Thursday, 3 May 2018

GRIZZLED ! Nature Fights Back...BIG Time

'The Peng-Ultimate Big Game Predator'

A New Creature Feature / Mutant Monster Movie Production 
From Writer / Director Rycke Foreman

Readying To Be Unleashed To The Big Screen Early 2019


Hearken back, if you will, to those halcyon days of movie matinee monster flicks & late night double bill creature feature / horror movies, you know the ones as a kid where your cool dad would tell you not to let on to your mum that you were allowed to stay up and watch ! 

The stylish Seventies silliness and the Eighties Action Greats. When nature fought back & mutant monsters ran amok. Movies like, Night Of The Lepus (1972), Phase IV (1974), Jaws (1975), Bug (1975), The Food Of The Gods (1976), Day Of The Animals (1977), and one of my all time personal favourite nature bites back, man poisons the environment features, Prophecy (1979).

Well, fellow fan and all round 'B' movie loving, writer / film maker, good guy Rycke Foreman has been working his natures knee to the nut sack off to bring back the very best of all things gone Wild In The Country. Fear not, he isn't bringing us a horror remake of the 1961 Elvis Presley vehicle, although Elvis squaring off against an army of reanimated peanut butter & deep fried banana addicted killer squirrels will now be forever Always On My Mind ! Maybe one for the future ? Right now though Rycke wants to bring us ... GRIZZLED !

GRIZZLED ! is a love letter and semi spoofing satire of the nature run amok genre, particularly inspired by those wonderful schlock horror releases from the Seventies, and a spritzer infused dumb fun dose of Airplane & Airplane II from the early Eighties. Rycke's fully realised script is about three forest rangers and a grizzled hunter, thrown together in a monstrous game of cat and mouse with a giant mutant penguin, as they attempt to rescue the President's lost daughter on the 4th July.

What the Elmer Fudd ! So this is a modern day mutant monster movie about a King Penguin ?!
Yes indeed, but it's a Big F**KING PENGUIN !!! The Biggest WMD threat of all. A Wingless Mass of Destruction, looking to waddle its way into the memorable annals of all things great about creature feature, mutant monster movies that we have all come to know and love down the years. A re-watchable, smile to the face schlock horror satire, infused with blood & thunder, aimed at a teen / adult audience.

Rycke is looking to deliver a Million dollar movie on a quarter to half a million dollar budget.Putting all the money into the movie itself, showing it up on the screen, and giving us the fans, and patron paying public, value for money, along with an after movie friends and family proud call to action cry of, 'Go see GRIZZLED !, NOW !'

To get this done, in the very best possible way, for us, Rycke also needs us ! GRIZZLED ! is currently slated to begin filming for 3-4 weeks this August 2018, with a pre-production period of about 8-10 weeks. For the biggest and most bad arsed version of Grizzled ! to get made though Rycke is seeking our assistance by way of extra cash generation through Crowd Funding.

A Kickstarter page has gone live and will remain so through until June 8th 2018. Please do check out the link that follows here & find out even more about this 'Funtastic' project, as well as more information about Rycke himself.

Please do give GRIZZLED ! any & all support that you are able to in order for Rycke to bring us, the fans, a good old school slice of Seventies / Eighties style proper schlock horror, creature feature Goodness, that we have been far too long starved of.

A Kickstarter contribution is not only very welcome and so very much greatly appreciated by Rycke & his film making team, but also offers many great rewards for backers of the movie. The perfect feel good factor relationship between film makers and film investors.

Just like John J. Rambo, all Rycke really wants is for fans to love his film project as much as he loves it ! And for GRIZZLED ! to get made Rycke is gonna need a bigger scope to shoot the movie he wants, and we deserve.

Remember the ecological disaster / nature turns on man fear feature, Frogs (1972) ? Let it then with our help, inspirationally spawn ... GRIZZLED !

GRIZZLED ! ain't no Turkey. Cross this big angry bird and you'll be all outta Pluck !

So go get you some GRIZZLED ! Goodness ...

May The Farce Be With You

GRIZZLED ! Coming Soon ...

''To Give Humanity The BIG Bird !''


On Behalf Of Rycke Foreman &
 Ballistic Blood Bullets


Friday, 17 June 2016

Susannah O'Brien... One Vision At A Time

Interview With Independent Film Maker
Susannah O'Brien Ph.D
(June 2016)

Ballistic Blood Bullets, in association with The Geek Legion Of Doom, are delighted to have the opportunity to chat with independent film maker Susannah O’Brien. Writer, producer and director of such recent creative horror films as, Encounter (2015), Hallucinogen (2016) & The Doll (2016).

[PAUL] Welcome Susannah. Thank you for taking time out from your busy daily schedule to be with us today. Your movie output certainly seems to have a prolific purpose about it over the last couple of years. Was this how you envisaged it to be ?

[SUSANNAH] Hi, and thanks for interviewing me. You might want to fix my grammar, I refuse to use it ever since my dissertation lol, and my mom being my English teacher, it's my way of rebelling. These two years have been a shock to me actually moving to Los Angeles, making three movies, trying to find my niche, and where to fit in here. Losing my father to cancer I've had a tough two years, but when you can go to the theater and see your movie it's all worth it. 

Have horror films always been a passion of yours, or are there other favourite genre influences also that we might get to see in your future film making projects ?

My sister is actually the horror fanatic. I always hold my ears when I see horror films, it's all about the loud sound. It is really fun scaring people. She used to make haunted houses for me to go in when I was little, and scary masks. And we lived in a haunted house growing up, so that was scary. I always loved, Friday the 13th (1980) and Halloween's.

Before your career in film you actually qualified as a psychologist and became a counselor. This in itself must have been rewarding work, and also perhaps very useful to you now in character profiling actors for your films. How do your psychology skills assist in your film making processes ?

I counseled to help people look at life differently. I'm sure my degree helps me write faster. After you do a dissertation writing for a script seems easier, lol. I wish I could say it was my degree but all my creations and scripts are definitely from God. I think he creates, not me. I'm just a messenger. I am the biggest Christian in the world, and Jesus freak. I even had a ministry at one time to help people, and I think it's funny when people say my visions have to be from a dark place. All of my scripts have a hidden meaning or message. I feel like I'm a ghost buster ! I tell a story that needs to be told, and we can't enjoy the good without the horror, and if God created all things.
But we definitely do get haunted on set some, lol. The Hallucinogen entity is no joke, it haunted my nephew. He is in the beginning of the film. That's his true story, and when I wrote the script the ghost went away, so it's worth it. I think horror movies do bring up some funky energies that need to be cleared. Most sets get blessed by priests. So I just use my visions to write, and make movies, and I hope I am a good enough conduit. I think if I had the funding my scripts could be shown on film so much better. Most of my flaws are due to budget !

You experienced very real horror when death itself became an unwelcome bed fellow in your own personal life, but your faith in the higher being, at such a terribly traumatic time, had it seems a very profound affect upon your purpose to write screenplays. Do you recall the thought transition at that time which then enabled you to visualize a multitude of scripts ?

It was my worst hour, but I have had many. I had a tumor. I was sick at the Mayo clinic, but it was a job like experience. When the scripts came in I had recently lost everything. My grandpa, my dogs, my soul mate, and I was sitting on my porch and God came to me, and said be still and trust in the lord, and I think the scripts came to help me through that year.
All years are hard, it's life, nut the stories I wrote, that were shown to me in the vision, really helped me. Creating helps me, and I think God knew my dad was going to die, so he sent something to fulfill me. The stories I wrote and my work do that.
Encounter (2015) was a clear vision. A true story that happened to two people who were just married. The original vision took place in the 1960's, and I think this couple tragically died on a farm, and no one knew. And their story had to be told, to release their souls ! I was sad when I got the vision for Encounter. I felt what they felt.

Your creative movie making house, Sahara Vision Productions, seems itself prophetically born out from your personally quoted experience of having to cross the desert to reach Hollywood, and face your personal fears. Do you feel in having full creative control this has afforded you greater respect and opportunities to attract financing, and like minded creative individuals to work with that you can trust, in the otherwise infamously avarice minded industry ?

I don't know ! I love having creative control but it keeps you isolated. I would love the opportunity to work with more people, and get more funding, and have some exec look at my pitch book. And see my visions ! But I'm not going to wait around for Hollywood, so I just make them myself.

The inspired camera work & cinematography of David M. Brewer is evident to see in your film, Hallucinogen (2016), complimenting your own keen directors eye for framing scenes. How pleasing is it for you to be able to work with such talent, well respected for being involved with such recognized horror films as, Insidious (2010) ?

Working with Dave was a pleasure. I actually feel sorry for him working with me, lol. My stes are run very differently than a studio set. That was the first movie I had an Assistant Director on. lol. I really use the visions I see in my head to dictate a scene, and I am still learning to talk to dp's ( Director of photography), and story boarding is new to me. We didn't really have a shot list, I just told him my vision, and I know my weird style. We didn't get the coverage he wanted. We shot the movie in a record eight days, at ten hour days. But I sit with my editors and sound, and say where to cut, so I know when I have the shot I need, and how to edit around stuff.
It was a great learning experience for me. I am trying to adapt to the studio style of film sets, but people have to adapt to my eccentric way of shooting, using my vision.
So Dave was great. I use what I call a conduit on set, which happens to be my script editor, his name is Michael Phillip Edwards, and he can see my visions. So I would have him run around set and tell people what I see, and explain it in film language. It's just my style to stay in vision because I am sort of a psychic spiritual medium, so to speak. I live in two worlds, and I actually get orders from the other side, as creepy as that sounds, as what to film and where to edit.  

Your visualization in camera of the predominantly interior house shots from, Hallucinogen (2016) are simply, yet well dressed, with a great use of light shading to accentuate the moments of tension. This was reminiscent of the impressive style of the great Italian director Mario Bava in his horror films, and also Dario Argento, as well to certain degree Roger Corman. Are such renowned film makers or similar an influence upon your own style of film making ?

I think the only style I have is maybe, Hitchcock and M. Night Shyamalan. I can watch any of his movies and to show I see his vision, and where he gets it, and it's very similar. And as far as Alfred Hitchcock, my style is very 1950's and 1960's. I am a huge horror sci-fi geek from that time period. More so sci-fi ! I have box sets that I watch. Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) is so scary and one of my favourite examples of horror meets sci-fi.
As far as lighting, I really love the orange glow, Encounter (2015) had. My dp for, The Doll (2016) Allister Conway, is a lighting genius, and The Doll (2016) looks like a French painting. He always jokes with me and says watch this movie, see the lighting, and I'm like no I don't want to, I want to see the acting and the story. Who cares if it looks good if there is bad acting, and no story !?, lol. So we are both right.

Which films and film makers have indeed been a memorable & influential part of the young Susannah O’Brien’s past right to this day ?

Since I was kind of indoctrinated into film making from my near death experience and visions I never said I want to be a film maker, that's what's so weird about my journey. So I can look at my style and say that vision reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock or M. Night Shyamalan, (and I hope I'm spelling his name right, lol), but I never really tried to be like anyone. I always did watch the Oscars growing up, and knew someday I will get one, which was always shown to me in visions too, so how I will get from horror to the Oscars I don't know. I just take it one vision at a time, and it got me across the desert, and my first movie theatrical release.

Were your parents aware that they had a budding film maker in the family, and encourage such pursuits, or was it envisioned that you were destined for that career in the field of psychology ?

I started out in the stock market, and then real estate. I loved building houses and buying real estate, and flipping them. That was my passion. And I did counseling as more to help people, and I was good at it. I hot my Ph.D for my mom. She has hers, but I never really cared for school. It was always easy for me. I was a self learner. But I was more of an entrepreneurial brain, so they had no idea. I think they and I always thought I would write books, and that I would have a book out first.

Your faith and particularly your mother are clearly most important to you. In other written articles you have talked about just how grueling film productions have been, and that there is a very tangible aroma on set after long hours of shooting, to which apparently your dear mother assures you’ll get used to, with the added motherly advice to just use Febreze. What advice and reassurance do you find yourself giving to people around you during the working day ?

My editors and dp's prob want to murder me, lol. I just am always working, and try to get all of us to stay in vision for the project. If anything Allister Conway, my dp and editor, always keeps me going. He's like, don't give up !, and give me great advice.

Encounter (2015) was your debut feature film. How much of a proud parent releasing her baby to the world were you upon its release, and did you sneak into theaters to experience with an audience, and if so what was the reaction to the screening ?

I took my mom to see, Encounter (2015). It was so surreal to see it next to, Star Wars ( Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015). There is no experience like taking your mom to your own movie.
I was at AFM (American Film Market) before it sold, and snuck into a a screening, and some execs were in there. My assistant and I felt we couldn't leave or they would think we didn't like it, so we acted scared, and gasped, and it was really funny actually. I almost missed a meeting with Paramount over it.

Before feature films did you make any short experimental movies or write scripts for others that were then shot on camera in any shape or form ?

I didn't. I don't really see the point of shorts. It does leave me wanting to see more, but it's hard to sell them or get funding. I just say make a feature ! I didn't have any films or scripts prior to my visions.

It is refreshing to have another female film maker such as yourself breaking into the business with such cumulative success, particularly in the horror genre. Kathryn Bigelow for instance has done fantastically well, and of course herself given us the mercurial horror feature, Near Dark (1987). Do you feel that opportunities behind the camera, and roles in front of the camera are better for women today or as difficult & as stereotypical as ever !?

I have heard out here that female directors are in demand. It's like a rumor going around, so maybe it's easier to get the job now than before.

Your latest film, The Doll (2016) features You Tube celebrity Valeria Lukyanova. The Ukranian living Barbie Doll sensation is inspired casting and from the movie trailer looks to be perfect for the role. How did you come to cast Valeria in your film ?

I had a vision of Valeria before I knew she existed, and I have five Doll scripts. I kept seeing this perfect doll person in my visions, so I wrote them a year before I knew she existed, and one day my assistant was on You Tube and said, look it's your vision ! Valeria is very spiritual as well, and she thinks we were linked by the same spirit guide.

How was working with Valeria Luckyanova, and do you feel that she may have a potential future in the movie business ? Her unusual look would be potentially perfect for a reworking of the French chiller classic, Eyes Without A Face (1960).

Valeria was a true doll to work with. She worked long hard hours and days, and never complained. She was a natural for the part. She def has a future. She's in Mexico now and going to be in a lot of TV shows on Telemundo. She has a look and presence that is of a true star, so people will def see more of her. She attracts fans.

What can the growing fan base of Susannah O’Brien expect from you & your Sahara Vision Productions company in the future ?

I want to do more sci-fi. I really loved, Encounter (2015). I want to do dramas. I think my horrors are actually good dramas. I have more comedy scripts than horror, for the 'A' list comedian.
I think the film industry is changing, and I would like to take You Tube stars and put them in movies, and stream to a website that fans really want.
I really love sci-fi fans they are so loyal, and forever. So if I could mix sci-fi with horror, and make the fans happy, with the budget I have, that would be my goal. And those two Oscars I was promised in my vision would be nice :p

Is there a closing statement that you would like to share here with the readership and horror film community who support and follow you ?

I hope you enjoy my first three films. I am learning and I want to hear what the fans want, and make better movies. I want my fans to come home from work, and go to my future website and look forward to downloading my movies. So if you don't like these I will get better, lol.
It is super hard with a low budget, you can't please everyone. The visions are what they are, and sometimes I don't even know what they mean or why !?

It has been an absolute pleasure to have been afforded such a conducive all access pass to discuss your movie making passion with you Susannah. Thank you so very much, and every best wish for continued success to you.

May the Febreze be with you.

Ha Ha, thanks.

Interview by Paul Cooke 13th June 2016

Huge Thanks To The Following For Making This Possible:

Susannah O'Brien Ph.D

Leo at The Geek Legion Of Doom

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Dario's Dracula Sucks ...

Dracula 3D
(2012 / Italy / France / Spain)

Director Dario Argento
With Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento,
Unax Ugalde, Miriam Giovanelli & Rutger Hauer

‘‘She was an angel. I am the monster !’’

Genre great Dario Argento returns to the Directors chair, this time seeking to infuse new blood
into the legend of, Dracula. A lot at stake then, with a later day career far fallen from the Giallo 
graces that placed him upon high.

Argento takes Dracula to a whole new dimension of terror. Not only in 3D, but also into the truly terrifying realm of over abundant, and poorly done CGI. Even Bela Lugosi would have had good cause to hide his face behind his cape at the dour effects that are applied here !. 

The stories premise is traditional Bram Stoker fare. Jonathan Harker is called into the employ of Count Dracula, to undertake the task to categorize his vast library. Within the confines of the counts castle’s domain, Harker falls victim to the entrapment of vampirism. His demise is swiftly inevitable, as is the arrival soon after of his wife Mina, to be by her husbands side. The true revealing purpose of Harker’s calling, by Dracula, to bring his beautiful wife to the region, for the blood sucking vampire to have her for his own. Mina’s countenance being the same as that of the one true love Dracula had, had centuries before. The smitten vampire convinced of Mina being the resurrected embodiment of his lover !. 

Dario Argento of old would have sunk his teeth into re-imaging the legend of Dracula. Relishing the prospect of enveloping his audience into an eye popping new way to literally splatter his eager patrons with gore and shocks aplenty, with the medium of 3D. Rather unfortunately though, this is the modern day shadow of the former maestro, as painful as that is actually to state !. Here the only pair of glasses that most watching will want to put on are those that come as a pair, with matching cane ! Dracula 3D is far from candy for the eyes, but more floss for a toothless lead, directed with neutered care for either performers or viewers !.

Incredibly poor in its updated translation, Dracula 3D actually relies heavily upon ripping scenes, and dialogue, from Universal’s Dracula 1932, Hammer’s Dracula 1958, and Francis Ford Coppola’s sterling remake from 1992. Even Unax Ugalde’s performance as Jonathan Harker looks more ‘Bill than Ted’ than Keanu Reeves’ ever did, and that too is far from ‘Excellent’ !. 

Thomas Kretschmann’s portrayal of Count Dracula here is as sterile as Doctor Kildare’s stethoscope. Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, and Gary Oldman all brought their own identity to the role of the literary blood sucker. Kretschmann gives a whole new meaning to lifeless performance. Ironic considering the role that he is playing, indeed !.

The film is not completely without its watchable moments, but they are few and far between. A few take notice gore scenes amongst the kills, and a quite entertaining scene in a tavern, where Dracula at last gets to display his bloody power to all who dare oppose him. Asia Argento displays her wares, and the star of the show, Rutger Hauer, appears in the final third act, as Abraham Van Helsing, to inject some life into the flagging proceedings. 

Dracula 3D isn’t even one of the so bad its good movies, unfortunately. If this was made by low budget film production studio, The Asylum, even their producers would ask for a rewrite and re-shoots !. Apply a humorous over dub and it is perfect late night fodder for Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Curiously though the film often has the look and feel of that of a porn film maker. So much so that with some inserted porn scene this could well work better as one of the many recent productions in the adult film market, as a Dracula XXX parody !. Whatever the case, this most definitely is not the second coming of Dario Argento !.  

Movie Rating: 4/10

Review by Paul Cooke / Source UK Pal Region 2 DVD

Dracula 3D (2012)
Director Dario Argento

With  Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, 
Asia Argento, Unax Ugalde & Rutger Hauer

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Post Apocalyptic Pitre Dish ...

Bounty Killer
(2013 / USA)

Director Henry Saine
With Matthew Marsden, Christian Pitre, Kristanna Loken,
Barak Hardley, Gary Busey & Beverly D’Angelo

‘‘You’re my fender bender’’

It’s 2042 and the world’s been laid to waste by feuding business corporations, suckled to excess on mother earth’s natural resources. Now the white collar criminals all have a price on their head for the crimes committed. Corporations are no longer king. In this future it pays to be a Bounty Killer, and the queen of the kill is … Mary Death !.

The Post Apocalyptic Action movie is back with a ‘B’ movie bang, and with more than just a blast from the past resurrected dust cloud. ‘Bounty Killer’ hits the waste ground running & doesn’t let off the gas throughout its smile inducing entirety. With a foundation of, ‘Mad Max: The Road Warrior’ (1982), the make up of, ‘Warriors Of The Wasteland’ (1983) & a deliciously doffing deference to, ‘Death Race 2000’ (1975), ‘Bounty Killer’, puts peddle to the metal in a post nuke pleasure pastiche, layered upon a spaghetti western platform & ladled up with lashings of blood letting, Action, Mayhem !. 

This neatly realized vision of a post apocalyptic landscape is enhanced with well integrated matte drawn back drops, and its mid movie sequence introducing the nomadic Gypsies, a tribe of professed cannibals and wild savages, as they chase after the protagonists into the wastelands, is a well layered example of such application. An action packed effects sequence well worth anticipating, but cross these Gypsies and your future will be swiftly predetermined !. 

The metal steed riding motorcycle horseman of the post apocalypse known as Drifter (Matthew Marsden), is a bounty hunter driven by his need for retribution and redemption. Himself once aligned within the ranks of the white collar free rollers, until the realization of the affect of the all consuming avarice eating away at the world, renounced the Corporation, and ever since the apocalyptic downfall tracks down the egotistical propriety among its surviving hub.

Drifter is the new age future version of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, but with the quirkier disposition akin to that of a dialogue dishing Rowdy Roddy Piper from, ‘They Live’ (1988). He may not be chewing gum, but he sure knows how to kick ass !. His ample array of fire power comes side kick supplied by his trusty gun caddy Jack LeMans (Barak Hardley), a jittery hanger on who bathes in the new world rock star limelight emitted by the bounty killers, but who soon earns Drifter’s respect. Caddying up shooting irons for the right range to take down the bad guys, stay the course, and bag the bounty. Drifter is a shooting iron pro, but he only gets his wood out for … Mary Death.

Feature movie newcomer, and super hot starlet of the future, Christian Pitre is the freeze frame bounty killer heroine babe of the piece, Mary Death. Sat back with a beverage in hand you’ll spill your juice as she hit’s the screen just before you do !. Blessed with a fabulous female form to unzip with your eyes and cry with joy as she kicks future butt like Barbarella working out to a Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do self instructional DVD. With knockout attributed curves and a pair of throat slicing spurs spinning on her heels, Mary Death is well christened, and the lord help all who cross her. This apocalyptic angel of death is a sex popsicle of perdition, dishing out a hell of a lot more than she takes a licking !.

Mary Death and Drifter are a formidable pairing as they join forces to purge the planet of the pre apocalyptic surviving cancer that is The Corporation. A still privileged society protected by the suited and booted armed militia of their matriarch, Catherine (Kristanna Loken). Her yellow tie wearing force headed up by chief cohort Van Sterling, played by the always watch able, out there antics of  a beguilingly bonkers Gary Busey. Kristanna Loken’s conceited bitch of a character wants Drifter back in her ranks, and everyone else outside of The Corporation society, Terminated !.

Based upon the Cool graphic novel of the same name, from Robert Kirkman’s (The Walking Dead) Kickstart Production stable, ‘Bounty Killer’ is very much a hyper Cool comic book page to screen translation that works supremely well. On screen graphics etch out indelible imagery to enhance the comic book Fun at opportune times throughout the film. Oft displayed bodily dismemberment, and siphons of blood, paint the screens canvas with such tongue in cheek rapture that even the staunchest of disbelievers viewing will revel in its wry intentions to successfully entertain. 

Matthew Marsden makes for a charming hero, and Christian Pitre a lethal, yet lovely heroine. Perfect casting all round & the end credit outtake reel shows just how much fun was had by all in the making of the film.

It has been all too long since a good Post Apocalyptic Action movie has come along, and, ‘Bounty Killer’ is a very good one indeed. Blessed with a decent budget, well done CGI effects and backdrops, along with some very well done practical effects to boot. The future of the Post Nuke movie is looking good, rallied as it was once before it seems, this time in the pre wake of a new, ‘Mad Max’ movie, with the highly anticipated, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ due out in (2015). 

Dig out your leathers, stock up on water & fuel, then saddle on up with Drifter & Mary Death for a Post Apocalyptic party that even Prince could not have foretold back in 1999 !.

Movie Rating: 7 /10

Review by Paul Cooke / Source Region 2 Blu-ray - German Steelbook Edition

Bounty Killer (2013)
Director Henry Saine

With Christian Pitre, Matthew Marsden, Kristanna Loken,
Barak Hardley, Gary Busey & Beverly D'Angelo

Monday, 4 March 2013

National Health Warning At ...

Horror Hospital
(1973 / UK)

''The Operation is a Success ... When the Patient Dies''

When a movie starts with its villain of the piece sat in the back of his stately car, replete with its own driver and a subservient dwarf, who gives the order to chase down two bloodied and frightened young people desperately fleeing for their lives, you know that your in for a pre politically correct experience. When that villain is a ghoulishly cast Michael Gough as a Dr. Frankenstein like surgeon, revelling in every scene at his unreservedness in such a maniacal role, that experience is guaranteed to be heightened.

Any movie starting with a scene showing a diabolical double decapitation by means of a devilishly deviant design of lethal retractable blade, attached to the roof side of a speeding car and initiated into lateral position at the press of a button, is deserving in its place of memorable opening moments. Up there with those great Hammer Horror sequences where Van Helsing chases down Count Dracula, recounting the closure of the previous movie and spawning the start of a new chapter. A bloody action packed introduction then to the deliciously dark humoured delights that unfold in … Horror Hospital !.

Jason Jones (Robin Askwith) is in need of a short break from his hectic job in the music industry, and so decides to spend a few days at a health retreat. On route by train to the Southern coast of England he meets up with a pretty young woman named Judy Peters (Vanessa Shaw). By coincidence she too is travelling to the same retreat in order to see her auntie. When the two get off the train at their destination the platform is desolate, and the area seems overly quiet and tranquil. They are met by the station manager who gives them directions. When they trek off by foot the station manager telephones the health hospital, and with a sinister precognition informs them to expect another two !.

The wryly dark vein of smile inducing humour flows throughout proceedings, in an anarchic, unrestrained irreverence to British societies nonchalance during the early Seventies. Everything is over the top, including the seemingly quite often adlibbed acting, and infectious for it in making the movie far more palatable than had it been done overtly serious.

At Brittle House Manor, Dr. Christian Storm (Gough) experiments on the health resort guests, performing a lobotomy upon them that leaves each person completely, and mindlessly under his control. Left in a Zombie like state, emotionless and unable to feel pain they are pawns at the command of Dr. Storm. His mark left upon them with a grisly head scar, and a deathly white pallor to the skin.

Jason Jones and Judy Peters are ensnared into Dr. Storm’s macabre world, and each readied for the same procedure. With Judy due next upon the insane doctors operating table it is up to Jason, aided by another young man appearing on the scene in search of his girlfriend, to overcome the bizarrely garbed personal guards, kitted out in motorbike leathers and safety helmets at all times, and save Judy from Dr. Storm’s maniacal experimentations !.

It’s all good, bloody, schlock British made Seventies horror at its best. One of those rarities that gets more camp, and more enjoyable with age. Ending on a suitably gory high in similar fashion to how it began, and unravelling the horrible secret behind a deformed creature, only previously glimpsed throughout the movie.

Horror Hospital is highly deserving of your ‘patience’, and well worth checking into. Just be sure to get prescribed the full incisive cut of the film before undertaking such movie medication !.

Movie Rating: 6/10

Review by Paul Cooke / Source UK PAL Region 2 DVD

Horror Hospital (1973)
Director Antony Balch

With Michael Gough, Robin Askwith & Vanessa Shaw

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Ebay VHS Goodness

Ebay Auction VHS Movies
(November 2011)

Pre-Christmas VHS Crackers up for Auction, and what a surprise package to be pulled, with nary a Turkey in sight :) .

Japanese VHS Originals, Greek Rarities and some UK PAL video Action flicks from the glorious Eighties. There's The Good, The So Bad They're Good, and the Ugly ducklings that to some are Swans in disguise, resplendent in their goofiness, absurd and downright fabulous :) .

Please do check out some of the Original cover art from titles on offer, and as always these are true scans of what are actually being offered in the Auction.

Explosive Eighties Action !. From the Karl Landgren lunge to the Maurizio Merli slap down. Gung Ho Goodness, Post Apocalyptic Fantasy & Brutal Spaghetti Western rareness, to politcally incorrect Euro / Italian Seventies Crime flicks, all looking for a good home at a fair price.

Thank you in advance to all who take the time to check the Auctions out, and a Huge Thank You particularly to those that place a bid.

Good luck, and hopefully there is something for all who stop by the Ebay express :) .

Thank You