Posted by: John Gholson
We’re obviously big Roger Corman fans here at HorrorsNotDead, and, even though we can’t personally party with the legendary filmmaker on his birthday (April 5), we can still celebrate with him from miles away in Austin, Texas! Thanks to Tugg.com, we’ll be hosting a special birthday screening of his 1961 Vincent Price classic THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This was the second Edgar Allen Poe film from Corman, a series that eventually came to represent his peak as a director. Each of the Corman/Poe/Price team-ups are expertly paced, visually exciting, and full of genuine menace and thrills, so we can practically guarantee you’ll have a great time.
The mysterious passing of a nobleman’s wife is placed under scrutiny by her suspicious brother-in-law. As he investigates her death, he uncovers the castle’s secret past as a place of torture during the Spanish Inquisition and its lingering influence on those who live between its walls. The film stars Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luane Anders.
This rare opportunity to see a Corman classic on the big screen will take place at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Thursday, April 5 at 9:45pm. Tickets are available here. As with all Tugg events, the screening doesn’t happen until their minimum attendance is met, so please spread the word on the screening to anyone and everyone you know, and we hope to see you on April 5!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Corman!
Posted by: John Gholson
From Jacob Hall–“Contrary to popular belief, Hitchcock didn’t make many true horror films. However, two of the three horror films that he did make are undisputed classics that threaten to overshadow the rest of his career. Unlike PSYCHO, THE BIRDS is a very traditional horror film in structure, only paving new ground with the unsettling, open-ended conclusion. It’s the epitome of the ‘animals attack people for no apparent reason’ subgenre, a film that has the patience to spend its first half introducing its characters before putting them through a living hell. The effects are top notch, the performances genuine, and the film’s final thirty minutes are one of the most harrowing siege sequences put on film. This is a horror masterpiece if one ever existed. I’m surprised that John, the ultimate fan of old school horror, hasn’t seen this, but I’m incredibly excited to finally introduce him to it.”
Oh my god, this movie had, like, a lot of birds in it! Mostly seagulls and crows, but there were also a pair of lovebirds too, and you just knew they were going to snap any second, ‘cause these birds be crazy up here in Bodega Bay! “What did you think of The Birds?”
Posted by: Jacob Hall
There’s a charming, bumbling incompetence on display in The Thrill Killers. It’s the same high energy, passionate camp that flows through the veins of so much 1950s ans 1960s genre cinema: movies that lack polish, structure and relatable characters but more than make up for those deficiencies with a delightful “Let’s Put On A Show!” flavor. Movies like this get made only because the people making them really, really wanted to make a movie. It’s what allows us to laugh with Ed Wood films instead of at them: there’s a soul beneath the cardboard sets and wooden acting.
That same soul exists in The Thrill Killers — that soul just happens to be pitch black and oozing hateful, nihilistic puss, ready to stab a nun to death after burning down an orphanage. Come to giggle at the shoddy craftsmanship, stay for the sequences of soul-crushing evil.