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THE LIVING COFFIN (1959)
aka El Grito De La Muerte
Mexico - 71 minutes.
MY REVIEW: Serviceable late-night B-movie fodder that takes an older style traditional Western idea and combines it with the widespread Hispanic supernatural legend of La Llorona, The Crying Woman. The old dead gal does put in a few appearances. And then there are the coffins in a shadowy crypt equipped with an alarm so the dead can alert the living if any problems occur. All part of the fun...enjoyable atmospheric "spookery" but I wouldn't call it scary really.
The film is an odd mix. Added to the incorporated horror legend you have the lone cowboy hero (he rides back and forth a lot) and his sidekick who is more Lou Costello than Tonto. Then there is the hero's incredibly smart white horse. A horse that would make Lassie drool with jealousy. An interesting essay in the extras points out that, like other Mexican Horror-Westerns of the period, The Living Coffin falls in line with "Scooby Doo Syndrome." I won't explain that further but it does make sense once you see the film.
Pretty decent color print (all things considered) with easy to read English subtitles. This movie may be hard to find as I believe all the Casanegra Presents titles are out of print.
Your mileage may vary depending on mood and to what extent critical faculties have shut down to be replaced by tired eyes and a goofy smile.
6 out of 10
Filmmaker Mars Roberge with cast "Jimmy James" Araque from Scumbag on the outside "cause that's how we do it 'round here."
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Upcoming Screenings: * THIS SATURDAY! Sept.22nd, 2018, 7pm @ The Zoo by Nine Deep Clothing (6006 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035). Free screening. T-shirts avail at 6pm.
* Sept.29th, 2018, 8pm @ CATWALK (formerly Clearport, 516 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701). Q & A w/ Party following screening with Die J! Mars and Skunk in the Roses.
* Oct.6th, 2018, 7pm @ Planet 9 Film Festival (California Institute of Abnormal Arts, 11334 Burbank Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601). Tickets https://www.deathcat.us/planet9filmfest
* Oct.13th, 2018 @ 1pm at Stratford Picturehouse (Salway Rd, London E15 1BX, United Kingdom) Tickets https://www.ourscreen.com/screening/47284
* Oct.19th, 2018, Detroit, tba
* Oct.21st, 2018, Chicago, tba
* Nov.3rd, 2018, 7pm @ Beach Dancer Films for director's film "The Little House That Could" (3401 Pacific Ave, 2A & 2B, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292)
* Nov.9th, 2018. 8pm at Cinemug (1607 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148) with after-party a few blocks away.
* Nov.10th, 2018, 5:30pm @ Film Noir Cinema (2732, 122 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222). Tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/scumbag-tickets-49014519748
* Nov.15th, 2018 @ The Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B5, Canada)
* Dec.5th, 2018 @ The Lash (117 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA 90013). Free Screening.
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‘Round about midnight this past Saturday I ventured into The Keep (directed by Michael Mann, 1983). My boss brought this one to my attention. He said it was Mann’s follow-up to Thief and had a killer Tangerine Dream score. That was all I needed to hear and I started to look into it. I quickly found that it is generally considered a piece of garbage by critics but it has a strong cult following. Spooky stone structures? Demons? Ian McKellen? Sign me up! How bad could it be? Welp, it’s pretty bad. Bad in a fun way but still bad. It takes place in WWII-era Romania. Nazi soldiers have come to occupy a large stone structure known as the Keep, intending to use it as a base of operations. Little do they know an ancient demon named Molasar is contained within. The soldiers inadvertently release Molasar from his prison and bad stuff starts to go down. The Nazis are forced to call on a Jewish professor named Dr. Cuza to figure out what the hell is going on and help them stop it. Cuza has other plans and strikes a deal with Molasar to help him escape so he can kill all the Nazis, but Molasar is just using Cuza to escape. It’s up to a mysterious man with glowing eyes named Glaeken to destroy Molasar with his magic energy stick to stop the demon/golem from unleashing his evil on the world. The premise and atmosphere of the film are undeniably cool but the execution is abysmal. The major characters’ backstories are nonexistent. You have no clue who Molasar and Glaeken are, where they came from, and why. Dr. Cuza appears to be no more knowledgeable about the Keep than anybody else. None of the characters’ interactions with each other make any sense. This film contains the most inexplicable and ridiculous “romance” ever put on screen. Two characters meet, bang, and fall in love in a matter of seconds without any kind of build-up or chemistry. Michael Mann’s original cut of this film was 3 hours long but the studio wasn’t having that so they hacked it down to 96 minutes. Therefore we’re left with numerous plot holes and continuity flubs. This film could have been awesome but thanks to studio interference it was completely botched. I give it 5 silver crosses out of 10.