Ju Ma Pao
DIRECTED BY: Yu Chick-Lim
FEATURING: Polly Kwan (as Sun Kuan Rin Feng), Cheung Lik, Li Chung-Chien, Hsiao Wang
PLOT: A teenage princess learns kung fu so that she can return from exile inside a magic mountain to claim her kingdom from usurpers.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: RETURN OF THE KUNG FU DRAGON (1976)
AKA The Incredible Torture Show
DIRECTED BY: Joel Reed
FEATURING: Seamus O’Brien, Luis de Jesus
PLOT: A sadist who runs a Grand Guignol off-off-Broadway show as a cover for his white slavery ring kidnaps a theater critic and a ballerina to design his greatest production yet.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: I . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (1976)
When it comes to Halloween entertainment there are perennial television special favorites. Like most fans of the holiday, I would rank Charles Schulz’ It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (1966) and Rankin and Bass’ Mad Monster Party (1967) near the top of the list. A few years ago, however, a friend sent me a slice . . . → Read More: THE PAUL LYNDE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (1976)
DIRECTED BY: Nicolas Roeg
FEATURING: David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, Rip Torn
PLOT: An extraterrestrial visits earth in search of water, but becomes distracted by
alcohol, television, corporate politics, and a tempestuous relationship with a human woman.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: Roeg’s usual penchants for nonlinear storytelling and rich, occasionally disturbing . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976)
AKA The House of the Laughing Windows
DIRECTED BY: Pupi Avati
FEATURING: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina, Giulio Pizzirani, and Tonino Corazzari
PLOT: An art historian becomes embroiled in a sick mystery when he arrives in a rural
village to restore a religious painting. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Giallo films always . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE HOUSE WITH LAUGHING WINDOWS [LA CASA DALLE FINISTRE CHE RIDONO] (1976)
Marlon Brando is not the quintessential American male movie star. That honor belongs to John Wayne. John Wayne was a shrewd actor who carefully manufactured his on screen persona. For many, Wayne represents the All-American WASP, yet he was of Irish descent and a Roman Catholic. Most of the B western actors had a favorite . . . → Read More: JOHN WAYNE AND THE SHOOTIST (1976)