Rick Trembles' Motion Picture Purgatory
Show of hands - how many of you knew that singer/songwriter Neil Sadaka once appeared in a horror film? Trembles obviously did, and that film, Playgirl Killer (aka Portrait of Fear), is the subject of this week's MPP.
The Divide is coming to home video on April 17th courtesy of Anchor Bay, and having seen it already, we can highly recommend you add it to your must-see list. Does Trembles agree? Read on for his MPP take on the film.
This week's installment of Motion Picture Purgatory tackles Pedro Almodovar's Golden Globe Awards-nominated The Skin I Live In (La Piel que Habito) starring Antonio Banderas, a film Trembles calls "another excellent psycho flick..."
Motion Picture Purgatory took a couple of weeks off, but Trembles is back today with a blast from the past entitled When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? from the late 1970's featuring revival preacher turned actor Marjoe Gortner. I remember it well; it's a real shame no one has ever released it on DVD so others can experience it.
We're going back a few years this week for Motion Picture Purgatory, all the way to 1985 and Don Dohler's Galaxy Invader. One review on Amazon says, "Galaxy Invader ought to come with complementary clothespins because this is one heaping pile of cinematic cow patty." Read on to see if Trembles agrees.
When Trembles sent over this week's Motion Picture Purgatory for Main Attraction, we had no idea what it was. Turns out that it's a horror/western short film written and directed by occasional Rue Morgue contributor Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare that our own Evil Andy worked on as a special makeup effects artist. Saying our interest was piqued is an understatement. Read on to see what Rick has to say about the flick!
It's only been a few weeks since the release of director Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.'s version of The Thing, and to tell you the truth, I'd all but forgotten about it until this week's Motion Picture Purgatory arrived from Trembles. Check it out, and see if you agree with his take on the flick.
Trembles picked an oldie but goodie for his pre-Halloween week Motion Picture Purgatory: 1967's The Sorcerers directed by Michael Reeves and starring the one and only Boris Karloff as Prof. Marcus Monserrat, a hypnotist who of course takes things a bit too far. But then again, if people didn't do that once in a while, we'd never have any horror movies!
I'm not sure why, but in the 1980's people sure seemed to have a thing for sledgehammers. There was Peter Gabriel's song, a TV series, and even a San Diego theatre group that formed late in the decade. But before all of that was writer/director David A. Prior's 1983 film Sledgehammer, the topic of this week's Motion Picture Purgatory.
Contagion definitely has more star power than just about any other genre film released this year, but if we've learned anything over the years, it's that Trembles isn't one to be swayed by high-power actors. Let's see what he thought of this Steven Soderbergh helmed film starring the likes of Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Chin Han, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet.
Most of us are well aware that truth is often stranger - and more horrific - than anything a genre filmmaker can come up with. Case in point: serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who is the subject of this week's Motion Picture Purgatory review - The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer from director David R. Bowen and screenwriter Carl Crew, who pulls double duty portraying the title character in the film.
Each week it's an adventure to see exactly what film Trembles has decided to put his unique stamp on, and this time is no different. On tap today we have Endhiran (The Robot), a movie that marked the Indian cinema debut of Stan Winston Studios, who were responsible for the film's animatronics and visual effects, as well as other artists outside of India. Directed by S. Shankar and produced by Kalanithi Maran, it remains India's most expensive film to date.
Trembles is taking us on a trip back to the 1960's today with his Motion Picture Purgatory review of The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (aka Baron Prásil), a Czechoslovakian film directed by Karel Zeman and starring Milos Kopecky as the Baron.
You just thought we were done discussing Final Destination 5 for a while - or at least until the film's home video release - but you should know by now that no one is safe until Trembles has the final word! Read on for his take on Final Destination 5!
Sion Sono's Cold Fish recently screened during the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival, and our own Rick Trembles was on the scene and has reported back with a review as only he can!