Seizure (Queen of Evil) (Tango macabre) Reviews
What got me to finally get around to watching this was Oliver Stone. This was his very first movie and it shows. It's not his best by far, but it's nice to see where he started from and there were some interesting moments. The acting was good, but I think the casting of Herve Villechaize (who played on Fantasy Island) made this movie look more like a comedy then a horror movie. Seeing a little midget running around with a knife just isn't very threatening to me.
Still there were some interesting moments and the ending was a nice twist.
It's a hilarious comedy and is definitely worth a watch.
film from 1974 called "Seizure" which stars Jonathan Frid
best known as Barnabas Collins from "Dark Shadows" as
a trouble writer who keeps having nightmares that monsters
are killing him.
As cheesy as that sounds the movie is surprisingly pretty
good. The movie starts out with Frid as Edmund Blackstone
awaking from another nightmare. Blackstone tells his
wife about it, and then tries it to put it beside him.
He then has a getogether with friends and family where
the monsters in his sleep come to life and come to kill
him and his guests....
The demons in this case are composed of "The Jackal"
(Henry Baker), "The Spider" played by well known
actor Hervé Villechaize (Tatoo from Fantasy Island)
and "Queen of Evil" (played by sexy actress
(Martine Beswick), so thus we have the Trio of
If you watch any Oliver Stone flick, they are all
dark and moody and they probably have their origins
in "Seizure" which is very dark and moody. However,
we do have the interesting visuals we come to expect
from Stone and the fact that this movie was made in
1970's tells you it was going to be bizzare. Thrown
in with the suspense is eroticism with "Queen of Evil"
and a couple of bloody scenes.
Frid is really believable as Edmund Blackstone and it's
surprising to see him play someone normal since
we are accustomed to seeing him as the EvIL Vampire.
The performance from the Trio of Darkness are equally as
good, Hervé Villechaize, shows that for someone who is
small can act, and Miss Beswick is great too, as she
takes pleasure in killing her victims.
Overall, I would highly recommended you seek out "Seizure",
it lays the groundwork directing for Stone and you'll
see why he is a great director, I find it strange though
that noneone has interviewed Stone about it since
this is his first film. Furthermore, this is one of
those great out of print movies (like "The little Girl
who lives down the lane" ) which hasn't been transferred for the dvd, for the fact that the vhs prints themselves
are hard to find.