Saturday, October 22, 2016

THE 7TH VICTIM - "Robbed Of The Will To Love" (1943)

 Welcome to The Saturday Night Special version of The Dungeon! Tonight's feature is a Val Lewton production, and while it's not real Halloweenie, it's pretty dang creepy just the same!
Val Lewton is a story unto himself, born Vladimir Leventon in 1904, yes, he was Russian, he produced an awesome run of horror flicks in the 40's, that included "Cat People," "I Walked With A Zombie," "The Curse Of The Cat People," and the three great Boris Karloff films, "The Body Snatcher," "Isle Of The Dead," and "Bedlam!"
Unfair as it might seem, after making 14 movies, Val died from a heart attack at the age of 46 in 1951!

 Okay, I admit it, I haven't seen every movie in the world, and "The 7th Victim" was off my radar until just a couple of weeks ago when Lord Litter told me it was a pretty nifty flick, and that I could find it on "The Internet Archive," where if you look around long enough, you might find it too! I'd give you the link, but after all,.....
It IS Supposed To Be A Mystery!!

 I can only imagine that he topic of Devil Worshiping was a pretty touchy subject back in 1943, so the group of Satanists in this film are a pretty benevolent lot that don't believe in violence, UNLESS, somebody crosses them, and then they have to go! Hence the title, "The 7th Victim!"

 In a nutshell, the young lady on the left Mary Gibson, is looking for her older, wealthy and beautiful sister Jacqueline, who has suddenly disappeared. For some mysterious reason, she has sold her perfume business to this cranky old gal!
Mary Gibson was played by Kim Hunter in her very first role! Kim ended up winning an Oscar for her role as Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire," and had the ongoing role of Zira in "The Planet Of The Apes" series of movies among a host of other things!

 Mary Gibson is able to find a room that Jacqueline had sometimes frequented in the past! What she finds is a little upsetting! It seems inconsequential but in the neighboring room there is a sick woman who walks around in the hall coughing! Her importance will not be known until the end of the film!
The sick woman is played by Elizabeth (Cat People, The Corpse Vanishes, Weird Woman) Russell!

 Is it possible that Jacqueline is in the Morgue?

 If you ever have any trouble at sea, these are the guys to call!

 Hugh Beaumont has the role of Jacqueline's estranged husband! He doesn't seem to know where she is either, but he does periodically give money to a Doctor to take to her!
Of course, you know Hugh as The Beaver's Father Ward Cleaver, but we should never forget that he was also in some cool films like "Lost Continent," "The Mole People," and "The Human Duplicators!"

 The movie is short, at just over an hour, and has terrific lighting like this throughout! In fact, the lighting in "The 7th Victim" is so good, it makes it a lot creepier than it really is!

 This dimestore detective isn't much help to Mary! He was warned, but I guess he didn't take the warning seriously enough!

 Finally, Jacqueline shows up, but only for a couple of seconds before disappearing again!!
Jean Brooks had the role of Jacqueline Gibson!  Jean was also in "The Invisible Man Returns," "Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe," "The Green Hornet Strikes Again," and at least five of "The Falcon" flicks! Oddly enough, she died on the same day as the husband of  history's most famous Jacqueline, John Kennedy! Consequently her death didn't get much attention! Jean only lived one year more than Val Lewton to age 47 after destroying her liver with demon alcohol!

 The symbol of the Devil Worshipers found in a library book, and the new logo found on this bottle of perfume from Jacqueline's ex-company are the same! Now why would that be? Still, up to this point, the viewer has no real idea of what the Hell is going on!

 Mary Gibson gets a warning and a suggestion that maybe she ought to go back where she came from! The silhouette even looks kind of like a devil!

 Here are some of the followers of Satan! Your guess is as good as mine as to why the one lady has only one arm!!

 The top billing in this film goes to Tom (The Falcon, Bride Of The Gorilla, The She-Creature, Voodoo Woman, Atomic Submarine, 12 To The Moon) Conway,  as Dr. Louis Judd, but personally, while he was probably the biggest name in the cast, his role is not that exciting, in fact instead of showing you a picture of him (He's still got the biggest still in the posters), here's a cool shot of the Gibson sisters together!

 They want Jacqueline to drink the Kool-Aid!

But after she refuses, they release her, but she's not free of their evil grasp, and they send a hit man to take care of her! Nice people! I'd stay away from these kind of people if I was you!

You'd think after 73 years I wouldn't mind telling you the ending, but I do, just in case you want to see it yourself some day! If you had a Wayback Machine, you could go back to 6:30 this morning and watch it on TCM!

Friday, October 21, 2016


Welp, it's time to show off some vintage pics of Halloween Cuties, just for you!!.. We would be remiss if we neglected to include such a cool post! Early Treat Time!!.. Here, Kitty, Kitty!

This is one of my favorites, great shadows make for some interesting spooky imagery!

We love Witches, some are very cute, like this gal. She's got her broom and big ol' punkins!

That's some interesting Halloween garb, she's holding her hat, surrounded by all her pals!

It's about pumpkins, they get ripe right around Halloween. Who in the Hell came up with carving scary/goofy faces into these big orange gourdes anyway?

This good Witch sits on her giant (not real) pumpkin, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.

Let us not forget Black Cats! Gots two of them myself, Boo and Moon! They cross my path many times every day, and, I only have a little bad luck!

This cute Witch is stirring her cauldron full of magical ingredients. M-m-m-m... Tasty!

Now, this is my kind of Witch, very sexy, showing us how she rides her broom on Halloween!

Here we have a very nice shot, love those cool bat wings she's showing off!

Wow, this pic is very trippy, you gotta love that freakin' spook's shadow! Watch out girl!!

This stylish Witch is just lounging on her big pumpkin with her feet on some dry corn stalks.

Very odd is what I'd say about this one. Those are some fairly weird monster heads there!

We'll end with this terrific shot of our pretty feline Witch posing on her huge pumpkin with the shadow of a hissing Black Cat at top... I love the use of shadows, an interesting way to approach the subject! So, we're back tomorrow with more Halloween Countdown, here, at The Dungeon!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

HALLOWEEN SAFETY - "Second Edition" (1985)

This is so important, I should probably have saved it for a Saturday Night Special presentation, but oh well, Wednesday will have to do, because...

Tonight's feature from 1985 is another Dungeon public service announcement, because you just can never be too careful, especially these days, so pay attention, and heed all these safety tips, and you'll have a much better chance of surviving Halloween!!

First rule, you don't have to be an evil clown to be weird!

This is a freaky deaky little group of kids!
That Casper costume is pretty dang strange in my opinion!!
Casper with hair, Extra weird!!
This is Jack O'Lantern, the host and narrator of the show!

Safety tips happen before you even leave the house!!

If you get slimy pumpkin guts on your hands, be extra careful with knives!
Now that's good advice!

This Mom is a little tweaked because she had to cut the eyeholes out into a slot so her son could see better and not be tripping! The people who made this film must have had a much bigger budget than us when we made "Silver Angel Vs. The Death Robots," because we didn't even have enough money for tin foil, and could only afford silver paint for our robot costumes!

This is a very weird composite transition photo of what can happen to you if you get caught in between dimensions! You gotta be careful, kids!!

Rule number four, Ditch your Mom! She's killing all the scary in your costume!!

In 1985, it was normal to take pictures of all the cute kids coming to your door!

Unfortunately times have changed! I tried this in 2015, and an overly protective Father that probably should have stayed home and drank a few more beers, wanted to kick my ass, and started yelling at me, "Are you taking pictures of my kid, ARE YOU TAKING PICTURES OF MY KID??" 
That about did it for me and trick or treaters!
This is seriously one of the most innocent but destructive behaviors you can do!
Mix eggs with tempura paint, and after it bakes on a wall, it will last 100's of years, literally!

Do not stomp on anybody's Jack O Lanterns! That's just downright rude! 
Only a Creep would do something like that!!

Here's some good nutritional advice!
Never eat anything bigger than your head, even if it's candy!

Are they coming for candy, or are they coming to get you! 
You can just never tell!

The final two tips for Halloween safety are fairly simple!
Once you get back home with all your free loot, make sure all the candy hasn't been tampered with, and be especially careful to make sure there are no razor blades, or LSD hidden inside!

AND.... if the candy looks to be over 15 or 20 years old, just toss it!
So, that's it, follow these few safety tips and have a much safer Halloween experience, or just go to the store and buy three dollars worth of candy, and stay home and watch a good scary movie instead, and leave all the trick or treating to the real weirdos! Yum!

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