Film Diary: May


Looks like the final count for May was 42, which puts me well ahead of schedule. Guess I should spend more time writing.

I’ve been on a Godzilla kick, thanks to reissues on bluray from Kraken. That’s unlikely to change in June as more keep coming out. We’ve also re-started the Harry Potter series, since I picked up the last two movies while in Vandergrift for the drive-in festival.

“The Bamboo Saucer” was a neat take on the espionage thriller, with the reliable Dan Duryea as the military commander of a small American force sent into China to investigate a flying saucer before the Chinese government discovers it. An uncomfortable alliance with a Russian expedition ratchets the tension, and it’s honestly a miracle that any named characters survive.

The two biggest surprises were “The House on Sorority Row” and “The Black Pit of Dr. M”. The first is an early 80s slasher that’s competently made and utterly ruthless. It’s a reminder of how ferocious the genre was before it became safe and smirking with endless sequels in a small handful of franchises. The second is an effective bit of religious horror from Mexico. The theme of scientific inquiry into forbidden areas is familiar, but the plot plays out like an intricate trap instead of the usual quick road to irony. The ending is still very much what any EC reader might expect, but the path to it is what’s marvelous here.

The Bamboo Saucer (1968)
Best Friends Forever (2013)
The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959)
Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)
Catch-22 (1970)
Cremaster 3 (2002)
The Curse of the Crying Woman (1961)
Cutie Honey (2004)
Dracula III: Legacy (2005)
End of the Century (2003)
The Flight That Disappeared (1961)
Gargoyles (1972)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S (2003)
Godzilla vs Destroyah (1995)
Godzilla vs Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991)
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993)
Godzilla vs Megaguirus (2000)
Godzilla vs Mothra (1992)
Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (1966)
Gog (1954)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
House of the Long Shadows (1983)
The House on Sorority Row (1983)
The Jungle (1952)
King Kong Escapes (1967)
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Moon Zero Two (1969)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Pick-Up (1975)
Pontypool (2008)
Red Planet Mars (1952)
The Teacher (1974)
Terror is a Man (1959)
Transatlantic Tunnel aka The Tunnel (1935)
12 to the Moon (1960)

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