Seriously though, what the fuck is wrong with you people?
Nothing in those shitty stores is worth camping out for.
If that meaningless junk is that valuable to you, you're truly dead inside, and nothing will fill the hole.
In fact, I predict the treasure you're obsessing over will be in the garbage in a couple years.
One if it's a child's toy.
These are all this year, and all by Dynamite, and IDW.
Dynamite has the licenses for all of the Golden Age characters, and they're going to town with them.
As you will soon see.
Just by the cover, you've got Green Hornet and Kato, and The Spider, who are also in "Masks", by Dynamite.
You've also got Black Venus, Green Lama, American Crusader, and Daredevil (not the marvel one).
Tying the team all together, and giving the book its title is Captain Action.
The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Knights.
With Miss Fury, The Black Sparrow, and The Shadow.
Miss Fury was a female created character from the 40's that was forgotten, Dynamite has revived her, and used her all over the place.
She's also in "Masks", and was on one of the alternate gag covers for "Mars vs IDW".
That's not her on the cover, that's Black Sparrow.
Miss Fury looks like Catwoman with a cape, but she came before Catwoman.
Has every lost and forgotten golden age super powered superhero that isn't a Marvel/DC guy/gal.
They're all there.
It's a shitload.
Flash Gordon, Mandrake The Magician, and The Phantom.
They've teamed up before in the 80's as "Defenders Of The Earth".
So, that team is re-incarnated after almost 30 years.
A steampunk alterni-verse with Victorian era versions of Vampirella, the Phantom, Flash Gordon, the Green Hornet, Red Sonja, and The Bionic Man.
That's for starters, there's supposed to be more as the series progresses.
Now, all along, Rocketeer has alluded to knowing the other golden age guys, but because of rights issues, the creators had to be sneaky about it.
Whelp, The Spirit has met Batman, and Batman has met The Shadow, and the Shadow now regularly hangs out with everybody, as can be seen above, so, Rocketeer officially co-exists with the golden agers, canonizing all those references, and the copyright cops ought to leave Dave Stevens alone.
Oh, shit, he died.
Aaaalmost threw it on the list, but didn't.
It was an instant mental coin flip.
But THEEEN, I got looking on Amazon, and there's a set I totally intend on getting, that has "The Abominable Dr. Phibes", "Dr. Phibes Rises Again", "Theater Of Blood", "Madhouse", "Tales Of Terror", "Twice-Told Tales", and "Witchfinder General".
About the witch burning shit that crept up during the English Civil War.
Great performances all around, lush scenery, beautiful photography, and Price plays a great weasel scumbag.
Director's cut restores a lot of teensy little second to half-minute long trims the censor assholes made, but the film stock on that footage is fuzzy as hell, so the fluctuation in quality can be irritating at times.
Could SWEAR I've seen it, but it's one of those ones I don't remember, but remember remembering, so only the feeling of having seen it is there...so I needed the memory refresh.
Buuuut, I didn't put it on the list, because I was soooo fried, and soooo wanted the project over with, so I put it in my mental "some other time", basket.
Well, "some other time", was today.
Anyway, the film is excellent.
I was laughing out loud within the first few minutes.
But, hey, Hitchcock, of course it's good.
Now, this is a real bitch, I got looking on Amazon for a nice collector's set, and, I can't get everything I want in one fell swoop.
There's a blu-ray that has absolutely everything from "Rope", to "Family Plot", including stuff I left out of the main review, but it's hella expensive.
There's a cheaper 60-buck version of the same set on regular DVD...but for some reason, it leaves out "North By Northwest".
Then, there's a super-cheapo set that leaves in "North By Northwest", that I could fill in the gaps with, but you have to eat doubles of "Psycho", "The Birds", "Rear Window", and "Vertigo".
Dammit, they never make it easy.....
Might go for the 60 buck one, and get "North By Northwest", individually.
Buut...the blu-ray is perfect...
I've got a lot of pacing back and forth and mumbling ahead of me.
It Came From Outer Space (1953)
This was on TCM, but I faded out halfway through, and didn't wake up again until the credits, and was really bummed, then I forgot during this whole Halloween thing, then, when my slate was clear, the memory came flashing back, and I was like "oh, shit! I gotta see the rest of that!", so, Dailymotion had it, and bam.
Yeah, it's really cool.
It has the Professor from "Gilligan's Island", and it's written by Ray Bradbury.
About one-eyed jelly blob saucer men who crash land, shapeshift into human copies, and try to fix their ship whilst avoiding paranoid townies.
Not bad at all, I dug it.
Neat little flick.
Now, for the larger overarching reason I did these three.
I couldn't stand going out on "Devil's Backbone".
Man, did I hate that one
I feel much better now. :-)
A couple chuckles, but mostly pretty fucking stupid.
I would have loved it at 8 years old, because I could have WRITTEN this fucking thing at 8 years old!
This was the kind of corny humor I was doing back then!
How the fuck did this get greenlit?
Don't garner from my indignant tone that it's angry-bad.
You'll be amused, just...geez, this thing was after "Gremlins", and "Ghostbusters", there's no history/evolution excuse for this to be so corny.
If you're specifically curious about this, fine, see it, but if you more generally want to see a funny 80's movie, see "The Burbs", or "Gremlins", or "Goonies", or "Ghostbusters", or...hell, anything with Bill Murray.
A greatest hits album of everything that makes Vincent Price cool.
Avenging a dead wife, plays the organ, says cool lines, invents gadgets and booby traps, creative murders, etc, etc.
*Hops up and down*
Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Not as good as the first, but okay.
The first one ended pretty decisively, so, the beginning of this one is sort of forced, but they have fun with it, and it kind of lets you know with a wink they just wanted another one, and if you bought a ticket, so did you, so who are we fooling.
I dug it.
Not as much as the Phibes-es, but it's decent.
If you're at all good at Scooby-Doo, or Law & Order, you'll guess who the real killer is pretty quick.
Nice couple of scenes where they even try to psychoanalyze the horror film as an artform.
That was nifty.
Yeah, I'd recommend this one.
House Of The Long Shadows (1983)
Eh, a bit on the tongue-in-cheek cutesy side, bordering on corny at times, but okay.
Just neat to see these old dudes together for one last go-round.
So, if you take this, and "Die, Monster, Die", and smoosh them together, you pretty much get "Evil Dead".
"Die, Monster, Die", has women turned into rotting witches, one of them dies and her face melts off, a woman gets attacked by animated plants, Karloff is infected with sprouting glowing green veins like the black veins in ED, and then in "The Dunwich Horror", you've got the Necronomicon, and spells, and an invisible dimensional creature growling as it travels the landscape, physically disrupting its environment, a woman is sexually violated in a dream state on an altar, combine that with the plant thing from DMD, you get the girl raped by trees in ED, yeah, these flicks are ED's parents.
Yeah, this was actually genuinely creepy, and well done.
I wouldn't watch it again, but it was a good way to spend an afternoon.
I recommend it.
I've got Fangoria on my Facebook feed, and it jogged my memory of this one.
Ditto the next one.
The Visitor (1979)
Yeah, this is another one I'm apeshit for, and I'm glad I'm ending the entry here.
Dream dimension travel, space-Jesus training bald Padawans, flying saucers, potty-mouthed telekinetic anti-Christ girl, basketball of death, ice skating of death, John Huston as a stand-in Gandalf, a really young Lance Henriksen as part of a creepy conspiracy that wants to breed anti-Christ girl into a race, killer hawk, dated gaming/video technology, this movie has everything.
There's never a boring moment, there's always something gorgeous, hilarious, weird, wtf, awesome, goofy, etc, happening on the screen.
You're never bored.
Another "how in the fuck did I not know of this?", movie.