Ruby / Kiss of the Tarantula (70's Drive-In Horror Double Feature)
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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...
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Was disappointed about the movie Ruby. Wasn't what I had expected. As for the other movie.....I am sure I will like it (haven't had a chance to watch it yet). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jean Hall
Ruby was a really cool movie I loved years ago and was so glad to have gotten a copy. And it was a great price.Published on December 15, 2012 by SexyDiscJockey