Saturday, February 24, 2018

RING OF FEAR - Mickey Spillane - "Man-Killer" (1954)

Welcome to the jungle or what is known as the Dungeon Garden Maze because tonight's Saturday Night Special is just that! Freakin' Special with extra sauce!

"Ring Of Fear" is a real dichotomy unto itself! It is seemingly an extremely fascinating movie, and yet, boring as Hell, and somehow it manages to do it all at the same time!

Awesome amazing colour and wide screen CinemaScope for 1954!"

Here's the names of just some of the acts in the circus! The only thing missing is "The Flying Zucchinis" and "The Harvey Wallbangers!"

Sean (Them!) McClory is Dublin O'Malley, fittingly enough since that's where the man was born! Sean was also in the "Outer Limits" episode called "The Duplicate Man!"
Dublin is the real beast who needs to be behind bars, not the lions and tigers!

Dublin O'Malley is a psychopath who has just escaped from a mental hospital! He robs this dude, switches clothes with him, and throws him in front of a train so that it looks like he himself has died!

Too bad they never delved more into the Side Show, but then again, Dublin O'Malley is a big enough freak! "Step right up, and see the nice man, who is really a vicious killer!" That's what the barker should be saying!

Out of some 40,000 pictures we've put up on this blog, this circus crowd shot is one of the strangest!

1950's power trio left to right Pat (Harrigan and Son) O'Brien, the world famous Clyde Beatty, and wise-crackin' Mike Hammer author, and the only reason I wanted to see this movie, Mickey Spillane!

Hopped up on hot dogs, candy apples, ice cream, and soda pop, the crowd goes wild!

Just about as creepy as a clown can be!

Ta - Da!!
What a way to earn a living!

The circus is in town, and with each appearance comes the big parade! These people had some payroll!

How can you go wrong with Mickey Spillane playing himself in a movie? You can't! He's not an actor, he's a writer, and quite an eccentric character at that! He's here at the circus because there have been a series of mysterious deaths, and they thought his crime writing skills might come in handy trying to figure it all out, especially, since he wrote the freakin' story!

Here's what Mickey was focused in on!

Here Mickey can be seen interrogating Dublin! You wanna talk about laid back??

Mickey in a Hawaiian shirt!

Another great thing about "Ring Of Fear" is when there aren't elephants, there is an abundance of gorgeous gals in the background, and you just can't go wrong there!

Here's the big problem! A circus in 1954 made for a real interesting backdrop for a film. It doesn't have an every day appearance, and you don't really have to pay much for any sets or extras, but they always cram circus movies full of what else but circus footage, and as much as I liked the circus as a kid, I don't really enjoy watching animals like lions and tigers in small cages having whips cracked at them, and it's totally lost it's appeal, and consequently, there lies the rub! Without all that, this would have been a really good 40 minute movie! (but even as it is, it's worth it just to see Mickey Spillane's performance!)

Friday, February 23, 2018

TROLL / Empire Pictures, Altar Productions - 1986

Today I continue with Little Freaks Fridays, this time we have a tale about the wicked Troll King Torok, who's in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form. So, he invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives...

This one stars young Noah (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) Hathaway, Michael (IT'S ALIVE III) Moriarty, Shelley (THE STEPFATHER) Hack, Sonny (HAIRSPRAY) Bono, June (LOST IN SPACE) Lockhart and Brad (BYE BYE LOVE) Hall.

The Troll makes his way to San Francisco where he goes exploring an apartment complex and zeroes in on an interesting room with artwork he identifies with!

June plays the witch Eunice St. Clair, she now has the task of getting rid of the little unwanted pest, and, she takes her work very seriously!

Then, little Wendy Potter is confronted by the stinky old Troll. After that, she joins Eunice in trying to rid the place of the stench...

Eventually, Torok finds the magic ring and he knows how to use it!

Sonny looks like he's in a bit of trouble here! Did you know that Sonny has 159 movie soundtrack credits? That a freakin' lot...

Oh, and, the little sucker has a magic hypno-ball to screw with you!

Julia Louis-Dreyfus also appears in this flick in only her second acting role.

Most of the action involves the Potter family, Michael plays Harry Potter Sr. and Noah plays Harry Potter Jr. Funny in its own way!

Anyway, what are you going to do if this little creep comes to your house?.. Watch the damn movie to find out... So then, Eegah!! will invade this space tomorrow, be there or be...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING - "Curse Of Bigfoot" (1958)

Talk about a Weird Wednesday, well, it doesn't get much weirder than this 1958 feature called "Teenagers Battle The Thing!"

I found after I watched it, that "Teenagers Battle The Thing" was really in colour! I got this copy off of the Internet Archive, so I don't know where the colour is, but what do you want for free? 

Obviously from the footage seen here, it doesn't really matter whether it's in colour or not! Colour isn't going to make it any better!

"Teenagers Battle The Thing" was made in 1958, but wasn't ever released to any theaters, but in 1975, the makers decided to give it another chance, so they added about 30 minutes, and released it as a TV movie titled "Curse Of Bigfoot," so it went from just boring to totally boring for an even longer time.

Getting kind of arty with this transition shot of Bigfeet tracks!

This is the first glimpse we get of the monster! Not great, but I've seen worse!

Ivanpah looks like a happening spot!! It's actually Agua Dulce, California!

These are the innocent kids out on a field trip with their teacher!

Don't you know the guy behind the pole was pissed about the angle of this shot!

Wow! Look at this kids, a really olde rock!

The guys leave the two girls behind, and they find a plaque with some writing on it, and when they dislodge it, they find a hole underneath, so they drop down into the hole!

They find this mummy or some kind of petrified form, and somehow manage to get it up and out of the hole in no time at all! Must have been good Boy Scouts!!

Got the body thing stashed, so now it's time to kick back and relax!

But the damn thing comes back to life, escapes, and runs right at the camera!! Maybe he thought it was a 3D movie because he does it a couple of times!

The creature mauls the local Sheriff!

 So, they shoot the sumbitch!

And just to make sure, they douse it with gasoline and torch it with some flares!!

The Sheriff lives through the whole ordeal, and then it's The End, and it couldn't come soon enough for them, or me!! If they cut out all the bullshit, this would actually make a pretty good seven minute movie! If you really want to see for yourself and you have an Amazon Prime account, "Curse Of Bigfoot" streams for free in colour!

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