Rick Trembles' Motion Picture Purgatory
With a title like Entrails of a Virgin, who wouldn't love this 1986 Japanese film written and directed by Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu? If ever a flick had Trembles' name all over it, it's this one! And then there's the synopsis: Members of a film crew making a soft core porn are dismembered by a demon in a warehouse.
Clash of the Titans has been #1 at the box office for two weeks running, but as all you loyal readers know, no film is ever really successful until Trembles puts his stamp on it.
There's nobody better at jogging the old memory banks than Trembles, and this week he's taking us back to 1982 for the Spanish film Mil gritos tiene la noche, or, as it's more commonly known, Pieces.
1980 was an amazing time of ups and downs. Jimmy Carter was President, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin died of alcohol poisoning, comedian Richard Pryor was badly burned trying to freebase cocaine, and Ulli Lommel's Blank Generation was unleashed on an unsuspecting populace.
1982's The Last Horror Film stars Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro and was filmed by David Winters on location at the Cannes Film Festival. It holds a special place in the hearts of many horror fans since it reunited Spinell and Munro, who worked together on the classic Maniac, but that's no guarantee it'll be spared Trembles' "special" way of reviewing movies for us.
Considering the state of the world we live in, viral outbreak films are all the rage right now, and Breck Eisner's redux of The Crazies fared well overall both with critics and at the box office. So now it's Trembles' turn to provide his take on the flick.
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island was a big hit at the box office and with most of us around the Dread Central offices. But no film's run is complete without Trembles weighing on it, and today we received his take.
With its intertwining themes of plane crash survival, cannibalism, and man-eating sharks, there's a lot for genre fans to like about René Cardona, Jr.'s 1978 mixed bag known as Cyclone.
Back in 1976, from the minds of Rudy Ricci and John Russo, sprang forth The Booby Hatch. Come on Over! It's Crazy & Sexy -- You'll Laugh Till It Hurts!!
This week's MPP takes us on a bit of an educational journey, introducing us to Russian-born artist, filmmaker, and illustrator Alexandre Alexeïeff; his wife, Claire Parker; and the pinscreen animation technique they developed along with Alexeïeff's first wife, Alexandra Alexandrovna Grinevskya.
The whole time I watched Legion, pretty much the only thing I could think about was how great Trembles' MPP of the flick was going to be. The film is rife with some awesomely cheesy lines that are just begging for the Trembles treatment, and this week he delivers the goods.
The Lovely Bones has generated a lot of awards buzz for its young star Saoirse Ronan and its slightly older villain, portrayed by Stanley Tucci. Now it's Trembles' turn to add his $.02 into the mix!
Most of us around the Dread Central offices rather enjoyed the new spin on the vampire mythos offered by Daybreakers so of course we were curious to see what Trembles thought. Today we got our answer.
As we told you last week, Trembles is enjoying a much deserved break so he sent over another oldie but goodie for this week's MPP: none other than Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 film Psycho!
Trembles is taking a well deserved two-week break from churning out new editions of his Motion Picture Purgatory so he sent over a blast from the past review of 1975's cult classic Thundercrack.