Thursday, 25 August 2011

MIXED BAG: The Baby, The Anniversary At Shallow Creek, Pia Zadora

The first reviewed film is the 1972 cult classic THE BABY, starring STRANGERS ON A TRAIN Ruth Roman. It is well-made and totally fascinating as it deals with the premise of a grown-up male forced to be a toddler by his family, all females.  It also stars NIGHT OF A 1000 CATS Anjanette Comer as the social worker who wants to help him—or so we think.  Some scenes are on the wacky side, but some are truly eye-catching. The climactic sequence is worth the viewing experience alone. For more on my review click here.

The other reviewed film is 2010 THE ANNIVERSARY AT SHALLOW CREEK, a low budget indie who borrows ideas from many horror films, such as THE STRANGERS and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It is not a bad film but not a good one either. The first half is rather slow and predictable. The last half does pick up but is overall barely involving, except for the last 15 minutes which, I got to say, are truly disturbing. The co-scripters for this film are also the main stars. Here’s the link for the full review.

Last but not least, here is the link that takes you to a recently made one-on-one interview Pia Zadora gave to (just scroll down a little once you get to the page) during her one night only singing gig in Niagara Falls. She talks about her comeback performing the standards, her thoughts about sharing the screen with Orson Welles and Leslie Nielson in BUTTERFLY and NAKED GUN 33⅓, respectively. She also talks about her kids, Jermaine Jackson and, last but not least, Frank Sinatra with whom she toured as the opening act. No words on THE LONELY LADY though. But you can feel the interviewer David "Gus" Griesinger wanting to go there. Thanks for trying, Gus.

Until next post—Martin


Ron Klopfanstein said...

The mention of Jermaine Jackson reminded me that Pia Zadora released a single back in the 80's. I can't remember what it was called...something with "Rain" in the title? Do you know?

Authorfan said...

When The Rain Begins To Fall, that's the title of their song: