Monday, November 23, 2009

Kill Us With Your Deadly One-liners!

pussycat I first heard about Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! because Tarantino wanted to remake it with Brittney Spears as the blonde. I hope that never happens. She would suck so hard  it would alter the Earth's orbit, not to mention the damage it would do to a bah-rilliant film.

I can't even tell you how much that film rawks. Alls I can do is tell you about it and hope I can convince you. So here it goes.

The film centres around three wild go-go gals. They decide to toy with a couple by challenging the guy to a race. fasterpussycat1He gets angry, a fight ensues and it ends badly for the fella. They then drug the girl (nope, don’t know why) and take her with them. Whilst stopped at a gas station they find out about an old man with a large sum of money who lives with his two sons. The girls decide to try to con them, but wind up biting off more than they can chew.

What makes the film outstanding? The lines. Plain and simple. They are amazing.

Tommy: Look, I don't know what the hell your point is, but...
Varla: The point is of no return and you've reached it!

Using that line is on my bucket list.

faster_pussycat_kill_kill_04I suppose I should mention that the film was made in 1965, so it’s in black and white. The plus side to that though is that the girls are all human size and hourglass. Not a waif to be seen, but plenty of cleavage. No wonder QT likes it so much.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Fly – an Aussie Review

I watched The Fly for the first time on Friday. For those unaware, The Fly is the story of scientist Seth Brundle, who successfully (-ish) invents a teleportation device. Seth gets drunk and decides to teleport himself. A fly enters the telepod without Seth’s knowledge and the computer decides to combine their DNA. Clever computer.

There are so many awesome things in this movie. The first thing is the language Seth is able to use to communicate with his computer. I love the way the computer is used for exposition.

Seth Brundle: [typing] If primary element is Brundle, what is secondary element?
Computer: Secondary element is not-Brundle.
Seth Brundle: Run sequence.
Computer: [identifies secondary element as a fly]
Seth Brundle: [typing] If secondary element is fly, what happened to fly?
Computer: Fusion.
Seth Brundle: [typing] Assimilation? Did Brundle absorb fly?
Computer: Negative. Fusion of Brundle and fly at molecular-genetic level.

So, the computer wasn’t programmed to understand the difference between a Brundle and a fly, but it had been programmed to fuse 2 elements at a genetic level? I’d be finding out what bastard set that up instead of throwing an exception.

fly_2 But the most awesome thing is Jeff Goldblum’s performance as he starts to turn into the Brundlefly (hee). He starts to get really agitated and annoying, complete with facial tick. I live in Western Australia and right now it’s heading towards summer. The flies are already at intense population levels. I completely understand what Jeff was going for, and he got it spot on. The only issue I had was that once he completes his transformation, the jerky movements are gone. However I understand that the effects gurus did what they could with the technology at the time.

The final verdict? I really enjoyed it, as I knew I would. I found that it was well deserving of its cult status. The helplessness of Geena Davis’ character pissed me off a little, but that’s the Death Proof fan in me coming out. Seriously, if my boyfriend turned into a human fly he wouldn’t need to ask for the bullet. S’all I’m sayin.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Andy Lee and David Hess – related?

I watched the original The Last House on the Left recently. I was a little confused. Why would Andy Lee (half of Hamish and Andy, half of Andy and Megan Gale, Australian Comedian) invent a time machine just to go back to 1972 just to appear in Wes Cravens directorial debut?

Don’t understand? Check this out.

Very flat and floppy.This is Andy Lee

 lh002This is Krug (played by David Hess)

Understand now? Good.

All I’m sayin is that Megan Gale probably wants to be careful.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tim Palen: Bringing Beauty to Gore

For those who don’t know the name, Tim Palen is the master of the horror poster. Actually he creates some pretty outstanding work in general, but he’s particularly good at horror movie posters. He’s also the Co-President of Marketing over at Lionsgate.

hostel2 Want some examples of his work? How this controversial yet stunning piece?

This poster was only used for foreign cinemas. I think it’s one of the best posters I’ve ever seen. It sums up the film perfectly. You see this poster and you know there’s gonna be nudity and there’s gonna be gore, but the poster itself is elegant and simple.

saw3bloodb Combine that with his marketing genius and you get this (left). Again, simple but effective, and with the added bonus of containing a little piece of Jigsaw within. That’s right, the deep red of the image was made by mixing the ink with some of Tobin Bell’s blood (the first 1000). The posters were then sold and the proceeds donated to Red Cross. So many kinds of awesome.

Palen has released a book called Guts: Behind the Screams Photography. The images are outstanding. Especially the one titled Eli Roth has the Biggest Dick in Hollywood (work unfriendly).

His website ( showcases some of his other work (portraits, etc) as well as his movie posters.

I like this one :)


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Keeping it on the QT

My blog hasn’t been going for all that long so there’s some things that aren’t really well known about me yet. I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a big horror fan and that I enjoy the low-budget, splat-pack movies. Well here’s another Rach’s Media fact. I worship at the church of Tarantino.

I’m not ashamed of this. In fact, since I finally realised that I’m always going to enjoy a movie by QT it’s enriched my life considerably. Stop smirking, I’m not taking the piss.

So I’ve decided to use this post to give thanks for all that he has provided.

  1. Reservoir Dogs
    I saw this at an age where I wasn’t supposed to be able to. I may have inhaled a substance that I shouldn’t have and found myself absolutely devastated with the scene where Orange is in the car screaming about being killed (and bleeding to death). I mean I was seriously disturbed.

  2. Natural Born Killers
    I consider this one of my favourite films (before anyone’s knickers get twisted, QT wrote this film). We tried to see it in the cinema but we were all too young (in Australia R ratings have an age restriction. They ask for ID. Bastards). I ended up getting my mum to hire it for me when it was released :)

  3. All his collaborations.
    I’m talking about Four Rooms, From Dusk til Dawn, Grindhouse, his scene in Sin City, etc. QT is obviously a people person. And a lot of his peoples are just as talented as he is.

  4. Eli RothEli_Roth_portrait__0048
    That kinda cute, kinda hot, kinda sexy, hilariously funny, but not funny looking writer/director. I know that Cabin Fever was already doing well, but it’s thanks to QT that we have Hostel and its sequel. More importantly, QT has put Eli in front of the camera. Twice. I am grateful.

  5. Omar Doom
    doom He’s just so giving that Quentin. He meets a hot guy, he puts him in a movie for us all to share (twice). With a spider web tattoo on his elbow. Mmmmmm.

  6. Music
    I absolutely love QT’s soundtracks, they are all gold. Inglourious Basterds has some amazing instrumental tracks. I just wish he would get into using his twitter account to blip some tunes in between releases.
  7. The end to Inglourious Basterds
    I’m not going to give the end away but if there’s anyone who wants to argue it out with me, DM me on twitter. Any time.

There’s more, but this post is getting a little long. I’m gonna end by just saying:


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Movies to Watch Update

Hi all, thought I’d give an update on the movies from my list that I’ve managed to watch.

The first film I watched was I Spit on Your Grave AKA Day of the Woman. What. A. Movie. 

I’m eternally grateful to Day of the Woman blogger, BJC, for the post that inspired me to watch it. It’s definitely on my list of favorite films. It kicked my arse.

The next film I watched from my list was Paranormal Activity. I’m so impressed with this film for the same reason everyone else is. It is creepy as hell and really realistic and cost NOTHING to make. So awesome.

Lastly, I watched The Exorcist 2: The Heretic. Three for three? Not so much.

I knew this was going to be dodgy (I watched the preview on Igloo of the Uncanny. Hilarious), but nothing prepared me for the incredible sets, impeccable acting skills and what sounded like the theme from Farscape.

And James Earl Jones wearing a locust mask. Nope. Not kidding. Tags: ,,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Movies I Still Have to Watch

I've decided that I'd like people to continue to add to this post so I've added a link to it at the top of my blog. I there's a movie you think I need to see, please add it to the list at the bottom. Cheers :)

Hi all. I just read a post at The Day of the Woman that’s added yet another movie to my “have to watch” list. Since I started this blog and started exploring other media blogs my list has been growing steadily. I’ve decided to post them here so I can add to it. When I watch a film I will cross it off this list, but also make a new post about it.

If there’s any movie at all you think I should watch, please post a comment. If I have seen it, I’ll add it to the list already crossed out (so that it isn’t repeatedly recommended). I will also post the person who recommended it though, so no recommending crap films for shits and giggles.


In order to keep the post a little shorter, I've created a list using

These are the films I need to watch:


View my Listal profile

So that’s a start. Let me know what I should add! Tags: ,