Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/29/15!

Who cares what picture we see?

I feel like Stephen Lee would, so while I check that out why don't we make this tonight's choice...

This low budget superhero movie was made for the "Roger Corman Presents" movie series on Showtime in the mid 90's. Joan Severance is fun as the overzealous police officer thrown off the force for police brutality. She then takes on the sexy Black Scorpion persona to more effectively fight crime using gadgets created by pal Garrett Morris. Of course, no sooner does a costumed hero appear than a costumed villain called Breathtaker shows up. Now life is like a big ol' comic book as Black Scorpion battles Breathtaker and his minions.

It's the obligatory origin story, so it's a little slow going in the first half, but it's still a fun watch. with a little cable nudity thrown in for good measure. If nothing else, you can join me in counting how many times Severance's thigh high boots go from high heeled to flat when she gets into an action scene.

Actually, the movie did well, so they didn't stop there - and that means we can turn this into a...

Let's Get Out of Here Triple Feature!

A couple of years later, this popped up:

The sequel is better for me - no lengthy origin sequences - just straight to the superhero stuff. Plus, the villains here - Stoney Jackson as a Joker pastiche called Gangster Prankster and Sherrie Rose as earthquake causing Aftershock - are more fun than the previous movie's Breathtaker. So this one gives even larger doses of sexy lingerie fighting and low budget special effects.

A couple of years after the second movie Corman put together a Black Scorpion TV series with Syuh Fyuh - it ran just the one season of 22 episodes. A year or two after that they cobbled a third movie out of two episodes...

Michelle Lintel is now Black Scorpion - she looks equally great in the costume so that's fine - and this one gets two fun villains too - Martin Kove as Firearm and in a nod to 60's Batman - Frank Gorshin as Clockwise. It's very obviously two TV episodes slapped together - they wrap up one villain and then the second pops up - but it's still fun.

I have all three movies on DVD, ready to spin at any time - even this very evening - if you want to come over in your variable heeled thigh high boots and watch them with me.

(I have the whole series on DVD too, just in case you really wanted to go nuts.)

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Random Stew 8/26/15!

Here's a crappy cellphone pic of an Essential Avengers collection from Marvel Comics - showing that it's not just movies that got this blog its title!

I shot this a while back - not sure which issue it was - but in the low to mid 100's. That's what I get for not taking notes when I took the picture. Oh well.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #226!

Disco 9000  (Choice Inc., 1977)

I've never seen this blaxploitation flick, and apparently it's pretty hard to track down these days. But lovin' the lead character's name - Fass Black - and kudos to the filmmakers for using the word Disco in 1976/1977 - way early, considering. I fully expected this to have 1979 as its year of release. I'll bet it got some play that year.

Walk Into Hell  (Patric Pictures, Inc., 1957)

I've also not seen this one - a man against the elements drama made by Australian filmmakers - another rarity for the 1950's. The poster acts like its one of those "Mondo" movies, but it is a fiction film. I'd like to see it.

Heat  (New Century Vista Film Company, 1987)

I did see this one in the theater - one of Burt's better entries from the 80's. They just recently remade it with Jason Statham as Wild Card - which I might watch sometime - but this one will be hard to beat in my mind.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Night at the Movies 8/22/15!

Who cares what picture we see?

Roddy McDowall would - whether he's credited in the movie or not - so we will make this one the choice for this evening...

Here's a car chase flick made four years before Smokey and the Bandit made everyone rush to make one. This one has a fine cast playing not particularly likable characters - but that takes a backseat (pun intended) to the wild stunts and car action on display.

Some notes on that trailer - the song being warbled is not in the movie anywhere. They sure do edit the trailer to make it look like Fonda and George are alone in the car - but Adam Roarke is along for the ride as Fonda's partner in crime. And perhaps most interestingly - Roddy McDowall plays a small but significant role - but he is completely uncredited anywhere in the movie. However, they did stick a credit for him in the trailer!

I have this in a double feature DVD set with another good Peter Fonda vehicle flick - Race with the Devil - and we could be checking out that one too while we're seeing how dirty Mary is and how crazy Larry is...even tonight, if you want to come check it out with me.

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Let's Get Out of Here!

Can you believe I forgot to mention that on August 11th this blog celebrated its fifth birthday!

Happy Anniversary to Let's Get Out of Here!

Five years in with more than 1000 posts of pop culture nattering and nonsense. If you've ever dropped by; and especially if you've been a recurring guest and commented - thank you so very much!

"Happy Anniversary Craig!"

"Happy Blog Birthday!"

"An Anniversary so hot we're on standby! Happy Birthday LGOOH!"

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Celebrity Endorsement: Jonathan Stark!

I first encountered Jonathan Stark when he played vampire right hand man Billy Cole in Fright Night in 1985.

I also enjoyed his work in House II: The Second Story - where he teamed with Arye Gross.

I most recently encountered Jonathan Stark at a horror movie convention - and he revealed he certainly is a fan of good pop culture blogging...

Thanks, Mr. Stark!

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #225!

Theme Week!

1 Movie, 3 Posters!

Creature from the Black Lagoon  (Universal-International, 1953)

My favorite Universal Studios monster - and his first movie is really a fine motion picture. Originally released in 3-D - and with some great "poke stuff at the camera" moments - this is terrific entertainment.

Three posters, with the middle one touting the 3-D my favorite. What's yours?

Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!