Sunday, 9 January 2011
Monster Munch & Kiddie Fiddler
Q The Winged Serpent is a police thriller/monster movie hybrid about a small time hood who stumbles into a mess involving ritual murders and a jumbo mythical bird that's got a taste for New Yorkers. Richard Roundtree and David Carrandine appear as the investigating detectives trying to unpick fact from fiction in the low budget slice of nonsense which trundles along somewhat entertainingly and peaks with a King Kong stylee shoot out at the top of the Chrysler Building. Solid 80's B-movie fare from the always interesting Larry Cohen.
Never Take Sweets from a Stranger is a powerful, dark drama from 1960 produced by Hammer Studios. A new Headmaster & his family are settling into a new life in a small town when his 11 year old daughter is molested by the town's wealthy patriarch and no-one seems to care. Though it's a little dated with some stiff performances it's nicely shot by Freddie Francis and has more maturity & intelligence than a gazillion Daily Mail headlines.