Kaedrin's positive review, I decided to stream this silent horror-comedy. I don't think I'd actually heard of this one before, but it was a nice surprise. It's kind of the granddaddy of "stay the night in a creepy mansion" films, but also quite funny in a similar vein to Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Best. Intertitles. Ever. Admittedly, I've only seen a couple dozen silent films, but none have ever had as dynamic of intertitles as this one. Text that scrolls for suspense. LARGE CAPS for shouting. WiGgLy letters for fear. Even a Scooby-Doo-like "G-g-g-g-host!" It all really adds to the film and makes me wonder why no one else was doing the same at the time.
Similarly dynamic was the shooting style. It's rare to see a silent picture have this much fun with the camera. There were low-angle shots, super-impositions of skulls, the creepy silhouette of the mansion, a warped shot of Aunt Susan's screaming face, lighting tricks to make Cousin Paul's glasses look creepy. It all keeps the film very entertaining. Well worth the watching.
Watched: stream on Hulu.
Inhumanoids 1.01-05: "The Evil That Lies Within, Parts 1-5" (1986) directed by Jim Graziano
|Iron Maiden cover or kids' show?|
|Reaction to an Inhumanoid.|
The show was also incredibly, incredibly messed-up for something ostensibly aimed at little kids. The titular main villains look like they walked out of a D&D campaign or a Lovecraft story.
D'Compose (center) was especially gory. Not only did he have an exposed rib cage, he could open it like a cabinet and trap hapless people in his chest next to his pulsating and oozing organs. Added to that, anything he touched would turn into a zombie. In these first five episodes, Sandra, the female main character, is touched and turns into this:
|Sandra, not having a good day.|
That's right: the equivalent of Scarlet or Arcee is turned into a hideous monster for a couple of episodes. Hell, even the good guys were scary. Here's the friendly Redlin, a sentient redwood tree:
|Take one step closer with that chainsaw, bub.|
Years later, when asked about this craziness, writer Flint Dille said in an interview: "Hasbro just did not care. I mean, you couldn’t kill people unwontedly, but inside that little concern, they didn’t care." What's cooler: the show gets even more utterly screwed up in the final 8 episodes, which I plan to watch next. Goddamn, Inhumanoids was cool.