molly1216 wrote:no internet for most of the day due to mother nature..
rolled out more dvds.... (internet streaming is not as reliable as having my own disc in hand)
Catwomen of the Moon and Missile to the Moon - only JUST today figured out why these films exist. checked out the image gallery on these 'wade williams' discs. all the producers wanted to get close to these very curvaceous moon maidens - and i am sure many 12 year old boys. hence.. there were virgin women in skimpy outfits on the moon.
Val Lewton's Leopard Man and Seventh Victim , i find the Leopard Man truly horrifying...that first murder is most cruel. and Seventh victim is creepy..satan worshipers in Greenwich village? it would be another 2 decades before that was concept was exploited again.
The Ghost and the Darkness the ham handed creation of Michael Douglas' character has always bothered me because the real story was already good enough, but i can see WHY it was needed to get the film made. but damn that is still a most excellent film, and scary to boot...can't get over how the music just tops it off and i remember sitting in the dark watching the night hunting sequences and being truly creeped out.
Regarding The Seventh Victim-Funny that Hugh Beaumont's character was named Ward and was actress Jean Brooks related to Louise Brooks? The look she had was similar to that of Louise in the Pabst films.
I think The Leopard Man gets short-changed when looking at the whole body of Lewton films. I find myself drawn to it as well as a couple of other lesser Lewtons-Isle of the Dead and The Ghost Ship. And yes, that first murder is not only cruel but has a great jump out of your skin moment just before it occurs.