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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2015 - Paul Malleck

Paul Malleck is the man known as Dormarth and he is a genre fan like no other. He has a lovely collection of VHS that is quite impressive. He runs a zine called 'Dormarth's Horror Review' and I recommend you subscribe. Like it on Facebook here:
Paul is a die hard physical media collector (lots and lots of VHS) and currently has 3155 physical copies in his collection.

Have a peek at Paul's Discoveries list from the last 4 years:

Andromeda Strain,  1971, D. Robert Wise
      An old Michael Crichton classic.   A new virus causes panic after a town is found dead. Science races for a cure inside a sterile stronghold.  Within the confined walls intellects clash and life as the human race is put to thought and the test.  We've been shown these movies for years, but it's great to see the old generation at it's best. 

August Underground,  2001, D. Fred Vogel
      If not the nastiest, dirtiest shot-on-video feature that delves deep into utter philanthropy and grossness.  It is "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" on Heroin.  Following the exploits of two shitbags as they abduct, torture, and kill innocent people and take you to the darkest areas of the imagination.  Not for everyone, I may still not even know what to think of it, but I will say, it doesn't just take extremes to the cliche' and actually steers away from rape, which most others go to for no reason but to be extreme.  One for the books. 

Boys from Brazil,  1978, D.  Franklin J. Schaffner
           Based off of the real truth that many Nazi officers including Joseph Mengele escaped persecution and ended up in Brazil and Paraguay with no real problem infiltrating into the population.  The film takes the angle that these Nazi officers in Paraguay have cloned Hitler and had him raised by a surrogate father and tried to copy the major points in his life.  A young Nazi hunter discovers the rise of power and re-kindling of the 3rd Reich, and seeks an old Nazi hunters help.  Superb in it's thrills and well acted by Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier!!  This one delivers and ranks high in my list this year!!

In the Land of the Cannibals,  2004,  D. Bruno Mattei
        A lost film by the great Italian exploiter Mattei.  The Cannibal cycle in Italy which took place from the late 70's and trickled into the early 80's was thought to be gone, but Mattei brought it back to life in all of it's glory again, but never got distribution till about a year ago by Intervision DVD.  A great return to the genre with commandos infiltrating the deep jungles to rescue a generals daughter from cannibals. Everything you expected from the old cannibal films, in a newish one, nothing new, but that's fine with me. 

My American Cousin,  1985,  D.  Sandy Wilson
        Young teen Sandy living on a ranch in Canada goes day to day doing the same thing, looking for excitement.  Her days are dreary and awkward, but that is about to all change when a chance arrival of her cousin Buck from California comes for a surprise visit in a sleek red convertible.  He becomes an object of awe to her, she flaunts him to her friends and has somewhat of a weird incestuous crush on him.  He is wild teen angst in the flesh.  The parents don't know what to think of him, and all of her friends are enamored by him.  He takes the girls on cruises and to rock an roll shows, and even makes out with one of them.  At the end of the day he stole the car from his mom, and is on an escape from reality himself.  A glorious time piece of a film which am glad to have run across.  Filled with adolescent wildness and adventure

Rasputin,  1975,  D.  Elem Klimov
      Of the many films about Rasputin I've seen, This one is perhaps the finest dealings of the mad man in all.  Shelved for years by the Russian government and descraced, finally brought to the light of day in the 80's. Rasputin's madness, overt sexual tendencies, and absolute power over others is portrayed masterfully.  It's bleak, daring and brutal. 

The Scorpion with Two Tails,  1982, D. Sergio Martino
         The famed Italian Director Martino directed this long long lost Italian horror which summarizes all the cinematic grandeur of the more well known Fulci and Argento films.  Why it's not more well known and acknowledged is still a mystery to me.  After a woman's husband dies during his archaeological escapades, she realizes her nightmares are part of the mystery of his death.  Pursuing these nightmares and his quest yields more horror than you can ever imagine.  If you love Italian horror, you need to seek this one out.

Swim Team,  1979,  D.  James Polakof
      In the vein of "Animal House" and "Porky's"  a nice little sexploitation comedy about a swim team, a new coach, and the sex antics and raunchy comedy that follow as they try to become the best swim team.  Another not well known slice of sex comedy that ranks up their with the best of them.  For such an early entry in the Sub-genre, it should really be seen more. 

Valley of the Sasquatch,  2015,  D.  John Portanova
       I can't talk or write about this movie enough.  A father and son who recently lost their wife/father, have to move into the deep Cascade Mountains in Washington state in an old cabin.  They are torn, and at strife with one another but forced to make due until better financial times.  Some family friends come out for a hunting trip and they run into a group of Sasquatch.  The film is so much more that a horror movie, the characters are well written, well acted and the turmoil between the family is just as much a character as the Sasquatch.  The Sasquatch are also treated with respect as a character and not just a ravaging monster.  It's action packed, suspenseful and brutally honest to it's viewers.  Well shot, scripted, executed and a beautiful soundtrack.  Highly recommended. 


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