Celebrating The Blob and Its Festival

Another post, and another blogathon entry! This time, for some standup folks ambitiously soliciting comments on the Turner Classic Movies summer line-up.  I have the privilege of offering a little something on one of my all time favorite sci-fi films of the 1950s, The Blob:  “Starring Steve McQueen and a cast of exciting young people! [that we cannotContinue reading “Celebrating The Blob and Its Festival”

Ten Years Gone: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury

A quick note that today marks the 10th anniversary of I Drink Your Blood star Bhaskar’s passing.  He’d have been 83 today.  I profiled him a couple months ago, and followed up with a second look which casts doubt on the IMDB-fueled ideas about him as a bit player in the Indian cinema scene.  The jury’s stillContinue reading “Ten Years Gone: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury”

The Most Inscrutable Satanist Hippie: Jadin Wong

Jadin Wong’s appearance in I Drink Your Blood  is perhaps the biggest surprise in this film. Like Bhaskar, she had a well established career at the time of the film, and also like Bhaskar, had established herself as a dancer.  Wong was seventeen years older than Bhaskar–she’d have been celebrating her 100th birthday a couple monthsContinue reading “The Most Inscrutable Satanist Hippie: Jadin Wong”

Godzilla and Mothra: Kaiju Dynamic Frenemy Duo

Godzilla and Mothra are, IMHO, the best dynamic duo pair of the kaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster) movies.  I hope Godzilla, as just about everyone’s top movie monster of all time, needs no introduction.   He first appeared in Gojira in 1954, which was recut, and had some scenes added with Raymond Burr to make the (modified) story accessibleContinue reading “Godzilla and Mothra: Kaiju Dynamic Frenemy Duo”

The Case of the Two Bhaskars

In further conversation with my acquaintance who knew I Drink Your Blood star Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Candance Hibbard Lillie, we have come across a conundrum: his career after 1970 as reported on IMDB, may be in error.  Specifically, his roles in the French short The Epitaph (May 1970); Satyajit Ray’s classic film from India The Adversary (October 1970); the lead role inContinue reading “The Case of the Two Bhaskars”

Cannibal Holocaust’s Enduring Legacy

I’m very happy to help fellow cinema aficionado Nitrate Diva in this year’s Italian Film Culture Blogathon, but it is a bit intimidating to take on a subject that so many have already taken on.  For instance, we should note at the outset Cannibal Holocaust started the “found footage” genre–with later examples being Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project.  Many,Continue reading “Cannibal Holocaust’s Enduring Legacy”

Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury: Dance, Horace, Dance!

The first thing you need to know about Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury (1930-2003)–satanist hippie cult leader in “I Drink Your Blood” was that he was a master hoofer. His specialty were the dances of his native India, and he had his own dance company, taught these dances at the university level, and was a celebrated choreographer–these talentsContinue reading “Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury: Dance, Horace, Dance!”

Looking at David Durston’s Film Career

We all know Durston, who passed away a couple years back at the age of 88, as the director of I Drink Your Blood.  But what else did he do?  In this post, I want to share a bit of what I found from rooting around to give a fair shake to Durston’s film career. Continue reading “Looking at David Durston’s Film Career”

Long Live “I Drink Your Blood”

This is one of my all-time favorite exploitation movies.  It really has it all–a good sampling of exploitation tropes, quirky casting decisions, and lots of graphic footage.  If the exploitation bug has bitten you only recently, this is a good film to start with.  It was also one of the first films to be ratedContinue reading “Long Live “I Drink Your Blood””