Vincent Price once again graced the screen much to fans happiness in what is one of his most powerful roles with the release of The Last Man on Earth this day in 1964. The film is an absolute MUST SEE for any true fan of Price or the horror genre. Morgan (played by Price) finds himself alone in the world save for the vampires that have surround him. He kills by day as he gathers supplies and continues a futile search for survivors, by night he works diligently to save mankind from the virus ravaging them. The film may sound familiar due to, I am Legend which was the 2007 remake, starring Will Smith. Once again the remake just isn't as good as the original, look for this and watch a master at work! *Side note it turns out this was my first horror film, as an infant my parents took me to see a special screening in the 70s', guess the apple doesn't fall from the tree, as my daughter watched this movie with me in her first year and my son around one and a half... horror runs deep in our thick red blood!
Death Ship, British-Canadian horror film, set sail for theaters in 1980. America saw the release of this film this day in 1980. Directed by Alvin Rakoff, and starring Academy Award Winner (won for role in Cool Hand Luke) George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Sally Ann Howes. This is a great 80s horror film! I watched this back in the day and it is one of those films that has stuck with me through all the years, if you are in the mood for some great 80s throw back horror definitely give this one a try! Be warned you may want to shower first! (the shower scene kept me out of mine for a while as a kid)
One of my favorite days in Comic book movie history, today is the 5 yr anniversary of the American release of the movie Watchmen! I LOVE this film, I own several different copies and I watch them all fairly regularly. This is one of those love it or hate it movies with very little room between, but for me it is one the best Superhero movies of all time. The cast includes such names Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Malin Maria Akerman and Billy Crudup and is directed by Zack Snyder. Superhero fan or not this is a movie everyone should check out at least once, it is unlike any other film is this particular genere with no clear hero or anti hero, it is a political and social statement of the times and beyond. Love it or hate it decide for yourself put it on tonight!
Cult legend and blaxplotation actor Fred Williamson turns 76 today. Born in 1938 in Gary, Indiana. Williamson went on to act in such films as Black Cesear, Hell up in Harlem, and many others. He holds multiple black belts in various fighting styles, including Kenpo, Shotkan Karate, and Tae-Kwon-Do, these served him well in the hundreds of fight scenes through out his career. Those who didn't have the pleasure of growing up watching his films in the 70s were reintroduced to him by Quentin Tarantino's film Dusk to Dawn in 1996. Happy Birthday to Fred "The Hammer" Williamson!
The year was 1983 and we celebrated Canadian horror in the form of Curtains!! Directed by Richard Ciupka and starring John Vernon, Linda Thorson, Samantha Eggar, Anne Ditchburn. Its the simple story of a group of actors all going to a remote mansion in the hopes of landing coveted roles in an upcoming movie.... Hahahaha anyone who has seen the film knows its not at all simple, for a slasher flick the story is a bit all over the place, but one thing is for sure no one can slash on the ice like a Canadian, and that is one of the highlight kills of the film that have helped it live well beyond its estimated shelf life!
Audition, named one of the top 100 scariest movie moments (coming in at number 11) by Bravo, directed by Takashi Miike is a personal favorite of mine! It was released theatrically in Japan in 2000, making this the 14 yr anniversary for the film. The film is a great representation of what psychological horror is all about! The story is thoughtful and intense, visually it is just stunning and it launched Takashi Miike into the American limelight. Many find this film to be extremely disturbing due a particular scene, but I found the film to be beautifully crafted, a masterpiece of suspense! Audition has become a cult favorite and for good reason if you haven't seen this one be sure to check it out!
1944 we saw the release of the RKO classic film Curse of the Cat People, which garnered very mixed reviews.Co- Directed by Gunther von Fritsch, and Robert Wise, and starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith and Jane Randolph. This film has almost nothing to do with the original Cat people and plays more like a fairy-tale at times. One interesting note about this film is that is wasn't so much co directed as Gunther had only finished about half of the movie at the end of 18 days which was his entire schedule for the shooting of the film. He was released and the studio then brought in Robert Wise. Both were first time directors in as much as neither had done a full length feature previously, Robert was previously an editor, and Gunther had directed only short subjects.