I've started loads but for one reason or another not finished them.
I watched The Intruder Within from the 80's last week. It's a poorman's Alien - The Thing rip-off set on a remote oil rig. A waste of time really but I enjoyed it for some odd reason.
Plan 9 From Outer Space was a black and white antique I enjoyed much more. Notoriously one of the best worst movies ever made, Ed Wood's disasterpiece is almost a must-see. Starring the ghost-faced Tor Johnson, a cemetery and various model flying saucers, I was mesmerised.
However, the real star is Vampira, a long fingered, hour-glass waisted alien Morticia, who drifts around the cemetery. Not since discovering Tura Satana in Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat Kill Kill have I been so transfixed by a femme fatale on film.
I also caught the second half of Drag Me To Hell. I saw it at the flicks on release but hadn't appreciated Sam Raimi's desire to cast it as a remake of the classic Night of the Demon. Lacking the older film's gothic atmosphere Drag Me does not have the same impact in my opinion.
Anyway, have you seen any films, good or bad, of late?
Here's a piccy of Vampira from Plan 9 from Outer Space. Having read a bit more about here, she was a Finnish-American called Maila Nurmi. Originally a magazine cover girl, she was a close friend of James Dean no less.
Known as the First Goth and the Dark Goddess of Horror she was also the first TV horror host appearing in the 1950's on US television [anyone seen it?]
You can see and read more of Vampira on the superb Vampira Show website.
For some strange reason Vampira reminds me of the original German Bild Lilli - below - on which the US Barbie was based.
Bold Lilli spawned many other clones besides Barbie and Marx's Miss Marlene - below - was one. Dressed in black she could be Vampira's double! With the iconic vampy make-up, these early Lilli lookalikes were even known as Queens of Outer Space.
You can read and see more about these on the cool Fondation Tanagra site.