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Daniel Rocha

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Favorite Episodes

  1. Kitten with a Whip
    132
  2. Werewolf
    471
  3. The She-Creature
    147
  4. Manos: The Hands of Fate
    610
  5. The Phantom Planet
    189
  6. The Rebel Set
    140
  7. Terror from the Year 5000
    210
  8. Time of the Apes
    236
  9. The Killer Shrews
    216
  10. The Violent Years
    142
  11. Hercules Unchained
    157
  12. Mitchell
    511
  13. The Human Duplicators
    174
  14. The Leech Woman
    201
  15. Gamera vs. Guiron
    212
  16. Wild Rebels
    139
  17. Devil Doll
    212

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401 - Space Travelers - about 1 year ago

I just want to 2nd RevJoan ... Trace's Gregory Peck is amazing! It's worth the price of admission alone...


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207 - Wild Rebels - 9 months ago

It was cool to hear what Gypsy sounds like when all her CPU time is devoted to her personality.


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420 - The Human Duplicators - 10 months ago

There's something Ed-Woodian about the dialogue in this film.


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419 - The Rebel Set - about 1 year ago

Ahhh say what you want about the movie, but I would definately sit in that cafe and sip coffee and play chess while listening to live bongos and vibes like in the opening scene...


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419 - The Rebel Set - almost 5 years ago

Whoa! A "Mirror, Mirror" version of the Attack of the Giant Gila Monster kid. That goatee really evils him up a notch.


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You Know Ya Want Me, Baby! - 11 months ago

I actually have one of these shirts. I'm such a sucker.


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902 - The Phantom Planet - 11 months ago

I don't know if the Andy Rooney-Off is my number one host segment, but it's definitely in the top three :)


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424 - Manos: The Hands of Fate - over 1 year ago

So. So, I told Gary that I was going on this vacation. So he goes, "Well, then, I'm goin' huntin' with Jeff next weekend." Well, then, that's when we were at Nigh's. Well, then Lou sang Fernando, and Gary, oh he sings so good. You should meet Jeff sometime. Do you like Barry Manilow songs? I know that farmers need rain, but when it's damp like this, my hair just explodes! Just explodes. Ooo, I'm feeling kinda gassy. McNuggets, they make me so gassy, you know all that grease, you know. It really helps if you drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. But you know sometimes I drink 5, sometimes I drink 9 to make up for the other 3 I didn't drink. Coffee and diet drinks don't count, either. You know, this is pretty country, isn't it? You know it's really kind of a blessing in disguise that I didn't get accepted to college, huh? You know, I'm going to have to revise my twenty year plan, but... Oh, did I tell you about my twenty year plan? Okay, well. Okay, listen here. In year one, this is the year where I'm going to take off those extra seven pounds. You know that's equal to seven pounds of butter? Heh heh heh! So it's like I'm wearin' seven pounds of butter! Ha! Eh, oh... Where was I? Oh, oh yes. So my aunt and uncle here were celebrating their twentieth anniversary. My uncle wanted to sing Sunrise, Sunset. He wanted me to sing that, and I haven't sung that since Cindy's wedding, and, well, she never thanked me for that. Well, I'm still, uh... Well, she's probably really busy and all...


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424 - Manos: The Hands of Fate - over 4 years ago

TEN CARS?!?


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424 - Manos: The Hands of Fate - over 1 year ago

You know, on paper, this isn't actually a bad movie. Let's look at the plot:

Family gets lost, stay over at the creepy old house in the middle of nowhere staffed by a deformed, possibly demonic man (or satyr). They decide to run, but the car won't start and they know they can't get anywhere on foot. Creepy things start happening, and they get increasingly scared until they try to run anyway. But it's too late. The undead master has awoken, and is determined to claim the wife for his own and kill the rest. The "brides" he's already claimed (who have red tails) awaken and go into a Maenad-like frenzy. The servant rebels, and is torn asunder by the "wives" he coveted and fondled. Above, the father, in desperation, tries to shoot the master. He seems to succeed, but, in a final twist, we find that he's become the new servant.

I've certainly seen much weaker horror movie plots. If anything, the weakest parts of it are the common tropes.

It's not like the cast was terrible, either. Torgo's reportedly drug-addled twitching fits right in with the role. The family and the "wives" give at least decent performances. The Master is a little wooden when he's not hamming it up, but, again, I've seen worse.

If they'd had a bit more polish to the script, a camera that could handle more than 32 seconds without needing a new reel and which could actually pick up sound, a cameraman who knew what he was doing, a director who understood pacing, an editor who cared (and who could do things like overlay the opening titles on top of that first driving sequence, as reportedly had been planned)...

It could have been a fairly average low-budget horror flick. Which is actually kind of impressive, given that it was written and produced on a bet by a fertilizer salesman with zero experience and the cast and crew were working basically for free (having agreed to get paid from the box office profits).


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808 - The She-Creature - over 1 year ago

I hate when film makers try to make sweet lovable dogs look like vicious beasts. King is the cutest guy on screen since the doberman from Manos, and the puppies with bath mats glued to them in Killer Shrews.


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902 - The Phantom Planet - 10 months ago

That was a bad and un-beautiful thing to say, Sir.


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902 - The Phantom Planet - 10 months ago

Don't hit him....


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419 - The Rebel Set - 11 months ago

"Jiminy," thinks Johnny, "if only I could get a ride in one of those!"


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