Archive for January, 2012
Late entry into the Giallo cycle is a much better effort than one might initially surmise. ‘Too beautiful To Die’ makes an excellent companion piece to the likes of Lambero Bava’s ‘Midnight Killer’ (1986) or his excellent ‘Body Puzzle’ (1992). (It’s always a boon to discover a viable gialli long after the genre lost favour with audiences and producer’s alike)
Nifty counter-culture road trip yarn with perky nubile hippie couple Burns & the delicious Foster having all manner of gonzoid adventures while hitch-hiking across the US. My favourite scene is with the estimable acting talents of Bruce Dern and Larry Hankin who prove to be anything but obliging hosts. (It would be interesting to note whether the talented Eric ‘Cohen & Tate’ Red utilized Dern’s manic persona as the genesis for his own immortal ‘The Hitcher’ opus.)
The future director of ‘Beastmaster 3: The eye of Braxus’ gives us a bleak take on the Omen mythos; while I found the child to be quite terrifying, I would’ve enjoyed seeing much more of Angela Pleasance. The acting is solid throughout and the film’s glacial tone is far more nihilistic than one would expect. Yet another rental classic from genre titans, Golan Globus! (It’s interesting to note that the director also worked on an episode of ‘Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense’ considering that ‘The Godsend’ would also have worked well as a leaner version for ‘The Hammer House of Horror’ series.