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Ruby / Kiss of the Tarantula (70's Drive-In Horror Double Feature)

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Now available in a new digital film transfer from the original 35mm negative and in the restored, director's theatrical cut. RUBY: Piper Laurie (the mother in the horror classic Carrie) plays Ruby, a mother whose mute daughter becomes possessed by the spirit of her murdered father. In one terrifying night of horror, he exacts his revenge on his assassins. RT: 85min, Color, 1.66:1 - Letterbox, R, 1977 KISS OF THE TARANTULA: Mommy and Daddy operate and live in a mortuary with their daughter, Susan, who collects tarantula spiders and has always been ostracized by her friends because. well she's a little bit strange. In true schlocky b-movie horror fashion, this is a real All-American Dysfunctional Family! So when Susan discovers that mommy dearest is plotting to have dear old dad killed. well this puts sweet little Susie over the top and she pulls out all the stops, making good use of her father's mortuary and her creepy little playmates to exact horrendous revenge! A 70s drive-in classic! RT: 85 min, Color, 1.66:1 - 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen, PG, 1975

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  • Actors: Piper Laurie, Stuart Whitman, Janit Baldwin, Roger Davis, Eric Mason
  • Directors: Curtis Harrington, Chris Munger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Restored, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XL01T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Was hoping VCI would remaster this horror classic from '77 RUBY...but NOOOO!! This is the same re-tread of an earlier release (minus the good commentary with Piper Laurie and the director). Non-anamorphic, over matted fuzzy print that looks to have been filmed from a drive-in screen. This classic deserves better! I am not talking Criterion treatment or anything (hell even bad movies get better transfers!) but come on...this is barely watchable! Don't know if cramming two movies on one disc had anything to do with it. Just seems like the earlier VCI release of RUBY actually looked better. It's a shame.
I won't even comment on the terrible second feature...except it's anamorphic widescreen!! And it's an older movie! What is up with this??
Never expected VCI to raise their standard on their DVD transfers, it is sad to see their classics of all their titles being mistreated like this (especially WHIP AND THE BODY-this is one that cries for remastering).
Anyway, if considering purchasing RUBY look for the earlier releaseRuby at least it has a good commentary on it! Piper Laurie is always fun to listen to...
Happy hunting!
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Poor Piper Laurie--Oscar-nominated for her deliciously demented turn as Margaret White in "Carrie" then sinking to new lows in this 1977 dud that doesn't know whether it wants to be "The Exorcist" or "Carrie II".

In 1935 Florida, Ruby Claire (Laurie) goes into labour in the wetlands as she witnesses her mobster boyfriend Nicky (Sal Vecchio) gunned down by members of his own gang. This traumatic event sends the pregnant Ruby into labour.

Flash-forward to 1951 and Ruby's now running a drive-in movie theatre (where the only film that seems to play is "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman") with help from those same murdering gangsters who offed her lover. Immediately, we see one of the goons attacked by a reel of film and strangled to death (You've seen better special effect on "Bewitched" really). Vince (Stuart Whitman) is her right-hand man whom she orders to get rid of the bodies once they start piling up. He's also responsible for summoning parapsychologist Dr. Keller (Roger Davis) after two more men (including "Seinfeld"'s Uncle Leo, Len Lesser) turn up dead. Ruby becomes incensed when she discovers the good Doc is there to contact Nicky's spirit; she thought he was summoned to help with her 16-year-old mute daughter (Janit Baldwin), whom Ruby wants to institutionalize. We also learn Ruby has never let go of the guilt over Nicky dying thinking she set him up.

Ruby has a shrine to the late Nicky as well as a big stage in the dance hall where she likes to relive her glory days as a singer. Another inhabitant in her mansion is the elderly, mysterious wheelchair-bound Jake.

Halfway-through the film, an Excorcist-like scene occurs as Nicky contacts Ruby through his daughter's body.
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If you liked Piper Laurie as the mom in Carrie you will love The movie Ruby , My wife had been looking for the movie Ruby which we found but it was on a double set with a move called Kiss of the Tarantula which ended up being just as good or better than Ruby but you must be into classic 70s and 80s horror to really appreciate these timeless treasures
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By Carles on February 23, 2014
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I saw those movies 25 years ago and I am very happy now to be able to watch them on dvd
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It's mind-boggling that VCI released RUBY on a single disc previously with extra features AND in the proper anamorphic ratio, but for this double-feature disc they actually DOWNGRADED it and released not only a worse-looking copy but one that's widescreen but not anamorphic...WTF!? It makes no sense because since I (and I'm sure others) already own KISS OF THE TARANTULA on it's single disc release, the only real reason to pick up this two-fer is for RUBY. I think VCI must stand for Very Contemptuous Idiots.
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Ruby was strictly a drive-in movie and disappeared after its brief release. I was always curious about it because I'm a sucker for creepy suggestive rhymes in movie advertising. "Christened in blood. Raised in sin. She's sweet sixteen, let the party begin." Notice I said 'sucker', cause that's what I felt like after watching Ruby. The main character, Ruby, for which the movie is named, is not sweet sixteen. She's a middle aged alcoholic who is slightly deranged and lives in the past. Her DAUGHTER is sixteen! Her daughter does get possessed and does an imitation of Linda Blair's spider walk, but she's not the focus of the film. I won't go into details about the plot (read the other reviewers). I'll just say that I didn't have high expectations and I was still disappointed. It's just not an engaging film. And, don't believe these other guys, this is not a cult film. It's never had a following. It's just an oddball movie. It's a ghost story/gangster/demonic possession film. If you were born after the seventies, I doubt this movie is going to interest you. I give it two stars for being original. I wanted to like it but I didn't care about anyone in this film. And it was sad to see Roger Davis and Piper Laurie making this one last film before landing on the unemployment line. They deserved better.

The second feature, Kiss of the Tarantula, is even more disappointing. Really cool poster ad, but this is really a dumb movie. It's about a teenager who doesn't fit in and gets back at her peers by using her pet tarantulas. Yes, tarantulas are creepy but do they really cause people to have heart attacks and just drop dead without any attempt to flick them off? And the two couples that meet their demise at the drive-in is one of the dumbest things I have ever watched.
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