I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if Jackie Joseph didn't - and with all the Roger Corman shenanigans around here this week - we will go with this one:
I remember missing this movie the first time it aired when I was watching the Saturday Night Chiller Theater movies from channels 11 and 30 out of St. Louis Missouri - I think I had to go somewhere with my parents and we got home right as it was ending or something. Oh, how did we live in those days before DVRs, or VCRs even?
I saw it the next time it came around - and I think I was aware that it was "The Movie Shot in Two Days" even then - because TV Guide actually mentioned that in the blurb! Roger Corman bet someone he could shoot a feature film in two days before some sets were torn down - or so the legend goes. What he got was this completely maniacal movie with a young schnook coming up with a talking, man-eating plant that hypnotizes him into killing. It's pretty funny; it's got Dick Miller in it - and I'll be telling the story of how I hung out with Mel Welles years later in a post here sometime!
This movie - like a lot of early Corman features - has fallen into the public domain - mainly because in a rare run of shortsightedness - Roger Corman didn't think these slapdash movies he was tossing off would have any kind of second life - so his notorious stingy side came out and he refused to pay the $25 or $50 each it would have taken to copyright these flicks. Consequently, they fell into the public domain somewhere along the line.
Due to that, this movie is a staple of bargain bins from the days of VHS through DVD - I own several copies, and we could definitely be giving this one a watch - if you want to visit, that is - even tonight!
Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!