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A Teenage boy with a passion for all things nerdy! Expect a lot of Doctor Who, Cult/Horror Movies, Literature and Novels, History, Comic Books and random thoughts. Posts published weekly on a Friday evening. DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the items reviewed on this site and i also do not own of the pictures (unless stated so). If you own one of the photos and wish for it to be removed contact me at this adress: Super.pig@live.co.uk. However all of the written work is my own and is protected under copyright law.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

She (1965): Perfect Family Film

The Boxing Day movie is tradition in my house. It doesn’t have to be Christmassy and most of the times it isn’t. War or adventure usually being the chosen genres. It’s nearly always a classic something that all generations will enjoy. However it’s hard to pick something when you have horror obsessed teen and younger children in the same family. So it’s pretty hard to pick something everybody can watch and enjoy. Yeh I like watching The Great Escape (1963) for the umpteenth Christmas in a row but it’s hard to really enjoy it when there’s a fresh pile of horror DVD’s begging for attention. One year however I was lucky when this little gold nugget happened to fit mine and the Boxing Day movies bill.

Made in 1965 by Hammer Films it’s the most famous of all the adaptations of H. Rider Haggard’s novel. The novel is of course superior and is in my eyes the greatest book ever written. I have to thank the movie for introducing me to that book and to be fair its only 1% off. It begins just after the First World War in Palestine where three soldiers (who actually enjoyed the war) are bored. One night in a club the group’s leader Major Holly (Peter Cushing) and his unpaid Valet Job (Bernard Cribbins) get into a fight whilst the other member Leo Vincey (John Richardson) has, unbeknownst to them, been kidnapped. He is taken to a building where he meets Billali (Christopher lee) and a beautiful queen called Ayesha (Ursula Andress). There he is given a map and set a quest to find the lost city of Kuma, so the three men set off into the desert unawares of the perils that await them...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Aliens In The Mind (1977)

This may seem strange me doing a radio serial but there are some fantastic horror and sci-fi stories out there that because of the media they were created on, remain largely forgotten. Radio is one of these Medias, being home to many great and forgotten stories that inspire both wonder and fear. Aliens in the mind (1977) is a hidden gem and one that, if made for television would be up there if the British sci-fi serial greats like the Quatermass stories and A for Andromeda. As it is AITM should be of particular interest to classic horror fans as it features two of the masters of the hammer period working together and working well. The two men I am talking about are of course Vincent price and Peter Cushing, who only made four films together but were great friends in real life and their friendship shows in fantastic performances. Before I end up writing pages and pages about the two stars however, we should begin with a story breakdown for those who are unfamiliar with this undiscovered gem...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

Last month I reviewed Hammers first gothic horror and also the first in their Frankenstein series. That movie was The Curse of Frankenstein made in 1957 (review here: http://youngbloodclassichorror.blogspot.com/2010/11/curse-of-frankenstein-1957.html) and the series is easily one of my favourite horror franchises of all time. The reason? Why it has to be the Baron of course. There has been mad scientists throughout the history of horror from its very beginning to some released this very year. Peter Cushing’s Frankenstein however has to be one of the most memorable. When there are countdowns of the top 10 or so mad scientists he almost always shows up either representing all the Frankenstein’s or on there as himself. In fact I remember reading a Doctor Who magazine some years ago with an article on that series Frankenstein rip-off The Brain of Morbius. In that article it showed connections between the Frankenstein Films and that serial. One of the Largest pictures on that page was a shot of Mr Cushing in his lab from Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969). Why is he such a memorable character? My favourite part of his character throughout the entire series though is how he becomes more and more insane throughout each one before he finally looses it. Now any horror fan with a knowledge of these films will tell you that they are not the best for continuity but even with the loose connection you can still see that as you get later on into the series the Baron begins to loose it more and more.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Deep Sea Danger: Sea Monster Horror Films

The deep sea has often been called the one place on earth we know the littlest about. Whether this is true or not I have no idea but pop culture has been for years milking mans fear of something evil below him in the depths. Take a look at classic fiction such as Moby Dick or 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, both feature a giant creature viciously attacking men. Take it back even further to Greek myths and Poseidon, Davy Jones Locker?
So when film came along it was only natural that it too would jump on the band wagon and produce its own myths about creatures in the sea. These films became as popular as both cult favourites and blockbusters that they launched their own sub-genre. I can’t possibly go through every single one now but I have decided to go through the more intriguing and interesting ones.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Halloween Fan Films

I am afraid I must apologise. This was originally to be posted on Halloween but I was out the whole day and had no time at all to finish it. I knew I would have to post it since I had promised the makers of the various films but time has been short over the past weeks and i struggled to finish it. Finally I have it finished and posted .Now when contemplating what to do for Halloween a number of ideas passed through my head. First I decided I wanted to do something connected with the film series (1978-2009), as it is the only real opportunity to do so ( Halloween films in January would be weird, I’ll bet not as weird as in November!). The internet is full of review of the original and it’s sequels that I decided I would have to do something new. Book reviews? No, I only have a copy of Halloween III: Season of the Witch. DVD reviews? Not really fun enough. Then it hit me. Fan Films.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Let Me In (2010)

Now normally I only do one review a month but three reasons led me to posting this review now:

1: I’ll forget all the great things if I don’t post now

2: I posted a review of Hammers first movie this month so why not do their latest one as well?

3: Everybody should see it and it’s already been out a week and two days! (Don’t read on if you haven’t seen it, major spoilers)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)

By the time the British studio Hammer got round to making this, their first gothic horror, they had already made three sci-fi/ horror films. Made in black and white these were mostly typical 50’s B movies but they had a hint of something special, something different to the others. James Carreras (the big boss of Hammer) decided that perhaps horror was the way to go, this and in fact all the Hammer films made after The Curse of Frankenstein were the results.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Oh-mans: Omen rip-offs

I know I promised another Omen series article so I thought I would do something that hasn’t been done before. Throughout the many years cinema has been going films have been made to purposely rip another film off. Sometimes this can work well, look at the hammer movie The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and its immediate sequel The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), I’d suffer the good barons revenge over his curse any day. Other times not so great AKA: The Projected Man (1967), surely the only movie to ever rip-off The Curse of the Fly (1965). Now to tie in to Film Four’s showing of The Omen trilogy (1976-1981) and my recent review of Damien: Omen 2 (1978), I thought I would concentrate on the rip off’s that franchise (I mean trilogy as you will see later) has suffered. There in no particular order and I’m pretty sure I haven’t got every single one but I hope that there will be some new title’s on here that perhaps you will have never heard of (or wanted to!).

Monday, 4 October 2010

Damien: Omen 2 (1978)

My reasons for posting this very special review on this very special date are simple: Today is my birthday and I wanted to treat myself. Now as regular readers will know I often commented that this was my favourite horror movie of all time, well I lied to myself. All though I will admit this is on par with my number 1, that picture will always come first due to nostalgic reasons. So why you my ask am I reviewing this? For a start this is a whole lot funner to review and I wanted to explore different opinions on this film as all the reviews I found share the same one.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Film Four showing the entire Omen trilogy!!!!!

Listing classic horror films on television is not something I want to make a habit of, but the fact that this ties in to my upcoming review of Damien: Omen 2 is too good to miss. If your a regular viewer of Film Four then you must have noticed the fantastic trailer advertising the original Omen trilogy.

The chaos begins next friday (the 1st of october) at 11pm with the original classic starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and of course Harvey stephens. It continues the next day when at the same time they show my personal favourite, Damien: Omen 2. In this Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is now twelve and has been adopted by William Holden and Lee Grant. It concludes  that sunday with The Final Conflict starring Sam neil as Damien, please note however that this is listed simply as The Final Conflict and not Omen III The Final Conflict.

This then leads neatly into my review of Omen 2 on the 4th and then just so the fun doesn't stop I'l upload another omen related article. Have devilishly good time!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

BEST HOMEMADE HORROR IN AGES!; return of the blood sucking nazi zombies

Just when you never thought it could happen it did. A movie based on Jess Franco’s Oasis of the Zombies has been made on you tube, and what a film! It’s a three part serial that so far has managed to pack in Nazi robots, Dr Orloff, Howard Vernon and a girl in a bikini. I’m a big fan of homemade horror movies and think it especially wonderful when people show their appreciation for a film in this manner. For those whose movies have to be perfect in acting, effects, costume and all that stuff, this one tops them all, in those fields. If this bloke keeps it up I think he’ll be giving Don Glut a run for his money.

http://robertmonell.blogspot.com/: all parts so far released can be found either here on you tube or by typing the  name (featured in the title of this blog) into you tube

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Night of the Bloody Apes Review (1972)

Everybody with any amount of knowledge of cult films has heard of the infamous video nasty’s list and perhaps even of some of the atrocities on there. Well today folks I’m viewing one but before I do something needs to be made perfectly clear... I’m against the use of gratuitous violence in the horror genre; plenty of movies have sacred people witless without it (just look at The Haunting from 1963, supposed to be one of the scariest movies ever made). Gore doesn’t scare, gore repulses and shockingly (in modern movies as opposed to classic horror) can be used instead of a plot. Yes it’s good to have a bit of blood in a horror movie and a large amount of the greats do, but as soon as you go over the top and sacrifice the films story for a gory gimmicks then despite what you say it is not a horror movie. It’s an exploitation flick (and a rather extreme one compared to some classics).

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

JULIA'S TOP 5: a video made especially for the blog

This was made especially for me and the blog by a young woman named Julia (Jvideostyle1 of you tube) and lists her top 5 horror movies. As you can see the majority of these were made after my specialist era mentioned in the about me part, meaning no reviews (sorry!). Once again thanks to Julia for the fantastic video and i hope you all enjoy!


KILLER KIDS!!!: why do we find evil children so terrifying?

Village of the Damned (1960), The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). What do all these movies have in common? For a start they all achieved success at the box office and are all considered classics of the horror genre. What else do they have in common? At the centre of each of these films is a child that is, or has become, evil. Why do evil children fascinate and terrify us? At a young age I can relate to these characters more than an adult fan. But they still scare the hell out of me.

Why can children be so frightening?: the Innocents 1961

Thursday, 12 August 2010

A TRIBUTE TO DR TERROR: the BBC's own horror host

Although it may seem unusual, the BBC did at one time have its own horror host, Dr Terror (pictured below). This delightful chap was the host of many a classic horror film in the mid 90’s but sadly has not been seen since then and remains mostly forgotten. If you are one of those people who has forgotten or indeed has never heard of the good doctor, come with me on journey to the latest late night schedules of years ago and discover some more about “Dr Terror”.

Brides of Blood 1968

Here it is Young Bloods first ever review! You might be asking yourself “why then didn’t he pick something a bit more classy?” The reason is simple. That is what every other blog would have done, we are different. I want to give a young person’s view on classic horror movies but not just the best, on the obscure as well. I could have started with a review of a great like Quatermass and the Pit (1967 and a personal favourite) or Slasher genre starter Halloween (1978), but I decided to start with a film that I thought need more attention, just like the youths opinion (sounds sad I know, since there are few young classic horror fans to give an opinion!).