Sunday, June 12, 2016
Beast from the Haunted Cave
In researching some back story, I learned the bar maid, Linne Ahlstrand, died of cancer at just thirty. Too unfortunate. She had landed a recurring gig as dispatch on Highway Patrol and had only been married about three years when cancer took her life. In this film, she doesn't have a lot. Campo lures her to a reputed haunted cave to make out and the spider-thing drags her away to be bled dry. Sheila Noonan made one more film after this for Roger Corman, so basically Beast was her one substantial role before quitting the movies. She has this character yearning for something more and Wolff just likes the criminal life which has provided him plenty of bank. Eventually Forest realizes Wolff is bad news and plans to turn them in. An incoming blizzard will complicate matters. The monster looks like what it is: a scrapheap of materials slightly favoring a spider. Hellman had nothing of a budget and a cast working on the cheap obviously... can't blame him for getting little horror that works. So he has a lot of conversation including bickering between Noonan and Wolff, Campo doing his best to find and kill the beast, an arachnid arm grabbing people by the throat and pulling them off screen, and Noonan aching for love with the chill Forest who is even-tempered and coolly functional...he doesn't rattle. He accepts Noonan and listens to her contemplating an unflattering past and uncertain future which could or couldn't include her. The ending just kind of dies, though. Still, I kind of like it. Love the location, definitely. The Lakota maid and Sinatra love angle is rather unexpected!
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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.