Here's a conundrum; do I rate this movie what it deserves on technical or artistic merit, in which case it would probably warrant a 1 on the Letterboxd scale of 5 stars? Or do I rate this on the very surprising amount of fun I had watching it, in which case it would be a solid three, possibly reaching for a 3.5? Here's the problem I'm having, though; This film is top to bottom enjoyable, and shows flashes of what…
I've seen Judex and the first two Fantomas serials, and what I really enjoy about Feuillade's work is that he embodies all of the greatest, most fun elements of what we imagine when we think of B&W serials. They're quickly paced(for their day), inventive, and cliffhanger heavy.
This is only the first entry in the 10-part Les Vampires saga, but it's off to a good start. The stage is set for lots of extravagant disguises, complicated schemes, character resurrections and nefarious mustache twirling.
My initial burst of excitement at seeing the Trimark logo at the beginning of this film was extended when the next thing to come on screen was a sex scene with plenty of gratuitous toplessness. For a good portion of this film I was just enjoying the feeling of coasting through the type of horror film that crowded the shelves of Video City during the years I was first getting into horror films. It's a horror movie that doesn't skimp…
A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…