THE B-MOVIE CATECHISM

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DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 31, 2023
Night Feeder (1988) Something's eating brains (what little there are) in the Bay Area. SOV oddity has a wackadoodle finale and The Nuns during their goth phase. TIL: Franciscan Friars founded The Mission San Francisco de Asís in 1776, naming the City after their patron Saint.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Swap Meet (1979) "The sexual freedom of today for most people is really only a convention, an obligation, a social duty, a social anxiety, a necessary feature of the consumer's way of life." - Pier Paolo Pasolini

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 28, 2023
Fog Island (1945) Falsely imprisoned George Zucco assembles his accusers so he can Ten Little Indians them. Mostly a gab-fest, but it does deliver the fog. TIL: The Epistle of James warns us not to waste time because our lives are like mist or fog, here for a moment, then gone.Still Voices - Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969) "I have reached a point in my life where I understand the pain and the challenges; and my attitude is one of standing up with open arms to meet them all." - Myrlie Evers-Williams

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 27, 2023
The Devil’s Daughter (1939) Jamaican plantation heiress deals with jealousy and voodoo. Tame and talky, but historically interesting for the all-black cast. TIL: Jesus calls some children of Satan, not physically, but spiritually because of the self-centered life they follow.Dad Rock Diary: Orang-Utan - Orang-Utan (1971) If the dueling fuzzy double-leads don't do it for you, then you can always just stare at the amazing cover as you rock out. Laudable Lyrics: Back with the living, thank God for that! I try to recover the things that I lack.

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 25, 2023
 City on Fire (1979) Disgruntled worker sets city ablaze. The cast is right but, alas, it's bottom of the barrel as far as disaster flicks go. TIL: God allowed the ancient Israelites to burn down certain cities because He had already condemned the irredeemable Amorite culture.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Mansion of the Doomed (1976) "The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 23, 2023
 The Long Hair of Death (1964) Another witch, another curse, another day for Barbara Steele. Still, it has a nice Gothic soap opera vibe, ala Dark Shadows. TIL: For St. Paul, waist length hair on men was considered effeminate and contrary to what natural law would suggest.Still Voices - Devil Girl from Mars (1954) "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." - Edna Woolman Chase

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 20, 2023
 The Zoo Gang (1985) Wrestling wino helps kids defend a dance club from bullies. Oddly watchable even with that 80's mix of mullets and decidedly non-PC dialog. TIL: Jacob's wrestling match in Genesis showed sometimes God's blessing only comes after a long struggle in the dark.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: A Small Town in Texas (1976) "What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe." - Thomas Merton

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 17, 2023
 You’ll Find Out (1940) Kay Kyser’s big band plays an old dark house. Genial musical mystery, but nothing note-worthy (sorry) except the presence of Lugosi, Karloff, and Lorre. TIL: JPII said the Church needs musicians as song can bring joy, love, and confident expectation in God.Still Voices - The Untouchables (1987) "We fight for lost causes because we know that our defeat and dismay may be the preface to our successors' victory... we fight rather to keep something alive than in the expectation that anything will triumph." - T. S. Eliot

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 15, 2023
 Tarantula (1955) Scientist makes things bigger including, for some undiscernible reason, a venomous hairy spider. Absolute classic of the bug bug genre. TIL: Scripture warns that depending on anything but God is like hoping a spider web will hold you up if you trip and fall.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: White Line Fever (1975) "There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive" - B.C. Forbes

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 13, 2023
 Shin Ultraman (2022) Loving tribute/satire of the 1966 TV show is 2,900 tons of fun, though it suffers just a tad by trying to cram the entire series into one movie. TIL: Hmm, a god-tier being of light who becomes human to save all mankind sure sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it?Dad Rock Diary: The Art Of Lovin’ - The Art Of Lovin’  (1968) For sure flying Jefferson Airplane, especially those tracks that don't skimp on the psychedelia. Laudable Lyrics: You know there'll be a moon and a sky. No sense in waiting in sorrow,  things will be right if you try.

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 10, 2023
Lifepod (1981) Rogue A.I. terrorizes the first interplanetary cruise ship. Decent idea; sadly, the sets AND the actors are made of cardboard. TIL: Stella Maris, aka the Apostleship of the Sea, places priests on ships to provide spiritual, psychological and material assistance.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Ebony, Ivory & Jade (1976) "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 9, 2023
 House of the Black Death (1965) Warlocks John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr. talk smack while entranced women belly dance. How did Ed Wood not write this? TIL: Pre-Reformation, the Church mostly dismissed witchcraft as superstition, with some local councils outlawing belief in it.Still Voices - House of Dracula (1945) "The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow." - Dwight L. Moody

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 8, 2023
 Mission Stardust (1967) Pulp hero Perry Rhodan aids a dying alien race. A 1950's script trying hard to be late 60's groovy, but alas, Barbarella this ain't. TIL: Carl Sagan liked to remind viewers they were made of stardust, much as the book of Genesis did first around 1450 B.C.One Sheet Words of Wisdom: Futureworld (1976) "The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots." - Erich Fromm

DAILY CALL SHEET: JANUARY 7, 2023
The Loreley’s Grasp (1973) Rheingold hoarding were-lizard terrorizes a boarding school. Blind Dead director de Ossorio does Hammer Horror his own weird way. TIL: Gold is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible, often as a reminder that it's less valuable than wisdom or God's word.Still Voices - The Wicker Man (1973) "Burn not thy fingers to snuff another man's candle." - James Howell

DAILY CALL SHEET: DECEMBER 12, 2022
Rawhead Rex (1986) Rude rubber demon terrorizes the Irish countryside. Clive Barker adaptation is probably not his proudest moment. TIL: In Barker's short story, Rex embodied the unfettered male sex drive, which Christianity tries to keep in check, in part, for women's sake.Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022) Weird Al conquers the world, but Madonna wants it for her own. Not true? Bah! Every second of this movie is now historical canon in my mind. TIL: For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his totally weird life?

DAILY CALL SHEET: DECEMBER 5, 2022
Hired to Kill (1990) Bro lifter MERC goes undercover as a gay fashion designer; assassin/model gal pals tag along. So, how much booze did Oliver Reed down to get through this? TIL: Abstinence from alcohol may be morally appropriate at times, but it's not required by Scripture.Dad Rock Diary: Ram Jam - Ram Jam (1977) Sounds like the jukebox inside a bar with nothing but trucks, motorcycles, and muscle cars in the parking lot. Laudable Lyrics: I don't care about the money, I ain't seen none, and I don't care about the women cause I just need one.


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