Night of the Seagulls, a review by Jimmy
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Night of the Seagulls (1976)
Director: Amando de Ossorio
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English and Spanish
Jan Antonio Castro
The classic saga of The BLIND DEAD ends with this creepy tale of a remote coastal town where frightened villagers must sacrifice beautiful virgins to the blood cult of the Knights Templar. For seven nights every seven years, these eyeless zombies rise from the sea to feast on human flesh as the souls of the damned are trapped in the screams of gulls. In this final unforgettable shocker from writer/director Amando de Ossorio, the mood is darker, the fear is stronger and the hunger of the Templar more ferocious than ever before!
My Thoughts:The Ghost Galleon the previous episode was a weak offering as I wrote in my review five years ago:
"This one didn't work at all as a knight templar movie. No horse, no sword and no hiding places. The Knights aren't scary on a boat, it took me 2 minutes to realize what it tooks the complete movie for the characters to realize : you are on a boat, the corpses are in boxes, the knights sleep in the day... Take the boxes and throw them in the water in the day "
So Amando de Ossorio did the logical thing and brought back the action on land wich made the knight templars frightening again. You get a got feeling of isolation with two strangers coming to a new place where almost everybody ignore them. Like I've said before the templars are nighmarish creature (they were in my nightmares more than once, so they are in my book) and are impossible to kill (considering they are dead since more than 600 years). The Templars are base on history so if you want to learn more about them follow the link.
As good as the first two episodes.
(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 24th, 2013)
Strangers on a Train, a review by Rich
Strangers on a Train
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but cannot get a divorce from his wife, Miriam (Laura Elliot). So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it will not be so easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. The film is tightly paced and disturbing from beginning to end, an effect heightened by Hitchcock's inventive camera work, including a terrifying sequence shot through a pair of eyeglasses that have been knocked to the ground.
Wonderful Hitchcock drama, with an unfamiliar cast who all punch above their weight. Robert Walker in particular is absolutely superb as the disturbed Bruno. Although this was not one of his supposed classics, it is one of my favourites.
Exquisite camerawork, character building by intelligent dialogue, and as in many of his films A1 music accompiniment.
This has lost nothing over the years, and with a script that performs like clockwork you can't go far wrong
(From Riches Random Reviews on January 30th, 2009)
The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon, a review by DJ Doena
What's the show about?
Constable Benton Fraser from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) works as liaison officer in the Canadian consulate in Chicago. He also helps Chicago PD Detective Ray Veccio to solve crimes where he either was made aware of or where his unique skills are essential.
"If you kill a Mountie, they'll hunt you to the end of the world." After his father was killed, Constable Fraser investigates this "hunting accident" and tracks down a group of hunters who wore new boots, drove a Jeep Wrangler and had big calibre rifles: Americans. He follows their trail down to Chicago and requests to be transferred there. The local police isn't really interested in the case but Detective Veccio helps to uncover that it was a hired hit and the trail leads back to the RCMP.
A cool buddy cop show from the mid-90s which was defined by the different lifestyles and ways of crime-solving of Fraser and Veccio. They were a great team and it was real fun to watch them, especially when Fraser put things in his mouth and Ray was disgusted every time. And I loved the deaf wolf Diefenbaker who could read lips.
I can't remember though if I ever saw an episode with Veccio's successor, the new "Ray". But I definitively will do that in the foreseeable future.
(From The One Where It All Began: The Pilot Marathon on September 24th, 2009)