on 24 June 2011
In order to gain there inheritance a group of couples have stay on an isolated island. Whilst there strange and violent events take place.
Well what hasn't been said about this cheap 1967 Andy Milligan effort that was released as Blood Rites here. Clocking in at around 70 mins but having more dialogue than War and Piece and most of that done by actors (using that term loosely) who would struggle in a school production. The Production is truly inept, Milligan can be heard prompting the actors, the dizzying camera work to hide the bad effects, some of the worst scene framing I've ever seen and for a "period piece" some very 1960's looking undergarments. Even at 70 mins this is a bit of tough one to get through, although the film has one good scene of a head being discovered on the dinner table, and one interesting character in Richard, early in the film it's hinted at he may well be gay and had a relationship with his brother, there was a real chance to create a decent character arc but the idea is totally thrown away and he is killed off at one point.
One of the prosecuted 39 video nasties but how the DPP judges and or jury's ever thought this laughable mess was upsetting and god forbid corrupting is as stupid as the movie. If you are a Milligan fan you'll undoubtedly love this and all its um... quirks, but for your average film goer? 70 minutes is still over an hour of your life you wont get back.
on 17 February 2012
Andy Milligan's Ghastly Ones ,hmmm where to begin? Well, I guess a good place would be by comparing it to other movies - closest I can think of is a cross between early John Waters and Edward D Wood jr. There is some gore (most of it so hilariously amateur that you can't really take it seriously) and a couple of sex scenes but mostly it comes across as a homemade costume drama with gore. Which pretty much covers most of this directors output. Ghastly Ones should appeal to fans of the two directors I just mentioned as well as a whole slew of cheap and cheerful films in the manner of Blood Feast, Microwave Massacre, The Corpse Grinders, The Headless Eyes, Axe, Date with a Kidnapper and Don't Answer the Phone - it's place as a banned movie on the infamous DPP list is slightly unwarranted really compared to some of the vicious dreck that has since been passed uncut that was also part of that particular lynch mob. Seeds of Sin, also included on the fabulous Something Weird disc, is slightly less watchable due to an unsteady master. Fans of Milligan shouldn't really have a problem with the lack of adequate lighting, poor camera work or muffled dialogue because those are part of what makes his movies, well, Andy Milligan movies. And Michael Weldon was right when he said "If you're an Andy Milligan fan, there's no hope for you"