
I first met Mr. Stout a few years ago when we struck up a friendship over shared music interests and since then its been a highlight of the Wonderfest convention each Spring to talk to him informally about his work. He is a charming, funny man with enough great stories to fill more than one book and I have always felt lucky to be able to hear him tell his tales. I was thrilled when he immediately agreed to sit down and talk with me about THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS for the podcast. If you've never met Mr. Stout I think you'll enjoy this conversation as a way to get an idea of what a nice gentleman he is and if you have any interest in the behind the scenes shenanigans that can happen, you will be laughing along with me. Although we start talking about Roger Corman and the barbarian films of the 1980s the discussion ranges across several other movies too. I often forget just how many of my favorite movies William Stout worked on!