Tonight has been, in the long-standing history of 32 Days of Halloween, a night for vampires. And we’re not going for your traditional bloodsuckers…instead we look to vampires from space! Because when your planet needs blood, send somebody out to get take out from the humans. Earth, a blood bank that’s open 24/7. Such is the original Not of This Earth.
What’s weird is that while I knew this had been remade with Traci Lords in 1988…I had no idea it had been remade again in 1995 with Michael York of all people. Also in this original 1957 Corman-directed classic…Dick Miller. Of course.
Yes, we posted the trailer last year but now it’s time to enjoy the entirety of Roger Corman‘s take on House of Usher from 1960. The first of Corman’s series of films based on (but more simply “inspired by” as time went on) Poe, it has many things to commend it: an awesome array of costumes and sets that are 60s-horror-cinematastic; the script by Richard Matheson; and Vincent Price rocking the role of Roderick with so much gravitas it’s amazing any light could escape. Fun as hell, it’s amazing–even knowing that it’s Corman–that it was shot in fifteen days. (That fact per Wikipedia, which is always right.) Enjoy.
Update: The full film is gone, so we’ll drop back to the trailer and punt…
It’s Roger Corman Night on 32 Days of Halloween, so we revisit something we originally posted just the trailer for–but now the entire film has been posted online, so we will take full advantage and bring you the Ray Milland-starring classic, X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for a damn treat, friend. What happens when you give yourself x-ray vision, but the lark of being able to see past the clothes of pretty girls gives way to going deeper. And then deeper. And then beyond. And then…well, that would be telling. It’s one of Corman’s most effective science fiction/horror outings, if you ask me. Enjoy.
We’re sticklers on tradition around here when it comes to 32 Days of Halloween, so understand when I say that Movie Night #1 is generally a random pick with no real theme. That being said, pointing you to Night of the Blood Beast is still rather calculated. It is the epitome of so much of what we enjoy about films we watch during this mad festival. It’s produced by Roger Corman. It’s directed by Bernard L. Kowalski, who would go on to helm the completely bonkers Attack of the Giant Leeches. And even if you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, do yourself and at least watch through the open credits. Because the music is, again, dead-on what we love about these sort of films. And did I mention the film is bloody terrible? Because it is godawful. Enjoy. (more…)