If there were ever a movie where editing was just as important as cinematography, if not a little more so, The Wild Bunch would be it.The Wild Bunch
A slightly different sort of Western story, made by Sam Peckinpah. It starts with botched violence, continues in a harsh and brutal fashion, and ends up in complete carnage.
I don't know what it is that strikes me so much about this film. After all, I've seen other violent movies. I think it's the fact that it looks and sounds as if it should be a much gentler film: the score, acting style, look and even the film quality suggest something like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (although the camerawork, especially the slow-motion style, is much more modern). That fits the film's theme of times changing, I suppose.
Anyway, if you've got the stomach for bleak, hopeless violence (with a lot of children uncomfortably, and unconvincingly, involved along the way), this is an excellent film. For all the mayhem, it feels sincere, the way that Tarantino's stuff doesn't. The "heroes" are all terrible people, but the director does make you care for them, and the very end is surprisingly elegiac.
Appreciate the review. Didn't know this was a movie or had completely forgotten. On my must see list now. Great book. R. Cheyenne-Hayes is a top notch writer.The Monster Club (1981)
Offbeat combination of comedy, New Wave music, and horror anthology, based on stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes. John Carradine plays a completely fictional version of Chetwynd-Hayes. He runs into Vincent Price, playing a vampire who takes some blood from him, not doing any harm, and who invites him to the Monster Club. Folks in cheap Halloween costumes dance around to rock bands. Between songs, we get three stories. The first is about a young woman who gets a job as a secretary for an odd-looking, sad, lonely, gentle guy who lives alone in a fabulous mansion. Her boyfriend wants to get his hands on the guy's wealth, so the woman pretends to fall in love with the guy so she can get the combination to his safe and grab the huge pile of money inside. Suffice to say that the guy is a very strange being, and that something Very Bad happens when he whistles. The second story is played for laughs. A boy doesn't know that his father is a Dracula-style vampire, although it's obvious to the audience. A team of vampire hunters go after Dad. The leader of the Fearless Vampire Killers is Donald Pleasence, and things don't work out well for him. The third story is much more serious, as a movie director winds up in an isolated village inhabited by corpse-eating ghouls. We get the history of the place in a segment illustrated with nifty pen-and-ink drawings, straight out of a black-and-white horror comic book. The whole thing is pretty mild, often silly, but fun for anybody who used to read Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Price and Carradine are enjoyable. Notable for a scene at the club where a stripper takes off her clothes, and then her flesh.
I wrote the above reply on my Amazon Fire Tablet. I did not mistakenly type in the word "Cheyenne" for Chetwynd. Sometimes the tablet substitutes another word for what I have actually typed, a feature I do not like. Some how this one slipped by without my noticing. Just wanted to clarify what must look like a silly and careless mistake.Appreciate the review. Didn't know this was a movie or had completely forgotten. On my must see list now. Great book. R. Cheyenne-Hayes is a top notch writer.