Once is never enough, and so MMC! is very pleased to be participating in the 2016 edition of “The Great Villain Blogathon.” Big thanks to Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin, and Kristina of Speakeasy for organizing this event once again and letting MMC! come back to the well. Criterion Collection aficionados will already note forthcoming posts on Straw Dogs (Sam Peckinpah, 1971), The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949), The Honeymoon Killers (Leonard Kastle, 1969), In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks, 1967), Mr. Arkadin (Orson Welles, 1955), The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955), The Most Dangerous Game (Ernest B. Shoedsack and Irving Pichel, 1932), Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946), and Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, 1957). Whew, that’s a lot of spine numbers!
MMC! will be promoting two films by Ishiro Honda for the Arrow Video treatment. First up is The Human Vapor (1960), an oddly effective tale of one man driven mad by his ability to transform into a gaseous state and his love of traditional Japanese dance. Next will be Matango (1963), also known as Fungus of Terror, Curse of the Mushroom People, and Attack of the Mushroom People, where the crew and passengers of a yacht (strangely resembling the castaways of Gilligan’s Island) vainly attempt to protect themselves from the grotesque mushroom monsters that populate the island. This is Japanese genre cinema at its feel-bad best!