Friday, July 29, 2005

John Carpenter´s Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)



I love films which take place on small/isolated places, where it is created a very tense situation. That makes me a fan of films like Romero´s Dead Triology, Polansky´s Death and the Maiden, The Telephone (the first part of Bava´s horror anthology Black Sabbath) and... John Carpenter´s Assault on Precinct 13.

The film takes place in a semi-abandoned police station, where the cops on guard and some death row convicts have to unite against a gang that has taken the place under siege.

This is one of Carpenter´s earlier films, and maybe the rawest. You can definitly see the Carpenter trademarks here: the slow-paced scenes, the score, the use of light (or lack of it)... it is all here.
The plot is extremily simple, but also efective and I certanitly felt very interested as it unfolded. This is for most part because the caracters are well introduced and well constructed. High rates for Napoleon Wilson (Darwin Joston) which can be considered as an early sketch for Snake Plissken, and Leigh, which is supremly interperted by Laurie Zimmer.
This takes me to my favorite aspect in the film: atmosphere. the very tense situation (ex: the gang using silenced rifles in the dark) is extremly well phtographed with the use of very dark colors. The main set (the police station) fits the film very well.
The score is typical Carpenter (so you can guess I like it), composed mainly by synths, very high-pintched in the moments of the story when the adrenaline flows faster, opposing to the slower moments where it is mainly composed by bass lines.

Most memorable scenes: the shooting of the little girl can be shocking and probably wouldn´t make it in modern hollywood films.
Then you have the whole action packed last 45 minutes.

the curse of the remakes

Thursday, July 28, 2005

phantasm box set news

how cool is this? check out the pics for the upcoming anchor bay uk release of the phantasm box-set
here

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Sonny Chiba - The Street Fighter box-set


ok, so this was released in january 2005 but only now did I found it. idiot me.
martial-arts extraordinaire sonny chiba stars in these three entries to the Street Fighter series. just for the first one alone (The Street Fighter) this is a great purchase for any of you who like hyper-violent kung-fu movies. we get to see chiba as takuma tsurugi, which is one of the coolest badasses in the history of kung-fu cinema.
the set also includes Return of the Street Fighter and The Street Fighter Last Revenge (my second favorite in the series).
as for the dvds, don´t expect extras, except for the trailers of all three films and some more trailers of other titles from optimum releasing. the image transfer is a bit grainy here and there, but still not bad.
definitly worth buying if you find it and like this type of films.

b-movie archive


as most of you might have seen already, internet archive has a wide selection of b-movies that a lot of you may find interesting. classics like the Giant Gila Monster, Plan 9 From Outer Space or Night of the Living Dead can now be dowloaded legally and for free.
here, you can find the horror seleccion from the site:

http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=subject:%22horror%22

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Lovecraft

hello back and sorry for the lack of updates in the last couple of weeks.
a nice link for those of you who can´t afford, or simply don´t want to purchase H.P. Lovecraft´s works. a nice link here: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/index.html
enjoy

(some dvd reviews in the next few days)