Ok, so after this post, I promise to get my shizzle together and start posting things on the appropriate day (for at least one whole week…THIS I VOW!!! ;)), but for today let’s just enjoy a drug-induced #FBF together, shall we?
If I had posted this on time I wouldn’t have been able to post these pics from last night’s premiere screening of Evil Bong 666, so yay weed, basically. 😉
I was maybe a lil’ high during this screening, so I didn’t cover it as well as I might have otherwise. Here’s an eXXXample of my crackin’ coverage:
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! High-larious, amirite??? If you want conventional coverage of the night’s festivities, you can check out Full Moon’s official vidcast right here:
And here’s a bunch of weed-y stuff I should’ve posted yesterday, but I’ll be darned if I’m gonna let being late by one day KILL our buzz…Happy Four Twenty (One ;), Kinky Ho-mies!! 🙂 xoxo
Full Moon Features has always been known to be a bit “strange,” but they took that to nearly metaphysical plane with an unofficial adaptation of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The story goes that producer/director Charles Band held an option for the mystical Marvel comic, but lost it before production started. In a rather pragmatic move, Band decided to go ahead and make the movie… but without Doctor Strange. The result was Doctor Mordrid, a neatly packed dark fantasy that embodies everything that made Full Moon great. Considering that Disney’s take on the Sorcerer Supreme was just released on home video about a week ago, I think it’s a wonderful time to summon Full Moon’s Master of the Unknown.
Our film concerns Anton Mordrid (Jeffrey Combs), an enigmatic sorcerer sent to protect Earth from magical and mystical threats. One such threat is Kabal (Brian Thompson), a malevolent and powerful contemporary of Mordrid’s who intends to literally unleash Hell upon us all. For 150 of Earth’s years, Mordrid has watched and waited for Kabal’s inevitable arrival. When the dark magician makes his presence known, Mordrid seeks out his nemesis and prepares for their final confrontation. Caught in the crossfire is Samantha Hunt (Yvette Nipar), a research consultant to the police and a new ally in Mordrid’s war on evil. Will the good doctor prevail in his honorable quest, or will the Earth be consumed by darkness? That, dear friends, is an answer best answered by the film itself.
Looking at the other low-budget superhero films of the time ( Captain America, The Punisher, Fantastic Four, etc.), I doubt the film would’ve changed much if they had retained the Doctor Strange name. The Doctor we got still wears a mystical amulet/blue tunic, astral projects, resides in New York, has a vast library of the occult, battles a former colleague, and defends Earth from the supernatural. Even his cloak is similar to the one featured in early Doctor Strange appearances. There are some major differences, but I have a feeling that very little would’ve changed in an actual Full Moon Doctor Strange. I could be wrong on that, but the superhero films of the time weren’t exactly known for their accuracy. In my eyes, this film is as much a Doctor Strange movie as Nosferatu is a Dracula movie.
If we ignore all Strange-ness, does the film work on its own? I very much think so. Doctor Mordridhas a noticeably low-budget, but that only adds to its appeal. The film possesses a wonderfully pulpy vibe, as if it were the first part of a serial that never actually existed. Clocking in at a lean 74 mins, this film is 100% free of fluff, leaving nothing but pure B movie magic. Like the absolute best of Full Moon, this film triumphs over its meager budget and delivers solid entertainment in spades. As any lover of weird cinema might expect, Jeffrey Combs is perfect as the titular wizard. Combs has the uncanny ability to be a real oddball and the coolest cat around in the same instance with complete ease. Just about everyone in this cast is excellent, proving that you don’t need a large budget to attract great talent.
Speaking of great talent, legendary stop-motion animator David Allen brings his own brand of sorcery into the mix. Arguably, the best sequence in the entire film is a showdown between the skeletal remains of a mastodon and a tyrannosaur, animated to perfection by Allen. Much like the sorcerers within the film, Allen bestowed life upon these inanimate monsters and achieved true magic. The sequence is supremely beautiful and likely to thrill anyone with a love for the craft. Admittedly, I am sucker for anything with stop-motion dinosaurs, but this is prime stuff. Besides the battle, Allen also contributed some groovy miniatures and some perfectly wicked demons.
Doctor Mordrid is as great a B movie fantasy as one could hope for. There’s a good deal of excitement and charm to go around for its lean runtime. I highly recommend this film to lovers of the strange side of cinema, as well as those in the mood for some unusual superheroics. It’s rather unfortunate Doctor Mordrid never became a series. This especially odd for a studio know for churning out sequels to so many of their films. Perhaps the success of Disney’s Doctor Strange will bring the good Doctor Mordrid out of retirement. Stranger things have happened…