Wednesday, July 30, 2014
VIOLENT MIDNIGHT (1963)
This is Del Tenney's first movie as a producer. He would go on to direct the shlock-classic HORROR OF PARTY BEACH as well as a few other not-so classic flicks like I EAT YOUR SKIN. I think the thing I like most about this film is that it's kind of a mish-mosh of different things all thrown together. You get a horror/thriller story with a killer on the loose on a stab-happy murder spree, you get lots of instances of nudie-cutie antics with naked models, college gals seen showering behind glass doors, side-boob and bare ass(some pretty risque stuff for an early 60's flick), little sprinkling of film-noir with some detectives on the trail of our killer(including Dick Van Patten of EIGHT IS ENOUGH fame) and even some touches of a juvenile delinquent film with one of the main characters being a tough leather-jacket wearing hoodlum who isn't above slapping men or women around when they piss him off. Also since this was made a couple of years after PSYCHO, and that was such a huge hit, you can feel the shadow of that classic hanging over this with some characters that have a few screws loose just like ol' Norman. Pretty good stuff.
AKA PSYCHOMANIA (way before the English zombie biker flick came out) and BLACK AUTUMN