Thursday

Shadow: Dead Riot (2005):

"Shadow comes on like the low-budget love child of Evil Dead and Reform School Girls, a crazy camp blitzkrieg of lockdown melodrama, kung fu catfights, black-magic corniness, exploding torsos, perverted doctors, impromptu zombie childbirth and bountiful lesbian shower scenes."

The New York Times

"... naked girls whaling on each other, flesh-ripping zombies and genre stalwart Todd growling and glowering satanically from beneath a mane of dreadlocks"

TV Guide

If you read those reviews, you probably already realize that this is a peculiar movie. If you think about it a little bit, you'll realize there is also something odd about the distribution of this film. Why was it being reviewed in the New York Times in the first place when it just came to video two days ago? The answer is that it received a brief theatrical release. Given that it is a kung-fu zombie women-in-prison film, you have to find that an amazing accomplishment. Perhaps it is because it is the Citizen Kane of zombie women-in-prison films with a Hong Kong style of fighting scenes. Just so you know that all of these things are sewn together seamlessly, I probably should tell you that the head zombie and the new girl in prison are both expert martial artists with preternatural abilities (lots of wirework), and they eventually fight each other. As it happens, the zombie is also a voodoo zombie who exploded when he died, and the girl is his daughter. Oh, yeah, and he can talk with the living, although his army of the undead consists of the usual growling, shambling, mindless, brain-eating kinds of zombies. Oh, yeah, and the loopy prison doctor has been injecting her with her father's blood, which he saved from the post-explosion mess ...

... and there are about a million other such bizarre plot elements

Let's face it, the plot actually defies any kind of concise, conventional description. If you really want the rundown, the official site has a detailed summary.

The inspiration for the film was a 1991 Hong King actioner called The Story of Ricky, which one reviewer described as, "so gleefully over-the-top that it exists in its own ludicrous stratosphere and is one of the most memorable Hong Kong exploitation films ever made." You could make virtually the same comments about Shadow: Dead Riot, and add that it is also filled with plenty of gratuitous shower and sex scenes, thus elevating it to even greater exploitation heights than the original.

What can I say? I know it's exploitative junk that probably should have gone straight to video, and probably deserves its low scores at Metacritic and IMDb, but I found it fascinating and very competent in many ways. It is not only over-the-top with grotesque violence and ludicrous plotting, but it is also imaginative and atmospheric. I like the clammy and stylized prison location they chose, and I like the lighting effects used to make it seem surreal and otherworldly. I like the ever-charismatic Tony Todd (Candyman) as the voodoo zombie. I like the fact that it doesn't take itself seriously, and never hesitates to go to any silly extreme. The film has some rough edges, and the acting is not good at all, but in spite of that it's one of the more entertaining B movies I've seen in a long time.

Here is a zipped .wmv of the obligatory WIP shower scene. The following are the collages

 

Danielle Riley - she's not the pretties girl in the world, but large natural breasts are always a welcome sight.

Misty Mundae

Anna Curtis

Aggie Valdez

various

 

 


Other Crap:

 

A young Bill Shatner "sings" Harry Chapin's Taxi

  • The same page has a link to his legendary interpretation of "Rocket Man," which is a must-see if you never have.

Folding The $20 Bill to reveal a mysterious foreshadowing of 9-11

I have no idea what Stephen Berkman's photos are all about. I'll bet he doesn't know either. But they sure are cool.

A "behind the scenes" featurette about Lucky Number Slevin

Yahoo now has seven clips from Lucky Number Slevin

ComingSoon.net now has five of Jack Black's "Confessionals" related to Nacho Libre.

CHENEY HAS NO FRIENDS AT MYSPACE ... Latest Trouble Sign For Embattled Veep

Iran Cracks Down on Bloggers

"Tori Spelling says she's stopped trying to be taken seriously."

Star Jones knocked out cold by a football.

Be on the lookout for some thieves who look ruthless, but incredibly well moisturized

"Starved for cash, the New Orleans school district is taking a long shot and hoping to sell its flooded, unsalvageable school buses on eBay."

Letterman: "Top Ten Ways Barry Bonds Can Improve His Image"

  • 2. Switch from steroids to hookers to become like lovable Babe Ruth
  • 1. For the love of God, give some of them 'roids to the Knicks!

Hi. I am a former dictator living in Nigeria, and I need your help to get my money out of the country

"A Script Review For Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF!!" (some spoilers)

Singer Tom Jones is knighted Sir Thomas

The passing of a great American tradition: Hooters Air calls it quits

"The Broadway revival of 'Three Days of Rain,' starring Julia Roberts in her Broadway debut, is pretty much sold-out for its three-month run."

Some back issues of Cafe, a sort of Swedish equivalent of Maxim

Stephen Colbert discusses Easter

  • "It doesn't take a biblical scholar to see how Jesus is related to things like colored eggs."

Colbert talks to former FEMA chief, Michael Brown.

Stephen Colbert debates school vouchers with his liberal hippie nemesis.

A report from Stephen Colbert, father-to-be - of a baby eagle.

Colbert's word of the day - "tense"

If Jerry West is the NBA's logo, should he be?

Looking for a subject for your Ph.D dissertation? "Paris Hilton vs. Lacey Underall:  A comparison between Paris Hilton and the spoiled rich bitch from the movie Caddyshack."

Former Pro Wrestler Nicolai Volkoff Seeks Political Fortune

Cheerleader Guy sends in this proof that America is still the greatest country in the world ... The British Ban Skimpy Cheerleader Outfits

  • This story quotes, I kid you not, a representative of the British Cheerleaders' Association. (Full name: The Royal and Ancient Athletic Support-Prompting Association of the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.)

Our public service announcement for the day. How to pour Ketchup (Catsup). Full technical explanation.

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputy applicants have been rejected because they have had sex with animals."

  • "The sheriff said he decided as a matter of policy to reject applicants who had sex with animals something he said shows up on polygraph tests even though they technically were not breaking the law. Arizona is one of 14 states without laws making sex with animals illegal."

Colbert and Jon Stewart discuss George Mason's Cinderella story.

Chief Military Correspondent for the New York Times talks to Jon Stewart about his book Cobra II.

Jon Stewart looks at the resignation of the President's chief of staff

Jon Stewart talks to Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria

The Daily Show asks: What's the matter with Denmark?

Silent Bob explains how Jason Mewes won over the studio suits who wanted to cast Seth Green as Jay in Mallrats.

Britney says women should masturbate

  • Especially if the alternative is sex with Kevin Federline
  • "She said Touch of My Hand is an ode to masturbation. The song is featured on her new album In the Zone."
  • Oh, THAT zone! (Slaps forehead)

How Portia broke the gay news to her 99 year old granny

Greeting cards rejected by Hallmark

  • I know this sounds like a comedy premise or a bad article in Mad magazine, but it is a real article about the ideas which Hallmark left on the cutting room floor.
  • "Bill Gray said in his 18 years writing cards he's come up with about 80,000 ideas, of which 13,000 made it past his peers and about 7,000 ultimately became cards."

U.S. high court to hear landmark eBay patent case today.

Houston at her Whit's end

 


Movie Reviews:

Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe). White asterisk: expanded format. Blue asterisk: not mine. No asterisk: it probably sucks.

 

 

 

Midnight Confessions (1995)

Midnight Confessions is to an erotic thriller as a summer breeze is to a hurricane. While there is a lot of breast exposure, and strippers are being killed, it is not very erotic and not very thrilling. Vanessa (Carol Hoyt) hosts a late-night radio talk show devoted to sex talk and heavy breathing. Her engineer is highly aware of her charms, as is a man who is killing hookers. While each radio segment unfolds, a murder takes place, giving two scenes of nudity intercut. Vanessa begins to suspect that one of her fans who calls every night, and is stalking her, is the killer.

The identity of the killer should come as no great surprise to anyone, but after watching it several times, I still feel the ending doesn't make sense. There are two brothers. One of them is in jail for killing their whore mother, the other is Vanessa's engineer. They have several conversations, and one of them is obsessed with Vanessa. I just have no idea which one is which.

Many of the radio call-in sequences include nudity, as do the hooker scenes.  No violence is ever shown, and only one of the women shows bush. Clearly, there was a concerted effort to avoid censorship.

Alexa Fiery, Julie Strain, De Ann Powers, Raven Alexander and Diana Cuevas show breasts. Carol Hoyt shows breasts and buns, and Amy Rochelle does full frontal. Both Lisa Comshaw and Monique Parent also appear in the film, but keep their clothes on.

IMDb readers say 3.5 with 31 votes. There are no reviews listed. The story is terrible, and not well told. There is nowhere near enough nudity to highly recommend this. On the other hand, it is beautifully photographed, and no scene overstays its welcome. This is a low C-.

Alexy Fiery
Julie Strain
De Ann Powers
Raven Alexander
Diana Cuevas
Carol Hoyt
Amy Rochelle
 

 

 

 

 

 

The appetizer: Tracy Coogan in Zombie Honeymoon

The main course: the late Lana Clarkson returns today in the "Barbarian Queen" sequel "Barbarian Queen 2: The Empress Strikes Back." Once again the well-endowed Lana shows cleavage and boobs, and is tortured once again as a "Babe in Bondage" in a dungeon.

BTW, Lana's accused killer, Phil Spector, is scheduled to go to trial in September. There's more trouble for him recently, as a former female assistant has filed a lawsuit against him charging sexual harassment, among other things.

 

 

 

 

 

Shocking! The Ghost turned off Skinemax and decided to watch some movies! Cable movies, of course.

Parker Posey in Sleep With Me

 

 

 

Jennifer Ulrich in Zwei zum Fressen gern.
French actress Judith Godreche flashes a beautiful smile and some nipples beneath her dress.
Chloe Sevigny - in the pilot for Big Love
 

 


Pat's comments in yellow...

Tabloid photographers lurking outside Tom Cruise's mansion in Los Angeles snapped photos of people carrying in large signs covered with such admonitions as "Be silent, and make all physical movements slow and understandable."  The tabloids speculate that the people were Scientology elders, carrying in "birthing boards" to remind Katie Holmes and everyone around her to remain silent  for seven days for her L. Ron Hubbard-mandated "silent birthing."  It supposedly prevents the newborn from suffering "psychic damage" from hearing its mother groan or scream.   

*  Maybe those are just cue cards for Tom to use the next time he's on
"Oprah."


Sharon Stone says that as an AIDS awareness activist, she always carries condoms to hand out and advises teenagers to engage in oral sex.  She said she was in a store and saw a mother tell her teenage daughter that the outfit she was trying on was too alluring.  When her mom walked away, Stone told the teen, "I'd like to give you a two-minute conversation about sex."  She said she told her what she tells all teens: that "oral sex is a hundred times safer than vaginal or anal sex.  If you're in a situation where you cannot get out of sex, offer a blow job.  I'm not embarrassed to tell them."

*  But remember she's not a doctor...If she were, she would've been Bill Clinton's Surgeon General.


*  An A.P. poll found two-thirds of Americans think people swear in public
more than they did 20 years ago

...The other third told the pollster to "Fuck off!"