Retro Ramblings

Reports from the dusty corners of filmland

Archive for October, 2009

Willard (2003)

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Another brief mention: if you’re into that sort of thing, you can now follow me on Twitter @retroramblings. I’ll post updates and other rambling stuff.
I’ve never seen the original film Willard. I grew up being aware of its existence, but only because of the song Ben by Michael Jackson. The idea of a young boy […]

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Two years ago I danced in a dusty old London warehouse with hundreds of other ravers, before we got murdered by gas mask-wearing vampires. Fortunately it was only for a movie. This one. It was the first production venture of the new Hammer, and was made initially for It’s now available in episodic form […]

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Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Before I begin the review, a public service announcement: you can now follow me on Twitter - @retroramblings. I’ll post updates for this on here, if you’re not into the RSS update thing. I’ll also ramble and add thoughts on other stuff not on the blog.
I think I first saw this film, or at least, […]

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As announced fairly recently, a remake of Brighton Rock is underway, set in the 1960s to make it feel “more contemporary”. It is being updated by Rowan Joffe, who I think is a first time director. It’s got a pretty good cast, including Pete Poselthwaite and Helen Mirren. I was on set today, but I […]

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Amityville II: The Possession (1982)

Monday, October 19th, 2009

You can now follow me on Twitter by the way, if you should wish - @retroramblings. I will post an update on there every time there’s a new entry on here. I don’t really know what I’m doing with Twitter, but I’ve worked out that much at least. I will also try to post mini-reviews […]

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The Illusionist (2006)

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I like Ed Norton. He seems like quite a humourless charisma-vacuum in real life, but he’s got real presence on screen. Obviously I have to mention Fight Club. That is one hell of a good film. He and Brad Pitt make a good double act. However, if you look closer you begin to realise that […]

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The Nun (2005)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

There is a sub-genre of the 1970s exploitation/ horror film known as Nunsploitation. As far as I am aware the trend came from Ken Russell’s The Devils, a film I’m still eagerly hoping will finally get released on DVD. Although I’ve never seen one, I gather they tended to come from predominantly Catholic countries like […]

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The Orphanage (2007)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

This movie seemed to generate a lot of hype when it first came out. I still hear people talking about it. When my sister saw it at the cinema she burst into tears once she got outside. This movie seems to have made a big impression. So it took me almost a year from receiving […]

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The Vault of Horror (1973)

Friday, October 9th, 2009

I tried to watch Lesbian Vampire Killers tonight. I got as far as the opening credits. I think I could tell how the rest of the film was going to go. It was just terrible. I’ve never found Horne or Corden funny. I’m seemingly one of the few left cold by the charms of Gavin and […]

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Braindead (1992)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I watched a lot of direct-to-video horror films in the 1980s. When I was ten I would be given about £1.50 pocket money on a Saturday. This was enough to go swimming in the morning with my friend, and then we’d pop to the local video rental shop and pool our change to hire a […]

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