100 Days of Horror welcomes you to ... SATANFEST 2013

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"Y'all know me, know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow ya whole. Little shakin', little tenderizin', and down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back the tourists, that'll put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing."

Friday, August 20, 2010

100 Days of Horror Day Twenty-Eight - "Lady Frankenstein!"


Sorry but this is a short one by necessity today. We are leaving shortly for the beach! YAY OCEAN CITY MARYLAND! WE LOVE YOU!

Anyway, I will still update the blog (no idea what time) and will still watch movies so restr assured it will continue. And I know you were ALL so worried about that!

Today it's Italian horror camp classic "Lady Frankenstein!" Enjoy it's sensual, evil decadence and check The Skinny below!

Tomorrow it's "Shaun of the Dead!" YAY!

Lady Frankenstein (1971): Directed by Mel Welles. Starring Joseph Cotton and Rosabla Neri.

The Skinny: This Italian horror classic gives a feminist spin on the Frankenstein cannon. When the daughter of Dr. Frankenstein watches him die at the hands of her own creation, she hatches a devious plan to swap the brains of her older lover into the body of a handsome young man. The monster, however, shows up to put those plans to rest.

What’s Good: This film is a bizarre meditation on sex, death, youth and beauty. The titular Lady Frankenstein, as played by erotic film actress Rosabla Neri, is a sparking combination of sensuality and menace – somehow all at once sometimes. As her insatiable desires built to fever pitch and lead to murder, the joy and thrill of the kill plays across her face like a cat stalking a bird. It’s a strange and erotic journey, “Lady Frankenstein” is, but it’s definitely worth a look or two if only for its seething S&M undercurrent.

What’s Bad: Oh this one has it all – bad acting, bad directing, bad lighting, bad scenery, bad makeup, bad costumes and a bad video transfer. But honestly, this movie falls into the “It’s so bad it’s good” category of film in general, and let’s face it we all like the occasional bad movie don’t we? If you let yourself get a little wasted beforehand, you know a drink and a smoke maybe, you’ll be howling on the floor with laughter at the wooden acting and stilted dialogue.

Why We Like It: I think I enjoy just about every one of the Frankenstein movies, from the original Universal pictures to the Hammer House of Horror movies of the 50s and 60s to even misunderstood pieces like “The Bride” and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” This one is just as good in certain ways as the Hammer films, but it has that Spaghetti Western edge to it by a.) being an Italian-produced film, it uses some of those same locations and b.) it’s as dry and as dusty as the desert itself. But Neri is very sexy in her own way and like I said, there is just a creepiness to the whole production.

Memorable Stuff: ALL the sex scenes are pretty damn hot, but what adds to them in some cases is the kinky violence that underscores Neri’s every motion. Plus, there is some actual violence along with the sex, including the graphic, disturbing ending which I shant reveal here. Plus, the monster’s makeup is reprehensible.