Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More From The Vaults

Joan Collins was definitely the best thing about this lame '82 sex comedy, once again capitalizing on the success of Sylvia Kristel's Private Lessons ('81), a film that was actually banned in Australia for a while.

Goldmine ('83) was quickly retitled by New Line to My First Time.

Director James Camerson's first movie, Piranha 2: Flying Killers ('81), was also called Piranha 2 - The Spawning.

It bore little resemblance to Joe Dante's original.

Slaughterhouse 5 at the drive-in?

Those were the days.

Before Boys in the Hood, Menace II Society, and any number of more contemporary films exploring gang life in black neighborhoods, there was The Education of Sonny Carson ('74), a not terribly well known minor classic.

I saw it at the great Bel Air drive-in in Detroit.

Gerard Kikoine, who had a background in Euro softcore, directed this '89 Jekyll/Hyde tale of psychological terror. It had a novel narcotic twist, and Hopkins was terrific, as usual.

Very decent '96 rockumentary, consisting mostly of straightforward, well shot concert footage.


  1. Great posters. I love them all. I've always had a thing for Joan Collins. She was the reason I started watching Dynasty. I'm actually watching "The Stud" tonight. I hadn't seen it in years, but was in a mood for it.

  2. Loved her small but memorable turn in 'Midwinters Tale'.

    Despite Branagh's involvement, my understanding is she had to be 'coaxed' into doing it; and thank the stars she did.

  3. Keith -- I understand your jones for Joan.

    'The Stud' has a perverse appeal. Great document of the era.

    mandingo -- coaxed? Really? Non-verbal or verbal?

  4. According to her auto-bio, she had reservations about the 'size of the part'! After some badgering, she succumbed.

    Well worth reading her recent bio stuff, actually; very well written, with a fascinating section on her epic legal battle with her publishers!

    I see her bios in op shops, and usually pass them over, but picked one up recently and found her recollections of her early working days- where as you know she dabbled in a little horror- fascinating.