“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)
How bad is it? It's really bad. Should you see it? You have to see the first 5 minutes. The rest is skippable.
Mike Findlay directed some terrible films before his early accidental death and produced (with his wife Roberta) many more. The opening sequence of this movie is fantastic - a man breaks into an apartment, attacks a woman with a knife and leaves her for dead, then goes to her bathroom to clean up in the bath, but she isn't dead and grabs the toaster and crawls the 30 feet to the bathroom (the toaster has the world's longest cord) and tosses it in to the water to electrocute him. Sadly, then the credits roll and this becomes a yeti movie. A professor leads an expedition to find a yeti (a guy in a shaggy suit), but it turns out that he's part of a cannibalistic satanic cult. The soundtrack has "Popcorn" by Hot Butter, the first all-electronic music hit and it has an Indian named Laughing Crow. It also has the best title of any film I've seen.