Monster of the Day #572

Dude, you’re clearly overthinking this.

  • The Rev.

    TCM played this one night on their “Underground” segment a couple of years ago. This is a pretty damn good movie, if almost unbearably depressing.
    It occurs to me that it also fits in with the “blob” theme we’ve got going right now. Good job, Ken!

  • BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL, an interesting movie. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “good” but it does feature some great atmosphere and some great effects work. However, the thing that I’ll always remember about it is that it’s the movie that ended five times.

    Has there been a DVD release? I got the dubbed print from Sinister Cinema, but TCM (when I caught it on their imports segment) showed a subtitled print. Although Sinister has a gorgeous print, it’s half scope and half squeezed! Can I get a full scope version of the Pacemaker release print?

  • Criterion is going to include it in their upcoming “Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku” box set.

  • Ken_Begg

    Good grief, it includes War of the Insects (aka Genocide) and X From Outer Space!!!

  • The Rev.

    Welp, I’m sold.

  • Dub tracks on all three? International credits sequences, maybe? If so, I know what I want for Christmas!

  • fish eye no miko

    Was it Underground? The showing I saw was introduced by Robert Osborne. Maybe I saw one showing and you saw another? Oh! I think it was on TCM imports, which is on Sunday nights (or was–I’ve not had TCM for a few years now).

  • The Rev.

    Yeah, I definitely saw it on Underground. I watch that slot like a hawk, since I never know what crazy stuff they’ll play next. I’ve gotten quite a few movies knocked off my to-see list thanks to them. (Okay, that goes for TCM in general.)

    Speaking of which, I saw Born Losers is on TCM, Sunday, I think. I have not seen a Billy Jack movie, so I figure I’ll start with that. Then I’ll find Billy Jack, and I will finally *shudder* tackle that DVR recording of Trial that’s been haunting me for months.

  • Flangepart

    Doing a face plant on a radioactive venus flytrap can have odd health effects.

    Finally say this one many moons ago. Talk about a weird plot and downbeat ending too boot. If it’s full goose bozo in plot and effects, it must be Japanese.

  • zombiewhacker

    When I saw it on TCM Robert Osborne himself hosted.

  • Ken_Begg

    They did have a Toho month in primetime earlier this year, and have probably done so in the past.

    Poor Bob Osborne. From the strained quality of his introductions to these sorts of movies, I don’t think he personally gets the ‘cult’ movie thing. “You call these classics?!” one can hear him saying when the shot is over.

  • Ken_Begg

    Born Losers is kind of weird, because Billy Jack is still in a nascent form at this point. It’s more a classic biker film. The movie ‘Billy Jack’ is the one where the character as we know him really emerges.