Saturday, February 28, 2015

RATU SAKTI CALONARANG - "May Peace Be In Your Heart" (1985)

For the last film of Heart Month, tonight we have a tender love story straight out of Indonesia called "Ratu Sakti Calonarang!" 

"Ratu Sakti Calonarang" is brought to you courtesy of the good folks over at:
  Cult Action Films!" 
They thought it was a movie I needed to see, and you needed to know about!

This is the diminutive Suzzanna as Calonarang! There seems to be quite the controversy as to whether her name is two words Calon Arang or one word Calonarang depending on where you look! You might remember Suzzanna for her roles in "The Hungry Snake Woman," or "The White Alligator!" She is also a member of the one name celebrities club that includes Madonna, Prince, Sting, Charo, Twiggy, Cher, Coolio, and Sade, among others!

 These are her disciples! The pretty maids all in a row!

This group of witches is into all sorts of black magic and depravity like human sacrifice!

And you don't get the idea that they especially like men very much!

There's lots of song and dance numbers like this Motown tribute!

"Ratu Sakti Calonarang" enlightened me to a few things that I never had heard about before like 'Disastrous Fog!' I've seen all kinds of fog in my life, but none that attacked before! Most of the fog around these parts just sits there and waits for you to come to it!

You made big mistake! Now it's time to pay! Get the message?

To prove how tough and rugged she is, Calonarang is constantly chewing and tugging at something in her mouth that looks kind of like a stogie, but I am going to go out on a limb here and guess it's maybe a dried salt plum or something like that!

Whatever it is she's got stuck in her mouth, it makes her look like a gangster!

Suzzanna was only 5 foot 3 inches tall! She was born Suzanna Martha Frederika van Osch, and she passed away back in 2008 at the age of 66!

This dude was going to kill Calonarang, but when he saw the inside of her thigh, he got turned on and morphed into a young handsome prince. He thought he was going to make love to her, but when she awakes....................

.............She pisses all over him! (It's starting to get weird!)

Your basic storyline after that is that in order to rid themselves of Calonarang's reign of terror, they will send a young man to seek her daughter's hand in marriage, and then after he's on the inside, he can steal Calonarang's Book of Black Magic and end the madness!

 Time for the big wedding celebration "Boom Shaka Laka" song and dance number!

 This shot screams Bali!

 My, My, what language from a lady!

Calonarang goes to get her book back, and there's a big final showdown!

Home boy uses the book to defend himself, and Calonarang ends up destroying the book and herself in the process, or something along those lines

The world could use this message these days, that's for God Damn sure!

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!!

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