1) SS Hell Camp Trailer
2) Two-Fisted Law Trailer
3) The Naked Venus (1959) trailer
4) The Nudist Story [For Members Only] (1960) trailer
5) Keeper of Darkness
6) Marvel's Jessica Jones - Official Trailer
7) The Last Witch Hunter Review
8) The Lost First Episode: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
This is the Lost First Episode of the Cinema Abyss Podcast. Hosts Rick and Tony with Guest Plinio review and talk about the great Hammer House of Horror/Shaw Brothers movie THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES.
John Carpenter’s Halloween vs Rob Zombie’s Halloween: which one do you prefer and why?
I prefer the original master piece by John Capenter. Yes, I understand that 1978’s HALLOWEEN is a slow burn and nothing really happens till the very end but the set up is brilliant. There are several reasons this movie still resonates; first being the sound track. John Carpenter outdid himself with the minimalist music he created for the movie. There are few people today that do not react with chills when the main title song is heard.
Secondly, Donald “Fucking” Pleasence is Dr. Sam Loomis. Pleasence owns the character. Malcolm McDowell is no slouch but he does not compare to Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis. Pleasence’s speech about Michael Myers is still believable and powerful today.
Thirdly Jamie Lee Curtis was the perfect 1970’s “cute” girl next door. It felt like you knew her or at least someone like her. This perceived connection helped build the tension. Curtis’ acting was very polished, and she did an excellent job portraying a person who knows something is wrong but talks herself into ignoring those feelings.
Lastly Michael Myers the unemotional, psychopathic killer. Starting as an adorable six year old boy something snapped in Michael, turning him into a remorseless killer. His victim was his fifteen year old sister. While locked up in an asylum he matured into a large, distant, and calm man. He waited fifteen years, biding his time until he could escape and return home. Michael is the stuff of nightmares. He does not speak. He does not show any sentiments. If he confronts you he will unceremoniously kill you. Doctor Loomis explained it best when his describe his time with Michael “I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.”
When it comes to Rob Zombie’s effort with Halloween (2007) I really liked the time spent in the asylum. That added nicely to the overall story. Where Zombie lost me was the attempt to kind of explain why Michael was as he was. Personally I liked the idea that he was just an evil force. Trying to show the real world influences that created Michael made it too “real”. I like these movies for there escapism I do not need real world situations to interrupt my fun.
Zombie also has a tough time getting his audience to connect with his characters. His characters are just so damn unlikeable. Most are just disposable. I hope he gets a chance to grow more as a storyteller because most of his movies have scenes which are some of my favorites; an example being the first 20 minutes of HOUSE OF A THOUSAND CORPSES is brilliant. It seems like he loses control of his films and they just crash and burn.
So I prefer the 1978 original John Carpenter movie Halloween. The music is great, Donald Pleasence rocks, Jamie Lee Curtis stars in her breakout role, and the unstoppable Michael Myers is introduced into the nightmares of the American populace
I am back on the keys to caress words from my mind. It is another post for the AtemiCast Network's Cinemaaaa Abysssss. You have to read that like your dragging out the words out.
I am sitting here watching the debut of USA network Mr. Roboto and I can tell you that I am digging it. I find the topic of the show gripping. I can kind of relate to "Elliot" and the rantings going on in his head. The writing of Mr. Roboto is a little edgy. The writers go after the topics that seem to be the issues that are ruining society. Affairs like social media and big corporations enslaving the masses. I see some elements of some other movies like "Swordfish,”.
I am currently studying Internet security. I would like to pursue the field and one day freelance this kind of work. The topic of hackers and whether they are heroes or criminals is a matter of opinion. If you expose a wrong doing like Elliot did in the beginning of this episode is it a criminal or a righteous act? Is the world a fake, plastic, facade?
The internet, our computers, our personal lives, our emotions, and our dirty secrets are all floating out there on the cloud for anyone with the skills to see. I’m ranting. I am into this show and its topic. Cyber security seems the job that will always be in demand in the future. While the internet grows and storage continues to evolve into more cloud based cache more information will be available to a hacker than ever before. That is what I got from this episode. Of course there is a deeper story here. I look forward to finding out what role Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) character plays or if his character even exists. HELL, who knows if I even exist. I am I writing this post, or have I been hacked by someone pretending to be me? How easy would it be? What could you actually find out about someone or about a company? We all know how easy it is to get a movie now a days and I am not talking about some crappy cam version either.
This show seems like it has staying power and Rami Malek is playing Elliot well. Stay tuned divers. Cinema Abyss will continue to explore the depths of movies and t.v. MR.ROBOT is on USA Network New Episodes every Wednesday 10/9c
Which movie would you choose to max out your credit
am a little to responsible to max out my credit cards for any movie. Plus why
would I max out my credit cards when I can stream or download any movie I want
Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
was taking an afternoon nap.
What time is bed time?
Rick: My bed time is whenever I feel like going to bed.
Have you ever won a trophy?
When did you last laugh at the movies?
Rick: I laugh at almost all movies. The last time I laughed in
a theater had to be the sneak preview of Project Almanac. That was an
unintentional laugh riot.
What kind of books do you like to read?
Rick: I usually read fantasy, science fiction, or philosophy
books. Presently I am ¼ of the way through Christopher Hitchens’ book “Arguably”. This book is a collection of his essays. I think I am actually getting a little
smarter by reading Hitchens.
What is the last movie that you saw at the cinema?
Rick: That is the same movie that made me laugh; the sneak
preview ofProject Almanac.
Seen any weird movies lately?
Rick: I have been watching a lot of Gallo movies lately. They
are pretty weird.The French Sex Murders was pretty damn good, The Red Headed Corpse was interesting, and The Night Evelyn Came out if the Grave was another strange effort.
What was the last movie you bought?
Rick: I have not brought
a movie in years but I did just recently rent City of The Living Dead. This
1980 Lucio Fulci classic based on the writing of H.P. Lovecraft. I really enjoyed this flick. The only glaring
problem was how easy it was to stop the madness.
Do you like to dance?
Rick: I only like to
dance when I’m not wearing underpants.
Hello faithful dwellers
of the Abyss, we are back with another interesting topic. The question was
brought up whether we preferred a crowded movie theater or an empty one? Now
this made me think. I have been in both packed and empty theaters but which was
the better experience? I would have to say it would depend on the film.
Watching the last few Marvel movies, it was kind of fun to watch in a full
theater. The throng would cheer at certain parts, clap for others and shout out
at the villain. This made watching the show fun. Some would say that the crowd
noise takes away from the motion picture but, I do not think it does. Now
excessive talking during a movie is a bother. That’s when someone gets told, “Shut
the fuck up! I paid good money to watch this movie, not to hear you
This brings me to
watching a film in an empty theater. I was lucky to have caught Interstellar in
an empty theater. For a picture like that it was crucial to pay attention to
what was going on. Not having to worry about anyone making noise, hearing all
those wrappers being opened, or people whispering made it seem as though I was
at home watching the motion picture on a giant screen.
In the end, I would
watch any show with no crowd or at least with a couple good friends. If I
really wanted to see a movie, I would put up with the crowds. The film would
hopefully be one worth watching with a multitude. Keep the questions coming and
stay tuned for more from the depths of our twisted minds.
Cinema Abyss wants to know more about you. Every now and then we are going to ask questions. They will be painless and hopefully a little fun and thought provoking. This is just a way for us to understand our audience. We also hope this will start some fun conversations.
If you had the chance to have dinner with any movie or television professional who would it be?
Tuesday night the crew of The Atemi-Cast went to the sneak preview of "Project Almanac." I am trying to think of a way to be nice. I am failing miserably. This unsuccessful attempt at a science fiction thriller was by Director Dean Israelite. Israelite is the cousin of Jonathan Liebesman. Liebesman is known for the "Wrath of the Titans," "Battle of Los Angeles," and most recently "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." I guess having family in the business helps.
"Project Almanac," reminded me of the other attempted "found footage" films. This was bad. I lost time that I will never get back. At the start of this train wreck, Jonny Weston (David Raskin), is filming his entry appeal to M.I.T.. Raskin's sister played by Amy Landecker is behind the camera. She continues to be the camera operator throughout the film. Her job is the easiest. Raskin and his friends are all science geeks. David Raskin, being an Almanac version of the Marvel character “Tony Stark. His dad "Ben Raskin" played by Gary Weeks is talked about as if he was "Howard Stark." That was one of the cheesy comparisons that were noticeable. Five minutes into the film I realized that the whole movie was going to be a first person camera shoot. Remarkably these teens film their whole lives; documenting every second of the day. The only thing they did not record was themselves taking a piss.
The movie goes on to build on the story that Raskin gets accepted to M.I.T. but cannot afford the tuition. He searches through his dads old inventions, (does this sound familiar) looking for something he could use to apply to another college. He comes across one of Ben Raskins' designs for what looks like a time displacement machine. Raskin and his friends Quinn Goldberg (Sam Lerner) and Adam Le (Allen Evangelista) figure out the design specs. They go on to attempt to make this device work and wouldn't you know it, the hot girl Jessie Pierce (Sofia Black-D'Elia) drives a hybrid car whose battery is perfect for this experiment. They get her to let them borrow her battery, which of course leads Pierce to become curious and to arrive in time to see the "guys" teleport a toy car. The movie drags on with tinkering with the device and the obvious attraction between Raskin and Pierce. The worst part of the plot is how the teens decide to use their new found power to move back in time. Going to rock concerts and winning the lottery "ONCE!" Hello, I think I would have won the big one at least two more times. If not that, then at least take a trip to vegas and place some bets. Retaking tests in school was Goldbergs big thing and Raskins' sister wanted revenge against a school bully. WHAT?!
Raskin makes mistakes. Messing up the deal the friends agreed upon about jumping time alone. He continues jumping trying to get things right. There are a lot of holes in this plot and the science does not make sense. I have put this movie in Davy Jones's locker and leave it there.
Last week I was sent passes to review Woman in Black 2. This was a little strange for the movie had been out for several weeks already. But who am I to look a gift horse in the mouth. The cool thing was the passes were for any showing of the movie anywhere the movie happened to be playing. I grabbed my girl and off to the Thursday afternoon matinee we went.
The Woman in Black story has been around since 1989 when it was a British TV movie of the same name. The franchise was resurrected in 2012 by Hammer films. Yes the production company once known as Hammer House of Horror. Hammer films used The Woman in Black (2012) as their reemergence vehicle back into the filmmaking world. Hammer even scored a major coup singing Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role.
Two years later and Hammer is back with The Woman in Black 2. This story takes place 40 years after the 2012 feature. The time is the 1940's and children of the English Cities have been sent into the countryside. This move was designed to protect them from the Nazi bombings. An unlucky group of children have been sent to the rundown island manner that has been the focal point of a past haunting.
The movie is rich in atmosphere and that is about it. There are no real scares here. There is mostly a lot of set up with little pay off. The film was acted well. It was the performances of the players that kept you somewhat engaged. What was lacking was a real story.
Phoebe Fox does a decent job as the heroine Eve Parkins. What little enjoyment I obtained from this movie was watching Fox. She is a beautiful woman. She also has the acting chops that could take her far if she gets any roles with substance.
I am a little disappointed in Hammer. They should be the masters of horror films but this outing falls flat. They did not do much better with The Quiet Ones. I can only hope Hammer will get their shit together. A Hammer Films reboot of their version of Frankenstein, Dracula, or the Mummy would be sweet.
A veteran secret agent takes a young upstart under his wing.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. - 20th Century Fox I was privileged to be invited to the first screening of KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. I was not sure what to expect. The trailers looked good. Unfortunately memory of the movie abortion THE AVENGERS (1998) kept me from buying in. When I reference THE AVENGERS I do not mean the Marvel AVENGERS. I am talking about the subpar Avengers movie starring Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes. That movie almost destroyed my love of the nineteen sixties TV show. If you liked that sixties spy story style then this updated version of the gentleman spy should be right up your alley.
The main story follows Kingsman agent Galahad (Colin Firth) as he tries to look out for Eggsy the son of an agent that died saving his Life. Eggsy is a smart, physically gifted young man that has given up. He has become a rough boy so he can take care of his mother. These two become embroiled in the strategies of billionaire Valentine. Valentine plans a worldwide genocide with only his chosen people surviving.
THE KINGSMAN has it all; slightly campy pop references, a lisping megalomaniac villain played by Samuel L. Jackson, a beautiful deadly femme fatale (Sofia Boutella), gadgets galore, scores of cannon fodder for action scenes, an anally inclined European princess (Hanna Alstrom), and one of the best no holds barred fight sequences ever put on film. I hope I did not give too much away.
See KINGSMAN in the theaters! It is worth the money.
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Stars: Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine Colin Firth as Harry Hart (Galahad) Michael Caine as Arthur Taron Egertonas Gary 'Eggsy' Unwin Sofia Boutellaas Gazelle Mark Strong as Merlin