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Do I Sleep: Ben Gallaway's Soulful Nightmare

Ben Gallaway’s songs are always soulful, though “Do I Sleep” has a bit more of a traditional R&B vibe than some of his other songs. There’s a kind of ache to this sound, a doubt that it’s possible to fully satisfy another person. And yet there is that longing for transcendence. As always, though, there’s a wonderful sense of mystery about his words and music.
Is it cold and lonely beside me? Have I kept you safe or left you in fear?
Great lines, these.
Ben doesn’t put out a lot of material. He waits until he’s inspired and has the time. It’s a wonderful surprise when he posts something to his Soundcloud page. He’s a busy man, running Z-Sound Recording in Austin, TX where he’s a sound engineer, mixer, and producer. Hopefully he’ll surprise us with another track soon.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed: A Worthy Sequel to the Hammer Original

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is the fifth film in Hammer’s Frankenstein series. Directed by Terence Fisher from a script by Bert Batt, the film continues the mythology that made Hammer Horror a cult favorite film factory. Peter Cushing plays the good doctor for the penultimate time. The movie came out in 1969, during the waning years of gothic horror. The film’s producers thought that the movie didn’t have enough explicit sex and violence, so after the film was already shot, they ordered a rape scene be inserted. Cushing and Veronica Carlson, who played Anna, the female lead, were both extremely uncomfortable with the gratuitous act, but complied anyway. Luckily, the scene is about as tasteful as these things go, although it makes absolutely no sense in terms of plot.

We begin as a thief finds Frankenstein’s lab, which has somehow remained a secret, despite being filled with bodies and a severed head. I suppose none of this made any noise or aroused any suspicion from the neighbors.…

The Corpse Vanishes: Wonderful Wacko Naive Surrealism

Well, okay, so here we have another movie where a guy uses the, er, fluids of younger women to make his old wife or girlfriend look young. Just scroll down to my review of Nightmare Castle and you’ll see what I mean. Weird. Guys and gals, aging happens. Nothing to get worked up over. I mean, not to this extent, at least.
So, yes, The Corpse Vanishes. What to say, what to say? Well, okay, so there’s this, I guess: It was released by Monogram Pictures in the 40’s. That should tell you a lot. Monogram was a Poverty Row studio that had the idea that you should just slap together a script, maybe get a genre-favorite actor who’s down on his luck to say a few words, point the camera at some hapless actors and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not knocking the process. Wonderful things can result. Wonderful things like The Corpse Vanishes.
The film was directed by Wallace Fox, who made an incredible 84 films in his career, four of which were released the same year as The Corpse Vanishes. H…