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Attack of the Giant Leeches
Attack of the Giant Leeches
VHS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor White Trash Meets the Swamp Creatures, Oct. 28 1999
If you try hard, you can find both positive and negative things to say of this movie. One definite plus is Yvette Vickers, who looks good in leopard-skin underwear. The tawdry little plot is a combination of Erskine Caldwell style southern lust and adultery portrayed against the background of a 1950s/early 1960s low-budget sci-fi flick. Some of the supporting characters resemble the "gloom, despair, and misery" guys from TV's Hee Haw. There are atomic-size leeches in the local swamp. The authorities are baffled when local-yocals mysteriously disappear. As in many of these old sci-fi flicks, the script wastes time having the various characters dispute that anything unnatural is going on, and then arguing over how to deal with the problem.
Ultimately, this movie can either be totally disregarded, or taken as unintentional humor. I usually have a weakness for movies that are "so-bad-they're-good," hence the 2 stars rating. Others beware.

The Headless Ghost
The Headless Ghost
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2.0 out of 5 stars A so-so comedy-thriller from England., Oct. 25 1999
This review is from: The Headless Ghost (VHS Tape)
For those who enjoy their ghostly chills mixed with comedy, this movie is a disappointment. The classic comedy "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein" does a much better job of providing laughs among the ghouls. On the plus side, the authentic British locations help set the gloomy atmosphere. The three "college kids" who decide to spend the night in the haunted castle are tiresome. We can make an exception for Ingrid, the delighfully blonde exchange student who tours the castle in spiked heels. The ghosts are dull rather than menacing; just a bunch of English actors dressed in Renaissance costumes. There are no gauzy special effects, worth mentioning. There are some mild chuckles along the way, but not enough to matter. This movie may have some appeal for the "so-bad-it's-good" crowd, but others should beware. Even the East Side Kids did better than this when they kept bumping into Bela Lugosi.

Dodge City [Import]
Dodge City [Import]
VHS

5.0 out of 5 stars Class "A" western entertainment!, Oct. 15 1999
This review is from: Dodge City [Import] (VHS Tape)
After Robin Hood and the Charge of the Light Brigade we have Errol Flynn as a western town-tamer. Don't try to understand it; just go with it. This classic western film has everything: action, romance, humor, and great color photography. Flynn and his friends drive cattle to the rail-head in Dodge City, a town that needs taming in the worst way. They run into an old enemy who controls the town. There are gunfights a'plenty, a cattle stampede, and a classic saloon-room brawl. In the middle of all this mayhem, don't miss Alan Hale's hilarious encounter with the temperance ladies of "The Pure Prairie League." Errol's best leading lady, Olivia De Havilland, adds style. This film has little of the artistic quality of John Ford westerns, but it's a lively and entertaining movie. The good guys vs. the bad guys. Kick back and enjoy it.

Navajo Joe [Import]
Navajo Joe [Import]
VHS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Smokey and the Bandit meets the Spaghetti Western, Oct. 8 1999
This review is from: Navajo Joe [Import] (VHS Tape)
Burt Reynolds (before his frantic car chase days)plays a Native-American Man-With-No-Name in an Italian western straight out of the mid-1960s, when these things were a fad. Burt is tight-lipped and stoic as he trails a band of killers who murdered his wife and other innocent victims in a "scalphunter" raid. The outlaw gang looks like a reunion of Sergio Leone extras. The plot is one long search and destroy as "Joe" (a/k/a Burt Reynolds) wreaks havoc on the bad guys. One definite strength of the film is the exciting background music, by Ennio Morricone. (The same composer who did the Clint Eastwood Italian westerns). Anyway, don't expect a John Ford classic western. The desolate Spanish countryside is no comparison to Monument Valley. There is no poetry and art here. Only brutal, fast, and violent action, which takes place with very little fake blood spilling all over the screen. The final showdown in the Indian grave-yard has an air of mystery and tragedy as our hero fights to the death among his ancestors. The last scene of the riderless Indian pony manages some slight poignancy. European westerns, much as Japanese science-fiction movies, are not for everybody. Those with the acquired taste should find this one a likable time-waster. Love that crazy drumbeat and human voice combination in the theme music

They Died With Their Boots on [Import]
They Died With Their Boots on [Import]
VHS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, historically inaccurate, but entertaining., Oct. 6 1999
Romanticized version of the Custer legend. Errol Flynn is his usual flamboyant self. The Civil War history is shaky, Custer's motivations are debatable, and the portrayal of the Battle of the Little Bighorn is hopelessly inaccurate. Having said all that, it's great fun and action-packed. Forget history and enjoy it as old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment.

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