Tuesday, 2 March 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 167

257 - The Black Cat - 2 stars
A husband and wife get caught up in deadly game of revenge between horror icons Bela Legosi and Boris Karloff, this time playing survivors of WWI who suffered different fates. Legosi was imprisoned while Karloff found wealth and power.
A nice little tale but suffers too much from comparisons to their earlier horror work (Legosi still seems to be doing his Dracula schtick) but does have a nice twist towards the end.

115 - Blazing Saddles - 3 stars
Mel Brooks' Western parody still has a high gag hit-to-miss ratio after all these years but some of the impact has been diminished.
The famous 'fart' sequence is, in reality, only about 15 seconds long and has been surpassed in later years by gross out comedy films like Dumb And Dumber.
Also has an ending as odd and bizarre as Monty Python And The Holy Grail, but at least this film manages to finish the story!

Days remaining - 198 Films remaining - 255

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