Saturday, May 21, 2016
I don't think this is as mediocre as others feel. Is it bloody enough or salacious enough? Well you get some tits--albeit briefly--from a girl wanting to get busy with Curtis' beau, and there's lots of blood even though not a lot of clear violence spilled on screen. Curtis is more involved in "protective action" in Terror Train than Prom Night as the killer aims for her in the former, attempting to avoid (obviously, for reasons later determined once his mask is removed) her in the latter film. I think of the characters she played during her scream queen era, Terror Train seems to give her a bit more to work with. She's a smart pre-med student about to graduate early and leave behind her gal buddy, Mitchy (the sexy and sadly diminished secondary character played by Sandee Currie). She is in a complicated romance with a guy named Mo (Timothy Webber), friends with fellow frat brother and med student, Doc (Hart Bochner). Doc and Curtis' Alana are at odds, mainly over the affections of Mo. Doc's attachment to Mo, for me, is damn near homoerotic in nature. Mitchy means less than Mo in the end to Doc. Alana spends quite some time running into dead friends, and fighting with Doc. Doc's morbid sense of humor and disregard for what his trick on Kenny Sampson caused the kid tells you all you need to know. The hiring of Copperfield wasn't of his doing and he spends a lot of time at odds with him as well...Doc wants to be the life of the party, in command, and so this charismatic and suave magician crashing his spot is met with discord. The Doc and Alana dynamic is fascinating as the two of them seem to be competing for Mo. Doc will do whatever he can to fracture Mo and Alana's relationship, including motivating her to find him with another girl! But the slasher film offered plenty of night terrors for Alana; Terror Train gave Curtis plenty of final girl prestige, including having to defend herself even after the killer yanked an earring off!
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Dracula's Daughter ('36)
Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)
Mad Love 1935
Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?
Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.
Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.