Archive for November 22nd, 2009
Had some technical issues over the weekend, so some of the posts have gone up late. These have now been posted and grouped so i’m back on track. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Rough sellection this week. Hopefully, we’ll be watching the following:-
Eyes without a Face
End of the Line
The Dark Hour
Keep the comments and suggestions coming in.
My name is Simon and I live in a storm drain! Is the opening line to this film. They don’t make ‘em like this anymore, and what a damn shame. In fact, I don’t think they made them like this back then either. This has got to be my favourite witchcraft movie. It’s full of great quotes, brilliantly executed by it’s funky cast. Andrew Prine’s finest moment as Simon King of the Witches, and highly in demand for his powerful use of the magical art. Police and Hippies both seek his ability and Simon picks and chooses as and when whilst he works on his true goal to enable a powerful purple/blue light to emit from a bar of metal. Through various summoning and castings, involving people in various states of undress, the metal eventually lights up to give Simon almighty status.
Simon flaunts his strength, appearing cool parties and crashing rival covens, one such event has a man with a goats head (a real one!) and a naked girl ready for sacrifice who’s only line is ‘don’t touch me, I’m a religious object.’ The whole scene is quite crazy with Simon waving a broom to make a mockery out of their event, whose head witch is actually played by Ultra Violet, one of Andy Warhol’s muses.
There’s a love interest too, (Brenda Scott) although as with all good romance, there’s a catch. Her father is a Police detective, who demands she no longer associates with Simon and his magic. The twist here though is Simon is warning against the use of drugs, wanting Linda to stay clean. Simon watches in a crazed spiritual dream as he falls through a mirror, (in a set piece that resembles Jimmy Page’s sequence from ‘Song Remains the Same’) that the local drugs are actually being ran by the head cop himself.
This is quite a film. If you are looking for something different, something fun, deep, edgy, colourful and clever then this is your one stop shop.
Death is only temporary. Is the final quote of the film and quite poetic too.
Haunted house films are few and far between and those of quality are very scarce. The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill and The Legend of Hell House is about it really. The Evil can be added to that short list. It’s a bit special this film. Plenty of paranormal activity, people being flung across rooms, clothes being ripped off, possessions, not to mention window shutters shuttering. Classic. And to think, I didn’t think they made anything of this ilk in the 70’s, or of any kind of quality appart from poltergiest and The Entity, although they are more ghosts rather than huge gothic rambling mansions.
Plot is a simple one. A couple buy a decaying mansion and prepare to renovate. A few friends call over and some strange things begin to happen, but it’s not until CJ (Richard Crenna famous for his Rambo role as Col. Sam Trautman) opens a secret door in the cellar that all hell breaks loose.
Yes, I know you’ve heard this all before and yes it is the same old plot, but The Evil has dramatic scenes, good acting and a nice 70’s vibe which contrasts really well against the old mansion.
Another bonus here is the amazing scene when Crenna actually enters what we suppose is hell, although slightly resembling Heaven before coming face to face with Satan in a white suit. The ghost of the house is also quite atmospheric too.
Prine takes second bill in this haunted maserpiece, but steals every moment on screen and performs a spectacular demise.