Belated Thanksgiving/turkey day greetings to all fellow classic cinema enthusiasts, fellow Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) MSTies from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” Hope everyone near and far had a wonderful Thanksgiving/turkey day! Peace and “Hi-Keeba!”
Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be looking forward to his upcoming premiere of a cult underwater cinematic thriller entry.
Original theatrical trailer for “Barracuda” (1978).
“Barracuda” was directed by Harry Kerwin, who was also an actor and a film producer. This was Kerwin’s last feature film; he died on June 2, 1979 (according to IMDB). At the time, “Barracuda” was one of many cinematic underwater thrillers that were released to capitalize on the success of Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975). Some of the other “Jaws-style” thrillers included “Mako: The Jaws of Death” (1976), “Tentacles” (1977), “Orca” (1977) and “Pirhana” (1978).
Who was in “Barracuda” (1978)?
The players who appeared in “Barracuda” were Wayne David Crawford (as Mike Canfield), Jason Evers (as Dr. Elliot Snow), Roberta Leighton (as Liza Williams), Cliff Emmich (as Deputy Lester), William Kerwin (as Sherriff Ben Williams), Barbara Keegan (as Maggie Snow, Keegan was credited as Bobbie Ellyne Kosstrin in the film), Bert Freed (as Papa Jack), Denise Taylor (as a student), Rick Rhodes (as a government agent) and Harry Kerwin (as a government agent).
In addition to playing the role of Mike Canfield in “Barracuda,” Wayne David Crawford also directed the underwater sequences for Harry Kerwin’s film. Crawford also co-wrote the screenplay with Kerwin, according to additional details from IMDB.
William Kerwin, who played Sherriff Ben Williams in the film was the older brother of Harry Kerwin. According to his IMDB profile, the elder Kerwin appeared in bit roles in numerous films and television series throughout his screen career, notably in Herschell Gordon Lewis’ horror flicks.
Happy Halloween greetings to all from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” Whether you’re trick-or-treating, going to a fun costume party, showing your jack-o’-lantern carvings or watching your favorite horror/thriller/monster/creature feature film, I hope everyone from coast-to-coast is having a fun, exciting and safe Halloween! Kudos and peace!
Ed. note: A special Monday edition of “Silver Screen Reflections” (since tomorrow is Halloween)! Early Halloween greetings to all fellow SvenPals near and far from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” -C.H.
Original 1957 Universal Studios theatrical trailer for “The Deadly Mantis” (from “100 Years of Monster Movies”).
The film was directed by Nathan H. Juran, who also worked on “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957), “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958, under the pseudonym of Nathan Hertz), “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1959, with Ray Harryhausen’s “Dynamation” stop-motion sequences) and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973).
Who was in “The Deadly Mantis” (1957)?
The players who appeared in “The Deadly Mantis” were Craig Stevens (as Col. Joe Parkman), William Hopper (as Dr. Nedrick Jackson), Alix Talton (as Marge Blaine), Donald Randolph (as Maj. Gen. Mark Ford), Pat Conway (as Sgt. Pete Allen), Florenz Ames (as Professor Anton Gunther), Paul Smith (as a Corporal) and Phil Harvey (as Lou).
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” (featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in select theatrical venues from coast-to-coast for one night only on Wed., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The RiffTrax crew and their live riffing presentation of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) was originally broadcast in select cinema venues from coast-to coast in Oct. 2013, according to the official Fathom Events press release.
The players who appeared in Romero’s cult horror feature were Judith O’Dea (as Barbra), Duane Jones (as Ben), Marilyn Eastman (as Helen Cooper), Karl Hardman (as Harry Cooper), Kyra Schon (as Karen Cooper), Judith Ridley (as Judy), Keith Wayne (as Tom) and Bill Cardille (as a television news reporter).
Bill Cardille was best known as a longtime personality on Pittsburgh television. From 1964 to 1983, he hosted the WIIC/WPXI-TV “Chiller Theater” showcase of vintage horror films, under the nickname of “Chilly Billy” Cardille (according to Maria Sciullo and Anya Sostek’s Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article on the death of Cardille in July 2016). Cardille reprised his role of the TV news reporter in Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Fellow Svengoolie pals will be looking forward to his upcoming primetime premiere of a 1963 creature/sword-and-sandal adventure film from Italy.
Sven’s premiere of “Medusa against the Son of Hercules” will be part of his new Me-TV primetime slot during the network’s revamped “Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night” lineup. The film was directed by Alberto De Martino.
Who was in “Medusa against the Son of Hercules?”
The players who appeared in De Martino’s feature were Richard Harrison (as Perseo/Perseus), Anna Ranalli (as Andromeda), Arturo Dominici (as Acrisio), Leo Anchóriz (as Galenore), Antonio Molino Rojo (as Tarpete, credited as Molino Rojo in the film) and Roberto Camardiel (as Cefeo).
Two years before production began on “Medusa against the Son of Hercules,” Richard Harrison appeared in De Martino’s “The Invincible Gladiator” (1961). One of Harrison’s earliest feature film roles was in the 1958 film adaptation of the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific” (he played a co-pilot).
Realart re-issue trailer for Universal Studios’ “Night Monster.”
Who was in “Night Monster” (1942)?
The players who appeared in “Night Monster” were Bela Lugosi (as Rolf), Lionel Atwill (as Dr. King), Ralph Morgan (as Kurt Ingston), Leif Erikson (as Laurie), Irene Hervey (as Dr. Lynn Harper), Don Porter (as Dick Baldwin), Nils Asther (as Agor Singh) and Frank Reicher (as Dr. Timmons).