Monday, June 18, 2018
Near Luxor, a burial scene
Dumb schmucks there would dare intervene
They pry into tomb,
And cry "Va va voom!
A buxom and scary old queen!"
Surly Hack and Donald B. Benson
Valerie Leon as Queen Tera in Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (Seth Holt; 1971).
Friday, June 15, 2018
When the gallows is robbed in the night
And the hallowed earth's lobbed out of sight
There's one creep, lame and halt
That's to blame and at fault
It's that callow and hobbling Dwight!
Colin Clive and Dwight Frye excitedly eye the hanged man in Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931).
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Its pace is more laggard than zippy,
Its face far too haggard and drippy.
Undead and unthinking,
Unsteady and stinking...
Disgracefully shaggy...a hippie?
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
In declaring them dead I was hasty
Now their bearing's unsteady, skin pasty
Though I'm chilled to the marrow
Unlike films of Romero
I'm not scared that my head will prove tasty.
Doctor Peter Tompson (Brook Williams) is threatened by The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966. Title by certifiable David Cairns.
Monday, June 11, 2018
They're laid in the ground, but arise
Be afraid! From their mounds they surprise
Then, roused from their slumber
They drowsily lumber
Degraded, surrounded by flies.
Up from the grave comes The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966).
Friday, June 8, 2018
My irksome assistant's complaining
The jerk seems resistant to training
A bent-over fool
Demented and cruel
From work he's dismissed for bad-braining.
Dwight Frye, Colin Clive, and Boris Karloff or his stand-in in Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931).
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Were they dead, or indifferently dozing?
These much-dreaded big stiffs, so imposing
They've strayed from their graves
And been made into slaves
Now they headily whiff, decomposing.
The dead rise up--right up into the nostrils. The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
They're common folk, working class slobs
Embalmed, but still lurking in mobs
These louts on the dole
Crawled out of a hole
Though zombified jerks, they need jobs.
The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966) is all about class and capitalism.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Once buried in graves, boxed in pine,
They make very good slaves in the mine.
Living dead, they don't shirk,
But come ready to work.
They don't scare during cave-ins, or whine.
Villagers are turned into a living dead labor force in The Plague of the Zombies (John Gilling; 1966), recalling the sugarcane mill in the 1932 film White Zombie.
Monday, June 4, 2018
On screen they've dispensed with restraint
Now clean gals and gents just seem quaint
Each sequence a quest
To peek girls undressed
The Breen era censors would faint!
Vampire Ingrid Pitt puts the bite on Madeline Smith in The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker; 1970), the first part of Hammer Films' so-called 'Karnstein Trilogy', gothic horror films which explicitly depict lesbian vampire themes.
Friday, June 1, 2018
This fright film is morbid and haunting
Its lightning-fueled horror most daunting
The "it" they create
Grows bitter, learns hate
Or might just be sore from the taunting.
Colin Clive and Dwight Frye face the off-camera Monster of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931).
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The bosoms are heaving at Hammer
Where floozies of feverish glamor
Run around all bare-breasted
Ungowned and full-chested
Enthusing the skeevy, who clamor.
Ingrid Pitt and Kate O'Mara in The Vampire Lovers (Roy Ward Baker; 1970). Title left by Donald B. Benson.