Saturday, August 11, 2018

And Now The Screaming Starts Movie Review

And Now The Screaming Starts is a 1973 horror movie directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom,Stephanie Beacham, Ian Ogilvy and Patrick Magee.

A married couple, Charles Fengriffin(Ogilvy) and Catherine(Beacham) move into his ancestral home. Catherine sees a portrait of Charles' grandfather, Sir Henry(Lom). She is drawn to it. A bloody hand comes out of the painting. Catherine is very upset. Charles sees nothing. Strange things begin to happen. Catherine gets locked into a room and something is in there with her. The portrait is haunting her. A hideous man's face comes out of it. Catherine runs off and she finds an old graveyard. She sees Henry Fengriffin's grave. She sees a strange woodsman and she asks Charles about him. She goes to his stone hut and talks to him.  His name is Silas(Geoffrey Whitehead) and he tells her that her husband's grandfather gave him the land where he lives. Catherine asks Charles about this.

Catherine wants to know why Henry Fengriffin gave the land to Silas and she goes to the family solicitor for answers. The solicitor promises to find out and talk to Charles. He gets thrown from his horse and dies before he can do anything. Meanwhile, Catherine thinks that she is going mad. She discovers that she is pregnant also. She is not happy with the news. Mrs Luke, the housekeeper goes into the library and she gets an old book to give to Catherine. Something tries to stop her. She sees an old man and a ghost hand pushes her down the stairs. Catherine finds her and she finds the book also.
Charles decides that Silas needs to get off the land as he thinks Silas is responsible somehow for his wife's behaviour.

Charles offers to give Silas money to leave, but he refuses. Catherine cuts up the portrait of Henry.
She ends up falling down the stairs. Doctor Whittle(Magee) thinks that she has mental problems. He knows a specialist called Dr. Pope(Cushing) who is in London. He calls him in to look at Catherine.
Pope arrives and he talks to Catherine. She tells him all that happened. He sees that she is reading a book on demons. Pope asks Whittle about the Fengriffin house.  Whittle is going to tell him what he knows when he is killed. Pope goes to see Silas but he doesn't get far. Pope asks Charles to tell him the secret that haunts the Fengriffin family.

Charles tells him that fifty years ago, Henry Fengriffin used the house as a den of debauchery. Silas' father, the woodsman, had a new wife and Henry went to see her. He and his pals burst into the house and Henry wants to have sex with the wife. When the woodsman tries to stop him, there is a fight.
Henry rapes the wife. The woodsman attacks him but ends up getting his hand cut off by Henry.
 The woodsman curses Henry. Henry tried to make it up to him, but the woodsman would not allow it. Henry gave him the land to have his house on. Silas is the woodman's son and he has been waiting for revenge.

Pope talks to Catherine about the demon book. She goes into labour. Her son is born. Charles looks at it and he runs off in horror. He goes to see Silas and he has guns. He shoots Silas and kills him. He destroys Henry's grave. Pope tries to stop him. It turns out that the baby has a birthmark the same as the woodcutter and it has a stump!!! A weird ending makes this film fun. It is an entertaining movie with some good scenes. I liked the cast and Cushing is good, as always, apart from a rather dodgy hair piece!!Beacham is all heaving bosoms and angst. Ogilvy does well as the husband and Lom is fun as the obnoxious Henry. This is a decent 1970's horror and there is a lot to like. I recommend it! I will give it a 6/10.

The Walking Dead, Season 8, Episode 9

This episode begins with Rick having a flash forward to the future where Judith is older and he is happy. Cut to Michonne and Rick digging a grave in Alexandria. There is is flashback to Carl who was helping Siddiq and he got bitten in the stomach by a walker and that is how his infection started. Carl doesn't tell anyone what happened. He wants Rick to take Siddiq into the community. He takes him down into the sewers and sets up a bed for him. He sets about writing notes for Rick, Michonne and the others.  He is prepared for the inevitable.

Cut to Carol, who wants to rescue Ezekiel. She tells the young kid Henry that he can't come as it is too dangerous. Morgan comes along and the two get together to get Ezekiel. Morgan is becoming fond of killing, much to Carol's dismay. Rick, Michonne and Carl share emotional moments together. Carl gives Rick the letters. He urges Rick not to fight and to make peace. He says goodbye to Judith and gives her his hat. Rick and Michonne take him to the church. They have a chat about life and then Carl asks for a gun to shoot himself. Rick and Michonne leave the church and they hear the shot as they walk away. They bury his body.

Morgan and Carol rescue Ezekiel when Henry kills one of the Saviours. There is a vision again where Negan is part of their community. The episode ends with Rick holding a coloured object in his hand which is covered in blood. He is crying. This episode was sad because we said goodbye to Carl who has been with the show since the start. It was a fitting send off and it was a good episode.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Virgin Witch Movie Review

Virgin Witch is a 1971 horror movie directed by Ray Austin and starring Ann Michelle,Vicki Michelle and Patricia Haines.

The movie begins with two girls called Christine(Ann Michelle) and Betty(Vicki Michelle). They see an advertisement for a modelling job. They go to an agent called Sybil Waite(Haines) and she has a look at both girls and tells them that there is a job available for Christine. She has to go to a big house in the countryside with Sybil. She wants to take Betty with her. Betty's boyfriend, Johnny isn't too happy about this. Sybil and the girls drive down to the country house. Sybil points out a witches ring in the village. They all meet the photographer, Peter. There is also an old, creepy housekeeper. Sybil's friend, Gerald(Neil Hallett), owns the house. He is an expert on witches and witchcraft.

Sybil tells Christina about witches also. Christina is fascinated by the subject. Betty looks around the house and grounds. She sees weird things and she becomes frightened. She tells Gerald all about it.
Peter and Christina have sex. Sybil isn't too happy about it as she likes Christina herself. Gerald has his eye on Betty. He tells her that he is a white witch and that he practises white witchcraft. Christina wants to be a witch. She wants to join in their rituals. Meanwhile, Johnny is looking for Betty. The coven meet and Christina is accepted into it. Gerald has sex with her. Peter is worried about Sybil putting a spell on him. 

Christina and Sybil kiss. Gerald wants Christina to initiate Betty into the coven. Johnny arrives in the village. He is looking for Sybil. Christina asks Betty to take part in the coven. Johnny finds Betty and tries to get her to leave. She won't do it. Christine performs a spell on Sybil and burns her picture. Sybil feels pain. Christina wants to be priestess instead of Sybil. Johnny faces off with Christina and he tells her that he is  taking Betty back home. Christina threatens him. She becomes high priestess as Sybil is too ill. Christina forces Betty to go to the ritual. She is initiated. Johnny shows up and he takes Betty away.

Christina tackles Sybil with a dagger and she uses her powers to kill her. Everyone in the coven realises what she has done. They all follow her as their new leader. Betty and Johnny don't want any part of it, so they leave.  This film was pretty good. It has a real 70's feel to it and there is lots of 70's music to add to that. There is plenty of skin on show here too if that is your thing. The story is not too bad and the cast did a good job. There really wasn't a lot to this film but overall, this is entertaining 1970's fare. The film has been disowned for some reason by the two main stars, Vicki and Ann Michelle, but don't let that put you off. I will give this one a 5/10.
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