Barbara Shelley readies the movie projector...to no avail
Last year in the Countdown, I changed things up a little by watching a horror-themed TV programme a day. Well, this year I didn't think I'd be able to swing a movie a day (to my utter disappointment) but would instead just post about anything Halloweeny I am able to watch during October.
I did manage to start off October with a bang (or is that more like a wet squibb???) by watching three horror films which, shall we say, weren't no CITIZEN KANE. I was watching all three films for the first time ever and I must admit I didn't have high expectations going in. The first film of my Halloween triple feature was the 1960 yawn-fest THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN. The film was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer (who brought us THE BLACK CAT and DETOUR among many others) and it's surprising just how lackluster an affair it all is. Granted, there's not much of a script there to do anything with.
The second film of the day was THE NEANDERTHAL MAN from 1953. Waves of apprehension settled over me! Whereas THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN had no stars in it, at least THE NEANDERTHAL MAN had Robert (THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN) Shayne as well as a small part by the up-and-coming Beverly Garland.
The final film in my Halloweeny horror triple feature is 1962's REPTILICUS which has the reputation of a rubber crutch. I'm here to say it's justified; although it is in the "so bad it's good" category. A drilling team brings up from deep inside the earth the (surprisingly) gorey severed tail of some giant lizard.
Our cast, ladies & gentlemen
yeah, I found it hard to believe too!
"Y'all come back now, y'heah?"