Friday, October 31, 2014

Oasis of the Zombies (1981)

Happy Halloween!

When I first thought about what it would be that I would watch for the Halloween edition of B-Movie Enema, I had some classics.  I thought about something classic like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or The Giant Claw.  I even thought about doing one of the Friday the 13th movies.

But then, I was all like, "Fuck it...  Oasis of the Zombies."

Here we have a French production about some treasure hunters in a film by Jesus Franco.  It's got Nazi zombies, so how can it be bad?  (That's not me setting up the fact that it's likely bad.  I'm being serious, how bad can a movie featuring Nazi zombies be bad???)

From the 50-Disc Chilling Classics set, our synopsis is as follows: "During World War II, a platoon of German soliders is transporting a large shipment of gold across the African desert when they're attacked by Allied forces who force them to hide the treasure in a remote desert oasis.  Fifty years later, the son of the only surviving Allied attacker decides to lead an expedition to track down the hidden gold.  Facing numerous perils along the way, the adventurers find the hidden oasis only to discover it is guarded by horrifying Nazi zombies."

Well, hot diggity damn!  Nazi zombies.  See?  Told you so.  Let's get this started...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Messiah of Evil (1973)

From the Makers of American Graffiti...

I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking, "You dumb, silly bastard, you.  No way the makers of a fine, upstanding movie like American Graffiti would make something like this."  Think again, dear readers.

From the writing team of Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz comes 1973's Messiah of Evil.  Huyck and Katz collaborated a few times, and, yes, one was the aforementioned American Graffiti.  Another they worked on was a little known film by the title of Howard the Duck, but that's for another time.  Oh, I promise you that is for another time.

The dynamic duo of Huyck and Katz didn't just write this flick, but they also produced AND directed it.  But that's the way it worked back then.  You wanted to make movies and you've got enough money to do so, go for it!  Make a little scary movie for practically nothing and maybe one day you'll get to make movies with George Lucas.

This movie comes to me by way of the 50-movie Chilling Classics set.  The synopsis is as such: "A young woman travels to a small California seaside town to visit her father, an artist.  When she arrives at his home, she finds him missing and his home filled with numerous paintings of his creation.  The woman decides to explore the town to find out what happened to her father and discovers some strange happenings involving the local populous."

With a running time of 90 minutes (oh god, I hate when they are feature length), and starring Marianna Hill, Michael Greer, Anitra Ford, and Joy Bang (heh), I give you Messiah of Evil!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)

Think back to the Summer of 1989.  What comes to mind?  Batman?  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?  Ghostbusters II?  How about Star Trek V or even UHF?

For me, hands down, it's the topic of this week's enema - My Mom's a Werewolf.

Just kidding.  I only vaguely remember this moving being out there.  I mostly remember seeing it at video stores.  The box always brought to mind things like Teen Wolf or The Graduate.  Really, if you think about it, the 80s were obsessed with werewolves.  You had things like The Howling, Wolfen, and the aforementioned Teen Wolf movies.  However, this one kinda slipped under the radar.  Like I said, I definitely remember seeing this at video stores.  I wouldn't be terribly surprised if this movie played a big part in why I like legs.  Wait.  Maybe that's the box to The Graduate that I'm thinking about.  Let's just move on.

Again, pulling from the 50-movie Pure Terror Set the synopsis reads: "A housewife finds herself transforming into a werewolf after a bite from a pet shop owner she meets.  It seems the shop owner was a werewolf and has now passed along the curse to the housewife.  The woman attempts to hide her transformations from her family until her daughter and daughter's friend learn that secret and set out to find a cure for the housewife's curse."

I have to say that this is a really strange premise.  I've never heard of a werewolf curse that can simply be passed off to another person.  It's also kind of random that it's just the pet shop owner that was the werewolf.  Anyway, the dad in this movie is a well known dad of horror films (though I think this is technically a comedy) - John Saxon of A Nightmare on Elm Street fame.  So...  I guess we have that on our side.  Screw it!  Let's get on with the review!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

The worms are waiting!

Okay, for this week's B-Movie Enema, I have another horror film from the 1970s.  Now, unlike last week's, all the characters are supposedly English, but like last week's cleansing, we have yet another Italian flick.  However, There aren't many other names this movie goes by other than the Italian or English translations.

From the 50-Movie Pure Terror DVD Set, our synopsis for this week reads: "An unstable English Lord, who mourns his deceased wife, frequents clubs looking for redheaded women to take to his home for bizarre activities.  He eventually meets and marries a woman he hopes will drive away the demons from his tortured mind.  Unfortunately, other forces are at work to drive the nobleman insane and spread terror throughout the household."

Not gonna lie - this sounds pretty good.  Let's go ahead and place our bets now for what "bizarre activities" means in an Italian made movie.  I bet this will contain just as much uncomfortable tomfoolery as the last enema did.  Without further ado, let's get into this week's review...  The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (1974)

Ravished! Violated! Possessed by Satan!

Welcome to your first B-Movie Enema - and do I have a treat for you tonight.  Grab your popcorn and don't forget your tickets for The Eerie Midnight Horror Show!

Let's first tackle some basics about this week's feature.  From the 50-Movie Pure Terror set, the synopsis reads: "A young art student is tormented by strange, vivid dreams involving her being nailed to a cross, as well as other bizarre images.  Her torment increases when the actual crucifix seen in her dreams comes to life!"

Whoa! That's some scary stuff right?  The film stars Stella Carnacina, Chris Avram, and Lucretia Love (who all sound like stars of pornos).  Interestingly enough, this film has several different titles.  IMDb lists it as Enter the Devil with an original title of L'Ossessa (oh boy, we have a foreign movie alert flashing brightly).  However, we can also find this movie listed as The Devil Obsession, The Tormented, and my favorite The Sexorcist.  Thus proving I may not be too far off with my suspicion on the stars' names.

Let's get to my in-depth review of The Eerie Midnight Horror Show...
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