Friday, February 27, 2015

KING OF THE ZOMBIES / Monogram Pictures - 1941

It's Freakin' Funny Friday at The Dungeon and time for a little humor with this story about a small plane that has to crash land on an uncharted Caribbean island with zombies. The pilot, a passenger and his manservant take refuge in a mansion owned by a suspicious doctor.

Some interesting trivia... The role of Dr. Sangre was originally designed for Bela Lugosi, but, when he became unavailable, negotiations ensued to obtain Peter Lorre for the part but a deal could not be reached. So, veteran character actor Henry Victor was signed just prior to the date of filming.

Here's a sound clip from this fun lil' flick for your approval, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button over by our village idiot zombie, NOW, Rufus The Gnat!.. Here's a little taste of... KING OF THE ZOMBIES!

Here are Dick Purcell as James McCarthy, Dungeon Hero Mantan Moreland as Jeff and John Archer as Bill Summers. Their plane is about to go down!

After the crash, Jeff wakes up next to a tombstone and he thinks he has died!

The three find their way to an old mansion and go inside, there, they're greeted by the very strange Dr. Sangre.

Jeff gets to hang out with the maid and cook as he slowly learns about all the zombies that inhabit the island...

Jeff has creepy encounters with Dr. Sangre and a zombie, as heard in the sound clip!

The story is rather involved as there are Nazis, a High Priestess, voodoo ceremonies, mind control and transmigration going on!

Jeff marches his zombie crew to dinner, also heard in the sound clip.

Dick is now a zombie, him and the others turn on Dr. Sangre. The doc falls into a fiery pit for a suitable end to his madness!

We'll end with this great shot of Jeff as he watches the carnage from a safe location... Tune in tomorrow when we'll be back with more insanity from the Dungeon Express!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7 DONNE D'ORO CONTRO DUE 07 - Vincenzo Cascino - "You Are My Gold" (1966)

 Well, I'm just going to come right out and say it! Tonight's feature is a stupid movie! I bought it! I committed to watching it, and I'm sorry! It doesn't help much that a tempered glass shower door just exploded into thousands of pieces in my hands a few hours ago. Either way, I don't say this often, but I really thought this movie sucked!  With seven golden women in it, you'd think that was a good thing, but it wasn't!

"7 Golden Women Vs. Two 07,"  catchy title almost! 
 So let me just wade through this, and then I can get back to picking the glass shards out of my hands! Welcome to Wagon Wheel Wednesday, and tonight's feature straight out of Italy, and starring Jayne Mansfield's husband, Mr. Universe 1955 Mickey Hargitay! Mickey's role is so important in this movie, I didn't even use a still with him in it, but that's him in the poster with the gun!

Everybody, and I mean everybody, wants to get their hands on this Goya painting that once belonged to Hitler for some reason!

It would probably have been a lot more threatening if she actually had her finger on the trigger!

Maria Vincent as Marie Dupont offers up a smokin' number that was most likely composed by Felice (Go With God, Gringo) Di Stefano and Italo (The Labyrinth Of Sex) Fischetti!!

I thought this was an interesting shot, a scuffle, and a woman smoking like she doesn't even know the guys are there!

That's the basic premise! The vendor is selling copies of the painting to spies from all over the place, and supposedly the original painting has information on it that leads to treasure! So what happens next? All the spies start stealing from each other!

I have to admit that snorkeling and smoking a pipe at the same time is a novel idea!

Beats the Hell out of me!!

You girls can get a lot better look at this painting if you strip down to your bikinis!

Oh, it all makes sense now!


I don't think he's pondering gorillas!

And the band played on!

Isn't knowing without details the same as not knowing?

Alternate title: "The Armenian and the American Vs. Miranda and Maria!" The preponderance of M's in this movie almost seems planned! I'm not some kind of conspiracy theorist but something weird is going on here! Not only is there Miranda and Maria, there's Mickey, Mark, Maruska, Mendes, Mariani, Marinelli, and more!

Indeed! What kind of modern math is she doing?
Mickey Hargitay may have been the star, but the man truly responsible for this film is Vincenzo Cascino as Barbikian. I like to call him BBQ for short! Vincenzo also wrote, directed, and produced this film, the same as he did with a couple of other titles in the 60's like "Sheriff Won't Shoot!"

Towards the end the vendor claims that he was the one who painted all the forgeries, and he is the only one who knows why the painting was special, because he himself is the man who was Hitler's private secretary, Martin Bormann!

The women all get sprayed with gold paint, hence the title! Pretty hilarious, you bet! Yuk, yuk!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN / Universal Pictures - 1944

It's Monster Monday at The Dungeon, here's a classic Universal flick with a ton of stars. The story goes like this... After escaping from an asylum, the mad Dr. Niemann (Karloff) and his Hunchback Assistant (Naish) revive Count Dracula (Carradine), the Wolf Man (Chaney) and the Frankenstein Monster (Strange) in order to exact revenge on their enemies.

Here's a nice little sound clip from this monster filled flick, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located there by our monster lounge, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Here's... HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN!

The first thing we see is this travelling road show caught in a storm. Notice the deadly cargo aboard Professor Lampini's Chamber Of Horrors coach.

At the asylum, Dr. Niemann chokes the crap out of the guard in order to get his chalk back! Chalk in hand, Niemann works on Dr. Frankenstein's theories.

After the asylum collapses, Niemann's hunchback helper, Daniel, helps him escape, then, Daniel kills Professor Campini and Niemann assumes his identity.

Niemann shows the authentic bones of Dracula to a spooked audience...

But, after everyone's gone, he pulls the stake from skeleton and guess what?!

The monster collecting doesn't stop there! Next, Niemann and Daniel come across the Frankenstein Monster and The Wolfman frozen stiff in an ice cave!

Daniel doesn't take a liking to big old Frankie, he's just a little intimidating.

Ahhh, love that classic mad lab hardware, the trick is to make the stuff look authentic.

Larry's back, as manic as ever and at odds with Niemann. Then, the full Moon comes out.

Frankie finally gets his big mitts on lil' Daniel and tosses him through the bay window!

A mob of villagers catches up with the monster, causing him and Niemann to flee the scene as the place is burned to the ground.

It's a cold, wet and ironic end for Niemann and the monster that made him famous. We are back on Wednesday with our next pick for your approval... Later Dudes and Dudettes!

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