Kingblind Downloads (MOVIE EDITION)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) by:: Ed Wood
Often billed as the worst movie ever made, and not entirely undeserving of the title, this is a masterpiece of Ed Wood’s making. Bela Lugosi was cast in the role of “Ghoul Man” but passed away before filming really started. So what happens? The producer’s wife’s chiropractor (Mr. Reynold’s was the executive producer) takes over as “Ghoul Man” and holds his cape in front of his face THE ENTIRE MOVIE. Add to this numerous plot inconsistencies, horrid acting, and masses of stock footage – some of which we see several times and you have a terrible but funny movie. A highly advanced alien culture is determined to destroy Earth before our scientists discover a bomb which will explode sunlight, the description Eros gives of this is quite funny. In order to destroy our world, of several billion people, they raise three zombies from the dead.
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War Babies (1932) by:: Charles LaMont
In the sexphobic atmosphere of 21st Century America, especially in regard to “eroticised” childhood (of which there seems to be quite a hysteria going on, and has been since the 80s), I can certainly understand why these little movies make some individuals uncomfortable – but I don’t share this mindset. My only genuine qualm with this short is the fact that the jokes are forced and mostly unfunny and annoying. I laughed once, I’ll admit – when the boy offers Shirley an all-day sucker as incentive while he asks her to choose between him and a rival boy who is simultaneously vying for her affections. It’s also a great put-off that these children are made to act like adults; it strikes me as unnatural. Children are more interesting being children, which is why I am a lifelong fan of the Little Rascals. Hal Roach knew what he was doing and pumped out consistently priceless and timeless entertainment. The guys responsible for Baby Burlesks weren’t so skilled in that department.
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Reefer Madness (1938) by:: Louis J. Gasnier
Considered THE archetypal sensationalized anti-drug movie, but it’s really an exploitation film made to capitalize on the hot taboo subject of marijuana use. Like many exploitation films of the time, “Reefer Madness” tried to make a quick buck off of a forbidden subject while skirting the Motion Picture Production Code of 1930. The Code forbade the portrayal of immoral acts like drug use. (The illegal drug traffic must not be portrayed in such a way as to stimulate curiosity concerning the use of, or traffic in, such drugs; nor shall scenes be approved which show the use of illegal drugs, or their effects, in detail.) The film toured around the country for many years – often being re-edited and re-titled (“Tell Your Children”, “Dope Addict”, “Doped Youth”, “Love Madness”, “The Burning Question”). It was re-discovered in the early 1970s by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and screened again as an example of the government’s demonization of marijuana. NORML may have been confused about the film’s sponsorship since one of the film’s distributors, Dwain Esper, testified to the Arizona Supreme Court that “Reefer Madness” was not a trashy exploitation film but was actually sponsored by the U.S. Government – a convincing lie, but a lie nonetheless. That being said, the film is still quick enjoyable since it dramatizes the “violent narcotic’s … soul destroying” effects on unwary teens, and their hedonistic exploits enroute to the bottom.
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