V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Circus of Horrors
Halloween Countdown Edition
Circus of Horrors (1960)
Directed by Sidney Hayers
Cast: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton, Kenneth Griffith, Conrad Phillips, Jack Gwillim, Vanda Hudson, Colette Wilde, William Mervyn
Hawk-faced Anton Diffring (Fahrenheit 451, The Blue Max) excels as the cruel, oddly sympathetic and totally bonkers Dr. Schüler (or is it Rossiter?), mad doctor turned circus master, in this outrageous, non-supernatural, vibrantly technicolor horror film (from the producers of Michael Powell’s notorious Peeping Tom). The ridiculousness of the scenario (Schüler collects scarred criminals—mostly women—heals them and binds them to perpetual service in his circus) is made compelling by its twisted character studies, particularly the doctor’s toady-like accomplices (Kenneth Griffith and Jane Hylton) who seethe with mixed worship and revulsion for their master. Hurried exposition (especially at the beginning) and laughable animal costumery detract only slightly from psychodrama, blood and intrigue. Great actual circus performances and a genuine pop hit (“Look for a Star”) round out the lurid entertainment.
V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010
Punk and Circus-stance
MarchFourth Marching Band plays at the El Rey tonight. Read Summer Olsson’s story on the group here.
V.15 No.40 | 10/5/2006
Katamari, Do Your Best!
Most people haven’t heard of my favorite video game . This does not make me cooler than you. It really just means that when I showed up at a costume party dressed as a character from the one game I play (Katamari Damacy! w00t!), I got a lot of funny looks. Whatever.
Production guy Jesse “Badass” Schulz pointed me to a live-action commercial built around Katamari’s brilliant premise.
Here’s the plot of the first version of the game: Your father is the king of the universe, and on a whim, he destroys all the stars. You, a tiny little prince, must push a katamari ball around and collect enough mass to make stars. You start small, picking up paper clips and mice. By the time the credits roll, you can pick up continents.
Just watch the commercial. That will explain it better. It’s really something to see.
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