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Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Comedy!, March 6 2002
This is a perfect comedy. Abbott & Costello are at the peak of their powers and are able to spoof the monster stars without humiliating them. Bela Lugosi is the true star of the film and plays it straight against the comedy for wonderful effect. This is the only time he played Dracula other than the 1931 film and here he actually gets to talk and interact with actors who have some life in them. The sets and effects are great-- even by today's standards. Lugosi really shines in his final major motion picture.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Weaker, more fragile, yet better . . ., March 4 2002
This review is from: Bloodflowers (Audio CD)
Bloodflowers is perfection. It is exactly what I wanted it to be. Alas, Porl Thompson seems to be gone forever and with him the lush enigmatic emotional layers of music he brought to the languid musings of Robert Smith. But nonetheless the Cure sound survives -- weaker and more fragile perhaps . . . more vulnerable, and if that would kill any other band -- it only makes the Cure more viable.
This is hands-down the best thing from Smith since Disintegration. Even without Thompson he's been able to deliver that layered haunting sound. The last studio album, Wild Mood Swings, played up what I consider the Cure's possible weaknesses -- Smith's sometimes whinny voice and occasionally pretentious lyrics (smoking poetry indeed!) But this CD gives us the same dopamine receptor-firing trip through purgatory that Disintegration gave us musically. I won't lie and say that Smith has been able to emulate Thompson's genius with ambience and layers and mood and motion -- but he's come damned close. He learned much in the years between albums.
This album rips your intestine through your soft spot just like Disintegration did.

Lace And Whiskey
Lace And Whiskey
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4.0 out of 5 stars A weird, but wonderful collection, March 4 2002
This review is from: Lace And Whiskey (Audio CD)
This album gets a lot of flack, but it has always charmed me. The title Track is a great look at alcholic self-denial (I'll wind up swearin', drunk and dyin'--but that's a long long way from today) or can just be taken as a good rockin' tune. It's Hot Tonight and Roadrats (inspiration for the movie Roadie) are two more straight-on rockers. But this album has some really interesting and unusual tracks such as Ubangi Stomp-- which is a remake of an old 50s rockabilly classic, Damned If You Do-- which is a country cheatin' song, (No More) Love At Your Convenience-- a disco ballad, I Never Wrote Those Songs-- a soft jazz look at denial, My God-- a serious choral rendition of Alice's religious upbringing, and King of the Silver Screen-- which is something that must be heard. I guess it's sort of a spoof of Hollywood musicals. . . it's a lot of fun.
The highlight of the album is the US#12 hit song, You and Me. This is Alice's prettiest ballad. I am sure many people have heard it and never had a clue it was Alice Cooper. This is my favorite song on the album, but in my humble opinion every song on this album is a treat!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Something about Bela, March 4 2002
This review is from: Dracula (VHS Tape)
There is something about Bela Lugosi's Dracula. Few if any actors ever claimed a character so singularly or portrayed a character so totally as did Lugosi with Dracula. He was Dracula and Dracula was him. Other actors had and will continue to play the role, but they will never come close to "being" Dracula. Even the classic Stoker novel pales bloodless in comparison to Lugosi's performance -- regardless of what you think of the 1931 Tod Browning film. The film itself is unimportant -- it is Lugosi's engaging and hypnotic performance alone that terrified audiences and captured the imagination and collective unconscious of the world. Lugosi is synonymous with Dracula. Period. He may have believed he was Dracula (as only the BEST actors can do) and thus he made us believe that he was --and indeed he was Dracula. Those eyes, those hands, that voice. They are the stuff of nightmares and erotic dreams. In Lugosi's performance we have one of the few truly sublime moments of film acting ever. Others will play the role (due mostly to the power evoked in the part by Lugosi), but none other will BE Dracula than Bela Lugosi.

Bride of the Monster [Import]
Bride of the Monster [Import]
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like a masterpiece (Almost), March 2 2002
Bride of the Monster is the best of Ed Wood's films. Frankly after watching Scared to Death -- the film truly looks like a masterpiece -- and truth be told it isn't that bad. in fact, it is rather enjoyable. OK I am gonna admit it -- I like it! If you look past the cheesy octopus (no worse than the hysterical devil bat), the cheap sets and the lame acting (better than Scared to Death!), if you suspend a little disbelief and realize this movie was made for a song -- then actually it is pretty darned good. One reason for this is that Bela Lugosi gets ample screen time and if Ed Wood was a bit unimaginative he at least knew what it was that made Lugosi a legend and reprises little details from the mad scientific leering of the Devil Bat to the idiosyncratic hand gestures of White Zombie.
Bela is given a chance to shine in his final speaking performance and shine he does. The movie has its flaws, but Bela is not one of them. He is old and looks weak, but he carries the movie like a true champion. He makes empty dialog sound meaningful and implausible scenarios seem poignant (well almost poignant).
Bela's "I have no home" monolog is beautiful. He could make dialog such as "I have proven that I am alright!" sound good. Lugosi gives his all in his last performance, and it is a great performance, even if he does have to wrestle with a fake octopus.

White Zombie [Import]
White Zombie [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bela at his Best, March 2 2002
This review is from: White Zombie [Import] (VHS Tape)
Bela Lugosi gives a stellar performance as the zombie master in White Zombie. This is one of Lugosi's strongest performances and one of his strongest films. White Zombie is consistently entertaining from beginning to end. And that entertainment rises and falls on Lugosi's wonderful ability to breathe life into even the "deadest" of roles.
The movie begins with an engaging yet eerie "Haitian" funeral song and it is revealed that a burial ceremony is taking place in the middle of the road because so many bodies have been stolen -- no sooner do we learn this than Bela appears with a entourage of zombies. He steals a scarf from the film's ingenue. It seems he has been contracted by a wealthy plantation owner to secure the love of this fair maiden for him. Of course it isn't
long before Bela turns on the wealthy scoundrel and makes him a zombie too.
Of course true love wins in the end and Lugosi is pushed off a cliff by the new zombified planataion owner and the young woman and her handsome beau are free to go get married. . .
But through it all Bela Lugosi makes you believe he is truly capable of controlling the wills of others with his magnificent eyes and powerful imminence. This is the movie that Bela and Ed are watching in the movie Ed Wood -- and he uses the famous interlocking hand gesture that he would later repeat in Bride of the Monster.
White Zombie is my favorite zombie movie -- I realize it doesn't provide he visceral thrills and claustraphobic intensity that Night of the Living ead does -- but it is a more subtle kind of film that focusses on the zombie master rather than his minnions. The film's director knew Bela's strengths as a silent actor and utilizes him to the fullest.
I highly recommend White Zomie to the Bela Lugosi and horror movie fan. It is practically a textbook example of the genre.

Cooper, Alice - Flush The Fashion - CD
Cooper, Alice - Flush The Fashion - CD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alice reinvents himself, March 2 2002
Everything you knew about Alice was out the window when he put out this strange album in 1980 that sounded-- well like 1980. Amazingly the hard rocker who'd become a pop crooner now sounded as fresh and original as the new bands that were just beginning to break.
There are three standout tracks on this album. Clones was a minor hit. If you ever heard it, you probably wouldn't know it was Alice at all. It is slyly funny and great for dancing the robot. Pain was a track from the film Roadie and features Alice's patented dark humor and a nice steady beat. Aspirin damage is a quirky little classic. Most (or all) of the songs on this album are intended to be funny-- and they are-- wickedly so.
The old album still rocks today. It was a nice departure for Alice. Should fit right in at any 80s dance party.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get The Creeps, March 2 2002
This review is from: Dada (Audio CD)
This is a singular album in Alice's career. He has no other album that sounds like this. Die-hard fans should love it, but those who don't care for Alice should give it a try-- because it is so different from the rest of his work. Actually, it's different from anything else I've ever heard. It's not a rockin' album. If you want School's Out-- go elsewhere. This album sort of capitalizes on the creepy vibe that his Welcome To My Nightmare album conjured with songs Like Stephen and the Awakening. Like Welcome To My Nightmare it intersperses eerie melodies like Former Lee Warmer (a song about a wrinkled "something" that stares out the window) with comedic spoofs Like I Love America (which sounds like a conversation you'd overhear at a greasey spoon off a lost highway) with poignant ballads like Pass The Gun Around (apparently revealing some of the pain Alice's alcoholism had caused him). I love this album! If you are looking for something different-- you have found it.

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