'Lost in the Multiplex's' very own Lord of the Flea-pit, Julian White writes on film and horror for various sites and magazines, as well as blogging about cult movies. He plans to publish a long horror novel called 'The Diviners' just as soon as the strange voice coming from the filing cabinet stops dictating revisions. He currently lives in the 1980s.
Website URL: http://diabolicalcinema.blogspot.com
Meet the last generation of the Merrye family. There are the three children – Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), who has a basilisk stare; Ralph (Sid Haig), who barks like a dog and rides around in a dumbwaiter; and Virginia (Jill Banner), who thinks she's a spider and who, early on in the film, captures and kills a postman, then keeps his ear in a marquetry box. Then there's the older generation, Uncle Ned, Aunt Martha and Aunt Clara, who live down in the basement and only come out of the shadows to feed.
Sergio Corbucci's Django (1966) spawned any number of unofficial sequels, but you can count the decent ones on the fingers of one crushed and bloodied hand. Ferdinando Baldi's Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) is one of these.
In 1973, four deaf men, Terry Kohut, Bob Bolger, Arthur Budzinski and Gary Smith, stood outside a church in Milwaukee, handing out flyers bearing the picture of Father Lawrence Murphy and the words "Warning: Serial child molester is free around Wisconsin." They had all attended St John's School for Deaf, an educational establishment run by Murphy, and they had all been sexually abused by him.
He gave Roy Batty his eyes in Blade Runner. In Big Trouble in Little China, Kurt Russell ran him over with a truck. James Hong is one of Hollywood's best loved and longest serving character actors, and if you don't recognise the name you'll certainly recognize his face, with its adder's smile, and the gabbling, angry gannet voice. What many people don't know, however, is that between acting gigs Hong has also dabbled in indie directing, notching up four ultra-low-budget exploitation films between 1973 and 1999. Of these, The Vineyard (1989) is the one that has attracted a certain cult following.
“Vigilante justice?” queries Foxy Brown's boyfriend Michael (Terry Carter) at one point. “It's as American as apple piece,” she replies. And we see the proof of the pudding when Michael – who happens to be an undercover vice cop – is fingered by Foxy's brother Link (Antonio Fargas) to a crime cartel and promptly murdered. A quick change of wigs, and Foxy is infiltrating the organization as a would-be call girl, name of Misty Cotton, and throwing a spanner in its works by sexually humiliating a judge whom it had hoped to co-opt. And that's only the beginning of her vengeance. Right on, sista!