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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.

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Undying Monster (1942)

When a studio like Universals makes a hit like The Wolf Man (1941), it would be sheer lunacy for another not to try and cash in on it. The Undying Monster is exactly what that is, Fox’s answer to the Wolf Man but it’s more than that. Aside from being a straight cash in, it attempts to be something different and has become something of a forgotten classic. Instead of telling the story of a man dealing with the curse, we instead follow two witty Scotland Yard investigators as they attempt to unravel an age old family curse. They get more than they bargained for though and soon realise that not everything can be explained by purely scientific means. In some respects Undying Monster is similar to the much later The Beast Must Die (1974) and I love both of these movies. However this isn’t the only thing to recommend this underrated gem.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Doctor Who at 50: Galaxy 4, Episode 3 Airlock and BBC Reconstruction

I’ve been promising Doctor Who reviews for a while now, but I have yet to deliver. However with the 50th anniversary celebrations in full swing it seems like no other time would be more appropriate. What to begin with though? I didn’t wish to start with a personal favourite, no I’d much rather save those for November when it’s the anniversary good and proper. Fan favourites have been done time and time again and anyway I felt like I should start with something from the Hartnell era. Logically I jumped straight to An Unearthly Child, rather reluctantly so as it seemed this was what everyone was doing. Then however I managed to get my hands upon the special edition DVD release of The Aztecs which of course contains the recently discovered Galaxy 4 episode Airlock. Much more than this though, the DVD not only contains the missing episode but a cut-down one hour recon of the whole story.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Venom (2005)

Admittedly Venom is no masterpiece, it has its flaws and many of them at that, yet whilst being instantly forgettable, it still manages to entertain. For the 80-90 minutes that Venom lasted I must confess to enjoying myself, but not enough to stop me recognising its flaws. As it went on I knew I was watching a bad film, yeah the plot didn’t really let up and not once did I find myself becoming bored but I knew that there was a very slim chance that I would remember this in a couple of months. This is the real shame of Venom, with a little bit more effort and a lot less cliché it could have been so much better.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)

Mexican horror has a reputation for being quirky, but immensely enjoyable pulp nonsense and of all of Mexican Horror Cinema’s icons; The Aztec Mummy is one of the most famous. The star of a trilogy of movies between 1956-1958 the Aztec mummy movies feature the supernatural, gangsters, robots and the traditional Luchador Superhero type character that is common place in Mexi-Movies. These films became known in America mostly for their third instalment, The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy (1958) which was imported and dubbed by K. Gordon Murray. However K. Gordon Murray also imported and dubbed its predecessor Curse of the Aztec Mummy, sadly not gaining as much success as the former. For reasons unknown (to me anyway) the original The Aztec Mummy (1956) was never imported or dubbed and thus has remained a mystery to a great deal of monster fans. It was always my intention to try and watch the trilogy from the start but not wishing to buy a now out of print box set which I believe is the only way to get a copy, I went and watched this, the dubbed version of Curse of the Aztec Mummy. From what I’d read I wasn’t going to be missing out on much, the print in the boxset is apparently so bad that in several scenes people had trouble judging what was occurring and anyway plenty of footage was reused in this film. So despite being a direct sequel it shouldn’t be that hard to follow right? Right??