Saturday, August 19, 2017

COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN - Abbott and Costello with Dorothy Shay (1951)

"Wish I got a dollar every time you made me holler!"
That being said, welcome to yet another Saturday Night Special from the Boom Boom Room comedy club wing of The Dungeon!
 
Tonight we've got Abbott and Costello in "Comin' Round The Mountain," one of their non-monster, but every bit Universal films!

This go round the boys are joined by Dorothy Shay, in a hillbilly musical! Here's a link to one of the songs called.........

 You'd think the talent at Club Blue Cheese would stink, but it doesn't!

Bud and Lou also have an act in the club that is less than spectacular! Lou is "The Great Wilbert!"

There's a mouse in the house, and these three tough guys show their true grit!

Lou finds out that he's a long lost relative to one Squeezebox McCoy, and he might just be the one who inherits all of Squeezebox's treasure and gold!

Ida (The Soul Of A Monster) Moore is Granny McCoy, a woman of many secrets!

When Glenn Strange wasn't busy in cowboy roles, he found time to be the Frankenstein monster in films like "House Of Frankenstein," "House Of Dracula," and "Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein!" Here he's Devil Dan Winfield!

Look in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane.........

Them hillbilly sleepin' quarters are tight, and they still tried to cram one more guy in there too!

This is a still of a still!

Just in case you forgot this was a Universal film, Bud and Lou go out lookin' for a love potion!!

"Comin' Round The Mountain" was just a pit stop between "The Wizard Of Oz" and  "13 Ghosts" for Margaret Hamilton!!

 Margaret is Aunt Huddy, a witch and a mistress of hoodoo voodoo!

Aunt Huddy and Lou take turns sticking pins in each other's voodoo dolls!!

When they finally find the gold, it turns out that the guvment also has their eye on it, since what they've done is essentially broken into Fort Knox! Good thing it's a movie or next stop for Bud and Lou would be the big house!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

DEATH MACHINES / Crown International Pictures - 1976

Here's a wild 'n' weird flick filmed in freakin' Stockton, CA... The story's about an evil Oriental Dragon Lady who has three martial arts fighters injected with a serum that turns them into zombie-like assassins, and then sends them out against her enemies!

It stars Ronald (OMEGA COP) Marchini as White Death Machine, Michael (SNAPDRAGON) Chong as Asian Death Machine, Joshua (THE WEAPONS OF DEATH) Johnson as Black Death Machine and Mari (only two acting credits) Honjo as Madame Lee.

Something weird's going on when one of the crime syndicates in Stockton is targeted. A Caterpillar tractor runs over one of the mobsters while calling the boss with some info!

Here's Madame Lee and her little bitch helper. She's behind the deaths of her crime enemies and has even more surprises in store for them.

She has a truck try and take out the dude sitting at the window table, but, when everyone notices the approaching headlights, well, they scramble like eggs!!

Madame Lee invites the head crime boss over for din din, and gives him a box to open... Inside is the head of one of his thugs, sending him a clear message!

In the meantime, Madame Lee has three martial arts greats kidnapped and injected with her obedience serum! The coppers have captured White Death Machine but he gets loose at the station and literally beats the crap out of like 20 officers before he escapes!

After he has escaped, White Death Machine goes to a local dive and is simply trying to eat a cheeseburger, when, some bikers start harassing him, you know, what the Hell else?! WDM starts kicking ass again when a guy hits him with a metal bar stool, taking him out!

But, guess who shows up?.. Yeah, Black and Asian Death Machines!!..

Hey look, 7-UP!!

Oh shit, now what?!!

Hey look, Coca Cola!!

Dude gets tossed out the door where he demolishes a well placed oil can pyramid!

Hey look, Pennzoil!!

Anyway, the gang's back in business. When a trade is made with another crime syndicate, our guys pull out a bazooka and blow their plane up before it even gets off the ground!

Things don't work out that great for Madame Lee and her bitch, bringing our tale to an end!

The best part is when our heroes are back to normal and are on their way out of Stockton, making for an even better ending!! We're back tomorrow with some Special Dungeon Cargo!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

4 + 1 BOOKS MADE INTO 1950'S & 60's HORROR MOVIES!

When I was digging out my paperback copy of "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" the other day, I was reminded that I had a couple of other paperback movie books in my library, and here they are! It's pretty obvious by the prices how long I've had these!  First up is the Jack Finney Dell first edition that was made into the terrific 1956 movie "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers!"

Here's a very cool Berkley Books cover of the H.G. Wells classic that was made into the 1960 film,

John Wyndham's awesome Crest novel made for a killer 1962 film called "The Day Of The Triffids!"

The Bantam novel "The Circus Of Dr. Lao" by Charles G. Finney turned into "7 Faces Of Dr. Lao" in 1964!

And in a complete reversal, here's a Ballantine book that was a novel based on the screenplay for Mel Brooks' 1974 movie "Young Frankenstein!"
Those were all from my personal collection, I'm sure a lot more would turn up in a good internet search! (I actually ended up trying that and I was surprised how few I found!)

Monday, August 14, 2017

10 MOVIES TABONGA! LOVES TO WATCH AGAIN!

Here are a few of my favorite movies I like, err, love, to put on while I'm working on my monster art. Generally speaking, I enjoy the schlocky titles the most because they always put me in my happy place. Born in the late forties, I was there during the atomic bomb tests, the UFO invasion, rockets, etc. I saw 67 horror and sci-fi flicks at the theater from 1953-59 and it influenced me big time. I love rubber space monsters the most, I do not like modern movies, they're too long, have too much story and are too busy, complex and glossy. Give me a simple 60 minute story, so much more enjoyable for me than the overblown crap we have today...

Although THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES doesn't even come close to matching the great poster art, this movie has a ton of charm and one I love to watch again! An interesting character is the mute helper, HIM! He likes to look at his girlie mags!

Eegah!! and I saw THE BRAIN EATERS when it came out, it was so whacked out. We didn't think much of it at the time, but, it has grown on me over time and may be the flick I play the most! (I have seen some of these titles like 20 times or more!!)

Damn, we love the Hell out of CALTIKI, director Mario Bava works his magic with the blobs and throws in the creepy character, Max, for a double horror treat!

MISSION MARS is just one of those movies that is so fun to watch! It stars two Dungeon Heroes, Darren McGavin and Nick Adams, and, has the unique Solarite monsters that will toast your sorry ass but good!!

ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS is another story that tickles my horror bone and have watched this one more than any other Corman title! Love this pic of the Crab Monster dicing up our poor victim into little bite-sized pieces!! Saw this one when it came out in 1957.

Love INVISIBLE INVADERS, John Agar is perfect as Major Jay in this wild sci-fi tale. Him and his pals have to capture one of the Invaders and figure out a way to put a stop to their invasion!

MISSILE TO THE MOON is another favorite of mine, it has rock monsters, a giant killer spider and features the beautiful Moon Goddess, Sanita Pelkey. A freakin' ton of fun!!

The Grimaldi Bros. gave us MUTINY IN OUTER SPACE and I thank them for it! This flick is cheap but delivers many thrills and spills as a fungus terror tries to take over a space station...

Paul Blaisdell created the rubber suit worn by Crash Corrigan in this creepy space tale. IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE boards the spaceship on Mars and terrorizes the crew as they head back to Earth!

Saw THE FLAME BARRIER in 1958, lots of creepiness going on here with the space blob in the cave and the skeletons covered in Saran Wrap. Another fun movie I love to watch again!.. Okay, there you go, tune in again Wednesday when we'll have more interesting junk, just for you!

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