Saturday, June 23, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 23, 2018

Zoltan Hound of Dracula

Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978) Dumb commies awaken Vlad's vampire pooch. It isn't long before the neck of every pet in America is in danger. No, really. TIL: With all the kerfuffle over whether or not there are pets in Heaven, nobody ever seems to worry if bad dogs go to Hell.

Animal World, The

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of The Animal World (1956) - "He who refuses to learn deserves extinction." - Rabbi Hillel

Now Showing Marquee 6

Space patrol!?! Have to say, I'm sort of giddy that we're talking about the reality of space cadets in my lifetime. Even the Vatican has something to say on the topic. In a recent interview with the Catholic News Agency, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory asks us all to  give space peace a chance.

Friday, June 22, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 22, 2018

Final Terror

The Final Terror (1983) Darryl Hannah pays her acting dues in this backwoods slasher. Decent outdoors cinematography and unique killer, but otherwise meh. TIL: Despite the occasional madman, spending time in nature is a good way to recognize the touch of its creator.

Brain Eaters, The

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of The Brain Eaters (1958) - "Just as it is easier to sin in thought than in deed, correspondingly, it is more difficult to struggle with thoughts than with deeds." - St. Maxim the Confessor

Now Showing Marquee 4

Time didn’t allow me to review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, though I did give it a meager 2.5 out of 5 stars over at Letterboxd. Yeah, it’s pretty average. Still, if you just have to read something about it, Titus Techera has a somewhat spoilery piece up at The Catholic World Report entitled “Science, Leviathan and Jurassic World” in which he explores some possible meanings for the dinosaurs in the franchise.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 21, 2018

Spook Busters

Spook Busters (1946) Slip, Sach, and the rest of the Bowery Boys do the old dark house bit. Is there a guy in a bad gorilla suit? Of course, there's a guy in a bad gorilla suit! TIL: If sin truly does make you stupid, the Bowery Boys must have been really, really naughty.

American Pop

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of American Pop (1981) - “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” - Victor Hugo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 20, 2018

Fear No Evil

Fear No Evil (1981) Gay director makes horror film with gay bullying subtext, but inexplicably has the symbolically gay lead turn out to literally be Satan himself. Huh. TIL: Sure, the Church has some tough teachings on sexuality, but nowhere does it promote self-loathing.

Island of the Burning Doomed

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Island of the Burning Damned (1967) - "We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence." - Mother Teresa

And finally, a little something from the archives to celebrate the anniversary of Jaws released on this day 43 years ago. I'm (sob) old enough to have seen it in the theater.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 19, 2018

Chosen Survivors

Chosen Survivors (1974) Random strangers selected by lottery to ride out a nuclear war in an underground bunker are beset by vampire bats. Some people just can't get a break. TIL: "Love your neighbor as yourself" even when you don't get to choose who that neighbor is.

Slaughter High

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Slaughter High (1986) - "A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted." - Adrian Rogers

Monday, June 18, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 18, 2018

Terminal Island

Terminal Island (1973) Oddball Women-In-Prison variant has all the murderers in California sentenced to a deserted island where they must make do Lord of the Flies style. TIL: Prisons should be designed to aid the restoration or conversion of offenders, not just dispose of them.

House of Usher

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of House of Usher (1960) - "Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't." - Richard Bach

Sunday, June 17, 2018

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 17, 2018

Stepfather, The

The Stepfather (1987) First rate thriller follows the pitch-perfect Terry O'Quinn as a psycho in search of the perfect family. Sadly, the only thing that rises to meet his expectations is the body count. TIL: True fatherhood is all about sacrifice, but not that kind. Yeesh.

Grave of the Vampire

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of Grave of the Vampire (1972) - "I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." - Sigmund Freud

DAILY CALL SHEET: JUNE 16, 2018

Baskin

Baskin (2015) Cadre of crude Turkish cops experience one hell of a night. Literally. Dreamlike, disturbing, and downright gross. TIL: The name and description may change across religions, but apparently there's ecumenical agreement that Hell is a place you don't want to go.

King Kong vs Godzilla

Your daily dose of culture courtesy of King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) - "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis." - Dante