Dr. Gangrene's Cinetarium airs Saturday Nights at 9pm central on Nashville NECAT Arts CH9. It is also simulcast on the NECAT Roku channel (search for Necat). Or click to watch below.

Friday, February 3

This week in the lab we get a visit from the skies...

This week's dose of horror therapy comes via director Ed Wood Jr. with the 1959 Sci-Fi classic "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Alien invaders resurrect the dead to do their bidding - among the corpses brought back are Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson. 

They're the best part of the film, to be honest, although the Bela scenes make little sense and are shoehorned in just to get a name actor into the film. In fact, it's actually footage of Bela that Wood shot earlier, unrelated to the movie. Bela passed away prior to shooting, so Ed figured he'd find a way to get what footage he had into the movie. It works... sort of. 

The entire film is entertaining in its own weird way, despite the cardboard tombstones, hokey sets, wooden acting and juvenile script. Or perhaps because of it. In hindsight those very attributes are the things that draw people to this film almost 65 years after its release. The amateurish touches make it a charming viewing, and the weird cast is oddly compelling. The film has a sincerity in it that is lacking in films that try to be "so bad they're good." You can't set out to make something like that, it never works. Wood and company set out to make the best film they could, and in the process made an enjoyable, if somewhat silly, picture that's still entertaining audiences to this day. Here's to you, Ed!

Wednesday, February 1

February's movies in the Cinetarium...!

Keep watching the skies for an otherworldly lineup of alien invasion films this month on Dr. Gangrene's Cinetarium - every Saturday night at 9pm central (10 eastern) right here and on the Necat Roku Channel.


 

Saturday, January 28

Tuesday, January 24

Coming up in the lab - Man in the Attic

Made in 1953, this film was based on the book The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes, the same source material for Hitchcock's film of the same name (The Lodger 1927). Our film stars good ole Jack Palance in an early role as Mr. Slade, who rents a room in a boarding house in London during the Jack the Ripper slayings. Slade is a bit of an odd duck, and prefers his privacy - but becomes friendly with the niece of the owners of the boarding house, Lily (Constance Smith). As the killings continue, people begin to grow suspicious of the odd Slade - but does he know more than he's letting on, or just an innocent if somewhat quirky tenet? This is an entertaining mystery/noir, directed by Hugo Fregonese. 

Saturday at 9pm central/10 eastern right here in the Cinetarium and on the Necat Roku channel.



Friday, January 20

Top 10 Lon Chaney Jr. Films

 In celebration of the star of this week's film, Lon Chaney Jr, here is a countdown of the Top 10 films of good ole Lon!


Thursday, January 19

This week in the lab - The Devil's Messenger

 Lon Chaney Jr. plays the devil himself in this 1962 horror anthology film. This film is actually made up of three episodes of a rare Swedish TV anthology series called 13 Demon St., tied together with new footage of Lon as good old Scratch sending a recent suicide victim back to Earth on missions for him. It was directed by Herbert Strock (I was a Teenage Frankenstein, How to Make a Monster, The Crawling Hand).



Tuesday, January 10

This week's dose of HORROR THERAPY - Vengeance of the Zombies

Greetings fright fans and welcome to the Cinetarium. This week I'm prescribing an exotic dose of horror therapy with the 1972 Spanish spookfest Vengeance of the Zombies, starring the incomparable Paul Naschy.



Naschy is known for his horror mashups, combining various themes and genres mashed into one movie. This film is no exception, and in fact may be one of the better examples of it. Let's see...

This is a Spanish made film set in England concerning an Indian guru and his evil, disfigured brother who practices African voodoo and controls undead supernatural zombies, partly set in a cursed mansion where satanic black masses were held, all told in an Italian giallo style story with a masked killer, scored with a jazzy 70s soundtrack. Oh, and Satan himself shows up in a dream sequence too!

If that isn't enough to entice you into viewing, as a special treat I also have a couple of special guests in the lab too - Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn of the Nashcycast, a podcast devoted to the films of Paul Naschy. They'll be in the lab to discuss Vengeance and all things Naschy in nature.


Tune in Saturday Jan 14th at 9pm central. 

3 ways to watch:

1. On Nashville's NECAT CH9 (Comcast)

2. Simulcast on the Necat Roku channel (Arts tab)

3. drgangrene.com

Watch out for zombies and STAY MAD!!