Wednesday, April 18, 2018

THE VIOLENT YEARS - "Untamed Thrill-Girls Of The Highway!" - Ed Wood (1956)

 Over the course of the last ten years or so, I've watched a lot of bad movies, and I have to tell you that "The Violent Years" is right up there with the worst of them!
 Welcome back to The Dungeon!

 "The Violent Years" is an extremely simple story as written by Edward D. Wood Jr., and I can't see mocking it, because it's already a mockery of itself! It's that ridiculous!

 When I was rooting around looking for more info on "The Violent Years," I found out that there was an MST3K version. I haven't seen it, but that had to be like shooting fish in a barrel!

 This vicious gang of four girls include Miss Citizenship Paula Parkins. Paula was played by Jean (The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack Of The Puppet People, Atomic Submarine) Moorhead!

Phyllis is Miss Self Restraint! This was Gloria Farr's one shot at fame!

Miss Politeness was Joanne Cangi as Geraldine! Joanne's only other foray into acting was as a telephone switchboard operator in "It's A Great Life."

Last but not least is Miss Loyalty also known as Georgia as played by Theresa Hancock. This was also Theresa's only ever role.

On the right is Barbara Weeks as Paula's Mom Jane Parkins. She is so busy with her social life that she has no clue that her daughter is a conniving juvenile delinquent. If your daughter is 21 and still in high school, you just might need to start wondering if her and her friends are up to no good, don't you think?

These girls are really bad, and Ed would never try and explain anything like where they got all these guns from! They like to rob gas stations!

They like to harass people! They make this gal strip, then they tie her up, and make off with her boyfriend!

All four walked off into the woods with him, and unless he got killed or beaten pretty bad, he just might have kind of had a good time!

The innocence of youth? Not this time!

Pajama Party? This is a smoking and drinking makeout party!
In every one of the couples spit swap, they are also all holding cigarettes between their grubby juvenile fingers!

For a cheapass movie, "The Violent Years" has some pretty cool music in it. No composer is given credit for it, but the Music Director was Michael (King Dinosaur, The Unearthly, The Devil's Hand) Terr.

When offered an opportunity to trash the school for pay, it's like a dream come true for these bad girls, and they go right to work!

A security guard hears the racket they're making busting stuff up, and calls the cops, and everything goes South from there. First Phyllis gets shot and killed, and then Paula shoots one of the police officers!

Not until the end that is!

It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, then suddenly it's a stark, cold and lonely world!
Next time kids, dare not to be stupid, or you might end up here too!
This has been a public service announcement from Eegah!! and Tabonga!

Monday, April 16, 2018

FROM BEYOND / Everything Is Alive... And Hungry! - 1986

Here's another H. P. Lovecraft story from the RE-ANIMATOR gang, this time, a group of scientists have developed a machine called The Resonator, it allows whoever is within its range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But, when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by creepy, biting life forms!

It stars Jeffrey (THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS) Combs, Barbara (ROBOT WARS) Crampton, Ted (BASKET CASE 2) Sorel and Ken (DAWN OF THE DEAD) Foree. I actually saw this one when it came out...

After a deadly accident with the Resonator, Crawford Tillinghast (Combs), Dr. Katherine Mc Michaels (Crampton) and Bubba Brownlee (Foree) return to the house where the Resonator is located... Then, they turn it on!

Besides a feeling of euphoria they have, some very strange creatures appear and attack Bubba!

Then, Dr. Edward Pretorius (Sorel), who was killed in the original accident, appears and changes into a slobbering monster. He takes a liking to the female, Dr. Mc Michaels!

Even with the machine off, its influence takes over Mc Michaels sensations. So, what else, she starts feeling super sexy and shocks Bubba when he walks in on her trying to put the make on the damaged Tillinghast.

The machine can come on at any time and if you try to turn it off, well, it shocks the Hell out of you!! A maggot swarm demolishes big Bubba, some sick shit going on around here, man!

Dr. Pretorius has a new trick up his.. err.. you know. Anyway, a weird eyeball pops out of his head. It's a cool psychedelic way of seeing things!..

Instead of seeing this...

You see it like this!.. Far out!

Tillinghast then gets his extra eye! By this time, him and Mc Michaels are out of the house, both undergoing therapy! Later, he feasts on his nurse's eye socket for the halibut!..

Don't ax me, they jus' be crazy!!

Okay, back at the ranch... It's time to rumble, Tillinghast and Pretorius fight it out, but hey, monsters generally beat the crap out of puny humans!

Mc Michaels is feverishly trying to destroy the Resonator but's always in constant danger.

Pretorius has gone totally bonkers and only has a few seconds left to exist...

Our heroine was able to rig up a bomb on the machine, we'll end it here, with 13 seconds left on the timer, just before it goes... KA-FUKIN-BLOOWIE!!!!

Well, that's it today, tune in Wednesday where Eegah!! dares you to check out his cargo!

Saturday, April 14, 2018


The original concept of this blog was to be 'music from the monster movies,' so I think it's about time I showed you some of the record soundtrack album covers to go along with some of those movies! Welcome to The Dungeon! Up first from 1956, is the wild electronic soundtrack by Louis and Bebe Barron for one of the best movies of all time, "Forbidden Planet." As cool and ahead of it's time as this music was, it's still hard for me to imagine anybody taking this record home and listening to it over and over. It was perfect for the movie, but it's just not that kind of music!

I was going to strictly do records from movies we've written about here, but I'm making the exception for these two "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer" records, just because it's Mickey Spillane we're talking about here, not some ordinary chump!!

 "The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad" from 1958 had a magnificent score by Bernard Herrmann!

"I Married A Monster From Outer Space" came out in 1958, but this 'soundtrack' CD wasn't released until 2012. I still included it here since it's one of our favourite movies!

This LP was a 1964 release of music from the TV series "Burke's Law." The double entendre here is that the composer's name was Herschel Burke Gilbert. Tricky, right?

Piero Umiliani was a gifted composer we have featured here many times, and I'm sure this 1965 album for the movie "Operazione Poker" is a swingin' affair! Five aces in the deck, you gotta love it!

"The Satan Bug" came out in 1965, but this hard to find CD by Jerry Goldsmith wasn't released until 2007.

This fantastic record of music by Peter Thomas for the German Space Patrol, "Raumpatrouille" was released in 1966. I'm pretty sure that autographed CD's can still be purchased from BSC Music for a very reasonable price.

This seven inch 45 from 1966 by Nelson Riddle featured the "Batman Theme" written by Neal Hefti from the "Batman" TV series, and the flip side was another composer play on words, called "Nelson's Riddler!"

In 1967 "Bedazzled" came out, and this soundtrack LP came out the following year. Most of the music for the movie was composed by Dudley Moore himself. What a talented guy he was!

This is the cover for a 2016 vinyl LP they released of the 1967 film "Mad Monster Party" featuring music composed by Maury Lewis and Jules Bass, with some spoken word from Boris Karloff, and the title song sung by Ethel Ennis as can be heard right here!

This 1968 soundtrack from "Danger: Diabolik" is composed by Maestro Ennio Morricone and features the awesome song "Deep Down."

The prolific Bruno Nicolai is another Italian composer we've featured on these pages a number of times! This 1972 LP featured the music from the film "All The Colors Of The Dark!"

This CD for the 1973 film "The Satanic Rites Of Dracula" composed by John Cacavas, came back from the dead in 2011.

Sun Ra and his amazing Intergalactic Solar Arkestra came out with this movie and record called "Space Is The Place" in 1974, and is a must-see for any true fan of music!

"Suspiria" from 1977 is a Dario Argento movie we haven't got around to yet, but I wanted to include this cover just because I like the "Creepers" band called Goblin!

"The Monster Club" came out in 1981, with this very fun and listenable soundtrack featuring B.A. Robertson, The Viewers, Night, UB-40, Expressos. The Pretty Things, John Williams with the Douglas Gamely Orchestra, John Georgiadis, and Alan Hawkshaw!

Last but not least comes "Evil Dead II" from 1987, and music from Joseph Lo Duca!
Pretty Crazy, huh?

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