10 on the 10th – April 2016

Much of my time of late is being spent watching short films in preparation for a future MMC! proposal/event, but features are still getting screened and here are the last 10 films I’ve watched!

  1. The Abominable Dr Phibes Ghoulish Gary PullinDead Heat (Mark Goldblatt, 1988)
  2. Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon (Yoshio Kuroda and Sanae Yamamoto, 1965)
  3. Capone Cries a Lot (Seijun Suzuki, 1985)
  4. King of the Hill (Donald Brittain and William Canning, 1974)
  5. Wings (Larisa Shepitko, 1966)
  6. 20,000 Days on Earth (Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth, 2014)
  7. The Organizer (Mario Monicelli, 1963)
  8. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (Robert Fuest, 1971)
  9. Blood Rage (John Grissmer, 1987)
  10. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)

For the most part, all of these films prove quite enjoyable within their own specific parameters, whether that’s art cinema, documentary, or weirdo trash.  (Admittedly, Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon is not the finest example of Toei Doga.)  And while Dead HeatCapone Cries a Lot, and Blood Rage certainly stand on their own for sheer nuttiness, a special place has been set aside in my filmic heart for The Abominable Dr. Phibes, a movie I’ve only just seen for the first time and now stands as the pinnacle of Vincent Price’s malevolently peculiar career.  Easily the best film I’ve ever watched combining a revenge plot inspired by a series of biblical plagues, a clockwork orchestra, and disfigured theologian/musician wildly playing an organ embellished in red lucite.

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4 thoughts on “10 on the 10th – April 2016

  1. B Noir Detour April 10, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Wow, I can only imagine the joy of just discovering Phibes. My mom introduced me to it, and I love his character, the set, the clockwork band, and the lovely Vulnavia. Did your version include Price singing at the end? If not, look that up. It’s been cut from some versions, but it must be enjoyed. And check out Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Not as good as the original, but still…it’s Phibes!

    • spinenumbered April 12, 2016 / 12:56 am

      I couldn’t recall Price singing so I had to look it up. He sings “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in Rises Again. Is that what you’re referring to?

      • B Noir Detour April 12, 2016 / 1:12 am

        Yes, that’s it! Sorry I forgot it was in the sequel.

      • spinenumbered April 12, 2016 / 2:29 am

        Now I totally need to see the sequel!

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