Rick Trembles' Motion Picture Purgatory
As the year 2009 winds down, we can't think of a better way to send it on its not so merry way than via a blast from the past like the cult classic I Drink Your Blood, which has the distinction of being the first film ever to be rated X by the MPAA based on violence alone.
Now this is how to celebrate the holidays -- with a whip and a body! Oh, what? We're not talking about Uncle Creepy's and my family traditions? Nope -- we're talking Mario Bava's 1963 kinky little ghost story entitled La frusta e il corpo (The Whip and the Body).
You have to hand it to Trembles. When it comes to introducing Dread Central readers to the obscure ... the offbeat ... the just plain weird, no one does it better! On tap for this week's Motion Picture Purgatory is the 1965 Polish film The Saragossa Manuscript (aka Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie).
When Trembles sent over this week's MPP feature, we were a little taken aback. Tommy Wiseau's The Room from 2003? Admittedly, few of us had heard of it, so we hit up IMDB for a synopsis.
We know it's not exactly horror, but when Trembles speaks, we listen! And when Werner Herzog directs Nicolas Cage, we can't help but watch transfixed.
Roland Emmerich's latest end-of-the-world opus 2012 is a mish-mash of just about every disaster movie you've ever seen. Not sure if Nomad's 2012 review (read it here) quite did it justice? Then you won't want to miss Trembles' take on the flick!
Spike Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's story Where the Wild Things Are has been met with mixed reactions. So of course our own Rick Trembles has to add his voice to the crowd.
This week Trembles takes us a little off the beaten path into a true tale of sex addiction and murder: Paul Schrader's 2002 Auto Focus starring Greg Kinnear as TV star Bob Crane and Willem Dafoe as his video technician buddy John Carpenter (nope, not director John Carpenter of Halloween fame, but rather a sleazy swinger who gets credit for turning Crane into a sex addict).
It was No. 1 at the box office last weekend and has been the topic of more discussion among horror fans than just about any other film in recent years. So of course Rick Trembles had to add his $.02 about the phenomenon known as Paranormal Activity.
Around these parts we consider ourselves very fortunate to have Rick Trembles providing us with his own unique spin on films both mainstream and well outside the Hollywood system. Case in point? This week's MPP installment: the Belgian flick Amer, which was directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani.
This week Trembles again takes us back in time ... to 1969 and Tesuo Ishii's Inferno of Torture.
After a couple of weeks of some less than mainstream Motion Picture Purgatory installments, Trembles returns to the present day with his spin on Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland.
Now here's a film I bet few of you have seen: A Forked World. Once again, leave it to Trembles to expose us to something new and different!
One thing I love about being the designated DC staffer to put up Trembles' review each week is that we just never know what the hell he's going to come up with next! Case in point: 1958's Bijo to Ekitainingen aka The H-Man.
Oh, Sorority Row, how you let us down. Most of us went in hoping/expecting it would live up to its R rating with boobs, blood, and a big finale. Instead, we got (as Nomad wrote in his Sorority Row review) "a butt-numbing experience, watching the ladies be picked off in the lamest ways possible (save one shining moment that is too little, too late)." Now it's Trembles' turn to weigh in.