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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: COFFY (1973) x 2

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by goregirl

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Dee Dee Bridgewater/Roy Ayers/Wayne Garfield – Coffy is the Color

Music and images from Coffy (1973) directed by Jack Hill; Coffy is the Color – Dee Dee Bridgewater/Roy Ayers/Wayne Garfield

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Coffy Baby

Music and images from Coffy (1973) directed by Jack Hill; Coffy Baby vocals Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Next week will see the finale of Stepping into Something Weird. it will be five full days of Something Weird Video posts as I summarize my favourite watches of the feature, my favourite double and triple features and my favourite performances!

Have a GORETACULAR weekend and see you here Sunday night for my Favourite Five Something Weird Video films!

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Fun With GIFs: Spider Baby (Part 2)

Posted in Fun with GIFs, horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , on August 11, 2013 by goregirl

No! There is not a sequel to Spider Baby you did not know about! This is the sequel to my first set of GIFs posted last week which focused on the ladies of Spider Baby. This week’s GIF set focuses on the men of Spider Baby. Oh yeah, and there is also an owl. I am not aware of the owl’s sex. Hoot. Hoot.

Owl

Lawyer Mr. Schlocker snoops around the Merrye residence and passes by a number of mounted stuffed birds. He enters a room and sees a stuffed owl and moves his flashlight to what he thinks is another stuffed owl.

RalphInCar

Ralph has just arrived back home after a ride with Bruno. Ralph is played by the great Sid Haig!

TalkWithBruno

Bruno has a talk with Elizabeth and Virginia after finding the mailman dead. Bruno is played by genre legend Lon Chaney Jr.

CuriousRalph

Ralph sees the dead mailman.

RalphMeat

Dinner with the Merrye’s.

Bruno

Poor Bruno! These “children” are going to be the death of him!

UnclePeterAndVirginia1

Virginia plays a game of Spider with a most uncomfortable looking Uncle Peter. Uncle Peter is played by the handsome Quinn K. Redeker.

Fun with GIFs: Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

Posted in Fun with GIFs, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by goregirl

Jack Hill’s 1968 film Spider Baby is one of my favourite films of all time! I’ve been dying to make a GIF set for this film. I made a huge step forward in my GIF making this weekend and finally figured out how to convert JPEGs/PNGs to GIFs more cleanly! This is just part one for this GIF set which focuses on the ladies of Spider Baby; Elizabeth and Virginia Merrye and Emily Howe. Elizabeth and Virginia have a million priceless moments; every single second they are on the screen is a priceless moment. It was tough choosing just a handful. Beverly Washburn and Jill Banner are perfect beyond perfection as Elizabeth and Virginia! And what can I say about lovely Carol Ohmart who plays the bitchy Emily Howe? First, I could say I wished I had been able to collect more usable images to make a gif that was befitting her awesomeness. Alas, only two were usable and they really don’t do justice to her brilliance. Watch for part 2 next week. To read my review of Spider Baby; or the Maddest Story Ever Told click here.

SpiderCredits

The opening credits for Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told.

JuicyBug

“I smell a bug.”
“A big black juicy…”

Curtsy

“Ladies and gentlemen, dinner is served.”

Shadow

“I don’t know what you people are up to here but I’m going to have to call the authorities. Now there are laws. Criminal laws…”
“Kill him!”

Elizabethsplan

“They’re coming, what’ll we do?”
“We’ll have to make a plan.”

HelloUncle

“Good Evening Uncle Peter.”
“Is Mr. Bruno about?”
“No. No, he’s away.”
“Won’t you come in?”
“Yes, please do come in.”

Emily

“Ralph? Ooooooooh, Ralph?”

EmilyHowe

“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…”

The Girls

Jill Banner as Virginia Merrye and Beverly Washburn as Elizabeth Merrye.

Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: Fantômas – Spider Baby

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by goregirl

You can’t beat Mr. Lon Chaney Jr.’s rendition but Fantômas’ version definitely kicks some serious ass!

Fantômas – Spider Baby (from The Director’s Cut) with images from Jack Hill’s fecking brilliant 1968 film Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told!

THE WASP WOMAN (1959) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by goregirl



With the sheer volume of Roger Corman produced and directed films through the 1950’s and 1960’s I figured it was only appropriate to kick things off with a Corman double shot. The Wasp Woman was directed by Roger Corman and IMDB also lists an un-credited Jack Hill as co-director. Hill directed a bunch of bad-ass Pam Grier flicks in the 1970’s not to mention Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told; one of my favourite films of all time! I have no idea what, if any influence Jack Hill might have had on The Wasp Woman, I confirm only that I dug it.

Janice Starlin is the aging president and spokeswoman of a struggling cosmetic company. She is desperate to revive the company’s profits and her youth. She learns of a scientist who has figured out how to turn back time with the use of wasp enzymes. She hires the man and gives him a lab and volunteers to be his guinea pig. She begins to show results but is obsessively compelled to speed up the process with unfortunate consequences.

Science was laden with “unfortunate consequences” in 1950’s B-Movies. But when all is said and done it is usually the human beings that are the “real” monsters of the film. Whether it is Godzilla, a giant leech or a wasp woman it could be said that it is human excess and greed that eggs on the mad science. The Wasp Woman is pretty clear in its intentions. It has generally been my experience that monster movies usually have fairly literal titles. The Wasp Woman is predictable in the sense that there is indeed a wasp woman. What is not predictable were a few genuine surprises in the fairly simple plot, solid character development and an outstanding performance from lead actress Susan Cabot.

The Wasp Woman’s central character Janice Starlin is an intriguing woman. Janice manages to illicit empathy but is about as warm as an ice-cube. Aging for a woman who has built a business around her once youthful appearance has got to be a hard pill to swallow. Janice seems to be isolated and friend-less and her subordinates seem to have no respect for her. A character with some depth is a bit of a rarity in these old monster flicks. That said, much of the credit should go to Susan Cabot who is excellent in the role. The supporting cast are competent enough; particularly notable is Michael Mark who plays Scientist Eric Zinthrop.

While The Wasp Woman doesn’t make her appearance until later in the film the action moves along nicely in anticipation. I quite enjoyed the scientist demonstrating for Janice the effectiveness of his serum on a cat. The cat transforms into a kitten right before her very eyes (although sadly not before our own very eyes)!! The Wasp Woman’s most significant issue was an impossibly goofy soundtrack. So silly and hammy, it actually spoiled the mood a bit at times. The Wasp Woman may have one of the worst soundtracks I have stumbled upon. The plot and dialog are fairly coherent and relatively logical (you know, all things considered) with the exception of a section that involves our scientist. I have given away enough plot so without divulging more details the scientist manages to have an unfortunate but very convenient accident that was downright hokey. It was a real eye-roller! And then we have the effects, which are on the thin side, and I suggest that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Wasp Woman is far too furry!! She almost looks cuddly! Cabot is quite animated with her movements which definitely helped to sell the wasp thing. Undeniably cheesy, but hey, there is no mistaking she is an insect! I wasn’t put off by the effect, I rather liked it, however it is a bit difficult to take seriously.

The Wasp Woman has a simple story with an inevitable conclusion but still offers its share of twists and surprises. The central character is well-developed and Susan Cabot is outstanding in the role. The effects are on the cheesy side, but are pretty limited anyway. For a film that doesn’t show its menace until the final 20 minutes or so, it never feels dull or weighed down. The Wasp Woman is a solid monster movie that may be a bit light on monster but it is heavy on entertainment! Recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Roger Corman and Jack Hill

Starring: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick, Michael Mark, Frank Gerstle, Bruno VeSota, Roy Gordon, Carolyn Hughes, Lynn Cartwright