Time for another Review in our month-long “Frolicking Under The Sea: Mermaid Fantasy Film Festival – August 2016”. This time out? How about an old B&W creature feature starring a young Dennis Hopper in one of his earliest film roles, 1961’s psychological mermaid suspense film “Night Tide”?
The synopsis reads: “While on shore leave, sailor Johnny Drake becomes enamored of Mora, a young woman who works as a “mermaid” at a sideshow attraction. But for Mora it’s no act. She actually believes that she really is a mermaid who is destined to murder men on the night of a full moon. Despite this, Johnny is still captivated by the mysterious woman, however, and begins to suspect that her boss, Capt. Murdock, may have something to do with Mora’s murderous thoughts.”
More carnival sideshow mermaid antics, along with some suspense and a bit of period fun. I first saw this one years ago on Saturday morning TV, and remembered it enough to want to take another peek just for you, o’ Gentle Visitors, so let’s jump in the “wayback machine” and get us some vintage chills and thrills… 😉
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Well, it’s Summer, and on warm Summer evenings hereabouts there’s nothing better to beat the heat than to slip off to our local cinema for a “Movie Nite/ Date Nite” mashup, just my sweetie and I and a blissfully cool air-conditioned theater for an evening of movie watchin’ fun. Last week we managed such a combination, and had the opportunity to choose from two different “Ocean themed” films. One… a big budget animated romp under the sea with the talking fishies…. or one with a tiny cast and deadly danger from one sinister insatiably flesh-devouring monster shark. Hehehehe…. guess which one this wee lady picked. 😉
Our synopsis? “Still reeling from the loss of her mother to cancer, medical student Nancy Adams travels to an idyllic secluded beach in Mexico for some much-needed solace. Abandoned by her friend and despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves anyways. Suddenly and without warning, a great white shark attacks, wounding her badly and forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and alone and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must now fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground. Now her desperate fight for survival is really on…”
Eeeeeehhhh!! I just love survival stories… and man-eating monster critters… and we get all that and a spunky heroine for our main character too!! How could this not be a great lil’ popcorn crunchin’ roller-coaster ride of guilty fun? I was soooooo ready for this one, even if my darling Carolyn seemed a lil’ less enthusiastic. Yep. We just had to pick this one…. and we could always “Find Dory” another time. 🙂
So was this a good choice for “Movie/Date Nite”? One way to know o’ Gentle Visitors… 😉
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Another week closer to Christmas… and time for yet another Review. This time out I had planned to look at the second of the “Thanksgiving Night Movie Fest” films we saw over the holiday, but… then this one ended up in my DVD player one cold snowy evening and just plain blew that idea away. So instead… it’s off to rainy Spain for a look at director Oriol Paulo’s new suspense/ thriller “El Cuerpo” aka “The Body”.
Our synopsis goes as follows: “El Cuerpo” brings a heady mix of classic film noir, blood-chilling horror and high suspense, as the film follows a worn out veteran police detective as he begins an investigation of a mysterious break-in at the city morgue, the accidental hit-and-run of a guard, and searches for a corpse that has gone missing one dark and stormy night. Why has the corpse disappeared? Was the woman murdered? Was her distraught husband behind it all? Or is there some other sinister plot behind the disappearance of the body?”
Less of a horror film than my usual pick for movie fun, “El Cuerpo” might be a Hitchcock-style murder mystery, but the Trailer certainly hints that there’s much more going on throughout than in the usual “whodunit”. A whole lot more… Yep, I suspected this one might just be this wee kitty’s idea of cinema fun with a heapin’ helping of goosebumps thrown in for good measure. Now that a good English subtitled Region 2 version has shown up in the UK it’s only natural to give it a try. Wanna hear those details? Then you know exactly what you have to do, o’ Gentle Visitor…. 😉
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Your favorite Catgirl Princess is heading to snowy Scandinavia this time out for a look at 2010’s Norwegian film “Flukt”, staring “Cold Prey” heroine Ingrid Bolsø Berdal. The Trailer promised lots of rugged Nordic landscapes, plenty of vicious viking guys chasing after a plucky young damsel-in-distress, and a whole lot of nail biting action to boot. Gotta know Neko’s all ready for that!
So… our synopsis goes like this: “Ten years after the Black Death has ravaged the lands, killing off most of the population while leaving the survivors traumatized and desperate to make new lives for themselves, a poor family is ambushed by a pack of merciless raiders on a desolate mountain pass. Their oldest daughter, nineteen-year-old Signe, is the lone survivor of the massacre. Taken hostage and facing a fate worse than death, Signe manages to flee with the help of another young captive girl, but her escape does not go unnoticed by her brutal kidnappers. Now the chase is on.”
Sound familiar? It sure does to this wee lady, and I’m certain I’ve seen this story before… but with the substitution of settlers for peasants and Indians for viking raiders…. but hey, I seem to think I liked that story (even if I can’t remember it’s title.. d’ohh!) so more than likely I’ll dig this one too!
Think you might wanna give it a try too? Then watcha’ waitin’ for? By all means “Read On” and let a certain crazy Catgirl give you all the details! 😉
This time out I thought I might take a break from those exotic films from foreign locales to review the new horror remake of an old cult TV classic, Guillermo Del Toro’s new version of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” recently released on Region 1 DVD.
Ever wonder if on occasion your obsession with a favorite Hobby might just be… well… perhaps a wee bit much for those who love you to really put up with as a steady thing? Your favorite Catgirl is a foreign horror movie nut. You regulars here at the Litterbox have most certainly figured that out by now… but my sweetheart Carolyn most definitely isn’t as thrilled by them. Nope… not by a long shot. She’s a really good sport about it, but I can tell there are definitely evenings when she’s less than thrilled to see the couple of DVD’s I’ve picked out to watch sitting next to the couch with their labels covered with some strange foreign language text and unfamiliar looking actors and actresses. The other night was one of those times….
“Miyu… C’mon… don’t you have any American movies we can watch? It would be really nice to hear somebody speaking English for a change instead of having to read subtitles. Please… for me?” Sigh… now how could I not give her a break?
Luckily for me… I had just the thing in the “To Watch” pile. “Mmmm… OK… but there can be monsters in it… right?” I gave her that sly yet innocently mischievous lil’ sideways look that I know just melts her heart and I just knew I had her…. Love. It’s all about compromises. 😉
I’d been wanting to watch this one for a while as I loved the original 1973 TV movie version, so with all that settled, it was time to pop the popcorn, snuggle in to spoon on the couch and see if this new version was as scary as I remember that old original film being. Want to hear if it might just be “Movie Date Nite” material for you as well? Then by all means, Gentle Visitors… let’s “Read On” shall we?