Friday, August 22, 2014

NIGHT OF THE COMET / Thomas Coleman and Michael Rosenblatt Productions - 1984

It's Friday Fright with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Here's a story about two sisters that wake up the day after a comet passes near Earth to find that everybody in Los Angeles has been turned to dust by the comet except them, a hunk, some zombies and occupants of a secret underground government installation.

Eegah!! sent over an informative sound clip with some music and video game noise for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button over by the zombie, NOW, Rufus The Gnat!.. Here's a taste of... NIGHT OF THE COMET!

The citizens of LA go into the streets to watch the amazing event. How lucky am I?!.. I got to witness the Geminids meteor shower in 1950, and, I'm telling you, there were hundreds of meteors flashing by going in every direction, and, it lasted hours!!! Unless you were there, you could just never imagine what it looked like!..

See, everyone watching turns into a pile of orange dust, just like I said!..

Catherine Mary Stewart plays cute survivor, Regina. Catherine Mary was also in these fine flicks... POWDER HEADS, THE BEACH GIRLS, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, DUDES, WORLD GONE WILD, WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S and THE PSYCHIC, and, has a movie currently in post-production.

Here's our first glimpse of one of the zombies, not bad! At this very moment, it's deep sixing Regina's sleeping bag mate who went out to take care of some business.

Mary Woronov plays an infected military doctor. Mary has 115 acting credits including parts in SUPERBOY, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT, DEATH RACE 2000, CANNONBALL!, ROCK 'n' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, ANGEL OF H.E.A.T., BLOOD THRATRE, HELLHOLE, TERRORVISION, CHOPPING MALL, DICK TRACY and MOTORAMA.

This is probably the creepiest moment, when this zomboid dude attacks Regina's lil' sister!

Regina is captured by the secret military and gets interrogated by this guy... Stalemate! She tells him that she's a Cancer and he thinks that she's sick!

A peek into one of the weird, dimly lit operating rooms complete with infected troopers.

Infected guys at the installation start turning in zombies, making escape even more terrifying!

The rains come and sweep all the toxic dust into the gutters, later gator!

It's time to go, so, say cheese! Tune in tomorrow when Eegah!! brings us a thriller starring Richard Carlson and the mighty Tor Johnson!! Better be there!..

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MOONFIRE - Marty Robbins - "The Wheel Of Life" (1970)

 Welcome to the newly ordained WTF?! Wednesday down in The Dungeon! Tonight's feature film, dear friends, was a movie we've had on our want list for over 5 years without a clue as to where to obtain a copy! Finally in the last few months I tracked one down, and then, lo and behold, when I started writing this tonight, I went to IMDB to check a couple of facts, and found out that "Moonfire" streams on Amazon for $2.99 or free if you have one of them fancy 'Prime' accounts, so now it's just up to you whether you're ready for something like this or not! I know I sure wasn't!! On the WTF?! Meter, "Moonfire" gets a 10 for sure!! It's got it all! When I first read about "Moonfire" they said something about truckers vs nazis, so I envisioned something like a cross between "Surf Nazis Must Die," and "Mad Max," but I was wrong, way wrong!!! Not even close!!

Here's what I think! Somebody had the big idea that if they had a star with some kind of name recognition (Richard (GOG) Egan), a bigger than life former major sports figure (Sonny Liston), and a theme song by a former #1 hit maker (Marty Robbins and his 1959 hit song "El Paso"), that there was no possible way that they could go wrong! I'm pretty sure that they lost their ass on that bet!! A curious note, just for the record, when most songs in 1959 were clocking in at 2 or 3 minutes, "El Paso" was 4 minutes and 38 seconds long, an AM radio breakthrough later taken to the max on FM by "The End" and "In A Gadda Da Vida!"

Remember!! This is THE "Most Authentic Trucking Movie" ever made, and that claim just might still hold true to this day! Here's a tasty morsel of the music to get you in the mood! Arriba, Arriba, Honk, Honk!!!!

Richard Eagan's got that kind of a face where you know you've seen him many times before, but you just don't know exactly where! Multiple western roles and two TV shows in 1962 and 63 with different titles, but where Richard played the same character, Jim Redigo were "Empire," and "Redigo!" Richard won a Golden Globe award in 1954 for "Most Promising Newcomer - Male," but in "Moonfire," he's just collecting a paycheck!

Two T's just wasn't enough, so here ya go kids, the authentic Triple T Truck Stop! (Or is it four?)

 So what the Hell is going on here anyway? I watched the movie and I still don't know, so it's going to be difficult for you! A space capsule drops down in the middle of the Mexican desert, followed by a parachuteer to retrieve something! Guy seems lost, I don't know!

 The dude on the left is a Nazi named Fuentes played by Dayton (Jack The Giant Killer) Lummis, and the guy on the right is his bandito accomplice Jesus as played by Jose (KRONOS) Gonzales-Gonzales! Jose is also responsible for the little ditty you'll hear in the soundclip that isn't Marty Robbins! They've got some completely different shit going on, but this space capsule deal just kind of literally dropped into their lap!

You would have thought that he would have had a better plan!

Believe it or don't, but this is a picture of me taken in the same exact year!

Jeez, nobody said anything about Percy Dovetonsils being in this movie!

Pickle Shot Charles Napier on the left is trucker Robert W. Morgan! Charles is a story all unto himself, with almost 200 credits to his name including a bunch of Russ Meyer films where he earned the nickname Pickle Shot for being in one of the first movies ever that included male frontal nudity! To further the legitimacy of this film, Charles actually worked for a trucker magazine called "Overdrive" in the 70's! True to form, Charles passed away in Bakersfield, Calif. just a couple of years ago!

Robert W. Morgan's partner and driving buddy is known as The Farmer and was played by former World Heavyweight Championship boxer and all around mysterious guy, Sonny Liston! I'm assuming that I'm not the only person who finds it odd that these guys all choose to work with no shirts on, but then this IS an authentic trucker movie!

The Sonny Liston story is, and will always be, the kind of life that history is made of!

With a record of 50 wins and 4 losses, Sonny destroyed Champion Floyd Patterson in their first meeting to claim the title of being the first person to ever knock out the reigning Champion in the first round! In a dismal rematch the following year, Patterson lasted a mere 4 seconds longer than in their first fight! It was after that when it started getting weird! In a championship defense against Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Sonny was winning when something got in Clay's eye! Then suddenly, Liston quit, claiming a shoulder injury! In their rematch, Liston went down by a phantom punch that nobody saw in the first round, and lost his championship forever! Five months after this movie was made, Sonny Liston was found dead in Las Vegas at the age of 38! The truth will probably never be known!

Stupid racist biker didn't know who he was dealing with and got taken out in the first second of the first round!

You never see 'Standard' any more, it's all 'Chevron' these days! Now this is an authentic truck stop picture fer shure!

Next stop! MEXICO!!

Nothing says Truckin' like a couple of 16 wheelers side by side barreling down a dusty road together!!

 Stoopid freakin' Nazi guy who I thought was calling all the shots follows the truckers out into the boondocks and gets his car stuck in sand! Luckily for him, the guys carry a forklift around with them to unload their cargo, and are able to help him out!

 After he graciously thanks them, he then tries to shoot them, and in an unprecedented move I've never seen before, they ram his car with the forks, and then lift it up and over the edge of a cliff and gone!  Auf Wiedersehen Idiot!!

Acting or not, you really get the vibe that Sonny is thinking, "Amigo, this might be a movie, but you better get that gun out of my face before I kick your fucking ass!"

Now this is a shot that I truly believe is worthy of a caption contest! I just dare you! WTF!?

Monday, August 18, 2014

ALICE IN WONDERLAND / Paramount Pictures - 1933

It's time for a movie called "The Entertainment Miracle Of All Times!" here at The Dungeon!.. Here's Lewis Carroll's classic story with a stellar cast of stars that includes Gary Cooper, W.C. Fields, Cary Grant, Sterling Holloway, Edward Everett Horton, Baby Leroy, May Robson, Charles Ruggles, Ned Sparks, Billy Barty and Billy Bevan. I got this copy on TCM.

Eegah!! sent over a nice little sound clip of Humpty Dumpty and at Aiice's party for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located next to our mutant Cheshire Cat, NOW, Rufus The Gnat!.. Here's a taste of... ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

Charlotte Henry plays Alice, she has just gone through the mirror and is now in the alternate universe called Wonderland. Charlotte was also in HUCKELBERRY FINN, MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE, BABES IN TOYLAND, JUNGLE MENACE and BOWERY BLITZKREIG, starting her acting career at age five.

Alice follows The Mouse into a pond as he shows her the way to the other side...

Great looking costume!! Alice, small now, tries to get some information out of the Dodo bird.

Mr. droll, Ned Sparks, plays the very confusing, contrary, hookah smoking Caterpillar.

Alice is even smaller now as she walks through Wonderland, looking for her way back home.

Richard Arlen play the sly old Cheshire Cat, he has the power to disappear and reappear.

Here are Tweedledee and Tweedledum showing Alice a cartoon, in order to enhance their tale. The cartoon is totally unnecessary and seems oddly placed into the movie, it's just weird!

W. C. Fields plays Humpty Dumpty and you'll easily notice his voice in the sound clip.

Alice has been named queen, so, she goes through the door for a...

Big freakin' surprise party! All the characters are there to celebrate the big event.

Even the food talks!! There's great fun to be had for all, no matter where you look.

Humpty Dumpty and the others grab some sparklers as the party goes off the tracks!

Then, Alice wakes up in her chair, just in time to go to drug rehab! Tune in Wednesday when Eegah!! will present a real WTF flick!

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