Thursday, 23 February 2012

50 Reasons Why 'Time Crash' Is The Most Perfect 8 Minutes of 'Doctor Who' Ever

#3 Peter Davison IS the Doctor! We've had companions and monsters from 'Doctor Who's past returning left, right and centre, but to date, Davison is the only former Doctor to make a physcical appearance in the show. Seeing him, in the TARDIS, in that outfit, just feels right. And he doesn't take any nonsense from Tennant!

Eddie Is Awesome

So, 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'. The ultimate freak-musical, full of crazy and disturbed lunatics and perverts. We have Frank-N-furter, the transexual mad scientist; Riff Raff and Magenta, incestuous aliens; and the accented Dr. Scott, with his high-speed wheelchair and big glasses.

But none of these hold a candle to Eddie, portrayed in the original stage play and movie by Meat Loaf. He crashes through a wall on a motorbike, sings a kick-ass rock'n'roll song, then gets his head smashed in with a hammer. And he has an awesome jacket to boot.

'Living Dead Girl' (1982) - A Review

'The Living Dead Girl', or 'La Mort Vivante', is a French film by Jean Rollin, about a reanimated corpse who returns to her old house, and finds her living childhood friend, Hélène. Catherine Valmont is the corpse in question, and is played with a  sort of innocent menace by Marina Pierro. In fact, all of the performances in this film are strong, and uniformly subtle. The problem is, they're also rather subdued, and along with the beautiful but quaint direction, the film feels a bit lacksture.

Scipt-wise, too, the movie is a bit of an odd combination. Moments of extreme (if fake-looking) gore, and harsh violence, are counterbalanced by a sort of ghost-story quality that wouldn't seem out of place in a Sunday afternoon drama. It's also very slow. The first hour essentially involves Catherine wandering around, occassionally killing people, sometimes switching to a pair of holidaying Americans (for their scenes, the language is English with no subtitles), Barbara and Greg, who do inject some humour to the otherwise lazy pace of the movie. 

Despite these criticisms, though, 'The Living Dead Girl' is a fun curiosity. Marina Pierro is fantastic as Catherine, and looks bloody good naked and blood-spattered. There's also some lovely location work, and a few delightfully gory moments to chortle at. 'The Living Dead Girl' is not a perfect movie, but it's an entertaining if slow romp. Recommended for fans of cult, Foreign horror flicks, or zombie films with a difference.

Directed by Jean Rollin
Produced by Sam Selsky
Written by Jacques Ralf
Jean Rollin
Starring Marina Pierro
Françoise Blanchard
Mike Marshall
Carina Barone
Fanny Magieri
Patricia Besnard-Rousseau
Veronique Pinson
Sandrine Morel
Delphine Laporte
Jean Cherlian
Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
Music by Philippe D'Arm
Editing by Janette Kronegger
Distributed by Films A.B.C.
Films Aleriaz
Films du Yaka
Release date(s) 1982
Running time 86 mins
Country  France
Language French