Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The X from Outer Space

The X from Outer Space
AKA Uch├╗ daikaij├╗ Girara
Directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu
1967
Starring Eiji Okada, Shun'ya Wazaki, Itoko Harada, Peggy Neal, Franz Gruber
89 minutes
Country of origin: Japan

Between the wildly wretched English dubbing in this film and it's kooky theme song, I'm a very happy monster movie fan. Oh there's a ridiculous monster too? Oh shit! So the plot goes like this: six crews of space explorers have traveled to a distant planet and all six have disappeared. Well, it turns out that the old saying, "the seventh time's the charm", is actually true as Captain Sano (played by Shun'ya Wazaki) and the crew of the Aabygamma(?) head out to make history (and hopefully not fucking die like all the rest).

The funniest thing during this journey is that Lisa (played by Peggy Neal of The Terror Beneath the Sea), the only female member of the crew, isn't allowed to touch any of the ship's controls. That's probably the most insanely sexist thing I've ever seen in a film and I have no idea if it is supposed to be intended as a joke or not. You see, Lisa needs all of her free time for a love triangle between herself, Sano, and his girlfriend Michiko (Itoko Harada), who is back at the space station, fuming with jealousy.

While they are out in space, a UFO that looks like a fried egg shows up and jams the crew's radio. Next the ship gets covered in weird glowing meteorites. They bring a sample inside and head back home to Earth. While they are busy celebrating at a very odd party, the meteor hatches like an egg. Then the giant monster known as Guilala comes out of fucking nowhere! What the heck? The editing on this film is wild.

Obviously, the monster -some reviewers call it a giant chicken but I call it "surprise LOL space-bird"- is headed toward Tokyo to do some damage. The goofy and clunky confusion continues as yet another mission to outer space is undertaken by our crew. What are they doing again? How will this last minute mission save the day? Guilala then turns into a ball and flies around, causing even more destruction. Somehow they stop it and- shit, I have no idea what to make of this baffling ending.

You need to see this.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

H!TITDS - Episode #65 - Interview with Mike Sandlin of Grindhouse Video

I swung by Grindhouse Video here in the Tampa and spoke to the owner, Mike Sandlin. Since this is a podcast, I recorded it! Mike is a good dude and we had a great discussion. Please listen and try not to talk over us until the interview is over. Thank you!

Listen here.

Or Listen/Download here.

More about Grindhouse Video right here!

Monday, February 2, 2015

H!TITDS Episode #64 Bloody Moon

Hello! This is the Doomed Show is back once again (third week in a row!). Jeffrey and I talk about Bloody Moon from good old Jess Franco. We have more fun than is humanly possible talking about a really fun movie. You should listen right now.

Listen to the Bloody Moon episode here.

Or download it here. Hell yes.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

H!TITDS Episode #63 - Troy Howarth Interview!

Well, hold me down and call me Charles or Rachel. For the very first interview on Hello! This is the Doomed Show, I talk to Troy Howarth, author of The Haunted World of Mario Bava and the upcoming books: So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films and Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films. It's a good time listen. You should always listen to Hello! This is the Doomed Show. I'm not kidding. Listen to the interview right here! or download it right here!

Be sure to check out Troy's excellent book on Mario Bava and keep an eye out for information on his new books here and here.

And go right here to get Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films in hardcover!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

EurocultAV Doomed Moviethon Movie Party #2: Werewolf Shadow

Scott of EurocultAV.com and I had such a blast at our first movie party that we are having another one! Here are some choice moments from Twitter while we watched Pieces. We used #piecesofgeorge to mark this historic event. Here are some choice moments:

We are going to do this again with the essential Paul Naschy film: Werewolf Shadow. At the stroke of midnight (Eastern Central Time) on January 31st, start the film and join us on Twitter so we can frolic in the slow motion vampires and sexual power of Waldemar Daninsky. This time, use #NaschyShadow to be a part of the fun. Be sure to follow us on Twitter: @EuroCultAV and @doomedmoviethon and we'll see you on January 31st!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello! This is the Doomed Show Classic!

To take advantage of every online format available today and also to celebrate new episodes being recorded THIS MONTH, I uploaded a classic episode of Hello! This is the Doomed Show to YouTube. Brad, Jeffrey, Nafa, and I are looking forward to killing it in 2015. KILLING IT! I'd tell you every single movie that we plan to talk about but um... that would be really dumb of me. You said you loved surprises!

Check out the most recent episodes.

Check out the archive!