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Thursday, April 16, 1987
Friday, 9 p.m. IIBO, ch. 26
"The Howling II . . . Your
Sister is a Werewolf, " (1985)
Christopher Lee and Sybil
Sybil Danning has now unseated
Linda Blair as the reigning queen of
wretched exploitation films. In this
(a thoroughly ridiculous rip-off of
Joe Dante's 1981 hit "The How
ling") Sybil heads a group of satanic
lycanthropes who like to tear their
blouses off every 10 minutes. Sybil
manages to do that in all of her
films. Also on hand to undress and
get lupine is one-time Mick Jagger
lover Marsha Hunt. Christopher Lee
is Sybil's brother. He's bitter because
the producer and the director told
him this was going to be a good
film. Eventually Sybil and Chris
blow up real good. The makers of
this travesty show their true colors
at the end when a shot of Sybil
disrobing is repeated 15 to 20 times
while a Czechoslovakian punk band
rocks out. Enough to make you want
Friday, 4:30 a.m. WOWT,
"Panic in Year Zero, "(1962)
Directed by and starring Ray
. An interesting low-budget effort
by a guy who wasn't a drinker, but
won an Oscar playing one in 1947's
"The Lost Weekend."
Ray and his family (including
Frankie Avalon as his son) are about
to go on a fishing trip when some
one drops the big one! The entire
city of Los Angeles (represented by
12 cars on the highway) is evacu
ated. Looters are everywhere. The
family meets up with some hood
lums. "Somebody dropped a bomb,
dad," says one of the deadbeats."
"Crazy kick eh?" queries another.
The nuclear family (sorry) hides
out in a cave. His wife is still con
tent to cook and wash dishes. Fran
kie thinks this whole nuclear holo
caust thing is a real drag. Ray sees
the evil side of himself. In an amaz
ing turn of events, the fallout danger
in L.A. ends and the family returns
home. The good old Army keeps
order. Nonetheless, it is reportedly
an interesting film whose ideas are
compromised and believability hamp
ered by a low budget. It is still worth
seeing. The screen story is by Jim
Simms, who wrote fun, twisted junk
like "Creation of the Humanoids,"
"The Giant Gila Monster" and "The
Killer Shrews." Stoke up the VCR.
Saturday, 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.
"Black Dragons" (1942)
Bela Lugosi, Clayton Moore
Another immensely entertaining
Lugosi cheapie. It's sloppy and has
a plot that moves like molasses, but
it more than makes up for it in
terms of pure wackiness. Rushed
into production right after the Jap
anese attack on Pearl Harbor, this
strange mixture of mad doctoring
and racial paranoia features Lugosi
as a Nazi plastic surgeon who turns
a bunch of Japanese bad guys (and
one American actor pretending to
be Japanese) into greedy American
industrialist fat cats with no accents.
The no-good double crossers throw
Lugosi in jail, where he encounters
his twin. He shaves off his own
beard, escapes and comes to Amer
ica to seek revenge. The Lone Ranger
(without a mask, a horse or Tonto)
is a reporter who's hot on his trail.
For 40 minutes Lugosi runs around a
house ducking through secret pas
sageways and giving guys the "vul
can squeeze" while everyone else
tries to predict what direction the
film will take next. Confusing, silly,
preposterous and loads of fun. Lugosi
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reportedly was paid $500.
During the '50s, after years of
morphine addiction and heavy drink
ing, Lugosi's career was at an all
time low. According to Johnny
Legend in Fangoria Magazine 22,
during a promotional tour for the
film "The Black Sleep," 300-pound
co-star wrestleractor Tor Johnson
grew so tired of Lugosi's self-pity
and drunkeness that he "angrily
dangled Lugosi out of a hotel room
window, several stories above the
street and yelled, 'Is this what you
want, you miserable hunkie?' "
Lugosi's favorite drink: a mixture
of scotch and tepid beer.
Saturday, 4:50 a.m. WOWT
"The Screaming Skull, "
(1958) John Hudson
An effective spooky-house film
from American International pic
tures the kings of rock V roll
and horror drive-in films in the '50s
and '60s. John (ak.a. William) Hud
son, the two-timin', whiskey-guzzlin'
husband in "Attack of the 50-foot
Woman," brings his young wife home
to their new mansion and then tries
to drive her insane by placing skulls
all over the house.
There's a great, cheesy gimmick
at the beginning of the film when
the camera moves in on a coffin and
a narrator intones: "The Screaming
Skull is a motion picture that
reaches its climax in shocking hor-.
ror. Its impact is so terrifying that it
may have an unforeseen effect. It
may kill you! Therefore, its produc
ers feel they must assure free burial
services to anyone who dies of fright
while watching 'The Screaming
Skull! ' " Photography by David
Crosby's dad, Floyd. Fire up your
buys used records, cassettes & compact discs.
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