Antonio Margheriti – Wild Wild Planet (1965)

Criminali della galassia, I (aka Wild Wild Planet) was one of the early films of Antonia Margheriti, who went on to produce…..Cannibal Apocalypse (aka Apocalypse Domani). Compare and contrast – which would you rather watch??

Wild Wild Planet trailer;

IMDB entry for Criminali della galassia, I

IMDB entry for Apocalypse Domani

Last House on the Left and Cannibal Apocalypse VHS scans (pre-certification, early 1980s)

Further to my previous post, here are the VHS cover scans of both the unsettling ‘Last House on the Left’ and the mediocre ‘Cannibal Apocalypse’;

Cannibal Apocalypse scan courtesy of;

http://www.itsonlyamovie.co.uk/

Last House on the Left scan courtesy of;

http://www.witchmans-precert-horrorvideos.freewebsitehosting.com/

The Last House on the Left radio spot (1972)

One of the most notorious and seedy horror films that made it to a theatrical release, the Wes Craven written and directed ‘The Last House on the Left’ still has the queasy sick thrill of a nasty horror film and has more power and visceral kick than most horror films of the present age. The radio spot that advertised it during its initial theatrical run is suitably gloomy and unnerving;

Last House On The Left Radio Spot

I watched it for the first time in the mid-nineties when it was banned in the UK, a pirate copy on VHS alongside Cannibal Apocalypse (which is rubbish, even though it has John Saxon in it). ‘Last House on the Left’ is not an easy film to watch, but it is undeniably upsetting, unsettling and gripping.

The film finally gets an uncut UK release on DVD in October 2008;
http://www.melonfarmers.co.uk/nasties.htm#At_Last_4861
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IMDB entry for the 1972 original ‘Last House on the Left’
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_House_on_the_Left

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An excellent resource for those interested in the film;
http://www.geocities.com/lasthouseuk/home.html
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Also, there is a remake due to be released in 2009 – here is an early, early review;
http://horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com/2008/08/last-house-on-left.html

The Outbreak – who are you – Fly Boy or Rick Grimes*??? (2008)

Not since the days of the Sega Mega-CD and the notorious Night Trap has film based gaming interactivity been so much fun;

http://www.survivetheoutbreak.com/

It’s a zombie movie where YOU make the decisions on what to do. The opening scene is kind of reminiscent of the Romero classic ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ and considering that this must have been fairly low budget, it really works.

*Fly Boy didn’t make it out alive in ‘Dawn of the Dead’, but Rick Grimes, as of September 2008, is still going strong in ‘The Walking Dead’.

Psychedelic Soul – The Dramatics ‘The Devil is Dope’ (1973)


Listen to it here;

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Dramatics/_/The+Devil+Is+Dope

taken from the album ‘A Dramatic Experience’

It is just the greatest damn mess of fuzz guitar and orchestra with soul singers and shouters ever recorded on the planet. It even kicks off with some mini-drama of someone scoring dope. It came out on the Stax label no less (which makes it even more fantastic because by default if you were on Stax you were probably pretty brilliant anyway). It has a social message (don’t do drugs) and although it is around 5 and a half minutes long it never outstays its welcome. Although commonly associated with the likes of The Temptations during the time when the recently deceased Norman Whitfield was producing the likes of Cloud Nine, I believe that this is the epitome of the sub-genre. Unless someone can come up with something even better. Can someone come up with something even better?? Maybe some Funkadelic? Undisputed Truth?

Check out more about The Dramatics here

Review – The Walking Dead #52 (Image Comics)

Well, it’s a bit of a bridging episode this, as we get reintroduced to some old faces and we see more of the change in Rick (his lack of confidence, his hurt, his powerlessness, his disability, his anger). Carl has a few moments where we still glimpse the child who has somehow got this far amongst all this horror and death.

The main returning character plays up to their strengths, and it is great to see them in action again, and it seems as if Rick is glad of the relief. There are a couple more who make an appearance…….but that would spoil it wouldnt it? Go read it.

Not a lot happens, but at the same time the pieces are being put together for something much bigger than this current arc, which now seems to be coming to an end (I assume that this arc was all about Rick and Carl post-massacre). The fact that there are going to be more characters means we lose the intimacy and slower pacing of recent issues, but maybe what we will be getting in the near future is something more dynamic and pacy.

I still love this title.

The Stand (Marvel Comics – 2008)

http://www.marvel.com/comics/The_Stand

If you have any love for the superb Kirkman/Adlard title ‘The Walking Dead’, or get a kick out of apocalyptic comic drama like the Marc Guggenheim title ‘Resurrection’ or the Warren Ellis penned ‘Crossed’, then this is exciting news. The best (in my opinion) work by Horror legend Stephen King, ‘The Stand’ is coming to comics, and it all kicks off tomorrow (10/09/08)!

Here are details on the first issue;

http://www.marvel.com/catalog/?id=9707

and as a treat, Marvel have ‘The Stand Sketchbook’ free to view as a digital comic on their site;

http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.4427.Free!_Read_The_Stand_Sketchbook_Now!

and on the Stephen King site, lots more details;

http://www.stephenking.com/promo/stand_release_log/

IGN have some interior art from the first issue;

http://uk.comics.ign.com/articles/896/896718p1.html

The book itself is a huge work, over 1300 pages, and remains an impressive piece of post-apocalyptic ficiton. Judging by the art from the first issue, it looks like Marvel could be doing justice to ‘The Stand’ and creating one of the most memorable series of the year.