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Excitement! Entertainment! Plus! The Revolt of the Faceless Humanoids! (February, 1965)

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Other Points of Interest:

Full review of Goliath and The Vampires at the Brewery.

Poster campaign for Goliath and The Vampires at the Archive.

The T.A.M.I. Show (1964) Screen Entertainment Co. :: Screencraft International :: Theatrofilm :: American International Pictures / EP: William Sargent Jr. / P: Lee Savin / AP: Al Ham / D: Steve Binder / W: William Sargent Jr. / C: Jim Kilgore / E: Kent Mackenzie, Bruce B. Pierce / M: Jack Nitzsche / S: James Brown, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Barbarians, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jan and Dean

Goliath and The Vampires (1961) Ambrosiana Cinematografica :: American International Pictures / EP: Dino De Laurentiis / P: Paolo Moffa / D: Sergio Corbucci, Giacomo Gentilomo / W: Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari / C: Alvaro Mancori / E: Eraldo Da Roma / M: Les Baxter, Angelo Francesco Lavagnino / S: Gordon Scott, Leonora Ruffo, Jacques Sernas, Gianna Maria Canale, Rocco Vitolazzi, Mario Feliciani, Vanoye Aikens, Annabella Incontrera

The Most Exciting Original Motion Picture Event of All Time! (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

“No one cry when JAWS die. But when the monkey die, people gonna cry. Intellectuals gonna love Kong; even film buffs who love the first Kong gonna love ours. Why? Because I give them no crap. I no spend two, three million to do quick business. I spend 24 million on my Kong. I give them quality. I got here a great love story, a great adventure. And she rated PG. For everybody.” .

                             — Dino De Laurentiis / TIME Magazine ’76

I remember the pre-release publicity blitzkrieg for Dino De Laurentiis’ much ballyhooed remake hitting big in the fall of ’76, mostly because I remember the back to school shopping where I pitched one helluva fit to get a tablet with a picture of a royally pissed off Kong shredding through a giant wall.
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I had no idea who John Berkey was back then, but I think we can all agree that if the finished product had turned out just half as good as his promotional artwork, we’d all probably have fonder memories of the 1976 version of King Kong instead of the lingering aftertaste of the giant turd-burger it turned out to be. But the eternal question still remains: Just what the hell is that smoldering thing Kong is holding in his other hand? It started life as a jet, right?
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Anyhooo … Over the subsequent years since I finally saw its broadcast premiere as a movie of the week, my feelings on this film have softened a bit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still no damned good but it can be watched and enjoyed and celebrated for its myriad of faults. From Jessica Lange’s vapid Dwan, to Jeff Bridges’ proto-Dude, to Lorenzo Semple’s groan inducing, male chauvinist pig ape script, to the Big D’s failure to deliver the goods, F/X wise, and Rick Baker’s noble but ultimately futile attempts to bail them all out, one can only watch and boggle at how bad it is. Yeah, I’m still a little bitter and peeved about the lack of other monsters on Skull Island. I mean…
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What? A giant snake? That’s it?

Where the @#%* were the dinosaurs? He’s supposed to wrassle dinosaurs, not a giant phallic symbol! You already covered that at the wall with that big greasy pole and the giant glory hole made of reeds and palm fronds! Okay, maybe I’m still a whole lot of bitter and peeved about that.
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Ah well, at least I’ll always have my Burger King collectible glasses.
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King Kong (1976) Dino De Laurentiis Company :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Federico De Laurentiis, Christian Ferry / P: Dino De Laurentiis / D: John Guillermin / W: Lorenzo Semple Jr. / C: Richard H. Kline / E: Ralph E. Winters / M: John Barry / S: Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Rene Auberjonois, Julius Harris, Ed Lauter

And the Academy Award for Best Actor Goes To… (December, 1976)

Posted in 1970-1979, Vintage News Articles with tags , , , , on April 23, 2014 by WB Kelso

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Surging Spectacle and Savagery Overwhelms the Screen with Passion and Violence! (October, 1958)

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Along with Hercules and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Attila was part of the first wave of imports that helped establish Joseph E. Levine and his Embassy Pictures from regional distributor to mini-movie mogul.

Attila (1954) Compagnie Cinématographique de France :: Lux Film :: Producciones Ponti-de Laurentiis :: Embassy Pictures / EP: Antonio Altoviti / P: Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti / D: Pietro Francisci / W: Ennio De Concini, Richard C. Sarafian, Primo Zeglio / C: Aldo Tonti / E: Leo Cattozzo, Helene Turner / M: Raoul Kraushaar, Enzo Masetti / S: Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, Henri Vidal, Claude Laydu, Irene Papas

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Nightmare Isn’t Over! (October, 1981)

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In the good news / bad news department, it appears the Conestoga 4 may FINALLY be breaking out its creative rut, ad wise, just not for our targeted movie this round. Anyways, Halloween II is the kind of sequel you get when ya combine the writers and producers who weren’t all that interested to begin with with a case of beer and typewriter. Yeah, even though most of the players behind the original Halloween return for the sequel, instigated by Dino de Laurentiis, who guaranteed them all a profit upfront, the end result fails to recapture the magic of the original and shows all the earmarks of those paychecks already having cleared before a camera even rolled. Personally, I love and champion the original Halloween, but I am not a fan of the franchise it spawned at all. And it’s a dogfight between this franchise and the JAWS franchise as to which sequels did more damage to the films that spawned them.
Halloween II (1981) De Laurentiis :: Universal Pictures / EP: Joseph Wolf, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad, Dino De Laurentiis / P: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / D: Rick Rosenthal / W: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / C: Dean Cundey / E: Mark Goldblatt, Skip Schoolnik / M: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Lance Guest, Charles Cyphers, Leo Rossi, Tawny Moyer

SEE! A Cast of Thousands! SEE! History’s Greatest Adventure! SEE! The Wake of the Wooden Horse! (November, 1955)

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Ulysses (1954) Lux Film :: Paramount Pictures / P: Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti / D: Mario Camerini / W: Franco Brusati, Mario Camerini, Ennio De Concini, Hugh Gray, Ben Hecht, Ivo Perilli, Irwin Shaw, Homer (poem) / C: Harold Rosson / E: Leo Cattozzo / M: Alessandro Cicognini / S: Kirk Douglas, Silvana Mangano, Anthony Quinn, Rossana Podestà, Jacques Dumesnil

Multi-Plex Mash-Up :: More BITE than JAWS, with Burt Reynolds as the BAIT! (October, 1975)

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Man-Eater is actually a Samuel Fuller retread from 1969, re-released in 1975 for SOME reason.  It was originally released as either Shark, Caine or Twist of the Knife depending on which source you’re consulting. The film is somewhat notorious because a stuntman was actually killed by a shark while filming. And perhaps not in the most tasteful of moves, the producers decided to tout that fact in the initial ad campaigns, a decision that, along with some extensive re-editing, caused Fuller to disavow the film altogether.

Ambushed Kisses Gone Deadly (June, 1968)

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Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of The Ambushers at 3B Theater.

Poster campaign for The Ambushers at the Archive.

Film review of Kiss the Girls… at the Brewery

Poster campaign for Kiss the Girls… at the Archive.

The Ambushers (1967) Meadway-Claude Productions Company :: Columbia Pictures Corporation / P: Irving Allen / AP: Douglas Netter / D: Henry Levin / W: Herbert Baker, Donald Hamilton (novel) / C: Edward Colman, Burnett Guffey / E: Harold F. Kress / M: Hugo Montenegro / S: Dean Martin, Janice Rule, Senta Berger, James Gregory, Albert Salmi, Beverly Adams

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die (1966) Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica :: Columbia Pictures / EP: Dino De Laurentiis / P: Salvatore Argento, Arduino Maiuri / D: Henry Levin, Arduino Maiuri / W: Arduino Maiuri, Jack Pulman / C: Aldo Tonti / E: Alberto Gallitti, Ralph Kemplen / M: Mario Nascimbene / S: Mike Connors, Dorothy Provine, Raf Vallone, Terry-Thomas, Margaret Lee, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Beverly Adams, Marilù Tolo

It Out-Mandingos Mandingo! (December, 1976)

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Drum (1976) Dino De Laurentiis Co.:: United Artists P: Dino De Laurentiis, Ralph B. Serpe / D: Steve Carver / W: Norman Wexler / C: Lucien Ballard / E: Carl Kress / M: Charlie Smalls / S: Warren Oates, Pam Grier, Isela Vega, Ken Norton, Yaphet Kotto, John Colicos