Monday, October 23, 2017

NaschyCast #58 - Nic Brown Visits!


After a Summer hiatus The Naschycast is back with a new episode! This time out we have invited fellow podcaster and author Nic Brown to stop by for a discussion of a couple of Paul Naschy's finest werewolf movies - THE MARK OF THE WOLF MAN (1968) and DR. JEKYLL AND THE WEREWOLF (1972). Nic is one of the co-hosts of the legendary B-Movie Cast and, although they have occasionally covered wolfman films over there, this is the first time he has been able to dig into a Waldemar Daninsky double feature. Of course, the fact that Nic has famously written a couple of novels centered on a lycanthrope (The Werewolf For Hire series) just adds to the fun and explains why we wanted him to talk about our favorite Spanish Hombre Lobo. Needless to say, he finds the Naschy version of werewolfery to be very different from the cinematic standard we all know and love.


Although the three of us do occasionally get off topic, we manage to dig into things pretty well. We discuss Nic's favorite werewolf films; dig into the mystery of the alternate FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR title for MARK OF THE WOLF MAN; delight in the fact that both of these films are monster mashes with multiple creatures going at each other and we marvel at the creativity on display to get Mr. Hyde and the werewolf into one body! Also, we chew over the bizarre dance of the seven vampires sequence in MARK with new and improved (?) ideas suggested for this most insane stalking/seduction technique. Nic makes note of the logical reasons for the wolf man's most common form of attack while I wonder if maybe neck meat is simply considered an appetizer in the lycanthrope world.

After we conclude the movie portion of the show Troy and I take the time to answer a few listener emails. There are some kind words and a few suggestions for future films to cover with a strong push toward those evil knights Templar, so look for a return to that beloved series soon for the show. If you have any comments or questions for us the email address is naschycast@gmail.com and we're always glad to hear from you. We can also be reached over on the FaceBook page where we post up information and cool links focused on Spanish Horror whenever we can. Thanks for downloading and listening to the show! 







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Music from HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)

First up is the entire excellent score by John Carpenter and Alan Horwarth!


Next, the television commercial from the film that eventually drives every viewer nuts! 

Lastly, here's a 10 and a half hour long super edit of the Silver Shamrock tune. It's guaranteed to drive you mad. 

Happy 35th Anniversary to HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982)














On October 22, 1982 HALLOWEEN III was released. It was savaged by critics and hated by fans looking for more Michael Meyers. It took several years but the film is now a beloved part of the Halloween tradition for millions. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Vintage Halloween Cards



















Friday, October 20, 2017

Brief Thoughts - ONE DARK NIGHT (1983)


A few years ago I saw a fairly crappy looking print of ONE DARK NIGHT and liked it. I had obtained a copy because I had heard some good things about the film and, at the time, the only way I could see it was through rather dubious means. This month I rewatched the film because a pretty decent print has popped up on Amazon Prime. Now I don't have to feel so bad about talking about this movie and kind of recommending it again. 


I've seen this movie sold as a slasher movie and while it has some superficial similarities to movies in that genre I would term it much more a supernatural horror movie. It certainly one of the few films I can think of that features a telekinetic killer ghost! Our main character played by Meg Tilly is coerced by gang members to sleep overnight in the mausoleum/Crypt housing the newly dead, possibly psychic local loon who was somehow responsible for the death of six women. Tilly's character  wants to be a part of the gang and is willing to take whatever hazing these girls can dream up. Of course her potential  sisters aim to sneak into the place and terrify her throughout the evening and, as you might expect, things go horribly wrong. The dead fellow somehow rises from his tomb and begins wreaking havoc all over the mausoleum. Other than a few character complications that's really all there is to the story and that simplicity allows this movie to work pretty darn well. The film shows it's inspirations (PHANTASM and POLTERGEIST) without seeming to steal things outright from them. It's not a classic but it's solid and it does its job very well. Its flaws are the flaws of budgetary limitations, the 1980s and the subgenre that it is a part of. 



Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Pumpkins








The temperature has finally turned cooler here in Tennessee! 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Video - THE DEVIL BAT (1940)



I'm never going to claim THE DEVIL BAT is my favorite Bela Lugosi film BUT it is my favorite of his Poverty Row Horror films. It's a mad scientist lab full of crazy with Lugosi in full (slightly) secretive sinister mode which is enough to make almost anything a fun viewing experience. THE DEVIL BAT falls into the odd cinema space in my head where I can kick my brain into neutral, take it at face value and really enjoy it the way it was intended. But, I can also engage my critical faculties and swing back & forth between loving it and laughing at it. I truly love this film!