Tuesday, June 11, 2013
A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF MOVIE JOY.
A Dedication and Review of
PETER WILTON CUSHING, OBE. 26th May 1913 – 11th August 1994.
By E.D. Leach.
The Cult Movie Review will now attempt to do justice to one of cinemas great icons... “nay legend” by expressing our delight and gratitude toward his work by writing about not just one of the greatest actors of a certain golden age of cinema but also someone who had a significant personal influence on what is undoubtedly TCMR's favoured movie genre, resulting in we here and doubtless those regular to this site whom I imagine many will also be fans of this great man and his massive canon of genre work. It is also necessary to note before we step forward with this particular review that the following article on completion has been a particular great undertaking on my behalf. As a fan I have attempted with this (mini)-biographical review based upon this individual character who had an astonishing career longevity and formidable movie association and therefore I fear I may be taking on slightly more than one should but because of his personal importance and this being a centenary celebration of his life and work, I should at least attempt to do the right thing in my own usual convoluted way, so without further hesitation...here we go!
Monday, March 18, 2013
"Nothing human lives forever"
PROLOGUE: A NEW MOOD FOR HORROR. This review is unequivocally dedicated to the recent tragic and sad passing of the late Tony Scott 1944 – 2012. The review is also a specific noting of a changing of the guard in the reinventing and stylising of horror movies for a new age. This review is also a critical rebuke of film critics with no sense of vision or style whatsoever. The Hunger, 1983 is a film that during the time of release showed a dramatic, almost – film noir, slower paced horror movie experience, a film that immediately caught both my attention and imagination when finally viewing it on its eventual video release many distant decades ago now. Despite what many of my friends found as a long winded and arduous, (BORING!) film, for me on a personal level it actually became a pleasant jolt to the system and encompassed a new edginess in filmmaking that fitted perfectly with what this then young adult had began craving as he searched for some kind of genre specific viewing alternative to the usual VHS carousel of recycled horror fair that was being churned out at the time. It was a very overburdened home entertainment marketplace by this time, a time in which most movies available often offered the same old repetitive tedium which at best was 'run of the mill' fair but more oftly were genuinely poor excuses for horror movies of which many titles were now fortunately/unfortunately finally seeing the light of day to a mainstream video viewing audience who were being provided much of said crap by film distributors trying to make quick financial gain often with the release of largely contemptible trite, some of which I have to admit I genuinely loved (still do in fact) but much more of which I truly hated and please guys let us not fool ourselves into thinking that everything controversial, outrageous or gore laden during that period and was available in this horror, Sci-fi or fantasy nirvana was good or interesting entertainment because the truth was a large amount of it was simply disguising a marketing rip off and offering only unadulterated shite, that simple folks! The Hunger came at a time when we were witnessing great change as both our choices and horror tastes began to alter slightly as were the movies now being developed and released during the back end of the 1970's and in the opening salvo of the 1980's.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
“Once you've seen it you will never again feel safe in the dark”
Sunday, August 12, 2012
"See it with someone you're sure of..."
Saturday, July 28, 2012
“A brutal excursion in terror”
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Lifeforce, 1985 is both quirky and quite grandiose in execution, it also as all the hallmarks of spectacularity and in the main delivers in abundance and is a far superior movie than the box office failure suggest, wrongly in my opinion. It as that adventurous, exciting feel that is infrequently tapped in todays CGI age, it is a traditional 80's special effects extravaganza that at the time broke new and exciting ground in horror. It is also sheer grand scale UK style and no mistake. Yes in parts of the film it shows its age but still its scale and exaggerated storyline are what such things are made of, especially the last twenty minutes when the world seems doomed, it is wonderful and very Quatermass, B – movie related and we here at T.C.M.R. Simply love this recaptured old fashioned atmosphere of thrills and spills that it provides. “I mean Space Vampires for f**k sake?” What is there not to get excited about at such a concept. Why start our relationship with Mr Hooper with the obvious choice that many would make? If you do not know what I am talking about...then go away!
SCHRAMM: Into The Mind of a Serial Killer, 1994.